STEP Sponsors Students in Bulgaria
About This Mission Project
Bulgaria is the poorest country in the European Union. Unemployment is high, salaries are low and the Roma people face severe discrimination.
The Sofia Baptist Church started a Literacy Program with three goals: First, to enable children to regularly attend public school. Second, to teach life skills like hygiene, health and nutrition. Third, to plant seeds of faith through Bible stories, media, conversations and involvement in the church.
The Student Tuition Expense Program (STEP) seeks to provide up to 20 students with classroom furnishings (such as desks, chairs, computer tables and bookshelves) and to provide a small transportation stipend for volunteer teachers.
- $50 provides one student’s desk.
- $100 pays for one bookshelf.
- $200 covers one month’s transportation for three teachers.
- $500 buys a large cubby storage unit for students.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $2,200 to cover the cost of furnishings and teacher stipends for the Literacy Program at the Sofia Baptist Church in Bulgaria.
The purpose of the project is to provide a healthy classroom environment for 20 Roma children in grades K–12. This will prepare them to return to school or enroll for the first time and attend regularly.
This project will be managed by IM missionary Terry Myers.
It is anticipated that STEP funds will help children acquire the life and literacy skills they need to break the cycle of unemployment.
Connect to This Mission Project
- Pray with Terry Myers and the members of the Sofia Baptist Church that the Roma children who come to the Literacy Program will know that God loves them through the care and concern they receive.
- Your donations make this mission project possible.
- To donate by check, write Bulgaria/Terry Myers/STEP on the memo line and mail to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.
- Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.
- For more information, contact Chris Marziale.
All of the staff in the Literacy Program have a knowledge of the Roma people and their culture. They have a heart to help these children integrate into Bulgarian society, come to know Jesus Christ and lead long, full lives.