Located a mere 17 kilometers north of Stara Zagora and an entire world away is the village of Tulovo. An impoverished town, of about 1,300 people, lying in the heart of Bulgaria, Tulovo’s residents have few opportunities for economic progress. The population is nearly evenly divided between Roma (Gypsy) and ethnic Bulgarians. Possibilities for good employment are few and far between as most of the Roma population
Our current ministry consists of teaching adults to lead Bible studies for children. This has been ongoing for the past 7-8 years. A major area of focus will be the local school, working to encourage and motivate teachers toward excellence, and partner together to improve the learning atmosphere and
Our most difficult task next will be to integrate the church to include both Bulgarians and Roma. Even though relationships between these two ethnic groups are positive, they rarely interact together. Many old social prejudices and traditions keep these two groups apart. However, through special programs celebrating holidays, such as Easter and Christmas, we hope to break the ice and build bridges. Of course, we will continue to identify and equip local Roma believers to be involved in leadership positions within church ministries.