The Roma have lived a very hard life, poverty, unemployment, poor health, they lack education, and have been the victim of discrimination and prejudice. The role of the Chruch is not only to introduce people to God and the Gospel and make them members of the Church and participants in its activities. The church needs to come into a person’s life and change it. To change the new converts, their families, their streets, their neighboorhoods, their cities, and their country.
This is the focus of our work. Through our work in the Roma ghettos we have seen God’s miracles. Often the church is the only place for social gathering and public institution in the Roma ghettos. In the Gypsy ghetto, there are no schools. There is no sewage, clean water, this reflects the harsh economic realities of the life of the Roma in Bulgaria.
The role of the Church is to change the life of the Roma spiritual life, but also their church life and also we help people with their physical needs.
The Romani population in Bulgaria lives a hard life. They struggle with poverty, crime, discrimination, and social issues. They have been despised and neglected by society. Their problems are similar to most marginalized communities around the world. The Bulgarian Church of God has done much work for them and with them. Most importantly, many Roma lives have been transformed by the power of God. This has raised the moral standards of the ghettos. Gypsy life, however, is still difficult and harsh. Our church has undertaken a number of development, humanitarian, and education projects in order to help them. There is much more work that needs to be done if we desire to produce lasting results on Roma life. We are committed to continue helping these precious people in response to the challenging words of our Lord Jesus Christ:
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me” Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”