StreetMercy

The spiral down into hopelessness is quick and unforgiving

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Estimated 500,000 homeless in Bulgaria

In Moldova and Bulgaria there are limited employment opportunities even for university graduates. Coupled with a lack of rights for tenants mean means eviction can be swift and leave people on the streets with no money for food. Limited government support for people who are homeless exacerbates the problem and provides little hope of a way out.

For Viorel (pictured), the path to homelessness was quick. “My wife died, I had a daughter, but 18 years ago she went abroad, and I haven’t heard from her since.”

Viorel then tried to rebuild his life, but his girlfriend became abusive and finally drove him out of his own apartment that he’d lived in for 30 years. “One day when I came home she’d thrown all my belongings out the window, so I was homeless”

What we do

Every year we provide hundreds of people in Moldova and Bulgaria warm meals and the love of Jesus Christ through our StreetMercy work. 

Just $20 provides five hot meals to a homeless person and the love and care from our staff and volunteers.

“When someone is sad, we pray for them. When a person needs medical care we take care of them, visit them at the hospital and meet their needs. In this way we become part of their lives, involved in their pains and difficulties they undergo. We are seeing great change amongst the homeless.” Coordinator, Ani

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meals served last year to the homeless

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Reflections from a recent visit

“Everyone started to arrive over the hill of the driveway where StreetMercy team were about to serve lunch.  Each brought a bag of sorts that I assumed contained their meager possessions not wanting to leave them behind to be stolen from where they had slept the night before.

"I was surprised that everyone was so orderly. They found a seat and waited until our coordinator welcomed them and said a blessing over the food. Most people ate with their heads down with very little eye contact.

"It was a beautiful sight to see the church volunteers and our coordinator serve these people just like Jesus would have. As they left their meal I asked some of the group if I could take their photo. Just like children, their faces lit up and were surprised that I would even ask them. Viorel (pictured at the top of the page)was one of those I took. I was honoured to share their photos with them. It was a joy to tell them they are not invisible, they are seen and loved by me, God, and the many Kiwi Street Mercy supporters. “ Andie , MWB staff

 

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