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- a hairdresser in Bulgaria shines a light in his community

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A story of a sponsored family now shining God's light into their community.

In Krupnik, Bulgaria, many Roma families live trapped in poverty. In the Roma community it is common to drop out of education early because of discrimination, poverty, and a lack of support. Later on, it’s challenging to secure well-paid work because of a lack of education –and the cycle of poverty continues. Poverty is often compounded by relationship difficulties, conflict, alcohol abuse, and a sense of hopelessness about the future. 

Todor, 32, lives in Krupnik with his wife Elmira, 26, and three children – Sofia, seven, Krisia age five, and Teodor, age one. They share a house with Todor’s parents, where they have a room of their own and share the kitchen. Although Todor has always had a gift for hairdressing, he didn’t have a good space to work from and made very little money from it.

Todor had attended church from a young age, but in his teenage years he grew cold towards God. He and his wife, living in poverty, went through a difficult time of frequent conflict, not knowing how to move forwards.

When the family were enrolled on Mission Without Borders’ (MWB) family sponsorship programme, they began receiving regular material, emotional and spiritual support, visited regularly by MWB staff member Emil, whose daughter also works for the Mission.

Emil said, “There was one period this family went through that was very difficult. Todor and his wife almost got divorced. With the help of God, I had many conversations with them and so did my daughter, who also works for the Mission. Things really changed and now they are a solid couple. 

“The other difficult time was when Todor’s father died. The whole family was very broken by this. We spent many hours with them during this time because they needed us. 

“Now I can say that Todor is a very stable man, taking care of his family. He looks after his mother. He’s a person I can work with really easily as he’s so hardworking, and if he needs something, he is very open and he tells me.”

Thanks to Emil’s support, two incredible changes went on to happen in Todor’s life: his relationship with God was restored – and he was helped to start up a successful hairdressing salon.

In his hairdressing salon, too, Todor’s faith takes centre stage.

He has framed Bible verses and put them on the wall – Joshua 1:9, Jeremiah 29:11, and his favorite verse, John 14:27:

Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

“In my profession, I meet many different people, that is the reason I put some verses on the walls."

“Thanks to all the support we received from Mission Without Borders, I have a big hair salon and regular clients. Most of my clients ask me if I am a Christian when they read the verses and that way, I can tell them about Jesus and share my testimony.”

Thanks to Emil and his family shining the light of God’s love in Todor’s life, now he shines a light every day in his workplace.

Family sponsorship is an incredible way to witness to others and help them discover the truth about God’s salvation – let your light shine today by sponsoring a family in eastern Europe. 

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