Our link with Bulgaria
In 1990 the Baptist Union asked UK churches to help their fellow Baptists in Bulgaria who were suffering great hardship. The church here in Beeston agreed to send food parcels to a town in the north-west of Bulgaria between Sofia and the Danube. This was the beginning of a friendship between the two churches which still continues.
The Bulgarian Baptist Relief Fund was established to channel support from Beeston and other friends throughout the UK to the fellowship in Bulgaria. With the help of the Fund, a church was built and dedicated in 1997. The church grew strongly and had 40 baptisms in the following year.
The church at Kosharnik
The minister and his wife
at the Montana church
The new chairs at Krapchene
In the ensuing years inflation has caused many problems and Winter Relief is sent each year to help the old and sick throughout the winter. Various other projects have resulted in, for example, the provision of Bibles, a computer, a replacement car, children's jumpers for Kosharnik, chairs for Krapchene and building materials for repairs. These have helped not only the main church at Montana, but also the neighbouring congregations in Krapchene, Kosharnik and Chiprovski.
The minister and his wife visited Beeston in 1991, 2002 and 2008, and members of the Beeston congregation have visited and experienced first hand not only the problems faced in the Montana area but also the warmth of the love and prayers the fellowships give to the church here..
Various fund-raising events take place throughout the year, including a stall at the Castle Donington May Market, a Christmas Craft and Coffee Morning in November and a New Year Concert.
Other churches supporting the Fund are Broadmead Baptist in Bristol, and the Ladies Prayer Group of Luton Central Baptist. These fellowships, along with many individual supporters and Beeston's Link churches, continue to give and to pray for their fellow believers in Bulgaria.