Category Archives: Project Update

Newsletter April 2019

An Exciting Year! Weekly activities continue in the Centre including Roma childrens’ literacy class, refugee church and nearby the feeding programme for homeless people. Weekly activities make good use of the spaces, including Sunday worship, school for about 80 children, youth groups, and autumn classes of a theological school.  Several high-profile conferences took place in […]


It has been a busy summer for Sofia Baptist Church as their new Social, Medical and Training Centre gets into full use. Literacy Classes In June the Literacy Class held its end of term presentations: Summer Camps Then, no rest for the teachers as they ran very successful camps in the summer holidays for families, children […]

Commissioning the buildings

snow around the new centre

On a practical level the registration of the ownership of the Buildings, assessment and payment of taxes, setting up contracts for rubbish-collection, servicing equipment, etc. are still in progress preventing the letting of offices on the top two floors, but other parts of the building are gradually being occupied as fitting-out allows.   Ralitsa, who installed […]

The new building in action

Nativity 2015

Since the Official Opening last autumn, seven conferences have taken place in the Centre, all successful, including the Council of the European Baptist Federation honoured by the President of Bulgaria. He welcomed guests and congratulated Sofia Baptist Church on its humanitarian initiative, acknowledging that all agencies need to work together to solve the intractable human, […]

Achievements to be proud of

Shoes off

Many years ago a young school-girl called Krasimira hated the way some teachers and children despised her Roma appearance and ways, so she didn’t go to school.  Occasionally she came to literacy classes in the old Sofia Baptist Church where she learned the basics of reading and writing. She never finished her education, but soon […]

THE OPENING! Congratulations and a big thankyou to our supporters!

After years planning, praying, giving and constructing, the Social, Medical & Training Centre was officially opened on Sunday 20th September. Sixty supporters flew to Sofia for three days of celebrations and the Official Opening with a tape-cutting ceremony at the entrance of the new Centre by Tedi Oprenov, Pastor of Sofia Baptist Church and Geoff […]

Cycling to Sofia – 2015

Three intrepid cyclists will be cycling over 700 miles to Sofia, starting today, 10th September, to raise funds for the new Social, Medical and Training Centre in Sofia, Bulgaria. They are Richard Taylor, a Chartered Surveyor, Mark Corcoran, a General Practitioner and John Wallis, Engineer, all based in Bristol in the UK. The new centre contains […]

Building Progress Report

First floor – main entrance and medical center On this picture you can see Tenio (a member of our church) putting the tiles on the floor. At present he is doing most of the work at the church – painting, gluing tiles, plastering, bricklaying… He and his family are new members in our church; I […]

Surprisingly this is fun!

How long would it take you to paint the ceilings and walls in every room in your house?  A month?  A year?   The painted surfaces in the new Centre are equivalent to 20 houses, and they are all being painted by volunteers, saving an estimated  £15,000.  Most of the work is being done by the […]

Annual Report 2011

Last year we were shocked by the tragic story of young Kinche, a girl from Berkovitsa orphanage befriended by an older man, forced into prostitution and brutally killed. By contrast this year Klavdia, a girl from the same orphanage has started training as a nurse.  Sponsorship from supporters in Norway provided Klavdia with extra coaching […]