In the Montana region of northern Bulgaria, unemployment is high. Nearly 50 percent of the population has migrated out of the area looking for better economic opportunities, and in many families only the young and the old remain. The Montana Church of the Nazarene has a vision for the people of Montana and is working to offer training that allows individuals to see a future in their home country and home province. They have opened a business center where people can come to learn about the opportunities and resources already available to them. It’s also a place of fellowship, building community where there wasn’t one before.
Sergo Slavchevi was able to achieve his dream of owning his own land where he and his family could grow fruit and start a business. The center has helped them apply for subsidies and register with the government so the business can expand.
“ … I’ve had these dreams a long time, but I didn’t have the opportunity,” Slachevi says. “Now I have the opportunity.”