June 13 — July 31
Prepare for an unforgettable summer of serving the Lord on this missions trip as you train at the Lord’s Boot Camp to share the Gospel with Bulgarian and Roma youth. Using sports as a ministry, your team will participate in soccer and volleyball scrimmages sharing the Gospel during “half-time” presentations and building friendships before and after games. You will also help paint the classrooms on the property.
Your summer will be spent in the village of Razlogpirin, Bulgaria, located in the Rhodope Mountains.
Souvenirs such as baskets, leather goods, pottery and T-shirts can be purchased in the local market. On your return to Florida for Debrief, you will have an overnight in London where you may take the “Tube” (London’s famous subway system) into the city to see such sights as Westminster Cathedral, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
Housing while in Bulgaria is in classrooms and showers are available; laundry will be done using a bucket.
After completing Boot Camp, your missions trip will begin with a bus ride to Orlando International Airport for a flight across the Atlantic Ocean to London, England. A connecting flight then takes you across the English Channel, Swiss Alps and the Adriatic Sea before arriving in Thessalonica, Greece. Your journey will take you through this biblcally-rich city, located on the beautiful shores of the Aegean Sea and named after Alexander the Great’s sister (Thessaloniki). Here you will board a bus for a three-hour ride through the northern farmlands of Greece dotted with olive trees—crossing through Macedonia, the location of Alexander the Great’s palace—through the Rhodope Mountains and on to the village of Razlogpirin, Bulgaria (Note: Florida Debrief)
Contributions Equal To: $3890 U.S. plus Registration Fee
The Republic of Bulgaria forms part of the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. It shares borders with Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey, the Black Sea and Greece. Bulgaria is a member of the European Union since 2007 and NATO since 2004. President Georgi Parvanov, who governs the country from the capital city of Sofia, leads this Parliamentary Republic which was recognized as an independent nation in 1908. With a landmass slightly larger than the state of Tennessee, the nation is home to approximately 7 million people, 83% of whom are native Bulgarian, 9% are Turk and 4.7% are Roma. The majority of the population adheres to Bulgarian Orthodoxy and speaks the national language of Bulgarian. Major agricultural products include a variety of fruits and vegetables, tobacco, wine, wheat, barley, sunflowers, sugar beets and livestock. As for topography, Bulgaria varies greatly from snow-capped peaks to the sunny Black Sea coast, from continental plains to lowlands in the southern areas.