A homeless man is restored in hope

"I never thought that I'd ever be homeless. Sometimes life puts us in situations that we're not prepared for."

Krasimir, 55, is originally from a small village in western Bulgaria – and now lives in the capital city, Sofia. Here, there are thousands of homeless people – and minimal state provision or support. Rental fraud, relationship breakdown, and unemployment are some of the main reasons people end up homeless.

In Krasimir's situation, his spouse exhibited abusive and unfaithful behavior, leading him to make the challenging decision to part ways.

A legal mandate required him to entrust the care of the children to their mother. He moved to Sofia in the hope of a new beginning.

Krasimir spent his days searching for employment and enough food to sustain himself. At night, he slept on construction sites. Despite his best efforts, he found his hopes crushed, unable to find success no matter how diligently he worked to make things right.

Krasimir said, "Life on the streets takes everything from you, everything positive, and turns every hope into disappointment. It gives you hopelessness, cold, and hunger: such a ravenous hunger that all you can think about is how to survive." Krasimir sought out his brother, Stefan. "I knew he lived in a shabby room in Sofia. I explained to him about the hard, hungry weeks I'd experienced on the streets of Sofia, and the first thing he said to me was, 'Don't worry, brother, there is hope.' 

"He told me about a place close to the central railway station where kind people offer free lunch to those in need."

"When I saw the long queue of people waiting in the cold, I realized that I wasn't alone and others shared a similar fate as mine. 

"At the same time, what touched me deeply wasn't just the free food but the warm attitude of the people handing it out. They were smiling and welcoming and acted as though there's nothing shameful or unnatural about needing help and food."

Krasimir had discovered Street Mercy, a project run by Mission Without Borders to support homeless people in Sofia. A hot meal is served every weekday, along with short Bible lessons. It's a place where people can access regular support and find community and friendship.

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Narine, the Street Mercy coordinator, said, "I often saw Krasimir in the queue with the other homeless people. From our everyday meetings and conversations, I learned about what he's suffered and the difficult path he's had to walk."

After leaving his wife, Krasimir had no access to his children for a year and a half, something that broke his heart. The authorities later informed him of the distressing news that one of his children had been hurt by his wife's boyfriend. As a result, and with the help of police authorities, the children were placed with Krasimir permanently in Sofia.

Krasimir said, "Being on the street is hard when you're alone, but it is terrible if your children are with you. I wouldn't have survived if God had not led me to the Street Mercy project.

I could believe that there's a future for me and my children.


"I was lost. Thanks to all the support that I received from you, as well as sincere love, encouragement, and constant care, I could believe that there's a future for me and my children. This support helped me find humility and know that God loves me and cares for me all the time.

"As a result of the Bible studies at Street Mercy, my children began to read the Bible and pray every night. Thank you, Mission Without Borders, for not forgetting those in need."

Krasimir found a small, modest room for him and his children to call home. He's currently working as a laborer. The younger children attend kindergarten regularly, the girls study, and his eldest, Bagryana, is an excellent student. 

Narine said, "Through the staff of MWB, homeless people find not only a warm lunch but also hope for eternal life in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of all mankind."

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