Tazha is located in central Bulgaria, at the foothills of the Balkan Mountain Range. Its 1,500 residents are evenly divided between the Bulgarian and Roma ethnic groups. Most people earn their livelihood via agriculture - mostly raspberries, lavender and oil-bearing roses. The name Tazha comes from the word for "sorrow;” and given their location, the residents of this small rural community can feel forgotten. The town has little or no spiritual presence - the Orthodox church only works on holidays or for special occasions, the small number of Muslims have no mosque and the single small, evangelical church is located in a place where most people don't even want to step foot.
But we want them to know that God has not forgotten them! We want to bring His joy to the residents of Tazha - whether Roma (Gypsy) or Bulgarian, whether poor or well-off, whether young or old, regardless of whether they come from an Orthodox, Muslim or atheist background.
Goers in this position will strive to see what others don’t, with the eyes of Jesus. Showing compassion to the elderly and the disadvantaged will impart self-worth, leading to friendship evangelism. This is pioneering work in a new location, so goers will also spend time learning the language and will need to be a self-starter.
- First, to see what others don't, to see with the eyes of Jesus. Don't be afraid to get dirty or touch those who are dirty.
- Compassion for the elderly and poor.
- Language skills (committed to learn one or even two foreign languages).