Burgas, Burgas Province, Bulgaria, December 6, 2022
Thanks to the love and talents of the students of a nearby music school, the faithful of the village of Draganovo, Burgas Province, just half a mile inland from the Black Sea, could soon have an Orthodox church to pray and worship in.
As of 2013, the village had a population of just 430, most of whom are Turks. There is a mosque in the village, but the church was destroyed in 1944 and was replaced by a community center, reports bnr.bg.
The initiative to build a church began in 2015, and construction began earlier this year, though there weren’t enough funds to complete it.
But the students of the National School of Music and Stage Art in Burgas held a concert over the weekend dedicated to raising funds for the village church.
In all, more than $21,990 (41,000 Bulgarian lev) was raised, according to bnr.bg, which is enough to keep the construction going.
The concert was held on the initiative of Provincial Governor Maria Neikova, who wrote afterwards:
Thank you to the wonderful young people, students of the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National School of Music and Stage Art and scholarship recipients of the Ministry of Culture, who dedicated their talent to the cause, for having the maturity and heart to understand and accept it as their own... Thank you to everyone who opened their hearts to the cause—let’s build a church together.
The concert was the first in a series of charity concerts to be held.