Bonus Pastor Foundation aims to speak and demonstrate, in a practical way, the love of Jesus Christ to people who suffer from alcohol-, drug- and other addictions. We offer assistance to treat the medical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of addiction.
The need is huge: in the 23 million Romania, fifteen per cent (15%) of the adult population are estimated to have a problem with alcohol. Drug-consumption and gambling is also a growing problem.
Bonus Pastor Foundation (Latin for ‘Good Shepherd’ Foundation) is an NGO established in Romania, with a Reformed Christian background.
Working since 1993 and officially established in 1996 in Cluj, the Foundation works primarily in the regions of Cluj, Tîrgu Mures and Odorheiu Secuiesc. With the help of its 14 staff and many volunteers, BPF offers treatment, support and prevention through a wide range of activities: treatment programs, camps, pastoral visitation, counselling, training, public awareness, charity work and local support groups. From April 2005, BPF also offers a long-term therapy program.
BP works in addiction therapy because we have been commisioned by the church, called by God and provided resources to meet a great need in this country of caring for those seeking rescue from addiction. We rise to this challenge by providing proffessional support and therapy for the underpriviledged believing that transformation can be achieved for the addicts.
BPF’s programs are conducted in Hungarian. Due to the nature of these programs, it is extremely difficult for someone to attend who does not understand Hungarian, even if translation is available. Therefore, we cooperate with the Romanian Blue Cross (Sibiu), which runs it’s programs in Romanian, referring Romanian-speaking clients to them. We also cooperate with a group of Romanian Christians from Iaşi (formerly constituted as the Association for Community Development – Iasi) providing together help through short-term treatment programs for Romanian-speaking clients.
To date, hundreds of people have attended our programs, many of them have experienced transformed lives through God’s grace and His use of our ministry.
BPF is one of the founding members of
|– the Romanian Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition.|