The Bonus Pastor Foundation (BPF) seeks to help those who suffer from alcohol, drug and other addictions, and recovering people and their families, combining social, medical and psychological assistance with the sharing of the Gospel
The need is huge! In Romania's population of 23 million, around fifteen per cent (15%) of the adult population are estimated to have a problem with alcohol. Drug-consumption and gambling are also growing problems.
Bonus Pastor Foundation (Latin for 'Good Shepherd' Foundation) is an NGO with a Reformed Christian background. Working since 1993, and officially established in 1996, in Cluj, BPF works primarily in the regions of Cluj, TÓrgu 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 programmes, camps, pastoral visitation, counselling, training, public awareness, charity work and local support groups. BPF also offers a long-term therapy programme.
BPF's programmes are conducted in Hungarian. Due to the nature of these programmes, it is extremely difficult for someone to attend who does not understand Hungarian, even if translation is available. Therefore, BPF cooperates with the Romanian Blue Cross, which runs it's programmes in Romanian, referring Romanian-speaking clients to them.
BPF also cooperates with a group of Romanian Christians from Iaşi (formerly constituted as the Association for Community Development – Iasi) providing together help through short-term treatment programmes for Romanian-speaking clients.
To date, hundreds of people have attended BPF's programmes. Many of them have experienced transformed lives through God's grace and His use of BPF's ministry.