Tefik is married to Anita and has two daughters, Simka and Tavita, and a son, Elizej. He was the first member of his family to become a Christian at the age of 17, having heard about Jesus through a friend. God put the Roma community in Bitola on his heart and he began to visit the area, building relationships, sharing the Good News of Jesus, and ultimately, moving his family there and planting a church.
Today, Tefik has led over 20 people to Jesus and the church have recently partially completed a building where they can meet regularly in the heart of the large Muslim Roma community. Tefik has a clear calling: ‘My heart is really to see Roma people giving their lives to Jesus Christ and growing in our Lord.’ He is also keen to build a church that shows no divides, and where people of different backgrounds can worship and grow together.
Bitola lies in the southwest of Macedonia with a population of approximately 100,000. Under the Ottoman Empire, Bitola was the main town in Macedonia, but today it is largely forgotten, struggling with high unemployment and poverty.