The Link Between the Bible and Social Integration of the Gipsy Population - AOTV Report

The World Bank and the Council of Europe estimate that Europe is home to roughly 15 million Gypsies. The situation of Gypsies living on the continent is no different to that of those living in Romania. According to the Romanian parliamentary Daniel Vasile, many countries face difficulties integrating this ethnic group.

Spain has real problems integrating Gypsies. Poland has its issues just as well. That is, from East to West, including in the former Soviet Republics, there are real issues with regards to Gypsy integration because there is a major discrepancy. Between the Roma population and the majority population there is a drastic difference in the socioeconomic development.

According to the World Bank, the Council of Europe, and the National Agency for Roma, almost 1.5 million Gypsies are living in Romania, and the majority of them are in the rural area. The reality of this ethnic minority living in villages is truly dramatic, says the parliamentary Daniel Vasile. Furthermore, he mentioned that the absence of identity documents creates a vicious circle.

If you dont have a property deed, you dont get an identity document. According to the Romanian Law, proof of nationality can be furnished through an ID. When you dont have an ID, your rights and freedoms are not guaranteed because youre not a citizen of the country. There is even a greater tragedy: if you give birth to a child and you dont have an ID, the child wont receive a birth certificate. The absence of a birth certificate generates social exclusion.

Although Roma integration is arduous, one of the solutions with great results was delivered by the Word of God. People ministering in Gypsy communities say the transformations are visible.

These days, God, who balances every situation, works among the Gypsies that were neglected and cast aside up until now. People have access to the Gospel and to Gods grace.

Its been two years since I started ministering in Maguri, a village near Lugoj city. I was very glad to see that children and adults love quality music and Gods Word, as well as seeing their desire for their village to become more prosperous and with less social problems.

We should be interested in sharing a straightforward and pure Gospel, but we shouldnt stop here. We also need to help them evaluate their life of faith because James says faith is observable through works. We should help them realize whether the Gospel really changed them, they only changed the way they worship, or if they only changed their denomination.

A growing interest for the Scriptures has been noticed in recent years. In Romania, as well as in the Diaspora, Gypsy Christian churches are planted or are developing. Moreover, evangelistic events are being organized more often.

I want to share with you the secret behind Gypsies coming back to God. We consider ourselves as being rather softhearted. Were more sensitive to Gods Word, it touches us very easily. What used to be said before, that Gypsies have no church, is no longer true. By the grace of God, we now have churches, pastors and ministers of God.

The Toflea phenomenon is an example of the Gypsy spiritual revival. In Toflea village, over 3.000 Roma people, accounting for half of the total number of inhabitants, were baptized and are now part of the Burning Bush Church

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