Saturday, November 8
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Ministry with the Roma People
Minute for Mission
The Roma people of Europe have a long and complex history. Scholars generally agree, based on linguistic and genetic evidence, that their ancestors came from northwest India, but there are conflicting theories as to when. But one thing is clear: on their arrival in eastern, central, and western Europe some 600 years ago, they frequently found themselves the subjects of popular and official prejudice and discrimination based on their ethnicity. More recently, with the addition of eastern European countries to the European Union’s scheme of visa-free travel, Roma have traveled to western Europe in large numbers, only to experience frequent discrimination. All over Europe, Roma face discrimination in housing, employment, and education.
In Kursk, Russia, the Devlesko Lav (Word of God) Church is actively involved in evangelistic outreach to Roma people. Pastor Andrey Beskorovainiy, who is himself Roma, frequently travels to Roma communities in Russia and Ukraine and puts on an annual Christian camp for children and young people in addition to his parish ministry. Andrey’s son Nikolai is an integral part of this outreach, leading the musical component of the evangelization ministry as well as organizing the summer-camp program.
—Al Smith, PC(USA) mission coworker, Germany, Russia, Belarus
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Reformed Church in Transcarpathia: Rev. Nadia Ayoub, early childhood education trainer
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
A prayer for Roma youth leaders:
Heavenly Father, we ask your guidance and protection for all who are involved in ministry to the Roma people, but especially for the young adults who serve to inspire and guide children and new believers. We thank you for their dedication and service. Give them wisdom, understanding, and patience to contend with the challenges that face them, not only in their ministry but also in their daily lives, so that they may be a shining example to both young and old of the abundance of life with you. Amen.