Thursday, October 17
Minute for Mission: Ministry with the Roma People
God does come to the rescue of the Roma people, who are often poor and oppressed. Many groups are working among the Roma in Transcarpathia; one is the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia. From a quiet beginning, the Lord started a great work through the ministry of his faithful servants in this church. We see the fire of the Holy Spirit working in many cities, including Talic, Szerney, Nagydobron, Gat, Szurta, and many others, where the church has Roma congregations and schooling programs. In these schools, Roma children, away from discrimination, learn about God’s love and his plan for them.
I thank God because he has shown his saving presence through Reformed congregations in Pyterfolvo and Tecaboken. Hungarian believers are helping their neighbors, the Roma people who live on the edge of their cities. I work with Csilla and Naomi and see how they allow God to work through them to serve the Roma children and families. We pray that a church and school will be established to serve more than four Roma settlements in the area.
Rozsa is a young mother of four children. She was married to a rich husband. She had plenty of money but was not happy, and eventually she and her husband divorced. Now she thinks that to be happy is to learn about God’s love and to serve the Lord. When I asked her what that means, she said going to church, praying, singing, and teaching her children to love God.
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Rev. Nadia Ayoub, early childhood education trainer, Reformed Church in Transcarpathia
Reformed Church in Transcarpathia: Bishop Sandor Zan Fabian • Diaconal Center [Ukraine]: Bela Nagy, director • Roma Mission Center, Csonkapapi [Ukraine]: Attila Tomes, director • Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists of Ukraine: Rev. Dr. Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Greg Rousos, FDN
Anita K. Rowe, PMA
Let us pray
Lord, thank you for all who hear about your love for them. Please bring them to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We ask that the Holy Spirit will encourage and empower local believers to be God’s hands and feet and voice to bring the good news for the Roma. In Jesus’ name. Amen.