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Cultivating “4th Soil” Disciples in Ourselves and Others

Cultivating “4th Soil” Disciples in Ourselves and Others

The Roma, they are the people of myth, legend and media creations. They are commonly known by the name, Gypsy, given to them by outsiders. Most of us have images in our minds of what “Gypsies” are like even though the...

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Movements in Mission

Christianity Among the Roma (Gypsies)

Movements in Mission

Although 'Gypsy' may be a more recognizable name, it can also convey a derogatory meaning in some European contexts. Therefore, in general, we use the term 'Roma' in this issue, apart from historical usage or a group...

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Waiting for Death,  Surprised by an Angel

Signs and Wonders in the Roma Context

Waiting for Death,  Surprised by  an Angel

“I was so sick that I had already begun mourning the fate of my children who would be left without a mother,” remembered Čelebija Kamberović, a 60 year old Roma woman from Leskovac, Serbia. 

Čelebija married as a...

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Obeying The Call

Overcoming Cultural Obstacles to Mission

Obeying The Call

It was midnight on a winter night when I returned home to Leskovac, Serbia by bus from a city about 90 miles away where my wife and I felt called to plant a new church. My wife was still up waiting for me. With...

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Leaving Home

New Pathways in Mission

Leaving Home

I was born in Lom, Bulgaria, a small, ancient town known as Almus during the Roman Empire. In Lom, like many places in Eastern Europe, there is a separation between where the Bulgarians live and the three Roma...

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Staying Home

Cultural Bridging in a Time of Crisis

Staying Home

When Berty, short for Bartolomej, and I met for coffee, it was clear that he was under a lot of stress. Severe stomach cramps, sleeplessness, and anemia had taken its toll on him physically and spiritually. The time...

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Identities & Cultures

Understanding as a Prerequisite for Mission

Identities & Cultures

I am Roma, but I was raised in a non-Roma community. I was 18 when I gave my life to God. As I was reading my Bible, I came to the story of Moses. God revealed to me He was sending me to my people to share the good...

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Questions of Prejudice in Hungary

Questions of Prejudice in Hungary

I am a sociologist and a Roma woman. I work for the Kecskemet Reformed Church Roma Mission and I primarily deal with social phenomena concerning Roma people. I think it is important to exchange prejudice for having...

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From Prejudice to Love

From Prejudice to Love

I am Bulgarian. I was born and raised in a loving family and had a wonderful childhood. Both of my parents are very well educated with good professions, so getting a good education was the number one priority in our...

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Partners In Ministry with the Roma

Partners In Ministry with the Roma

Meeting the Roma

“I laughed more tonight than during our first two years here in the Czech Republic,” I said to my wife as we left Ivan and Jana’s house in 1999. We did not know it at the time but we had just met...

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How God Lead Us Into Roma Mission

How God Lead Us Into Roma Mission

As we prepared to celebrate The Great Commission Center International’s (GCCI) 20th anniversary in 2013, we prayed to God for His guidance on launching new mission endeavors.  When I came across an article on the Roma...

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Sustainable Mission

Who Pays for the Books?

Sustainable Mission

Sustainable mission is a macro-movement, a way of thinking, a general framework. It encourages missionaries and mission supporters to think carefully about how they are serving in local communities, and to consider...

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Brothers and Sisters, Please Stop “Training” *

Brothers and Sisters, Please Stop “Training” *

Fifteen years ago, “Church Planting Movement” (CPM) was a relatively unheard of–and even widely questioned or opposed–concept. Today, many different types of ministries and efforts are being labeled “CPM.”

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A Word for the Global Church from Africa

Greg Parsons

Last year, while in Thailand, I was particularly discouraged. I had a cold, had just flown 18 hours and was worn down. After adjusting, I began to do what I do at all conferences: connect with people—Often with people...

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