Hi Seth, I am loving this rich culture of the Gypsies. I have been reading many of the blogs of the World Racers in Romania in the little village of Viile Tecci. I have become endeared by them and their way of live and how they have embraced the World Racers into their rich culture and Easter celebration. How sad they are outcasts here on earth. If I don’t ever get to to there myself to see them, I will look forward to meeting them in our eternal Kingdom. Thanks for sharing this.
Ministering to gypsies
Those of us who follow Jesus are like gypsies in a way. Peter, in his first book, describes us as “aliens and strangers in the world.” Our World Race team is ministering to gypsies in Romania this month. Team member Katie Rowland observes that
“in their music I feel the burdens of a downtrodden people. I hear the echoes of a history of repression and sadness, a yearning for a common home for their common culture. The Gypsies as a people group have never had a country of their own, and something in my spirit feels that, though I don’t understand their language.
Historically, the Roma or Sigani (Gypsy) people came from India. Known as travelers, as vagabonds, as mysterious and outcast, Gypsies have settled in many countries, but are still able to communicate using the Gypsy language (of which there are several dialects) and feel kinship with one another. They have settled in Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, other parts of Europe and other more far-flung places like America.Seemingly wherever they go or however long they’ve been settled there, the Gypsy people are not considered local.
women on Easter. (I had a surprise attack by 3 men in front of an
entire church), they force feed you a variety of Easter treats, and
they celebrate Easter twice (one is traditional and one is
Orthodox)…..Side note I am getting baptized this Orthodox Easter
twice on the lips if they love you…you never know what your gonna get!
to change, but with the power of God there is much breakthrough!
i remember the first time i met a gypsy in spain. definitely a unique culture. they don’t speak spanish and were treated as the underbelly of Seville.
i wrote a blog about it here: http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/?filename=faith-and-ethnicity-gypsies-in-spain.
I was adopted at birth and spent my whole life never fitting in anywhere.In youth groups at church, I was always the odd ball and outsider, never belonging anywhere.I have felt the sting of rascism most of my life. Even in the family that I was adopted to,I always had reminders that I wasn’t real, just the adopted kid.I am now 46 years old and for my birthday, I had an ethnic DNA test done just to have closure as to who and what I am. The results came back gypsy. It explains alot. The way I am and the way I believe.It also explains the love I have for the outcast and youth in my area that no one wants. God loves me no matter what I am and I share that love with others.