At least once a month, our HeartCry missionaries in Romania will meet together in a designated region and team up for corporate outreach. This past month they targeted the Rroma people who according to Wikipedia constitute one of the largest minorities in Romania. In the 2011 census, their population numbered 621,573 people, or 3.3% of the total population. The Rroma are Romania's most socially, economically and morally disadvantaged minority, with high illiteracy and human trafficking levels. The following report is from Ion Tomeci who was a part of HeartCry missionaries' evangelistic effort this month to the Rroma people:
There are large Rroma communities living in the outskirts of Bucharest. Glina is situated near the garbage dump of Bucharest and a large community of Rroma people is living there. You can see great contrasts in this village, but most of the people are poor. Some of them are involved in prostitution networks, and others pick up different things from the garbage dump. Glina is a place where you don't want to be during the night. Still, in spite of all these things, God let a church appear in the middle of this community. The Rroma people I talked to in Glina know about this church. Several pastors and ministers that work in Rroma communities were invited to Glina, in order to help pastor Marian Nae for two days. We prayed for this poor community and made five teams that took the good news of our dear Savior to these people.
The next day we went to Frumusani, about 6 miles away from Bucharest. The situation of the people there is even worse. I had the feeling that this was a remote village, near the borders of the country. But actually we were very close to Bucharest. People living there don't have jobs and I have no idea how they survive. They really need God. It is true that they are partially responsible for their situation, as they don't like to work and are slaves to their vices. The story of Jonah tells us that the citizens of Nineveh were very simple people, living in darkness, and who deserved God's punishment. Still, we can see there was compassion in God's heart for these people who pass on their darkness to the next generations, through their culture. When you talk to them, you realize that this is all they know and they cannot do more than this. They deserve punishment for their lifestyle, but they are people made in God's image and we know that Christ died for them too. We had an evangelistic event in their own style, with their own music style, and pastor Moise Marian from Bucharest preached the Word of God. God was good to us. I would like to tell you some stories from this evangelistic outreach.