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group in my church for several years, and get involved more in the ministry.
up with the lessons for their age group.
and started to get involved in the min- We didn’t know how or when; we just
In the last years, however, we have seen
istry that my church had among the prayed. In just a few weeks, we found
many lives changed among the Gypsy
Gypsies. Growing up in the church and that the BMAA was interested in extend-
people because the Gospel of Jesus
getting involved in ministry, I felt that ing their work in Romania among the
Christ is touching their lives. Romania
God was calling me to do more, to invest Gypsies, and now we are ready to go back
is witnessing a great revival among the
my whole life in reaching people with and start some new and exciting projects
Gypsies. We want to be part of this, and
the Gospel and making a difference in that are going to touch many lives.
that’s why we are ready to get involved
the lives of others. But I had my fears, We want to reach 1,000,000 people.
more in this ministry.
and I asked God to show me exactly what How are we going to do it?
Both of us grew up in a Baptist church.
He wanted me to do. I went to college to We have the Jesus film translated in
My wife Daniela was a Sunday Bible
become a mechanical engineer, and last the Gypsy language, and we want to go
teacher for children in her church from
year in April, we got married. around the country and find every vil-
age 15. After that she started to get
Right after our marriage, a great lage and place where Gypsies live and
involved in working with Gypsy children
opportunity was offered to establish show them the Jesus film. We won’t stop
and now coordinates four schools for
ourselves here in the United States. The there because this will be a great oppor-
Gypsies in different villages and teaches
U.S. government has a program that ran- tunity to share the Gospel and in many
Sunday Bible lessons. She is also the
domly selects people outside the United places plant new churches.
director of Camp Joy, a camp for Gypsy
States who want to come here and start a Lifeword is going to help us by doing a
children where every summer many
new life. We applied and out of hundreds weekly radio broadcast. It’s going to be a
kids have the opportunity to learn more
of thousands, we were selected. 30-minute weekly variety-cultural program
about Jesus and have a great time there.
There we were, a young couple just that will wisely present the Gospel. The pro-
All this is possible due largely to the vision
starting life together, with an oppor- gram is going to be recorded in one of our
of one man, Tony Collicco, a missionary
tunity that every young person in my Gypsy churches with our Gypsy people.
who came to Romania 15 years ago and
country dreams about—to come and live Please pray for us as we go back to our
surrendered his life to taking the Gospel
in the United States. country and reach some of the poorest
to the Gypsies. The result is many Gypsy
We came in March this year, and in just a people in Europe-Gypsies. We know that
churches planted in Salaj County, Romania
few weeks, we got a green card and a Social is not going to be easy because Satan is
four schools for Gypsy children, Camp Joy,
Security card, so that we could start living not happy about our plans, but we have
and many lives changed by the Gospel.
the American dream—a nice and beautiful put our trust in the Lord, and we know
I had been the leader of the youth
life. But we said that we want to go back for sure that He is going to be with us. n
“If they attend school, teachers make them sit in the
back of the classroom, giving them little attention.
If they show up for church, they are often asked to leave,
and no one seems to care for their souls.”
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