Roma (Gypsy) Partnership
NC Baptist Men and Women will be working with the Hungarian-speaking Roma people (Gypsy) of Romania/Ukraine/Hungary in 2014. Hungarian Baptist Aid and NC Baptist Men have partnered for the last six years to improve the life of the Roma people both physically and spiritually. Many teams have traveled to Eastern Europe to participate with the Roma in prayer and worship; providing VBS for the children, funding for wells in villages, food for the children and adults and men's and women's ministry. Medical teams are ministering in the Roma churches and villages as they meet physical needs and share the love of Christ. Construction teams have improved church buildings and built new churches in villages where there was no place to worship.
The Roma, often considered the poorest of the poor, are generally shunned and treated as outcast in their communities. North Carolina Baptists have great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we go to minister to their many needs and to share the gospel message. Volunteers are needed this summer to work with the children providing VBS, day camps and backyard bible clubs. Medical volunteers are needed for our medical teams and those with construction knowledge can help with building projects. Be in prayer about how God would have you and your church to be involved.
For current pictures showing the work among the Roma, visit www.lovehelpteach.org
The purpose of these projects is to minister through construction, VBS, sports, drama, medical, evangelism, prayer, worship and in other ways. Teams will have an opportunity to visit, work with and get to know these Roma. Team members are encouraged to affirm our brothers and sisters and share their faith with people they meet.
The price of the trip is $1950. per person. This includes round-trip airfare, insurance, in-country transportation, lodging, most meals, orientation materials, and T-shirt. Don’t forget your spending money. (Price does not include materials that will be needed for ministry, i.e., VBS materials, building materials, etc. See below)
Each team must provide a minimum of $500 to $2000 for the cost of doing ministry. This will depend on type of projects you wish to do. Medical teams will use the money for Medicine. Materials for construction projects will be purchased in country. VBS materials must be assembled and taken from the USA plus feeding the children. You should plan for up to 200 children in VBS. The Roma have no money for materials, so we must provide for these cost.
Teams should be comprised of no more than 12 members. Some construction and Vacation Bible School knowledge is helpful. On-site coordinators will arrange logistics for teams. Applicants must be at least 16 years old to participate.
Those wishing to participate should do the following:
Team leader should submit an electronic sign up for a project from the list below. New: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your date. This can be applied later to your teams travel expense. This needs to be sent to the NC Baptist Men's Office at PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512. Put "Roma Gypsy Project Reservation" in the memo.
Once team leader has been confirmed by project coordinator, he or she will be sent instructions for registering team members. Deposit of $200 per person due when you are approved. The final balance payment per person is due no later than 30 days prior to the date of your departure. (Once tickets are purchased, they are non-refundable and non-transferable).
Have a valid passport. If you do not have a valid passport you will need to get one immediately. It usually takes 4-8 weeks to process a new passport.
Team members must be in good physical health. Anyone with a chronic medical condition should not volunteer for these projects. Many areas of work will be quite hot and dusty. Volunteers will need to make sure the following shots are up to date: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Pertussis, Typhoid, Flu and Tetanus. Tell whom ever administers your shots that you will be traveling to Romania. Check with Internet cdc.gov/travel also.(They may suggest other shots. This is up to you.)
All travel will be arranged by NCBM’s office. Dates for travel are listed below. Any requested change of dates must be approved by NCBM. All volunteers must depart from Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham, Asheville, or Atlanta. (Travel may be possible from other cities, but may involve an additional cost.)
Living and Working Conditions
Those participating in this effort must be flexible and willing to work as a member of the team. Travel, living, and working conditions may be difficult at times. The work may be strenuous and the climate will be different. Once applications and deposits have been received, team members will be given information, which will answer many questions about the trip. NCBM will do an orientation for the team.
Smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking alcoholic beverages may be highly offensive to other Christians. Team members must refrain from these activities while in Hungary and Ukraine.
Do you want to help Roma "Gypsy" people? You can pray, give and go!
Pray for the "Roma" pastors as they seek to reach Gypsy people.
Give to help minister to Roma people: for $1 a day you can provide a meal for a child in the Roma ghetto; for $700 you can provide a well in a Roma Village; for $1,500 you can provide a little adobe house (20’X 20’) for a Roma family.
Go to Hungary/Romania/Ukraine and help the Gypsy church. Teams are needed for construction, medical, VBS and other projects. Contact Teresa Jones if you are interested in going. You can contact Teresa at 1-800-395-5102 ext. 5573 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to contribute to the Gypsy church, make you check payable to NC Baptist Men, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512. Designate your check to the Gypsy work. www.baptistsonmission.org
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