Welcome to the CBF Gypsy Network
The CBF Gypsy Cluster ministers and networks in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Our goal is to create self-supporting, reproducing Gypsy churches by marshalling prayer support, encouraging Christian presence in Gypsy communities, developing Scripture and related media resources, partnering with other Great Commission Christians, and training Gypsy Christian leadership. The CBF cluster began working in Europe (Romany), and expanded to serve Gypsies in the Indian Subcontinent (Banjara) as well as in North Africa and the Middle East (Dom).
Gypsy Ministry Team Project List
Production of Gospel Resources
Romany Scripture Media, # 80821
Given the oral culture background of all Romany groups, video, film, cassette, and CD can be powerful tools for communicating the Gospel and discipling believers. We will partner with Wycliffe to dub existing �shell� videos into Romani language for distribution by church leaders and evangelists throughout Europe and the former USSR. When deemed more appropriate, audio �Mini-Bibles� will be recorded using selected Bible stories.
Funds Needed: $3,000
Kalderash Cyrillic New Testament, # 80829
Purpose: Meet need for the New Testament in a language and script which Romany Christians in former Soviet Block areas can use to disciple and evangelize their own people. The project funds will be used to complete correction, publish, and then establish an affordable distribution system for the Kalderash New Testament in Cyrillic script.
Funds Needed: $2,000
Sing Banjara (Resources for Praise & Worship) # 81382
This project will support multi-media development projects in Lambadi language in India such as the Banjara Hymnbook with CD song track, and distribution of the Jesus Film in Lambadi. This is a 3-way partnership with CBF, CBN, and sponsoring Banjara organizations or churches. The goal is to use partnerships to reach Banjara communities who have not yet seen the Jesus Film or where church planting efforts need to be strengthened. The goal of the Hymnbook is to provide a culturally appropriate form of worship among the Banjara people.
Funds Needed: $3,000
Read Banjara (Lambadi Audio & Written Bible) # 81383
Funds will be used to sponsor the translation of the Old Testament and to print copies of the Lambadi New Testament in Hindi script as well as storytelling materials. Additionally, project money will help publish Hindi and Kannada script versions of the New Testament in the Lambadi language. In the northern states most Banjara people are illiterate and therefore an audio form of God�s word is needed. Funds for this project will be used to record, mass-produce, and distribute the audio Bible.
Funds Needed: $6,000
Humanitarian and Development Projects
Dom Scholarships, # 80210
This project will help to provide scholarships to young Dom people living in the Middle East & North Africa for both university studies and vocational training institutions. The project demonstrates the commitment of CBF to a holistic ministry that will enable Gypsies to better themselves and their communities, while at the same time insure that Christian personnel can provide a witness to those students at a critical point in their lives.
Funds Needed: $5,000 ($500 for each scholarship)
Gypsy Family Project, # 80186
Many Gypsy families live a desperate existence and have little left for gifts for children at Christmas. This project provides funds to pay for gifts at Christmas as well as school supplies during the year. Occasionally funds are used to purchase firewood, pay utility bills, funeral costs, and fill medical prescriptions.
Funds Needed: $500
Hunger & Clothing Relief, # 80213
This project will provide emergency relief for the neediest of Gypsy families in the Middle East & North Africa. Particular attention will be given to those areas where families are devastated by the effects of war. New relief efforts are anticipated for communities in which work is currently developing.
Funds Needed: $25 one blanket; $35 food relief package for one family.
Dom Vocational Training, # 80218
The vocational training projects will be carried out in conjunction with local training institutes and local ministry teams in the Middle East & North Africa.
Funds Needed: $100 scholarships are needed to support each Dom participant in these programs for one year. 50 scholarships are needed.
Banjara Mobile Medical Clinics # 81381
The CBF ministry among the Banjara Gypsies takes a holistic approach, using social and economic development projects, along with evangelistic endeavors. Medical clinics serve the needs of those Gypsies who do not have adequate health care. Services can range from general to diagnostic to educational. Project funds are requested, to sponsor Indian medical personnel and to conduct the clinics. In some areas, Banjara provide a minimal fee, but funds are for a doctor�s honorarium and medicines.
Funds are also used for emergency care or to help with major medical needs among Banjara workers and community members. These funds will be used in the six states throughout India.
Funds Needed: $8,000.00
Banjara Hunger Relief # 81384
Banjara Gypsies, as well as other tribal people, come into the major cities of India in search for work or opportunities of a better life. Upon arrival, many resort to living on the side of the road with little or no money, no one to call on and many go hungry for days. Sometimes, they arrive alone but sometimes the entire family accompanies the men and will live on a sidewalk or anywhere they can. Naga Christian Fellowship, a student ministry for college student, are involved in ministry but the church is limited because the majority are students and on a tight budget. While Banjara Gypsies and others do find a job and are able to provide for their families the nutritional aspects are still in need of assistance. The Banjara people are also faced with lack of food during the monsoon season because they are not able to work because of the heavy rains.
Funds Needed: $6,000
Chalo Banjara (Advance Banjara/Micro Enterprise), # 81385
Funds will enable us to establish micro enterprise businesses among the communities of ministry. These projects will not only assist Banjara men allowing them to provide for their family, and help them become self-sustaining but will also provide for training and business opportunities for mothers to work from home. Banjara attire is very unique and by applying the style to other clothing items it becomes marketable with the tourist. Banjara churches will also benefit for such opportunities because congregations can also start businesses to help sustain a pastor and its ministry.
Funds Needed: $8,000
Banjara Bache (Children Ministries), # 81389
Our work is among the most neglected and many times the children are neglected the most. The children in the communities we work with spend the day alone � the older children take care of the younger siblings. Parents go to work most of the day and don�t return home until evening. Funds for this project will help us provide children ministries in the different communities where we work. VBS, Back Yard Bible Clubs, are but a few of the ministries which will be provided.
Funds Needed: $6,000
Emergency Response, # 81390
Often in the ministry with Banjara in India, emergency situations arise which need a direct response such as a sudden death in the church family, a traumatic accident, or dire need for a benevolent gift. This project allows us to provide emergency assistance to meet the needs of Banjara that just don't fit any other project.
Heifer Slovakia, # 89753
Heifer International � Slovakia works with poor families, including Roma, to help them learn basic farming skills to empower them to be active in addressing their own hunger needs. Heifer Slovakia works with local non-profits in Roma communities by providing animals, training, veterinary care and supervision. To begin breeding programs, the animals often require special cages. Heifer Slovakia Breeding Partnership provides the necessary funding for the construction of these breeding cages.
Funds needed: $1000 per year
Roma Health and Hunger Project, #89754 Roma Hunger & Health Project - The second week of each month is when many Roma families discover that there is more month left than there is money to buy groceries. Roma Hunger and Health project is designed to address the hunger needs of some of the poorest Roma in Kosice, Slovakia. In addition to providing a warm lunch to every Middle, Jr High, and Sr High school student to help the student�s families during the last week before their social assistance checks arrive, a health clinic will screen student�s health and provide culturally relevant information for healthy living. Unemployed Roma women who have training in healthcare will be utilized in conducting the screenings. In the future, the health screenings will be offered to the student�s parents.
Establishment of Gypsy Churches and Training of Gypsy Leaders
Middle East Gypsy Church Start, #80215
This project will support an indigenous church plant. The area in which the church is located is torn by war that has devastated the economy. Thus, Christian Gypsy leaders struggle to provide for themselves, much less to make enough to support the growing number of believers (most of whom are extremely poor themselves). For this church to survive, partnering churches are being sought to support them financially until political and military tensions in the region subside. The primary emphasis will be to find a sister church that will help to support and to encourage the Gypsy church.
Funds Needed: $634 will support the work (rent of building, supplies for children�s programs, church utilities) for one month.
Proclaim Banjara, (Banjara Pastors/Leaders) # 81387
As new church starts arise, the lack of funds and low wages earned by its members makes it difficult for the church to support a pastor/leader. As the Banjara people become new believers and learn about stewardship they do give sacrificially but it takes a new Banjara church at least four years before it can become a self-sustaining church.
The Banjara Gypsy team will assist these new churches, thru their founding organization, by providing financial support for the pastor of that church. This partnership will be limited to a four year commitment. As membership and giving increases the church will be responsible for one forth of the pastor�s support and will continue to contribute until it becomes self-supported.
Funds Needed: $8,000
Follow Me Banjara (Discipleship Training), # 81388 Conversions are illegal in India and yet many among the Banjara community are coming to the saving grace of Christ through personal evangelism, testimonies, and evangelistic meetings. New believers are invited to attend regular discipleship meetings and encounter weekend. For many of them attending these meetings mean a loss in wages and yet they are committed to their spiritual growth. Funds for this project will be used to help with half travel expenses for leaders and participants to attend encounter weekend meetings, meals, and discipleship materials. Consideration will be given for those who cannot attend due to lack of funds.
Funds Needed: $8,000
Hungarian Gypsy Church Property, # 85182
Two Romany congregations are in need of securing their own property. The Ujleta mission (45-50) meets in a lay leader�s home that is far too small for the entire congregation. The Retkozberencs mission (80-100) also meets in a home and their growth is limited. Funds have been provided and a plot of land has been purchased. Funds are needed to build a simple facility for housing this church plant.
Funds Needed: $20,000 (any amount appreciated)
Gypsy Smith Leadership Training School, # 85184
Some 25-30 Gypsy leaders in Romania meet four times a year for two intensive ministry- training courses. Guest professors prepare students in Biblical studies, Theology, practical ministry skills (Evangelism, Discipleship) and Baptist heritage.
Funds Needed: $500 will provide expenses for one leader for four sessions.
Education and Literacy Projects
Ruth School, # 80185
The Ruth School provides education to Gypsy children in Bucharest, Romania who have been denied access to public school. Some 200 children attend the school where they receive teaching from grades 1-8, a nutritious lunch and health check-ups. This fund helps pay for lunches, school supplies and teacher salaries.
Funds Needed: $2,000
Ruth School Building Project, # 80188
The Ruth School has expanded into its new facility that houses all of grades 1-8. The new building has all needed classrooms, a medical clinic, cafeteria and vocational training rooms. However, many of the rooms have not been equipped. Funds will help provide classroom furniture, medical clinic equipment and inventory as well as vocational training equipment.
Funds Needed: $30,000. (Any amount will be appreciated!)
Dom Literacy Programs, # 80214
This project supports literacy programs in four different Middle Eastern countries. Such programs are needed to help the Dom function more fully in society and also to enable their own reading of the Bible.
Funds Needed: $2,000 will sponsor one program. Or, $100 will sponsor one student for the program.
Romany Education, Moldova--# 80827
Illiteracy�and unemployment�are high among Romany in Moldova. This project will support educational opportunities for Romany in Moldova. Options include a) setting up a �Project Ruth� in the village of Vulcanesti; b) literacy classes for teenagers and adults; c) scholarships for higher education such as at the Moldovan Bible College.
Learn Banjara (Mobile Schools), # 81386
Adult literacy program among Banjara people and the need for their children�s education have become very evident. Most children living in the thandas do not attend any type of school and that will keep them in the same condition of poverty. The school will be mobile because they are nomadic in the sense that they move from work site to work site and this is why the children do not attend school. We have started ESL classes because English will help them advance further than the local languages. These funds will be used for mobile schools throughout India.
As more Banjaras are educated they will be able to read God�s word in their own language and will be better prepared as future leaders not only for their own people but also in their communities.
Funds Needed: $7,000
Gandhi School, # 85183
This school has some 270 Gypsy students enrolled. They study the regular high school curriculum as well as Romany language and culture. We have placed short-term personnel on staff in the English department and volunteer teams go once a year to lead conversational English and outreach services. These funds help this school purchase computers and other supplies that they otherwise cannot afford. In addition funds provide for 30 of the English students to attend a one-week summer camp to boost their conversational skills.
Funds Needed: $4,000
Partnerships with Great Commission Christians
Bulgarian Missionary Support, # 80180
CBF supports two Bulgarian Gypsy pastors who lead churches and serve as the voices of Romany broadcasts on TransWorld Radio. These men translate and produce five programs weekly that are broadcast across the Balkans.
Funds Needed: $3,600 will provide support for two pastors for one full year.
Roma Conference, # 80182
CBF partners with the Hungarian Baptist Union to sponsor this quarterly event that brings together Christian Gypsy lay leaders for worship, prayer, networking and discussions of issues relative to Christianity within the Romany culture. This fund provides for transportation, room and board for 25-30 participants.
Funds Needed: $1500 will provide expenses for four quarterly conferences.
Gypsy Cluster Prayer Coordinator Support, # 80184
Linda and Bruce Salmon currently serve as the stateside prayer coordinators for the Gypsy cluster. They represent the cluster at state CBF meetings and General Assembly as well as churches, promote the various projects and prayer calendars, help to coordinate the Gypsy Ministries website, etc. This fund pays for their expenses for travel to various meetings including a trip annually to the Gypsy cluster meeting.
Funds Needed: $2,500 (for one year)
Gypsy Mission India (Children Homes), #813XX
Gypsy Mission India has been in ministry for over forty years ands have been very successful reaching Banjara communities through children homes. Many of the over 500 pastors in their organization grew up, served, and/or established a home. A children�s home will provide a child�s basic needs, an education, medical care, as well as an opportunity to learn about Christ. Forty to fifty children are served for as little as $25 a month per child. These homes also serve as training centers and place of worship.
Funds Needed: $25 per Child
National Ministry Team Worker�Middle East, # 85213
This project will allow a national ministry team to add another worker who will coordinate ministry efforts (both evangelistic and relief efforts) among the Dom living in a Middle Eastern country.
Funds Needed: $4,000 ($1,000 will support the worker for one year)
Romany Outreach, Moldovan Baptist Union, #85822.
These funds support a local, Moldovan missionary to the Romany. $8,000 total; $330 provides salary and all associated costs for one month; $60 provides transportation costs for two weeks; $40 provides living costs for one week.
Slovak/Czech Baptist Roma Mission Support, # 89751
In partnership with the Baptist Unions in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, this project will mobilize and encourage holistic Roma ministry among their member churches by providing strategic direct ministry support for Church Planting, minister development, and social ministries.
Funds needed: $2,500 per year
Bethel � House of Christian Help, # 89752
The House of Christian Help - Bethel is a Ministry Center which houses different ministries of the local Baptist Church. The ministries are the Half-Way House, a ministry providing help to young adults release from orphanages; and the Alpha Center, an outreach with a variety of activities including a children's club "Oasis", a coffee house with Christian literature and exhibits of Christian artists, ESL courses and Bible Studies for unbelievers.
Funds needed: $100 will provide a place for one person to stay at Bethel�s Half Way House for one month
Supporting a Project
To support one of the above projects, send a check made out to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, P.O. Box 101699, Atlanta, Ga. 30392. IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to include the project number on your check to insure that the funds go directly to the Gypsy Team project of your choice.
CBF Global Missions Offering � 2007-2008
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