Reaching through practical means!

Reaching through practical means!

Odessa Theological Seminary students Paul and Vira are seeking to impact communities through a financial company “Hope of Ukraine”, which was started by Christians and helps entrepreneurs develop their businesses. Among other things the company distributes the Scriptures among clients who have never heard of Christ as Saviour.

The company also focuses on preaching the Gospel among the Romani people in west Ukraine where the concentration of Roma communities is higher than in the rest of Ukraine. Christians try to show their love and care, when they see that they can initiate positive changes in individual people, in Roma churches, and in Roma communities at large. 

Paul and Vira’s activity developed mainly in two directions:

ONE

They teach Roma people to save money. For centuries Roma people have been “making money” by asking people to give, sometimes by selling things, but very seldom by working.

TWO

Paul and Vira’s are teaching the Roma literacy skills. The majority of adult Roma cannot read or write. This substantially limits their job opportunities. The children are not motivated to study hard either.

Another hurdle is the fact that parents often engage in seasonal work, which distracts them from study. This lifestyle develops into a vicious cycle which is hard to break. 

To help break it, Paul and Vira have started some educational initiatives for Roma. Through their programmes they long to see a whole cultural mindset shift which will embrace Biblical principles.

Paul writes: “Christian Roma who go to church really want to change something in their lives. They are very sincere, and they love God with all their hearts. They are open to changes. I believe that if some positive developments would happen in the Gypsy community, they would start from Christian Roma… In the process of fellowship with the Roma families we see how the knowledge that we receive in the seminary really helps in our work and ministry.”

Pray that God will use Paul and Vira to impact the lives of Roma people living in west Ukraine. Already they are working in the Poroscovo area where SGA sponsored missionaries work.

We are pleased that as the Mission helps to fund Odessa Seminary, students Paul and Vira are benefiting from its teaching.