Approximately 13,000,000 Roma/Gypsies live in Central and Western Europe. By comparison, Hungarians number only 9 million, Serbians about 7 million and Portuguese 10 million.
However, the average Roma/Gypsy lives 10 years less than other Europeans. This is due to a hard, harsh, often third-world lifestyle; poor diet; detrimental habits and deficient health care. Although Central Europe has national health-care, for the Roma it is curative and not preventative; discriminatory and prejudicial and usually used only as a last resort. Most Roma are concerned about their health and that of their children, though generally ill-informed about how to be healthy.
This is a huge window of opportunity for us who want to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God in deed as well as word to the Roma nation. Our Community Health Evangelism (CHE) teams enter Roma communities offering them the hope of holistically healthier lives, families and communities through following King Jesus. One area of focus is physical health through community training in preventative health care.
For us to do this effectively, however, we need trained health care professionals serving on our CHE Teams in Hungarian and in Serbian-speaking regions of Europe. As Jeannie and I look to semi-retirement in 2020, we are praying for two NAB couples to come to Central Europe to replace us full-time. But God is encouraging us to pray that one person in each couple is a health care professional who will be a medical presence in our Roma communities, to…
- help set up health-care screenings in Roma communities.
- train Roma in preventative health-care,
- develop programs that produce healthier children and adults,
- help Roma become better advocates for themselves in the public health system,
- train Roma to be preventive health-care volunteers in their communities.
- bring the health-giving love and Good News of Jesus to these lost people.
If you believe God may be speaking to you about this wonderful opportunity to use your health-care skills and gifts, please contact Ron Seck via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to tell you more.