Owing and paying a “Gospel debt” | Chinese. Roma. Europe. Mission. Me #2

Why are there so many Chinese who are drawn to minister to the Roma in Europe? Particularly when Europeans themselves have been – and pretty much continue to be – participants in the generations-long process of marginalizing them? All the same, here there are Chinese churches from three continents, each struggling with critical European questions…

There is a field…

The soil is dark and rich, fertilized over years by suffering. But for as long as anyone can remember, people have thrown their garbage onto this field. It has happened for so long, that this field is seen as good for nothing but a garbage dump. Suddenly a flower appears.

Don’t look back…

Peter Kuzmic, speaking in Budapest this fall at the “Roma to the Nations” consultation, commented, regarding the history of Europe and the Roma people, that “Europe was never truly evangelized… it was Christianized.” I think that’s an interesting and illuminating comment to set beside the prevailing narrative of “post-Christian Europe,” currently popular among mission workers…

Learning to build on the strength of the weak

Eszter Dani is a pastor in the Hungarian Reformed Church. We met in Budapest at the Roma to the Nations consultation in October. She is bright, affable, articulate and energetic. In the course of conversation, we found that we had a few things in common: a passion for the Roma people, a long stretch of cross-cultural…

Life with the Roma – on a hard, dusty road

We are in Europe. The EU. One of the more progressive and prosperous societies in human history. Just 3 miles outside a quite nice, small city in central Romania. We are in a Roma community of about 400 people living in ramshackle dwellings on a dusty road leading up to the hills off the main…

Learning from the Gypsies – Part 1 of a series

I’ve had enough time for my thoughts to start to settle and begin to distill some of the many impressions gained from spending most of October immersed in the culture of the European Roma. Our Catalyst Team started off by pulling into Budapest just a couple hours before the beginning of the “Roma to the…