When 4 little boys appeared at the door to a Romany Bible study gathering one December morning last year in Brno, Czech Republic, God spoke a message of hope.
The boys had met and played American football (or a version as they understood it) with our group of college students the previous two days, so when they showed up to the gym on Sunday morning to find it empty, they set out in search of their new friends. As they walked into the 2-room building serving as the “church”, they were greeted with smiles from both Romany and Americans alike. The boys sat with the rest of us as two of the American guys they had grown to admire shared what Christ was doing in their lives. Afterwards we learned that these Romany boys had never set foot in the building before, meaning these were 4 more lives to which the missionaries were now connected; more open doors for life-change. God was faithful in using a simple game of football to spark relationships that may ultimately connect these boys back to Himself.
The American college students were Fuge and CentriKid camp staffers that had the opportunity to put action to their faith thanks to the money raised by campers and staffers over the past 4 years. Despite being the final year for the formal partnership with the Roma through the IMB, I can’t help but think that of the thousands of hearts exposed to the Roma, this may be a lifelong venture for some. To learn more about the outreach to the Roma, read more stories or get ideas for giving and praying for the Roma year-round check out these sites: