Hungarian Gypsy Missions International was founded in 1996 as a missions branch within the Hungarian Pentecostal Church. Today we have more than 1300 employees and hundreds of volunteers, and there are over 30 people on our full-time missions staff.
We serve the underprivileged, especially ethnic Gypsies, in Hungary and surrounding countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Taking Jesus as our example, we place great emphasis on the balance of ministering to spirit, soul and body of the individual.
In recent years we have seen a tremendous increase in opportunities to preach the Gospel, teach the people and feed the hungry. We are deeply convinced that Gypsies, like everybody else, can only be transformed by God?s life-changing power.
We established our Social Services Center in 2008 to provide an administrative framework for the services we provide in the social arena. Our dynamic growth surpassed all expectations: now we have more than 1000 social nurses.
As our primary activity in this field we provide home assistance to the elderly. Our skilled social nurses visit their patients on a regular basis and help them in their homes and in challenges like shopping, visiting the doctor and the like.
We also provide social catering, a daycare for children and a daycare for the elderly, a nursery and psychosocial rehabilitation for psychiatric patients. We constantly seek ways to extend and improve our services for our clients? benefit.
Our School Operations Center was established in 2012 for supervising education institutions where ethnic Gypsies have equal chances to receive quality education in an environment of acceptance and encouragement. Our vision is to make our schools such positive learning environments that later can serve as positive role models for other institutions that wish to effectively teach and impact Gypsy children and youth.
Gypsy Methodology & Research Center was established in 2012 with the purpose of studying social, economic and church processes related to ethnic Gypsies. Our research finds new ways to effectively help Gypsies adapt and flourish.
Our research activities reflect our belief in an attitude of integration and pursuing synergy. We extensively use and build on sociological and pastoral psychological knowledge and methods to assess the present state and future ways of Gypsies.
We have concluded research on the sociology of Christian Gypsy communities, Christian Roma churches in Hungary and health conditions of the Roma. We continually document best practices for church planting and church work among ethnic Gypsies.
?News of Hope? Foundation provides the administrative background for our missions activities and serves as the legal entity behind our civic engagement. We have more than 30 full-time missions workers and a large group of volunteers.
We are involved in missions related work in 270 localities and visit over 70 of them on a weekly basis. We start new home groups, plant churches, minister to young people and in prisons. We hold nationwide outreaches and prayer days.
We provide biblical education and skilled training for adults. Since 1996 more than 300 people have received pastoral assistant diplomas in our Bible School for Lay People. The number of social nurses we trained exceeds 300.
GypsyAid is our official charity and relief organization. GypsyAid provides a transparent system for collecting, administrating and effectively distributing both cash and in-kind donations from all over the world. We work within and without country boundaries.
Poverty, need and hunger don?t respect national and country borders, therefore we do not wish to put a limit on offering a helping hand wherever it is needed. Our primary target group is ethnic Gypsies but we also serve others in need.
We focus on distributing basic foodstuff with long shelf life, detergents, articles of personal hygiene, cloths and books. We frequently visit homeless people and refugees. About 1000 children receive presents through us during the Christmas season.