Touching the untouchables ? church planting & outreach

Politicians in Eastern Europe and in the European Union go into great lengths trying to solve the so-called ?Roma Problem.? Our vision at Hungarian Gypsy Missions International is that the Roma ? as the most underprivileged people group in Europe ? first and foremost need God?s saving mercy and grace. When they repent and turn to Him, they are born again and Jesus transforms their lives.

HGMI was founded in 1996 with only a handful of people in 3 ethnic Gypsy churches. In the past 20 years, God has opened up doors for the gospel among the Roma in a mighty way. The people ? despised by a large part of mainstream society ? turn to God, repent of their sins and are born again. Today, there are about 6000 people in 120 churches and church plants in our network.

Our vision is that God makes the last first. Revival among the Roma will have a great impact on Europe. Those who have racial prejudice against them today, will come to the Lord and be blessed.

Mission workers and volunteers, supervised by the HGMI executives elders, visit churches and cell groups regularly. They preach a teach the Bible. HGMI trains local and regional leaders ? preparing room for 325 thousand Gypsy men and women, according to our vision.

Music has a vital role in the Roma way of life and thus it is a major means for communicating the message of God?s love to them. Praise & worship music is very important in all our churches, cell groups and outreaches.

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Groundbreaking sociological survey shows transformed Gypsy lives

On April 23, 2015, Gypsy Methodology and Research Center (GMRC), the scientific research arm of Hungarian Gypsy Missions International, introduced their first major work in sociological research among the Hungarian Roma, The Impact of Gypsy Mission Movements in Hungary. The Protestant interdenominational survey has shown that there are about 20,000 born-again church-attending ethnic Gypsies in Hungary today.

Having processed 1100 questionnaires from a representative group of 6500 ethnic Gypsies across the country, GMRC researchers found that transformation of born-again Roma?s lives is obvious and Christian ministries among the Roma have a substantial positive impact on society.

Ethnic Gypsies make up a significant portion of the population in Central & Eastern Europe. Their cultural differences, poverty as well as mainstream society?s rampant prejudice against them have created a complex ?Gypsy issue? across Europe. Neither national governments nor the European Union has been able to offer a viable long-term solution that would provide equal chances and a hope for the future to the Roma masses while increasing their usefulness for society. We are convinced that even if society had all the good intentions and precise strategies to help, the Roma ? just as everybody else ? can and will only be changed by the transforming power of the gospel.

In The Impact of Gypsy Mission Movements in Hungary, the authors ? GMRC researchers Mr. Gellert Gyetvai and Mr. Zoltan Rajki ? paint a detailed picture about how Roma lives can change under God?s transforming power when they are approached with love and grace. All aspects of their lives are changed and they do become a blessing to others.

Hungarian Gypsy Missions International firmly believes God will make the last the first. He will lift up the Roma in Europe and make them examples and a driving force for change.

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Albert Durko receives Raoul Wallenberg Award

The Rev. Albert Durko, President of Hungarian Gypsy Missions International, nominated by Mr. Zoltan Balog, Hungarian Minister of Human Capacities, and the senior leaders of HGMI, received the Raoul Wallenberg Award on January 19, 2015.

For an exemplary life and ministry of fighting against discrimination, helping the underprivileged and disadvantaged, and contributing towards the exercising of human rights and citizenship rights provided by law in Hungary, Mr. Zoltan Balog, Hungarian Minister of Human Capacities, and the senior leaders of HGMI had nominated Albert Durko for the 2015 Raoul Wallenberg Award. The Award Committee found the nomination well-founded and selected him to be one of the Award recipients.

The laudation states that ?the leader of Hungarian Gypsy Missions International believes that through mutual acceptance everybody can help decrease the tensions in society and find the path to enriching others.?

The award ceremony, titled ?Raoul Wallenberg ? Each Action Counts? and held on January 19, 2015, commemorated the 70th anniversary of Wallenberg?s detention by the Soviet Red Army. The diplomat was never publicly seen afterwards and reportedly died imprisoned in Moscow on July 17, 1947. The joint awards of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, the Ministry of Human Capacities and the National Association of Local Authorities are given to people and organizations that, in one way or another, follow in the footsteps of the Swedish humanitarian. This year, five people and two organizations were awarded.

Ceremony participants and speakers included H. E. Mr. Niclas Trouvé, Embassador of Sweden, Mr. Michael Wernstedt, Executive Director of the Swedish Raoul Wallenberg Academy, Mr. Urban Christian Ahlin, Speaker of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament), Mr. Emir Selimi, Artist & Roma Rights Activist, Dr. Marta Matrai, First Officer of the Hungarian National Assembly, Mr. Szabolcs Takacs, Minister of State for European Affairs (Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities), and Dr. Bence Retvari, Parliamentary State Secretary (Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities).

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Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg (4 August 1912 ? disappeared 17 January 1945) was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from Hungarian Fascists and the Nazis during the later stages of World War II. While serving as Sweden?s special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory. (Wikipedia: Raoul Wallenberg)

900 Participants at Coworkers? Meeting in Bekes

Over 900 of our nearly 1200 full-time coworkers attended our special biannual gathering in Bekes on November 15, 2014. They had come for a day of encouragement, inspiration, and information and didn?t go home empty-handed ? or, in fact, empty-hearted. They all had the opportunity to listen to reports about what we are doing as an organization, hear the gospel, and even be prayed for. We are receiving good reports about the outcome.

On November 15, 2014, the number of HGMI employees across all our sectors and functions was 1183. Over 900 of these people came to our biannual coworkers? day held in Békés, Hungary. As a Christian organization, we have a policy not to only employ Christians. About half of our people are non-Christians. We convey the gospel to them in words and deeds.

In the morning, the Rev. Albert Durko, HGMI President shared a heart-to-heart message. One of the main objectives of these gatherings is to express our appreciation to our coworkers for their hard work and commitment. Albert preached a message of hope and inspiration. He offered the people that they can come forward and be prayed for by the HGMI executive elders and other leaders.

All participants had yet another opportunity to familiarize themselves with HGMI?s mission and vision: everything we do, we do to reach as many lost Gypsies and non-Gypsies with God?s life-transforming gospel as possible.

In the afternoon, the leaders of various HGMI units and functions shared their presentations about our services, statistical data and their vision for the future.

Our invited guests ? including Dr. Erzsebet Sandor, Deputy Commissioner from the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, the Rev. Albert Pataky, President of the Hungarian Pentecostal Church, and Mr. Gabor Izso, the Mayor of Bekes ? all addressed issues relevant to minorities and underprivileged people and expressed their joy for HGMI?s work.

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