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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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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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