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Romani, Balkan in Afghanistan

Romani, Balkan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
15,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % Not available   

Romani, Balkan in Afghanistan

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Introduction / History
The Balkan Romani are located in parts of Eastern Europe including Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, and the Ukraine. There is even a significant community in China. Romani are the largest stateless people group that exist. Many times, the population count of Romani are inaccurate due to their nomadic lifestyle. Others do not possess identity cards because they fear discrimination or persecution.

Romani call themselves Rom, which in their language means "men." Rom is derived from the Indian word Dom, meaning "a man of low caste who gains his livelihood by singing and dancing." The Romani language, therefore, comes from the name the Romani call themselves.

Romani have their roots in India. They began spreading westward in the tenth century. By the fourteenth century, large Romani groups were established in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria. Some continued to live as nomads; others settled in permanent dwellings. Regardless of where they lived, though, to non-Romani, they remained mysterious and distinct. Curiosity about them eventually led to hatred and discrimination. In the twentieth century, many Romani were killed by Nazis. Today, they are still discriminated against.

What are their lives like?
People often assume that all Romani have dark hair, complexion, and eyes; however, Balkan Romani sometimes have lighter skin and even blond hair and blue eyes. This is probably because their ancestors mixed with Europeans. Unlike the Romani who have remained in India, many of the Balkan Romani have become settled. They often live in villages or near towns and cities. Some still travel, though, by caravans of cars, trucks, and trailers.

In the past, Romani were not allowed to own land, so they began developing unique occupations which they still do today. These included such things as fortune-telling, horse trading, market vending, entertaining, acrobatics, and metal and wood working. They are especially known for their musical abilities and dancing. Many sing and play instruments at weddings, baptisms, and festivals. Unfortunately, they are also known as beggars and thieves. Petty theft (usually by children), begging, and black market peddling sometimes provide families with income. This reputation has caused much discrimination against them. In many countries, they are last in line for jobs. Some of the women work as domestic helpers, but are paid very low wages and given no health benefits. Many have insufficient housing and unsatisfactory medical attention.

Values such as justice, fidelity, and morality are included in the Romani code of ethics. The chief loyalty of a Romani is to his family members, who are extremely important to him. Extended family members usually live together, and those who live in separate homes often telephone or make daily visits to each other.

Marriages are sometimes arranged by the parents, and young couples usually marry while in their mid to late teens. Often, they prefer to elope rather than to have a wedding ceremony. Purity before marriage is something of great value to them.

Their uniqueness of lifestyle clearly separates them from non-Romani. For instance, it is the fascinating manner in which a Romani wears his clothes: as a costume or as a statement; the unusual ways he uses his automobile: as a home, a shop, or a shrine; the unique method in which he works: with great skill or eccentric style, that sets him apart. All of these things make Romani interesting, mystical, and sometimes misunderstood.

What are their beliefs?
Many Romani have maintained their religious traditions and beliefs. They believe that ghosts, lizards, and snakes are capable of harming humans. They believe that men have the power to curse others by giving them the "evil eye." They also believe that some men have the power to heal the sick.

What are their needs?
Although they may be more sanitary, more educated, and have more opportunities than Romani in the Middle East and India, they all have one thing in common: the need for Jesus. Prayer and evangelism efforts are needed in order to win them to Christ.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the people who have been rejected and discriminated against will find love and acceptance through Christ.
* Ask the Lord to raise up people who are willing to share Christ with they Romani.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Romani towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up people who are willing share Christ with the Romani.
* Pray that the people who have been rejected and discriminated against will find love and acceptance through Christ.
* Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the small number of Romani who have become Christians.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Romani towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Pray that God will give the missions agencies strategies for reaching the Romani.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Balkan Romani.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2006-10-25
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Country: Afghanistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:3 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Romani, Balkan
People Name General: Romani, Balkan
Alternate People Names:
ArliskiArliski Balkan Gypsy
Baltic GypsyDzambazi
JeridesKochi
KoochiKuchi
RomaZargari
ROP3 Code: 108397
Joshua Project People ID: 14570
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 15,000
Population all Countries: 1,249,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Romani
People Name General: Romani, Balkan
Ethnic Code: CNN25f
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Romani, Balkan (15,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rmn    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Zargari
Dialect Code:3403
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1912-1937
New Testament:
2008
Complete Bible: 2015
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Romani, Balkan
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Urasi romani for Romania
 
 
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Romani, Balkan in Afghanistan

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