Praise and Prayer

Praise: They have been despised, rejected and persecuted for centuries, but Europe's Gypsies are experiencing a revival unparalleled among other peoples in the region. The number of Christian Gypsies in Europe is estimated at 500,000 to 1 million, of a total population of 11-38 million. Life and Light, a branch of the Assemblies of God, estimates that in France alone there are about 130,000 Gypsy believers. The movement has planted 210 Gypsy churches and trained more than 1,300 pastors in France while sending out missionaries to 40 countries and founding Bible schools in three countries. In Spain there are about 500 Gypsy churches with some 2,000 pastors, and 90,000 of the 600,000 Gypsies are baptized believers. Light and Life President Jimmy Meier said that "biblical truth causes the Gypsy converts to change their lives completely. There is no more fighting, stealing or drinking."