Daily Topic for December 12, 2010
There are many ways that the Holy Spirit can move in an individual. He can give anyone supernatural skills to do just about anything. In this case, He gave Bezalel the ability to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze. Likewise, He can give abilities to the Domari Gypsies to do anything He wants them to do.
Pray that these Gypsy people will surrender their lives to God so that He can enable them to flourish spiritually and economically.
The Domari Gypsy man sat on the floor of the Cairo airport terminal blowing on a musical pipe. He hoped tourists or rich Egyptians would be drawn to his sad haunting tune and throw some coins in the bowl he had on the mat placed beside him.
Domari Gypsies in Egypt are related to the Gypsies of Europe and speak a dialect of Romani. Both groups emigrated out of India centuries ago and continue, to a great extent, the nomadic lifestyle they have practiced for thousands of years.
Even in India, the Gypsies were a caste of musicians, singers, dancers, entertainers and tinkerers. Usually they know several trades and are very adaptable, applying their skills and talents to what a community needs. The Domari Gypsies live on the margins of society and in the poorer districts of large cities. Some live in tents or carts like the Bedouin.
The Middle East Gypsies are Muslim, but there are a growing number of Christian Gypsies. They have tremendous needs since the quality of health care, nutrition, housing, and education is poor. Their nomadic lifestyle has made it difficult for missionaries to reach them. However, it is encouraging to hear of recent breakthroughs in ministering to them.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to share Christ with the Domari Gypsies. Ask God to strengthen, protect, and encourage the small number of Gypsy believers.