Gypsy, Ruska Roma in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Gypsy, Ruska Roma only in Russia

Population

202,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

"Gypsy" is the general English term used to describe this large, ethno-linguistic group; however, in their homeland of India they were originally called Dom, meaning man. Later, Dom developed into Rom. Today, Gypsies prefer to be called Romany (plural "Romanies") in Europe; but in the Middle East and North Africa, many still refer to themselves as 'Dom' or 'Domi'.


Where are they Located?

Originally coming from India, the Gypsies are now scattered throughout the world. This is largely due to the closed communities they maintain. There are many fascinating folk tales about their origins that are still passed down from generation to generation.


What are Their Lives Like?

Their lifestyles vary widely. There are those who maintain a peripatetic (nomadic) lifestyle. They offer their services as entertainers, musicians, or metal workers to other nomadic groups. Also included in the nomadic lifestyle are those Dom who are migrant workers.

Gypsies in Sudja live in close proximity to each other. The housing conditions range from primitive to average compared to other Russians.

It's typical to see extended families living together. Because of the close living conditions, it may be that these conditions would be quite favorable to the development of home / cell churches based on the model of self-replicating home churches used in China and India.


What are Their Beliefs?

Beliefs among the Gypsies in Sudja are similar to those found throughout Russia. Most of these Gypsies are non-believers and do not adhere to any established major religion. Many others have some forms of animism and shamanism. Some Gypsies are Muslim.


What are Their Needs?

In almost all of the countries they live in, their rudimentary command of the local language and limited use of written documents have contributed to their political powerlessness. Some who have settled are in transition, as they seek to become a part of the social systems around them. In an effort to fit in, they may abandon the traditional clothing, tattooing, dancing and fortune telling that are part of the Gypsy lifestyle. They may even deny their ethnic identity.

Life for this Gypsy group is very difficult. The Russian government will not issue Gypsies passports, so they essentially are unable to leave the country in a legally permissible manner. They view themselves essentially as refugees. Discrimination is rampant. It is very difficult for any Gypsies to find employment. The crime rate among these Gypsies is very high. Male leadership is frequently missing, for various reasons (e.g., many are in prison). Grandmothers appear to play a prominent role in family leadership. There is evidence of at least some malnutrition, as children are underweight and/or shorter than their average counterparts in western nations. Illness comes frequently to these Gypsies, and often last longer than it would in other more developed areas.

Regardless of their efforts to assimilate into the mainstream society, Gypsies rarely have official status or citizenship in their country of residence. Due to their poverty, they are often unable to pay hospital fees when children are born. In this case, no birth certificate is issued, so the possibility of securing citizenship is forfeited. The concept of owning land is not inherent to the nomadic Gypsy worldview, and they find it difficult to adjust to such an outlook. Few families own the plots of land on which they locate their settlements or camps. Therefore, they are often subjected to forced relocation.


Prayer Points

* Pray for churches to be planted among them.
* Pray that new believers will be discipled.
* Pray for improvement in their nutrition, medical care and education
* Pray for entrepreneurs who will cater to the Gypsy ethnic community.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Gypsy, Ruska Roma
People Name in Country Gypsy, Ruska Roma
Population in Russia 202,000
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ruska Roma, Russian Gypsy, Russianized Gypsy
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Romany
People Name General Gypsy, Ruska Roma
Ethnic Code CNN25f

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Russian (202,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Russian 202,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1815-1993)
New Testament Yes   (1821-1991)
Complete Bible Yes   (1680-2011)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Central Asian (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Holy Synod (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Russian
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General General Ministry Resources
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bible Gateway Scripture
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
60.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
40.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
60.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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