Gypsy, Greek in Greece


Joshua Project has identified the Gypsy, Greek only in Greece

Population

50,700

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

There are 2 groups of Gypsies in Greece: the ones travelling and working as merchants and the ones who have settled and live in Gypsy communities. They speak Romani and Greek and have been in Greece for almost 700 years, originally coming out of India between 900-1100. Although they are officially Greek citizens they are highly discriminated against by the Greek population.


Where are they Located?

The Gypsies who travel usually live in tents or in their vans and often sleep in a different village or city every night. The settled ones mostly live in communities outside of the cities, especially Athens and Thessaloniki. Katerini, Sofades, Larissa and other cities also have big Gypsy communities.


What are Their Lives Like?

Many Gypsy communities are located on the outskirts of cities on property that doesn't belong to them. They build houses with what people throw away. Only some of the houses have a bathroom and they often lack the basic infrastructure like clean water, electricity, etc. The bad infrastructure causes many to have bad health conditions. Most Gypsies have not been to school or have only attended for a short time and therefore the illiteracy rate is quite high. Teenagers often are married at age 13 to15 and at age 18 usually already have several children. Most men drive their trucks through the cities and gather old metal from the trash to resell it for recycling. Sometimes they work in the fields during harvest time. Their income is very low and makes it hard to provide for their big families. Music and dancing plays a big part in the Gypsy culture.


What are Their Beliefs?

Most of them are Greek Orthodox according to their papers. Some are Catholics, Mormons and Evangelicals. But there are also still many traditions with worshiping spirits and occult rituals mixed in their culture.


What are Their Needs?

Education for the children and young people; jobs for the men to provide for their families; teachings on health, education, relationships, the Bible; health (doctors and dentists); basic infrastructure (water, electricity and heating); property and houses that belongs to them.


Prayer Points

* Strength for missionaries who work with the Gypsies.
* That they will see their value and destiny.
* Community development programs to take place.
* That the small percentage of Gypsy believers would have an impact in the communities would help break the strongholds.
* That God will rise up young leaders out of the Gypsy communities.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Gypsy, Greek
People Name in Country Gypsy, Greek
Population in Greece 51,000
World Population 51,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Romany
People Name General Gypsy, Greek
Ethnic Code CNN25f
People ID 19777

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Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Greek Romano-Greek
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Greek Romano-Greek
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1547-1949)
New Testament Yes   (1638-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1840-1994)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (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 Greek
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Filos Pergamos
Text / Printed Matter Bible: The Holy Bible in Contemporary Greek Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: The Holy Bible in Contemporary Greek Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: The New Testament in Modern Greek (Vellas Version)

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
50.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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