There are 2 groups of Romani in Greece: the ones travelling and working as merchants and the ones who have settled and live in Romani 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.
The Romani 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 Romani communities.
Many Romani 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 Romani 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 Romani culture.
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.
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.
* Strength for missionaries who work with the Romani.
* That they will see their value and destiny.
* Community development programs to take place.
* That the small percentage of Romani believers would have an impact in the communities would help break the strongholds.
* That God will rise up young leaders out of the Romani communities.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|Language Code||ell Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Greek|
Primary Language: Greek
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1638-1989)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|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||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible Gateway Scripture|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Filos Pergamos|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: The Holy Bible in Contemporary Greek Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: The New Testament in Modern Greek (Vellas Version)|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
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|Christianity (Evangelical 1.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|