On Sunday nights, it is my delight to help in leading our Children in Action group. We are not a big group, but we are blessed group! We say the pledges, sing, learn Bible skills, study the Bible, do activities, enjoy a snack and of course we learn about missions and missionaries. This year our theme has been 'Tell the Story.'
Each month takes us to a different location around the world to see how the story of Jesus is being told. Generally we learn about two different missionaries each month and their families and pray for these missionaries and their work! We also learn about a missionary kid and pray for him or her before we leave!
In January, our theme was 'Tell the Story in Bulgaria.' Do you know where Bulgaria is located? It is West of the Black Sea and North of the Aegean Sea and basically above and between Greece and Turkey! [We also learn about geography!]. We learned about Cameron and Jennifer Phillips and Cheryl Argabright! They are working with the Roma people.
The Roma people used to be called Gypsies! Cameron has stated that reaching to the Roma people is not a very popular thing to do! They are looked down upon and are despised by many. This makes the work even more challenging! Cheryl is learning the language through the help of a tutor. Cheryl also gets to work with some of the orphans in Bulgaria.
One missionary among the Roma people that we didn't learn about is Boyd Hatchel. I met Boyd at seminary! In fact, we had Greek class togeether! He and his family have been living and working with the Roma people for ten years. The needs of the Roma people are very great!
Many lack in education and cannot read and struggle with finding jobs. Many are poor. Most of all they need Jesus! If you'd like to learn more, you can visit: www.romaministries.com . Let's pray for these missionaries and the Roma people. And let's pray that many in our own communties will come to know Jesus as their Savior. 'Tell the Story' begins at home!