International Romani Day 2017

Today we are particularly thankful for Roma children we are privileged to know – they represent a bright future for the Romani people!

Today, April 8, is International Romani Day.  There are an estimated 10-12 million Romani people living across Europe today, and at least one million people of Romani descent live in the U.S.  These are the official statistics… but if you have followed us at all you know that the Roma people are so much more than numbers on a report.  They are joyful, lively and colorful people who add so much to our world.

We celebrate today with our Romani brothers and sisters, and we invite you to join us.  Learn more about their history, their culture and their many contributions to the world.  Pray that God would cause his Kingdom to spread among the Roma people, that those living in material poverty would be empowered to change their circumstances, and that God would move the hearts of world leaders to make positive social changes.

Below is a video with an audio recording of the Romani Anthem, Gelem, Gelem, and a rough translation of the words.

I went, I went on long roads
I met happy Roma
O Roma, where do you come from,
With tents happy on the road?
O Roma, O Romani youths!
I once had a great family,
The Black Legion murdered them
Come with me, Roma from all the world
For the Roma, roads have opened
Now is the time, rise up Roma now,
We will rise high if we act
O Roma, O Romani youths!
Open, God, White doors
So I can see where are my people.
Come back to tour the roads
And walk with happy Roma
O Roma, O Romani youths!
Up, Romani people! Now is the time
Come with me, Roma from all the world
Dark face and dark eyes,
I want them like dark grapes
O Roma, O Romani youths!

 

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