Sunday, December 25, 2011

Blessed Christmas!

The Gypsy Team of CBF wishes you a joyful celebration of our Savior's birth!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Roma Family Camp

   The last week in August, Shane participated in a Roma Family Camp which was held at Rackova Dolina, Slovakia.  We think there were 116 people present – some of the kids kept moving from room to room so it was hard to tell exactly how many were there – from five different communities in south-central Slovakia.
The camp goal was to bring together families from different communities so that they could hear the Gospel, be encouraged in their spiritual walk with God, and have fun.  From the testimonies which were shared, all the goals were met. 
   Shane spoke twice – once to the men about what Scripture says about being a good husband and once to the group of adults about communication in marriage.  We thank God for our trusted local partners who invited Shane to participate in this camp and for the way they have maintained a focus on ministry with Roma.   

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gypsy Smith School - November 2011

"No room in the inn" is a phrase we hear as Christmas draws near. Last week we were repeating it as we discussed the high attendance of Roma leaders for the Gypsy Smith School. Our dormitory was full and we had to bring in a couple of mattresses for the overflow. It was a nice problem to have and shows how the leaders are hungry for Biblical teaching. Our teachers, Hans Riphagen and Marco de Vos, were from the Baptist Union of The Netherlands. It was a good week as they taught on Christology and Characters of the Old Testament. At the end of the week we celebrated with a graduation service for Loredan who had completed his eight sessions.

During November we take time to count our blessings and we are grateful for the Gypsy Smith School. We are thankful for the students who come eager to learn, the teachers who diligently prepare the lessons, the pray-ers who lift up the sessions, and those that financially support this program. Thank you, God for your provision!