Romani, Balkan in Turkey

Unreached of the Day  9/18/2018

Romani, Balkan in Turkey

Romani call themselves Rom, which in their language means "men." Rom is derived from the Indian word Dom, meaning "a man of low caste who gains his livelihood by singing and dancing." Romani have their roots in India. Wherever they have lived, they remained mysterious and distinct. Curiosity about them eventually led to hatred and discrimination. In the twentieth century, many Romani were killed by Nazis. Today, they are still discriminated against. Many Romani have maintained their ancient religious traditions and beliefs.

Ministry Obstacles

The Rom are strongly inclined to keep outside influences away.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for discovery Bible studies to spread rapidly as they bless Romani families and communities.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Romani of Turkey. They live in an environment hostile to their faith. Pray they will remain firmly established upon Christ and his promises and provision.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray for the Romani to escape their low status in society, to live honorable lives that will earn them respect and acceptance.

Scripture Focus

"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." Matthew 25:32



People Name Romani, Balkan
Country Turkey
10/40 Window Yes
Population 71,000
World Population 1,215,000
Language Romani, Balkan
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image