A few years ago I met Marian, a Romani pastor from Eastern Slovakia. (The term “Romani” used to be “gypsy”—now considered a racial slur.) Pastor Marian told me of his life-changing encounter with the Lord. Prior to his conversion, Marian had been enslaved by gambling and other addictions. When his wife suffered a severe illness and died in 1998, he became a widower with five children. Unemployed, struggling, and barely making a living, Marian tried to use alcohol to resolve his difficult life situation—but with the alcohol problem came insomnia and depression.
Weighed down by the responsibility of caring for his five children, Marian got on his knees one evening and cried out to God: “What am I to do, God? If you really exist, please get me out of this mess.”
A few days after this prayer, Marian’s nephew invited him to go with him to Switzerland to earn money for his family as a street musician. One of the Swiss street listeners invited Marian to a Christian home meeting. There, for the first time, he heard the living Word of God and gave his life to Jesus Christ. From these Christians, Marian felt a tremendous love—one he had never experienced before.
During this time, Marian and his musical group had been sleeping in their car in a parking lot. On a particularly cold day, a Swiss woman who was a Christian offered the musicians accommodations in her house. It wasn’t long until Marian and this Swiss woman, Elizabeth, began to grow closer, and they were soon married.
Marian’s hope was to stay in Switzerland and bring his children there. But God spoke something different to Elizabeth: “Take Marian back to Slovakia to serve Me and to preach the gospel.” Marian and Elizabeth returned to Slovakia in 2000, and that summer, he invited 40 people to his house to share the Word of God with them.
Today, Marian is pastoring a growing Romani church with more than 500 members. His congregation has established several other similar churches in the east of Slovakia.
For several years now DPM–Slovakia has been actively helping Pastor Marian train ministers and church leaders through Derek Prince’s foundational Bible teaching. Distributing thousands of teaching letters and books by Derek, they have impacted the lives of many young believers, strengthening their relationship with God and equipping them for ministry.
But there are obstacles.
The greatest challenges among the Romani people are lack of education, unemployment, poverty, and crime. These obstacles have passed from generation to generation—like a great, dark shadow over them. Even so, Pastor Marian and his team are tirelessly preparing the next generation of leaders to reach the entire Romani community in Slovakia and beyond.
Thanks to Derek’s teaching, this unreached people group, bitterly persecuted and almost exterminated by the Nazis during World War II, is now receiving new life. Pastor Marian himself is living proof of the power of the cross. As he testifies, “My congregation and I are being greatly blessed by Derek’s teaching. We are reaching a new generation with the Gospel, seeing Jesus break the generational curses of poverty, ignorance, hopelessness, and darkness over the Romani people.”
With reports of revival amongst the Romani people and other cultures throughout Eastern Europe, our goal is to make Derek’s study resources available to church leaders all across Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, and the other seven countries in Eastern Europe where we have outreaches. Do you see what God can do through the surrendered life of one believer like Marian? It shows that nothing and no one are too small or unimportant to Jesus, who is able to multiply a few fishes to feed thousands upon thousands.
Will you help us reach spiritually hungry people all across Eastern Europe? Right now, the doors of opportunity are wide open. We have Derek’s excellent Bible teaching—already translated and ready to share with the growing church here. Your gift today will enable us to place these materials in the hands of people who need to be rescued from despair and hopelessness.
With your support we can print many more of Derek’s books in ten languages—books like Foundations for Christian Living, Living as Salt and Light, Bought with Blood, and The Gifts of the Holy Spirit. You can help to bring lasting spiritual change to the lives of many in Eastern Europe.
I invite you to partner with us—to pray, to give, to see God touch people throughout Eastern Europe. On behalf of all the believers in this region, thank you in advance for your help.
Yours in His service,
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