Gypsy Villages in Romania
Pastor Chris Longhurst felt the Lord call him to mission in Romania in the early 90’s, and went where he was sent with one van and a small team of friends. Since 2001 Chris’ founded the Doxa Centre into Romania, and all aid goes through the Doxa Foundation, the ministry has gone from strength to strength in the years since, with a growing team of support both here in the UK, and in and around the Romanian Villages he serves.
With God’s provision, Chris’ hands on knowledge of Construction, the charitable support received in the UK, and his ever-growing network in Romania – the ministry is able to reach vulnerable and isolated families living in poverty with much needed aid, and the Gospel of Jesus. To the present day, 17 Churches have been planted – leading to many Salvations, Baptisms and a change in the Cultural dynamic of the communities.
The families New Life Ministries International predominantly seek to serve are not city centred, but rather on the fringes of the villages in rural areas. Particularly the majority of the community we work with are Romani Gypsies, and as such are not well integrated or accepted in the local towns. Although living in poverty, the Men in this community are relatively able and fit to work, but not likely to be employed.
Culturally the families are huge, and living in bare and barely habitable shelters far too small. The depth of winter is bitterly cold reaching -30°C and poverty related illnesses are rife and unavoidable.
New Life Ministries International feels called to bring life changing aid to these children, furniture and structural help to the community, and the Gospel of Hope, Acceptance and a Future in Jesus to Romania.
Baptisms in Romania
Baptisms in Romania
Be part of the Mission
Every year people faithfully pack shoeboxes for different age ranges of Boys or Girls in Romania. Romania is bitterly cold in the winter and these children are very vulnerable, anything you can give to put a smile on their face, or keep them warm is accepted with the brightest eyes and biggest smile!
Make a Donation
Whether it is a financial contribution to the life changing work in Romania, or it is a donation of functional home furniture/furnishings or clothes, or something else you think we might need – we are so grateful, and would love to hear from you.
Pray with Us
For nearly 30 years Pastor Chris Longhurst has felt called by God to reach the vulnerable families on the outskirts of Romanian Villages. Would you join us in praying for God’s continues guidance, protection and provision in this work?
Follow and Share
We love hearing updates from our team in Romania, and love, even more, when we get to go and meet families, hear stories and take lots of pictures. Follow our dedicated Facebook page Here to see the deliveries and hear the latest updates.
Loading the Wagons
If you’re not sure what you could donate but would like to help, get in touch to find out when and where we are loading the next Wagon heading over to Romania. Many hands make light work!
Spread the Word
If you are part of a Church, or know of any people who would be interested to know what we are doing over in Romania, schedule Chris for a speaking engagement, or ask about our next fundraiser!