Rejoice and Give Thanks

Carolyn and Dick Otterness

READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (vv. 16-18) The scene is a small Roma village in the middle of nowhere in the Hungarian-speaking part of rural Ukraine. A collection of hovels. One well in the village, two outhouses. Filthy children playing outside in the mud. The only foods we saw were potatoes and candy. Yet we could also see …

You're Not Wanted Here!

Carolyn and Dick Otterness

READ : Micah 6:6-8 . . . what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (v. 8) A Roma camp of 15 families in Hungary was accosted by a drunk and nasty man. They were to be evicted immediately. He said the nearby shopping center would be expanding. Many suspected the real reason was the Roma were not wanted. They had lived in this vacant lot …

Welder Needed!

Carolyn and Dick Otterness

READ : Amos 5:21-24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (v. 24) The sign said, “Welder Needed.” This was Janos’s big opportunity. Unemployment can run as high as ninety percent in Roma (gypsy) communities in Eastern Europe. Some say, “It’s because gypsies are lazy!” Janos knows this stereotype isn’t true. He’d gone to school. He had been a welder’s apprentice. Then he was certified as a skilled, professional welder. Now he needed a …