Nothing Amazing Happened with the Gypsies of Lujerului
Get off the metro at Lujerului and walk a couple blocks. Pass by a Cora hypermarket and head toward the mall at Plaza Romania. On your left, opposite a small park with a playground, you’ll see a large vacant lot, some train tracks, and what appears to be a junk yard. Walk into that stretch of scraggly bush and trash and people will start popping their heads out of makeshift homes built from whatever odds and ends residents can get their hands on.
These are the Gypsies of Lujerului.
This plot of land used to be a big Gypsy haven, but now you won’t find more than 20 or so on a given day, and usually there’ll be a lot fewer around. Whoever does happen to be around is usually covered in dirt, missing teeth, and wearing whatever clothes have been donated to them recently.
A couple weeks ago, Ben and I headed over to Lujerului with our friend Jason to do some worship and prayer, share the Bible, and see what God would do. I just bought an acoustic bass guitar, so Ben and I practiced a few songs and then got ready to see God move.
When we got there, the crowd was substantially lower than we expected. Only one family was around that evening. Everyone else, we were told, had decided to go watch a movie in someone’s apartment instead of stick around to worship God with us.
Well, God isn’t concerned with numbers, per se, so we sat down with those who were there, an old woman with arthritis and her family – her son, also having arthritis, her granddaughter, and her granddaughter’s 3 young boys. We sang some worship songs, talked about how Jesus defeated every power of the enemy for us, broke every curse of sin, and came to set the captives free, release the prison doors, heal the sick, preach good news, and declare that God’s favor had come. Then we prayed and prophesied over anyone who wanted it.
Though nothing fantastically amazing happened that night as far as we could tell, I know God was happy because we did what He seemed to be telling us to do. Please pray for the old woman (I forgot her name) and her son, that they would be completely healed of arthritis, and pray that both they and their kids would encounter the life-changing love of Jesus. And pray for us, that we would be good witnesses to these people who’ve heard so much of Christian religion and so very little of Jesus the Deliverer and Savior.