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LTW Prayer Calendar / May 20 / Iranian Gypsies
Population: 760,000
Hub: Iran
Religion: Islam
% Christian: 0.00%
Resources: GR
Engaged: Yes
Workers Needed: 15
Description: The Gypsies of Iran are a cluster of nomadic peoples which originated in India, and began migrating into the Middle East and then Europe beginning in the 3rd century a.d. After the rise of Islam in the 7th century almost all the Gypsy tribes in Muslim lands gradually, though superficially, began converting to the new religion.

Prayer Points:
• Iranian Gypsies are regarded as godless and heretical by Orthodox Muslims due to their traditional practices, which mix their ancient beliefs rooted in Hinduism and Zoroastrianism. Pray that they might be delivered from all oppression and false religious beliefs through the power of the gospel.
• A mass movement among gypsies in Europe has begun with thousands coming to Christ. Pray that this movement would catch a missionary vision for reaching the Muslim gypsies in the Mid-East and Iran.
• Pray for the effective adaptation and publication of the Romani language (European Gypsy) Bible into the many related Domari (Middle Eastern Gypsy) dialects.

A Prayer: Heavenly Father, break through with your love and compassion among the Iranian Gypsies. May the move of your Spirit in Iran be experienced in their midst.
Each year 7,000 Iranian Gypsies die without Christ.

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