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.
• 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.
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.