Baptists on Mission in partnership with Hungarian Baptist Aid have worked with Hungarian-speaking Roma (Gypsy) people of Central Eastern Europe since 2008. 2014 saw the expansion of this work into three countries, Hungary, Romania and Ukraine as God has opened new doors of opportunity. North Carolina Baptist teams have shared the love of Jesus with the Roma communities through medical clinics, vacation bible school, outreach events and evangelistic services. In 2014 our first teams were able to work in the Hungarian public schools to provide English bible camps in areas where there is little to no evangelistic witness. More can be read about this opportunity here. Baptist men and women are invited to be a part of this ongoing work in 2019. Trip information is listed below. 2019 dates will be posted in late September 2018.
Meet the Missionary
Alicia Jones serves as our on-site coordinator for the Roma Partnership and a missionary to the Roma people. She is from Raleigh, NC and lives in Hungary. In addition to local coordination of the teams, she works with the Hungarian schools and the local Roma communities throughout the year. For more information about this ongoing work, visit www.lovehelpteach.org
The price of the trip is $1975 per person. This includes round-trip airfare, insurance, in-country transportation, lodging, most meals, orientation materials, and T-shirt. Some personal spending money will be needed for a few meals and souvenirs. (Price does not include materials that will be needed for ministry, i.e., VBS materials, building materials, medical supplies etc. See below)
Each team will provide a non-refundable $200 deposit when team reservation is made. An additional $1800 per team is needed for ministry expenses. This may include building supplies, food for the children or adults during ministry events, food packages for families, VBS supplies, medical supplies etc. The team leader will work in coordination with the on-site coordinator in the use of these funds.
Teams should be comprised of no more than 10 members (up to 12 with approval). On-site coordinators will arrange logistics for teams. Housing and food logistics vary based on work location. Some teams may be asked to help with their food preparation. Applicants must be at least 16 years old to participate.
Team members must be in good physical health. Anyone with a chronic medical condition should not volunteer for these projects. Many areas of work will be quite hot and dusty. Volunteers will need to make sure the following shots are up to date: Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Pertussis, Flu and Tetanus. Check with your healthcare provider and cdc.gov/travel for recommendations to the specific country destination.
All travel will be arranged by the NCBM/Baptists on Mission (BOM) office. Dates for travel are listed below. Any requested change of dates must be approved by BOM. All volunteers must depart from Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham, or Atlanta. (Travel may be possible from other cities, but may involve an additional cost.)
Living and Working Conditions
Those participating in this effort must be flexible and willing to work as a member of the team. Travel, living, and working conditions may be difficult at times. The work may be strenuous and the climate will be different. Once applications and deposits have been received, team members will be given information, which will answer many questions about the trip. An orientation will be provided for each team prior to departure. The orientation manual can be read here.
Smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking alcoholic beverages may be highly offensive to other Christians. Team members must refrain from these activities while traveling with Baptists on Mission.