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Planting seeds of hope

Romanian gypsy, Christian Aid Ministries

Deafness keeps Augustina’s husband from obtaining a steady job. His only income is what he gets by begging. Augustina, who is a Romanian Gypsy, shoulders the heavy burden of caring for her two mentally handicapped children and providing for the family’s needs.

Augustina’s hope was renewed when the Jericho Road Program helped plant a half acre of corn for her Gypsy village. Our staff shared, “She expressed hope for a fall time harvest and joy of being remembered in her affliction.”

“He that goeth forth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:6)

The Jericho Road Program provides resources, quality seeds, and teaching to help Gypsies and other needy Romanians farm the land and provide for themselves. Agriculture is exceptionally productive in Romania, but many Gypsy families need help getting started. CAM helps community members rent land and work together to provide a crop. Staff members walk alongside the people from the community to teach them how to tend and harvest the crops to become self-sustaining.