These Roma friends of ours live in Moldova, the poorest country in Europe. There isn’t much employment there for majority Moldovans, and even less for Roma.
Therefore, these brothers and sisters in Christ have worked as migrant workers in Ireland (sorting recycling), England (Internet warehouse), Germany (KFC kitchen), and now the Netherlands (picking tomatoes in a greenhouse). They can earn more in a week doing this than they could in a month in Moldova, but the hours are long and the work is hard.
There are other costs, too. Radj has been separated from his wife and baby daughter for six months. This is why we pray and work for transformational development in their own communities.
- Keith Holmes and Mary van Rheenen, field personnel in the Netherlands