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Who are the Roma people?

The Roma are a people group with no home country. They are scattered primarily throughout Europe, but also the world. Typically living in tight-knit exclusive communities, the Roma maintain a unique culture and close family ties.

To learn more about the Roma visit the Britannica Page or the Wikipedia Page.

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Roma Bible Institute of Central Eastern Europe

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Vision

Roma Bible Institute (RBI) is a ministry serving pastoral leaders of Roma churches in Central Eastern Europe, in cooperation with Hungarian Baptist Aid, Baptists on Mission and pastors/professors from the United States and surrounding countries. RBI is dedicated to helping those called of God become “a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).

The school is designed to give Roma pastors a Christian education and move them toward maturity in their called ministry area. Through classroom instruction, relevant resources and a systematic approach to biblical curriculum, the Institute seeks to equip pastoral leadership with a biblical education within the context of Roma culture. RBI seeks to promote ongoing training for pastors through seminar-style instruction, reading in preparation for future seminars and accountability through testing. The Institute’s primary focus is the educational and spiritual training of God-called men in Christian service through the local church.

Leader of Bible Institute Effort: Craig Hamlin, D.Min.

Craig is the pastor of missional discipleship at New Morgan Hill Baptist Church in Candler, North Carolina. He is married to Jenny and they have one daughter, Moriah. He did his undergrauate work at UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 1996, he completed his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007. Craig has served churches in Texas and North Carolina. He has led various mission teams to cities in North America and internationally (Jamaica, Japan, Philippines and Ukraine). Craig prays for the maturity and growth of the Roma leadership in Central Eastern Europe. If you are interested in getting involved in the Bible Institute click here

Curriculum

RBI has designed a curriculum that is well rounded in every area of Christian ministry. The curriculum has been designed to meet the standards of normal theological institutional requirements for a Certificate in Christian Ministry. The curriculum has also been contextualized with the Roma culture in mind. 

Schedule

To complete the requirements for a Certificate in Christian Ministry and to meet within the needs of the Roma pastors, seminars are scheduled three times a year for a one-week period of intensive training. During the week, two courses are taught, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Various pastors/professors from the United States and surrounding countries will be teaching the intensives. Seminars are held in Eastern Hungary.