ROMANI CHURCH IN SOUTH AMERICA. DID PENTECOSTALISM COME TO FILL A GAP WITHIN THE ROMANI COMMUNITY IN SOUTH AMERICA? (Polish and Romani title below)
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(Title in Polish: Romski Kosciol w Ameryce Poludniowej. Czy Kosciol pentekostalny wypełnil kulturowe braki w romskiej spolecznosci Ameryki Poludniowej?; Title in Roma language: I rromani khangeri dr-i mesmerigitko Amerika - val areslas odoj i pokaime khangeri te pherel jekh kulturitko xarr dr-o rromano khetanipen e mesmeritkone Amerikaqero?). Romani culture in the 70's mostly was declining its influence upon many Romani families all over the world, modernism, and the acceptance of new cultural patterns coming from the main society, were weakening our oral traditions. At that time in France, a gadjo Pastor Clement Lecossec (may his soul rest in peace!), approached the Romani people in Paris with a new message, that of the Evangelism, some Roma from Paris, in 1961 took that message of Salvation and accepted the Word of God, Lulu Demeter, Stevo, and later Nono, Lulu was the first pastor of that new movement and church, once the first Romani Church in Paris was open, later on, in the last century, during the 60's and 70's they took this message to the United States and South America. Currently, in Argentina, our people were settled in the major cities of our country. At the beginning of their arrival they were Orthodox, later becoming Catholic, and from then on have been participating in this Powerful Evangelical Movement? This article tries to make a racconto about the International Romani Church in a global context, but mainly in the Americas, from its beginnings in Europe, its evolution and its dispersion over the American continent, from the 60's onwards, the last century, among the Romani communities which came to the Americas from Europe, around 1880 onwards, mostly from Russia, Serbia and Greece, and also makes us a small description of them, their groups and background. He tells us about the Pastors who were able to make this movement grow among the various Romani communities, and how this movement currently articulates itself and how creates contacts among the different Romani Communities, later on he talks about the positive impact this movement has worldwide on the standardization of the Romani language, not only among the Vlax Roma, but also among the Roma of other Romani groups where the church is growing extraordinarily, most of the time under the influence of the Vlax Pastors, he also talks about the positive effect on the group's cohesion. This article was also presented in Sweden, as a lecture, in November 2009, and will be released soon along with other articles written by other authors from different countries in a book that will group all the opinions about this Worldwide Growing Evangelical Movement.
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