One ministry in which SGA has seen the benefits of the long-term approach is that of Bread of Life [BOL] in Serbia.
Born out of conflict in the 1990s, BOL has been supported by SGA through three decades. BOL’s ministry demands time for those to whom ministry is extended are among the most broken and abused people in society. They are of all age groups, both old and young. Those who don’t easily fit in or have too many problematic issues, society often ignores.
Some groups include drug addicts. Some are old widows for whom no-one has concern. Some belong to Roma communities.
Roma people first came to Eastern Europe centuries ago from far eastern Asian regions. They settled and quickly set up family units, yet they never managed to merge with the nations among whom they lived. They became despised as illiterate thieves, and a scourge on a modern developing Europe. Not much has changed since the days of their arrival.
Bread of Life thinks differently. It thinks long term. To reach Roma people, they realised the need to start with the young and slowly change the culture. BOL desires to make the Roma not so much “Serbian”, but Christ-like and citizens of His Kingdom.