What does it take to work with Romany children? Before starting any kind of work, whether you are Romany or not, you have to remember that all children are created by God in His own image, that all are loved by God with the same love that any of us are loved by Him. If the children you work with have bad habits, remember that any kind of person raised in an unhealthy environment will be affected by it.
Therefore the Roma children have to be seen as a gift from God for each of us who want to work with them, a gift which enables us to know our limits and a gift which gives us the possibility to overcome this limits, without forgetting that these are possible just through the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.
In the same time it is very important to know the specific feature of different ages of children.
Children 0-7 years old learn from us adults by imitation. They come with “blind” confidence and very open to learning from us and from their own environment. They will act in accordance with everything they have seen us doing or they have seen in their own environment, or they have seen TV. It is very important for those working with Roma children to be worthy people of being imitable by those children.
Then it is good for this people to know at least in a very small measure their own limits, to admit that they can be wrong, and if it happens to be wrong in front of the children to have the courage to ask forgiveness, to be people which relay on God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in everything they are doing, people who are asking support in prayer, humble people and wise in the same time, diligent people and keen to increase/develop themselves continually (not people which limit themselves).
I will close with the Bible verse from Proverbs 27: 17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." May all the workers of God among Gypsies see their fellow workers as sharpeners and accept being sharpened by them to be a more delicate tool in God's hands. Do not forget that in the surgery is used a very sharp scalpel.