As summer slowly is fading into autumn it’s time for another news update from the Nations Calling work here in Poland. The summer months has been great for us as a family, and this year we were also able to spend more time in Norway than we usually do.
But now things are getting back to the normal routine. The intentional church has started up again and Bible school is starting in a few weeks. Thanks to our cooperation with the Hosanna church, we have had Sunday services all through the summer and the Street Church has also partly been in activity the latest months.
Kasia has started work again, Sebastian is a proud first grader and I think even Kamilla, deep inside, is happy to be back at school again.
As I just mentioned the Bible school is starting up again in a few weeks, but the second year has already had some evangelism weekends.
One of the encouraging thing, when you are a missionary in a foreign country, is visits from friends – or when people back home are writing you, saying they are praying for you. This is one of the reasons why we enjoy working with Nations Calling. They prioritise visiting the workers, not only to hear how things are going, but also to follow up on a more personal level.
In the beginning of this summer we had Fredrik Skoglund visit us again and we had a great time, both ministering and connecting.
The first part of this summer was a very busy time for us. As an ending to the Bible school we had a conference, we had started up the Encounter meetings again, weekly gatherings with the International church, picking up and delivering food for Street Church and working on building the Polish church we started last year.
But it is a blessing to be able to use time and focus on building the Kingdom of God and we are thankful to be able to serve the King.
TRIP TO WIEN
One of the ladies attending the Bible school is a Polish lady living in Wien. Every third weekend she have been driving from Wien to Poland to attend the teaching and it’s been very inspiring to to see her commitment.
We've just got back after another incredible trip to Juba, South Sudan with a small team consisting of Ronald Gabrielsen (Norway/Poland), Einar Mikkelsen (Denmark), Eimund and Cassie Skjæret (Norway/USA). We started the trip travelling from three different countries, met in Paris, then travelled together to Nairobi.
Jesus never told us to pray for the harvest, but for workers to go into the harvest-fields – for the harvest is already ready. In this newsblog I will try to summarise a little bit when it comes to what we are doing here in Poland and present one new harvest-worker that has joined the team.
At the beginning of February we got a new addition to the team here in Lublin – Svein Svendsen from Norway. He has been working with us before and it’s very good to have him back again. This time he plans to stay until summer.
The last period Svein was working here, he, Arnfinn and Michael went on a mission trip to Ukraine. During that trip, they got good connections to a pastor in Lviv. So, right after coming to Poland, Svein took a short trip to Lviv to follow up the things they had been doing there last time.
Street meetings in January can be a cold experience, espesially when playing guitar or piano.
But when it comes to the importance of preaching the Gospel it was a small price to pay.
In Matthew 25:35-36 Jesus is saying "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me."
Even though being cold is not on this list, I believe it just as well could be — especially if the Bible had been written in Poland, during winter. Even though January is a cold month, when it comes to the weather, we have still been able to spread some warmth to people who need some extra care these cold months.