After some busy weeks here in Poland it’s time to sit down to write a little bit about the things that are happening here. After the team from Filadelfia Lyngdal had left, our team had a day off before they started to prepare for a little bigger team from Veien Bible School in Bergen. They were supposed to be here for about two weeks and visit Lublin as well as Warsaw and a town called Kraśnik. So there were many practical things that had to be fixed, both when it came to transport, accommodation and lodging, but also co-ordinating all the different places.
In Lublin the team took part in street evangelism, they were responsible for one of the international meetings that we have every week, they went to a Petra meeting (a meeting arranged by Christian students), and they had two meetings in the Charisma church.
There was street evangelism in the programme almost every day so there were a lot of testimonies about people who had got healed; but the greatest thing was that the team prayed for salvation with a few people.
The team got a good contact with the young people in the church, and it was very helpful that many of them were with us as translators in the street. The fact that the young people went out together with us also resulted in many of them experience that God was using them, which set them even more on fire.
After some days in Lublin the team travelled to Kraśnik. There I was supposed to have a one-day conference about evangelism. It was good to see that there were seven different churches represented and the ones who came were hungry for experiencing something more with God. After the seminar we divided them into several different groups and divided the team so they could join the different Polish groups. Then we all went out together to preach the Gospel and pray for the sick in Kraśnik. When we met again for a meal after some hours, there were many testimonies about both salvation and healing.
The plan was actually to send the team to Warsaw right after Kraśnik, but we found out that it would be good for them to have some quiet days before they travelled on. The programme in Warsaw consisted mostly of street evangelism and it can be quite hard to be out evangelising a whole day.
In Warsaw we visited Michał Siczek and the church he is starting there. A team from Veien Bible School had actually been on a mission trip there when the church had its official opening, so it was particularly nice for the Bergen team to be there. Some of them had been on that earlier mission trip.
Michał Siczek and his team have a lot of creative ways to evangelise. One of the ways they used when the team from Bergen was there was to put up a big board where people could write what, in their opinion, was missing in the church. Based on what the people wrote, they could talk to the ones who came. What was very clear was that people don’t have any problem with Jesus, but it’s the church system they don’t like. So maybe people’s hearts are not closed to Jesus, but it’s all those misconceptions they have about the church that keep them away.
Michał and his team are not lazy when it comes to mission and it’s fantastic to see how the work there is growing. Even though there are many churches in Warsaw, there’s a very small percentage of churches if you consider the number of people who live in Warsaw.