As I have been praying and seeking God for the plans for 2020, I felt God reminded me of when Abraham and Lot had to separate. Abraham told Lot to pick where he would like to go, and after Lot had chosen, God spoke to Abraham and said:
And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.
As I was reminded of this passage in scripture, I felt God ask me: “What are you looking for in 2020?” — and I would like to extend that question to you. “What is it you are looking for in 2020?”. Because what you are looking for is most likely what you will find.
If you look for the negative, you will find it. But at the same time, if you look for the positive, you will also find that. I believe God is going to do great things in 2020, and I would like to encourage you to look for the positive. Don’t only focus on what the devil is doing, but seek out and get excited about what God is doing.
THE LAST MOTHS IN POLAND
Time passes quickly, and it has been so busy that I have not had much time to write, so this mission report is a bit overdue — but better late than never :-)
In general, things are going good, and we can see how God is guiding and providing in all the things we are doing. Positive things are happening both in the Polish church, the international church, and with the Bible school.
The picture to the left: Peter and Fredrik are teaching. The picture to the right: Students doing group work.
In November, we had Peter Tkaczyk and Fredrik Skoglund visiting us, and for us here in Poland, these visits mean a lot. It's good when people support financially, it is great when people pray, but there is something special when people take time to come and visit.
Having Fredrik and others from the Nations Calling family visiting, really makes us feel that we are a part of a bigger family.
When Peter and Fredrik were here, they where both teaching at the Bible school, and on Sunday, Peter also preached in our Polish church. After that, we went to the International church, where they also ministered.
At the Bible school, Fredrik and Peter were teaching on spiritual growth and our identity in Christ. This made a huge impact on the students, and when we had out Saturday evening Encounter, the Holy Spirit touched several of them in an exceptional way.
On the picture to the left, you can see Robert and Damian (to of the teachers) preparing food for the students. The picture to the right is from our prayer time.
Right before Christmas, we were teaching about the gifts of the Spirit and it is such a privilege to see how they are growing in this area. I think almost all of the students were taking new steps, both when it comes to the prophetic and words of knowledge.
This coming weekend I will be teaching about mission and church planting. I am looking very much forward to this and hope several of them will catch “the mission virus.”
As I mentioned in my last mission report, we have the previous months been cooperating with another local church here in Lublin. We can sense Gods favor over this cooperation and will the next months work on the possibility of becoming one church.
One of the blessings of working together with Hosanna is that it has expanded the children's Sunday School. The picture to the left is from the Sunday School, and the boy to the right, raising his hand, is our son Sebastian. The picture to the right is from our Sunday service.
Also, in the International Church, good things have been happening. New people have been coming, and some of the students have also started to become more involved. They have also started to stay longer after the meetings, and this gives us more opportunities to connect with them.
Randy, One of the American missionaries that have been part of organizing the meetings, had to leave Poland for some months. This was due to some American regulations regarding pension. But last year, another American missionary started to get more involved, so I will luckily not be completely alone with the task.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
A new year has started, and we are optimistic when it comes to what God has in store for this year. I know there will be a couple of trips to Africa coming up, and we hope to visit one of the former Bible school students in Austria. She has started a church there and is doing a great job. We also plan to join the mission trip to Albania, and during the year, we will also visit Denmark.
So, a lot of good things are ahead, and we believe God will do great things.
— Kasia & Ronald Gabrielsen :-)