Thanks to our Lord we are not bored! There is a lot happening and, most of all, many people hear the gospel! It is so encouraging for us to watch new and young believers, who get involved in ministry with us – to see their growth, when they do huge steps of faith, serve others and let God use them.
Patrycja, a young lady in Anna’s discipleship group who was saved few years ago, was very shy and closed not long time ago. She was experiencing troubles with her self image and value of herself, but for some time now she has been giving those areas of her life to God and lets God touch them and heal. Jesus does it! She couldn’t even pray out loud few months ago. At the last Gospel Joy workshops she shared her testimony from the main stage!
And this is what she wrote after the workshops:
Hey, I want to write to you a few words about what happened after workshops in Krojczyn, just for encouragement, so you always remember, how wonderful work you do, that it makes sense and changes people’s lives, that you are incredible tools in God’s hands! Praise be to Him for your talents 🙂
After coming back from workshops one girl wrote me from Krojczyn. She started with one difficult question: “Does God rewards good deeds and punishes for bad deeds?”…. and this is how our online conversation started. It turned out that the girl had very difficult home situation. Her step father is an alcoholic and he has been abusing her and her mom for 10 years, and on top of it all her mom is sick and doctors have hard time with
diagnosis, they even think it could be something deadly. Generally it`s very sad. At the beginning she wrote me that workshops gave her a little seed of hope, that something can change, that God can intervene and mend her life! That’s why she had all those thoughts and questions. So I had a chance to tell her my testimony, share the gospel with her and encourage her! Later she wrote she wanted to trust God, she wants to give Him everything, and that she has never felt so free 🙂 She started to read the Bible and was excited about what she was reading. Praise the Lord! I believe it’s only the good beginning of her new life! I’m in touch with her all the time, she writes me often and she abides in the Lord! Generally, she and all of Krojczyn are under huge impression of the workshops, they already miss it and can’t wait for next year – assuming you all will be there again.
So, dear ones, you do great job, you’ve sown many seeds, and some of them started to grow already!!
Recent and Upcoming Events
We translated from English to Polish at two of our church conferences about marriage and raising children.
Gospel Joy has performed at the Old Town (downtown) in 3rd biggest city of Poland – Wroclaw –one of the most prestigious places in the country.
Gospel Joy will be performing at the graduation at a very big college in Poznan (Bank School of Poznan) for around 2000 people. For us it’s a pre-evangelism – getting people interested in gospel music, which in effect brings people to gospel music workshops. It also allows Gospel Joy to have a little income for operating our ministry.
We’ve started preparation for the summer camp, which will take place in July. The staff of volunteers was selected and is at work. This is group of 15, who decided to serve, work and share their talents. There are two new people, who (according to our motto to constantly widen our group with new not yet born again people) who have never worked with us before. Apart of our organizational tasks the team is preparing spiritually, meeting in small groups (two or three people) reading Philippians.
Mission to Romania
We’re also preparing for the August mission trip to Romania. Gospel Joy has sang in 5N Church, Poznan International Church and in a Catholic parish to raise support for this trip. The elders of 5N Church have decided to additional support our efforts. We have over 20 people signed up for the trip! The transport situation is still a challenge – maybe not all will be able to go. What a fantastic problem to have!
Our American Adventure
As you know, we have spent three weeks in US and Canada (Atlanta, Arizona and Toronto). The trip was amazing! It was great gift from the Lord to us, it was a time when we were blessed beyond our imagination, also time when Lord used us in the life of others. After one meeting, where there were around 20 people, one crying woman came to Ania saying how much Ania’s testimony had touched her and “God has sent you straight from Poland to talk to me!” It’s unbelievable, to be small part of God’s plan, little dust, whom God wanted to use to communicate to someone His huge love.
We’ve met almost 90 new people! A few of them have decided to support us with on monthly basis and right now we’re at 30% level of our support raising, so we will be still looking for people who would like to join and partner with us in God’s work in Poland. If you know somebody who might be interested in joining the support team, please, definitely let us know!
Although we had few exciting adventures, like spending our 5th wedding anniversary in Grand Canyon or being on Canadian life TV, what has enriched us mostly, was meetings with incredible brothers and sisters in the Lord and the experience of family on the other side of the ocean.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body -whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free -and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” – 1 Cor 12, 12-13
These are the things we’re grateful for:
- Never changing – for Jesus Christ and closeness to Him!
- For our trip to North America: for everything we have experienced there and for people, who have been touched and encouraged by us and for all huge number of people who have served us and helped us;
- For the fact that Patrycja practices to find her whole value in Jesus, in being God’s daughter and heir;
- For our marriage: that God has connected us for his purposes, for the fact that we can serve him together and that we can learn daily what is grace and forgiveness;
- For European Leadership Forum – 6-day conference in Hungary, in which Andrew participated; for new thoughts, inspirations and relationships.
Our prayer requests:
- For the girl in Krojczyn, that Jesus keeps drawing her to himself and lead her
- For preparation before summer gospel music camp and mission trip to Romania – that they are just reasons to get to know God better and surrendering Him of all involved
- Andrew- for wisdom and constant sensitivity to God’s voice and to grow as priest in our family;
- Ania –for being the right help for Andrew
- For God to call people to our support team
- We thank you for each of you! We thank you for your support!
Andrew and Ania (Piotr and Jagoda)