ITMI’s Poznan International Church (PIC) is a community of believers reaching and serving international students and professionals in Poznan, Poland. PIC is pastored by ITMI partners, Richard and Brooke Nungesser.
Graduation and Send-Off
The month of May brings some wonderful celebrations for Poznan International Church. Many members are graduating from their various schools and celebrating the fruits of years of hard work. Each year there are about 20-30 people leaving PIC and returning to their countries to live out the love that they have lived in Poznan.
People Returning Pull Quote
During this time, PIC commissions those that are preparing to leave Poznan and head throughout the world with the love of Christ.
While they’re with PIC, the Nungessers have developed a culture where members will have many opportunities to grow in Christ by learning from God’s Word. They’ll also have lots of opportunities to serve by meeting the needs of those around them with others from the church.
A recent ITMI Monthly newsletter featured some stories about PIC lavishly and sacrificially serving those around them with needs.
When they return home, they are trained and encouraged to recruit others to serve alongside them, just as they are used to doing in Poznan. They can meet the needs of those around them in their home countries.
Most are graduates, so they are also returning to those countries as influential leaders.
Most years, the Nungesser family relishes attending the celebrations and the emotional send-offs. This year, the Nungessers will miss out on these celebrations for the first time in quite a few years. They’ll be in the States on furlough, where they’ll be meeting with supporers and advocating for PIC and Bread of Life.
This will present quite a few challenges, but the Nungessers are viewing them as opportunities to trust God. Its also an opportunity to groom and equip someone else for leadership!
Richard has prepared Bryn Williams to take over many of the day-to-day responsibilities of PIC while he, Brooke and their two children are in the States. If all goes well, the hope is that Bryn might continue to share these responsibilities.
This would free Richard up to focus on planting a church in Gniezno, as well as City International, an initiative to partner with workers and pastors in other cities around Poland to reproduce the dynamic ministry of PIC in those cities.