This article was originally published in the September 2017 edition of ITMI Monthly.
During her exam (which was an oral one, called a "thesis defense" in Poland) Daria had to talk about her thesis, which in large part was about the gospel. She answered many questions about Christianity and even managed to impress the chairperson of the examining committee with her answers!
Gospel Joy's Bartek and Daria
But the best part of it all was the reaction of Daria's thesis supervisor. Throughout the year he already talked with her a lot about the Bible, faith and the true meaning of the gospel. He's not a believer but he is curious and open!
Because of these conversations Daria decided to write a very personal letter to him and give him a new Polish translation of Bible as a gift after the exam was over.
The letter was quite bold and in it she urged the professor to search for answers in Jesus and the Bible. His reaction surprised us - in a very positive way! Here's what he wrote to Daria after reading the letter:
"Thank you for this precious, personal gift. The Bible is mankind’s great treasure, regardless of personal beliefs. With joy, while still on campus, I started reading some passages. It really reads great. I would also (or maybe primarily) like to thank you for such a personal letter.
I’m moved. I know that you are a person who lives out their faith, and that in itself may be an inspiration to those around you."
Please join us in prayer that this professor would continue to read the Bible and open up his heart to our Lord. We also want to pray for the other 2 people in the examining committee. We hope that their conversations with Daria will be just the beginning in their journey with Christ.
- Bartek and Daria
God is using Piotr's new Polish Bible Translation to share truth in the, many times, very anti-Christian university.
About the Author
Steve Evers has advocated for and served the ITMI partners as ITMI Director since 2001. Approximately once a year, Steve visits with ITMI partners in their countries and brings stories back to encourage supporters. Steve enjoys photography and mechanics, (both hobbies that have greatly benefited ITMI partners!) Prior to becoming ITMI's Director, Steve served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. Steve lives in Arizona with his wife, Darlene.