In some ways, Radek Hofman is like any other member of K5N, the church pastored by ITMI’s Dr. Piotr Zaremba in Poznan, Poland.
Until he went to Germany and bought a bus.
Piotr’s church, called K5N, has their own homeless outreach. (This is different from ITMI’s Bread of Life, although many are involved with both.)
Since K5N does not have their own facilities, and the movie theater they rent for their Sunday gathering isn’t available for mid-week ministry, the outreach rented space from another church.
When that space was no longer available, K5N wasn’t sure how they would keep their homeless ministry alive.
But Radek wasn’t about to let it die.
Radek Hofman with his wife Agnieszka, and his children, Olaf and Klara.
What did Radek do? He found a creative solution.
Through Piotr’s leadership, K5N describes itself this way:
“We are the congregation of people who, in Christ, are free, creative and missional.”
This is a message that surprises many in Poland. For many, freedom and creativity would be some of the last things they would associate with Christ and church.
But Radek has embraced it.
He found a creative solution that would allow the needs of the homeless to continue being met by God’s people. Radek purchased the bus with his own funds.
He installed a kitchen and some seating, creating a diner on wheels. He even installed heat to help warm the freezing fingers of those exposed to the bitter temperatures of Polish winters.
Now Radek can take food to the homeless in several parts of the city instead of being limited to one geographic location. The bus and the ministry is called “The Christianer.”
When it’s in service, the Christianer can serve up to 120 meals a day!
Although some have been baptized and joined the body of K5N believers, it has really become like a mobile church, offering its own church-like service on Friday mornings.
Bringing the Community Together
Volunteers come from other local churches, the community and other organizations - like Gideons - to bless those in need with a warm meal.
Of course, many from K5N church volunteer, too, creating the side benefit of opportunities to interact with people who might never set foot inside an evangelical church on Sunday.
Volunteering in the Christianer brings the community together.
Radek supports the incidental costs of operating the ministry - from his own time as the driver and evangelist to the cost of fuel and maintenance. A subsidy from the city covers the cost of the food served.
Radek maintaining the bus.
Piotr would like to be able to help Radek keep the Christianer in service more often by hiring a full-time driver and evangelist. This way, Radek’s investment in the kingdom can be maximized.
This ministry is possible because of your support of Piotr Zaremba and his ministry as a translator and pastor. Your support allowed him to shepherd and guide K5N while translating the Bible from its original languages to Polish.
Thank you for your impact in Poland!