The Need

Piotr Zaremba

Although 95% of  people in Poland would identify themselves as Roman Catholic, many have never heard that God wants a personal relationship with them. 

Evangelicals - those who believe and preach a grace and relationship based salvation as opposed to a rules or works-based salvation - are often viewed as a cult.

They are suspicious.  They are insane.

They are shunned.

Religious Affiliation in Poland, Evangelical Christians in Poland, Poland, ReligionThis means evangelism in Poland requires unique creativity, persistence and boldness.

Up until the Polish Bible Translation being done by Piotr and his team, the only translation of the Bible available in Polish was translated through the lens of a work-based salvation.

Years ago, Piotr was called by God to "Translate for Revival" so that his people be able to read from God's Word that God wants a relationship with them based on God's own goodness, not theirs.

Piotr and his team of translators set out to produce a quality study tool in Polish, allowing people to “feed” themselves from God’s Word.

Description

Church Planter

Dr. Piotr (Peter) Zaremba is a church planter at heart. His ministry focus is planting, reviving and equipping churches for the Great Commission.

Piotr currently pastors the 5N Baptist Church in Poznan. Within seven years of being planted, the fellowship planted two daughter churches. The Poznan International Church was created for the English-speaking population in Poznan.

The Gniezno Baptist Church was planted under Piotr’s ministry as the only Evangelical fellowship in the chief Roman Catholic city of Poland.

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Piotr prays before baptizing new believers!

Bible Translator

Piotr was appointed as a Bible Translator by the Baptist Union of Poland.

Piotr and his team of translators lead the first Evangelical project of Bible translation for the Polish-speaking people around the world.

Around 1 million copies of some part of the Bible translated by Piotr and his team - either New Testament and Psalms or the whole Bible - are already in circulation world wide!

Piotr Zaremba, Poland, Bible Translator

Piotr's Polish Bible Translation has already reached many in the Polish-speaking world!

 

Discipleship and Mission

As he worked on the Polish Bible Translation, Piotr's pastor heart saw many needs and opportunities to reach those around him who don't know that they can have a relationship with Jesus.

He began encouraging, equipping and empowering believers around him to work and eventually lead various ministries reaching several populations in Poland.

Today, there is a network of strong leaders driving powerful ministries under Piotr's oversight. These ministries are Baptizing new believers all the time!

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Piotr Zaremba baptizes new believers who came to faith through one of the ministries in our Poland network. 

Piotr functions as ITMI’s European Director. As such, Piotr provides mentoring and oversight for all of ITMI’s missionaries and projects in Poland and Romania.

Because of Piotr's gifts as a leader, visionary and ability to care for and inspire the people he works with, we know that they will have loving accountability, guidance and wisdom to work under.

History

Piotr graduated from a Christian Academy of Theology in Warsaw, Poland with a degree in Protestant Theology.

Subsequently, he was elected the Youth President of the Baptist Union of Poland. He held this position for four years, until 1989, when he accepted the challenge to grow the Body of Christ in Poznan, Poland’s second largest city.

Since then, Piotr has played a vital role in planting five churches - four in Poznan and one in Gniezno.

Piotr’s other contributions to the church in Poland include: teaching Systematic Theology and Ethics in the Baptist Seminary, teaching Hebrew at Poznan State University, 17 years of translating and writing of Christian theological books, devotional and study materials, smuggling Bibles into the Soviet Union, and research conducted on the Minor Prophets Scroll found in the Judean Desert and the Psalms scrolls.

Goals

  • Complete the translation of the Polish Study Bible.
  • Disciple and mentor Polish and American workers.
  • Grow and multiply Evangelical churches in Poland.

Needs

  • Prayer and financial support.
  • Polish workers to support ITMI's many projects in Poland.
  • Short-term missionaries to serve in Poland.

Who’s Involved

  • ITMI to provide oversight and US awareness.
  • ITMI Polish missionaries who independently conduct their various projects under Piotr's oversight.
  • Various churches and supporters around the world.
  • Baptist Union of Poland.

Latest News

Last February, Piotr Shocked Us…then God Led Him to Do the Impossible.

ITMI Monthly 2017 August

It was shocking. When ITMI’s Piotr Zaremba was in the US last February (2017), he was telling people he was “greedy.”  But…

July 2017 Newsbites – Piotr Gets Some Unexpected News, Charl Has an Exciting Announcement and Paul and Molly Celebrate Summer Outreaches!

News bites

Piotr gets some unexpected news, Charl has an exciting announcement, Paul and Molly celebrate summer outreaches, K5N is sending a team to Bulgaria this month, and now’s the time to schedule a meet-up with Timothy Keller for this fall!

Bees Fund Mission to Bulgaria

Piotr Zaremba, Poland, Bulgaria

There is a special group of bees from the mountains of Bulgaria. Why are these bees special? Well they aren’t knitting sweaters or singing show tunes. But they are…

You Win. They Win. 5 Things Our Partners Got from Seeing You, and What Their Hosts Got, Too!

You Win, They Win

Hosting an overseas worker while they are here in the U.S. may not seem like a big contribution to God’s Kingdom. BUT IT IS! Here are just five of the many ways our partners have benefitted from their time in the States.

Five Good Reasons to Chain Yourself to a Desk

Piotr Zaremba, Poland

ITMI’s Dr. Piotr Zaremba wrote his supporters, “I remain chained to my desk.” Why would someone do this? Piotr had many good reasons. Discover 5 of them!

Dear Team: Will You Hold the Rope? (because Piotr is greedy)

Dear Team, Piotr Zaremba, Poland

Piotr has a passion to reach all the approximately 60 million Polish speaking people in the world. The first step was to get them an accurate, readable and usable form of God’s word.
As happy as he is with the success and acceptance of his new translation, Piotr says, “…but I am greedy. I want more.” Anyone that knows Piotr knows how unlike him it is for the word “greedy” to come out of his gentle, soft-spoken mouth.

Dear Team: Was Piotr’s New Translation Really Necessary?

Piotr Zaremba, Poland

Who can you trust now days? The news stations with regularity manipulate headlines, both conservative and liberal stations, to get us to watch their brand with over-charged and exaggerated statements that almost always more closely resemble their flavor of truth than real unbiased reality.

Polish Bible Translation Project: 5 Months After the Published Copies Arrived

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God has been very busy in our corner of the world!First, the summer of 2016 saw the publication of the entire Bible in the new translation. ‘Nuff said! We’d been working on this project for the past 16 years. When the time came to send the files to the publisher, we were both incredibly excited and unbelievably nervous. This was the moment of truth!

“Thank you, friends – the translation is DONE!” – Piotr Zaremba

Piotr Zaremba, Poland

After 16 years of translating, ITMI’s Dr. Piotr Zaremba opens a box of his PRINTED whole Bible translation! It was a moment YOU made possible, so we had to share it!

From the Archives: A Most Heartwarming Initiative

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A most heartwarming story of personal initiative comes from ITMI missionaries Richard and Brooke Nungesser based in Poznan – Poland’s second largest city. Their primary work is evangelizing by teaching English as a second language. But they didn’t stop there.

Exposed: How Religion Steals the Gospel…and the devastating results.

Poland, Gospel Joy

“I was very religious,” says Daria Przybyla, “but at the same time as a teenager, I was suicidal and depressed.”

Celebrating 35 Years of Keeping You “In Touch”

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ITMI was founded by Bill and Harriett Bathman 35 years ago as a link between believers in America and the persecuted church behind the Iron Curtain. In doing this, we discovered how effective national believers were at reaching the people around them. That’s where you came in. At one time or another, you responded with a gift that empowered a national to make a huge impact. It’s that impact we’re celebrating. Your impact. You’ve put Bibles in people’s hands, bikes under evangelists and pastors, medical supplies and relief in skilled hands, cared for the orphaned, widowed, elderly, poor and forgotten, equipped pastors, planted churches and shared the Good News around the world! God has allowed us to do so many exciting things over the years. One of the biggest projects we have poured into is…

From the Archive: Introducing Reverend Piotr Zaremba – February 2001

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Rev. Piotr (Peter) Zaremba (40) is senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Poznan, Poland. It is the fastest growing congregation in the country. In addition, he deacons, a school for English language, and an International Church for English-speaking people. Other ministries include a charity fund, youth camps, and providing Christian literature for Christians and non-Christians.

Dear Team: Poland’s Need for Jesus in Pictures

Poland, Steve Evers, Slider

My recent trip to Poland allowed me to see and participate in many heartwarming connections with our Polish brothers and sisters. Included below are a few of the images that I get to experience on my trip to Poland, hoping you get a better idea of what God is doing in this gospel-needy country.

Dear Team: Why Piotr Zaremba is Anxious and My Visit to Eastern Europe

poznan, poland, Steve Evers, Piotr Zaremba

Greetings! I’m fresh off an extended trip to Poland, Romania and Ukraine. We have a lot of great stories of what God is doing in Eastern Europe with Bible translations, street evangelism, homeless ministry, orphans, widow care and forgotten people discipleship.

Dear Team: Exciting News from Poland, My Trip to Asia and 2 Odd Benefits of Jet-lag

Steve Evers, Dear Team,

It’s 3:30am again here at home. This is a time that I have come to know very well the last 11 days.There are some really great benefits from being wide awake at 3:30am.

Do You Need to Start a New Chapter? (Video)

Poland, Piotr Zaremba, Video

We live in a world of advertisements. They offer us new opportunities and possibilities. Piotr uses this familiar aspect of our lives to cast Jesus’ resurrection in a new light.

How God Sets Us Straight – Encouragement from Piotr Zaremba (Video)

Video, Piotr Zaremba, Poland

Are you stuck in the same old pattern? Are you feeling hopeless? ITMI’s Piotr Zaremba offers encouragement for anyone who feels they are beyond hope in this 3-minute video.

News and a Prayer Request from the Translator!

Piotr Zaremba, Bible Translation, Poland

It was a joyful time here at the translators’ workshop yesterday! We finished the typesetting of the fifth edition of the New Testament! The fourth is nearly all gone to the hands of the people! There is need for more copies!

More Delightful News from the Gospel Joy Workshops and Evangelism Project

Gospel Joy, Poland

When Grzegorz (name changed for his protection) arrived at the Gospel Joy Workshop in Grudziadz, Poland that Friday evening at the end of 2015, he didn’t think he would leave a different person. Who knew he would leave wanting to read the New Testament so hungrily that he’d get through half of it in 2 days?!