Sobering and Encouraging

Trip Start Jun 04, 2012
Trip End Jul 16, 2012

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Flag of Slovakia  , Nitra,
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We had a brief and sobering visit to Poland. 

 We stayed with Marek and Ella Nalewajka who were wonderful hosts to us. (See picture below) Marek worked for many years as a printer and at one time, when he had his own shop, he printed Emmaus courses. He has also worked with the children's courses from Postal Bible School, but at the present time neither of these ministries are actively working. Meanwhile Marek has a secular job. Please pray for the believers in Poland. Life there is still difficult in many ways as the government bureaucracy makes it nearly impossible to build new houses and apartments so young people are leaving the country to find a place to live and jobs, according to Marek. That doesn't help the church grow. 

Jim had the opportunity to speak to some of the believers at the assembly about our lives in Colombia and our work with Emmaus and to make an appeal for someone to work with the courses in Poland. Pray for God to raise up a person with a burden for getting people into God's Word.

It was only a little out of our way to go to Auschwitz, so we had a very sobering 2 hour tour of the place where 1.1 million people were systematically murdered. (See photos below) As I looked at the pile of suitcases with names and addresses on them, I thought of the people who were going there with their important possessions, not realizing they were headed to their deaths and how awful that was. But it struck me that today there are millions of people who are also going on their way, carrying their luggage, not realizing they are on their way to hell. I continue to ask God to give me a greater love for them than my fear of speaking the truth to them.

We moved on from there to Slovakia, a country with beautiful sunflower fields and castles.

The Emmaus team there is enthusiastic and has translated and printed 16 courses, but as yet they have found it difficult to interest students. Jan Hudec, his sister Milota, and her husband Ilko are people who lived through the communist times and continue to serve the Lord in a nation that is difficult to reach. Pray for the team to be able to make their enthusiasm to study the Word of God contagious. 

The second day we were with them was a national holiday commemorating the arrival from Thessaloniki of Cyril and Methodius, the Christian missionaries who brought the gospel in 863. They had been invited by the king to come and tell the people. Cyril inventing an alphabet for the slavic languages that is still used in Russia, Bulgaria and other countries called the "Cyrillic" alphabet after him.

The next day would also be a holiday in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia commemorating the 498th anniversary of the martyrdom of John Huss.
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