Category: Family

Katyn + loss of Polish top leaders + St. Faustina Kowalska = ?

Today I watched the sobering movie “Katyn” that was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for best foreign language film. This film is the first account of the long-suppressed Katyn massacre of 1940, in which more than fourteen thousand Polish prisoners-of-war, were murdered by the NKVD, the Soviet secret police.

They were murdered, one at a time, a fact that was recorded in their personal files. This is evidence that the Soviet Union failed to recognize or respect any international standards, not even with regard to prisoners of war. All the men who died did so as members of the Polish intelligentsia, and this paved the way for Stalin’s subjugation of Poland.

It is so ironic that Saturday’s crash of an aging Russian airliner ravaged the top levels of Poland’s military, political and church elite, killing the Polish president and dozens of other dignitaries as they traveled to a ceremony in Katyn to commemorate a slaughter that has divided the two nations for seven decades.


Today, Divine Mercy Sunday, the world remembers Polish saint, Faustina Kowalska. In 1937 she wrote: “As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words: I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.”
God please have divine mercy on the nation of Poland and give her grace to complete that which you have planned for her to do in Europe and the world!

Hallelu Jah in the Rynek of Wroclaw

In the center of Wroclaw, the Catholic Charismatic Fellowship “Hallelu Jah”, set up a stage and several tents to do evangelism in the Rynek.  A Polish Christian folk band named “30i40na70” from the fellowship inspired the crowd with songs that spoke to the heart and pointed to the cross.  There were also dramas, videos, testimonies, mime, and worship as well.  It was great re-connecting with some very dear friends there.

On the side of the main stage there were three tents: one full of ideas ministering to the kids, second one was open to anyone who would like to get counseling (especially drug addicts), in the third one people could watch different evangelistic media presentations.

During the five hours of the continuous program, there were many people who were stopping by, intrigued by this event.

the cross is the reason

“40 and 30 on 70” band

(this is the most original name of a music group you’ve ever heard; the full name goes like this – “forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys” –  from Judges 12:14)

they play sort of folk music, but with a ‘heavier’ sound, it depicts Polish soul very well…

Robert Ruszczak, leader of the band and the main organizer of this event

people gathering around…

watching…                                  priest Wlodzimierz (try to pronounce that: Vwoh-dzhee-myezh)

pantomime…                                 interested….

watching

Open up the doors and let the music play

Let the streets resound with singing

Songs that bring Your hope, songs that bring Your joy

Dancers who dance upon injustice

from the song “Did you feel the mountains tremble”

one of the pantomimes

Andrzej Dziewit and Iwona Bednarz-Major (my wife)

Andrzej sharing his testimony, I’ve heard it so many times, and every time it is moving and sobering, he really has a gift…

Mroczek and Iwka.

it was a good night…

kids watching

mime

worship and prayer for the city of Wroclaw

worship

prayer time

note in a local newspaper abot the event

most of the pictures above courtesy Hallelu Jah web album

I live in this city = zyje w tym miescie

This is part of the program of the 25th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic fellowship, called “HalleluJah“, which Iwona helped start and lead in Wroclaw, Poland  The first day will be kicked off by an outdoor evangelism event in the very center of Wroclaw with concerts, multi-media presentations, games for children, etc.

Six days ago, some friends in Poland took up an offering so that our family would be able to attend. With their donation, I was able to purchase four tickets for Iwona and our three children today!  They will be leaving on September 30th.

I am now praying for the funds to come in within five days for my ticket and our expenses.  I would like to shoot a documentary of this historic event.

Emma

Dear friends of ours, Levi and Daniel Lim, lost their daughter, Emma last night in Myanmar (Burma).  She was almost one. The whole family was and is still working with disaster relief after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar. Read about them here.

Cyclone Nargis was a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma (officially known as Myanmar). The cyclone made landfall in the country on May 2, 2008, causing catastrophic destruction and at least 146,000 fatalities with thousands more people still missing. It is feared and quite possible that due to lack of relief efforts, a total of a million people already have or will die from this catastrophe. Damage is estimated at over $10 billion (USD), which made it the most damaging cyclone ever recorded in the North Indian Ocean Basin.