Category: Family

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.

Who will stand for truth?

You have to watch this video by Grassroots Films. It’s awesome!

this election day

everything you hold sacred

will need your vote

vote your conscience

Biden and Pelosi, both Catholics, were asked about their stand on the issue of life at conception during recent TV interviews. Their answers which did not align with the teaching of the Catholic church, prompted a response from US Catholic bishops by publishing Fact sheet on pro-life and Church teaching on abortion.

KC bishops on moral responsibility and voting

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

McCain – Palin rally in Lees Summit, Missouri

our family at the McCain – Palin rally

The whole family went today to a rally in Lee’s Summit, MO to support John McCain and Sarah Palin.

This Election Year in our homeschooling household, we are trying to teach our children (11, 9, 5) that their choice matters and it is precious. It will be noticed by God and by their fellow citizens. It will be engraved in their conscious forever, so they need to be aware of what the candidates are saying, believing in and living for. We talk about what is most important in life, how to prioritize your political choices, and according to what standards they should be aligned.

kids for McCain

Kids for McCain – Palin

the crowd

The crowd

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

JohnMcCain

John McCain

CNN clip from Sarah Palin’s speach.

Read about:

Obama’s unrestricted abortion Freedom of Choice Act

one nation under Obama

Obama – the voice of the Joshua generation

Barack Obama on abortion

Prayer for Catholic Charismatic fellowships in Poland

I have been praying for some time that God would break in on Catholic Charismatic fellowships in Poland. Iwona will be attending the 25th anniversary of a fellowship that she helped start called Hallelujah. The anniversary will take place October 4-11 in Wroclaw, Poland. If the funds come in, I would like our whole family to make the trip. I am praying that a fresh wind of renewal and revival would spread through the nation of Poland. That they would be a living example of what one of there own, John Paul ll, told the world to do.

A page taken from Hallelujah’s journal taken over two decades ago of some of the leaders. I put a yellow border around Iwona.

Center of Wroclaw, Poland

John Paul ll, in 2000, called all parishes to become schools of prayer and places where “training in holiness” is given.

Our Christian communities must become genuine “schools” of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly “falls in love”… It would be wrong to think that ordinary Christians can be content with a shallow prayer that is unable to fill their whole life.

He also cites several reasons why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. Besides the fact that it is quite simply part and parcel of the Gospel message, he points out that the supportive culture of “Christendom” has virtually disappeared and that Christian life today has to be lived deeply, or else it may not be possible to live it at all.

Raccoon visitation

When my family and I were driving back to Kansas City, we stopped by a gas station and were welcomed by a large family of raccoons.  I ran inside to see what I could buy them.  I came out with 8 packs of donuts.  They rushed me as I started to distribute them outside the van.  After the second pack of donuts was gone, I began feeling a little uneasy with over a dozen wild raccoons all around my legs, putting their front paws on me as they stood on their hind legs begging for more. I then got in our van and videoed as we finished giving them the rest of the 50 donuts! Here is the video clip.

The Smithsonian and the Washington monument

Today my family and I spent all day at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater & Einstein Planetarium and a tour at the top of the Washington Monument. It was quite a homeschooling adventure for the MajorChange Academy students (all 3 of them).

Hiking on the Potomac River – Great Falls Park

Do we go down town DC again or take a several mile nature hike at Great Falls park in McLean, VA? As the majority of the group were Central European (Polish), they won the vote. Nature hike is was. Located just 15 miles from the Nation’s capital, the Great Falls of the Potomac (so named by the first European colonists) is considered the most spectacular natural landmark in the DC metropolitan area. Here, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through a narrow gorge.

Great Falls Park stretches along almost 2 miles of the Virginia side of the Potomac providing a series of trails and overlooks from which to view the falls and the gorge. Administered by the National Park Service, Great Falls Park also preserves the remains of the Potowmack Canal. The canal was initiated by George Washington as a way to link the upper Potomac and the Ohio River Valley to Washington and the Chesapeake. Great Falls Park offers numerous recreational activities: bird watching, climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, nature walks, and whitewater rafting.