Michał Szymański, a friend of mine from Wrocław, Poland; sent me this video response: “Inspired by Keith’s videos, we started our fasting. So here is a ‘thank you’ movie for Keith. And maybe an inspiration for somebody else? Maybe :)”
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
(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)
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…
worship and prayer for the city of Wroclaw
note in a local newspaper abot the event
most of the pictures above courtesy Hallelu Jah web album
St. Faustina Kowalska reported seeing a merciful Jesus, with beams of red and white light shining from his heart.
In her diary, the cloistered mystic described a 1935 vision in which she was told the write down this prayer as protection from divine judgment: “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
Some of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy thought the uneducated nun was unstable and the Vatican shunned her writings. But her visions impressed a young priest in nearby Krakow named Father Karol Wojtyla, who rose through the ranks from professor to bishop, archbishop and cardinal. Finally, he became Pope John Paul II.
The Polish pope was a champion of Faustina’s “Divine Mercy” devotions. He testified: “The message of Divine Mercy has always been near and dear to me.” In a sense, he said, it “forms the image of this pontificate.” On April 30, 2000, John Paul II canonized her as St. Faustina.
It was in 1937, a year before she died of tuberculosis, the 32-year-old nun had another apocalyptic vision of Jesus.
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.”
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.
We’ve had five Poles staying in our YWAM style looking basement for two weeks. They came for IHOP’s Worship Symposium. The seminar was awesome. Dr Terri Terry blew our minds away. The participants came from all over the world, mostly from Korea, Russia and Poland. Iwona (my Polish bride) translated 2-3 sessions a day, simultaneously… which is always quite challenging.
But the highlights from these two weeks were from us being able to spend some time with our Polish friends. I realized again, how different the Eastern European soul is from the Western counterpart. They are so…
home-cooked food lovers,
late night talkers,
down to earth practical, but also unapologetically romantic,
strongly opinionated, critical, but instantly mesmerized by suddenly spotted beauty,
painfully realistic, but captivated by melancholic poetry…
and many other things…