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 :)”
Frühstück had a concert at Szepty club when I was visiting Wroclaw. I’ve known Martijn and Ellen (Dutch) for over 10 years now. They are Dutch missionaries and have been faithfully spreading the Good News amongst the Poles for over a decade. They are awesome, really cool and I love them. No nonsense kind of people and just caring for those who are searching.
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
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.
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.