Sunday morning we worshiped with the church in Tomaszow. Very simple but powerful service. At the end they had an open time of prayer where anyone could just pray out loud. We felt the Spirit of God moving strongly during this time. We had no idea what they were praying but it didn’t even matter. We could feel the Spirits voice. It was just such an amazing opportunity to be able to worship with a group of believers half way around the world who love Jesus just as much as we do. The language barrier has not been an issue at all thus far.
After the service, we traveled to Lodz to get settled in for Kontakt Lodz, the primary purpose of this trip. Once we were settled we were able to get something to eat then spent some time as a team going over the last few days events and also digging into what it means to seek God daily and also some practical ways to go about seeking him.
This led into a time of worship outside in a field near where we are staying. This was a truly amazing experience. There were believers here for Kontakt from many places in the U.S., Ukraine, Poland and Belarus. We all sang our hearts out to Jesus as the Church and prepared our hearts and minds for the coming week of serving the people of Lodz.
We learned that in Poland, it is not a normal thing to do service projects like we will be doing. When Proem was speaking with the city council of Lodz about this experience, the council naturally wanted to know who would be coming in to do the projects. Proem told that they would be bringing in people from many countries including the U.S. The council was a bit shocked that we would travel all the way from the U.S. to serve people in Poland. They just couldn’t wrap their minds around it. But that isn’t the best part. They then wanted to know how Proem would pay to bring in so many workers to do this. When they found out that we pay our own way to and from Poland so that we can serve their needs of their poor they were speechless.
Who, in their right mind, would pay thousands of dollars to travel to a foreign country to serve people that they do not know and likely will never meet again? People who love and follow Jesus.
What does a believer in Christ have to gain by sending or going to serve the poor and the needy in a foreign country? Nothing. Everything.