“Our prayers for you always seem to end up as a paean of praise and thanksgiving. We always thank God, the father of our Lord Jesus, when we pray for you because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the saints …. that springs from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven … Colossians ch.1, vs3-5.
This text best explains my feelings toward you, Friend! We are to use this Epistle as the key reference for our annual e-coach conference, (Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017) and it is now constantly on my mind. What a depth of meaning in so few words!
We are in the midst of a beautiful, busy and restful summer, with many activities, but also quality time to reflect and rest.
Bogusia & I visited the US during July, going first to Dallas, meeting a number of friends, first, our Board member Hank Paulson and his wife Mona (with whom we stayed), then GMO (major Global Internet ministry) people with Jeff Gowler, their CEO, talking about possible cooperation, as we specialize in discipleship and, generally, it is a major challenge to many. Excellent people, we felt a “unity in the Spirit” more than ever before!We had also a wonderful lunch with Chuck and Cynthia Swindoll from Insight for Living. (I am on the Polish Board of IFL), global ministry that distributes mainly Chuck’s excellent teaching. What a privilege it was to talk to such godly people and discover how relevant their youthful spirit and attitude is to today’s challenges. We were greatly encouraged!
We had also a great meeting with Justin Murff, who represents Isik Abla (ministry working with Muslims, last month I was writing more about them) and is also responsible for communications/technology at First Dallas Baptist Church. We hope our tools will be of a help to many of these Christ-centered institutions.Then we went with Bogusia to California, San Francisco and drove to the North, to the JH Ranch and Scott River Lodge. We were graciously invited to join a week-long program for married couples, at the lodge. The people there are very close to us, as we know many of them (they are the personnel behind Outback that is such a blessing in Poland!). Again, this time has exceeded our big expectations! I may only say that my love towards Bogusia, my wife, has never been as fresh and deep, all in the presence of God’s Spirit! WOW! I strongly recommend this program to other couples.
Two Polish volunteers, Lukasz and Dominik, are at the Ranch for the whole summer and their service and commitment is of a premium value! They are in training to be future leaders in Poland. Also other Polish Outback leaders, (Andrzej Pilch with his daughter Asia), were at the Ranch for a week and had a very special time.
On the Polish side, our building construction back in Wisla is progressing, getting closer to the grand finale, opening planned August 31st, 2017. Still, a lot of work to be done, but we believe the date will remain the final one! Please, pray for it with us!
Is our life so easy all the time? Well, there are also some challenges. Our first granddaughter is to be born in the middle of September to Stephen and Mary. What a joy and thrill! But she has been diagnosed with a serious problem, a hole between two chambers of her heart, and must have surgery as soon as she is born to have any hope of survival. You may just imagine the burden it is to her parents and all the friends who know and love them! Both parents are great Christian leaders, serving the Lord in many capacities. They are living in Salzburg, Austria. Please, join us in praying for this situation. We believe in God’s love, provision and miracles!
Just now, as I am writing this text, our three kids are together hiking the Alps, a birthday gift of the brothers to their only sister, Paulina. Filip’s wife, Justyna, is staying with Mary
Thank you, Friend, for being with us all the time, watching God using our small efforts to influence others. And thank you, too, for all your prayers and involvement. You are a significant part of all we do. Keep on, dear friend!
Yours very thankfully,
Progress on July prayer requests
August prayer requests