January has passed very quickly for me, I think it is a common feeling we all experience as we get, hmm, more mature:). It was a time of reflection, but also of planning, implementing a new reporting system, generally preparing for progress. Excellent, a very productive month.
With all our various ministries, projects, new expansion plans, (I just wonder how much of this you are aware when even we, working daily with it, must use many notes!) it is important to just rethink, in prayer, what we are doing. Does it really bring us closer to our mission, to see others discovering Jesus as a personal Savior, entering His Kingdom and growing towards maturity as His disciples? How should we prune what we do to give room for things that seem to work more effectively? Is there still a better way?
I was just meeting with Eric Celerier, who is a co-founder of Jesus.net, that we have adopted into Polish as SzukajacBoga.pl (Looking for God). Eric is very creative and innovative all the time. Again, I was always amazed and encouraged, inspired, seeing what he is busy with now. He writes an evangelistic daily newsletter and every day between 100 and 1500 new people sign up to it. In just a few months he has 115.000 subscribers, with 78% opening his mail every day. Literally, thousands have invited Jesus to their life.Now Eric is encouraging me to start a similar newsletter in Poland… It is quite a challenge, but I am seriously considering that. I pray for a final confirmation from the Lord as it is a very serious commitment.
Meanwhile, we are preparing for a unique opportunity the Lord has opened for us to help with evangelism during “World Youth Days” to be held in Krakow, Poland, July 15 – 31, 2016 in cooperation with Catholic Revival Movements and Campus Crusade for Christ. We, as an Internet ministry, are preparing a “Gospel of John” booklet with an augmented reality mobile app, turning the text into a film (this “Gospel of John” movie is now in the process of translation). There will be many links to other applications, follow-up courses we have developed for our “Looking For God” (Jesus.net) outreach. We are praying that 500.000 copies of this special booklet will be distributed during the event. Also we are praying for 1000 volunteers who will individually film their testimonies to be available on our website, “My story”. We’ve never done anything this big, but God so often answers our prayers in ways beyond our expectations! (We’re still praying for a donor who will finance this massive project.)
There are of course many more things happening, constant updates to the technology center, new versions of existing courses, web pages and e-books by our young staff. Outback team is busy organizing the next weekend camps in June and September, and there are meetings, workshops, training sessions and new on-line products.Four the fourth consecutive year radio finances were “in the black” at the end 2015, operating costs being covered by advertising income. Krzysztof and his team are working hard on some program additions that should attract more listeners to our Internet sites as well as other explicit evangelistic programs. We pray also for our plans to make new, Polish based, radio dramas. We already transmit programs called “Unshackled” that are dramatizations of real stories and testimonies that happened in US. These have been translated into Polish from original broadcasts together with our US partner’s Pacific Garden Mission.
Radio also needs an upgrade to more suitable premises for their studios and offices. We pray for guidance and wisdom to do this in the most efficient way. The Polish and US Boards are always very helpful (and firm!) to keep us from investing money into real estate that is less than ideal. The option we are pursuing is to rent an existing property (we have seen other organizations build properties that have become a burden).
Dear Friend, as you see, we need your prayers. We want to be the good stewards. God’s will is our ultimate goal, reading it, working towards fulfillment and implementation, this is our passion.Thank You for continuing to be with us. The place we are now at is in large part a result of your input to our ministry. We are so thankful for it. Please, continue!
Yours very thankfully,
Progress on January prayer requests
February prayer requests