As you know, the origins of “Thanksgiving” can be traced back to 1621 when the Pilgrim Fathers started celebrating harvest. It is now generally celebrated every year as a national holiday, usually on the third Thursday in November in the USA. Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia.
It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest of the current year. Similarly named festive holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.
We are also greatly indebted to you our loyal readers, prayer partners and donors, without you it would be extremely difficult to operate (and, occasionally) impossible, though we yearn for expansion. And we want to grow because we believe the media are presently a major battlefield for spiritual warfare and for a number of years here in Poland we have been developing and implementing strategies that really work and their success is measurable. It means, they can reach millions (and they do!!!)
Yes, there are thousands of “new believers” whom we know (and are occasionally meeting) who learned about God’s Good News via the many ways we provide.
Pandemic and the Ukraine war has greatly enhanced the speed of those tools! Our “four year plan” was already reached after one and half years. Presently, our Ukrainian discipleship portal, Nadiya.in.ua averages 60 new students every day, people who want to learn how to be a disciple of Jesus! All four platforms that we manage bring daily some 100 new people, with a record of 133!
And, as you already know – as distributors of the Polish language version of The Chosen series – we want to reach 15 million Poles, praying for 2% open to becoming followers of Jesus. Recently we were in Warsaw, our capital city, talking to the State television TVP and they want to air it! Their reach is some 10 million viewer. But there are several more channels we plan to use, including direct promotion in Catholic parishes – 10.000 of them, Alpha groups, Evangelical Poland, etc. Such a massive scale of plans means we need to get more people, mostly volunteers, so called “ambassadors”, but also some new members of staff. Could you imagine a crowd of 300.000 people? Some 3 major football stadiums.
The help for Ukraine still goes on. There are many opportunities and needs. Today our van is transporting 10 power generators to the Ukrainian border.
Earlier in October, we organized in our office a Faith Driven Investors/Faith Driven Entrepreneurs conference, attending, by zoom – global program aired from California. Excellent opportunity to get closer relations with some new people, besides listening to a great content, of course!
Six of us have also attended a Jesus.net conference held in Rotterdam, Netherlands organized by friends who originally have introduced us to the Internet opportunity already in 2006. Now there are some 120 Jesus.net partners around the globe, working in 40 languages and many of them are using our discipleship software, GELE/Codex developed and serviced by our team in Wisla, Poland. It was a great time of encouragement and new plans.
On a personal note: many, many years ago I loved to fly gliders. One of the highlights was – when I have flown a high altitude flight on so called “wave” – strong wind in the high Tatra mountains causes air to create a wave with some areas uplifting to really high altitude. In 1974 I have flown my “diamant into gold badge” by reaching an altitude of around 8 km, (6 kilometers over the place where I was left by a towing plane) flying in -40 Celsius/-40 Fahrenheit, in special faircoat, with oxygen mask, etc.
On my 70th birthday – my children have presented me with a voucher to fly over Tatras in a glider – what a nostalgic but happy time! And I was still piloting (even when instructor was sitting behind me). Thank you, children! What a happy man I am!
Yes, Friends, we would be very thankful if you would join us in prayer for all those matters. We treasure your friendship so much!
God bless you!
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November prayer requests
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