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It has been a long and wonderful day. The Lord and I had a good time together early this morning. The Lord has me in the book of Mark right now. I find this book of the Gospels to be so unique in perspective. The familiar parables and events to the other Gospels seem a little more direct and succinct in Mark.
Then went off to the gym for some self-inflicted torture. Every other day for the last month I am doing circuit training led by one of the trainers, Bartek. In circuit training there are a number, 10 for us, of stations with different exercises. Typically there are three to four of us, but today it was six. I felt very out of place today as I was the only guy other than the trainer. So today I was the only one dripping sweat onto the equipment at each station. I have started to turn the mats over so I have the dirty and sweaty side to myself. I try to be kind! God is leading me to more spiritual prospects at the gym. The regulars know I am an American and a few of them are staring to speak with me if they speak English. A lady, soon I hope to get here name, asked in very good English if I am a teacher. I said no, but that my wife is. She asked if Denise would consider tutoring her son who is seven, but she insists is gifted in language. Then she asked if I thought a four year old was too young for an English tutor. I avoided the second question and told here I would bring contact information for Denise this week. Sadly the woman has not been back in the gym. Please pray for her and that I will continue to be able to build relationships at the gym.
I talked at little with Edyta, the young lady wanting the tattoo. I continue to encourage her to be reading the Bible verses that I gave her, but she says she doesn’t have time. I will keep bugging her in a kindly way. Please pray she will develop a desire for God’s word and a personal relationship with Him.
Classes started at the Wroclaw Language School today. This reminds me that I need to tell our 24 year history with the school. I went to the school this afternoon for prayer, a meeting, and then more prayer. It looked like a good start with lots of kids and parents. I prayed especially for the teachers today, please join me in this prayer. God knows each of their unique needs. I also prayed that as each student entered the school that the seed of the Gospel would be planted and grow in them this year.
Tomorrow Denise will teach her advanced English class at the school. Please pray for her as she finishes her preparation and for her students.
Sunday night we will conduct a Prayer & Praise (P&P) service in English. This marks the semi-official beginning of the future international church. Every other Sunday night we intend to offer a P&P service at our apartment. If you are familiar with the small group idea of Life Groups, this will be our basic model. There are many goals for these gatherings, but the first is to gain some momentum gathering English speakers in Wroclaw. Please pray that a good group with attend and that we will let God create a deep spiritual community from this first meeting.
Denise and I have started discipling two younger believers; Marianna and Caspar. Please pray that these relationships will grow strong under God’s leading us. Pray also for spiritual protection as we know the enemy does not want these kinds of meetings to take place.
Please also pray for Ferdinand. He is from Cameroon, but works in Wroclaw for HP. Tomorrow I will take him to the airport for his long trip home – to get married! The ceremony is on the 4th. Ferdinand and his fiance are grateful for our prayers.
And I end on a painful note. Denise and I are working on formal plans for further Polish language study. It is not easy to learn Polish and I need your prayers for my crummy attitude and for a greater desire to study. There I admitted the truth. It does feel good to share this, but sadly still won’t make it easier to learn Polish. My Russian friend told me – (insert Russian proverb) – “Patience and labor win all”. Since God did make it possible to learn Russians somewhat well, He can do it again with Polish.
Thanks for praying!