Here is a story of travels in Europe, sometimes, through our daughter. Wow, how much to share? I will go with the “short” version, really, this is the short version.
She left a former Soviet Union country, in Europe, but not a full EU member. I am withholding the country name for security reasons. This country still requires each person to register where they travel, by where they stay each night. Well, some of the hotels that she stayed at did not register her per the law. But Hannah found out she was not being registered near the end of her six weeks. The law stated she could be fined or even be detained when leaving the country.
When she arrived at the airport to leave she went with peace from the Lord. But at the security check her bag was unpacked in every detail. They scanned her stuff many times, but finally approved her items. Next was passport control, where the problem could be noticed. She approached the controllers and one of them took her papers. The second proceeded to strike up a cordial conversation. She was not sure if she was being interrogated or if it was just a curious controller surprised she is an American. In the end it was a curious person and God answered our prayers and all was well. She attributes the lack of real problems to God’s grace and our prayers.
Related to this situation is a meeting I had this week. A new friend who is attending the new church grew up in Wroclaw. But before he graduated from a local university he emigrated to New Zealand. For the last 30 years he has been away from Poland. He is on a sabbatical and has brought his family to experience his motherland. I asked him what he thinks of Poland now? He said it is almost literally a different country.
These stories reflect the amazing changes that are still taking place in the former Soviet Union countries of central Europe. Not all the changes are good, but freedom has brought many good things. One of the good ones is the opportunity to reintroduce the Gospel. Please pray for a true spiritual revival in Europe.
One of the ways we are seeking to share the Gospel again in Poland is through English. Next week the Wroclaw Language School, started in 1989, is conducting an English day camp for high school students. The day camp idea is to provide much of the “camp” experience wile letting everyone sleep in their own beds. The theme for the week is music. We will use the theme to teach formal lessons such as grammar and vocabulary. But there will also be competitions, games, food, and a lot of fun. Every day we will also look at how God wants to be involved in each of our lives. Please pray that each student grows in their English, but even more so that they grow spiritually.
Thanks for praying.