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Spiritual Climate

Catholic presence is strong, mainly from the place it holds in Polish tradition and heritage. The younger generation has not only endured the ripple effects of poverty and unemployment of previous generations, they are plagued by violence, immorality and have lost their footing on any kind of moral foundation. Spiritual indifference and cultural Catholicism has caused many Polish to be resistant, but not closed, to the Gospel. About 90% of towns don't have any established evangelical churches. Missionaries with authentic, enthusiastic relationships with Jesus would help ignite a passion and life into this apathetic nation.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Praise God for the stability, progress and freedom that allow the good news to be preached. Pray that the Polish quest for material advancement might be subordinated to their search for God.
— Operation World

Evangelical Christians have always been a very small minority, but some positive development is evident. Unfortunately, the growth immediately following Communism’s fall was replaced by relative stagnation in the new millennium.
— Operation World

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A Couple Raw Facts


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There is a great need for witness in Poland, with 90% of municipalities having no evangelical church. There are more evangelicals in Saudi Arabia than in Poland.

Catholic Illustration

All religions have equal rights before the law, but the Roman Catholic Church exercises its traditional pride of place in Polish society.

 

History & Future

Entered
1988

WorldVenture History in Poland

The work of the WorldVenture team in Poland has focused on two main areas: strengthening existing local churches through leadership training and church development, and helping to start new churches in strategic areas. WorldVenture workers also established the Evangelical School of Theology (formerly the Biblical Theological Seminary) in the southern city of Wroclaw, and continue to serve on the staff there.

Today &
Tomorrow

Poland Team Goals

WorldVenture desires to continue serving and strengthening churches in Poland through education and leadership training. This will be accomplished in part through cell church ministry and planting of churches that are sensitive to Polish culture, and through work at the Evangelical School of Theology and the Evangelical Christian Church Seminary. In addition, WorldVenture’s team hopes to pursue evangelism opportunities that result from teaching English as a second language.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING


COMMUNITY


 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT


 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE



Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

poland source:bbc - Google News
Russia sanctions: Poland's apple growers feel the squeeze - BBC News

BBC News

Russia sanctions: Poland's apple growers feel the squeeze
BBC News
It's promising to be one of Poland's best apple harvests since records began. There has been plenty of rain and just the right amount of sunshine. Yet Polish apple grower Barbara Domasiewicz and her family are unlikely to reap the rewards. That's ...


Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:04:01 PM

UK 'battle group' to take part in exercises in Poland - BBC News

BBC News

UK 'battle group' to take part in exercises in Poland
BBC News
The UK is to send a "full battle group" of 1,350 military personnel for exercises in Poland, amid rising tension with Russia over Ukraine. They will take part in Nato manoeuvres in October to support allies in Eastern Europe, Defence Secretary Michael ...


Monday, July 28, 2014 10:09:44 AM

Poland 'helped in CIA rendition' - BBC News

Poland 'helped in CIA rendition'
BBC News
Poland broke the European human rights convention in helping the CIA to render two terror suspects, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The judges said Poland had co-operated with the secret illegal transfers in 2002-2003, allowing two ...


Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:25:07 AM

Nephew finds WW2 PoW's grave in Poland after 29 years - BBC News

BBC News

Nephew finds WW2 PoW's grave in Poland after 29 years
BBC News
Seventy years after he was shot by a German guard, prisoner of war Tommy Saunders now has a headstone. It marks the end of his nephew's long search for his final resting place. The people of Popielow had always known the two graves in their cemetery ...


Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:30:44 PM

Russia bans Polish fruit and veg amid sanctions war - BBC News

BBC News

Russia bans Polish fruit and veg amid sanctions war
BBC News
The Russian authorities have introduced a sweeping ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from Poland, depriving it of a major export market. Russia's food hygiene authorities said the imports had unacceptable levels of pesticide residues and nitrates.
#BBCtrending: Poles #EatApples to annoy Putin


Friday, August 01, 2014 3:53:46 AM

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Opportunities

Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Church Planting Facilitator4 YearsLifetimeEuropePolandAssisting Polish church planters to start new fellowships. On the job learning, perhaps leading from involvement in one church plant to involvement in several.Networking with Polish church planters. Encouraging Polish church planters. Training Polish church planters. Casting a vision for church planting in Poland. Polish evangelical church is among the smallest in the world, and struggles to have any impact in society. Most evangelical leaders have bought the vision of church planting, but need help mobilizing Polish church planters, and assistance in the large task before them. There will be encouragement from church leaders, but the work is difficult and long.Male. Married. Theological training. Church planting experience or boot camp highly recommended. Self-starter necessary, someone with a high level of endurance. Poland is by every standard one of the most difficult countries to minister in, with one of the lowest numbers of evangelicals and missionaries in the world. 1430
Youth Ministry Worker6 mos. careerEuropePolandDeveloping redeeming relationships with youth (jr. high to college). Helping them discover a personal relationship with Christ and grow in their walk with Christ through on-going personal involvement in their lives. Assisting Polish youth leaders to grow in their ministry. Length of service is 6 months to a lifetime.Hanging out with youth. Developing relationships with young people. Ministering the love of Christ in their lives. Connecting with their parents. Connecting with other youth leaders in Poland, and assisting them in ministry.Prior experience in youth ministry. A demonstrated heart and love for working with young people. An ability to connect with young people, their parents, and other youth workers.1760
English Language Teacher1 YearLifetimeEuropePolandTeach English as a second language to Polish teens and adults and develop relationships that will lead to opportunities to share the Gospel. Join a team in which the language school is an outreach of the local evangelical church.Develop lesson plans. Teach 3-6 classes per week plus one-on-one conversation students. Other duties within the team and church which fit your gifting and abilities.Fluent English speaker, preferably your first language. Excellent grasp of English structure and grammar. Teaching experience preferred. Basic Polish helpful. Self-starter yet willing to work under local church or academic leadership. Spiritually mature. 1834

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Projects

Missionary Team


Joel & Renata Burnell

Teaching at the Evangelical School of Theology in Poland


Randy & Kaye Hacker

Establishing and equipping the church in Poland


Corby & Ashley White

Preparing to serve the Lord in Poland, through music, youth & children's ministries.


Mike & Agnieszka Green

Establishing churches and developing Christian community


Bruce & Linda Thomas

Serving through English as a second language in Poland


Rebecca LeMaster

Serving at Evangelical School of Theology, and ministry to women in Wroclaw, Poland.

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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