Sunday, November 28, 2004

Foursquare Pastors and Leaders Conference in Poland

Matthias Nowak, Foursquare Pastor from Bern Switzerland & Bob Ware, Pastor of a Foursquare fellowship in California, led a conference for pastors and leaders in Poland.

There were about 30 people attending. Most of these individuals were from the Wroclaw area of Poland. I brought a single guy & gal that are an important part of our fellowship. Piotrek and Ania have been going together for a long time and we have really seen them grow in their individual walk with the Lord. They have both been involved in service but this was the first time we have been able to encourage their ministry together.

I also invited our good friends Andrzej & Renata from Krakow. Unfortunately, Andrzej was tied up on business and was unable to join us. But I was blessed as always to spent time with Renata. I encouraged Renata to invite their friends from a village nearby to join us as well. It was an opportunity for us to bless these faithful servants of the Lord. I have know of and about Staszek and Bozena for many years but this was the first time I had a chance to really sit down and talk to them. They are truly precious people who sincerely love and serve their God and His people.

Martjin & Ellen Krale the Dutch Foursquare missionaries did an excellent job organizing the event. They found this cool palace in the countryside south of Wroclaw. The food and accommodations were great. Worship was great! The outing to the rock city in The Czech Republic was really amazing, once the driver got us there. Thanks a ton for all your hard work!
We enjoyed a great time of fellowship and unified worship. Though most of the people had never met, there was a sense of oneness from the very first meeting that was evident to all. Bob & Matthias taught and encouraged us to LOVE, MEND, TEACH, & SEND those individuals in our care. While at the same time we are to be STARs: Leaders who have servant hearts, are teachable, know what it means to be submitted & accountable, and individuals who are quick to take responsibility for their own behavior and repent.

For me, one of the most powerful moments was when Matthias talked about being free from the hamster’s wheel, particularly in the area of finances and the world’s idea of how we obtain financial security. It was so great to see so many of these people, who I am aware that they have financial difficulties, experience understanding in regard to their situation. It was as though someone had lifted a huge burden.

As a result of the conference we (The Zakopane Fellowship) will be sponsoring 2 faithful couples and their children for a weekend away. This will be a real step of faith for our fellowship but it is an important opportunity for us to invest in these people what we have received from others in the Body of Christ. The Kingdom of God is kind of strange sometimes; we can’t pay back what we have received we can only pay forward, no matter how hard we try. Just as we can’t pay Jesus back for our salvation we can’t pay others back we can only share with others what someone else has invested in us.

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