Finding Passion in Poland
As someone who has enjoyed studying and coaching others to find their “passion” for serving God – it has been refreshing to be around so many people in Poland who are dedicated to sharing their passion for Christ. Â Oh sure, some a passionate about their particular work, sports, etc… but many have “connected the dots” in their life to live passionately while also living intentionally for Christ. Â They are using their passion (the burden that God puts on your heart – that you just can’t shake) to build the Kingdom.
The people we are working with this week in Poland are passionate people. Â But, for many – their stories are not simple. Their were points in their lives where perhaps they didn’t have much passion. Â They didn’t have much hope. Â They didn’t have much Joy. Â This is true of people everywhere… but people in Poland have been through alot. Â They’ve (non-Jewish) been through WWII where millions were taken by the German Army to Labor Camps. Â I even met a lady at an Orphanage who is older now – but she tells of the time when the German guards showed up at her home when she was a kid and told her and family that they had 12 minutes to pack and leave. Â She was gone for 4 years – until the end of the war. Â She worked mostly 14-15 hour days – 7 days a week with almost no breaks. Â Maybe 1 break a day for 10 minutes – and very little to eat. Â This was her existence for years with no end in site.
Today she and others who survived this slavery are passionate about telling their story to anyone who will listen. Â It was amazing to have someone who experienced this actually tell you first hand about it. Â It was sad – but so important to hear. Â Later this week our team will be visiting Auschwitz – A German Concentration Camp were Jews were killed. Â I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about that later (Link: http://en.auschwitz.org.pl/h/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz_concentration_camp .
For now – I’m heading back to a group of passionate people – people from Canton Ohio – joining with people from all over the Globe who have a common Passion. Â A Passion to make Christ known. Â A Passion to bring “a little bit of up there – down here” – a passion to share Jesus with those who haven’t met Him yet. Â A Passion to make a difference – to bring hope to hurting people all over the world. Â Today – in Lodz, Poland.