In eastern Poland, 40 years of Communism was particularly harsh. It crushed the small cluster of evangelical churches there, leaving very few Bible-believing Christians.
Seven years ago, two pastors set out to plant a church in the eastern town of Łuków, population 30,000. No Protestant church had existed in the town’s 750 years, and the two pastors had no contacts there. Undeterred, they began holding worship services every Sunday. They preached more than 300 sermons, handed out hundreds of tracts, and paid monthly rent on a room.
For six long years, there was not a single convert to Christ. The pastors grew tired. They discussed the high financial costs of ministering in a town with no spiritual fruit. They considered leaving Łuków. After prayer, however, they decided to stay awhile longer. In the ensuing 12 months, five people, ranging in age from a teen to a septuagenarian, entrusted their lives to Christ. Today there are seven born-again believers in Łuków, a 700 percent increase of evangelical Christians in one year.
Ways to pray:
- Thanksgiving for the saving grace of God
- Strength and endurance for the pastors ministering in hard places
- Companionship and fellowship for Christians in Łuków and Poland
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7
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