By Betty Intrater and Henryk Wieja
Last year Asher and I made a
short trip to Poland to visit Auschwitz and connect with some believing
friends. There we met Henryk and Alina Wieja, directors of
Life and Mission Poland,
an apostolic work which organizes national conferences, publishes
influential books, and works to bring unity to the Church in Poland and
revival to the country. We were touched by the desire of Henryk and others
to connect with Israel and bring back the Jewish roots of the faith into
the church as well as begin to heal the deep wounds between Jews and Poles
that occurred as a result of the Holocaust.
St. Peter and Paul Church in Krakov
with statues of 12 apostles outside
Poland's Jews, once 10% of the total population, were almost
completely obliterated during the Holocaust. Volumes have been written as
to the reasons why and it is not my intention to analyze this here.
However, in both the non-believing and believing Poles that we met, we saw
a desire to learn, come to terms with, and begin to heal those wounds.
When Asher explained to a taxi driver that we were Jews from Israel, he
took Asher's hand, looked into his eyes, and said, "I'm so sorry
for what happened." One pastor from a city near Auschwitz explained that he
organizes meetings with visiting Israeli tour groups. He recounted a story
where a young Israeli woman asked, "Why does the world hate us so much?"
The answer he gave her is the same answer he tries to convey to every Jew,
"We don't hate you. We love you."
Among the pastors that connect with this network is a passion to challenge
the church in Poland to recognize the Jewish roots of the faith as well as
its historic connection and responsibility towards the Jewish people. As a
result of this passion, Life and Mission Poland conducted two seminars this
fall, one for youth and one for adults. A group of young adults, led by
SI, ministered during the youth conference and Asher, along with several
local pastors, ministered at the adult conference.
In Asher's closing message, as he spoke about covenant, he asked those
who would like to make a covenant with Israel to come forward. Without
hesitation, rows of attendees rushed forward, eager to express their desire
to enter into this covenant.
Here is a short review from Henryk:
Tombstone of synagogue from Ustran, Poland.
This caption reads, "In this place stood
between 1902 and 1939 the synagogue of Ustran
that was destroyed by the Nazis."
On September 29th in Wisla, Poland at Golebiewski Hotel, we held our
eleventh conference for young adults, called GENERATION 24. The theme of
this conference was 'WITH COURAGE AND PASSION'. It was a unique
event! During the conference, together with Polish speakers, the team of
young adults from Israel contributed to the program in many different ways:
messages, personal testimonies, drama and dance.
On Saturday, October 13th, we held a revival conference also in Wisla.
Along with Asher Intrater from Israel, the Polish speakers were: Kazimierz
Barczuk, Edward Cwierz, Jerzy Rycharski, Alina and Henryk Wieja. Almost 700
attended, from across Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.
We experienced the fire of the Holy Spirit and fresh revelation about
Jesus; and were witnesses of this historical moment which God was
preparing for our nation.
One of the pastors said after the conference:
"It was one of most balanced presentations on the subject of the Church
and Israel. We leave inspired and mobilized to be active in a revival
'scheduled' by God, both within our personal places of influence
as well as in the Church in Poland.
"Since the conference, we have been experiencing something brand new
people, hungry for God, started to come to our building, ready to receive
Christ Jesus into their hearts. We live in the most exciting time in
history, when revival has started, for Polish people as well as among the
Jewish nation. This breakthrough event has begun the new time in our
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