Alla. I cannot imagine my life without ministry and these are not just empty words. I believe every Christian ought to be involved in ministry but it does not have to be a great ministry. I have always been involved in the life of my church – singing, drama group, church newsletter, short outreach trips to nearby villages. I missed all that during my first year in Poland. But when I came to Wroclaw the Lord gave me a home group straight away – as well as a church where I started to serve in a café. I started singing in a Wroclaw Gospel Choir and there have been a few concerts already as well as invitations to sing at weddings. In May 2014, there was a workshop for all gospel choirs in Poland. But I don’t want to stop here; I want to keep moving forward. My dream is to start a Christian theater and I can see how the Lord is putting me in touch with people who have the skills for it. When I was at the beginning of the academic year at EST this idea had no clarity to it. Now, my idea of a Christian theater is a seed that is going to grow. I’m sure of that.
Klaudia. I’m currently leading youth meetings, Sunday school classes and the library at our church. The greatest challenge in youth ministry is encouraging them to get involved in ministry and to actively participate in a Bible study. The challenge in children ministry is to get them interested in the topic. I try to prepare well for both, youth meetings and for Sunday school classes – for youth meetings I focus more on the content/information and with Sunday school classes I try to have gadgets, illustrations and other aids. I prepare Sunday school classes based on the textbook we are going through. This summer, I’m going to go to a teachers training course with Royal Rangers. I’m also going to attend again a Christian camp for kids that is organized by Children Ministry of Pentecostal church in Gdansk. In July, I’m organizing an evangelistic outreach for youth, Generation T Mission. It’s going to be held in my city.
Michal. I am currently a leader of a student group in my church. The group is growing and because of that we were able to split into two groups meeting at different times. We meet officially once a week but unofficially we see each other all the time. After all, a group is not one meeting but relationships that are formed there. As for challenges, it’s to find time to be properly involved and to prepare for the meetings, spiritually and in terms of content. Another challenge is to encourage young people to come to meetings, after all there are so many interesting options around. I prepare for my ministry by studying the Bible and spending time in prayer as well as by researching the topics to be discussed in meetings. I also meet with my leader to discuss what’s going on in the group, to talk about vision, problems, successes and planned events. I also go with him through a leadership training course.