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Greetings From Kołobrzeg

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We were grateful for a chance to share with our home congregation this morning.  We talked briefly about little roles we have played in God’s big plan but were especially excited to share greetings from Piotr & Nellie Karel.  Piotr is the pastor at the church in Kołobrzeg, Poland, and Rockville Christian Church has supported his ministry for several decades.  We shared about the tradition in the Polish churches to bring greetings from one congregation to another, just as Paul does in his letters, and then read Piotr’s greetings from Poland.   Here is Piotr’s letter to RCC and the slides that accompanied our talk in case you missed it.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I’ve got still in my mind those nice moments with quests from the USA including visitors from Rockville. We are thankful to God for Rachel, Ben and their children and for the opportunity to spend a nice, fruitful time with them. Yesterday I got the message that Ben is going to have an operation. We will be praying for God’s providence for him.

This summertime elapsed very quickly. It was a busy time and there were a lot of good things going on in our church. We had, for instance, many holiday visitors as well we welcomed a youth group from Polkowice. It is a new church that recently has joined Christian Church
Furthermore, I led two wedding ceremonies this summer, either outside the church.
Besides that, we were happy to welcome my brother, Bogumił Karel , who lives in Australia.

Unfortunately, me and my wife couldn’t go on holiday. We were to busy with repairing our leaking balcony in our home. Some things must be simply done.

Every Sunday afternoon I go to the church in Koszalin. Currently, we are in the middle of searching for the new employee there.

In Poland schools start in September. We also began Sunday church school for kids and youth, not to mention about our home groups, which will start really soon I’ve just finished working on materials and references for leaders of those groups. In a week we are organizing a great event, service, on the occasion of 500 anniversary of Reformation Day in the local community center. That Sunday I am going to lead protestant interdenominational service.

I would also like to take the opportunity and express my deep word of thanks to the church in Rockville for many years of prayers and financial support. Brothers and Sisters we still need it. May God bless you big hearts and make it up to you.

All the best to all of you!
Nelli & Piotr

A Day of Sharing and Giving

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IMG_3380Today we had a chance to share with our home congregation – what God is doing in Poland, Ukraine and Israel and how we get to be a part of it all.  We shared during the Sunday School hour, and were so encouraged by the words, hugs, prayers offered and giving towards the cost of our airfare.  We also had our Mission Store items on display for those who wanted to make a supporting purchase but don’t like to shop online.

IMG_3381Yesterday we only had enough funds to cover Ben’s plane ticket and about half of mine.  Today, I’m pleased to report that we have enough for about 2 1/2 tickets.  Thank you so much to all who have partnered with us to make this return to Poland possible. We’re getting close!  Our hope is to have the remaining funding ($1745) by the end of March, which is when we will cross into the time period that prices typically start to climb.  Please see our Financial Support page for information about giving, or shop our Mission Store if you would like to support this ministry.

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