Poland gained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite country following the war, but one that was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of an independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the presidency. Complete freedom came with the implosion of the USSR in 1991. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe, boosting hopes for early acceptance to the EU. Poland joined the NATO alliance in 1999.
YWAM in POLAND:
Poland is experiencing a painful but successful transition to a free market democracy. The opportunity for productive work has brought tremendous pressure on families and the relational lifestyle of the past. Fruitful prayer and intercession initiatives have been underway for several years in Poland, and God has placed committed Christians in some top policy-making positions in the government.
YWAM invested more in Poland in the 70's and early 80's than perhaps any other communist bloc nation. A team was planted in 1989 and saw real advancement, though recently staff numbers have dwindled to a few. Present work consists primarily of (1) evangelism and discipleship among discontented youth in the youth music culture, (2) equipping believers to understand the Christian world view and networking them, (3) mobilizing young people to missions by means of short term teams. These have been unusually effective in pioneer work in the former USSR. The potential for YWAM now is enormous, but needs lacking leadership to mobilize this potential.
- for leadership for YWAM in Poland.
- for renewed passion among those brought to Christ years ago in the Oasis renewal.
- for a new renewal amongst Catholics.
- for youth to be introduced to the living God who is above religiosity that grips Poland.
- for the Polish Church to gain a greater vision for world evangelism, as well as how to influence their society.