December Partners Update

singing carols before Christmas

December Happenings

Christmas in Poland

We held our traditional Christmas carol evening at church, inviting students, friends, and neighbors to sing kolędy, traditional Polish carols, on the Thursday before Christmas. It was not a large group of people, but we enjoyed singing together and chatting over cookies and hot chocolate afterwards.

The American team (Matt & Deborah Gingerich, Lyndon Beiler, Matt King, Sharon Spicher, and Wendy Yoder) spent Christmas Eve with Piotr & Jola Ławrynowicz and their family. They graciously opened their home to us, and we greatly enjoyed our time together reading the Christmas story, eating twelve different dishes at dinner, singing, and exchanging presents. Our Polish church family is a rich blessing and it is special to celebrate with them at times like this.

Christmas eve supper

Christmas eve supper with Piotr and Jola

Christmas Eve, or Wigilia, is a significant Polish holiday and a very religious event, although some people celebrate it only because they feel cultural pressure to do so. The Incarnation is the most important reason to celebrate; we hope and pray that more people in Poland will find true meaning in Christ.

Christmas Holiday

During the one-week Christmas vacation, the American team traveled to Prague for three days. We were glad for the chance to take a break from school and experience another European culture. We are grateful for a good fall term of school; please join us in praying for continued energy and good relationships with our students as we begin the spring semester.

Financial and Personnel Needs

  • We are ending the calendar year with adequate funds to be “in the black,” and we are grateful. However, as we enter the second half of the fiscal year (January-June) we sense a need to build reserves for the summer months when income from teaching English stops. We need $10,000 per month in general donations to make this possible.
  • We need one single man and two single women to teach conversational English starting in August 2018. For more information, contact Matt Gingerich at

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