September Partners Update
Transitions and Fresh Vision
Matt and Deborah Gingerich arrived in Mińsk on September 26. They spent their first week in Poland settling in and getting acquainted with school schedules and procedures. They are staying at Lavern’s house for now, but are searching for an apartment. They hope to find a place to live within the next week. They will take intensive Polish language classes for the next three weeks. Matt writes, “We have greatly enjoyed our time with the team and the church family so far, and we look forward to the next year. It is encouraging to see what God is doing in Poland; we are privileged to join the work here.”
Shannon Lehman returned to Poland over the time of Matt and Deborah’s arrival to guide the transition of responsibility and help them get established. He reflects on his visit:
“Arriving in Warsaw I was chased down and surrounded by the ‘Fearsome Foursome’ [the four teachers]. Their joy and energy was on full display and gave me such joy and relief. I was so far away from my family and yet with them I really felt like I was returning home. I saw that they were in good spirits and had taken care of each task and of each other. I know the church group was extremely small during that time and while they felt the loss of momentum they still gave their energy and it helped. The church cannot thank them enough for this.
I can report that God is moving and stirring the hearts at Agape with fresh vision. I believe that their courage and dedication to a thriving and growing church in Minsk Mazowiecki is visible and that this vision is absolutely possible. The group is small, but still mighty.”
A special thank you to the parents and friends of our VS staff. They are top notch—dependable in adverse and unexpected circumstances. The best is certainly yet to come!
Challenges facing the mission in Poland
We are looking for ways to give our mission and church exposure in the town of Minsk Mazowiecki. Since Catholics have no categories for a church that meets in a regular-looking venue, they remain relatively ignorant of the beliefs, practices, and ministries of AIM. They usually know about our school, but rarely that we are, more importantly, a church. We are planning to set up some displays and information in the town market at the end of October. Please do pray for this event. We want to be obvious and available, but not pushy. Our prayer is that Jesus would be proclaimed and honored by our words and actions that day.
We need wisdom to work toward inspiring and supporting leadership development at Agape.
Financial and Personnel Needs
- $945 for Shannon’s travel to Poland during the time of transition
- Financial support and housing for members of the AIM team, costing nearly $5,800 per month
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