I will be part of a team going to Eastern Europe for a missions trip this summer. For the 5th year in a row, men and women from Watermark Community Church, through a partnership with Cru, are once again traveling to Albania on a Short-Term Discipleship Trip to minister to High School students and Young Adults/Future Leaders of Albania. This year the team has grown again and the mission has grown to encompass another Albanian city and two more countries - Poland and Hungary. It is amazing to see what God has done with our team in just 5 short years, going from 3 people to 39 this year!! I will be leading the 7 person team to Poland. Our trip dates will be from July 6th to July 16th.
Following the end of World War II, the Soviet Union established a communist government in Poland that lasted until parliamentary elections in 1989, setting off a chain reaction across Eastern Europe resulting in the fall of communism and the Soviet Union in 1991. Today, Poland is one of the most religiously conservative countries in Europe, with polls suggesting that up to 87% of Poles are Catholic. However, there is still a great need for spiritual healing and recovery in Poland. It is estimated that nearly 2.5 million Poles fall in the category of unhealthy alcohol consumption with nearly 10% of the country being directly affected by alcoholism.In partnership with Cru, we will be helping run a summer camp in southern Poland that introduces Regeneration, a 12-step biblical recovery ministry for hurts, habits, and hang-ups.Approximately 40 people will be involved in the camp which will include Campus Crusade leaders and staff as well as many lay people from churches in Warsaw. We will have the opportunity to discuss recovery topics, give testimonies, facilitate small group discussions, have personal study and quiet time, play games, and engage in team building activities. Finally, we will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we believe this is the heart of recovery. The end hope is that from the fruits of this summer camp we can start remote Regeneration small groups conducted in Poland and guided from the USA starting in Fall 2018.
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May God be glorified through this marvelous opportunity!