I am Polish, and I am a twin. Out of 7 couples of twins they had in that hospital 45 years ago, my sister and I are the only twins who are still both alive. We were born in winter. It was a very cold winter, that’s why my parents had to wait two months for the temperatures to rise close to 0 C, in order to baptize us. So I was born Catholic.
When I was 6 years old we visited our grandparents. The street where they lived was named after a church, but there was no church there. So I asked about that. I found out that their town used to be a German town before the war and they had two churches, one Catholic and the other one Protestant church. After the war the town became Poland. The other church was empty for many years and they destroyed to build a block of flats, but the name of the street did not change.

I asked my mom: “Who are Protestants?” She answered: “They are like us but they do not recognize Mary”. I am 46 year old now, and I still hear the same answer from different people, and I still have the problem to understand what that answer means.

When I was 14 years old, I was not only the altar boy, but I became also a lector. A lector is the altar boy who can read aloud the Scriptures during the services. I was part of a group of 11 boys who got our first Old and New Testament Bibles. The priest wrote a sentence for each of us saying: “Believe in what you read and do what you believe”. So I started to read from the beginning and got stuck in Genesis or Leviticus. My twin sister was in a better situation as she got only New Testament for her first communion and when she was a teenager she started to read from the beginning and got stuck in John.

When I was 16, our philosophy teacher claimed to be an atheist. So together with my classmates we went to our priest and asked him how we could make an atheist a believer. After a while he answered: “You need to do it by words and works”. The answer was wise, but we still had problem because we did not know what that answer meant in practice.

When I was 18, a freshman at the college, two students from Campus Crusade came into my room and wanted to talk about Jesus. I was interested, but not very friendly as I thought that Catholics do not do things like that. They presented me the Four Spiritual booklet. Two things touched me. These guys were different, in a positive way. I had never met anybody like them. And that conversation started to give me the answers that I could understand and apply. I liked that but could not trust them. So I started to read the Bible to see if what they said was true. I started to read John as they suggested. Somewhere in the second part of the Gospel I prayed to receive Jesus into my heart. He started to change me and I started to talk to others about Him but now I knew how to do it and I knew how to help others.

Today Catholics are similar to me: they ask questions and have a problem to find the answers, they want to help atheists to believe; they need to understand the Gospel; they need to read the Scripture looking for answers.
Let me give you some examples from our neighborhood.

Our son, who is 15 years old, went with me sharing Christ a few times. First time during the summer when Pope Francis visited Poland and second when we took our friends and went sharing to strangers in the streets in our city. He talked to his classmates about Jesus and presented the Four Spiritual Laws booklet to a few. Last Friday he started ALPHA group for youth in our home. His religion teacher encouraged kids to come. Three girls came. They had pizza and great discussion. One of the girls said: If we are to discuss these things, I would like to prepare myself and read a Bible. Today he gave her a New Testament encouraging her to start from John.

Ania – my wife, shared Christ some time ago with Beata. Beata has a little shop where she sells food for pets. She knows half of the district. Some time ago Beata started to share Christ with her clients everybody is interested to know why she is reading her Bible all the time. Beata now meets with two ladies. The first one has just received Jesus and wants to know more and she wants her friends to have what she already has gotten. The other one is a believer for a longer time and wants to learn from Beata how to share Christ to others. You do not have to ask me to what church do they all go on Sunday.

Basia received Jesus about 30 years ago when we had here a big revival in a Catholic Church. She became a religion teacher and started to teach in our school. She quickly realized that most of children do not have Bibles at homes so she decided to change it, and made sure every kid graduating our little public school would have a Bible. If you could be then on the bus that went from her home to our school and you would meet a young tiny girl with bags full of Bibles that was her! When we met her a few years ago, we encouraged her to prepare her testimony and talk to others. Now she talks about Jesus to other teachers and Ania is training her how to lead another teacher who just received Jesus in a discipleship process.

Today Catholics are similar to me: they ask questions and have a problem to find the answers, they want to help atheists to believe; they need to understand the Gospel; they need to read the Scripture looking for answers.
Are we going to help them?

That is almost half of Europe, almost the second part of Europe.

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