We would like to inform you of an exciting opportunity which has been presented to myself (Timothy) and my sister Petra. We have been given the chance to join our youth group, from Calvary Baptist Church of Lompoc, on a mission trip to Poland this summer from July 18 to August 2. This will be my second trip to Poland and Petra’s first. My last trip, in July of 2014, was an amazing experience of growing in faith for which I am very thankful. The two of us look forward to the growth God has in store for us this year!
The needs are tremendous in Poland. Still feeling the aftermath of the fall of communism, there is a great need to build up churches and reach the Polish youth. We will be joining the ministry of Josiah Venture (www.josiahventure.com) alongside their local Polish branch Fala, (meaning “wave” in Polish) to build up youth ministries and develop youth leaders to reach their own country. One of the most effective strategies has been to have the local churches and Josiah Venture Missionaries invite students from the community and schools to English camps. At these camps they experience a youth camp environment, along with 3 hours of English class. Through building relationships with the Polish students, discussion groups, evening talks, sports times, and a lot of fun, many of the students are exposed to genuine Biblical Christianity for the very first time. But the outreach doesn’t end when camp does! After the students return to their hometown, they are invited to church youth group events so they can continue the relationships built at camp. This makes for a great follow-up.
How can you help?
We have a great number of responsibilities, and we hope and pray that our impact will be long lasting. We would appreciate your prayers for our preparation time and while we are in Poland. The finances for this trip are also a great need. Each of us on the team need to raise approximately $2,300-$2,500 (about $5,000 in total for both of us) which covers all our travel, training and living expenses. We would like to ask that you prayerfully consider being a partner in our support team. Click here if you would like to give online.
May God bless you,
Timothy and Petra Graham.