Brothers and sisters,
This letter is coming to you from Warsaw, Poland, a beautiful city we have come to love since moving here in May of 2015. Our primary purpose in writing is to make an appeal to those of you with connections to Poland, encouraging you to get in contact with us to see how you might be able to help in our plans to bring the good news to this great nation.
Our journey to Poland actually began in March of 2014 when we were approached by the leadership of the Chicago Church of Christ with the possibility of meeting a need in Eastern Europe and leading a small group of disciples living in Warsaw. We were excited to accept this challenge and responsibility.
We moved to Warsaw in May of 2015 with a few important goals. First, we would make every effort to strengthen the disciples in Warsaw. Next, we would apply for legal status as an association in Poland, which we did in June of 2015. Unfortunately, we were declined in that initial attempt and needed to wait another nine months before trying again. We made our second attempt to establish our legal status in August of this year, and I’m very excited to tell you that we have received approval from the Polish government. Our new association is officially called the European Mission’s Society of Poland. Now we can move forward and begin the process of applying for our work visas, which will enable us to work and remain in Poland for an extended period of time.
The third goal in our strategy to build the church here is finding willing disciples who are interested in the possibility of moving to Warsaw and helping us in our efforts. While we’re happy to talk with people about moving to Warsaw who aren’t Polish or who don’t have strong Polish connections, we’re mostly looking for those who do have Polish roots—those born in Poland or who have lived in Poland and speak the language, or those whose parents or grandparents are of Polish origin and who also speak the language. Currently, our church is comprised of 18 disciples, but only one of those disciples is originally from Poland. So we’re hoping and praying for additional Polish disciples to relocate to Warsaw and help us create a solid foundation for the church here.
We’ve developed some great friendships during our time in Warsaw, both in the church and outside the church. We’ve committed ourselves to learning the language, and we can honestly say we love Poland and are praying that God can use us to bring the gospel to the people of this great nation. But we definitely could use your help in this endeavor. Here are a few ways that we see this happening, ways in which we hope you’ll consider.
- Contact us and help us get to know you better—tell us who you are, where you’re from, what church you’re a part of currently, what your connection to Poland is, etc.
- Pray for the work here in Warsaw—for open doors and for wisdom on how we can build a strong foundation here.
- Make plans to visit us sometime soon—to encourage the church here and help us reach out to the Polish people.
- Reach out to any of your family and friends who live in or near Warsaw and let them know about the church here; then help us to make a connection with them.
- Open your heart to the possibility of moving to Warsaw to help us build the church here; then set up a time to speak with us about your situation.
On a very encouraging note, the lone Polish disciple in the church here is a sister from the New York City Church of Christ who recently moved to Warsaw. Her name is Kamila Koszalka, and she was born in Warsaw but moved with her family to America when she was very young. She’s been a disciple for about 15 years and has had it on her heart for a while to be a spiritual blessing to those in her native country. So she made a decision recently to move to Warsaw for one year and help us in our mission to bring the gospel to Poland. We’re so grateful to have her in Warsaw, and we hope that her decision will serve as a great example and inspiration to other Polish disciples who might be in a position to do something similar.
We’re convinced that God is moving to create something very special here in Warsaw and in other Polish cities in the years to come. We look forward to hearing from you and talking about how we can work together to see this vision become reality.
Curt and Patty Simmons