Children’s Outreach, Poland
Still Reaching Poland’s Next-Gen
By: Jeanette Windle with John and Dasia Abramovich
On October 22-28, 2023, BCM Poland hosted the first in-person BCM Europe conference since the Covid lockdown. Over ninety BCM personnel from Europe and the British Isles as well as leadership from Africa and North America met in beautiful Wisla, a resort town near the Czech border, for a week of Bible teaching, field ministry presentations, and fellowship. A major answer to prayer was travel visas and safe arrival for all twenty-two members of BCM Ukraine.
BCM Poland under leadership of country director John Abramovich and his wife Dasia has partnered with a children’s ministry organization, Miłość Edukacja Dojrzałość (English translation: Love, Education, Maturity, or MED), since its founding in 1990 shortly after the fall of communism (see Raising Up NEXT-GEN Leaders in Poland, BCM World, September 2016). Poland has seven million children and teens with only a small percent attending Bible-based churches. MED’s chief goal is to evangelize and lead to spiritual maturity children and teenagers across Poland. This is carried out through children’s evangelistic meetings, Bible clubs for pre-school and school children, summer camps, training courses in children’s ministry, and free Bible lessons, missionary stories, music, teacher’s books, and other materials published and/or translated by MED in Polish.
John and Dasia Abramovic
BCM Europe Conference Group Shot – Wisla, Poland
While many MED ministries were put on hold during the Covid pandemic, in-person camps for children and youth as well as an annual camp for special needs were held this past summer of 2023, reaching more than four hundred campers. A band of volunteer musicians called the Daniel Band, which includes previous MED youth campers, ministers to children, families, and church congregations through a variety of MED events. The biggest is a summer evangelistic week in southern Poland for about two hundred children ages 7-11.
Another exciting MED program is entitled “Scouts on the Rock,” a Christian scouting program led by MED workers and volunteers and carried out through local church congregations. Scout troops hike into Poland’s beautiful forests, where they hear the gospel along with learning practical skills typical to international scouting programs. A top focus is discipling scouts in Bible truth and application.
Though moving technically toward retirement, neither BCM Poland director John Abramovich nor his wife Dasia are slowing down in ministry. Born and raised in Poland, Dasia has served as director of MED until recently, overseeing its eight full-time personnel and countless volunteers. She continues to work with MED as needed, including planning and directing the special needs camp. She also leads a counseling ministry to women and provides English-Polish translation for preaching and teaching.
Scouting on the Rock Troup
Poland Home Bible Clubs
Children’s Outreach Program
Only half of Polish churches have pastors. In consequence, John regularly preaches on Sundays and teaches during the week in six congregations. He has an English conversation ministry with students and teaches in youth meetings.
BCM Poland is also active in providing humanitarian aid for conflict zones in Ukraine. The BCM Ukraine team provides a list of needs, which is shared with Polish congregations. The collection point is a garage owned by Dasia’s brother. Periodically, BCM Ukraine missionaries drive an industrial van to Poland to pick up the collection which is distributed to needy Ukrainians along with sharing the gospel (see Keeping The Faith in War-Torn Ukraine, BCM World, November 2022).
In northern Poland, BCM missionaries Tony and Kornelia Schaapman minister to Ukrainian refugees through a BCM Canada Ukrainian relief fund (see From Montreal’s Streets to Poland’s, BCM World, December 2023). One such family is Luda, a single mother with two teenage children, and her mother, who took refuge in Poland when the war reached their town. This included sponsoring Luda through training as a dental assistant so she can provide for her family. Her mother was excited to receive greatly-needed hip surgery and dentures. While Luda has received Christ as Savior, other family members haven’t, an ongoing prayer request.
After thirty-five years of ministry with BCM Poland, John and Dasia Abramovich see much remaining need but are also excited at the fruit of the children and youth ministry and its promise for the future.
“We are seeing good leadership among the youth as well as adults in the churches with which we work,” John expresses. “Among them are many who been raised and discipled in the MED ministries. Youth are preaching in churches. They are growing their own peers in the Lord. We have seen a number volunteering in other BCM ministry fields such as Scotland and the Philippines. Our goal personally is to continue being a bridge between one generation and the next in raising up the next generation of church leaders. Pray with us that God will provide new BCM Poland missionaries to carry on this vital ministry.”
MED Children’s Camp
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