Spring Conference, Poland 2013
was second time that the Kairos EME Spring Conference took place in Poland
(the first was in 2008). This time, almost 140 people from many different
countires and different communities of the Sword of the Spirit gathered
together in Szczyrk. The topic of the conference was “Be holy for I’m holy”.
During the Kairos Weekend (thanks to all the talks
we heard) I realised that being holy is not believing in a 'pocket-sized
God' (talking to Him and then putting Him back in our pocket). It's a belief
in a Holy God who lives in me all the time and calls me to be holy as well.
It takes courage to answer the call, courage to be a bit different from
what the ‘world’ nowadays expects from us. It's a readiness to be 'a pencil
in God's hand' and to have a close relationship with Him.
- by Kasia Solecka
We did not wait long for a response from the youth.
Some people felt God calling them to do something more for Him. They don’t
want to ask anymore what the community can do for them, but what they can
do for community and for others.
An example of these “mess makers” in Poland are
people from University Christian Outreach (UCO) Bielsko. This group in
just one year grew by 400%. After running a Life in Spirit Seminars course
lots of people joined in. This Thursday two brand new small groups started
in UCO. And they are still new people coming. It is the youngest
– so far – UCO in the region and its members have their mouths wide open
in surprise because they can see how God’s word is being fulfilled.
The Holy Spirit is working! He is starting his
work in Krakow, where just a few hours after the end of the conference
in Szczyrk, the idea about creating a UCO Krakow occurred.
Be holy, for I am holy. As you can see, we are
not waiting too long to see the fruit of this weekend, although this fruit
still needs time and care to ripen. As Paul says in his letter to Corinthians:
"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow."
Looking at the UCOs around the world, you can
see how the flame, that is in the UCO logo, is spreading around and is
bringing light to the world. Here are people who are making a "holy mess,"
people who are opening the doors of their hearts widely, who are motivated
by love, who are not waiting until tomorrow, but "shouting today from the
highest mountains to the deepest valleys 'GOD IS ALIVE.'"
So we ask you – our brothers and sisters – to
pray for us in Poland.
- Kinga Miklar
out the Kairos Europe and the
Middle East website for more updates and reports.]