Shalom & greetings from Oświęcim
INTERVIEW WITH MERRILL BOLENDER (2)
INTERVIEW WITH AIJA KIM
INTERVIEW WITH MERRILL BOLENDER
INTERVIEW WITH WERNER ODER
Our 17th annual conference „From Holocaust to Living Hope” took place from the 21st to the 24th of August.
It was a wonderful and blessed time when we could listen to very interesting lectures about Israel and our daily life with God.
Most of all it was also a time when we, as the Church from many different nations, took part in the fulfilling of the vision of gathering the church at the selection point to humble ourselves before the Lord who hasn’t forgotten the blood that was shed at this very place. Exactly there we, as the church from many different nations, repented of all the sin of anti-Semitism, past and present, and by the celebrating of the Lord’s Supper we declared God’s victory and forgiveness for the church and the nations by the blood that “speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (Heb. 12:24).
One of the most beautiful moments during the conference was a Saturday night concert of a famous and highly regarded Korean pianist – Aija Kim.
We would like to invite you to our next year’s conference that will take place from the 20th to the 23rd of August 2015.
Visit of a group from Germany
On the 30th of July, with a group from the Bible school “Gateways Beyond Herrnhut” in Germany we met to pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper at the selection point in the former German death camp KL Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was a very special and blessed time of humbling ourselves before the Lord and repenting of the sins of anti-Semitism. It was also a time of joy, especially at the end of the meeting when we sang “Am Israel Chai” (The nation of Israel is alive) and a small group of Israeli tourists joined us. We blessed them together and they thanked us with tears in their eyes for our attitude towards Israel, particularly now when the nation and State of Israel is experiencing such a difficult situation.
Visit of a group from Cyprus
We all experience moments when the presence of God is very real, when we feel that something exceptional is taking place, when we see that the place and moment in time we are in is full of God’s anointing.
As the Shalom Ministry Association in Oswiecim we were able to host an international group of young people who came from the Bible school “Gateways Beyond Cyprus” in Cyprus. Together with these young people, whose hearts are on fire for Christ, we asked God at the selection point in Birkenau for forgiveness for the shedding of innocent blood that took place there. It was evident that the hearts of these young people were deeply affected by everything that took place here, so many years ago. We were able to celebrate the Lord’s supper together. This was a tremendous spiritual experience for them.
In the afternoon the whole group took part in a prayer meeting in the office of Shalom Ministry Association in Oświęcim. Each one poured out their hearts in prayer and song. God’s presence was very real. We were aware of the powerful working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It was such a unique, amazing experience that many cried tears of joy and gratitude.
We are grateful to God for our time together and for all that we were able to receive from Him.