THE MINISTRY OF MERCY IN THE SHADOW OF A PADNDEMIC
We encourage you to watch the movie below which shows how the ministry of mercy for our dear ones in Shepetivka looks like.
Despite the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, our dear ones have not be left without help and all the necessary things that allow them to function in these diffucult times.
Conference 27-30 August 2020
Due to the continual pandemic of COVID-19 we decided to organize our annual international conference “From Holocaust to Living Hope” online.
It will be held from the 27th to the 30th of August 2020.
Please, pray for this conference and follow the updates about it on our website.
Dear Friends, with gratefulnes to God, we want to inform you that our dear ones from Shepetivka came back to the soup kitchen. Taking into account the sanitary restrictions connected with still dangerous virus COVID-19, they decided to restart the daily meals. We thank God for His mercy and your help and prayers in this difficult for all of us time.
Below we present you a film from Ina and Yura from Vinnitsa in Ukraine as their gratitude and thankfulness.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support for the ministry for the Jewish people in the Ukraine.
In Ukraine, where our friends and volunteer team are active as always helping many needy Jewish people, severe restrictions have been imposed because of the coronavirus.
However, our dear friends are not wasting their time.
Now the corona restrictions forbid opening all the soup kitchens which we support.
Because of this fact, we are faced with a challenge how to not stop providing food and medicine for the poor members of the communities – often Holocaust survivors – in these circumstances.
From 22 September to 9 October 2019 once again as the Shalom Ministry Association in Oświęcim, we hosted a Jewish group from Ukraine and Israel for a time of rest in Poland. The name of this project is called “Removing the stones” and connects to the Book of Isaiah 62:10-11. At that time we were able to stay at a sanatorium in Kołobrzeg, where our dear friends benefited from medical treatment and rest. But the most important for us was the daily meditation on the Word of God in which was shown the path of God’s love to man which God demonstrated in His Son - Yeshua Messiah. We’ll write more about this project in our next information and prayer letter.
From 5 to 14 September this year we went again to Ukraine in order to coordinate the work we conduct there.
In the framework of the trip, we visited the cafeterias in which we serve daily meals and a number of places where food packages are sent. We were also able to see the current situation regarding medical needs, which, unfortunately, are increasing every time we come here. We also visited the sick in the hospital, the old people’s home and the social welfare centre. Each time we were met with great gratitude and thanks to everyone involved in sending aid to Ukraine.
With joy and gratitude we pass on to you all the thanks and blessings sent to you for your sacrificial hearts, from our elder brothers living in the diaspora in Ukraine.
A detailed description of our trip we’ll place in the October information and prayer letter.
We encourage you to listen to the lecture given by David Friedman during the 22th conference "From Holocaust to Living Hope" organized by Shalom Ministry Association and held from the 22nd to the 25th August 2019 in Oświęcim. At the same time we encourage you to buy MP3s with all the lectures from the conference.
A NOTE FROM THE 22ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FROM THE HOLOCAUST TO LIVING HOPE HELD 22-25 AUGUST 2019 IN OŚWIĘCIM
From 22 to 25 August in Oświęcim was held the 22nd international conference “From the Holocaust to Living Hope”. Apart from Poles, we hosted participants from many countries: Israel, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, the United States, Romania, England, Moldova, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Ukraine. As a Church of various nationalities, in the atmosphere of the Holy Spirit, we could experience fellowship with God, who through His Word revealed to us His goals regarding Israel and the Church in the Kingdom of God.
Introductory Lecture to the 22nd International Conference
„From Holocaust to Living Hope”
Organized by Shalom Ministry Association
from the 22nd to the 25th of August 2019
Lecture about the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the beginning WWII.
The lecture was a part of XXII international conference organized
by Shalom Ministry Association in Oświęcim
„From Holocaust to Living Hope”
Our yearly international conference “From Holocaust to Living Hope” organized by Shalom Ministry Association in Oświęcim took place from the 17th to the 20th of August 2017. We are grateful to God for this blessed time.
We will write more about it in our next Information and Prayer Letter.
We encourage you to take part in our next year’s conference which will be held from the 22nd to the 25th of August 2019.
Our yearly international conference “From Holocaust to Living Hope” organized by Shalom Ministry Association in Oświęcim took place from the 17th to the 20th of August 2017. It was the 20th anniversary conference. We are grateful to God for this blessed time.
We will write more about it in our next Information and Prayer Letter.
We encourage you to take part in our next year’s conference which will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of August 2018.
We encourage you to watch this video from the March of the Living in which we took part as a group called Polish Friends of Israel
In the ministry for God’s chosen people we are more and more convinced not only about the need of a practical support for the descendents of Abraham in Diaspora as we already have been doing formany years. But now we are also strongly sure about the importance of the practical help and ministry for the Jews in the Land of Israel. That’s why we were in Israel.
We went there with prayers for God’s guidance. We asked the Lord to show us further directions of acting in the ministry for His people in the Land of Israel.Meetings with people who survived the Holocaust and particularly Auschwitz-Birkenau were such a strong emotional experience for us. Those Jews were born and spent their youth in Poland. They people survived the hell of the Holocaust in their life.
We feel that it is one of the directions for our ministry in Israel to keep in contact with such people in order to remember them, show them our love and also present them Yeshua the Messiah.
Another direction in this ministry, which we feel God called us to, is a step towards the needs of the Holocaust survivors from the former Soviet Union. Their situation is not so good in many aspects. Our heart’s desire is not only to remember them, but also to help them in a practical way. For us it is a “living memory” because to remember the Holocaust is not enough. We need to remember people who are still alive and many times they need us in they problems and needs.
Please keep us in your prayers in order to develop this ministry in Israel. Let us trust God of Israel. Only He is the One who is “the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12,2).
Dear Friends, In the ministry for God’s chosen people we are more and more convinced not only about the need of a practical support for the descendents of Abraham in Diaspora as we already have been doing for many years. But now we are also strongly sure about the importance of the practical help and ministry for the Jews in the Land of Israel.
The 19th international conference „From Holocaust to Living Hope”, organized by the Shalom Ministry Association in Oswiecim, took place from the 25th to the 28th of August this year in Oswiecim. We are grateful to God for this blessed time.
We will include a report about the conference in our next informational/prayer letter. We encourage you to purchase MP3 discs with recordings of the entire conference as well as specific teaching sessions on DVD.
We already want to invite everyone who is interested to next year’s jubilee 20th conference “From Holocaust to Living Hope” which will take place from the 17th to the 20th of August, 2017.
From the 23rd to 26th of May this year we hosted a group from a Bible school in Cyprus. During that time we were able to meet together for prayer and to celebrate the Lord's Supper at the selection point in the former German death camp KL Auschwitz II-Birkenau. It was not only an exceptional time of humbling ourselves before the Lord and repentance for the sin of anti-Semitism, but, above all, as a Church, the body of the Lord Jesus Christ from many nations, we stood together in fulfillment of the vision of gathering the Church at the selection point. It was also a time of corporate rejoicing and prayer for the city of Oświęcim and for the church in the center of Oświęcim. We are grateful to God for the younger generation of the Church, who is growing in a right relationship to Israel.
We, as Shalom Ministry Association, are very grateful to God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for another opportunity of participating in March of the Living which was held on the 5th of May 2016. There were 80 of us who as “Polish Friends of Israel” marched together with God’s chosen people to bless and comfort them.
We took part in this unusual event for the 24th time thereby fulfilling the calling from God for our ministry.
There were 10.000 Jews from 42 countries and 1.500 Poles in the March.
We encourage you to take part in the next year’s March of the Living that will be held on the 24th of April 2017.
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust
On the 27th of January, 2016, within the former German camp KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, a ceremony took place in remembrance of the 71st anniversary of the liberation of its prisoners. The theme of the ceremony was “Returnings”. More than 7,000 prisoners, barely alive, remained after the liberation of the German camp KL Auschwitz –Birkenau.
On the 5th of December the Shalom Ministry Association was involved in a prayer/repentance meeting in Goleszow where, in the local cement factory, a subdivision of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp had been located. A large number of people who had on their hearts what took place here 70 years ago, took part in the meeting. Pawel Stanieczek, a retired teacher, explained to us all the drama and tragedy of this place. After his talk all of us who had gathered in the “Oswiecim Hall” watched a documentary film showing and describing the lives of the prisoners who were worked to death in this place. We discovered that the conditions in the Goleszow camp were much worse than in the main mother camp. For this reason there was a very high death rate among the prisoners.
On Friday evening (13.11.2016) there were a series of coordinated, bloody and barbaric terrorist attacks in the vicinity of the Stade de
France, in bars and restaurants in the X and XI districts and an attack on the concert hall Bataclan. Altogether, 129 people died. Three more people have died in hospital. More than 350 people were injured. The attacks in Paris were the most tragic events in France since WWII.
On October 31, 2015 we met again at the selection point to humble ourselves before the Lord and to take part in the Lord’s supper to proclaim the full victory of God over the powers of darkness which have tried many times in human history to wipe God’s chosen nation, Israel, off the face of the earth. Standing on God’s word and the unbreakable promises He has given Abraham and his descendants, we can see that His covenant with Israel goes beyond death and even reaches to such terrible places as was the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp KL Auschwitz II – Birkenau. At the same time there was another meeting in the former concentration and extermination camp in Majdanek. Every meeting like this is a fulfillment of the vision of gathering the church at the selection point (see Gathering the church at the selection point)
The next quarterly meeting, to which you are warmly invited, will take place on the 30th of January, 2016. As usual, we will meet in Brzezinka at 10AM at the main gate of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp KL Auschwitz II – Birkenau.
The next, 71st anniversary of the liberation of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp KL Auschwitz II – Birkenau, will take place on the 27th of January, 2016. From 2005 that date is acknowledged by the general assembly of the United Nations as the International Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust. In many public institutes, schools for instance, meetings are organized to remember that day. Many such meetings are also organized in churches. As we remember the Holocaust, we recall the suffering of the chosen nation from the past, as well as their suffering in the present and the continuing threat to their existence. At these meetings we want to pray for God’s protection of Israel because God is their Defender who doesn’t slumber or sleep (Ps. 121:4)
As the Shalom Ministry Association we also organize a meeting for prayer and to celebrate the Lord’s supper on that day at 10AM in the offices of our association in Oswiecim on Kilinskiego Street 4/107. In the afternoon of that same day we want to take part in the various ceremonies celebrating the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp KL Auschwitz II – Birkenau.
Our desire is to show solidarity on this special day with modern Israel in our churches because the present situation that Israel finds itself in calls for us not only to remember but to, above all else, pray.
Our yearly international conference „From Holocaust to Living Hope” took place this year from the 20th to 23rd of August. It was an exceptional time of listening to God’s word being taught by speakers from Israel, Poland, Germany, the United States and England. The conference made it possible for people to meet together from all parts of Poland as well as from many countries of Europe and the rest of the world. We experienced wonderful fellowship with God as we asked Him to reveal to us His heart regarding this place – the former German Nazi extermination camp KL Auschwitz-Birkenau – the symbol of the suffering and death of the Jewish nation and other nations. Because more European Jews were murdered here than in any other place it is also the symbol of the Holocaust.
One of the key events of the conference was being able to pray and take part in the Lord’s Supper at the selection point as a fulfillment of the vision of gathering the Church at this place. Then we asked the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to forgive us for all sin of anti-Semitism as well as for the sin of the pouring out of innocent blood which continues to cry out from this place. We believe that only the blood of Jesus Christ can bring us forgiveness, redemption and deliverance from this terrible guilt. Then, by taking part in the Lord’s Supper, we proclaimed the victory of Jesus the Messiah over death and dedicated this place to God, that He might make it a place of prayer, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation. Only the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can change this place of a curse into a place of blessing.
We are grateful to God that through His Holy Spirit more and more believers in the churches are being shown the truth that without the healing of this place, the former German Nazi extermination camp KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, there won’t be healing for Europe and blessing and revival for Europe and the world.
During all the meetings, prayers and lectures the Lord God drew us ever closer to His heart, which is full of eternal love for His chosen nation. In this way we could see even more clearly His limitless love which He showed to all the nations through the Messiah and King of Israel – Jesus.
A wonderful highlight at the end of the conference was the concert by Israeli pianist and composer, Alyosha Ryabinov.
The whole time of the conference will remain forever in our hearts and memories.
We already want to invite you to our next conference which will take place from August 25 to 28, 2016. All of the details will be available at our internet website under the heading “Conference.”
We will give you a more detailed report from the conference in our next Information and Prayer Letter. We invite you to read it then under the heading “Prayer letters”.
On the Jewish holiday, Yom Ha Shoah, April 16 of this year, around 10,000 Jews from different parts of the world together with several hundred Poles paid their respects to the victims of the former German extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. This year the March of the Living took place on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII as well as the liberation of the camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
As participants in the March we were a group called “Polish Friends of Israel”. Together with the other participants in the March we walked, for the 19th time, the 3 kilometer way from Auschwitz camp to camp Birkenau.
The leader of the March, Samuel Rosenman, said that regrettably, 70 years ago, the Soviet army arrived too late to rescue all the prisoners. He also said that we were there to bring forth prayer and hope.
The president of Israel, Reuven Riwlin, and Pope Francis also delivered a message.
More information about this event will be given in our next prayer letter in May.
The next “March of the Living” is scheduled to take place 05/05/2016.