IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Poland

Europe faces increasing challenges, with so-called ‘tolerance’ from a secular agenda on the one hand, combined with authorities’ uncertainty about how to handle the growing influence of Islam on the other. There are increasing restrictions on religious activities on campuses and national movements need your prayers for wisdom, creativity and boldness. In countries where Christianity has been oppressed for many years, where the national churches are young, and believers are few, we pray that student movements will raise up godly alumni to impact these challenging societies with the gospel.

Poland lies at the crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe. It has a turbulent history, and was the first country in that part of Europe to emerge from communism in 1989. Poland is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. In 2007, about 88% of the population considered themselves Catholic.

ChSA has officially existed for over 20 years, although its history began in the 1970s despite restrictions imposed by the communist regime. ChSA students are enthusiastic about building personal relationships and sharing the testimony of their everyday lives. 

It is one of a few organisations in Poland that welcomes people from various denominations, churches and Christian backgrounds. The movement is trying innovative ideas for both evangelism and discipleship. One example is a leadership training project that takes people sailing on a lake. This year they invited students and graduates from neighbouring countries to join in this event.

View from the inside:

Darek Bigosz is the National Director of ChSA. He says, ‘I've been involved in Christian missionary work for 20 years now; first as a high school student, later as a student and finally I have the privilege of leading ChSA. I became a Christian through ChSA. In Poland, students think that they know Jesus. But truly many don’t know him as well as they could. I'd like to change that!’

Acts 1:6-8 has inspired Darek in his ministry: ‘He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”’

Please pray:

  • for student initiative to be released to serve and strengthen the church;
  • for good cooperation between ChSA groups and local churches.