POLAND — Grace and peace be with you all. I want to share the story of my life with you. So far I have spent a total of 10 years in the penitentiary. I still have four years left to go.

My life can be described as a series of calamities. My father was an alcoholic and an executioner. He used to beat up my mother, and she did the same to me as a way of dealing with her stress. I ran away from home and used to do drugs.

I also used to be a thief, which landed me in prison several times. Everybody left me, and I lost absolutely everything. Then I realized that I really needed to get out of the mess I was in. I felt really ashamed of my life. That was when God sent a child of his to my cell, and he started telling me about Jesus. He gave me hope, and I realized that I can be a different man. I am really thankful that God found me and took me in.

Life’s not all colorful, but I know that with God, it’s going to get better. Please send me a Bible if you can.

Facts about Poland*:

  • After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the materialist dream of wealth rose in prominence only to end in disillusionment for many. There is good news in that the country’s relatively high levels of stability and freedom make it possible to spread the gospel.
  • Although Catholicism has long played a key role in Polish society, faith has a decreasing influence in daily life.
  • TWR has aired Christian radio programs in Polish since 1962. The broadcasts are carried on shortwave, medium wave, satellite and the Internet. TWR Impuls Polska (TWR’s national partner) airs 9½ hours of programming weekly.

* Some of the information cited here comes from Operation World, 7th edition.