The Greens minister to people who are in their late 20s to late 40s, most of whom are college educated. People outside of their church are usually Roman Catholic, in most cases only nominal in their faith. In Poland, Protestants tend to be viewed as part of a cult or sect, which creates a barrier in evangelistic efforts. Capitalism has now been in Poland for 24 years, meaning that there are generations in Poland who have never known Communism, but instead are immersed in consumerism. Thus there is an increasing tendency among Poles to disassociate themselves with the Roman Catholic church. Most of these people are just not interested in Christianity and the organized church.
Pray that God would deepen the faith of the people who attend the Greens’ church. Pray that God would bring new believers to the church. Pray that God would give the church members a heart for evangelism, discipleship and missions. Pray for Mike and Agnieszka that God would deepen their faith and walk with the Lord and that he would protect them from evil.
Mike committed his life to Christ at age 7. While studying history at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, he was actively involved in a prayer group that made him interested in becoming a missionary. In 1991 he earned a master of divinity, specializing in missions. Having spent the summers of 1989 and 1990 in Poland, Mike saw God calling him to become a missionary to the Polish people. From 1992 to 1995, he served in Krakow, Poland, with WorldVenture as a short-term missionary. While there, Mike went through language training, was an elder at the First Baptist Church, and helped to organize its spiritual life.
Agnieszka was reared in a Polish Catholic home. The knowledge of God, received from home and church, gave her a spiritual stepping stone but did not bridge the gap that she felt existed between her and God. While studying at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, a friend helped her understand the Gospel. Agnieszka accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, which completed that spiritual bridge. She met Mike in 1993 while attending his Sunday School class. A year and a half later, they were married and since then have ministered together to Polish churches and Polish people.
Mike and Agnieszka have ministered in Poland since 1992, helping with the process of establishing churches and developing Christian community. Mike’s responsibility includes evangelism, discipleship, serving as an elder at the Second Baptist Church in Krakow, preaching, planning church services and leading home Bible study groups. He was involved in establishing a School of Missions, serves on its Board, teaches anthropology, missiology and introduction to Islam, conducts cultural research, and does consulting work with other Polish missionary agencies. Agnieszka tries to reach women through evangelistic conferences and different Bible study groups. She is a Sunday school teacher and works closely with other organizations involved in reaching kids with the Gospel. She also helped to start and run the first Christian elementary school in Krakow. Another area of Agnieszka’s ministry includes translating work. She used her skills to translate hundreds of contemporary worship songs and traditional hymns, as well as translate a couple of books on missions and how to bring real change to nations, making them available for Polish Christians.
Their hope has always been to see people being totally dependent on Christ, experiencing a daily walk with Him and actively living out His love.