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Wroclaw, in Poland [blog]

A news item alerted me last week on Wroclaw. This beautiful city in south-western Poland was a host to the European Union finance ministers and to the US treasury sec. as well. Topic: money; rather how Euro is impacting the rest of the world. Apparently, these finance people saw no need to hurry, and their measures are considered as ‘no accord’ in the midst of Europe’s worsening debt crisis. In all that noise about the money and who is going to get it at the end, I was keeping in mind the Odra river banks, nice little river islands in the middle of it, castles and museums, long lasting trees and walking paths along.

Wroclaw is a capital of the Silesia region and has so many canals and bridges over Odra that it is called the ‘Venice of Poland.’ And in 2012, Wroclaw will be one of the Football UEFA Euro tournaments host city. What a fun!

This fabulous city (you need to visit it to understand my delight every time I am visiting) is also a host of IMPULS TWR Polska (www.twr.osw.pl), which is a national Partner organization of TWR in Poland. Actually, the full name is: Stowarzyszenie Chrześcijańskie “Impuls” Trans World Radio Polska. This organization exists for more than 20 years now, and is a successor of similar organizations that recorded messages of hope and reconciliation for the Polish speaking people in the times of the Soviet Union, from London (since 1962) and also Warsaw and Gdansk from 1992.

Do you speak or understand Polish? If so, you will enjoy visiting their site and listening to some of many programs they produce. It’s a great resource.

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A Dream of Unity [blog]

How can we create a community, in one hand unified and on the other keep the uniqueness of the individual or the distinction of the person?  How can we work together, united in Christ, distinct in so many other ways? TWR is a ministry that has Partners and teams in 160 countries in the world, spreading the Gospel in more than 220 languages and dialects.

One of the answers came this morning in staff devotions of TWR European teams. Our Arab ministry leader shared his word of encouragement for today. Here are some of the highlights our dear Brother made:

Why do we need unity?

1. Unity makes us see the glory of God, power, beauty, abilities, His hand working in us, miracles, and also other things.

  • If we are not united will not see his glory.
  • The church cannot see God’s glory unless it is unified. Even if they pray hard.

2. Unity will make us enjoy the same kind of love God has for the son, same intensity same warmth. Love that heals, gives peace, mercy and forgiveness…

3. Unity makes us be effective witness. Glory, love in the church will attract people, power and love attracts.

Our ability to be different and yet unified, comes from the nature of God! And, a big surprise here to some is the Jesus is asking for the same kind of unity that exists between Him and the Father – for His church, for us. John 17:20-23:

I ask not only on behalf of these men, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message, so that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.  “I have given them the glory that you gave me, so that they may be one, just as we are one.  I am in them, and you are in me. May they be completely one, so that the world may know that you sent me and that you have loved them as you loved me.

 The level of unity Jesus is asking for us is the same level between Him and the Father. Unity can only happen through love, giving and genuine sacrifice (end of quote).

I found this message, coming from the Middle East, after all that we have seen and what we have not seen on TV, but nevertheless occurred, to be extraordinary encouraging and appealing.

Check www.arabicprograms.org. Some browsers already have inbuilt add-ons of translating the site in many other languages. Give it a try – read Arabic today.

How do you understand Christian unity?