Tuesday, July 13, 2004
A POLISH PRIEST WHO IS BRINGING LIGHT AND LIFE TO THE
He is also one of the organizers of Festival of Life outreach in Wisla
By Dan Wooding in Poland
WISLA, POLAND (ANS)
-- You would not expect a Polish Catholic priest to
be part of the organizing committee for a festival put on by local
Protestants and an American Evangelical group, but Richard Nowak, a
priest with the Light-Life Movement in Poland, says he is thrilled to
be working on this unique outreach.
(Pictured: Fr. Richard Nowak).
“I’ve been a priest for 15 years now and I feel
especially called to work on the unity of all the believers here in
this area,” he said in an interview. “I have to say that at the
beginning, I was really surprised to find that there didn’t seem to be
any people trying to get people together. There were some kinds of
meetings, but it wasn’t working well. I was always waiting for
something like this Festival of Life to happen. I believe this is
really God’s grace that certain people met at a certain time in a
certain place and shared the same vision. Now we can all work together
in the name of Jesus Christ.”
The Festival of Life is being led by Mike MacIntosh, the senior pastor
of Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego, California from July
15-18 in the picturesque town of Wisla in Southern Poland.
And joining the teams
out on the streets handing out flyers and tracts and sharing their
faith will be Fr. Nowak.
(Pictured: Fr. Richard Nowak with Pastor Tadeusz Pilch of Marantha
[Pentecostal] Church in Wisla, Poland).
He then explained how he first met Christ as his savior.
“I was born 40 years ago and I grew up in a traditional Catholic
family,” he said. “But Jesus gave me a separate path and I wanted to
know Him personally in my heart. I also wanted to find a positive side
of life. I tried to find the solutions to combine these two. I was
looking for different ways and one day I met Jesus and through a
movement in the Catholic Church called Light-Life.
“God has given me new challenges in my life and I definitely want to
Fr. Nowak says that he loves to lead people in prayer and also praying
for the sick. “Many times I have seen God perform miracles by healing
the physically sick,” he said.
Then talking about the Life-Life Movement, he said that it began about
50 years ago and was then called the Oasis Movement. “Today,” he said,
“there are about 100,000 people involved in our movement.”
He said the two main goals of it are:
- To meet the Living Jesus and
experience a living faith
- To renew the Church as the
living fellowship of the church with charismatic gifts and with service
to other people.
This priest is certainly bringing
both Light and Life to many in his home land and says he will continue
to work with his friends from many different denominations in spreading
the Gospel to all the people of his land that has seen so much pain
over the years.
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Dan Wooding is an award winning
British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife
Norma. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to
Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS).
Wooding is the co-host of the weekly radio show, "Window on the World"
and was, for ten years a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in
Washington, DC. Wooding is the author of some 42 books, the latest of
which is his autobiography, "From Tabloid to Truth", which is published
by Theatron Books. To order a copy, go to www.fromtabloidtotruth.com.
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