Our family spent the weekend at a lovely church, Maranatha Baptist Church, in Swinoujscie (try saying that 3 times fast!) which is in the extreme north-west of Poland right next to the German border. It is a seaport city on the Baltic Sea with around 40,000 residents, has beautiful sandy beaches and mild winters. I’m tempted to move there!
We left Warsaw Friday morning and arrived in Swinoujscie around 6:30pm after taking the ferry across the river Swina. Our hostess Ruth Cackowska prepared supper for us and we enjoyed listening to bits of Ruth’s story of being a young Christian during the Communist era. I hope she writes a book one day.
Saturday morning we met with the Sunday School teachers to teach about the spiritual capacity of children and in the afternoon we led a creative family worship time with about forty people from the church. We had a lot of fun! Saturday we were honored to eat dinner with the pastor and his family at their home. I enjoyed listening to his story of how God called him to be a pastor and how he and his wife were led to this church seven years ago.
Sunday morning Greg preached about how Jesus wants to really dwell in our families and I shared about the picture God gave King’s Kids of the arrow and how important it is to link generations and develop a culture of honor among us. Afterwards we enjoyed an amazing meal with the church fellowship, prayed for some people, packed up our car and said goodbye to new friends.
We were only 500 meters from the German border so drove into Germany – not missing an opportunity to explain to our girls that “back when your daddy was a kid” it was nearly impossible to just drive across a border into another country! So much has changed in this part of the world in just 25 years! We did a little bit of shopping (the coffee and sweets we enjoy are cheaper in Germany!) and spent about half an hour at the beach.