a man named Bogdan

his voice is thick, his stories fast, tumbling rocks down a slippery cliff and i find myself stunned by this interview–paused in my typing: staring up at his scratchy, powerful words.

i’m talking to Bogdan: a missionary from Poland, who serves the homeless in Calgary. Bogdan, who’s been put on trial for feeding the hungry. Bogdan, who came to Canada seeking democratic peace, now persecuted for telling the gospel to over 1,000 street people each week.

his faith is simple: if God wants the ministry to continue, God will provide. his faith is real: Bogdan sees this trial as a chance for the gospel to reach the judge and jury. and while he and his many volunteers have been kicked out of two parks and forced to meet in front of the City Hall, they continue to serve Calgary’s 5,000 homeless, four days a week. because that is what Jesus has called them to do.

i’m humbled by this interview, stopped dead in my tracks, forced to wonder–do i know what it is to live for Christ? shouldn’t we all be facing persecution for the good that we’re doing?

i’ve been so focused on earning God’s blessings, i’d forgotten about the other half… blessed are those who MOURN, who are PERSECUTED, who go HUNGRY… these, in God’s mind, are true blessings. not money in the bank, or food on the table, or luxurious vacations.

i lower my head and contemplate: this Christian life is hard. but i would hate to get to the end of it and realized i’d never truly lived.

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4 Comments

  1. Teneale said,

    September 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Sounds like an amazing man. Thanks for writing this to remind us all of why we are really here. Hugs.

  2. Laure said,

    September 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    and when we encounter these orbs of light in a dark world it is for the spurring on of our faith unto joining Abba where He is at work in our lives.

    of late there have been many raised up in the blogosphere who are doing tremendous things in the name of Jesus Christ. May Jesus alone be glorified.

    what an opportunity when we encounter these stories to thank Him who calls and sends and for Him who has a specific call for each one of our lives. it comforts me that what He has for me to do is uniquely designed for who He has made me to be and the life He has graciously given me right where He has me planted.

    http://www.ahselah.blogspot.com

  3. Deidra said,

    September 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    this post makes me wish there were something smaller than lower case letters. always humbled at those who don’t just “get it” but live it. and i know there are times when bogdan is sure he has missed it. i have always said i don’t want to get to heaven and find out that i really did miss it…

    blessings and peace to you, my friend.


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