Daily Topic for March 03, 2013
Paul was in Corinth preaching in the synagogue and “solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.” They resisted him and blasphemed. He was then free to go to the Gentiles with a clear conscience. Paul’s example holds lessons for us. He was intent on focusing on those who were responsive to the good news. His cry and the cry of many today is, “How can I stay among a people who have every chance to hear the gospel, yet reject it, when so many have not yet had one chance to hear?”
Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us to both the resistant and the responsive peoples of our day.
One day in 1969, while trying to cross the border into Hungary with a station wagon full of contraband Bibles, Bill began to envision a depot stocked with thousands of Bibles and Christian books for Eastern Europe. He claimed the promise, “I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze, and cut through their iron bars” (Isaiah 45:2). “Couldn’t the ‘iron bars’ be the Iron Curtain?” he wondered.
Stamped in bold letters across Bill Kapitaniuk’s application for a Polish visa were the words, “Persona non grata.” The official told him, “Your Polish visa has been denied.” For some time now, Bill had been responsible for taking large quantities of Bibles and books into Poland, where Christians living on the Soviet border carried them into the Soviet Union. Bill suspected that the Russian authorities knew he was providing these books. Stuck now in France, he knew it was time to start the launching pad he had previously dreamed of.
By 1984 Bill had a professional offset press and the personnel needed for all phases of the printing operation. Almost immediately the presses were running at full speed. Within weeks they had printed 27,000 Polish Illustrated New Testaments. Before two years had passed, Bill and his crew had transported over 150,000 of these New Testaments into Poland.-AL from “God’s Printer For Poland,” Bill Kapitaniuk’s story as told to Halyna Smith, Baker Book House, 1987.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that these same Bibles will continue to be read throughout Poland.