Deaf Congress in Poland

News December 13, 2018

Article from info by Elder Jordan

The Deaf Congress in Poland for the year 2018 took place in northwest Poland the week of June 17-24. A total of about 40 Deaf and hearing individuals, representing three countries (Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland), gathered at an Adventist owned camp (similar to Cohutta Springs which is owned by the Adventist Church) for spiritual food as well as fellowship and recreation.

Elder Patrick Johnson, director of Special Needs Ministries for the Trans-European Division, did a series during the first half of the week, I did the series during the last part of the week. Neither of us knew Polish Sign Language, German Sign Language, or Czech Sign Language, we had to rely on several interpreters. [ It got very complicated! )

Poland has a membership of about 5,000 Adventists in a strong Catholic country (90% call themselves Catholic), with about 20 Deaf Adventists, mostly in the capital of Warsaw.

Pastor Janusz Pawlak is their pastor and he continues to minister to the Deaf group. Elder Stanislaw Niedzinski, a retired ministerial secretary for the Conference, came to camp as he has much interest in Special Needs Ministries.

In Germany, Gerd Wildemann, is the Coordinator for Deaf MinistriesinGermany. They currently have about 25 Deaf Adventists, mostly in north Germany. Czech Republic currently has 8 Deaf Adventists with Jitka Moravkova (deaf) as the coordinator for SNM/ADMI in that country.

*Source Gospel Outreach Deaf Department