Our Prayers are with Poland

Jeff Serio, International Director

European Initiative asks that our friends and readers of this web site pray for the people of Poland, and the family members who lost loved ones in the terrible crash of the presidential plane on April 10th.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 96 other passengers and crew were killed when their aircraft tried to land in dense fog at the Smolensk, Russia airport. Many Polish military and political leaders were killed in this horrific crash – this is a demoralizing setback for the nation.

A huge crowd of mourners gather in front of the Presidential Palace to pay tribute to late Polish President Lech Kaczynski, in Warsaw, Poland on April 10, 2010. /AP
A huge crowd of mourners gather in front of the Presidential Palace to pay tribute to late Polish President Lech Kaczynski, in Warsaw, Poland on April 10, 2010. /AP

Within minutes after hearing of the crash I spoke with a Polish Christian friend who lives in Warsaw and is in leadership of one of the largest evangelical churches in the nation. She said that this crash is an incredible shock, and is devastating for her country. In addition to the obvious importance of losing President Kaczynski, the loss of so many other national leaders will be difficult to overcome. She mentioned that a few of the political leaders were Christians and attended her church.

The sad irony is that the purpose of the flight was to pay homage to 20,000 Polish officers who were massacred in the nearby village of Katyn, 70 years ago in WWII.

I have been to Poland for ministry trips twice in 2009. It is one of my favorite European nations; the people are very warm and unpretentious. Please join me in praying that the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3) and the God of hope (Ro 15:13) would help Poland during her time of mourning.