My story begins in Poland in 1979, where I was brought up in a catholic home. My parents didn’t get along very well, so my mother looked for a better life in Germany. There I went to church and read the Bible, but I didn’t really hear the true Gospel.
When I was 18, I decided to deny God because I found myself being a sinner and I was convinced that the God I knew at that time couldn’t forgive me. From that point on, it was my ‘mission’ to find out about the truth and true love in life. I felt there must be a way. I searched everywhere, from psychology to New Age, but nothing satisfied me and I was about to quit searching. I remember I just wanted to give my life to a good purpose. I wanted to help others.
One sunny day I met this woman, Daisy, and immediately there was a connection. At our first meeting she told me about Jesus, her Saviour. When she said that he died for me, I couldn’t believe that. I asked her many questions. The moment I realised who he really was and that he was always there, but I didn’t know him, a veil tore before my eyes. I so regretted I’d done him wrong and I immediately repented of my sins. The more I knew, the more I changed. I was completely on fire and wanted to give him my all.
Step by step he guided me out of my old life into my new life in Birmingham. He is amazing. I felt I wanted to go out to all the nations, so I quit my job, sold my things and went into the unknown, with a scripture in my heart: ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be given to you as well.’ The best thing is that he didn’t disappoint me. Since then he gave me all the desires of my heart.
My heart was beating for spreading the Gospel and he led me to the place I now belong to – the Birmingham City Mission. Since July 2015 he did amazing things in my life and in others. I am so grateful for all of that and my biggest wish is to see this fire raised in other people.
Please pray for my ministry, which direction God wants me to go; and for more wisdom and knowledge in Christ. Pray too for a godly partner; and for my parents to get to know the Lord.
I grew up in Senegal, the younger daughter of missionaries. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in God or trust Him to provide for us. However, as a child, God definitely wasn’t my personal priority.
During my early teenage years, I lost interest in church and made excuses to avoid going. It wasn’t until I started attending a Christian boarding school, when studying for my GCSEs, that I started to understand what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. At the end of my time in year 11, I decided to get baptised.
After A levels, I trained to teach. However, towards the end of my degree course, I realised that working as a primary school teacher wasn’t for me. Having graduated, I spent a year serving as an intern at a church in Essex in order to think, pray and seek God’s plan for my life.
One morning, my course mentor handed me a leaflet with various ministry job adverts. She pointed out the Birmingham City Mission advert seeking someone to join the Children’s Team, saying that I should have a look at it. Initially, the prospect of a move to Birmingham led me to dismiss the advert without properly reading it. Some days later, I realised I still had the flyer and read the advert properly. It was as I read through what the work entailed that I began to get excited.
From that point, I started to feel that this was where God was leading me; a conviction that deepened when I came to shadow the team and attend the interview. As my training progresses and my diary fills up with bookings for assemblies and RE lessons, I become ever more certain that this is what God has planned for me to do.
Please pray that I would continue to settle into life in Birmingham and be able to quickly get to grips with my role within the Children’s Team.
In the late 1990s I attended evangelistic meetings where I realised I was a sinner and needed Jesus. At one meeting I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and have been following him ever since. Later I moved from Punjab province to Peshawar in north Pakistan. I was asking the Lord to show me the ministry he was calling me to and was helped by a book called ‘Praying Hyde’. I realised there were people with the same desires and burdens that God has in his heart for the unsaved peoples of the world. I prayed God would use me to reach Muslims in Pakistan, but God reminded me of Psalm 2:8 – ‘Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance.’
God opened a door for me to go on a mission trip to Iran in 2004 and later, several trips to Afghanistan. I was married in 2006 and honeymooned in Afghanistan before returning there the following year to work with Shelter Now International. In the event we were unable to stay very long in one place, as opposition grew. In 2010 there was a devastating flood in Pakistan, after which we shared the gospel with 1,500 families.
Threats and attacks continued and in 2014 we moved back to the Punjab. I produced some ‘apologetic’ material in the local languages for people showing interest in Christ. I also started a movement called ‘New Hope’ to help disciple about 30 Muslims. After much prayer, sadly in June 2017 I left Pakistan and came to the UK, where I applied for asylum.
Working with Christians in the Hyde Park area of London, I soon realised that Muslims in England too have a great need to hear and receive the gospel. After months of prayer, the Home Office granted me asylum. I am hoping to bring over my wife and our four lovely daughters to England. I trust that God will give me an outreach ministry to Muslims and a discipling work among Muslim believers.
Please pray for wisdom and guidance as I approach the work of outreach and discipling with Birmingham City Mission; for the funds needed for my wife and daughters to come to England; and for a home for us to live in.