Bustling cities, rolling hills, busy shopping centres, lush green countryside, scurrying families, traffic jams, tireless farmers, packed seaside beaches, texting teenagers, mountain hikers and skiers, power lunches, trendy cafés.
Krakow is the heart of Poland’s cultural and spiritual life. And yet, since the death of Pope John Paul II, church attendance has plummeted to an all-time low in Poland and even in Krakow, with less than 27% of the population attending mass monthly (according to a conversation between Tomek the church planter and a Catholic Priest in Krakow), national statistics are even lower. There are now 13 Evangelical groups in Krakow (3 new since Graceland’s arrival in 2006), but the number of evangelicals hasn’t really increased because people are just moving from fellowship to fellowship. Currently there are fewer than 800 Evangelicals in Krakow but that doesn’t mean that these people aren’t hungry for God. They are searching secularly, they are turning to Eastern mysticism, they are looking to the cults and many are turning to their Bibles for answers. We are here to journey along with those seeking God, to point them to Him, to dig into His Word with them and to help them see that God desires a relationship with them day in and day out. Why don’t you come and be a fellow traveler along this spiritual journey with them. You’ll get more than you bargained for in the process.
Don’t forget . . . there is so much to see and experience in and around Krakow. Krakow’s Old Town Centre is a World Heritage Site along with the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine only 20 minutes away. Wawel Castle and Cathedral, the seat of Polish royalty, welcomes thousands of visitors daily. 40 minutes from Graceland, people continue to visit, remember and learn from the dark history of Auschwitz and Birkenau. But, the part of Poland that will stay with you always is its people. The faces, the stories, the conversations, the life-altering encounters will leave you wanting a deeper, more significant connection.