International Outreach with Proem Ministries

Ability Ministry has a rich 30 plus year history in the field of disability ministry. Not many other organizations can say that they have been actively reaching people affected by disability for Jesus for nearly as long. Despite this the leadership of Ability Ministry felt that something was missing. That something was ministry beyond our borders.  God was calling us to take our ministry to the world. This new international outreach would begin in Poland in partnership with Proem Ministries.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, May 29th Gary Spangler and Ryan Wolfe boarded a plane leaving for Warsaw.

International Disability Ministry Outreach

Immediately after arrival Gary and Ryan headed to Proem Ministries campgrounds where they were hosting an event for their disability community. Proem Ministries is working at introducing themselves and gaining trust with their disability community. This free picnic for families included free giveaways, petting zoo, climbing wall, parachute activities, soccer game, cookout, a dance off, and much more.

International Disability Ministry Outreach
International Disability Ministry Outreach
International Disability Ministry Outreach
International Disability Ministry Outreach

Proem Ministries is looking at following up on this great experience with holding their first ever Jesus Prom event on June 13th.

Thursday

On Thursday, May 31st Ability Ministry was invited to Pastor’s Conference. There were leaders represented from 34 churches and 11 organizations from all over the country of Poland. During this conference Ryan Wolfe was able to, through the help of an interpreter, facilitate of disability ministry training. Ryan opened the eyes of church leadership to what the Bible has to say about disability and started the conversation on what the churches role is in reaching the disability community for Christ. Many conversations followed with individual church leaders that were interested in reaching out to their communities. Ability Ministry looks forward to assisting these churches.

Disability Ministry Training
Disability Ministry Training

Friday

On Friday, June 1st Gary and Ryan boarded a train headed to Krakow, Poland.

Disability Ministry Resources
Disability Ministry Resources

In Krakow Gary and Ryan visited churches, synagogues, the Jewish Ghetto, Schindler’s Factory and more. There is so much history in Krakow to experience.

Old immaculate Catholic church in Krakow
Old immaculate catholic church in Krakow
Wall the separated the Jewish Ghetto from the rest of Krakow
Wall the separated the Jewish Ghetto from the rest of Krakow
Original store front signage in Jewish part of downtown Krakow
Original store front signage in Jewish part of downtown Krakow

Saturday

On Saturday, June 2nd Gary and Ryan took a tour bus to Auschwitz. Did you know that some of the first people that were killed at Auschwitz were people affected by disability? They were considered disposable because they were not believed to be able to contribute anything of value.

Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Auschwitz Concentration Camp

You can see the left behind prosthetics and adaptive equipment above. We pray for a day when disability doesn’t equal disposable, but rather indispensABLE (1 Corinthians 12:22). The horrors of Auschwitz will never leave Gary or Ryan. Pictures can never communicate what they experienced. It was possibly the closest thing to hell on earth that our world has ever experienced. May we learn from the mistakes of our past.

Sunday

On Sunday, June 3rd Gary and Ryan attended a church gathering. This gathering took place at Proem Ministries camp. It was a special baptism Sunday where their two church plant locations came together for a service. The worship service opened with signing and a Kidstuf production. Following Kidstuf there was more praise and worship and a sermon. Before heading to the river for baptisms everyone participated in communion.

Proem Ministries Camp Service Poland
Proem Ministries Camp Service Poland

Following communion everyone was instructed to head down to the river for the 15 baptisms. Unfortunately, lightning, thunder, and a downpour moved into the area early. After waiting out the storm the baptisms were all celebrated by the church and a few kayakers passing by.

Proem Ministries Camp Service Poland
Proem Ministries Camp Service Poland

Monday

Monday, June 4th was a busy day for Gary and Ryan. In addition to catching a plane home they visited a church plant as well as a Day Center in town. Day Centers in Poland are very similar to Workshops and Adult Day Programs in America. Ability Ministry is looking forward to finding ways to creatively partner with these Day Centers in the future.

Proem Ministries Poland
Proem Ministries Poland
Proem Ministries Poland

Proem Ministries Poland

Proem Ministries Poland

Disability Ministry
Disability Ministry
Disability Ministry

Following there visit with the Day Center they headed to the school run by Proem Ministries. After their lunch at the school it was time for the long journey home. It was very productive initial trip to Poland and the start of a fruitful relationship with Proem Ministries. Discussions are already being had about Ability Ministries next steps in Poland. We cannot wait to share some of these soon.

Proem Ministries, Poland, and Beyond

Jesus instructed his followers in Matthew 28:19 “go and make disciples of all nations.” Ability Ministry seeks to be obedient to the commands of Jesus and is overjoyed to take the good news of Jesus to the disability community of Poland and beyond.

Ability Ministry
Ability Ministry

Ryan Wolfe

It is Ryan’s passion to equip and empower churches, organizations, and individuals to reach their disability communities for Jesus. Ryan, Director of Program Development, comes to Ability Ministry with 15+ years of ministry experience. He previously worked at First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio as their full-time Disability Pastor. He also worked as a Church Consultant for Key Ministry. Micah 6:8 and Proverbs 31:8 best describe Ryan’s commitment to life and ministry.

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