In May 2011, the Philadelphia Biblical University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. David Shockey, toured in Poland for 12 days. The final concerts of their tour were held in Wołów, a city of about 13,000. Early in the day the Chorale sang for over 100 prisoners in a maximum security prison in the town. In the evening, they performed in the rynek, or city square, in a well-attended open concert. Both concerts were sponsored by the Wołów Baptist Church.
Nearly a year later, we continue to learn of the impact these concerts had in Poland. We recently discovered that the Wołów concert was covered by the local media and interview with a leader of the church was aired. It has now been posted to YouTube and we want to share it with you.
Since the interview is in Polish, we’ve summarized it here:
The interviewer mentioned that Obama was guest in Warsaw the previous day and now Wołów has its own guest from the US – the PBU choir!
He then interviewed Grzegorz Kucharczyk, one of the leaders of the Wołów church, a Polish Baptist church in the city. Grzegorz introduced who the choir is and how God provided a great day for this concert in spite of threats of rain. He also mentioned the travel difficulties for some from the volcano in Iceland.
Grzegorz explained that PBU is a Christian university. He said that some students are from a Baptist background but all churches represented by the choir are part of the larger family of Christian faith. The interviewer asked what the main differences are between Baptists and Catholic. Grzegorz first references all that we have in common – Apostles Creed, there is one God, His Son Jesus sent to die for our sins on the cross. These truths are key.
In the final section Grzegorz talked about how the Polish Baptists differ from and relate to the Polish people (who are majority Catholic). First of all they respect the people and the given authority (national and local) and seek to live righteous lives. This includes praying for those in authority. Of course there are differences in culture. But we consider that those who are believers, those who are followers of the Lord, form one universal church without regard to language, culture or place of residence. We are brothers even with those who came to sing to us today who we don’t know, we are related to them through the blood of Christ.