Reflections on Ministry in Poland
Maybe a year and a half in Poland has left me somewhat nostalgic, but I love America, I miss America. As we learn the language and observe this culture so foreign to our own, we often catch ourselves comparing the two. One culture is home, and the other, well … it’s growing on us. We can observe many similarities, but a few stark differences exist.
The longer I’m away from home, the more I see “American Individualism” emanating from across the Atlantic. We Americans love stories about people who overcome all odds. We root for the underdog. Whether it’s pilgrims surviving the first winter or sending the world’s great superpower back across the pond with its “tail between its legs” or a handful of men holding off Santa Anna’s army allowing Sam Houston to rally the troop, stories of one man or a handful of people making a difference are forever ingrained in our folklore. It’s why Sylvester Stallone made six Rocky films, and it’s why Jack Bauer of 24 has saved the country from certain destruction something like five times with yet another adventure planned for this fall. Though we know the outcome, we can’t avert our eyes.