Inside Story: Kayaks on a Mission

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They’re off! Thirty-one kayakers wearing life jackets, hats, and eager smiles

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embarked on a five-day mission adventure down the Rospuda River in Poland.

Their colorful kayaks were crammed with sleeping bags, tents, clothes, and food, and their most important cargo—magazines and books to share with people they met along their route. Their goal was to bring the people hope found only in Jesus.

When the kayakers came to a village, they docked their boats and set out […]

Inside Story: The Compelling Message


Maria grew up in Poland.

As a teenager Maria searched for God, but she didn’t find what she was looking for. Eventually she returned to her parents’ church and immersed herself in its practices, hoping for spiritual fulfillment.

As she read the Bible, she discovered many texts that raised questions in her mind. The book of Revelation posed the greatest challenge, but her priest couldn’t answer her questions.

Maria’s husband wanted to leave Poland, which didn’t have enough television stations to satisfy him. […]