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"Ring the Bells ...

let the whole world know"


News from George and Vera BaJenskI

FEBRUARY, 1972

Dear Christian Friends,

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From the distant land of Poland, we greet you in the wonderfui name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Many things
have occurred since we last visited you by our September letter.
Some of these events were pleasant and joyous, others were
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not so pleasant.

By God's grace, we are presently doing well and rejoicing


in the Lord, while doing his work. Since our arrival in Poland
last summer, we have spent much of our time with friends from

the USA who were visiting us here.

They were such a great

blessing to all of us in the services, in camp and during private


fellowship. We also spent a good portion of our time in theapartment, trying to tidy things up by doing some plumbing, wiring
and other necessary jobs. This, at least, provided us with necessities for our home. Furthermore, every Sunday I was visiting
and serving either in the local Warsaw church or in churches of
other cities or villages.
Things were going very nicely toward
autumn when suddenly we experienced great

sorrow. Unexpectedly, my father, who was very


active during the summer mohtiis in youth

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camps in administrative matters, was paralized


on the right side. This made him helpless and
few

went, .to be

was a

the
our fam-

to our

brotherhood.

My father became a

to be

home

this time, therefore, could attend the funeral,


for you see, when mother died some years ago,
J_was in the USA. TheLord gives"and"He takesI
Praise be unto His name!
Now, allow me to say a few words about
the camp property which was purchased last
year with the aid of many American Christians.
This property was very badly needed for our

future work among the young people.

In the

greetings and news via cassette


recorder
repair work which has to be made on an old barn and
house on the land. Many brethren and young people
are anxiously awaiting the spring during which time
they want to expend their energy by working at the
camp.

Now, concerning otherpleasantthings, in January we

past, camp time with the children and young

were unexpectedly visited by our father, John K. Huk.^

people in Poland was a blessed time. As a


direct resultof this activity, many young people

He came to see us without a single word of announcement and spept. ten days _with us. We were so glad to

were led to accept Christ and all were strengthened in their faith. There is still a good amount
to be paid on the property. Moreover, other
expenses are still outstanding, such as the

visit some churches in Warsaw with him. In our travels together we visited Bro. K. Jakoniuk and his church
in Bielsk-Podlaskl. Both Vera and 1 were so very happy
to see papa and to talk with him about many thingsin

expenses connected with the construction and

our work.

We sincerely appreciate your prayers on our behalf


in our work in Poland. For this we thank you from the
bottom of our hearts. We surely agree with Samuel who

once said:

"Ebenezer, hitherto hath the Lord helped

us" I Sam. 7:12.


In Christ and His service,

Vera and George Bajenski

P.S.Here are a few words from John K. Huk, Vera's father:


Since I was in Vienna in January of this year, fulfilling some
work for Toronto Christian Mission, I decided to visit Warsaw. It was

so good to see Vera and George. We had fellowship together with


them, as well as with many other brethren in several places. I

was really impressed by their work for the Lord. Vera's adjustment
to the new country and new language is coming along fine. They are
very happy in their work. John K. Huk

Winter Youth Camp Activities

DISBURSEMENTS

INCOME
Balance on hand Feb. 1, 1971

Receipts Feb. 1,1971 -March 1.1972

Living Link to George & Vera

421

15.517
$15,938

March 1, 1971 -March 1,1972


12 mos. @ $600

$7,200

Travel to arrive on field

899

Amt. used to (1) purchase equipment


(2) establish mission

Less Total Disbursements

14,183

(3) establish camp work


Total sent for camp work
$12,606

Balance on Hand March 10

$ 1,755

U.S. Expenses
Printing, postage
Car lease for George & Vera
when traveling to churches in U.S.
Bank service charges

Emergency dental expenseGeor^


1,577

$14,183

Total Disbursements

Lincoln Christian Church

Bulk Rate: Non-Profit

U.S. POSTAGE

Box 147

PAID

Lincoln, Illinois 62656

Permit No. 1 48

Lincoln, II linols

Mission SorvicGS
Bo:^ 177

(ADDRESS RETURN REQUESTED)

KciTiptDH, Ind.

46049

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POLISH YOUTH CAMP

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In February 1972 a letter was

received for publishing in


Horizons as follows:

Christ, for conferences, special


courses, conventions, etc.
AMERICAN VISITORS VISIT CAMP

Brother Desmond Tease, minis

Dear Brothers and Sisters in

Christ,
Christian Service Camps in
U.S. are one of the greatest
blessings to our churches. In
those camps thousands of young
souls are reached for Christ
and hundreds dedicate their lives

for specialized service.

With God's help we were able


to start this very important
ministry in Poland after the
return of Kostek Jakoniuk and

George Bajenski from U.S. Each


year hundreds of young people
come for two or three weeks to

learn about Jesus. Each year


many souls accept Christ. But
each year we had to rent facil

ities in different places, pay


ing a high price.
But this is just the begin
ning. In order to meet the re
quirements of the government

and to attract youth, we must


have more than just grounds.

t e r of the First Christian Church

in Tallahassee, Fla. visited Po


land in 1971 dJid was impressed

very much with the work in Po


land and the need for the camp
and here are his words:

"I have seen the camp ground


in Poland, and when I was there
this past July I was excited
over the wonderful addition to

the work the camp will become.


Our people NEED a place such as
this where our young folk can
go for their summer conference
and camp, where the ministers
can gather for refresher courses,
where there can be expansion in
the form of additional accommo
dations for our Christian old
folk. Whatever the Christians

of this country can contribute,


sacrificially if necessary, i t
will be a tremendous blessing
to our wonderful Polish breth
ren i n Christ."

We need BUILDINGS.

Desmond Tease, Minister

After much time spent in


prayer and consideration, it
was decided to purchase our
own grounds and in March 1971

First Christian Church

Tallahassee, Fla.
From Max and Gladys Randall:

we were able to purchase 12


acres of land with some build

ings for S3,000. It was the


Lord's answer.

Lately I received letters

from our preachers, especially


from George and Kostek who beg
for $10,000 in order to erect
buildings and to be able to
start a youth program in the
summer of this year.

"Mrs.

Randall and I

were in

Poland almost six weeks during


the summer of 1971- Two weeks of
that time were spent in Christian
Service Camps in which a total
of 190 young people were in at
tendance. The churches of Christ
in Poland can boast of as fine

For $10,000 they will be


able to build a kitchen, dor

young people as any in the


church anywhere. They love the
Lord Jesus and long to worship
Him and serve Him, and they are
willing to sacrifice and suffer

mitories , a chapel and recrea

to

tional facilities.

"Their facilities for youth


camp have, so far, been very
poor. The two camps we attended
met in church buildings without

The facilities will serve not

only for camp purposes but also


for training new workers for

do

so.

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adequate sanitation and accommo^
dation and with no recreation

facilities. Better things, however,


are in store for the future.

Near the city of Ostroda in


Northern Poland the churches have

recently purchased an attractive

and adequate campsite - actually


a small farm with a reasonably
good farm house and barn along a
small lake.

Considerable work will

have to be done, but it will make


an excellent camp.
To make the campsite useable,
however, considerable investment
must be made. We know many of the
young people and love them. We have
been personally at the camp site
and know of its potential. To build
the camp at Ostroda is a worthy
project.
Max and Gladys Randall

Contributions to the camp in


Poland should be sent to

DEPARTMENT OP MISSIONS
P.O. Box 629

Bel Air, MD

21014

with the note: Designated to


Christian Service Camp.

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POLAM)

RING THE BELLS

"Ring the bells. Ring the"bells, let the whole world know."
George Bajenski, native of Poland,
son of Paul Bajenski, one of the
pioneers and leaders of the res
toration movement, made that song
popular among the Christian pop
ulation in the U.S. His inspir

ing messages in song and sermon


to the youth of the U.S. brought
the needs of the Polish churches
to the hearts of the Christians

Christ Jesus."

Out Christian congregation in


Warsaw asks for our prayers.

They ask the question, "George,


are there any good fundamental
Christian preachers who could
possibly come at this time to
preach for us."We would also
use him in other area churches."

This is a real need and oppor


tunity! God is opening doors

here. He came to this country


to study for the ministry and

where doors were closed for a

to prepare for his return to

long time.

Poland to witness and teach


the Word and to use his tre

mendous God-given talent for


the Lord.

NEWS PROM HOME 1970


The brethren in Poland wrote

that they were already making


plans for George's return. They
reported that the work of the

YOUTH WORK IN POLAND


News was received from the

young people and their sponsors,


Kostik, Lonek and Paul's sister.
Donna who wrote of their great
program last summer, especially
of their camp activities held in
two different places. Fourteen
young people gave their lives to

Christian churches in Poland

Jesus as a

was really progressing in the


cities as well as the villages.
In August George's father, along
with a group of young people and
and few older Christians, spent
some time in. a small village
where the New Testament message
had not been preached for more
than thirty years. There was
no established congregation
there, but on the invitation
of some good people, farmers
mostly, they were able to arrange
meetings there. His father wrote
George, "The whole village came.
There were young and old present.
Bome were laughing at the mes

camptactivity. Altogether about


110 youth attended all five weeks
of the camp's teaching and fel
lowship. Because of this type
of program the local congrega
tions have stronger and more

sages but many were crying and inviting the Christians to come
again with their Gospel and
with Christian music. There is
a need in Poland for more evan

gelists and preachers who are


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who would be willing to go and


make personal contact with those
people to show them the life in

dedicated, doctrinally correct,


fully committed to the Lord and

result of the summer's

active members.

Favorable com

ments were made of the groups of


students from Lincoln Christian

College and other Christians


that visited Poland last suimner
with the Toronto Christian Mis

sion tour. The only real com


plaint was that the tour wasn't

long enough; that there just


wasn't enough time for all the
needed teaching, preaching and
fellowship. When Brother A1
Hamilton was present in Poland
for two very important weeks of
preaching, and teaching, he
spread enthusiasm and life and

helped set the camp program on


a high spiritual level. Every
one loved him and the message

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he had to proclaim. Thank God for
men with vision. Now as summer is

ended, plans are being made for a


winter camp in the Polish mountain
area.

RING THE BELLS POLISH MISSION


ESTABLISHED

In February 1971, George Bagenski


and his wife, Vera established an
Independent Mission program with a
personal forwarding agent. Lincoln
Christian Church is now home base.

Here he was a student member during


college days at Lincoln Christian
College and was ordained as a min
ister. Jim Emerson is now forward

ing agent for the


RING THE BELLS POLISH MISSION

P.O. Box 147

Lincoln, IL 62656
On Nov. 27, 1971 George received
the sad news that his father, faith
ful minister, pioneer and leader of

the Restoration Movement in Poland,

had gone to meet his Lord and Saviour.

Today his son, George Bajenski,

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carries on the work with the support


and prayers of Christian friends in
the United States.

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LETTERS PROM POLAND

BOLESLAW WINNIE

Boleslaw Winnik, producer of


the Polish language program
broadcast over Radio Monaco,
t e l l s us that he had received

of Christ in Baltimore and


a l l Christians and ministers
in the brotherhood in America.
In the name of our ministers
of the Churches of Christ I

word that young people hearing


the program in Iron Curtain
countries are recording it so
that they may "pass it on."

express our sincere thanks for


your care of us and our work

(Listen, Oct. 1971)

great and it is hard to describe


how much effort you invested in

Polish broadcaster, Boleslaw


Winnik, sent this news, "I thank
God for your work and I am happy
that I

can be co-worker in this

^eat ministry. Radio is very


important to reach people for
Christ in most parts of the
world. I see from our ministry
it's importance. Many people
write to us from Europe and how
good i t is to know that because
of this ministry many people
accept Christ as personal
Saviour."

the Lord.

Your actual con

tribution toward our work i s

our work. Xou did much and we


see the fruits of this work across

the land as we saw it during our


50^^^ Anniversary in Poland. We
saw i t in the dedication of a

new sanctuary in Bial, in Youth


Camp, in our baptismal services
and in our worship services. All
brethren are very happy and
thank God for you and your coworkers.

P.D.

PROM A READER

One listener writes, " I do


not know why, but I must write
to you because I feel a special
sympathy to you. I like your
broadcasts very much, especially
the Word of God which is pre
sented in such a

for

wonderful and

clear way. Many of your mes


sages and beautiful songs I put
on tape. I would like to ask you
to send me "Life of Christ Vis
ualized" which I would like to

use and give to others."

A.K. (A Roman Catholic priest)


Brother Winnik says, "I
prepare each program prayerfully
and with great care and effort.
We try to do the best and the
Lord is helping. I would like
to ask you to pray that our

radio ministry will reach many


more for Christ."

PROM A PREACHER

Dear Bro. Bajko, I greet you


and your family in the name of
our Lord. Please also greet from
us Bro. Winnik and the Church

"I am a

faithful reader of the

Polish magazine 'Drogowskaz.'


I treasure and love this maga
zine because there are not

many magazines in the Polish


language, and they are needed
so badly for each Christian
as well as other people. I
would like to have my part in
this magazine by writing short
articles from my observation
and experience in my life
which can help others in fol
lowing Jesus."
Yours in Christ, M.D.

PROM A.K., CATHOLIC PRIEST


"Dear Priend, Thank you very
much for the Polish Christian

magazine. I trust you will send


i t to me regularly. In the
neighboring parish I saw your
beautiful songbook. I like
those songs vBry much. Please
send me several copies, so I
can teach my people to sing
such great religious heart-

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searching songs. I listen to your
"broadcast faithfully and thank you
very much for the great messages
from God's Word. May God "bless you
richly."
"I want to congratulate you on
the establishing of Center for
Evangelism in Austria. Our old
continent is full of churches,
church organizations and church
missions, but we need more evan
gelism now than any other continent.
I am sure that your center will not
do the whole work of evangelism in
Europe, this work needs a lot of
people and means, but I am sure
also, that it might be, and will
be, a great contribution to that
holy endeavor.
"I have one suggestion more
concerning the work of center of
evangelism. I

think i t would be

better if you, I mean the center,


invite sometimes other yoimg peo
ple besides Churches of Christ.
It: will enrich the fellowship and
help for some other Christian
groups in Poland and Europe.

"I shall be very glad to visit


"Vienna someday and I want to
express my gratitude to you in
advance.

remember s t i l l our

talks. (Report from Toronto)

Ring the Bells ... let the whole world know"


News from George and Vera BaJenskI

CHRISTMAS 1972

Dear Christian Friends,

We greet you in the Name of our Newborn Saviour. This is the time of year when our personal
wish is to be with family and friends. Since we are so many thousands of miles apart we have
to be content with a short letter to all of our friends in the U.S. and Canada. We are both well

and after an extremely busy summer (as reported in our last newsletter) we are well into our
routine of local church activities' in Warsaw. Regular services, special services, conferences,
choir activities and visitation tohomesand outlying areas are all a part of our everyday activ

ities and programme. Our wish from the heart is to thank you all for your prayers, loyal support
and love, without which it would be impossible for us to carry on. Christmas wishes and God's
blessing for the coming New Year. We remain.
In Christ and His Service,

Vera and George Bajenski