A Communist state for over forty years, Poland became a democracy in 1989, and joined the EU in 2004. Much of Poland’s history is defined by tragedy and war. Poland is staunchly Roman Catholic, and the beatification of John Paul II in May 2011 has made him effectively the patron saint of Poland.
Evangelicals are a tiny minority, and evangelical churches are thin on the ground. There is a huge need for church-planting, and to put in place the infrastructure of Christian literature, training and Christian conferences that Christians in other countries take for granted.
How can you pray for Poland?
- For the growth of the gospel in a country where the evangelical presence is tiny.
- For the unity of gospel Christians in their witness and work together.
- For new missionaries who can partner with Polish nationals in planting churches in the numerous towns where there is no gospel witness.
Opportunities to serve in Poland
- Evangelism and church planting
- Training leaders
- Literature ministry
GBM stories from Poland
Poland – key facts
- Population 38.4 million (July 2018 est.)
- Population Growth -0.16% (2018 est.)
- Ethnicity Polish 96.9%, Silesian 1.1%, German 0.2%, Ukrainian 0.1%, other and unspecified 1.7% (2011 est.)
- Language Polish (official) 98.2%, Silesian 1.4%, other 1.1%, unspecified 1.3% (2011 est.)
- Religion Catholic 85.9% , Orthodox 1.3% (almost all are Polish Autocephalous Orthodox), Protestant 0.4%, other 0.4% (includes Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhist, Hare Krishna, Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Muslim, Jewish, Mormon), unspecified 12.1% (2017 est.)
(Data from the CIA World Factbook, August 2020)