Polish in Poland

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

If it is possible to feel sorry for a nation's geographic position. One has to feel that way for Poland, located on a plain between the often aggressive nations of Germany and Russia. More than once, Germany and Russia have sliced off parts of Poland. The most recent example was in the fall of 1939 when the Nazis and the Soviet Army invaded Poland from opposite directions and conquered the entire country. As late as the early 18th century Poland was a power as part of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth. Since that time Poland has frequently been a victim of its powerful neighbors.
With the fall of communism in 1990-91, Poland became an independent nation. Today Poland has a rapidly developing economy and is member of NATO and the EU.
There has been a Polish diaspora for centuries. The first significant wave of emigration occurred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, primarily due to economic and political factors. Today, many Poles continue to emigrate for economic opportunities, and there is also a significant number of Poles who have settled in other countries as students or as a result of family reunification. Estonia is a good example of this.
The largest groups of Poles abroad are in Germany, the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Canada, though they can also be found in Estonia. There is not a large number of Polish people who have emigrated to Estonia. There are good relations between the governments of the two countries being they have a common enemy in Russia.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Polish are noted for protecting people's honor. However, when someone is starting to say or do something that will potentially cause a problem, they get things out in the open immediately. They like to get straight to the point of a matter. At the same time, they highly value mercy and forgiveness. They are usually honest about their feelings. Poles generally tolerate imprecision. This allows for flexibility and spontaneity, which might mean disregarding rules or laws. They typically are stoic in difficult situations, but they expect people to figure out answers to their own problems.
Poles are known for having a good work ethic, being on time, and meeting deadlines. This helps them be productive workers wherever they live. In slower-paced cultures it might cause friction.
No Polish social situation is complete without alcohol. Alcoholism is a problem in Polish society, especially among men.
Like people throughout Europe, Poles are moving towards individualism. The group, be it the family or the needs of society as a whole, can take a back seat to the desires of an individual. This is especially true in an urban environment.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Polish people are recognized as some of the world's most devout Roman Catholics. The Roman Catholic Church helped the Poles maintain their national identity when they were ruled by foreign powers. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, many Poles have become more interested in their families' material possessions rather than being involved in Roman Catholic Church. Still, a large majority of Poles consider themselves Roman Catholics. They are baptized, married and buried in the Roman church. Polish priests serve the Roman church all over the world.
Evangelicals and Roman Catholics have much in common. Both believe in the deity of Christ, the Trinity and the inspiration of the Scriptures. Evangelicals disagree with Catholics on the primacy of the Bishop of Roman and the practice of praying to Mary and the saints. There is also disagreement regarding the role works play in salvation.

What Are Their Needs?

The Poles need to understand that biblical Christianity is a love relationship with their Creator made known through Jesus Christ. It is more than a religious tradition and a system of morals.

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to revive the Polish church based on Jesus Christ and his word.
Pray the Lord leads Poles in Estonia to listen with open hearts to radio programs and watch TV programs that teach the biblical gospel.
Ask the Lord to save priests and bishops in the Roman Catholic Church so they can lead thousands to Christ-centered living.
Pray for Polish Christ followers to actively take the Lord to those who need his salvation and grace.

Scripture Prayers for the Polish in Poland.



Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Polish
People Name in Country Polish
Alternate Names Pole; Poles; Silesian
Population this Country 38,969,000
Population all Countries 45,098,000
Total Countries 45
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 14431
ROP3 Code 108096
ROP25 Code 306771
ROP25 Name Polish
Country Poland
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Poland
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.29 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Polish
Language Code pol   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Polish
Language Code pol   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Polish

Primary Language:  Polish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1522-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1553-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1561-2018)
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Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Polish Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App Android Bible app: Polish YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Polish YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway scripture Bible Gateway
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