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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. 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 Paraguay.
Most of the Poles who came to Paraguay arrived after living in either Brazil or Argentina. They were attracted by cheap land for farming. Others migrated from Poland to Paraguay in the 1920s and 1930s. Others came after WWII.
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.
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. Horoscopes, magic and folk beliefs are popular. Some are influenced by atheism and materialism. 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.
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.
Ask the Lord to revive the Polish church based on Jesus Christ and his word.
Pray the Lord leads Poles in Paraguay 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.