Here I am, sitting in the aisle of the mini bus we have in for this leg of the tour. After getting in last night, taking a shower, and quickly checking messages, I got to sleep around 1 and woke up at 7. We are driving 6 hours to the 4th show in a row in Poland, and the tour finally feels like it’s moving. Ten members of our team drove through the night to arrive and set up the stage before 1 for the festival we are playing at. I’m thankful I was able to sleep in a bed last night!
Poland is beautiful. I’ve been here before but have never seen so much of it. My emphasis has always been in the Czech Republic but I’m learning to love it here too and have tried picking up a few phrases along the way. We’ve had amazing support so far from the church, so much so in one city that after the show, only a few of us were able to talk to anybody because the youth group was already talking to everybody. We prefer this much more than doing it ourselves, not because we don’t want to but because we leave the next day, the Church doesn’t. I have already had great conversations though after the show, one with Mark in Krakow, and another with Matthew last night in Chorzow. Matthew doesn’t know God but he says he’s “taking steps to get there”. He was in a group that he called his “foster family”, but he’s not adopted, he is just that close with them. The parents and actual son are Christians and they brought him from another city to see the show even though he didn’t want to. He was very nice, and I was able to explain that what he thinks about Jesus is the most important thing in his life, and it will be the most important step. I challenged him to read James and consider that the Bible is not one book but many books and shouldn’t be discarded as fiction but real historic records from people who saw this man Jesus of Nazareth who claimed to be the son of God. He has three choices of what to think about Jesus. Either He was crazy, a liar, or really who he said he was. I left Matthew, praying for him and his foster family, and he prayed for me as well. He is surrounded by Christians who will help him take those steps, and I told them to make sure he reads James!
I really enjoyed talking to Mark from Krakow and I couldn’t imagine a better start to the tour. I’m not here to be a drummer, I’m here to talk to people after the show like Mark and Matthew. (Luke and John are next). When David asked who wanted to know this Jesus he preached about, I saw Mark from the stage throw his hand up and start asking for David to come over. His friend did the same but later I realized his friend was mocking but Mark wasn’t. When I found him after the show I asked him what he thought and had a translator to help him, but he didn’t need one. His English was slow but good. Before I even talked about Jesus, he was speaking of wanting and needing redemption (his own word) so I told him Jesus is that redemption he is looking for. He thought he needed to give something in exchange for this gift but I pressed against it and told him it was a lie, and this gift is free, otherwise it would be pointless because we can’t do anything to receive it. We were hopeless and Jesus came to change that. We talked for at least half an hour and as it was getting late, I wanted to know what he believed about Jesus and our message. He said he wasn’t sure what he would tell his friends yet but “deep down in his heart, he thinks what I said is truth”. God used me to speak truth into his life even when his mocking friend walked by and said in Polish, “They are brainwashing you”. The translator was from the local church and he exchanged contact information with Mark so I’m confident that God will continue to change Mark. I promised him that if he sincerely wanted this redemption from Jesus, He would be changed.
Admittedly, I’ve been very cold lately. Not depressed, just drained and dry. Talking to Mark and then thinking about it the next day and even now gives me refreshment. It had eternal significance, importance beyond death. I wonder if I was wired to seek out these encounters, that they would have impact and that I would be satisfied by them and be given new energy. If we have 50 shows, I want to have 50 conversations that change lives.
I’m not here to be a drummer.
Thank you for your support, I hope this gives you a glimpse into what Steiger is all about and what I wish to continue doing with your help. Without your support, I’m not here and as David often prays, “without God, I’m dead”. Please pray for more shows, that I would be given more people to talk to so that I can be used again to speak truth and that by it, I may be refreshed.