Damaris Otremba is an artist and church planter.
When did you trust Christ?
I was brought up in an evangelical Christian family in Poland. My father, grandfather, and great grandfather were church planters in Poland and Syria. Jesus became my Savior when I was 6-years-old. When I was 14-years-old, I devoted my life to serving the Lord to reach lost people wherever He might call me.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
From ages 6-9 years old, I was in an Arabic Muslim school for the children of Middle Eastern diplomats, where I was put down for being a Christian. But my faith in Jesus Christ became firmer because of that. In high school, while attending a European Youth Conference, I committed to serving God as a full time missionary wherever He sends me. By God’s provision I spent eight years in the U.S. studying. I was on an athletic scholarship, playing basketball and volleyball for my college while getting trained for church planting. In my college years, the defining moments were short-term mission trips to Albania, Peru, and Syria. Another was when a dear friend was killed in an accident. In my adult life, the defining moment was when our first church plant failed and I had to learn many hard lessons. Later God asked us to give Him all that we own, which was another freeing lesson. More recently, I was diagnosed with an incurable thyroid cancer, but God healed me.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum is an inspiring and equipping time for me. I am able to meet people involved in similar ministries in Europe. We encourage each other and can share our experiences with one another. I am especially interested in learning more about how to minister to Muslims in Poland, especially to younger Muslims.
What is your ministry?
I am involved in three different ministries. First, I paint paintings to bring the message of Christ to non- believers and believers. I reach out to the artistic community in our town in the university to share the gospel of Christ and disciple them. Secondly, I am helping my husband in planting a new church (Holy Trinity Church). I disciple women in leadership, disciple youth, and help mentor couples in ministry. Finally, I am co-founding with my husband a ministry called Operation Genet, which is a gospel-centered, disciple-making and church-planting initiative, which helps other church planters in Poland.
What are your past leadership roles?
My past leadership role had to do with being the co-founder (with my husband) of a church in Poznan, Poland, called Genesis Christian Community. My ministry was coordinating visual arts for evangelistic events, including paintings, sculptures, multimedia, and so on. I also coordinated the ministries for women, youth, and children.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
One of the biggest challenges in my country is that the Polish people predominately consider themselves Christians by being born into the Roman Catholic Church. Some of them indeed are true believers, but very few. Most are nominally religious Catholics without an understanding of the Gospel of grace, without a saving faith, who do not know or read the Word of God. They perceive Christianity as a form of religion filled with rituals, not a relationship with God on a personal level. The younger population is becoming more and more secular and materialistic, yet they maintain a Catholic identity My country desperately needs intentional church planters that will disciple people life-on-life and grow multiplying churches.