About once a month I read a unbelievable story on the
Internet. It is so incredible that it is
not true, and is really just an embellishment of a very simple story.
The story below is true.
Richard Dietrich was a youth pastor at Crystal Evangelical
Free 10 years and is currently working at a Short-Term Missions ministry run
out of Arizona.
On a recent trip to Poland he went to search for the
family tree of his wife Brenda Von Promnitz. When he asked for it, after
some research the attendant brought him to a private room. They told him
she was in the lineage of a powerful ruling family of Poland that went back
hundreds of years and that most of the family members were lost during the
communist reign of Poland.
To make a long story short this low key x-youth pastor and
now short term mission guy and his wife have an official title: In His Service
Richard Dietrich of the Family Von Promnitz of the Free State of Pless, Count
Let me make a bullet list of things that have happened to
them since this discovery:
- They are Count and Countess.
- They have access to many politicians in Poland.
- They have thrown Balls for them.
- He has been interviewed on National TV.
- Hollywood is process of talking to him about making a movie.
- His wife's lineage is amazing: Queen
Victoria is among her relatives.
- His ancestors were godly people and were friends
- The President of Kneizno told him he could have access to towns from Berlin to Moscow.
- The Von Promnitz family were musical and a young
Bach was an understudy of the family musician and lived in their mansions.
And the list goes on.
Richard is a down to earth guy. The family is not looking
for wealth and castles and palaces. He sees endless possibilities of ways to reach out
to Politicians, Military, Catholic leaders, local people, school officials and
on and on.
When he arrives in Poland many recognize him and love him because he has been in papers and magazines and TV.
Bottom line, he sees himself like Esther. God brought
him here at this time for a specific purpose. Since his family was musical, they want
him to bring his music to Poland. Thus Jason Harms and the boys are going over,
Bethel Choir is going over along with other Christian musical groups and Christian
colleges choirs. The Polish people love Black gospel music so he has
brought those choirs over for concerts also.
Pray for Richard!
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.