Africa—My First Missions Trip . . . What Could Go Wrong?: A Journey in Learning to Trust God Through Mishaps and Trials

by Matthew B. Swiatkowski Sr.

Genres: Ministry, Mission

ISBN: 9781620209769

176 pages

Price: $16.99

“I hold no visions of grandeur concerning myself. I do not envision myself as David Livingstone or any other great missionary. I did not go where no white man had gone before, nor did I suffer through disease and fear of death. I did not preach to untold thousands or lead tens of thousands to Christ. I was simply invited to go on a trip to Sierra Leone to be a helper. I was being Timothy to Paul, and my job was to make sure that Brother Arnold was well taken care of. But unknown to me, God would provide opportunities to preach, lead people to Christ, and see places I had never seen before . . .”


Pastor Matthew Swiatkowski was born and raised in Kearny, New Jersey. At the age of ten, Matthew trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. Then, as a senior in high school, he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Matthew married his college sweetheart, Ann Renee, in 1989. Today, they have four children (two of whom are married), two grandchildren, and one more grandchild on the way.
Matthew has had the privilege of being the pastor at Gospel Light Baptist Church in his hometown since 1995.