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Interview with Daniel Eric Liberek - Collection 385


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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Daniel Eric Liberek

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)


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Transcript 1

Transcript 2

Transcript 3

Transcript 4



Brief Description.


Two interviews in which Liberek talks about growing up in Belgium as the son of a Protestant pastor, his conversion, methods of evangelism in that country, comparison between United States and Belgian evangelicals, his own work as a pastor in Belgium, Protestant-Catholic relations, church-state relations, and other faiths in the country.


Collection 385 [May 30, 2000]
Liberek, Daniel Eric; 1959-
Interviews; 1988
4 Reels of Audio Tape

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

COMPLETE TRANSCRIPTS TO THE INTERVIEWS OF THIS COLLECTION ARE AVAILABLE.


Biography

Daniel Eric Liberek was born in 1959 to Samuel and Denise Liberek. At the time they were assisting British evangelist Eric Hutchings. In 1964, the Liberek's accepted a call from the Belgian Gospel Mission (today Belgian Evangelical Mission) to pastor a dying church in Huy, Belgium. Soon they joined United World Mission (UWM). The members of the family remained British citizens, despite residing in Belgium from that date onwward. It was in Huy that Daniel grew up and received his elementary and secondary school education. In 1973 he gave his life to Christ and in 1975, while attending a Mission 76 meeting, he committed his life to Christian service. While still in high school, he would assist his father in various tasks around the church. He also particapted in teams that held summer evangelistic campaigns in various Belgian cities. One year he held a summer job in a Christian guest house in Wales.

He graduated from high school in 1977 and went to Columbia, South Carolina to attend Columbia Bible College. He graduated from this school in 1980 with a B.A. in Christian Education. In June of the same year he became a UWM missionary and returned to Huy in 1981 to assist his father. He served as youth pastor of the church, among other responsibilities. He also supervised Evangelical summer camps in the country. In 1983 he married Myriam and they returned together to the Columbia for further education. She attended the Bible College and he attended the graduate school. In July of 1984 they returned to Huy, where Daniel became senior pastor of the Huy church. In September of that year their first child, Mical, was born. Another child, Elizabeth, was born in September 1986. They came to United States on furlough in 1987. Daniel attended the Wheaton College Graduate School and graduated with an MA in communications in 1988. During this time in the U.S. their third daughter Rebecca was born. The Libereks returned to Belgium, where they were to begin a church planting ministry in St. Nicolas, Belgium. <


Scope and Content Note

Daniel Liberek was interviewed by archivist Robert Shuster on January 6 and 15, 1988 at the office of the Billy Graham Center Archives. The time period covered in the interview is from the early 1960s to 1988. Time elapsed from the beginning of the interview is recorded in the column to the left of the column describing topics discussed. The interview is keyed to the cassette copy and not the reel-to-reel original.

Tape T1 - side 1 (Click to link to the transcript of this tape)
00:00 Start of Tape
01:10 Introduction to January 6, 1988 interview.
01:30 Birth; work of his parents in England for Eric Hutchings; move of the family to Belgium to work for the United World Mission; family traditions about Hutchings; reasons for the family's movement to Huy, Belgium; almost all of Belgium is urbanized; characteristics of Huy
09:00 Reactions to presentation of the Gospel; difficulty of fitting in; earliest memories of growing up; poverty of the family; the financial difficulties pastor's families
15:00 Businesses of his father; father's teaching duties at public schools; depending on the Lord to meet needs; the congregation of the church; suffering a mild persecution as the only Protestant in school; support from the teachers; anti-Protestant feelings in the country
21:00 Characteristics of the Protestant church in Huy; its slow growth over time; mostly blue collar workers in the church; some white collar workers starting to join; ties of the Protestant church with the Socialist movement
26:00 The social enhancement effect of the Gospel; the influence of his father in shaping Daniel's view of God; making a decision for Christ many times because of fear of death; stealing; involved in church planting in 1972 and doubts about the divided nature of his soul; committing his life to Christ in 1973
32:00 Changes caused by his conversion; returning what he had stolen and asking for forgiveness; reactions of people when he returned things; continually remembering incidents for which he has to make restitution; decision to be a minister; the respect that is paid to a minister; call to be a minister in 1975 while attending Mission 76 in Lausanne
38:00 Resisting being compared to his father and sister; reasons for attending Columbia Bible College in South Carolina; money for tuition came from many sources; graduation in 1980; many activities on campus
43:00 Church planting through summer crusades; door to door and open air evangelism; drawbacks of door to door evangelism
45:45 End of side 1

T1 - side 2
00:00 Start of side 2, duplication from side 1
03:15 Jehovah Witnesses' use of door to door evangelism; variations on door to door evangelism; use of questionnaires to provide an opening; hard sell versus soft sell approaches; other evangelism methods including music; difficulties in getting musicians; contacts through families; blank space on tape
09:15 Difficulty of communicating grace and faith to Roman Catholics; working with young people on the streets; friendship evangelism; problems of the family today; the testimony of a loving family as a way of the showing the difference Christianity makes
16:15 Follow up work and church building; the growth of the Association of Free Evangelical Churches of Belgium; the influence of the conversion of a young gang member; other conversions
21:15 End of side 2.

Tape T2 - side 1 (Click to link to the transcript of this tape)
00:00 Start of Tape
01:00 Introduction; story of the conversion of one Belgium boy through street meetings; description of the travels of Liberek's family; mild culture shock when Liberek came to the United States in 1977 to attend Columbia; examples of cultural differences between the United States and Europe; methods of greeting
08:15 Liberek's summer work in Wales; shocked by the nominal Protestantism of Methodist and other churches; difference between the attitudes of Evangelicals in Belgium and the United States, including attitudes toward clergy; greater appreciation for full time Christian workers in the United States
12:15 What the congregation in Belgium expects from its pastor; the effect of small numbers on the mental attitude of Evangelicals in Belgium; typical week of Christian activities in Belgium; reasons for starting a Sunday School, which is unusual in Belgium; other activities; Christmas festivities; effort to be different from the Catholic Church; gulf between the clergy and the laity and the reasons for it
19:15 The effect of not being a state church; more on the attitudes toward clergy in Belgium; attempts to break down barriers between clergy and laity; description of a typical worship service; importance of communion to the congregation; link between baptism and communion
24:45 Liberek's attitude toward being both British and Belgian; attitude toward the United States; no longer fully Belgian or fully American; differences lifestyles in the United States and Belgium
29:15 End of tape

Tape T3 - side 1 (Click to link to the transcript of this tape)
00:00 Start of Tape
00:45 Introduction
01:30 Differences in attitudes between Belgium and the United States; need for more training in Bible college and seminary on understanding the secular world; work as a youth pastor in Huywhen he returned to Belgium in 1980; ordained in 1982; married in 1983; working for his father as an assistant
06:30 New ideas he introduced in youth work; playing soccer on Sunday morning; forming a soccer league for the Evangelical churches; reasons why American churches have more active youth programs; relative poverty of the churches in Belgium; conservatism of youth work in Belgium; a tradition of restrictions on Sunday activities
13:30 Generational problems in relating to young people; support from the elders of the church; attitudes toward alcohol in the youth group; influence of his marriage on his youth work; goals for the young people in his group
19:30 Family problems of people in his youth group; importance of a good Christian family as an example; concerns of young people; dating practices; difficulty of being the only Protestant in a high school; Catholics understanding of Protestant beliefs; peer pressures on Protestant teenagers
26:15 Differences in running camps for twelve year olds and sixteen year olds; the importance of the centrality of Christ in the camps' programs; important characteristics for a counselor
31:30 Ways of presenting the Gospel to nonChristians; teenage attitudes toward and marriage; rewards and disappointments of youth work; training leaders for the youth group
37:30 Courting Myriam, who became his wife; life as a single man; usual age for marriage; class aspects of marriage in Belgium;
41:15 Taking over the senior pastorship of the Huy church; typical activities of a pastor; importance of pastoral visitation; retreats for pastors
46:00 End of side 1

Tape T3 - side 2
00:00 Start of tape, duplication from side 1
02:30 Convinced of God's will; methods of preparing his sermons; ways being a senior pastor changed his ministry
06:15 Very few Evangelicals in Belgium; the state Protestant church; different types of Evangelical churches; small size of churches; Baptist churches; Mennonite churches; Assemblies of God churches; very small growth rates among Evangelical churches; reasons for lack of impact of Graham's rally in Brussels in 1975; Graham's crusade in France in 1986
15:00 Difficulty in getting access to electronic media for evangelism; liberal Protestantism indifference to evangelism; comparison between Spain, France and Belgium in regards to use of media; lack of coverage in the media of the Amsterdam 83 conference
19:00 End of side 2

T4 - side 1 (Click to link to the transcript of this tape)
00:00 Start of tape
01:30 Liberek and his congregation's reaction to the use of the Huy town hall for a program on occult practices; organizing protests against the program; interviewed on radio about his actions
08:00 Charges made against the Evangelicals for protesting the occult program; harassment by promoters of the program; media barriers that hinder the spread of the Gospel; indifference of the state to the Evangelicals; forty years earlier, any attempt to evangelize provoked presecution; dangers of secular humanism; the state as the solver of all problems; changing attitudes toward socialism and Catholicism; attitudes toward abortion and homosexuality
16:30 Influence of Vatican II; different groups within the Catholic church; Catholic charismatics; growing influence of occult in Belgium; description of a procession of druids; an encounter with demonic forces in one of the members of his congregation
23:15 Spiritual vacuum created by the secular state; some of the spiritual options available in Belgium; attraction of the occult; horoscopes on television; Islam in Belgium
29:45 Plans for future work in St. Nicolas; work among Italians in Belgium; plan for church planting; reasons for attending Wheaton Graduate School
34:30 End of tape.

Provenance
The tape of this interview was given to the Center by Liberek in January 1988.

Acc. 88-1, 88-2
March 30, 1990
Robert Shuster
June 6, 1990, revised
Lisa A. Ferguson



LOCATION RECORD
Accession 88-1, 88-2
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following item is located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 Reel-to-reel tape, 3 3/4 ips, 63 minutes, 1 side. Interview with Daniel Liberek in which he discusses his family background, conversion, education, the Protestant church in Belgium; January 6, 1988.

T2 Reel-to-reel tape, 3 3/4 ips, 30 minutes, 1 side. Interview with Daniel Liberek. Continuation of interview on tape T1 in which he discusses his education in the United States; difference between the Church in Belgium and the United States; church life in Belgium; January 6, 1988.

T3 Reel-to-reel tape, 3 3/4 ips, 46 minutes, 1 side. Interview with Daniel Liberek in which he discusses his marriage, work as a youth pastor, experience of running a Christian camp; January 15, 1988.

T4 Reel-to-reel tape, 3 3/4 ips, 35 minutes, 1 side. Interview with Daniel Liberek. Continuation of the interview on tape T3 in which he discusses some of the spiritual options in Belgium including Evangelicalism, Catholicism, Islam, secular humanism and the occult; January 15, 1988.



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