Alina Balaceanu is the leader of women’s groups at Emanuel University of Oradea in Romania.
When did you trust Christ?
When I was five-years-old the Holy Spirit convinced me of my total sinfulness, powerlessness, and desperate need of Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. At the time I attended the Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Bucharest, Romania with my family. The event happened during a week-long evangelism event at the church.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
I continued to grow in my relationship with God, going to Church, praying, and reading the Bible. At age 16 I was baptized and started to become involved in worship ministry, playing piano and singing in various choir groups. My spiritual life knew new heights as I began to understand biblical concepts such as God’s grace, providence, and sovereignty, while dedicating more and more time to fellowship, Bible study, prayer meetings, sharing the Gospel, and disciple-making. In my student years the Lord gave me the privilege of leading one of my colleagues to Christ and discipling her.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
Communicating and interacting with both young and experienced leaders from various backgrounds and contexts would enlarge my perspectives, and provide me with encouragement and motivation. I hope to make important connections with other believers and find new opportunities for ministry.
What is your ministry?
By God’s grace I am now leading women’s student groups at Emanuel University of Oradea, which is part of a larger program called Beauty in Holiness that wishes to involve all the women students in study and ministry groups, focusing on spiritual growth and serving others. Our group consists mainly of music students and since the music section of the university has a very high percentage of girls, these groups have the potential of creating special bonds that will eventually impact the ministries of these students, and through it the university and the churches where these students are involved. Our focus is growing in faith through Bible study, memorizing Scripture, prayer, fellowship, and sharing the Gospel through evangelism.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have served as a worship leader and adult and children’s choir director. I have also been a women’s Bible study group leader at several youth camps in Romania.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Women’s ministry in Romania is almost non-existent, but women represent the highest percentage in the church and Christian schools. There is a lack of knowledge when it comes to doctrine, theology, and discipleship, although there are clear commandments in Scripture directly addressing the responsibility of women teaching women. Biblical teaching and disciple-making among women in Romania would have a huge impact in the church and society, considering the key role women have in spiritually building their homes, educating children, and training and discipling young wives and mothers.