Science and Technology
Children and/or Youth
Daniel Bolek is the leader his church’s youth group and an IT developer.
When did you trust Christ?
I grew up surrounded by Christians who lived their lives according to Scripture. This was a very important gift that helped me to make my own decision to follow Christ. During my childhood, I had many opportunities to hear the testimonies of people who had totally submitted their lives to Christ and who were radically changed. This gave me food for thought as a young boy. I was constantly asking myself, “Who is this Jesus, that in his name there are so many miracles happening – sick people are healed, broken lives of alcohol and drug addicts are changed, and those who suffer mentally or physically have hope and joy in their lives?” I did not understand it, but I knew that I needed to have Jesus in my heart as well. At the age of 14, I decided to submit my life to Jesus during an evangelical conference held in our church.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
One of the most defining moments of my Christian walk was a gift from God, a miracle, which happened to me during a youth conference held in one of our neighboring churches. I was very sick on that day (sore throat and rhinitis), but I decided to go on conference anyway. I was very moved by a preaching and during the pastor’s final prayer, I re-submitted my life to Christ and I said to Jesus, “I don’t need anything else, but just You!” In that moment, my sore throat and rhinitis was gone. I didn’t ask God for it; it was a gift. I was so shocked that I went to the bathroom, where I cried and gave glory to God. However, the story did not end there. In the following days and weeks, I realized that I was also set free from my addiction, which I had been fighting for two years prior to the conference.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
As we are building new generation of youth group from scratch in the second largest city of Czech Republic, it brings many challenges to us and raises the need of solid skills related to this ministry. God has sent the Forum into my life at exactly the right time. I am building a new youth group from scratch, so it is important to start with a good, healthy foundation. The Forum connects me with other youth leaders in Europe and those relationships will be very fruitful for our ministries. I have the opportunity to speak with many interesting and gifted Christians who serve the Lord in many areas. This is so encouraging! The Forum is a unique opportunity to build a new generation of European leaders and I am thankful to be a part of it.
What is your ministry?
My main ministry is youth leadership. I lead the youth group of my church in Brno, the second largest city in Czech Republic, where I moved during my studies. We are building a new generation youth group in our church from scratch.
What are your past leadership roles?
During my final year of high school and first two years university studies, I was a youth leader in our local church in a small town. There were five people in our leadership team and our youth group consisted of approx. 20 young people.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I see the ministry of youth leadership as very important one. There are many challenges and I strongly appreciate when someone is willing to invest in the training and mentoring of young people who will be the future leaders of our churches.