Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Daniela Sincic works for Hana’s Hope, a non-profit organization that supports the families of children with disabilities.
When did you trust Christ?
In 1991 I was an 18-year old from a Communist, atheistic family. My younger sister met a group of Christians and soon she became a Christian. She talked to me about Jesus and I went to church a few times. I got a Bible and read the New Testament. My mind was full of questions. I was suspicious of God’s existence. But after a month I recognized that I was a sinner. I repented, received Jesus as my savior, and was baptized. During this period my sister and I had problems with my mother and grandparents because of our beliefs.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
During my walk with Jesus there have been a lot of moments of growth. One miracle is the way that God freed me from my anger towards my father, who left our family when I was 6 years old. During the first few years of my being a Christian, God slowly helped me to forgive my father and showed me that I can call God my Heavenly Father. My friend and pastor’s wife helped me to go through the process of becoming free from my burdens. I learned to walk in a deep trust with God, depending on Him, not on myself during troubled times in my family.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I have been very thankful for the opportunity to listen to some very good lectures on the Forum’s website. In 2020 I had the opportunity to be part of the Forum’s network for pastoral counselors and that was really helpful. I hope participating in the Forum will help me in my personal relationship with God, and in learning and developing skills for serving sensitive groups of people.
What is your ministry?
I work for a non-profit organization called Hana’s Hope. Our mission is to support families with children with disabilities like autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. In the beginning, I was one of the volunteers working with children. Then I officially joined the staff. We serve families, organize retreat camps, offer a support group for mothers, provide counseling to parents and family members, and provide childcare for children to give parents some free time. Our wish is to provide a welcoming environment for families, where we can share Christ’s love for them. We try to connect local churches and families and to help churches support families.
What are your past leadership roles?
For two years I was on the leadership team of our church’s Sunday school. Then I began helping with ministry to the teenagers in our church, where I was a team leader until the end of 2020. Until 2013 I was part of the scouting ministry Royal Rangers Serbia, Novi Sad. I was involved in preparing camps and Bible studies for children and teenagers.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Ministries for families with children with disabilities is not well-developed in Serbia and the Balkans. We have found so many burdened families who are stigmatized by society. When we see the smiles of a child and thankful tears in a mother’s eyes, our only wish to be even more available to them. Families need support, counseling, and they are open to Jesus and open to His help in their lives.