Education—Childhood and Adolescent
Children and/or Youth
Darja Kuznecova is a children’s ministry director at a church in Riga, Latvia.
When did you trust Christ?
When I was 9-years-old, my grandmother brought me to the Sunday school at a Baptist church. Her desire was to get me acquainted with Christianity from the cultural point of view. She believed that an intelligent person should recognize famous Bible stories, which during that time were reflected in many pieces of art. Nobody in my family was ready for my decision to accept Jesus as my personal Savior at 12, to start serving children at 15, and to be baptized at 17. I went from being just a nice girl from a good family to having the personal understanding of my need for Jesus as the only way to be saved from sin and to receive the real purpose for my future life.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My Sunday school teacher Elena impacted my faith a lot. Later, when I grew up, I realized that she was a relatively young believer when she became our Sunday school teacher. She admitted that she was afraid not be able to answer our questions during the lesson, but as I remember, she was always open and ready to listen. And when some young ladies, including me, decided to move to another church, we heard her say: “Even though I can’t understand what you are doing, I’m still your teacher and your friend.” She was a great example of love and patience, being my mentor even when I was not her Sunday school student anymore. We are still in touch.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum will give me a wider picture of what is going on in Europe. I will make new contacts. I will meet creative people who want to influence our society. It will help me to grow.
What is your ministry?
As a children’s ministry director I am responsible for building and equipping our team, organizing evangelization events, creating the programs for children at church, organizing our summer camp, working with volunteers and parents, and writing the curriculum for Sunday school.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have been a Sunday school teacher, preschool group coordinator, camp counselor, Hope Festival team member, CEF instructor, CCI/Russia teacher and program coordinator, Samaritan’s Purse event organizer, a children’s ministry teacher at the Baltic School of Ministry, and a Latvian Christian radio children’s program broadcaster.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I am creative, open minded, and ready to learn. Through my ministry, I can influence children – the next generation. I will share what I learn at the Forum with the children and adults that I teach.