Christian Ministry – Other
Bible Teachers and Preachers
Dusan Smudja leads a sports ministry in Serbia.
When did you trust Christ?
I came in Serbia as a refugee in 1995 after the civil war in Croatia. My family and I went through a very hard time. We lost everything we had. As a teenager I heard the Gospel from an uncle who lives in San Diego and received Christ when a missionary who knew my uncle moved to my hometown and explained why I needed Christ. I had never heard this good news growing up in the Eastern Orthodox church. However, the Lord used different circumstances (the civil war, my uncle, and the missionary from the U.S.) to bring me close to Him. I may have lost many things during the civil war, but when I became a believer in 2003 and received new life, new hope, and a new spiritual family, I gained what I will never lose.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
Even before I became a believer, I played sports. The Lord now uses this to bless others through the Christian soccer camps we hold. The impact of the missionary who led me to Christ is an example of a close relationship that helped me to grow in Christ. Attending seminary in Novi Sad, Serbia, helped me to mature in my faith as well.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The European Leadership Forum will help in my personal growth and development. I also hope to gain knowledge and practical skills in order to serve with more efficiency.
What is your ministry?
Our ministry is called Bridge United. I am the leader of this organization. We have two focuses. The first is doing evangelism through sports. The second is equipping leaders to do sports ministry and to plant new churches.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have been a soccer coach. I have worked for the Bible League as a ministry coordinator.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
We are equipping leaders all over Serbia, which has only about 7,000-8,000 believers in the whole country. We form new partnerships through which we can invest even more to make His name known in this country where the young generation knows little about Christianity, so that they may gain a personal relationship with God.