Jelena Sivulka is the founder of Hana’s Hope, a non-profit organization that cares for families with disabilities.
When did you trust Christ?
When I was 18, I heard the Gospel for the first time in my life at the Calvary Chapel Outreach. After a few days, I prayed to receive Christ into my heart.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My family was against anything that had to do with the church, Jesus, or Christianity in general. Thus, to go to church was a constant battle at home. I was involved in youth ministry, IFES-student ministry, and all of that helped me grow and develop as a Christian during this difficult time. Also, I was disciple by my pastor’s wife and she helped me in my Christian walk.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum helps me to connect with other Christians in my field. It helps me to learn more and to receive professional supervision from people who have a greater knowledge of the counselling field. Through the Forum we are able to share problems and dilemmas, and are able to encourage one another. While getting a degree in counselling at a secular university it was the Forum that helped me to learn more about Christian counselling and about how to integrate psychology and Christianity. The Forum is the only place for me to share my heart with other professional people who love God and who are involved in ministry.
What is your ministry?
I am the founder and director of Hana’s Hope NGO. Our organization serves, educates, and cares for families and individuals affected with disabilities. I am writer and speaker, passionately sharing the importance of pain and suffering in our spiritual walk. I am one of the founders of the Christian Counsellors association in Serbia, speaking, organizing different events, and caring for counsellors. I host a radio show once a month with messages of hope.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I am planning to stay in ministry, but at the same time I have come to conclusion that I need to learn more, and need encouragement. I started taking classes in Novi Sad at the Theological seminary, but that has not been enough. We need highly educated workers in the country of Serbia.