Ministry Administration and Service
Mariia Tyshchenko is the project manager for an NGO that seeks to build a multifunctional complex shared by different Christian ministries and churches.
When did you trust Christ?
I was born in the Christian family that loved God and His Word. One evening when I was a teenager, I had an unusual spiritual experience where I felt the strong thirst for the Bible. I couldn`t ignore it, so I started reading. After that, I started reading the Bible regularly and felt it filling me spiritually. After a few weeks of this I made my decision to follow Jesus.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My childhood was full of stories about Soviet Christianity. I knew of many people who were Christians despite immense danger and persecution. When I was older I was mentored by a camp counselor, who had a great impact on me. She helped me take part in a gap year with the Ukrainian Leadership Academy. That was a fruitful time for me, but I was also challenged by Orthodox Christians, agnostics, and atheists. Some students were following the Christians traditions, but didn’t commit their hearts to Christ. During the 10-month program I initiated prayer meetings with other believers. We had supported each other through prayer and Bible study. I had many doubts about my faith during this time, but God was stronger than any other philosophy I encountered.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I am part of a movement of renewing biblical churches. We are a people of God working to build His kingdom in Ukraine. Through the Forum I have met many people and received many contacts. I have gained ideas for how to develop our vision. It was also a time for personal renewal and recovery from the day to day demands of ministry.
What is your ministry?
My current ministry is a project coordinator for a Lemberg Hall project. We are a coalition of four Christian ministries and Hosanna church. We have an ambitious goal to build a multifunctional complex with facilities for multiple ministries. Lemberg Hall will include a sports hall for floorball ministry, classes for a Christian school, a conference hall for large events such as a Global Leadership Forum in Kiev, and open space for “Hebron,” a project that trains Ukrainian orphans in IT skills. I am working as a communicator between organizations, building a contact network, organizing team meetings, and looking for other partners.
What are your past leadership roles?
My last leadership role was related to motivational speaker Nick Vujicic visiting Kiev in 2018. I was involved in the organizing process of this event, which 15,000 people attended. As a part of the Organisational team, I had an amazing experience to set the strategy for the event and to lead the administrative work.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I want to be fruitful in my Christian life. I am thankful for deep roots in my faith from older Christians and my seminary education. The example of dedicated Christian leaders has inspired me to look for God’s face and to praise Him. My studies have had an impact on my spiritual walk with God. The fruit of my education comes from my teachers taking time to invest in me as a Christian and person. I am always trying to look for new ways to continue my discipleship.