Education and/or Training
Petra Ratkovics is a speaker and PhD student.
When did you trust Christ?
After a few years of Bible class in primary school, I went to my church’s summer camp for the first time. During the camp, I became close with members of the youth group and we chatted every night. I was amazed to see their love for God and for each other, and to hear their testimonies really got to my heart. I had heard of salvation and the meaning of the cross, but I never really understood it. But then one evening after worship the preacher spoke of Calvary and Jesus’s love. For the first time I understood God’s great love for me. I decided to follow and trust Him.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My parents divorced shortly after my conversion. That event made me depend on the only sure thing in my life: Jesus. After starting my university studies, I discovered more of the freedom I have in Christ. I got to know more believers from different walks of life. While writing my first research paper I was faced with questions about my trust in God and His plan for me; after a long struggle, I found a deeper and more mature trust in Jesus.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The European Leadership Forum is a great opportunity to connect with other academics and to understand and see more of the academic life. The Forum also deepens my relationship with God through Bible teaching and through Christian community. The Forum has opened up a number of opportunities I was previously unaware of. I have made meaningful connections with others and it has strengthened my devotion to Christ and to God’s supreme authority. It has also provided me with useful materials that I will almost certainly use in my future ministry.
What is your ministry?
I give lectures on different topics related to apologetics and Christianity. For example, I have given talks about the reliability of the Old Testament, the reliability of the New Testament, and on homosexuality. I am also a PhD student at Karoli Gaspar University, studying the book of Jeremiah and the Greek Jeremiah-text (Septuagint). Currently I am working as a TA for one of my professors and as a substitute for another professor. I am also writing a paper that will hopefully benefit the theology students and other students. I lead a youth group and a small group.
What are your past leadership roles?
For the last 5-8 years, I have been leading small groups at various conferences and camps. I have been leading a youth group for two years. I spent the last year in a church working as an assistant pastor.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
If I see God’s calling, I’m driven. I want to give my best and all that I am. I would return or pass on any investment in me to others.