Christian Ministry – Evangelism
Sara Stikovic is a youth leader in Slovenia.
When did you trust Christ?
Growing up, I was curious and eager to learn about God but coming from a family of nonbelievers we never talked about the God of the Bible. I believed there was something more but felt lost and wondered if He wanted me. I came to accept the fact that I was just supposed to live my life without God. A couple of years later, a friend I knew started talking about Jesus and I heard and understood that the Lord did want me, and that I needed Him. I started reading the Bible and realized I did not want to walk through life by myself. Later I attended a summer camp run by Christians. One evening, after our camp leaders shared the Gospel with us, my friend just walked up to me and asked, “Are you ready?” and I just nodded. It was that evening when I prayed to the Lord and asked Christ to be the Lord of my life. I was 16 years old and decided to follow Christ at that evangelistic camp organized by Josiah Venture and Ljubljana Evangelical Church.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
One important part of my spiritual development was discussing Bible passages with the friend who helped lead me to the Lord. Also, because my parents and family did not support my decision to follow Jesus there have been many conflicts with them. I was forbidden to attend to church, youth groups, and other Christian events. This made me grow in trusting the Lord, standing firm, and holding onto my beliefs even when mocked or rejected.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I want to learn new ideas on how to approach ministry and creative ways to minister to people. I especially want to learn how to start a ministry from scratch.
What is your ministry?
I co-lead a youth group called Fusion. This is a relational ministry that uses music as a tool to reach young people. This youth ministry is part of our local church; we reach 20 – 25 junior and high school students, a vast majority of them nonbelievers. On worship nights about 250 Christians from all of the Slovenia Bible studies attend. I also lead Bible studies for high schoolers, college students, and members of our church, and help organize country wide worship nights every three months.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have helped with organizing youth evangelistic camps and Bible studies.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
There are many in my hometown Ljubljana that still do not know the Lord. In fact, although the nation has a rich Christian history, so many people have never even heard the Gospel. I want to be equipped to go and proclaim the good news to those still lost and searching.