Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Stanislava Ivanova is the operations director for Agape Bulgaria (Cru).
When did you trust Christ?
I became a Christian in March 2004 with the help of friends who were ministers at Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) in Bulgaria. In 2001, while I was in the second year of my studies, I met a student who invited me to a discussion on campus. I didn’t know anything about the people, but I went because the topic of the discussion seemed interesting to me. What struck me from the first moment was their lovely attitude, the way they came and met me, and also the good relationships between them. I started to visit the various activities they offered. For the first time in my life I felt really understood and accepted. For three years I did not change my position and the people almost stopped believing that I would change. Then one of them came to me one day and said that he wanted to talk. He told me that I would never have 100% evidence for the existence of God, but that I still had more evidence that proved His existence than for anything else. He said that I should make a step of faith. I understood that I had nothing to lose, but everything to gain, so I prayed with him and gave my life to Jesus.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
One of the most important moments was a time in my life when I had several problems all at once – I had a health problem, I had problems in my job, and I had personal problems. What I experienced was that God helped me and moved me out of all of that step by step. I just had to hang on to Him. For example, my doctor told me that I had a non-malignant tumor in my head and I had to have an MRI examination so that they could see if the tumor was small or big. If it was large, I would need surgery. If it was small, they could treat me with medicine. When I shared this with my church, the pastor anointed me and the people prayed for me. I went to have the MRI. The test results showed that there was nothing. When I went back to my original doctor, he didn’t believe it and didn’t know what to say. I don’t think that it was a matter of a bad diagnosis, but a matter of Christ’s power.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
Through the Forum I hope to develop ministry partnerships and best practices for evangelism. I want to make sure that I stay on the right track.
What is your ministry?
I am part of the national leadership team for Cru. I take part in all activities of our ministry among the students and high school students, including evangelism, discipleship, and organizing events. I also take part in the worship band of my church and in the leadership of the church. I have also been part of the team for the Bulgarian Leadership Forum.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was appointed for the leadership of the youth organization of my church denomination.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
My vision and heart are in evangelism, discipleship, and counseling. Evangelism because only 1% of Bulgarian population are evangelical Christians, disciple making because many of the converted people have left the churches in Bulgaria due to the lack of growth and development, and especially in counseling because there is a huge need and a lack of Christian counselors in Bulgaria.