Bahdan Ranishenka|| needs YRM funding ::

Bahdan Ranishenka|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

My ministry it to bring reformation in science, restoring the classical biblical image of science.


What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to effectively share the Gospel with other scientists.


What is your leadership role?

I’m a research associate and I am preparing for the defense of my PhD thesis.


Tatsiana Shahava|| needs YRM funding ::

Tatsiana Shahava|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to tell people about God, incorporating scientific evidence.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to show evidence of God using science, specifically mathematics.

What is your leadership role?

I’m PhD candidate in mathematics, currently working for Belarusian State University.

Siarhei Tsvor|| needs YRM funding ::

Siarhei Tsvor|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Organisational Development

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of a home church, which is a part of our mother church. We meet for Bible study, prayer, worship, and fellowship with one another. In addition, six years ago I created the Apologists Club. We meet together to read books on apologetics and to discuss many of the most important questions about the Christian faith, science, and philosophy. For example, this year we are discussing postmodernism, the new atheism, and the Christian worldview. Previously, we discussed evolution and creationism. I also mentor two university students.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to gain skills in strategic planning and gain more knowledge and receive advice from my mentors.

What is your leadership role?

For several years, I was the leader of the youth ministry for my church. I have also been a staff worker for CCX in Belarus, which is part of the ministry of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Belarus.

Dzmitry Palianski|| needs forum funding ::

Dzmitry Palianski|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Dzmitry Palianski is Secretary of the Missionary Committee of the United Pentecostal Church in Belarus.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in 1995 when I was 23-years-old. I served as a police officer in Minsk. Once we arrested a group of young people who were having a meeting in a private apartment in Minsk. We found Bible in the home on a table. We threatened these people with a fine. But the young men were calm. Their faces had a smile and a deep peace was in their eyes. A few days later on the street I met one of them. I was afraid he would be ashamed of me. But he came up to me, smiled and said: “Sir, come to us. God loves you.”

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In 2000, my pastor asked me to be a deacon in the church. I refused. At that time I held a position in the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus. I was afraid that a position of leadership in the church could damage my career. God gave me no peace about this decision, and I struggled for a year. Finally I agreed to be an elder in the church. Immediately I realized this was the right decision.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

My wife and I participated in the Eastern European Leadership Forum in Kiev in 2014. I was impressed with a level of teaching. We got some answers to our questions. But some questions remain. My expectations for the European Leadership Forum are to get answers to my remaining questions. I need encouragement and understanding of ministry, which we plan to do in Europe.

What is your ministry?

I am a former diplomat (Economic Counselor to the Embassy of Belarus in India). Since 2015 I have served as missionary in Montenegro with my wife. At that moment I am pastoring an evangelical church called “Salvation” in Budva, Montenegro. At the same time I am the Secretary of the Missionary Department of the United Pentecostal Church in Belarus.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was one of the first deacons and one of the founders of our local church. For a long time I was an assistant pastor. I took part in Christian seminars and educational programs. In 2012, I became a Bachelor of Theology. About two years I oversaw a small local Church in the Minsk district.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that my life experience and education can be used with great potential in church planting, in training church leaders, and in helping to build relationships between the church and state authorities. It is a good investment to encourage us in our understanding to work between disparate Russian-speaking communities in the European Union. This is especially true in terms of the displacement of the Christian culture of the moral-cultural system of European society.

Alena Kazlouskaya|| needs forum funding ::

Alena Kazlouskaya|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Alena Kazlouskaya is the editor of a Christian newspaper.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was about 12-13 years old, I read a book about Jesus. It was non-Christian book, in fact an anti-Christian book. I saw that the author was silly and that Christ was real. After reading the book I prayed to God for the first time. Then I started to look for a good church where I could hear the teachings of Christ. I also found a New Testament and started to read it at home. It was like a great hunger. After finding a church, I asked Christ to be my Lord and Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

God often spoke to me through the Bible and there I found the answers to my questions. My pastor’s sermons helped me to know God much better as well. My father died in 1993, so God become my Father. He saved my family from a big crisis after my father’s death. There were hard times when the USSR broke up, and many people lost their jobs and savings. God helped us to survive that time. God answered my prayers. He showed that the spiritual world is real and that He is near all the time. He also healed me from two illnesses and my mother from a tumor. As a Christian journalist, I have met many people who have had God’s miracles in their lives.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

At the Forum I hope to encounter new viewpoints, and that the experience of other attendees and speakers will be useful for our ministry. I expect to meet new people who can be our partners. The ideas I can get at the Forum can enrich and change our ministry, giving us a more global vision and a deeper understanding. It can help us to connect with the body of Christ across Europe.

What is your ministry?

For 20 years I have worked as a writer and editor for a Christian newspaper called “Kolokol-The Bell.” I write the articles for each issue of the newspaper. For unbelievers we write articles about salvation (telling the Good News in understandable, modern way), Christian apologetics, and stories of people who have received help from God. We write articles for believers about the Christian life and practical application of God’s word in different areas of life. More than 20 million Russian-speaking people have received the Good News of Jesus Christ through our media ministry.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the leader of a home group. I have also served as a teacher in my church, both in Sunday school and for our teenagers.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

“Kolokol-The Bell” is only independent Christian newspaper in Belarus. Our monthly circulation is about 2,000 people, including people in prisons and nursing homes, and those in the government in our cities. Christians and churches use “Kolokol” for spreading Christian faith and values. Thousands of people know about Christ through our ministry. By investing in this ministry, you invest in preaching the Gospel in the society.

Antoni Bokun|| needs forum funding ::

Antoni Bokun|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Roman Catholic family, but my parents did not visit the church because during the time of Communist rule in Minsk there was no Catholic church. In 1993 I met a group of young people in Catholic Holy Trinity Church in Minsk who studied the Bible every week. The leader of that group was a student from Poland named Jaroslaw Lukasik. In 1994 I was born again.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In 1999, the Catholic cardinal of Minsk said that we must disband our congregation as we were more Protestant than Catholic. We became evangelicals at John the Forerunner Pentecostal Church. Since 1997, I have been working towards publishing the Bible in Belarusian, because although the first Bible in Belarusian was printed in 1517, to this day there is no commonly used text of Holy Scripture in Belarusian. I wrote the book “The Golden Age of Belarus” in 2001. This book is an analysis of the religious history of Belarus in the 16th century. I am also one of the organizers of the East European Leadership Forum, which is held annually in Kiev, Ukraine.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

In Belarus we need to communicate with Christian leaders from abroad, especially from Europe, to learn from them and to share what the Lord has revealed to us. The Forum increases my skills in apologetics and is a good opportunity to get inspired by Christian leaders from all over Europe.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor of a 100 member Pentecostal congregation in Minsk, Belarus – John the Forerunner Church. Our church works among students, intellectuals, and political activists. I took over the leadership in 2007 when the co-pastor Jaroslaw Lukasik was deported. Each year we serve about 500 students and young people from different universities. Our children’s ministry serves more than 2,000 children each year. Also this year our church organized 35 apologetics discussion clubs for students and 30 street evangelization events.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In the age of Reformation the main part of the Belarusian elite were Protestant. But in the 17th century the “treason” of Reformation by the Belarusian elite caused a state of permanent crisis, from which the Belarusian nation has not recovered. In present times, evangelicals are the most dynamic and organized group in Belarusian society. But the great weakness of the church is a lack of educated Christian leaders because under Communist rule Christians were prohibited from attending university. A key problem for Belarusians is a lack of national identity. If the church provides a solution to this problem, the Christians can impact the making of the Belarusian nation.

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