Zsuzsanna Onasoga|| YRM funded ::

Zsuzsanna Onasoga|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Counseling

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I teach and counsel women and work as a counselor at the church and at Hana’s Hope in Novi Sad as a counselor and teacher, and I have developed the women’s ministry in our fellowship.


What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to gain new ideas on how to approach the struggles of others to understand myself and my situation. With more insights, I believe I can serve with less strain and stay more focused on what God wants, not me or others. I would like to grow in compassion and patience as I counsel others through their personal situations. I would also like to be able to recognize when a mentoring relationship is no longer worth pursuing.


What is your leadership role?

I’m the leader of our fellowship’s women’s ministry, cooperating with other fellowships. Our church’s women’s ministry involves Bible study for all ages, sharing and prayer for ladies over 60, retreats for moms with young kids, seasonal meetings with other churches – Easter/Christmas fellowship, online prayer group for moms with school-aged kids, and more. At the NGO we organize Bible studies for moms who know about Jesus and studies for ladies who walk with God but have a challenging life situation. I serve as a counselor at our church and also at the NGO often encouraging the client to sinc their walk with Jesus. Also together with my husband who is the senior pastor of our church do couples ‘discipleship/counseling.


Mila Todorovix|| needs YRM funding ::

Mila Todorovix|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Humanitarian Aid

Ministry Focus:
Women in Organisational Leadership

What is your ministry?

My vision is to see the Serbian society as a place where every child is welcome, where women and men are getting support (psychological, spiritual, financial) to raise their children and families and to help Serbian Society to be pro-life and pro-family based on biblical principals.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn better organisational skills in terms of delegation of tasks and in developing long-term strategies.

What is your leadership role?

My position is the initiator and president of the Pro-life NGO Pro
Baby Center (Centar ZA BEBE) in Belgrad, Serbia.

Tabita Valentini|| needs YRM funding ::

Tabita Valentini|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

I lead youth camps and mentor girls.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to deepen my relationships with the young girls I mentor and how to help them deepen their knowledge and love for God.

What is your leadership role?

I work in the finance department of an organisation called Child Evangelism Fellowship. I also lead a camp for girls, and I work with a few teenage girls from our church.

Jelena Sivulka|| needs YRM funding ::

Jelena Sivulka|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Counseling

Ministry Focus:
Women in Organisational Leadership

What is your ministry?

I am the founder and director of Hana’s Hope NGO. Our organisation serves, educates, and cares for families and individuals affected by disabilities. I am writer and speaker, passionately sharing the importance of pain and suffering in our spiritual walk. I am one of the founders of the Christian Counselors association in Serbia, speaking, organising different events, and caring for counsellors. I host a radio show once a month with messages of hope.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I love ministry and this is my long term calling, but I need more training and encouragement. I started taking classes in Novi Sad at the Theological seminary but I am hungry for more. We need highly-educated workers in the country of Serbia.

What is your leadership role?

I am the founder and director of Hana’s Hope NGO. I am also one of the founders of the Christian Counselors Association in my country.

Dragan Radanovic|| needs YRM funding ::

Dragan Radanovic|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Ministry Administration and Service

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

The vision of our church is based on Biblical preaching, team leadership, transparency, and accountability of everyone, especially the leaders, investing in all church members (especially potential leaders), serving the needs of our neighbors as a community church, and contextualising the Gospel without compromising it. We also put a heavy emphasis on Christian counselling and pastoral care, and I work to support and facilitate this vision. As a minister at Grace Church Novi Sad, Serbia, I am also involved in preaching, teaching, counselling and playing guitar in the worship band.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to become effective in making people Jesus’ disciples who will then be able to teach others. I also want to get a deeper experience of God and His Word. I want to be able to listen to His Voice and to have a more clear image of the Son. I hope to develop my skills of recruitment, vision casting, curriculum development, and accountability.

What is your leadership role?

I was a student pastor at Novi Sad Theological Seminary for 3 years. I was the assistant pastor at Christ the Saviour Church in Novi Sad, Serbia for four years, and for the past 9 years I have been the pastor at Grace Church Novi Sad.

Marija Maran Nocajac|| needs forum funding ::

Marija Maran Nocajac|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Politics and Society

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Marija Maran Nocajac is the founder and fundraising manager of a Christian NGO called Vredne ruke Vojvodjanke.

When did you trust Christ?

I come from an Orthodox family. As a child I went to church but I never had a real relationship with Him. My family was very dysfunctional. I never felt loved and accepted. When my father passed away in 2007, I was left to live with my mother who had cancer and my younger sister. My childhood vanished. I had to accept a new life and a harsh reality; I had to fight for my family any way I could. Many of those ways were not good and that got me into trouble with many people. As time passed, I became frustrated by the ungratefulness of my mother and sister because they did not appreciate what I did for them. That frustration led me to start drinking and spending time with people who were a bad influence. During this time my best friend became a drug addict and needed help. After he heard about a rehabilitation facility, he went there to get help and he had to spend two years there. His departure was another loss and I became angry. I withdrew inside myself. At the beginning of the year of 2013, I broke up the engagement with my betrothed and that was the turning point in my life; everything became pointless and I wanted to die. At the end of that same year I spent time with my best friend again and he was now a completely changed person. When I asked him what changed him, he said it was Jesus. Since I didn’t have anything in my life to hold onto, I decided to give Jesus a chance. It took me about six months to open up myself to Him. In the March of 2014, I gave my life to Christ and that was the best decision I ever made.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One the defining moments of my Christian walk was when I met my husband. Through him God has elevated me, brought back my faith in love, and showed me that I can love again. I am happy and I feel fulfilled in my marriage. God has made my wish come true; I feel loved and accepted.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to attend the European Leadership Forum because I am leading an organization. I need to learn how to be a better leader and how to lead as a Christian.

What is your ministry?

In the beginning, my ministry started from my desire to help my fellow Christian friends with the talents that God gave me so that their organizations would function better. I started an NGO that helps the work and ministry of many Christian organizations through fundraising and social media. The organization is a bridge between non-Christian and Christian organizations.

What are your past leadership roles?

Besides my current ministry, I am also part of “International Marriage Week” in Novi Sad, in which my role is fundraising and social networking for activities that are done within this ministry. Every year I successfully collect donations for a couple of Christian ministries like Week of Marriage, Hana Hope, and Focus. These donations come from more than one hundred sources that are non-Christian. These donors give wholeheartedly through my organization to other Christian projects.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

As a young believer and with the ministry that I have been given, I believe that I need to be surrounded with people of similar experience and knowledge so that I can learn from them.

Klara Kisgeci Dudas|| needs forum funding ::

Klara Kisgeci Dudas|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Klara Kisgeci Dudas is the president of Christian Medical Fellowship in Serbia.

When did you trust Christ?

My parents were believers and I had the opportunity to learn about God, but I did not understand the Scriptures, especially grace and faith. I did not follow my parents’ steps of faith, and I had many painful and difficult experiences in my life. I was without hope. Ano Domini for me was in 1992. Several months before I became a Christian, my husband was converted. It was a real challenge for me to try to understand the Bible again. I had many questions. “Read! The Lord will come to you!” an old teacher told me. A long process started in my mind. I made a decision to trust and follow Jesus, when I felt in my heart that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The conference of ICMDA (International Christian Medical and Dental Association) in Hungary, in 1996; Balatonaliga was an amazing point in my spiritual life. For the first time I heard about dualism, pluralism, medical ethics, bioethics, holistic care, care for the care-givers, how to find hope, and many more topics. I found the focus of my life: Jesus!

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I need quality teaching, advice related to the strategy of work, and networking with other leaders at the Forum. It is a privilege to be a part of the Forum, and to share experiences. The Forum helps me in getting the bigger picture of how God is working. I exceedingly appreciate the experiences of others, testimonies, worship time, new revelations, and encouragement for the work of Christian Medical Fellowship in Serbia. We do not have good materials and resources and the Forum supplies us both physically and spiritually to continue this ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am the president of Christian Medical Association in Serbia. Our aim is to connect Christian medical workers (doctors, dentists, pharmacists, paramedics, medical nurses, medical technicians), medical students, and other healthcare workers who believe and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in the spirit of Holy Scriptures. We want to offer these Christian professionals help, support, and encouragement so that through work in their own particular field they can become aware of the importance of their own spiritual life, and we want to encourage them to be an example in their everyday life and work. In this way I mentor and coach new leaders; promote community integral health, which integrates evangelism, discipleship, development, and multiplication; and lead a Bible Discover group for non-believers, cultural Christians, and Muslims. I am a retired dentist.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My ministry in Serbia is growing and I am serving God’s people through the field of medicine. These medical professionals are essential in any society, and we strive to help these professionals work not for themselves, but to work for Christ. The Forum is a great learning and growth opportunity that will also help my ministry work as a more effective servant of Christ!

Dragan Radanovic|| needs forum funding ::

Dragan Radanovic|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Dragan Radanovic is a church elder and worship leader.

When did you trust Christ?

A friend of mine witnessed to me. After a few years I came to a dead end in my life. My relationship with my parents and others, studying… everything was just falling apart. I also drank a lot at the time. So I prayed and in just three days my situation completely changed. There were so many coincidences that I knew it must have been God. So I gave my life to Him. That was in February 1990.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Some of these moments in my life include being discipled in my local church in 1990; being part of a musical evangelistic band in Skopje, Macedonia in from 1993-1995; getting married in 1996; the birth of my first child is 1999; studying at the seminary while working from 2000-2004; entering full-time ministry as an assistant pastor from 2005-2009; burnout and leaving the ministry in 2009; the birth of our second child is born in 2010; and re-entering full-time ministry as a church planter in 2012.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has been a real blessing to me because it helps me to effectively apply knowledge in our ever-changing context. It also helps me to think outside of my personal box in order that God’s kingdom may expand in my heart, my family, my church, and my country.

What is your ministry?

The vision of our church is based on Biblical preaching, team leadership, transparency and accountability of everyone, especially the leaders, investing in all church members (especially potential leaders), serving the needs of our neighbors as a community church, and contextualizing the Gospel without compromising it. We also put a heavy emphasis on Christian counselling and pastoral care. I am trying to support and facilitate this vision.

What are your past leadership roles?

From 2001-2004, I was a student pastor at Novi Sad Theological Seminary. From 2005-2009, I was an assistant pastor at Christ the Saviour Church in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

We feel the call to serve those in the need according to the calling we have. We see our church as a seedbed. We don’t want to keep our experiences, knowledge and gifts for ourselves. We want to train others who will train others.

Jelena Cvetojevic|| needs forum funding ::

Jelena Cvetojevic|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Student

Forum Network:
Professional Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Jelena Cvetojevic works for Hana’s Hope, an organization that works with children with special needs.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. My grandfather was the pastor of a Baptist church so it was normal for me to attend church. But in my childhood I was not really interested in going to church or getting to know Christ. When I turned 11, I realized that I needed God and that I needed a real relationship with Him. When I was 12, I got baptized. I knew I was a sinner at that point and I repented, but at such a young age I did not feel the weight of my sins. I understood that when I was around 18 when I began feeling the consequences of my teenage decisions. I decided to devote my life to getting to know the character of God and to serving Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was blessed with wonderful people who took care of my spiritual formation while I was a baby Christian. I was always willing to share the struggles or questions I had about life and God and also to listen and try to apply what these wise people had to say. But the defining moments in my Christian walk were the ones I intimately shared with God. Those were the moments when He clearly spoke to me, like the moment when I forgave my father for not being part of my life at all. Forgiveness was a process I struggled with for years, but the relief of it was immediate. Another significant moment was when I was 16 and realized I needed to commit my future husband (who was not even in the picture yet) to the Lord. I was inspired to promise the Lord that I would marry a godly man and behave the way the Bible teaches. This led me to a wonderful friend who has been my husband now for two years. Another moment was when I gave up my desire for a career in the fashion industry to become a psychologist so that I can serve people.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Sometimes I find it difficult to talk to Christians who have a need to grow, learn, and develop. I think that meeting other Christians who are serving in their countries and who are willing to learn more about God will be a great encouragement. Through the Forum I will also be able to learn more about psychology from a Christian point of view, which will be a great help to me.

What is your ministry?

I have been involved with Hana’s Hope for years now. Our focus is on families with children with special needs. We spend time with and listen to these families, we play with the children, we have fun with them, and we free their parents up for a few hours or even days to have time for each other while we take care of their children.

What are your past leadership roles?

When I was a teenager I began serving in youth ministry. This led me to sports ministry, outdoor ministry, and organizing prayer group meetings. My roles included organizing events and logistics, administrative work, and hosting events. I love spending time with people, and all of these ministries were amazing, but through the years I realized I have a heart for children with disabilities and for ministries related to women, so that is my primary focus at the moment.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My aim is to do Christian counselling. At the time I am finishing my studies of psychology at a secular school, and I am starting a second year of theology. There are plenty of things that I am learning and activities that I am excited about, but I need help with my next steps and how to become a Christian counsellor.

Jelena Sivulka|| needs forum funding ::

Jelena Sivulka|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Counselling

Jelena Sivulka is the founder of Hana’s Hope, a non-profit organization that cares for families with disabilities.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was 18, I heard the Gospel for the first time in my life at the Calvary Chapel Outreach. After a few days, I prayed to receive Christ into my heart.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My family was against anything that had to do with the church, Jesus, or Christianity in general. Thus, to go to church was a constant battle at home. I was involved in youth ministry, IFES-student ministry, and all of that helped me grow and develop as a Christian during this difficult time. Also, I was disciple by my pastor’s wife and she helped me in my Christian walk.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum helps me to connect with other Christians in my field. It helps me to learn more and to receive professional supervision from people who have a greater knowledge of the counselling field. Through the Forum we are able to share problems and dilemmas, and are able to encourage one another. While getting a degree in counselling at a secular university it was the Forum that helped me to learn more about Christian counselling and about how to integrate psychology and Christianity. The Forum is the only place for me to share my heart with other professional people who love God and who are involved in ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am the founder and director of Hana’s Hope NGO. Our organization serves, educates, and cares for families and individuals affected with disabilities. I am writer and speaker, passionately sharing the importance of pain and suffering in our spiritual walk. I am one of the founders of the Christian Counsellors association in Serbia, speaking, organizing different events, and caring for counsellors. I host a radio show once a month with messages of hope.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am planning to stay in ministry, but at the same time I have come to conclusion that I need to learn more, and need encouragement. I started taking classes in Novi Sad at the Theological seminary, but that has not been enough. We need highly educated workers in the country of Serbia.

Zsuzsanna Onasoga|| needs forum funding ::

Zsuzsanna Onasoga|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Social Services

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Counselling

Zsuzsanna Onasoga is a counsellor in her church and is involved in women’s ministry and church planting.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1991 my friend invited me to a home Bible study and it was there that I decided to follow Christ in a personal relationship. My decision was the result of years of searching and desiring to “reach” God. I had always expected God to just find me. But He was there all along waiting for me to finally put down my pride and trust in Him!

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I went to Bible school for a year (from 1993-1994) and that time really helped me to settle some issues and grow rapidly. There were other situations like being a foster parent, working with poor people, being the pastor’s wife, and going through difficult time of loss and insecurity that helped me to better know God.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a very valuable experience, as it allows me to meet people who are experienced in the field of counselling. I can learn from professional counsellors, as well as build networks so I can keep growing even while I am not at the Forum. I also hope to act as a supporter to others who are there and may need my help in certain areas.

What is your ministry?

I am involved in women’s ministry in our local church, at our new church plant, and in two home studies for women in nearby towns. I also counsel these women as they have need. I minister as a counsellor in our church, mostly working with families. During the summer I help at children’s camps as a counsellor for kids and parents. I often speak at women’s conferences.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was motivated to continue my studies and become a certified counsellor in the Mental Health Department at Semmelweis University. This was a two-year course for people with a theological background.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to use my knowledge for the good of others. There are not many counsellors in Serbia with a Christian background and the need is great. I can see how God uses me daily as I talk with individuals and I would like to develop so that I can be an even more effective servant of God.

Marija Egic|| needs forum funding ::

Marija Egic|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Politics and Society

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

When did you trust Christ?

I met some people who visited refugees from the war-torn former Yugoslavia in 1995. They talked about God in a completely new way and I was intrigued by their message. They invited me to church and what I heard really made me think. A few days later I spoke with the pastor’s wife, prayed with her, and gave my life to Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Because I speak German and English I have had the opportunity to translate for many different C Ministry Administration and Service. This has given me the opportunity to meet some interesting people who faithfully serve God. Last year I joined the Community Health Evangelism team in Serbia (CHE/REZ Serbia). In the work here God has taught me a lot about His love and grace. Another constant inspiration and encouragement in my walk with God is my pastor. He constantly encourages all of us to grow spiritually, and to discover our spiritual gifts and our passions that will show us our place and how we can serve God and others.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to learn how to help others to launch sustainable projects and their own small businesses. I have the desire but I also have a lack of knowledge. I hope the Forum will help me in this area.

What is your ministry?

I am a member of the Board of CHE / REZ Serbia. Our goal is to reach poor and marginalized people in our society through a holistic approach to help them lead a healthy and productive life. Together with my husband I joined a team that works with married couples because we understand that this is a very important segment of life that is under constant attack. We want to help all who are in need and to see happy and devoted spouses and happy strong families. We are working with three couples at the moment. Two of these couples are Christians and one is not. I am also a leader of a women’s Bible study group.

What are your past leadership roles?

In the church I was the hostess for a Bible study and prayer group for five years. I was in the parents’ council four years and in the teachers’ council for two years. I was the head of training of my company for four years and a team leader for three years before that. Currently I am the CEO of the company I work for.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am very committed to seeing progress in the growth of the church that I attend, in the city where I live, and in the lives of the people near me. I believe that society is strong and healthy only if it has strong and healthy marriages and families. I want to help young people to lead successful and devoted lives and to have Christ-centered marriages.

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