Cleres Pacheco|| needs forum funding ::

Cleres Pacheco|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting
Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers
Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Cleres Pacheco is a pastor, teacher, and missionary.
When did you trust Christ?
I gave my heart to Jesus in 1990. I was living in a city that had many Christians. I kept hearing from them about Jesus and about the salvation one could freely receive through Him. Many of my neighbors were believers and I also worked with many believers. I decided to go to a youth service to see what all of this was about. At the service I was impacted by what the speaker said and by how the people there had let God change their lives. Something happened inside of me and I decided to give my life to Jesus. He was someone I could not resist. After my decision, the youth group took care of me and I started growing in God.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
Four years after I became a Christian, I went to Bible College. My desire was and is to serve with the gifts that God has given to me. This one of the main reasons that we are where we are – To do what God told us to do. Over the years I have met many leaders who have served the Lord with joy for their entire lives. I have met many pastors and teachers who have been a great inspiration for me.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I have been in the ministry for more than 20 years. Preaching and Bible teaching are my calling. Through the Forum I hope to learn from the experiences of other participants. I hope to learn more about what God is doing across Europe. I hope to find new ways to improve my ministry.
What is your ministry?
I am a preacher, pastor, and Bible teacher. I have a passion for the lost and want to show them the love of God. I pastor those who need Jesus and am mentoring a new generation who will change Europe and the world. I am currently the pastor of a church of about 70 people. I am pastoring them and doing discipleship. I also organize a youth festival every year that reaches about 7,000 young people.
What are your past leadership roles?
I planted a church in Brazil many years ago. I have been teaching the Bible since the beginning of my ministry. I have trained leaders in many countries. I have always been part of the leadership in every church that I have served in.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Over the years I have served God with passion. I have been in ministry for 16 years in Poland. God has been merciful and is blessing our work. My desire is to always be doing better and to always improve the gifts that God has given to me so that I can be more effective and can reach many more people.
Solomon Ebi Ekiyor|| needs forum funding ::

Solomon Ebi Ekiyor|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Solomon Ekiyor is a pastor in Ternopil, Ukraine.

When did you trust Christ?

I gave my life to Jesus at a New Year’s Day service on January 1, 2002, at the Church of God Mission in Patani, Nigeria.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

On November 15, 2000, at a Christian meeting on campus, in my final year studying Chemical Engineering, a female pastor prophesied I was going to be a missionary and that the Lord was going to use me. This encounter defined and guided my path. The impact of my theological training gave and prepared me for a fresh walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. Lastly, the various challenges I have encountered in life and the mission field demonstrated how the Lord helped, delivered, encouraged, and gave me victory, which greatly increased my faith and trust in Him alone.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum will impact me with updated knowledge and skills for effective cross-cultural missions to reach native Europeans and give me a much-needed network of mentorship and biblical resources. It will also broaden my understanding of how to overcome various ministry challenges and the opportunities they provide.

What is your ministry?

I coordinate mission activities in Europe for the Fellowship of Christian Students International. As director, I coordinate leadership training and church planting activities. I also preach during church services. In addition, I offer pastoral care to the congregants. Presently, our ministry reaches about 5,000 international students in Ukraine, Georgia, and Romania. We have also been able to reach approximately 12,000 Ukrainians through our various ministry platforms. Our goal is to reach more through new ministry strategies we hope to acquire from the Forum.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been an evangelism coordinator and the president of Christian Youth Fellowship, as well as the curate and the youth chaplain of the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew. I have also been chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, LGA.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

There are thousands of international students from Africa, Asia, and South America studying in European universities who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord. The Lord has given us great success, especially in Ukraine and Georgia. We have seen a good number of Africans, Indians, and Arabs come to the Lord through our ministry. We have a goal within the next three years of extending and reaching out to international students in Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Poland, and Hungry. We have a structure, partnerships, personnel, and volunteers. The Lord is also opening more ministry doors to reach native Europeans in the above-mentioned countries.

Colleen Weaver|| YRM funded ::

Colleen Weaver|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Missions, Mentoring, Discipleship

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I serve on the international executive committee of TLEAD, theological leadership, education, and discipleship, for my mission. Equipping believers with the understanding and tools to make disciples who make disciples is one of my primary ministries. In January I organized a year-long cohort experience for missionaries and national leaders in Europe and the Middle East to develop their disciple-making process. I also serve in theological education, helping to develop an information training program in Ukraine and teaching as and where requested. We are currently looking at the certificate program developed by Re-Forma. I write the curriculum as requested by the OMS fields. I am starting discipleship bands following the model of John Wesley, one is in the US, one with other European missionary women, one with Ukrainians, and one with women in Spain.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to gain knowledge and skills in disciple-making, to grow in my own relationship with Jesus Christ, to hopefully also encourage others in their walk with Christ, to be an active member in a network of disciple-makers that can pray for, and encourage one another and to celebrate what God is doing across Europe. I expect that I will learn various disciple-making processes and curriculums, but what I hope to learn how to facilitate a disciple-making movement, that every disciple will be able to obey Jesus’ commission to make disciples. Making new friends in Christ, especially in a discipleship group, would be a great outcome of this experience.

What is your leadership role?

My current leadership role is as the discipleship and leadership development coordinator for my mission. This position is in flux right now as my mission is in a process of re-organization, but disciple-making has become one of our four primary core tasks. As a member of the theological education team, I bring a theological as well as a practical perspective to disciple-making. Our team resources partner with theological education institutions around the globe. We review applications for itinerating professors. I am currently working on developing a course with video lectures on the doctrine of biblical holiness that will be a training resource for our mission. I also serve as the representative of the mission missionary council on the OMSGlobal board.

Inna Prokoptchouk|| YRM funded ::

Inna Prokoptchouk|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making leaders

What is your ministry?

My ministry at my church is a gathering for young women called Sisterhood. I also lead a weekly Bible study group for some of the younger girls from Sisterhood.
For the last year, I was serving in a ministry for children at risk. In Spring this year I switched to another project from the same organisation, where I´m responsible for organizing and preparing volunteers for a year abroad, where they will serve in the organisational different locations, and learn the language and about the country and the culture of the country.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I understand that learning is important and I want to improve and grow -spiritually, in my ministry, my work, and my private life. The experienced and dedicated teachers and speakers of ELF taught me so much already and I believe that the year-round mentoring can help me grow, work on my weaknesses and learn how to be a better leader in the ministry and work, for God´s glory.

What is your leadership role?

I lead the ministry for young women in our church. We lead a team of 5 leaders and we serve about 40 young women. Also, I am preparing young people for a year abroad in a voluntary program. We teach them the language, prepare them for the different cultures they will live in, their responsibilities and tasks, crisis management, and other important things for a year away.

Oleksandr Savych|| needs YRM funding ::

Oleksandr Savych|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Pastoring, Church Planting

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to mentor my students to help them grow and develop their own churches.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn how to do an evaluation process and use instruments for that, and how to lead a leadership team during a time of transition. Additionally, I would like to learn how to help the church with the need of revitalisation and to achieve lasting changes in values and vision that are not just temporary.

What is your leadership role?

I’m director of Pastoral Leadership Program at Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine. I have 85 students in this program right now.

Daria Bekh|| needs YRM funding ::

Daria Bekh|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Univesity Students

Ministry Focus:
Women in Leadership

What is your ministry?

I am the coordinator and team leader of the English Language department in CCX-Ukraine. As a staff worker, I reach out with the Gospel to Ukrainian and international students who study English. I raise student leaders who lead Bible studies and who reach out to non-Christian students on their campuses. I work with graduates and help them link to churches as leaders and ministers.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Being part of YRM will help develop our student ministry, as well as expand and deepen our approach to making disciples and raising future leaders in Ukraine. I will responsibly study and learn from the speakers and other participants, and will share my experiences with staff and students in my organisation. I would like to grow in discipleship in a one-on-one method. I desperately need to grow out of my insecurities and open myself up to more possibilities.

What is your leadership role?

I am the coordinator of social and evangelistic youth ministry in a Christian public organisation.

Mariia Tyshchenko|| needs YRM funding ::

Mariia Tyshchenko|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Ministry Administration and Service

Ministry Focus:
Women in Leadership

What is your ministry?

My current ministry is as project coordinator for a Lemberg Hall project. We are a coalition of four Christian ministries and Hosanna church. We have an ambitious goal to build a multifunctional complex with facilities for multiple ministries. Lemberg Hall will include a sports hall for floorball ministry, classes for a Christian school, a conference hall for large events such as a Global Leadership Forum in Kiev, and an open space for “Hebron,” a project that trains Ukrainian orphans in IT skills. I am working as a communicator between organisations, building a contact network, organising team meetings, and looking for other partners.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to be fruitful in my Christian life. I am thankful for deep roots in my faith from older Christians and my seminary education. The example of dedicated Christian leaders has inspired me to look for God’s face and to praise Him. My studies have had an impact on my spiritual walk with God. The fruit of my education comes from my teachers taking time to invest in me as a Christian and as aperson. I am always trying to look for new ways to continue my discipleship. I would like to learn how to engage others in discussion and I would like to learn how to ask better questions to encourage people to share openly. I also want to learn more about what the Bible has to say about women’s role in the church, relationships, and society.

What is your leadership role?

My last leadership role was organising the visit of motivational speaker Nick Vujicic to Kiev in 2018. More than 15,000 people attended this event. It was an amazing experience to set the strategy for the event and to lead the team.

Cleres Pacheco|| needs YRM funding ::

Cleres Pacheco|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Leaders of Christian Events

What is your ministry?

I am a preacher, pastor, and Bible teacher. I have a passion for the lost and want to show them the love of God. I pastor those who need Jesus and I am mentoring a new generation who can change Europe and the world. I am currently the pastor of a church of about 70 people. I am pastoring them and doing discipleship. I also organise a youth festival every year that reaches about 7,000 young people.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have been in ministry for 16 years in Poland; God has been merciful and is blessing our work. My desire is to always be doing better and to always improve the gifts that God has given to me so that I can be more effective and can reach many more people. Planning and putting on an event with quality is necessary and I need to be better prepared. I want the advice from experienced leaders. I want to improve my skills for planning an event with a small budget.

What is your leadership role?

I planted a church in Brazil many years ago, and I have been teaching the Bible since the beginning of my ministry. I have also trained leaders in many countries, and I have always been part of the leadership in every church where I have served. Over the years I have been involved with many events, both big and small. The largest event that I am a part of is a youth festival in Poland.

Svitlana Suzko|| needs YRM funding ::

Svitlana Suzko|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Educationandor Training

Ministry Focus:
Academics

What is your ministry?

As academic dean of Evangel Theological Seminary, I am responsible for the curriculum, schedules, professors, etc. We have grown from only one MA in the Bible and Theology programme to a variety of programmes starting with a certification programme up to a full doctoral degree. My role is to oversee all programmes.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Because of my role in academics, I am training the future leaders of our country. Investing in my development is investing in the future Christian leadership of Ukraine. I need to make new relationships to be well-connected to the outside world. I also hope to improve my research and teaching skills.

What is your leadership role?

Currently, I am the academic dean at Evangel Theological Seminary. I work on curriculum development, study schedule, collaborating with teachers, and with the academic staff. Prior to becoming the academic dean, I was the assistant academic dean, and before that I was an interpreter for the seminary.

Vadym Biriukov|| needs forum funding ::

Vadym Biriukov|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
OEducation—University

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Vadym Biriukov is the dean of students at Zaporozhye Bible College.

When did you trust Christ?

Before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior I was desperately searching for real friends. I thought I had found them. We were a basketball team playing for the amateur championship in our city. But we had a falling out, and I was bitterly disappointed. One day I was at a store complaining about my disappointment. I was astonished by how a lady talked to me. She was a believer; she spared her time for me and was really kind as I explained my disappointment in the people who I thought were my friends. Through that sister God spoke to my heart. I wanted to know the God that she knew. That day radically changed my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Just after my repentance, I started working at the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant. That plant is one of the world’s largest producers of manganese alloys. I prayed to God for protection during each shift. For me, those months were a defining moment of my trust in God. I had two very close brushes with serious injury where my hands could have been completely crushed. After that, I had no doubt in the One I came to in repentance and to whom I had dedicated my whole life. Eventually, I left my job and was enrolled in Zaporozhye Bible College. I studied there for four years. It was a constant experience of growth through my teachers and their lectures, through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other students.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

As a dean of students and a leader of a youth group, I expect to improve my skills of teaching, leadership, and mentoring. I like the word mentoring because it involves close relationships and leadership by your own example. I want to learn from experienced speakers and implement that knowledge in our culture. Hopefully during the Forum, someone can show me how to be a better mentor.

What is your ministry?

At our church, I have been the Sunday school director since 2008. I have been working with our church’s youth group since last year. I am interested in working with youth in order to set biblical goals for them to achieve. At my job, I am a dean of students at Zaporozhye Bible College. The college is involved in missionary work. I lead some of these short-term mission groups. I am so delighted to watch our students grow in maturity during these trips.

What are your past leadership roles?

During my time of education at ZBC, I was a director of AWANA clubs for a couple of years. We had a team of about eight people. For me, it was difficult to manage the team. I had a feeling that I was sitting in the wrong chair. But it was a great opportunity to learn about what it means to be a leader.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Jesus Christ expects me to bear fruit, and I want to be of service in His Kingdom. I am dedicated to my job and ministry and want to improve as a mentor and leader. Investing in me will also hopefully influence many more people. I want to pass the applied knowledge on to those who I mentor.

Vadym Proshak|| needs forum funding ::

Vadym Proshak|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Vadym Proshak is a pastor.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. At the age of 20 I made my personal commitment to Jesus. Prior to making my decision, I decided to read the Bible in its entirety. Through my reading I realized that I needed to submit myself to the Lordship of God in my life. I confessed my sins and God made me a new person.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In 1994, I entered Zaporizhzhia Bible College (ZBCS). My education there gave me a sound theological foundation for my faith. I graduated from the college with a bachelor’s degree. After I graduated, I became involved in church planting. I was later a youth pastor and worked as a part-time teacher at ZBCS. Practical work has really shaped me in my ministry skills. From 2001–2003, I studied theology at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam. This was a time of a significant growth in my teaching skills, my knowledge, and my personal obedience to God. Since that time I have taught Apologetics, Evangelism, and other courses at ZBCS. At the same time I pastored a church for five years. I have always had good examples of solid Christian brothers and sisters around me that have helped me to grow spiritually and personally.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Attending seminars at the European Leadership Forum helps me to grow in my knowledge of several key areas, including evangelism and apologetics. I am also pastoring a church. We are active in evangelism and social work in our city. We want to influence our society with the Word of God and to work on changing our surroundings. We run different programs that aim to prevent recurrent crime and the spread of AIDS. We work with orphans and ex-prisoners. I feel the need to have some fresh experiences and ideas, and to make new contacts with other believers. I am looking forward to what I can gain from the Forum in these areas.

What is your ministry?

I am pastoring a mid-sized church of 200 members that is active in youth and teenage ministry and work with addicted, homeless, internationally-displaced people, and prisoners. I am a member of the Pastors’ Counsel of the Baptist Union in Zaporizhzhya region. It is the leadership of the Union at the regional level. I teach at pastors’ conferences six times a year. I am also involved in training youth leaders.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a teacher at the theological seminary for many years, teaching Apologetics, Philosophy, and Evangelism. For seven years I was a Dean of Students, where I helped students with spiritual formation and outreach activities. For five years I was a pastor. I was involved in planting the first church where I was a pastor.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I love the Lord and want to minister for Him to the fullest of my abilities. I will appreciate any financial help in participating at the Forum. It will enrich my ministry and benefit the people I am ministering to.

Illia Vitchenko|| needs forum funding ::

Illia Vitchenko|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Illia Vitchenko is a content manager for Eastern European Reformation.

When did you trust Christ?

I gave my heart to Jesus during my childhood. I grew up in a Christian family. I made a personal decision to follow Christ when I was 13. Since then I have had no doubts in my faith that Jesus is my Savior and my Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Some important moments of my walk with the Lord include my baptism, being mentored by more experienced brothers in Christ, and becoming involved in hands-on ministry.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect to receive refreshment for my ministry from other successful leaders. I hope that topics in the Politics and Society Network will improve my understanding of these spheres and give me some practical ideas of how to be a Christian influence at the local and state level in Ukraine.

What is your ministry?

I am a leader of a family community group. I am also a leader of children’s ministry and ministry to teenagers in our church. In addition, I work for Eastern European Reformation as a content manager.

What are your past leadership roles?

In the past I have been a leader of youth ministry, of our church’s worship team, of a summer camp team, and of a community group for young men.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I always try to share the knowledge and practice I receive with other people. I work with young families, children, and teenagers, so I can share everything I learn from the Forum with them. The Forum will also help me improve my work with Eastern European Reformation.

Mykola Sychev|| needs forum funding ::

Mykola Sychev|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Mykola Sychev is a pastor and the Executive Secretary of the Association of the Missionary Churches of Ukraine.

When did you trust Christ?

I attended a Baptist church in my childhood. When I was 16-years-old I stopped attending the church. I studied at Kiev University and I was far away from the Lord. When I was 24-years-old I started to attend the church again and I had a good relationship with some Christian friends. In June of 1989 at a church service I answered the altar call and was reconciled with the Lord. A few months later in 1989 I was baptized.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think that my conversion was impacted by the prayers of my mother and my closest friends. I saw their lifestyles and realized that they had something I was lacking. In my early Christian walk I was surrounded by a few good spiritual leaders and through their mentoring and care for me they helped my faith to grow. I went on to lead a youth group at the church, to plant a church, to oversee churches, and so forth. Two years of my study at the Southern Cross Bible College helped very much as well. At the school I received good teaching. There were many great teachers, and a number of good pastors and speakers. Many other daily situations have also helped me to grow. For example, my older son was healed from cancer.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The vision of our missionary association is to see the Gospel spread through Ukraine and to the ends of the Earth. We want to combine the efforts of the church for missionary vision and for the effective spreading of the Kingdom of God by opening new churches and reaching other nations and cultures. We want to spread the vision for this ministry, build relationships based on a common call, mobilize churches to carry out the mission, coordinate our efforts, and share resources to fulfill this calling. The European Leadership Forum helps me to get to know what the Lord is doing worldwide, allows me to learn from other mature leaders, and helps me build new relationships on the basis of common vision. It further helps me to build and develop my team at the church and the long-term direction of the missionary association.

What is your ministry?

I am leading a church and am actively involved in church planting and missionary work in Ukraine, Russia, and Central Asia. We planted a church in Russia, sent missionary teams to Russia, and support missionaries in Central Asia. At the Missionary Association we are trying to make a bridge between strong and missional-minded churches, to be more effective in fulfilling the Great Commission. There are over 40 churches and Christian organizations in our association.

What are your past leadership roles?

I started my ministry as youth pastor. Then I planted a church. Then I began ministering as superintendent of our region of over thirty churches.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

If I give you some reasons why individuals might want to invest in my training I will be promoting myself. Reading the answers of the former five questions might help individuals to make a decision whether to invest or not. What we are doing is important for Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Sergii Marchuk|| needs forum funding ::

Sergii Marchuk|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Sergey Marchuk is director of children’s ministry and the principal of a Christian school run by his church.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Christian family, so I had godly parents. But I was not sure about my salvation. Once when I was about 8-years-old and I was at home, my mom went to the neighbors next door, but I did not know. I concluded that Jesus took the church away, but left me alone. I was broken and cried a lot. So I began asking myself why I was not sure about my salvation. In 1998, when I was at a Christian youth camp, I began to understand that I personally needed to have a relationship with the Lord. When I came home from the camp I prayed to Jesus and asked Him to become the Lord of my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In our yard my mom led Sunday school for children from non-believing families. There were some people from church who helped, and also my mom asked me from a very young age to help. First it was small jobs like to making copies, preparing some crafts, and helping to clean up our apartment. But later she let me help teach. And so finally I became the leader of this Sunday school. At that time I did not realize it, but God was preparing me or my present ministry, to lead children’s ministry in my church.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

In my ministry I often feel the lack of leaders. I think that it is very important to grow leaders, but I do not have any experience in making new disciples. I believe the Forum’s Disciple-Making Leaders Network will help me to understand the applications and methods of discipleship, and to see every stage in the discipleship process.

What is your ministry?

I am director of children’s ministry in my church, so I am responsible for the spiritual formation of the kids. We organize a summer camp for children, Sunday school for kids, special programs for non-believing kids, and programs for children from refugee families. I also work with the leaders from the Sunday school and camps to prepare them. In 2017 our church started a Christian school and I was chosen to be principal of this school.

What are your past leadership roles?

Besides the Sunday school we held at our apartment, I have help with children’s camps and have led small groups.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

As a leader and a teacher I understand that to be good a good servant I must study, look for new ideas, and grow spiritually. I see how God is using me to influence the children and the youth that I am working with. It is a big blessing for me that God can use me so that more and more children get to know Him.

Yurii Marchuk|| needs forum funding ::

Yurii Marchuk|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Yurii Marchuk is a graphic designer, lay preacher, and biblical counselor.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Christian family and my parents taught me to love God and His Word. I considered myself a Christian because I read the Bible and went to church. But I started to understand that I was not able to live the life that God wanted from me and for me. When I was 10-years-old, my dad was reading the Bible to our family. He read the first chapter from the Gospel of John. After reading verse 12, my dad asked me if I was part of God’s family. I realized that it didn’t matter what I did or did not do, the only question was whether I believed in Jesus Christ or not. That very day I invited Christ into my heart and life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My parents and my grandma had a big influence on my Christian life. When I was teenager, a family friend from Germany visited us. He was an older man, and he studied the Bible a lot. He motivated me to want to study the Bible deeply. Another defining moment of my Christian walk was a mission trip to Russia, because I was able to see their needs. My teachers in seminary also had a good influence on me, not only with their teaching, but also by being good examples of the Christian life, filled with humility and wisdom. Studying Biblical Counseling at Kiev Theology Seminary helped me deeply understand how God through His Word changes our hearts, and how this helps us to grow in our spiritual lives.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum is a good encouragement for my service. At the Forum I learn more about how to serve more effectively. I also meet people who share their experiences of serving, and I hope to make contacts with other believers for future cooperation.

What is your ministry?

In our church I am one of the preachers and I teach a class for new believers. I also mentor many of the new believers because I want to help them grow and become Christian Leaders. I am also the worship leader for our youth and I help with some of the church’s audio, visual, and media needs.

What are your past leadership roles?

There was a period in my life when I was the leader of Campus Crusade for Christ ministry in my town. I was also a small group leader, Sunday school teacher, and taught in several children’s camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

If I want to serve people, first of all I must grow spiritual in faith. I must also constantly study how I can better serve people. I can see how God is using me to influence new believers and youth. But my biggest joy is to see how God changes specific people. For now, my desire is to develop biblical counseling in our church. We have many people who need counseling in Ukraine, but not enough biblical counselors. I want to not only grow in this ministry, but be able to encourage another people to go to study and serve as biblical counselors.

Jaroslaw Lukasik|| needs forum funding ::

Jaroslaw Lukasik|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Academic

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Jaroslaw Lukasik is the director of the Eastern European Leadership Forum, an event similar to the European Leadership Forum that is targeted to Russian-speaking Christians in Eastern Europe.

When did you trust Christ?

I trusted in Christ in 1987 at a youth camp.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the strongest defining moments for me occurred when I heard God’s call to preach the Gospel in the Soviet Union. Several teachers also helped me at various other stages of my life.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I first attended the European Leadership Forum in 2009. I received good teaching regarding how the Spirit speaks to the church today. I also received beautiful and deep messages that I have used in my work in Eastern Europe. I want to build Christian networks and I have met Christian leaders at the Forum who I have invited to visit our locations in Belarus and Ukraine. Some of them have been able to help us with seminars, conferences, and round tables on apologetics during our autumn and spring conferences. I am thankful for this knowledge and these relationships.

What is your ministry?

I am the director of the Eastern European Leadership Forum, an event similar to the European Leadership Forum that is targeted to Russian-speaking Christians of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, and other Eastern European countries. I teach theology courses at seminaries in Ukraine. I am a regular speaker in various churches and conferences in Ukraine. I am an initiator of the “Christians for Ukraine” initiative.

What are your past leadership roles?

I planted a church in Minsk, Belarus, in which almost all the members were young, highly educated people. After 13 years, I was deported (like many other missionaries and Catholic priests) and I moved my family to Kiev, Ukraine. In 2001, several of us started the New Reformation Movement, which served to create unity among the evangelical churches and denominations, assisting Protestant churches in Eastern Europe in their activities in society, and spreading the Christian worldview into various spheres of society.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I’m very open to what the Lord wants to do in my life and ministry through His servants. We are trying to host regular house meetings near Kiev with young people, working with them for evangelism and integrating a biblical worldview into their everyday lives. I especially want that worldview in the people of Belarus and Ukraine.

Viktoriya Demchuk|| forum funded ::

Viktoriya Demchuk|| forum funded ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Forum Network:
Professional Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

When did you trust Christ?

A few years ago I met some missionaries from the United States who witnessed to me about God, salvation, and their faith. At that time I was in the third year of my studies at university. In 2006 I became a member of an evangelical church and was baptized. From that time I have made the decision to follow and trust Jesus daily, because I understand that He is my Savior and Lord, and that I am part of His body on the earth.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In 2010 I made an important decision to study at a Bible school, which was organized by a local evangelical church called “Almaz.” This Bible school gave me a fundamental knowledge about who God is and how to read and understand the Bible. I can confidently say that studying at this school helped me to grow in my faith, in seeking the truth, and in worshiping our Lord. Watching one of the other leaders who I work with inspires me. He is a great man of God and as I see the way he lives his life, I grow in trusting God even more.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is the place where I meet followers of Christ, have unity with them, and learn how to follow Christ wholeheartedly. The Forum gives me the opportunity to learn and gain resources about leadership development. I learn from experienced teachers how to communicate the Gospel lovingly and persuasively in my community as we lead the apologetic discussion meetings for students. I also can be mentored by experienced leaders in order to grow spiritually and professionally. In addition, this is a great chance to network with people all over Europe and America and learn new strategies for how to reach my country, Ukraine, for Christ. I also see how God is connecting Christian leaders who have visited the Forum through our invitation. More and more of these leaders are becoming open to the mission and values of the Eastern European Leadership Forum in Kiev, Ukraine.

What is your ministry?

I am working as an administrator with the Eastern European Leadership Forum (EELF) in Kyiv, Ukraine. I am responsible for the coordination of the work of other team members, contact and correspondence with the EELF speakers, registration of the participants, and other administrative tasks. I work on the website of the EELF, where I am responsible for updating the content.

What are your past leadership roles?

During 2006-2007 I was involved with an international organization, AIESEC, where several other people and I organized a project for orphans in two local orphanages. I was also a team leader and a translator at Christian summer camps in Ukraine, as well as abroad (in England in the summer of 2007).

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Our ministry is developing step by step and we use every opportunity to invest in our team and our leaders. I believe that I need to grow our ministry on biblical principles. The Forum is a place where I can learn how to do this. For example, learning how to start a biblical, God-honoring organization was of great help in starting such an organization in Ukraine.

Viktoriia Hrytsenko|| needs forum funding ::

Viktoriia Hrytsenko|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Education—University

Forum Network:
Academic

Ministry Focus:
University Students

Viktoriia Grytsenko is a lecturer at Kiev Bible Institute.

When did you trust Christ?

I have been a Christian for about 25 years. I was born in the Soviet Union in a non-Christian family. My father worked for the Communist party. My father and mother did not have a harmonious marriage. At that time my father was offered a bigger apartment provided that he had a larger family. So my twin sister and I were born as the product of our parents’ desire to have better accommodations (and, of course, by God’s providence!) Our father left us when I was 3-years-old. My parents got divorced. And when I was 7 a tragedy happened in my mother’s family. Her brother, her father, and her mother all died during one year. Searching for peace, my mom started visiting an Orthodox church, and she took us with her to the church. But I did not like it because I did not understand the language. I did not like the liturgy. I wanted to understand the God I believed in. Somehow I always knew that God existed. One day we visited a Christian crusade and my mom bought a book called “Peace with God” by Billy Graham. About that time she bought the Bible in an Orthodox church as well. By reading these books I realized I was a sinner and I confessed my sins, accepting Jesus as my Savior. I was about 13-years-old.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I came to know and believe in God I did not attend an evangelical Christian church because I did not even know there were any such churches! In those times we watched Kenneth Copeland’s programs broadcasting in Ukraine in the 1990s. We also received some of their brochures by mail. At the end of one of these TV programs we prayed to find a church congregation of true believers. After several months in 1995 God brought our family to a good evangelical church. I have been attending the church and growing spiritually since then.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to find new connections, inspiration, and to share common vision and ideas with fellow academics.

What is your ministry?

I am working on some projects related to evangelism and apologetics, especially among students. Apart from that I work as a lector at Kiev Bible Institute and I am invited to give lectures and hold trainings at various Bible seminaries all over the country.

What are your past leadership roles?

Several years ago I was also a home groups coordinator. I have also been a Sunday school teacher.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

When I was a home group coordinator eight years ago (before I had children) there were 10-15 home groups in our church. Now there are only five. I think this happened because of lack of coordination and a lack of care for the home group leaders. So I hope to help restore this work, with God’s help. When it comes to the ministry with students, as a professor in a secular university I believe I can be their mentor and bring at least some of them to Christ.

Valeriia Chornobai|| needs forum funding ::

Valeriia Chornobai|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Education—University

Forum Network:
Academic

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in 1991 during the time of Communism in the Soviet Union. I had no Bible to read, no Christian friends, no church to go to, no Christian television or radio to listen to – all of those things were forbidden. But I had a dream. In that dream I got to hell and saw the devil, who was laughing at me. And then I saw someone who looked like Jesus who said to me, “Worship me.” I said “no” because I was frightened and didn’t know what the word ”worship” meant. He repeated again, “Worship me.” Then I woke up knowing that God existed, that He loved me, and that He would forgive my sins. So I repented and asked Jesus to save me.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In 1999, a team from our church visited an event called “Stoneleigh Bible Week.” The intensive Bible study that week had a big impact on me and led me to realize that my calling in life was to be a teacher.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect to be inspired to serve the Lord in my country and to find ways of meeting the challenges in Ukraine. I expect to meet and learn from the other leader’s experiences. I teach at the college level, so it is important for me to see how other Christians are serving in academia.

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to serve as a teacher of ethics and sociology at Dnipropetrovsk Bible College, Kiev Bible Institute, and Kiev Theological Seminary. I am working on my PhD thesis. I am also in charge of all Bible education programs in my church.

What are your past leadership roles?

I previously worked as a pastor’s assistant for my church. My role was to do administrative jobs in church, helping organize church projects and events, and representing church in the local government and agencies.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am part of a team of leaders who have dedicated their lives to growing a generation of new Christian leaders in Ukraine, deeply rooted in the Bible, in truth, and grace.

Anna Bondarchuk|| needs forum funding ::

Anna Bondarchuk|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Professional Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Counselling

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to follow Jesus when I was 10-years-old after the death of my brother. I was looking for safety and comfort in God. He became my best friend and became my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Some of the things that have helped define my walk with Christ include: close friends in my church who loved God and people and who helped me to personally grow; individual counselling for me and process groups that I was part of as a student, as they allowed me to get to know God in a different way and to get even closer to Him; studying in the REALIS Counselling Program, which reassured me that my calling to counselling ministry was from God; studying at Bible College; a crisis in my marriage that showed me how to be dependent on God and to trust in His unconditional love.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum’s Counsellors Network is equipping counsellors with skills and information to be more effective in ministry. It is very impressive how deep and beneficial this information is for my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am a counsellor. I meet with clients each week to work on their issues, like depression, marital conflicts, parental conflicts, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, and so on. Our counselling center works with the schools in Kiev that the children of expatriates attend. We have an opportunity to do counselling with the children and their families. I work with 15-20 people per week, both in group sessions and individually. Our clients are very different: ministers, other church leaders, missionaries, unbelievers, men and women, and all different age groups. We do peer supervision when needed among counsellors of our center. I am now preparing a group for volunteers to prevent burn-out and to equip them with knowledge about stress and trauma.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a leader of several small groups in the church. I was a part of a team that planted a new church in Ukraine. My husband and I were also leaders of a family ministry in our church, training couples to lead small groups, and do mentoring and evangelism. I helped to organize an Inner Healing Conference for a broad audience in Kiev, and also a seminar on Sexuality for Counsellors in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2013.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The topics at the European Leadership Forum are very relevant to the issues clients come to our counselling center with. My time at the Forum will also be very valuable for my professional growth. Counselling is the direction God has given for my life. This is the area of ministry I want to grow in the most.

Kseniia Bondarenko|| needs forum funding ::

Kseniia Bondarenko|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Humanitarian Aid

When did you trust Christ?

When I was 17 years old, I had a lot of questions about the meaning of life. I knew about Jesus but didn’t understand that He could become my friend. So I started to pray and invited Him into my life. I wanted Him to put all things in His order. I went to a pastor at a local Baptist church and asked to join a small group Bible study. My mother and sister were attending that same group. I found joy and was surrounded by His love. Jesus Christ become real whether I was at my job, at church, or at home. He never left me. Two years later I decided to take one more step: I was baptized and became a member of Zhitomir Baptist Christmas Church.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I prayed a lot for God to give me good mentors who were true followers of Jesus Christ. That is how I met the director of Life Center, who had an enormous impact on my spiritual life. She shared a lot with me about the power of prayer and how we can trust God in the very hard moments of our lives. My dean at the seminary also shared his wonderful testimony of how he became Christian by reading Communist articles with short pieces of Scripture. So he taught me that the Bible has the mighty power to bring people to know Jesus more fully. When I heard his story I started to memorize the Bible.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

My previous attendance at the Forum helped me to develop relationships with other Forum participants. I had a chance to learn a lot from them. I was able to use the media and to arrange fundraising events with the help of the curriculum and knowledge I received. I would like to continue my education and development, and am looking forward to meeting new friends and to sharing experiences with others. I would love to know more about different mission strategies and methods in order to be able to reach more people for Jesus.

What is your ministry?

Mission to Ukraine exists to serve two of the most marginalized groups in Ukraine: the disabled and the unborn. Headquartered in Zhitomir, our team is passionate about transforming the lives of those who are the most overlooked in Ukrainian society. Through crisis pregnancy counseling services and a rehabilitation center that offers a wide array of medical, social, psychological, educational and therapeutic services, we are able to meet our community’s most pressing needs – both physical and spiritual. Our mission is to honor life with the love of Christ. We serve women experiencing crisis pregnancies and children with disabilities while influencing society on their behalf.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a camp program coordinator at Zhitomir Christmas Church. I also helped with administration of the Michael Gott International Association in my country.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

It is important for my personal and ministry growth and development. I pray God will open new opportunities and doors in my country. I believe that God will continue to use me in reaching His Kingdom. Because I combine my work at MTU, service in my Church, and study at Bible seminary, it will be a tremendous help to have sponsorship for the Forum.

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