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.
Tomas Matocha|| forum funded ::

Tomas Matocha|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Tomas Matocha is an assistant pastor in Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home but my first decision to trust and follow Jesus was made at a Christian summer camp when I was about 12 years old. When I was 22, following a period of internal unrest, I suddenly saw myself as utterly selfish and self-consumed. Then and there, in fear of any possible hidden compromise, I repented of all my sin and gave all of me – my skills, my ambitions, my life plans and dreams – to God. From then on, what God says goes since He deserves my complete obedience and devotion.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In December 2013, I experienced hunger for God and sought direction for my life. God answered and called me to be one of His servants to bring the Gospel to this generation. I applied to study evangelical theology at the University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. It was during my studies that I grew very close to the local Baptist church, and my wife and I ended up house-sharing with the local Baptist pastor. During the last year of my master’s program I had some doubts about becoming a pastor. After more than four months in the ministry, I clearly recognize this was the right decision. I have been growing in my relationship with God and fell in love with His church. Together with my wife, we see our place.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect the European Leadership Forum to benefit my ministry in two ways: tools and contacts. The training will introduce me to new methods of doing ministry. I am keen to learn new skills and improve the ones I have in order to improve my effectiveness. At the same time, I am always encouraged to see others striving for the same goal – advancing His kingdom. I would like to meet Christians who work and are interested in the same ministries I am, namely, preaching, Bible teaching, and church revitalization. I expect to establish not only contacts for future cooperation, but also relationships with my brothers and sisters so that we benefit from each other as members of Christ’s body.

What is your ministry?

As an assistant preacher, I preach two or three times a month. I lead a weekly Bible study, provide pastoral care for the members of our church, disciple one young man and a young couple considering marriage. I actively participate in leading weekly youth meetings.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have some leadership experience from my service in Royal Rangers, the ministry in the church I grew up in. That included helping prepare weekly meeting activities, games, devotions, etc., for children. I also participated in the preparation and execution of several summer camps. During my theology studies, I organized a group of younger fellow students to serve with music and preaching in a local prison.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

By the grace of God, I demonstrated my devotion, diligence, and perseverance when I left my good-paying job and finished a summa cum laude, five-year-long, master’s program in evangelical theology. Despite many hardships along the way and with the support of my devoted wife and church family, I am now preparing to become an ordained pastor. Investing in my training will enable me to work more effectively and benefit the church.

Csilla Panzel|| forum funded ::

Csilla Panzel|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary/amoteam_text]
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Csilla Panczel is an accountant for a ministry that works with children.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian home and decided to follow Jesus when I was 16. One evening I was in my room and God convicted me about choosing a direction for my life. I chose to give Him the authority over my life and to follow Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My dad and mom have had a huge impact on my life. Through my life they have constantly trusted God even in the toughest times. When my mom was diagnosed with an illness, both my parents trusted God, and were loving and kind. My grandparents, who have been married for more than 65 years, have also been a great example of faith to me. God has also shown me how to work in a secular workplace, how to love people and live the Gospel out.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I would like to meet people and I learn from other people who have more experience than me. For me it is also important that every guideline is based on the Bible, as this is what I can pass on to the people I serve. I hope to learn many important things in the Forum’s Bible Teachers and Preachers Network.

What is your ministry?

I am an accountant for a ministry that works with children. I also lead a Bible study group in my church. I also lead the Sunday school and teach children in the church. My passion is to see people growing in love for the Word of God and I want them to see how much they can gain from studying the Word.

What are your past leadership roles?

I started as a volunteer in at the foundation and led small groups for children in the camps. I later became a counselor for this organization.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Many people in Hungary have very strong stereotypes and fears about gypsies. Segregation is really a huge problem. People are judging others by their skin color or ethnic background. We want to raise awareness that Jesus can change such children’s lives and help them to live normal lives.

Agron Zefi|| forum funded ::

Agron Zefi|| forum funded ::

Country:
Albania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Agron Zefi is the leader of the youth ministry in his local church and is a lay preacher.

When did you trust Christ?

I converted to Christianity in 1996 when I was teenager. I was invited to attend a Christian conference and the preacher talked about sin and how awful sin is to God. It was as if the whole message was meant for me because I was such a sinner. Afterwards God showed me from his Word that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was the only way to be forgiven and to receive spiritual rebirth. During that same conference I bowed my head and accepted in prayer that I was a sinner and I was worthy of God’s eternal wrath. I accepted that Christ took my place and asked Him to be my Savior. I asked Him to forgive me and to give me a new life as He promised in His word.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

There have been many specific people and many specific moments that have defined my progress as a Christian. These include reading my Bible, long and deep discipleship meetings with my pastor, attending two years of theological school, the preaching in my church, and participating in the youth ministry in my church.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

It is a special blessing to participate in the Forum. I benefit from the preaching and from teaching tools and techniques that I learn there. I hope that through these experiences I will be better equipped for my ministry. By being part of the Forum, I am also renewed spiritually, become more motivated for the work ahead, am inspired by the Word of God, and receive new energy for my ministry journey.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the youth ministry in my church. I teach young people the Bible, mentor and disciple them, and encourage them. I am also one of three men who preach the Bible every Sunday in our church.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have led the children’s ministry in my church for five years. This has been a period of transformation.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am a person who wants to serve and to bless others in the same way that I have been blessed. I am teachable, humble, and faithful to my teachers and to my Lord.

Darius Sirvys|| forum funded ::

Darius Sirvys|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Darius Sirvys is a pastor, dean at a Bible college, and a theology teacher.

When did you trust Christ?

While studying at the university in 1992 I started searching for the meaning of life and started raising questions about faith. I came to the Word of Faith Church and heard the Gospel. However, an inner battle started in my heart between the desire to live for myself and the desire to find the right way of life. Even though I said “no” to the church, God continued to tug at me. Finally I gave in to Jesus. I accepted God’s love and repented of my sins.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Things that have helped me to grow include practical ministry, theological studies, and my pastoral responsibilities.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum helps to broaden my horizons. It is very important source of biblical wisdom and encouragement for my Christian life and pastoral ministry. It gives me the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other Christians and will be able to improve my Bible preaching skills. I am also able to invite speakers from the Forum back to Lithuania to train leaders in my own context.

What is your ministry?

I am the full time pastor of an evangelical church in Vilnius and a teacher at a church-established private Christian gymnasium. At the same time I am the dean and a teacher at Evangelical Bible Institute and a member of the pastoral board of fellowship of evangelical churches of Lithuania. My responsibilities are to preach and teach the Bible, to provide pastoral care and leading, and to organize various Christian events and activities.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a home group leader, supervisor of home group leaders, freelance assistant pastor at the local church, and supervisor of the Vilnius region of churches.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

As a pastor, I am responsible for pastoring about 300 Christians. I need to grow and improve my skills to communicate God’s Word in a biblical, credible, and engaging way. I need training to be able to deepen maturity in believers, as well as address the challenges.

Edi Markaj|| forum funded ::

Edi Markaj|| forum funded ::

Country:
Albania

Occupation:
Student

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Edi Markaj is a youth leader and lay preacher.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in April of 1999. After I had had a number of discussions with Christian friends about the truth of the Bible, I decided to read it. I read the New Testament several times, and God illuminated my mind and my heart to understand that I am a great sinner and Jesus Christ is a great savior. I realized that salvation is not by deeds but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. I believed that Jesus is God in the flesh who died on the cross, taking my place and paying the cost of my sin. I asked Him to forgive me and to make me a new creature in Him. He is doing that faithfully.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was only 20-years-old, one year after my conversion, many of the mature believers in my church immigrated, so I was asked to preach in the church meetings. I read the New Testament 12 times in one year, once per month. This helped me to grow in my faith. I am currently in my fourth year of studying theology at the Italian Biblical Evangelical Institute, which has totally transformed totally my approach to the Bible and my approach to ministry as well.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has been the most transformational event of my personal Christian life and my ministry approach. This is the main reason I want to return. I have no doubt that the next European Leadership Forum will bring me to yet another level of commitment, knowledge, and ministry experience.

What is your ministry?

My main ministry is leading the youth group of my local church. I am responsible about their biblical formation and discipleship, and I evangelize the youth that attend our meetings but who are not yet born again. I am one of the three members of the church’s leadership group and one of the main preachers in my local church. I volunteer with IFES, working with high school youth, students, and post-graduate students in my town. I am leading the development program of World Vision for the most vulnerable children and youth in my district.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the manager for the institute for public health in my district for five years. I have led three different World Vision teams in Albania. I am part of the leadership group of my church in Lezha.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Investment in me would also be a good investment in the future of the Albanian church’s leadership. I am investing in 20 youth in my town, helping them to grow spiritually. My passion and my vision are to serve my church and I am putting all of my efforts into that.

Istan Horvath|| forum funded ::

Istan Horvath|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Istvan Horvath is the General Secretary of the Hungarian Evangelical Alliance.

When did you trust Christ?

I was 19 when I met Jesus Christ. Until that time I believed that God is existed, but I thought He was very distant from me and that I couldn’t know Him personally. But then I had an experience where I felt His presence and love. I prayed to God and received His forgiveness and His peace.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I have had many joyful experiences in my life. I have also had a lot of trouble in my Christian life. But through every experience I have received the peace of God. After I became a Christian I stepped out of the Catholic Church and founded a little independent church. Sometimes our church was under pressure (mainly during the time of Communism) but God gave us His grace and the church grew. Later, problems started among us in the leadership of the church and we had some serious controversies and divisions. But God was with me through it all.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am a teacher and preacher in my church. I hope that through the Forum I can receive excellent, practical teaching that I can apply to my ministry. I want to talk with more experienced leaders and learn from them.

What is your ministry?

I lead the ministry of the Hungarian Evangelical Alliance as the general secretary. I lead a Bus4Life ministry through Operation Mobilization Hungary. We serve in the schools with a Pro Life program and among marginalized people (for example among prostitutes). I lead some other ministry trips, mainly with foreign mission teams and in various evangelistic summer camps. I also serve in ministry groups that work with the blind, with Roma people, and with people who have recently divorced. Finally, I am part of the leadership in our church; I preach regularly and am part of the praise and worship team.

What are your past leadership roles?

In 2000, I joined a local Baptist church where I became an elder, a home group leader, and a mentor for a church leader in an independent church. Prior to that, I was a pastor in our underground church from 1982-1999.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

If I learn more, I can share more with other leaders in my country.

Daniel Harcar|| forum funded ::

Daniel Harcar|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Daniel Harcar is a national leader in Slovakia in a youth ministry organization called Josiah Venture.

When did you trust Christ?

I come from a non-Christian family and I became a believer through English camps in Slovakia 10 ago.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to keep learning about how to lead ministry on a national level. There are not many opportunities to do that in Slovakia.

What is your ministry?

I am serving through Josiah Venture in Slovakia. Josiah Venture is an organization that equips young leaders throughout Central and Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church. I serve by leading in this ministry at the national level. My role is to lead key leaders from over 10 different churches and train them to lead camps with the goal of sharing Gospel with unbelieving students. Over the years I have discipled multiple leaders who are now serving in their churches and leading youth groups. In the summer of 2017 we held 11 camps and had 360 students attend who heard the Gospel and were invited to become part of the local church in their town. Before these summer camps I prepared multiple training events for key church leaders and for over 100 of their team members.

What are your past leadership roles?

Before I took on my current role I was a staff worker in Josiah Venture.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I come from a non-Christian family and from post-Communist country, where my parents were not able to learn about faith in Christ. My mom became a believer through my ministry and that is an awesome sign that the whole country is changing, not just the younger generation. I am praying to see revival in Slovakia in every generation.


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