Jozef Budac|| forum funded ::

Jozef Budac|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia
Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers
Ministry Focus:
University Students
Jozef Budac is the director of the In-Life student ministry in Bratislava.
When did you trust Christ?
It was during the second half of the year 2008, which was my fourth year of university studies. I was really depressed at that time in my life. I didn’t have any direction in my life. I wanted to have good friendships and a relationship with a girl, but didn’t have those things, and I had lost all meaning in my life. I thought about taking my life because I could not find any reason to live. At my worst moment I stood on a railway track and waited for a train. But the train didn’t come. That evening I prayed to God: “If you can show me meaning for my life, it is yours. I don’t have any meaning for myself.” Within three months I had met people from the Integrity Life (now In-Life) student ministry. They shared the good news with me and showed me that God has meaning and purpose for my life, and that He can use me in this world for many good things. When I realized that this was the answer to my prayer, I decided to trust Jesus and follow Him wherever He might send me.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
The first such moment was when I met people from In-Life and they started to lead me to Christ. This helped me (and is still helping me) to build the foundations of my faith. The second such moment was when I moved from my apartment, where I lived with my friends who were unbelievers, to an apartment with believers from In-Life. In that first apartment were many ungodly, sinful influences. After I moved, my life changed and I started to become more involved in ministry. The third moment was my decision to leave Brno and join a group of five people who were moving to Bratislava to start a new In-Life ministry there. I had to leave many good things in Brno, but it was a great decision. I learned a lot. One of the big things was that I saw how God can use one person in the ministry, and when I am active, how big that impact can be.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum has helped me to gain good biblical knowledge and has taught me how to lead in ministry. Through the Forum I can become a better leader and become a better member of our ministry team.
What is your ministry?
In-Life’s ministry focuses on university students in Czech Republic and Slovakia. Our ministry reached 10,000 students last year. I am the director of the In-Life ministry in Bratislava. I am responsible for leading the ministry here and also for leading a team of students. I give talks for believers and for unbelievers. I also disciple students involved in our ministry.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was a supervisor in my secular, programming job, where I was responsible for projects and a team of people. In the ministry of In-Life, I was one of five people responsible for students in the city of Brno.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I believe that God is calling me to disciple others. He is continually bringing me in contact with young men who need to be mentored and taught. This is the desire of my heart. God gave me the vision of bringing up 100 leaders, who will themselves go on to disciple and lead others. I believe this could have a big impact on Slovakia.
Dusan Smudja|| forum funded ::

Dusan Smudja|| forum funded ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Dusan Smudja leads a sports ministry in Serbia.

When did you trust Christ?

I came in Serbia as a refugee in 1995 after the civil war in Croatia. My family and I went through a very hard time. We lost everything we had. As a teenager I heard the Gospel from an uncle who lives in San Diego and received Christ when a missionary who knew my uncle moved to my hometown and explained why I needed Christ. I had never heard this good news growing up in the Eastern Orthodox church. However, the Lord used different circumstances (the civil war, my uncle, and the missionary from the U.S.) to bring me close to Him. I may have lost many things during the civil war, but when I became a believer in 2003 and received new life, new hope, and a new spiritual family, I gained what I will never lose.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Even before I became a believer, I played sports. The Lord now uses this to bless others through the Christian soccer camps we hold. The impact of the missionary who led me to Christ is an example of a close relationship that helped me to grow in Christ. Attending seminary in Novi Sad, Serbia, helped me to mature in my faith as well.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum will help in my personal growth and development. I also hope to gain knowledge and practical skills in order to serve with more efficiency.

What is your ministry?

Our ministry is called Bridge United. I am the leader of this organization. We have two focuses. The first is doing evangelism through sports. The second is equipping leaders to do sports ministry and to plant new churches.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a soccer coach. I have worked for the Bible League as a ministry coordinator.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

We are equipping leaders all over Serbia, which has only about 7,000-8,000 believers in the whole country. We form new partnerships through which we can invest even more to make His name known in this country where the young generation knows little about Christianity, so that they may gain a personal relationship with God.

Zdenek Blazek|| forum funded ::

Zdenek Blazek|| forum funded ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
University Students

Zdenek Blazek is Regional Director for Integrity Life, an organization that ministers to and disciple’s university students in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

I accepted Christ in November of 1995.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

At a conference for students, I received full assurance of my salvation in Christ and decided to commit my life entirely to Him—no matter the cost. I began sharing the gospel with my roommates and served in student ministry. This was a difficult time because I lost many friends, as well as my job. Later, my team began organizing lectures and projects for students around the country. I began working with the Integrity Life ministry in 1999 with the ability to teach and serve others through the national and international ministry.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum gives a wonderful opportunity to gain refreshing ideas, and receive important resources, such as training manuals and books. I have been able to meet people who work in similar ministries. The Forum enables me to meet strong and gifted Christian leaders and plan steps for changing Central Europe for Christ.

What is your ministry?

I am a Regional Director for Integrity Life. Our ministry is focused on university students. Our main goal is sharing the gospel in every university town in Czech Republic and Slovakia (and, we hope, across more of Europe in the future). In the last few years, we have started a new ministry with university alumni. This is a church planting movement with young professionals and their families. Integrity Life’s ministry is very organic and we can see the fruits. We are seeing newly born Christians and making new disciples every year.

What are your past leadership roles?

Before I was involved with Integrity Life I led Bible studies and helped organize lectures for students on apologetic topics.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Most university students in the Czech Republic—90% of students—have no background in Christianity. Some are interested in spiritual things. They claim they are atheists, but they are still looking. Only 5%-10% of students say they believe in God, but they have no personal relationship with Him. Only 3%-5% say they know Christians who are trustworthy. 95% do not know any trustworthy Christians. This is my context. Our ministry is growing now. Many students are like me—people who were saved from an atheistic background. After being saved, they serve in churches and work as Christians in businesses. Investing in students here has the potential to change the Czech Republic forever.

Viktorija Navikaite|| forum funded ::

Viktorija Navikaite|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth, Worship

Viktorija Navikaite is a youth leader and works as the coordinator of a project that matches volunteers with organizations for the European Union in Lithuania.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family, so faith was a part of my life from the childhood. But I made the personal decision to accept Jesus as my savior when I was 13-years-old while I was attending a Christian camp for teenagers. I was baptized that same year.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

During the first years of my university studies I began attending a new church in a new city. I knew that church and the pastor quite well because I grew up in the same denomination in my previous city. It seemed as if God had prepared a place for me in the church. I joined the leadership team of the church’s youth department and got involved in the life of the church in general. It was a huge step for me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being at the Forum is so beneficial for me because I can learn so much. The seminars and sessions give me amazing information and practical tips and show me how I can put that knowledge into practice. I can not only listen, but I can ask questions and have my questions answered. I can hear stories from others about how they deal with ministry challenges. All of these things equip me and I can go on to help others in my church and in the youth ministry. I want God’s name to be more widely known in Lithuania and for more people to become disciples of Christ.

What is your ministry?

I am the youth leader of our church. I also lead a weekly small group. As a youth leader I am responsible for encouraging, equipping, teaching, discipling, mentoring, and serving the youth. I work as the coordinator of a European Union volunteering project for young people from age 17-30. I help organizations select volunteers, form partnerships with hosting organizations, and sometimes help with trainings for various projects.

What are your past leadership roles?

In the past I have helped in different children’s camps. Three year in a row I was participated in a youth conference where I led small groups.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I think that individuals may want to invest in my training because I will go with an open heart and mind and will afterwards put my knowledge into practice. My reason for attending the Forum is to be equipped and to be refreshed with new ideas. Youth ministry is no less important than other ministries. It’s really important to serve the youth because they are the generation who will begin leading the church.

Diana Vaskeliene|| forum funded ::

Diana Vaskeliene|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Diana Vaskeliene is an assistant pastor and the leader of small group leaders.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in the autumn of 1991. One of my university friends started talking to me about Jesus. She brought me some books about the Christian faith and I started reading them. I also started reading the Bible and finally decided to give my heart to Jesus. I did that while praying at home. Then I began to attend the church The Word of Faith and a home group.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I am happy I had good friends who were also my home group leaders. They impacted my faith most. Later I had to decide to stay in our church when our previous pastor was made redundant.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to get more knowledge and practice in the field of pastoring and leadership. I need more training in mentoring, I need skills for that. I would like to have my own mentor

What is your ministry?

I am the assistant pastor in our church. I am mainly responsible for the home groups in our church. I am also a preacher. I am a member of the board of our church.

What are your past leadership roles?

First I was a teacher in the Bible school for children in our church. Then I was the leader of a home group. After that I became a leader for other leaders of several home groups.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I will do my best to invest my new knowledge and practice in other ministers and lay people in our church.

Nick Lica|| forum funded ::

Nick Lica|| forum funded ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Nick Lica is the pastor of a Baptist church in Czech Republic.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family and attended church all of my life growing up. I read the Bible from my first class in school. My mother influenced me spiritually and impacted my life. I developed my relationship with Jesus through my adolescence, and when I was 18 years old I confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior and was baptized. My only wish in life was to serve God.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Some of the defining moments in my life include: three years of Bible college in Olomouc, where my faith in God was formed for ministry; 10 years of theological study at TCM Haus Edelweiss Austria; personal Bible study; and relationships with mentors and friends.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to attend the Forum to be encouraged, to develop my skills and experience, to learn practical ways to revitalize churches, and to receive practical tools.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor of Karlovy Vary Baptist Church. We are a very small church, so I am responsible for many tasks, including preaching, teaching, and pastoral counseling. My passion for ministry is to see the church grow both spiritually and numerically.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the pastor of a Baptist church in Vikyrovice for 11 years. I have been the pastor of my current church since 2010.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am a pastor who loves the church. I want to see it grow. I have been involved in full-time ministry since 1999. I hope to lead my church and other churches through the revitalization process.


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