Stefan-Sorin Ilutan|| forum funded ::

Stefan-Sorin Ilutan|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania
Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting
Forum Network:
Evangelism
Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Stefan-Sorin Ilutan is the pastor of Providența Baptist Church in Oradea.
When did you trust Christ?
I come from an Orthodox background. I grew up in a very religious, churchgoing family. I started going to the Baptist church in the city where I grew up after I applied to the Baptist high school for their computer specialization class. My understanding of Christ and His calling was gradual and, after attending a Christian camp, I decided to surrender my life to Jesus. I was the only evangelical Christian in my family, but by God’s grace, two years after my baptism my mother came to Christ during the Easter service. A year later my brother accepted Christ, and a year after that my father and grandparents became Christians.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
The first and most powerful influence in my Christian life was the pastor of the church I where started going. He discipled me in every spiritual discipline and was alongside me when I shared my calling to the ministry. The years I spent under his supervision really helped me understand and integrate my Christian walk into my daily life. Another important time in my life was when my family started to turn to Christ. I saw God’s immense power and mercy combined with the power of personal testimony. The professors I met at the Baptist Seminary in Bucharest were also an important influence; some of them have been my mentors for more than ten years now.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum is a wonderful experience. I have been so blessed through the seminars, the interaction with other leaders, and through the workshops. Not only have I gathered information, but I have established relationships and partnerships with brothers and sisters from across Europe who have the same goal of spreading the gospel in their communities. My church and my community have been blessed by the Forum.
What is your ministry?
I am the pastor of Providența Baptist Church in Oradea, a church of 250 members. My current focus, besides preaching, is on youth ministry and family groups. By practicing and teaching discipleship, the youth group in our church grew from two people when I first became the pastor to 50 currently. The church is situated in a part of the city where there are no other Baptist churches. The population of this area is around 50,000 people, most of them young families who have moved here from the countryside. I am also a theology teacher at the Emanuel Baptist High School in Oradea and a DMin student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas, United States. ism.
What are your past leadership roles?
I graduated from seminary in 2007 and was elected pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Năsăud (a city in central Romania). I continued studying while pastoring the church. I received my master’s degree in 2010 from Bucharest University. In 2009 I also became pastor of a newly planted church in a different neighborhood of the same city. In 2012 I moved to Oradea, in the western part of Romania, and was elected pastor at Providența Baptist Church.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
We have a great opportunity as a church to minister to young people and young families who have moved to the area. We are developing new leaders for discipleship, Bible studies, youth ministry, and social outreach.
Arber Jaupllari|| forum funded ::

Arber Jaupllari|| forum funded ::

Country:
Albania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring & Church Planting

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Arber Jaupllari is a prison chaplain and church planter in Albania.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian while serving a prison sentence in 2016.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The story of Joseph has been instrumental for me. Learning how Joseph forgave his brothers after they sold him into slavery transformed me. If Joseph could forgive that, I could forgive others as well, and I could receive forgiveness as well.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am a church planter. I think that I will learn a lot about how to plant churches in my context through the Forum.

What is your ministry?

I visit two prisons four days a week to minister to the men who are there serving prison time. I also work for the Ignis Ministry in Albania, which plants churches in the capital city of Tirana, and every week go with my pastor to the village for church planting.

What are your past leadership roles?

In the past I have been a church elder, Bible study leader, and small group leader.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to grow in church planting and leadership. Albania needs to plant more churches and to make disciples. There are not many believers here.

Sergiu Bradean|| YRM funded ::

Sergiu Bradean|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is as a pastor, keeping the church that I minister vital and growing. I also help other churches revitalize through the involvement in evangelism and
missions.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to develop practical and theoretical skills. Also, I want to develop more skills of leading the revitalisation process, specially amidst opposition.

What is your leadership role?

I am the pastor of Golgotha Baptist Church from Constanta Romania. I am also the vice president in charge of education for the Baptist Association of Constanta (three counties in the South Eastern part of Romania).

Alero Tebu|| needs YRM funding ::

Alero Tebu|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Nigeria

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Leaders of Christian Events

What is your ministry?

My ministry is missions in African countries. I also organise conferences, retreats, and seminars to empower, build, and equip the body of Christ.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to be better equipped to organise our events for better impact. I would like to grow my event planning skills for coordinating better events.

What is your leadership role?

I am the Director of DAYSPRING International – a Missions ministry working in different African countries. I lead missions teams to the field through our organisation and raise resources for the missions field and missionary agencies.

Marco Demo|| needs YRM funding ::

Marco Demo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Ministry to Muslims

What is your ministry?

I work with refugees, most of whom are Muslim, building relatioships with them and sharing the gospel news.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn more about the Muslim faith and culture, how Muslims think, what they believe, how to engage them and how share the Gospel with them.

What is your leadership role?

I work for WEC in Italy, with refugees.

Dasmani Sumaila|| needs YRM funding ::

Dasmani Sumaila|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Ministry to Muslims

What is your ministry?

I have a passion and zeal to share the Gospel with Muslims. My ministry is to tell then about the love of Christ.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I love and approach Muslims with zeal and passion to talk to them about the love of Christ. I love providing encouragment to Muslims and I have a passion and affection for Muslims.

What is your leadership role?

I am the Coordinator of Strategic Muslim Mission (S2M).

Adrian Marusak|| forum funded ::

Adrian Marusak|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Evangelism

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Adrian Marusak is the leader of KECY English Immersion Camps in Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

In 2012 I attended a KECY English Immersion Camp thinking it would be a fun thing to do in the summer. At that camp I heard the Gospel for the first time. I didn’t immediately believe, but it raised a lot of questions for me. One thing I was sure about was that the love the people at the camp showed towards me was really different from what I knew from other Christians I had met. I thought that if there really was some kind of God who loved us, then those people surely knew Him. A few months later, I attended a winter camp that was run by the same group. At that second camp I finally trusted Christ. Later I started to realize more and more how good God is and what it actually means to trust in Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After my decision to follow Jesus, I started to meet together in a small group led by one of the leaders from the church. We studied the Bible more deeply and learned about discipleship. This had a huge impact on my walk with Christ. I would also say that situations that were extremely hard in the moment have been the times that God has used to make me grow the most, whether it was losing a great friend or struggling through seasons of doubt.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to learn how to be a better leader and also to meet people from other parts of Europe leading similar ministries. I believe that when the leader gets better the whole organization gets better, so I think anything I grow in can have a direct impact on the entire ministry I am part of.

What is your ministry?

I lead KECY English Immersion camps. These are the same camps that led me to the Lord. The camp process starts with one camp week during the summer where our main purpose is to get to know the students more and to share the Gospel with them. Then throughout the summer we are doing “follow ups” with them to immerse them in youth groups and other student activities. During the school year we go deeper with the students through youth groups and small groups.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been the leader of a worship team responsible for doing worship evenings a few times a year and also playing songs at Sunday services. I also led worship in KECY camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I have really seen God change lives through the ministry I am part of, including my own life. That is the reason why I keep being part of this ministry and why I love doing it. However, I am still a young leader, so there are many areas where I have room to grow.

Dora Szabados|| forum funded ::

Dora Szabados|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

Dora Szabados is the director of women’s ministry for Evangelical Christian Church Veszprem and a pastoral counselor.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1988 when I was almost 16, I went to a Christian camp where only girls were together and an old lady taught the Bible to us. One night she taught about the prodigal son and God put His hand on my sins and showed me how wretched I was. I asked for a personal conversation with this old woman and just cried and cried for an hour over my sins. Then we prayed together. I told Jesus everything I had said to the old woman. Since then the Lord has been taking care of me and changing my heart. I am very thankful to Him!

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The old woman who prayed with me to accept Christ was a big influence on me. A woman from our church whose life was very difficult also influenced me because the way she loved the Lord was so intimate. Other defining moments were when I got married, when I had my children, and when my husband became a pastor.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to become more competent in discipling younger Christians in the church. I also want to support my husband’s apologetic ministry and to be encouraged by other evangelical leaders.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the women’s ministry in our church. I hold a meeting for all the women in our church every month. Right now we are also studying a book together, which is developing relationships between the women. I regularly meet with women in the church who are in need of pastoral counseling. I also lead the worship on piano in the church.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have previously been involved in teaching pre-adolescent children at our church and organizing the entire ministry for them.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

First, I am involved in the counseling ministry of my church— both as a pastor’s wife and as someone who is interested (and hopefully gifted) in counseling. I would like to learn more about the biblical foundations of counseling. Secondly, I would like to support my husband as the Forum National Leader for Hungary, and therefore have a more personal experience of the Forum myself.

Arben Bushgjokaj|| forum funded ::

Arben Bushgjokaj|| forum funded ::

Country:
Albania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Arben Bushgjokaj is a pastor in Shkoder, Albania.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to trust Christ in 1993. I was in high school and reading religious literature, and I wanted to know more about God. I was very devout in my Roman Catholic religion, but it was not helping me with my sins. I felt empty and hopeless. Then, I was invited by a friend to a special meeting held by Christians for people who wanted to know more about God and study the Bible. That marked the start of my journey to find the truth I so desired. A few months later, I was convicted by the Spirit of God and His Word. I admitted that I was a sinner and surrendered to Jesus Christ as the Savior and Lord of my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My journey in the faith of Christ has been very dynamic—full of defining moments. I encounter challenges and experience the grace of God every day. Some particular moments I would mention are: getting married, being ordained as a pastor, becoming a father (4 times), and many more that have added color and taste to my life. I surrender myself to Christ every day to live for his glory and to see people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I benefit from the Forum in two ways. First, the Forum teaches me so much. This is something that should never cease to happen. I learn from the lectures and speeches, from the seminars and other sessions, and from other people’s experiences. Second, I connect with other pastors and leaders. I know that this is a great opportunity to connect with people from other parts of Europe—both to learn from them and to share with them from my experience.

What is your ministry?

My ministry as a church pastor consists mainly of two aspects. First, I teach and preach the Word of God. I have dedicated my life to teaching the church I serve, so that every member is equipped to live a life that is giving God the glory and to do the work for which God has called them. Second, I engage in prayer and pastoral care. I spend a lot of my time praying for and with people, listening to them when they share about their daily and weekly experiences, and trying to guide, encourage, and advise them in the way of the truth. I also dedicate time on a regular basis to developing leaders (or potential leaders) within the church. This is a great blessing, as we have a good number of people who are very committed and humbly serving the Lord in our church.

What are your past leadership roles?

I served as youth leader for about 4 years (1996-2000). I also served as co-leader of the children’s ministry from 1995-1999. I have been a pastor in our church since 2001.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

First, to help me grow and become a better leader. Second, to help me help other people in my church and develop areas for growth. Third, to help me connect with other leaders from the area. And finally, to help me obtain resources and connections that I would not have otherwise.

Vasilica Croitor|| forum funded ::

Vasilica Croitor|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Vasilica Croitor is the senior pastor of Bethlehem Church and the secretary of the Romanian Foreign Mission Agency.

When did you trust Christ?

I got saved in 1990 while in my hometown. I was impacted by the Gospel through my family and the youth group at our church.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In 1991 I joined a team of young evangelists and started doing street evangelism. Next I attended a Bible school that was very much oriented towards practical evangelistic activities. From 1993-1997 I studied theology in Bucharest and became friends with a teacher of missions who influenced my life in many ways. In 1996 I took an intensive course in Islam and since then I started to work in the area of Romania that has many Muslims. Since 1997 I have served as the pastor of a church in a town that is the headquarters of Islam for Romania.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe that the resources offered by the Forum are very necessary for helping to meet the needs that European churches are facing.

What is your ministry?

I am the senior pastor of Bethlehem Church in the city of Medgidia, a city with a large Muslim population. I am the overseer for the Southeastern Region of the Pentecostal Church of Romania. I am the secretary of the Romanian Foreign Mission Agency. We have 60+ full time missionaries in other countries. I oversee the Pentecostal Churches in the Southeast of Romania.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the founder and the director of a Christian Library in my home town. I started a publishing and printing ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

We are developing a plan to plant 100 new churches in our country. We need all the help we can get in this endeavor.

Tomas Henzel|| forum funded ::

Tomas Henzel|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Tomas Henzel is a medical doctor, pastor, and church planter.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1997 during a church evangelism conference I realized that I am a sinner and needed to personally accept Christ as my Savior, even though I had grown up in a Christian home. At that time, I entrusted my whole life to Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Growing up in a Christian home certainly had a role in defining my walk with Christ. Being a part of a student discipleship group formed by my youth minister also had a profound impact on my faith. Another incredibly important defining moment for me was the year I spent as a missionary in Tanzania, from 2003-2004. During this time, I helped in a medical center and led a boy’s group in a church plant.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum has definitely been a great help and encouragement for me. I want to be faithful as a Christian leader. The Forum has shown me how to do this. In Slovakia we very much lack the understanding that as Christians we are responsible for our society and culture. The Forum has given me insights into how to reflect the character of Christ to our culture. The Forum helped me, for example, to organize the first ever Slovakian mission youth conference. The possibilities for the fruitfulness of such things are endless. Without the support, help, and resources from the Forum, I would not have been able to put together something that seemed so vast. I believe, however, that it will change the future of Slovakia.

What is your ministry?

I am a church planter in Bratislava since the summer of 2018 after planting a church in Nitra. I work as a bi-vocational pastor and medical doctor. I lead a national church planting network called PLANt.sk.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was previously a youth leader in my church, responsible for 30 teenagers aged 16-18. In addition to weekly meetings I organized small group Bible studies and summer evangelistic camps and mission activities. I also traveled to other Slovakian churches and spoke to the youth about the role of missions in their lives.

In addition to working with youth, I also use medical school as an opportunity to witness and evangelize. I am currently part of a Christian Medical Group that encourages and supports one another as we are Christians in a secular field.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I’m grateful to all who make it possible for me to come to this encouraging, supportive, mission-focused event. Thank you for giving generously to minister to me in this way. You have given me an example of the certainty that all one has is God’s. May you find satisfaction in God’s house.

Daniel Bolek|| forum funded ::

Daniel Bolek|| forum funded ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Science and Technology

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Daniel Bolek is the leader his church’s youth group and an IT developer.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up surrounded by Christians who lived their lives according to Scripture. This was a very important gift that helped me to make my own decision to follow Christ. During my childhood, I had many opportunities to hear the testimonies of people who had totally submitted their lives to Christ and who were radically changed. This gave me food for thought as a young boy. I was constantly asking myself, “Who is this Jesus, that in his name there are so many miracles happening – sick people are healed, broken lives of alcohol and drug addicts are changed, and those who suffer mentally or physically have hope and joy in their lives?” I did not understand it, but I knew that I needed to have Jesus in my heart as well. At the age of 14, I decided to submit my life to Jesus during an evangelical conference held in our church.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the most defining moments of my Christian walk was a gift from God, a miracle, which happened to me during a youth conference held in one of our neighboring churches. I was very sick on that day (sore throat and rhinitis), but I decided to go on conference anyway. I was very moved by a preaching and during the pastor’s final prayer, I re-submitted my life to Christ and I said to Jesus, “I don’t need anything else, but just You!” In that moment, my sore throat and rhinitis was gone. I didn’t ask God for it; it was a gift. I was so shocked that I went to the bathroom, where I cried and gave glory to God. However, the story did not end there. In the following days and weeks, I realized that I was also set free from my addiction, which I had been fighting for two years prior to the conference.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

As we are building new generation of youth group from scratch in the second largest city of Czech Republic, it brings many challenges to us and raises the need of solid skills related to this ministry. God has sent the Forum into my life at exactly the right time. I am building a new youth group from scratch, so it is important to start with a good, healthy foundation. The Forum connects me with other youth leaders in Europe and those relationships will be very fruitful for our ministries. I have the opportunity to speak with many interesting and gifted Christians who serve the Lord in many areas. This is so encouraging! The Forum is a unique opportunity to build a new generation of European leaders and I am thankful to be a part of it.

What is your ministry?

My main ministry is youth leadership. I lead the youth group of my church in Brno, the second largest city in Czech Republic, where I moved during my studies. We are building a new generation youth group in our church from scratch.

What are your past leadership roles?

During my final year of high school and first two years university studies, I was a youth leader in our local church in a small town. There were five people in our leadership team and our youth group consisted of approx. 20 young people.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I see the ministry of youth leadership as very important one. There are many challenges and I strongly appreciate when someone is willing to invest in the training and mentoring of young people who will be the future leaders of our churches.

Peter Gyori|| forum funded ::

Peter Gyori|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Peter Gyori is a pastor and trains other pastors in his region.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. I am in the 10th generation of a line of pastors. Probably the most influential factor for me becoming a Christian was the way my family, my parents and grandparents lived their life. Their Christianity was genuine, natural, joyful, committed, sacrificial, and faithful. It was great to grow up in a family like that despite the fact that it was in the hostile, Communist era. Of course, I had to find Jesus for myself. In my early teens I was confronted with a troubling question: it is OK to know a lot about the Bible and Jesus, but what does He mean to me personally? That question stuck deep in my heart. Later someone challenged my faith and advised me to thoroughly investigate all the elements of my faith and Christian practice. I honestly did that. Finally I ended up saying: I don’t want to live a Christian life simply because I was taught so, but because I want Jesus as my God and Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My grandfather and his father-in-law were important figures in the revivals in Hungary in the 1920s, the 1940s and 1950s. My parents served Jesus in many different ways under the Communist regime. For example, they distributed smuggled Christian literature and contemporary Christian music. At that time it was fun and adventure. Later I understood what it really meant. Growing up in such a home had a great influence on me. It was an important turning point when I got received the call to be a pastor. Later I struggled with and survived cancer. Of course my pastoral ministry, post-graduate theological studies, and marriage have also a great importance in my Christian growth.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum is a great learning and fellowship experience. Through the Forum I have been able to engage in new connections. The book store is also very helpful. I was able to pray with other leaders for the evangelization of Europe. It is funny to say, but I was also able to get to know other believers from my own country! I hope to be able to return and do all of that again.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a church congregation with different kinds of ministry areas. I train other pastors in my region and so I am a pastor of pastors.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been entrusted with leadership roles in many different situations ever since my youth: leading in camps, leading youth, and so on. When I became a pastor I was basically “re-planted” in a fairly large town, in an urban setting.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In my country – as probably in most of the Western countries – we experience that the “traditional churches” have either lost their faithfulness to the word of God or their ability to impact the larger culture. We face a flood of secularism in a spiritually weakened country. Regaining our land for Christ is important. We need to train the next generation of leaders and plant new churches.


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