David Delgado|| needs forum funding ::

David Delgado|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Spain
Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations
Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service
David Delgado is the national coordinator for Operation Christmas Child in Spain.
When did you trust Christ?
I became a Christian when I was 8-years-old at a Christian summer camp. We had the opportunity to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior publicly and I stepped forward accepting Jesus in my heart.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
I have had many moments in my life that have been important in my journey with God. When I was 14-years-old God called me to the ministry and since then my steps have been to do His will. When I was 22, my wife and I went to study at the seminary to prepare ourselves for what God had planned for our lives. Another moment that has made us depend on God like never before was when my wife was diagnosed with cancer. This diagnosis gave us a new perspective on everything we do in each area of our lives.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I would love to see what God is doing throughout Europe. I would love to learn from the different strategies and experiences that other people are having and receive tools so that the Kingdom of God may continue to advance.
What is your ministry?
I am the national coordinator of Operation Christmas Child. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. I lead the project in Spain, including our entire network of volunteers throughout the country. In the past year more than 600 churches of our country collaborated in our project. We mobilize 24 teams of around 10 people, who in turn mobilize hundreds of volunteers throughout the country. I am also becoming the pastor of a new church plant.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was a youth leader for six years. Later on, I become an assistant pastor.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Personally, I would like to broaden my perspective and continue to learn and grow through what others and more experienced people can contribute in my life.
Lukaz Wysocki|| forum funded ::

Lukaz Wysocki|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Lukaz Wysocki leads and disciples men in Poland.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Roman Catholic home and as a teenager I was fed up with tradition and religion. Seeing no evidence of a living God I became an atheist. In the year 1999 I was 17 and at the end of high school. I went to a Christian camp and met followers of Christ. The testimony of their lives made me think about my life. At this camp I heard the Gospel and the testimonies of many teenagers. My attitude towards God started changing. Because of that experience I asked God to reveal Himself to me if he was real. He did that and I soon made Jesus the Lord of my life and decided to follow Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

A year after I became a believer, I started university. For five years I was involved in Campus Crusade’s (Cru) student ministry. During that time other students and staff had an impact on me. In the beginning I attended a Bible study and other group meetings. Then I was challenged to lead Bible study groups and to share my personal faith. Through that process I grew spiritually and become a volunteer leader of the Campus Crusade (Cru) ministry. After graduation in 2007 I joined Cru as a full-time missionary and have been serving among students now for nine years. For the last three years I have worked planting a church and that has also motivated my growth.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to build new relationships with people who serve God’s Kingdom. I hope to receive encouragement and to share experiences. I am looking to connect with mentors or more experienced brothers who could direct me and offer advice.

What is your ministry?

I am leading and developing a ministry in Poland for Christian men, regardless of denomination. I also help a local church (SCH Pabianice), where I am responsible for discipleship and men’s ministry. I serve about seventy men each year. In a local church, I teach and lead through Bible groups and individual meetings.

What are your past leadership roles?

During my university years I was a student ministry leader. When I became full-time staff with Cru, I was a team leader for three years and led many projects in that ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

God called me to serve men in Poland. As I serve others, I am aware that I need to grow. I know there are many traps and dangers in the spiritual journey; having others come with me along that journey will help.

David de Lago|| forum funded ::

David de Lago|| forum funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

David de Lago is a regional manager in Spain.

When did you trust Christ?

I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 14 years old. I was in church one Sunday when my pastor shared the Gospel and gave an altar call. I didn’t respond at that moment, but I understood that Jesus paid for every single sin in my life. That night when I was alone in my bed I prayed to God and accepted Jesus Christ’s payment for my sins.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I finished Bible College in Spain, I decided to move to Dallas to get an MA in Missiology and Church Planting. I saw God providing for my family the whole time. My faith at that time grew with tremendous power. It was a hard time, but I would do it again if God called me to take such a big step.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I think the European Leadership Forum will help me to obtain new ideas and connect with other brothers and sisters in Christian leadership in other countries.

What is your ministry?

I am the Regional Manager of SearchforJesus.net in Spain with Decision and Aso. I am also Decision’s Project Manager, where I lead evangelistic campaigns.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth leader for over five years and a worship leader in the church for over five years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Every year we reach more than 1,000 people with the Gospel in Spain and around the globe. We saw over 100 people come to Christ this year in Spain. We are young men and women with a passion to share the Good News with our generation.

Andi Dina|| forum funded ::

Andi Dina|| forum funded ::

Country:
Albania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring & Church Planting

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Andi Dina is a church planter from Tirana, Albania.

When did you trust Christ?

In 2002, I was studying economics at the University of Tirana when a friend gave me a New Testament. At the time I was living a worldly life, and coming from a Muslim family, I didn’t have any interest in faith and God. My grades and family relationships were falling apart. I had become and alcoholic, and I was about to leave everything to join an organized network of Albanian drug dealers in Germany. Christ got me with His grace and love in my darkest day. I read my first Bible verse ever, which was Romans 14:17: “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but peace, joy, and righteousness in the Holy Spirit.” This was exactly what I was trying to find by my eating and drinking—wasting my life. I prayed to the Lord to show Himself so I could believe and live for him. He heard my prayer and changed everything. Soon, I joined a local church, where my faith journey started. After 17 years I can testify to the redemption of Christ in my life. He saved my soul and gave me a beautiful family, and a vision to serve him all my life. He changed my destination from a criminal network to a church planting network!

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I fell in love with the local church in Tirana from the first days of my salvation. After graduating, I started to work with the prison ministry and it was a beautiful experience. The next experience was with the Evangelical Alliance, where I worked for almost 4 years. I worked as project coordinator and loved to do work for the local churches. Next came a children’s ministry that included churches not only in Albania, but also in the Balkan countries. I worked for 4 years in the Balkans region, growing my love for the local churches. In 2015, we felt a deeper calling for church planting and strengthening.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a great gift for me to learn more, to know new people, to feel encouraged as part of the larger family of Christ’s church in Europe, to receive mentoring, to obtain good theology, to exchange and receive new experiences, and to network and meet new possible partners.

What is your ministry?

I am leading a new organization called IGNIS Ministry. IGNIS Ministry exists to encourage, resource, and equip local churches and church plant initiatives in all spiritual and organizational matters, to accomplish their mission to be light and salt in the Albanian society. I also lead a new church in Tirana, Albania, named “Light Church.”

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a chaplain at Prison Fellowship Albania, a project manager at EA of Albania, regional coordinator in the Balkans for One Hope Ministry, a church planting team leader in two church planting projects, a cheer leader for 15 years, and a church planter with Acts 29.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Because there is still a big need for theological training, ministry training, and opportunities to come and pray together—to learn from and help each other, especially where the need is bigger.

Josue Alanis Anaya|| forum funded ::

Josue Alanis Anaya|| forum funded ::

Country:
Mexico

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Josue Alanis Anaya is the regional director for MoveIn in Latin America.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. When I was 11 years old, my dad had a talk with me. He told me, “Well Josue, you have heard about Jesus since you were a child. So what do you think about all this? Would you like to follow Him?” That day I repented of my sins, made a commitment to the Lord, and started following Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was a student, I got involved in IFES Mexico. During those years I read a lot of Scripture and that changed my Christian life. At an IFES conference in 2011 I had a good talk with a retired staff from Intervarsity. He used to be on staff with IFES Mexico. He challenged my life with one phrase: “It is worthy to invest in the lives of students.” At that time God put it on my heart to become a staff member of IFES. My living in El Salvador in a poor urban neighborhood allowed me to learn how to live out my faith in a context of violence where I was able to see God working in miraculous ways.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being part of the European Leadership Forum will benefit our ministry by helping us to learn from others and what are they doing in Europe. I would like to establish strategic ministry partnerships and relationships with key leaders in the European region and send our people (as tentmakers) to serve in Europe with the poor. I will meet other leaders and I will be able to learn from them, but I will also be able to give my point of view. At the Forum I will have the chance to meet experienced leaders who can mentor me in my role as leader in my region.

What is your ministry?

I am the regional director for MoveIn in Latin America. I am responsible for mobilizing MoveIn teams in all of Latin America while also working on consolidating a regional leadership team. In practice that means that I live in a poor neighborhood and do the work of a MoveIn, but I also travel all over Latin America to connect with churches and other ministries to form new teams and leadership in each country in the region. I am in charge of coaching new members of the leadership team and walking with them in their journey to develop the ministry in their country or region.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a youth leader since I was 20 years old. I used to do everything alone and I didn’t have a team. But I have learned that without a team you can’t really do much. In IFES Mexico I was part of the National Student Committee for 2 years; that was an opportunity to learn how to work with people that are from different regions of the country. In El Salvador I was an IFES staff for 3 years. I had some conflict with other staff members in the beginning due to cultural differences, but we got the chance to work through our problems and we became best friends.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

As I am working to form other leaders in my region, having people around that can help me in this work will help me to maximize the impact in other leaders and in more people.

Maria Kamran|| needs forum funding ::

Maria Kamran|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Pakistan

Occupation:
Business

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organisations

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Gift Kabwe is the pastor of RhemaFaith Church.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a follower of Jesus when I was a teenager after I repented of my sins. My life has been through many twists and turn since my birth, but one thing I have experienced is that no matter what, the Lord has always been there for me. I trust Him through my life experiences and follow him with strong faith and love. He never leaves me no matter how bad I am.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Having a Christian mentor and friends who are counselors helped me to grow stronger in faith.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum would be an amazing chance for me to learn new leadership skills which will help me reach out to the unreachable in more efficient ways. Moreover, it would help my faith grow stronger. I would be able to learn new things and to network with other believers to create more opportunities.

What is your ministry?

My husband and I are Christ’s ambassadors. We work in the Pakistani community to uplift faith by evangelizing in the workplace and at common gatherings of friends. We run a company called Explore Pakistan and arrange trips and share our Christian faith with people. I have also launched a YouTube channel which helps the country’s Christian community learn Christian teaching from the Bible. My husband and I work with Christian youth to mentor and disciple them. I also work as a motivational speaker.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have worked with young women, training them to have leadership and management skills.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Pakistan really need leaders who are bold. I have a desire to work within communities. Pakistan is a Muslim country. Christians here face a lot of persecution every day, both emotionally and physically. That is one reason our youth are far from church and professionals are busy in just earning money to support their families. I have a heart for creating opportunities for people and to telling them the good news of Jesus Christ. People have a lot of talents and ways of using them for Jesus, but there are few people who can guide them and hold their hand to take the first step. I want to be the hand that helps them to take the first step.

James Mbori Omondi|| needs forum funding ::

James Mbori Omondi|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Kenya

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

James Mbori Omondi works with Hope Community Champions, an organization that mentors youth in key development areas.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up with a very strong Christian background in a Christian orphanage run by the Full Gospel Churches of Kenya. However, during an open-air evangelistic crusade in 1998, the minister challenged me by saying that it was not my background or deeds that made me clean. By my very the sinful nature I was unclean. I saw that I had to believe in my heart and confess that I was a sinner and ask Christ to cleanse me by His blood that was shed on the cross for my sins. I saw myself as a wretched man, went before the cross, and accepted Christ as my savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I have grown to be a person whom others look up to as a role model in Christian life, impacting the lives of the youths both in my church and in the community. In 2012 my wife was diagnosed with two brain tumors. She underwent major brain surgeries; this was the most difficult time in our house. For non-believers, these are the times they forget about God. I was able to focus on God Himself and encourage my wife to submit her whole life to Christ. Prayer was and has been my greatest weapon to overcome challenges. Praise Jesus, my wife was healed!

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum will provide me with learning experiences. I will receive enhanced skills and knowledge and will be able to optimize my leadership services for the ministry. In addition to the networking, the Forum will help elevate my view of the ministry work. I will be able to share best practices and borrow ideas to further strengthen the work of God back in my country.

What is your ministry?

I work with Hope Community Champions, a ministry focused on mentoring youth so that they can realize their potential and use their talents in extending the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. Currently there are approximately 60 youths in the program; they come from different churches, schools, and higher learning institutions across the region. I help mentor the youth in four areas: service, leadership, discipleship, and integrity. I am also a program assistant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are your past leadership roles?

From 2009-2012, I was a support staff representative at KEMRI-Welcome Trust Research Program. I represented a team of staff to senior management meetings, articulating their welfare concerns. Within my church, I have been a lead manager for a camp for about 150 campers, coordinating logistics and providing a daily training program. In 2013, I led a team of humanitarian support staff to some of the refugee camps in Dadaab in the Northeastern part of Kenya. In 2016, I led a team of assessment contractors to the Turkana region of Kenya to conduct site improvement support to medical facilities in the county.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Besides personal growth and development, God has put me in a position of influence to the youths in our community, both locally and internationally. This training opportunity will provide an avenue for the transfer of knowledge and skills to the ministry I serve for the current and future generation.

Cristina Dobos|| needs forum funding ::

Cristina Dobos|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Social Services

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Cristina Dobos is a prevention coordinator for an organization that works to prevent human trafficking.

When did you trust Christ?

All of my life I wondered what would happen to me after I died. I wondered if there was more to this life than what I have seen and experienced. In 2012, my wondering led me to Jesus and I decided to follow Him. Back then I was doing outreach to prostitutes in Romania and my heart was moved when I saw all the girls on the streets. I knew and felt that there is something more for them and they weren’t born for such a life. I realized that God had touched my heart and I decided to dedicate my life to serving and helping people in need. I realized that I wanted to follow Jesus and that the Holy Spirit was my only guide. Reading the Bible, I realized that all my unanswered questions now had answers in Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Working with women in vulnerable situations and with people who are addicted to drugs has helped me to keep my faith and grow in it. Getting to see Jesus save women and change their lives forever has been a humbling experience. My job requires me to trust in Jesus even when situations look bleak or like they will not have a happy ending. I believe that God is in control of every human life and of every situation.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to make new connections with other Christian leaders and learn from their experiences. I want to learn how to be a better leader and how to better manage situations and groups of individuals. I hope the European Leadership Forum will provide a new perspective on doing ministry and that I will improve my skills so that I can better serve others.

What is your ministry?

I work for ELiberare, an organization in Romania that works to combat human trafficking. We do this in a variety of ways, such as by increasing awareness of the problem, providing trainings on how to prevent human trafficking, providing external assistance to help restore those who have been impacted, and by advocating and lobbying for victims in the political arena. I am personally a prevention coordinator for the organization. I am involved with the logistics for our campaign events and help with administrative aspects of the organization. I coordinate some of our campaigns and training events.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been involved with young adult ministry in my church. Before I became a Christian, I led volunteers in outreaches to women who were involved in prostitution.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Human trafficking is a serious crime that occurs all across Europe. However, Romania is one of the main sources of men, women, and children who become exploited as victims of human trafficking in Europe. Because human trafficking is such a complex phenomenon, we need to influence as many social factors as possible to have an effect.

Pawel Pilatowski|| forum funded ::

Pawel Pilatowski|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Pawel Pilatowski is a pastor and the principal of the John the Baptist Primary School.

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to follow Jesus in 2004. A close friend of mine who was a Christian had a brain tumor. I really wanted to pray for her healing, but when I knelt down, I was so convicted about my own sin that for hours I confessed my sins and begged God to take over my life because I couldn’t live my life on my own. God answered this prayer, freed me from my addictions, and during the next few days healed the person I prayed for. Since then I look for God’s will and serve Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

About a year after I met Christ, I connected to a missionary from Christian Missionary Fellowship International, Cameroon, who helped me grow in my prayer life and fasting, as well as gain a more radical approach towards sin. A few years later I moved to Warsaw, where I served in a church in a poor neighborhood. I worked with the leaders and the addicted people in the neighborhood, who were going through rehab. In Warsaw I met a pastor and missionary group from Norway who served in many different ways. Through their ministry God dealt with many wounds from my dysfunctional family that I had been carrying since my childhood. At the same time God engaged me in the ministry. I went on to move to Toruń, where God led me to organize meetings for Christians who were outside the church. The goal of those meetings was to help those people to return to Christian fellowship and be a blessing. At that time, I met my wife. My marriage is a great lesson of humility and patience. God led my wife and I to move to the town of Garwolin to support a small church there.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I would love to gain knowledge of ministry development and to make contact with people who may be able to help me grow in my Christian education ministry. I want to build relationships with Christians in various countries who are devoted to Christian education.

What is your ministry?

I am a preacher and elder in Społeczność Chrześcijańska w Garwolinie, a small church in Garwolin. I do evangelism, preach, and provide counseling. At the same time, I am employed as head of administration for a Christian school and kindergarten in Warsaw. God has put in my heart a vision for establishing a Christian school in the city of Torun. I believe the ministry that God is starting may touch hundreds and thousands of Poles because of its influence on future generations through Christian education. Throughout the years of the schools’ operation hundreds of its graduates will impact their local communities.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the leader of a support group for addicted people. I was a leader and interpreter for meetings for Christians outside the church in Torun.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Christian education ministry is an investment in the structure of future society. There is a great need for Christianity to continue its impact on nations and local communities. Christian education gives an opportunity to prepare future generations so that their main goal will be following Jesus. I have already invested in my own education so I can meet legal requirements to run a school in Poland. I have also gained experience and spiritual formation during my work in a Christian school.

Vacilius Santos|| needs forum funding ::

Vacilius Santos|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Portugal

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Vacilius Santos is a pastor and missionary in Portugal.

When did you trust Christ?

I decided follow Jesus in 1990. I grew up in an evangelical home, but it was not until years later that I understood the Gospel and gave my whole heart to Him. I have come to trust God in the face of fear. He has helped me to become a courageous preacher.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The church and my family are two special places where my faith has grown. Within the church, I have been a pastor for nearly 20 years. This has come with many challenges and I have had to rely on God and to trust Him. As a family, I have a wife and three children. They are constantly helping me to understand how to be the man God wants me to be. Being on the mission field has also helped me to develop and to trust God financially.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to attend the European Leadership Forum to gain a better understanding of what is happening here in Europe. It will be a great opportunity to make ministry friends. There are not many evangelicals in Portugal, so it will be wonderful to meet other believers from other nations.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor, so I help to lead both our congregation and also other pastors. I preach the Gospel. I serve married couples by providing training and offering counseling.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a pastor for almost 20 years. Part of this time I have been a missionary, so my family has had to trust God for our day to day needs.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The experiences that God has given me are very interesting to share and may be able to help others. My current mission is focused on being a pastor and leader. I live in Portugal, a country which desperately needs a revival of faith. Churches in Portugal are dying and need healthy connections.

Nana Yaw Offei Awuku|| forum funded ::

Nana Yaw Offei Awuku|| forum funded ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organisations

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Nana Yaw is the Global Associate Director, Generations for the Lausanne Movement.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in January of 1986 as a high school student at a Scripture Union evangelistic rally. It was abundantly clear to me that day that I needed to trust in Jesus as my savior and Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Leadership transitions have marked key milestones in my life. I was trained as a chemical engineer, but had had no idea that the Lord was going to lead me to full time ministry for a lifetime. I began as a full-time staff with the Scripture Union as a young graduate, which led to national responsibility, and then to regional responsibility, and finally to a global call to serve. Each milestone has called for a fresh surrender of life to Christ for His grace. Young people have impacted me most, impacting me at every step to be more authentic in my personal life and leadership.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum gives me a unique opportunity to interact with European leaders. Through the Forum I can understand discipleship movements in the European context and missional efforts at discipling a new generation of European younger leaders to evangelize the new post-Christian Europe for God’s global mission.

What is your ministry?

In November of 2017, I was appointed as the director for a global new Younger Leaders Generation (YLGen) initiative by the Lausanne Movement. YLGen directly involves over 800 younger leaders and 250 mentors from some 150 countries globally.

What are your past leadership roles?

I previously served with the Scripture Union in Ghana as Director for Field Ministries with responsibility for ministry strategy development and staff training in leading evangelism and discipleship work in some 1,500 high schools. Over the past 20 years, I have served primarily in leadership roles relating to training in evangelism and discipleship with the Scripture Union in Ghana.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My current life and leadership focuses on discipling younger leaders for global mission. This will remain the direction of my ministry for the next 10 years or more.

Sladjan Milenkovic|| forum funded ::

Sladjan Milenkovic|| forum funded ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Education—Seminary

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Sladjan Milenkovic directs the HUB Belgrade Bible School in Serbia.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a nominal Orthodox family, but ever since I was a young boy I was searching for God. Many things were happening in my life and I was desperately trying to find Him. When I was 18, one of my colleagues gave me a small New Testament and I started to read it. God spoke to me so powerfully through His Word and He started changing my life while I was reading. I gave up my sinful way of life and I gave my life to Jesus before I met any believers or a church group. Later I joined a Baptist Church where I was baptized in 2000.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I have met some very good people who have encouraged me to grow in my faith. I have read a lot of books by Christian writers and that has helped me to grow as well. I also attended a Bible school, which taught me a lot about scripture.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum has allowed me to make contacts among good speakers and teachers that we will be able to invite to our Bible school in Serbia to teach. I have personally been very much encouraged and refreshed by my time there. On the field, all the time, I play a role of giver, but as human beings and people who are weak and struggle, we need to be filled up. The Forum for me is the place for that.

What is your ministry?

I am the president of Christian Trust Belgrade. Through that organization we run the HUB Bible school, camp and conference center, helping many churches in our region. We are involved in church planting, discipleship, and raising and equipping many leaders. We run a public coffee shop where we want to be more visible and approachable as Christians to our local community. Our desire is to spread this ministry across Serbia and the Balkans. We are publishing Christian books in Serbian. We are serving people with disabilities, and organizing camps and events where families with disabilities can rest and hear the Gospel.

What are your past leadership roles?

In addition to my ministry at the Bible school, I also preach and lead different seminars and meetings.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

There are 300 people who have graduated from our school in the past 15 years. Many of them have gone on to become involved in church ministries, church planting, and to lead Christian organizations. We have an excellent training program for mission workers. We have great facilities and nearly 50 teachers who come regularly from all around the world. We can see how the ministry of the HUB Belgrade Bible School in Serbia has made a big impact for God’s work in our region. Our students come from all of the former Yugoslavian countries, and from different evangelical denominations. It is a unique place. Investing in me would mean investing in the school and in all the students and teachers who are there.

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.

Robert Lemperger|| forum funded ::

Robert Lemperger|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Robert Lemperger is the director of Evangelical Publisher and Literature Mission, a publishing company in Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. I made my decision to follow Jesus when I was 17-years-old after realizing that I was lost and that I owe my life to my Redeemer. While I was attending secondary school I read the Bible, but my heart was half in the world. However, after watching the lives of some servants of the Lord, I realized that Christianity is not only about knowledge, but also about a real connection to the Lord, and that to establish and uphold the relationship I needed to accept the grace of God because I was lost.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was 17, I came into contact with a missionary organization. By watching the lives of missionaries, I realized that what I needed was to give my life to my Savior wholly.

There are two writers who have also had great impact on my faith. The books of Lawrence Crab have showed me the significance of relationships, especially my relationship with God, as well as how sinful human nature truly is. Through the books of C. S. Lewis, I have gained a deeper insight of the human soul and the work of God. Other very important moments of my Christian life have been when God taught me to rely solely on Him, for example when my wife and I both lost our jobs at the same time.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I benefited so much from the last Forum that I think it will improve my work for God if I attend again. The Forum is an excellent opportunity to develop relationship between evangelical leaders. It concentrates spirit, knowledge, enthusiasm, experience, and ideas. I can use many things I have learned at the Forum in preaching and teaching.

What is your ministry?

I am the director of the Hungarian Evangelical Publisher and Literature Mission. It is a nonprofit organization for publishing. We publish 20-25 books per year. I am also the editor of our evangelical magazine and I write articles. I am an elder of the local Brethren church in Eger. It is a small church. I do preaching and teaching. We put a lot of effort into reaching lost people in our city. Evangelical believers are less than 1% in Hungary.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a leader of a Hungarian youth mission. It is a mission organizing youth camps mainly for teenagers from both Christian and non-Christian backgrounds. I was a member of the leadership team, but because of a lack of time I now participate on a smaller scale. I was a member of the leadership team of the Hungarian Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I could widely utilize the training and networking possibilities that the Forum provides in my service, especially in evangelical book and magazine publishing. The publisher and mission I work for needs external support and sponsorship to uphold the operation. It is not capable of subsidizing my participation in the Forum. I work in several aspects of Christian service, but my financial position is far too small to invest in such a profitable opportunity as the Forum.

Sergii Marchuk|| forum funded ::

Sergii Marchuk|| forum funded ::

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.

Emanuel Moisa|| forum funded ::

Emanuel Moisa|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Emanuel Moisa is the pastor of a church in Romania and is involved in training other Romanian pastors in biblical leadership.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Christian family, and as a child I was taught to read the Bible and to pray. I attended a Baptist Church where the youth leader was very interested in the students he worked with, and he challenged me personally to grow in my walk with Christ and my understanding of Scripture. After finishing a course in Navigators and being touched by my brother’s baptismal service, I decided at age 14 to receive Christ as my personal Savior and Lord and to follow Him all of my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I first became a Christian, I got involved with a small group lead by my youth minister. He greatly encouraged me in my faith, as did the pastor of the church. He recognized my calling to be a pastor, and he taught me how to preach and how to witness to others. He encouraged the church to send me to the Baptist Theological Institute in Bucharest to be trained for ministry. After graduation, I became a pastor and met my closest friend, an excellent pastor who is a very wise and experienced youth minister. Our friendship has been crucial for my understanding of ministry, and we have learned together how to serve the church. Through him I have been invited to many conferences with Christian leaders from our country.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of two churches, the vice president of education of our Baptist Association in the regional area, national coordinator of the Global Leadership Summit, and a member of the board that leads BIG-IMPACT ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I live in a country with many resources, and I meet many people who need Christ. Many of those who come to know Christ become involved in ministry. I want my own ministry to be one which multiplies. I desire to work with others, trying to help them follow Christ in every aspect of their lives. I want to share with others what I myself have received.

Dzmitry Palianski|| forum funded ::

Dzmitry Palianski|| forum funded ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Dzmitry Palianski is Secretary of the Missionary Committee of the United Pentecostal Church in Belarus.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in 1995 when I was 23-years-old. I served as a police officer in Minsk. Once we arrested a group of young people who were having a meeting in a private apartment in Minsk. We found Bible in the home on a table. We threatened these people with a fine. But the young men were calm. Their faces had a smile and a deep peace was in their eyes. A few days later on the street I met one of them. I was afraid he would be ashamed of me. But he came up to me, smiled and said: “Sir, come to us. God loves you.”

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In 2000, my pastor asked me to be a deacon in the church. I refused. At that time I held a position in the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus. I was afraid that a position of leadership in the church could damage my career. God gave me no peace about this decision, and I struggled for a year. Finally I agreed to be an elder in the church. Immediately I realized this was the right decision.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

My wife and I participated in the Eastern European Leadership Forum in Kiev in 2014. I was impressed with a level of teaching. We got some answers to our questions. But some questions remain. My expectations for the European Leadership Forum are to get answers to my remaining questions. I need encouragement and understanding of ministry, which we plan to do in Europe.

What is your ministry?

I am a former diplomat (Economic Counselor to the Embassy of Belarus in India). Since 2015 I have served as missionary in Montenegro with my wife. At that moment I am pastoring an evangelical church called “Salvation” in Budva, Montenegro. At the same time I am the Secretary of the Missionary Department of the United Pentecostal Church in Belarus.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was one of the first deacons and one of the founders of our local church. For a long time I was an assistant pastor. I took part in Christian seminars and educational programs. In 2012, I became a Bachelor of Theology. About two years I oversaw a small local Church in the Minsk district.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that my life experience and education can be used with great potential in church planting, in training church leaders, and in helping to build relationships between the church and state authorities. It is a good investment to encourage us in our understanding to work between disparate Russian-speaking communities in the European Union. This is especially true in terms of the displacement of the Christian culture of the moral-cultural system of European society.

Amir Elhamy|| forum funded ::

Amir Elhamy|| forum funded ::

Country:
Egypt

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Amir Elhamy is the publishing director of Bible Society of Egypt.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was in junior high school, I attended a sermon at my church explaining in a simple way that I was a sinner and that in order to have a relationship with God I needed to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I decided on that day, January 30, 1981, to accept Jesus into my heart.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My parents had the greatest impact on my spiritual life. I attended church with my family from the time I was 10 years old. As a young person, I attended church youth meetings and summer activities and church camps, all of which were a real blessing to my life. Seven years ago, God led me to change my profession. I went from a secular IT position to the field of Christian publishing field when I joined the Bible Society of Egypt.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Attending the European Leadership Forum will help me so much in my role in Christian publishing and in my service for God’s kingdom. The ministry topics that the Forum presents are so relevant to my personal life and to my service and profession. The fellowship and networking with different people from different backgrounds is a real blessing and it enriches the body of Christ.

What is your ministry?

I am an elder in my church. I am the church council secretary and the church’s Christian education deputy manager. I am the publishing director for the Bible Society of Egypt. I am responsible for the Bible Society’s vision of providing the Bible to all Arabic speaking people.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a high school ministry leader from 1994-2006. I was a leader and mentor to newly married couples from 2007-2011. I was a high school youth leader from 2012-2013. I was a Christian Education ministry leader from 2014-2016.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am blessed by having major roles in my church and my profession. I need to enhance and develop my leadership skills, my knowledge of the Bible, and above all my spiritual life.

Anthoula Intzigianni|| forum funded ::

Anthoula Intzigianni|| forum funded ::

Country:
Greece

Occupation:
Social Services

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Anthoula Intzigianni is the hospitality and program coordinator for Community House Damaris, an organization that works with human trafficking victims.

When did you trust Christ?

I had heard about Jesus from a young age, but I didn’t know Him personally until the age of 18. At that time He spoke to me through my reading of the Bible and through some people in my church. I surrendered to Him and I have been walking with Him ever since.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

A defining moment in my life was the three years I spent attending Bible school. I grew up so much during those years, personally and spiritually. I came to know the Lord more. I learned how to trust Him and abandon my life in His hands. During my final year in Bible school God called me to work with trafficked women.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

My attending the European Leadership Forum will strengthen the impact our organization has in the lives of at-risk women and their children. The knowledge and experience I receive will make us more effective in assisting women in the process of rehabilitation because these women’s lives have been shaped by what they have gone through.

What is your ministry?

I work for an organization that provides a safe house for trafficked women and that offers them a program for recovery and for being trained for a new life. I am a house mother and a program coordinator. As a house mother I live with women who are victims of human trafficking and help them to feel safe. I help them learn life skills and how to live with others. As the program coordinator Ι organize the daily program of the classes we provide.

What are your past leadership roles?

For 14 years I worked as a kindergarten teacher. I was responsible for the Sunday school program in our church for many years. I also organized camps for children for several years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

By supporting me you are investing not only in my training, but also in the lives of trafficked women and their children. Our organization is unique because, although there are other ministries that work with refugees, many of them do not address the long-term needs of refugee women seeking an escape from cycles of abuse and trauma.

Ourania Ioakeimidou|| needs forum funding ::

Ourania Ioakeimidou|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Greece

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organisations

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

Ourania Ioakeimidou is the day program facilitator for Community House Damaris.

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to follow Jesus at the age of 13. I attended a Christian summer camp and I realized there what Jesus had done for me. I felt His calling to follow Him and I gave my heart to Him. Since then, I am His follower.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I grew up in a Christian family. My parents have always been an example to me. But the person who really affected my faith is a lady from our church. She has been my spiritual mother. I always take her advice on spiritual matters and challenges that I face. In addition, in 2008 I had my first brain surgery when I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. This experience has been a great opportunity for me to trust Jesus that He leads my life and holds everything in His hands. Last year in September I underwent a second surgery in Hannover, Germany. Jesus took care of everything. I didn’t have a health insurance because I was unemployed. God took care of everything. I was called me to work in the ministry, which also gave me health insurance, which meant that I could have the surgery. Everything went fine and I am really grateful to my heavenly Father!

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum will qualify me to run our ministry program better and help me to be more effective in meeting our participants’ needs. Human resources management is of great importance for an organization.

What is your ministry?

Community House Damaris where I serve is a non-profit organization that works with victims of human trafficking. Currently I serve as the facilitator of the day program of our ministry. I teach classes, do communication for our organization, and provide computer training and other job training for those in our program.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a camp counselor and summer camp teacher for about 8 years now. I have also been a Sunday school teacher for teenagers for many years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Because I teach children and teenagers the Word of God and these people deserve a trained person to help them. Furthermore, in our ministry we need people to lead the program and meet the needs of those escaping human trafficking. Our participants are young mothers with their babies. Individuals will help in saving lives and offering these girls a future.

Eliso Beradze|| forum funded ::

Eliso Beradze|| forum funded ::

Country:
Georgia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

When did you trust Christ?

When I was still a child I heard a sermon where pastor explained the gospel and the consequences of our sin. I came forward to the altar that day and repented of my sins. I was 8-years-old at the time. I have followed Jesus ever since that day.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In my teenage years I began to ask if I was really a Christian. There was not much freedom in the church or in my family to discuss my doubt. I was trying to think for myself, to read and learn more, and to ask God for help. When I became a student I joined a Christian student group. It was an evangelical group and quite a few non-Christians also attended it. They had so many questions. They asked about God, other religions, about evolution, and how anyone could give up personal freedom and submit to God. Hearing the answers to these questions helped me quite a bit to find the answers to my own questions. I came to see that Christianity was logical and clear.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Through the Forum I was receive great teaching. I will learn from other people’s experience and will be able to build up my own network. The Forum will also be a great encouragement for me to stay faithful and continue on in my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am the national director of Youth for Christ in Georgia. Youth for Christ started its ministry in Georgia just this past year. At this time there are three areas that I am focused on: building a team, providing help to local churches in reaching children and young people, and developing the organization itself.

What are your past leadership roles?

My first leadership experience was in a church context, leading a youth group. Later on I worked for a few years in IFES Georgia. I was the general secretary for eight years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Here in Georgia we work with many students. Students have a great potential to influence both society and the church. Better equipped student workers can be better servants. Building connections at the Forum will help strengthen Youth for Christ Georgia, and we will also be glad to contribute to the discussions that take place.

Laszlo Beregi|| forum funded ::

Laszlo Beregi|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to follow Jesus on December 27, 1987. Some months before that date I started to read John’s Gospel and began to feel that God was speaking to me. The first personal message was John 3:16, which deeply affected me. I thought that if such wonderful sentences were in this book, then I had to read it. I did not come from a religious background, so reading John was a wonderful experience. It took hold of me and brought me to the verge of conversion. The last step before my conversion was watching the film “Sun Brother, Moon Sister.” I compared myself with the main character of the movie. I understood that I was not a good man and that I was a sinner who had no sense of his life. It was painful and hopeful at the same time because I had already believed in God’s personal love. I finally handed myself over to God. I confessed that I was a sinner and needed Jesus as my personal savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

It’s hard to summarize 29 years of walking with Christ! The most important moment of my development was when I encountered the message of the Exchanged Life Conference, which is about our new identity and the identifying process with Jesus. That was in 1999. I understood grace much deeper after that. I was so enthusiastic that I joined a counselling course based on that program. After graduating the course I was involved in teaching. The practice of counselling others helped me develop a lot as a Christian. Another significant moment was when I studied the prophecies about Jesus in the book of Isaiah. These are the so-called Ebed-Jahveh songs. I came to understand what it means that Jesus emptied himself.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Above all else I hope that I experience the presence of Jesus. I hope that my views will broaden and that I will form relationships with other brothers and sisters. I want to learn everything that helps me to build my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of a ministry called Grace Ministries. I do counselling and teach counselling on the basis of our new identity in Christ. I teach this grace-centered mindset based on the book of Romans and the process of identifying with Jesus based on John’s Gospel. Besides this, I teach in Exchanged Life conferences every second month. The main message is these conferences is that our old self, our old identity is dead (Gal. 2:20) and that we are brand new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17) in Christ Jesus. I have also been a church elder since 2004.

What are your past leadership roles?

From 1990-2004, I was a youth leader in my congregation. From 1997-2002, I was the chairman of the Hungarian Every Home for Christ foundation. From 2002-2012, I was a member of the Executive Board of the Hungarian Scripture Union.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to help people really exchange their mindset and their lives. People can deepen in the grace-centered mindset, which revolutionizes their lives as they experience the freedom from themselves that only Christ can give.

Kseniia Bondarenko|| forum funded ::

Kseniia Bondarenko|| forum funded ::

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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