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.

Cristina Dobos|| forum funded ::

Cristina Dobos|| forum funded ::

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.

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.

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.

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.

John Adel|| forum funded ::

John Adel|| forum funded ::

Country:
Egypt

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

John Adel is a software development engineer with the Bible Society of Egypt.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in Christian home and attended church as a child. People around me in church thought that I was a good boy, but the real me was not so good. At the age 19 when I went to university I discovered the real me: I was a sinner and needed a savior. I came to discover this while attending youth meetings in the church. We were encouraged to read the Bible over the course of an entire year. I started to read a chapter each day from the book of Genesis and another chapter from the book of Matthew. I started to learn God’s standards as revealed in the Law of Moses. I realized that I was a sinner who would perish because I had broken many of God’s rules. When I reached Romans I found that I am justified through faith in Jesus. At this point I went on my knees giving thanks to Jesus who saved me so that I would not perish and I started to have relationship with Him from that very day. At this time, I was studying Computer Engineering in the university and I was praying that God would use my academic studies so that I could do something related to His ministry. After graduation God answered my prayer; I got an opportunity to work in the Bible Society of Egypt as a software development engineer. It was God’s Word in the Bible that changed me. I am changing every day and now I work every day to help spread God’s word in Egypt and the Middle East.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After I became a true Christian I started to regularly attend Bible study meetings and conferences in the Brethren Church. Through these things I met with great Christian leaders who helped me grow in my spiritual life. God has also helped me to pass through hard times that have helped me to grow in His knowledge.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum will help me to be a more effective leader among the people who I serve and minister to. It will help me to leverage my work with the Bible Society of Egypt for the Gospel.

What is your ministry?

As I mentioned previously, I am a software developer for the Bible Society of Egypt. Besides my role in full time ministry, I am active in my local church as a youth worship leader. God uses me among the youth to help them to grow closer to Him. I also like to build close personal relationships with the youth to whom I minister and give spiritual counsel to them.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have served the Lord for the last five years as a worship leader and youth minister.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am 30-years-old and I minister to youth very near to my age. I believe that youth need someone who is close to their age so that he can understand their needs, particularly in Egypt and the Middle East these days.

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.

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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