Jana Mackova|| needs forum funding ::

Jana Mackova|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic
Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Forum Network:
Organizational Development
Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service
Jana Mackova is the Operational Director for the Czech Evangelical Association.
When did you trust Christ?
As a child who grew up in church, my relationship with God was formed step by step. I made my conscious decision to follow Jesus at youth camp when I was a teenager. I was baptized and became a member of the church. God guided me through my childhood. I see my relationship with God as a lifelong process of asking God, from time to time, to go deeper or to choose the path of my relationship with Him.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
The first defining moment was my decision to follow Christ and join my church’s youth group afterwards. A second defining moment was my ministry as a youth leader and missionary among students. A third defining moment was studying practical theology through TCM International Institute. A fourth defining moment was having Christian friends with whom I could discuss God’s Word and model my own practical faith.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
Through the Forum I hope to be encouraged and have the opportunity to learn new things. I hope to be able to share my own experiences with other participants and learn from the experiences of others.
What is your ministry?
I have been employed as an operational director of Czech Evangelical Association since January of 2020. My job and ministry are to lead the progress of the organization, to be an event manager for conferences, and to help churches for their growth, communication, and public outreach. I have also been teaching teenagers the Bible for the last year.
What are your past leadership roles?
Originally, I was a youth group leader and missionary among students. I served as an elder for 12 years in my church and for almost eight years had responsibility for economic affairs.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I want to serve God effectively to my full potential. I want to excel in ministry with the goal of seeing more people trust God. I also long to grow personally in my relationship with Him.
Sara Kominek|| needs forum funding ::

Sara Kominek|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Organizational Development

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Sara Kominek is an EXIT Tour Director for Josiah Venture.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home and made the decision to invite Jesus into my heart as a seven-year-old. However, when I was 14, I made a choice that Christianity was not only our family’s faith, but my faith. I have been following Jesus ever since.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was 16, our church was missing a youth leader and together with two friends my age, we stepped up and became the leaders. Then Josiah Venture missionaries from the United States started attending our church. They opened their home to the youth and mentored us, showing us what true discipleship is about. At the age of 24 I decided to take a bold step; I followed God’s calling and left my career to become a full-time missionary in my own country.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

My local church does not invest much into me. I hope that during the Forum I will be trained and stretched. I also would love the opportunity to meet people with similar passions. I want to share about what I have been learning, learn from the experiences of others, and renew my heart where it needs it.

What is your ministry?

I am a team leader whose goal is to enable Polish churches to reach out to public schools with high-quality prevention programs based on Christian values. Our lectures to students cover topics like addiction, self-worth, bullying, Internet pornography, and depression. We have a Christian rock/rap band that performs short gigs. Throughout the week we visit several schools and local churches to organize afternoon youth clubs. At the end of the week the band plays a concert where we share the Gospel and hand out Bibles. Each school year we do six weeks of EXIT Tours, reaching 5,000-6,000 teenagers.

What are your past leadership roles?

For the last five years I have been a country director for EXIT, our ministry within Josiah Venture. I oversee a team of three people and 20+ volunteers from different countries and denominations.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I was once myself a young youth leader mentored by American missionaries and that made a huge difference for me. Now I want to be that person for the youth leaders I work with as a Josiah Venture missionary. I want to grow in order to invest in them. I have been blessed and want to be a blessing to others.

Stanislava Ivanova|| needs forum funding ::

Stanislava Ivanova|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Bulgaria

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Organizational Development

Ministry Focus:
University Students

Stanislava Ivanova is the operations director for Agape Bulgaria (Cru).

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in March 2004 with the help of friends who were ministers at Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) in Bulgaria. In 2001, while I was in the second year of my studies, I met a student who invited me to a discussion on campus. I didn’t know anything about the people, but I went because the topic of the discussion seemed interesting to me. What struck me from the first moment was their lovely attitude, the way they came and met me, and also the good relationships between them. I started to visit the various activities they offered. For the first time in my life I felt really understood and accepted. For three years I did not change my position and the people almost stopped believing that I would change. Then one of them came to me one day and said that he wanted to talk. He told me that I would never have 100% evidence for the existence of God, but that I still had more evidence that proved His existence than for anything else. He said that I should make a step of faith. I understood that I had nothing to lose, but everything to gain, so I prayed with him and gave my life to Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the most important moments was a time in my life when I had several problems all at once – I had a health problem, I had problems in my job, and I had personal problems. What I experienced was that God helped me and moved me out of all of that step by step. I just had to hang on to Him. For example, my doctor told me that I had a non-malignant tumor in my head and I had to have an MRI examination so that they could see if the tumor was small or big. If it was large, I would need surgery. If it was small, they could treat me with medicine. When I shared this with my church, the pastor anointed me and the people prayed for me. I went to have the MRI. The test results showed that there was nothing. When I went back to my original doctor, he didn’t believe it and didn’t know what to say. I don’t think that it was a matter of a bad diagnosis, but a matter of Christ’s power.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Through the Forum I hope to develop ministry partnerships and best practices for evangelism. I want to make sure that I stay on the right track.

What is your ministry?

I am part of the national leadership team for Cru. I take part in all activities of our ministry among the students and high school students, including evangelism, discipleship, and organizing events. I also take part in the worship band of my church and in the leadership of the church. I have also been part of the team for the Bulgarian Leadership Forum.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was appointed for the leadership of the youth organization of my church denomination.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My vision and heart are in evangelism, discipleship, and counseling. Evangelism because only 1% of Bulgarian population are evangelical Christians, disciple making because many of the converted people have left the churches in Bulgaria due to the lack of growth and development, and especially in counseling because there is a huge need and a lack of Christian counselors in Bulgaria.

Simon Bowket|| needs YRM funding ::

Simon Bowket|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Wales

Occupation:
Evangelism, Church Planting

Ministry Focus:
Organisational Development

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in all areas of my ministry.

What is your leadership role?

I am a pioneer evangelist and church planter serving as Executive Director of Grace Rural Wales Partnership.

Maria Kamran|| needs forum funding ::

Maria Kamran|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Pakistan

Occupation:
Business

Forum Network:
Organizational Development

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.

Ivaylo Syarov|| needs forum funding ::

Ivaylo Syarov|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Bulgaria

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Organizational Development

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ivaylo Syarov is the pastor of a Baptist church.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian on December 31, 1990. After two years of struggling with spiritual questions I put my life in the hands of Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Some of the most important moments in my spiritual development include: my initiation into missionary work in small villages when I had no financial support, my training at the Logos academy, the mentorship I received from my pastor, and the religious and political challenges of being an evangelical Christian in a country that is mostly Eastern Orthodox and Sunni Muslim.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

At the Forum I hope to encounter new ideas, opportunities, and partners for the Gospel. I need to renew the vision and implementation of our ministry. I hope to meet new challenges and find solutions to our ministry problems.

What is your ministry?

I serve as a pastor in a Baptist church. I am currently working on building leaders – both in the local church and a small group of leaders in different denominations. We have had the opportunity in the last three years to start Bible study groups with people who are Catholic. My goal is to train a new generation of church leaders to continue ministry in the church. My task is to help and support the mission of the church, to equip people for ministry, and to encourage them. I have also completed my doctoral program in church history semester and will soon defend my thesis.

What are your past leadership roles?

As a board member of the Baptist Union I helped with the financial and Organisational aspects of the organization. As chairman of the New Man publishing house I helped to continue the organization’s mission of promoting biblical and historical Christianity. As a trainer of small group leaders I helped to build small Bible study groups.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am dedicated to building up the next generation of Christian leaders in Bulgaria, leaders who are theologically sound and devoted to ministry.

Duncan Olumbe|| needs forum funding ::

Duncan Olumbe|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Kenya

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Organisational Development

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Duncan Olumbe is National Director of Community Health Evangelism for the Full Gospel Churches of Kenya.

When did you trust Christ?

I made a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in March 1984 during my first year in secondary school. This decision came about because of the witness of fellow students who were born-again members of the school’s Christian Union. Even though I grew up in a nominal Roman Catholic family, it was at this point that I fully recognized that I was a sinner and needed the saving grace of Christ. Growing up in salvation after this initial decision was not easy as I was the first member of my family to make such a commitment.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I joined the Full Gospel Church, the then local pastor and his wife took me under their wings and brought me up in faith just like one of their children. Though now retired, I deeply appreciate their impact in my life. In my high school and college years I was actively involved in the Christian Unions which greatly enhanced my leadership skills and my desire to serve the Lord “full-time”. Immediately after university graduation, I volunteered to serve with the Kenyan evangelical student movement (under IFES). This greatly clarified my call to ministry. Also during this time at a student missions conference I fully dedicated my life to serving God for the rest of my life in cross-cultural missions.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

It is such a privilege to be at the Forum and to be part of the Forum’s Year-Round Mentoring in Disciple-Making. I have learned a lot about how to lead an effective discipleship ministry. It is also so refreshing to worship the Lord and to get to meet brothers and sisters from all over the world. I believe the new connections I make will be a huge blessing to my ministry back home.

What is your ministry?

My current ministry involves oversight of the implementation of Community Health Evangelism as a church-planting model within the Full Gospel Church in Kenya. We are primarily targeting poor, marginalized, and unreached people groups on how best to reach them with the Gospel using holistic missions – meeting both physical and spiritual needs. It is a grassroots community-based approach to development with special emphasis on public health, farming, water and sanitation, and environmental conservation.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have served as the Executive Director of Mission Together Africa, which sought to mobilize the East African Church into active involvement in God’s mission. My role included setting up the organization from scratch and leading it to be a key player in the global mission circles. This involved networking and bringing together all the mission players in the country so that we could serve God’s mission better as a united force.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I sense that God has placed me in a position of significant leadership influence both locally and internationally. Also, as I will soon turn 50-years-old, I sense that God is calling me to impact the next generation of leaders under me. As such, I believe those who may want to invest in my training and ministry will have significant impact not only in my life but in the lives of those that I lead and serve.

Ben Uhrin|| needs forum funding ::

Ben Uhrin|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Organizational Development

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ben Uhrin is the the President of the Slovak Baptist Union.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home and I made decision to follow the Lord at the age of 10 at a youth camp. My decision has been challenged many times since, but by the grace of Lord I daily give my life to Him to be used for the sake of His kingdom.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After my baptism in early youth another important time was when I felt the call to the ministry and I applied to study theology. Those years at seminary were a blessing to me. Two U.S. missionaries I worked with as a student influenced my life by believing and investing in me – their encouragement, time, mentoring, and prayers were of great importance. My wife is another blessing and encouragement for my life and ministry. My trips to the U.S. were a gift from God. I always met the right people to help me to move the next step.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has greatly enhanced my understanding of various areas of life and ministry. I was able to buy many books that I use regularly in my ministry, and I can’t imagine how I would work otherwise. I hope to return to the Forum to be challenged, equipped, and encouraged for the future.

What is your ministry?

Since June 2018 I am the full time President of the Slovak Baptist Union. I lead the church planting support team and I created and lead the Slovak national M4 team. I coach one of our church plants, and visit churches and pastors. I develop ministry teams and networks.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Several years ago I went through a period where I heard about leadership from every side. I was afraid to listen to all of it, thinking that I would not be able to be the one to take up the call of leadership. But I knew deep down that God wanted me to be a leader. Since then I have already gained some knowledge and insights into leadership, but I know I must learn more if I am to fulfill what God has called me to. Attending the Forum has helped me in fulfilling this call because of the people, training and resources that are available for me to use and learn from. Through these things, with hard work and perseverance, I believe I can achieve what I am called to do.

Sinisa Nadazdin|| needs forum funding ::

Sinisa Nadazdin|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Montenegro

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Organisational Development

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Sinisa Nadazdin is a pastor working among immigrants and refugees in Montenegro.

When did you trust Christ?

I surrendered my life to the Lord on May 1, 1999. That was the end of a five-year long period in which I was challenged to start thinking about life, God, and what my relationship to Him should be. During this period, God led me through many challenging situations and trials that eventually led me to a biblical understanding of who He is and how He relates to us. Eventually, after several emotionally and mentally painful periods, God brought me to my knees where I surrendered control of my life to Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Some of the most defining moments were those when I learned how to combine theory and practice: how to implement the Gospel into real life and bring it to the “lowest of the low.” It was through such interactions that the Gospel presented itself as living and powerful.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am hoping that through experiences and relationships made at the Forum that I will be challenged in a way that will help me improve the way I serve God and the Roma-Ashkali/Egyptian community. I am hoping I will be able to learn and apply best practices that will make our ministry more effective and productive. I am hoping to be able to connect our ministry to the resources it needs for its further development.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor in Montenegro. My ministry is to the Roma-Ashkali/Egyptian community in Podgorica, Montenegro. This community predominantly includes the refugee population from Kosovo, but as time goes by also the local, domicile Roma and Ashkali-Egyptians. This community is almost exclusively Muslim and is one of the few Roma groups in Europe that has not had Christian revival. Therefore it is fair to say that we are among the first established Christian groups in this community.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been in leadership positions in many Christian projects and initiatives in Montenegro. The most significant ones have been leading humanitarian and social work in local evangelical church and being the leader of the Christian ministry to Montenegrin politicians.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Our ministry is unique in a way that it is the only “established” ministry to the Albanian speaking Roma (predominantly Arli) and Ashkali/Egyptian population in Montenegro. According to my best knowledge, although there are several ministries to the Roma in Albania (cities of Lezhe, Tirane, Durres and Elbasan) and some attempts in Prishtine (Kosovo), I have not heard of an evangelical church among these two groups, particularly the Roma. The truth is that there are Roma and Ashkali/Egyptian believers, but I have not heard of a church consisting of a majority of them. Apart from this, this is one of the rare ministries to the Muslim Gypsies (as Albanian speaking Roma and Ashkali/Egyptians are) who remain (apart from Southern Serbia and somewhat in Bulgaria and Macedonia) a largely unreached group.


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