Edgaras Untulis|| needs forum funding ::

Edgaras Untulis|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Lithuania
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting
Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors
Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Edgaras Untulis is a pastor in Plungé, Lithuania.
When did you trust Christ?
I made the decision to trust and follow Jesus in March 1991.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
After my decision to follow Jesus, I started to serve in the church, preach, and do other activities in Christian ministry.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
Participating in the Forum is so helpful for me because it gives me the chance to be closer to the pastors from all across Europe. Through the workshops, I can learn how ways of encouraging other believers to spread the name of the Lord in Lithuania. I will be able to use the knowledge I receive at the Forum to improve my pastoring and leadership skills. I will be able to use what I learn in my local church, and in my city and country. The Lord has opened up doors through the Forum! I want to attend to improve my relationship with Jesus.
What is your ministry?
I am a pastor. As a pastor I cultivate everyday Bible reading and prayer life. Every Sunday I preach in our church and in other churches in the area. I organize prayer meetings, seminars, counseling, fellowship between church members, and evangelization events in my local community.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have been a pastor since 1995.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
With God’s help, I have been faithful in ministry for over 20 years.
Zaneta Dvorackova|| needs forum funding ::

Zaneta Dvorackova|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Zaneta Dvorackova is the Deputy Director for Prison Fellowship Czech Republic.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was a teenager, I met Christians who invited me to attend a youth group. I attended the youth group for two years before I decided to give my life to Jesus. When I was 17, I was baptized and started to serve in the local church.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was deciding which university should I attend, God led me to go to Evangelical Biblical Seminary in Prague. Three years at this seminary were key in my spiritual life and in my direction for life. I studied theology and counseling. Another key moment in my life was when my husband decided to step into ministry as a pastor. Since then we have been serving among many people (kids, youth, adults, older people, and imprisoned people and their families). We have a heart for lost people, and we are praying that God may use us to spread the Gospel and gain people for Him.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum is a place of encouragement and personal spiritual development. The Forum is unique in its atmosphere and depth and gives you time to recharge. I hope to return to gain new information, inspiration, and encouragement for my future ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am the Deputy Director of Prison Fellowship Czech Republic. I serve families and especially children of incarcerated parents. I coordinate special projects for them, including an Angel Tree program at Christmas, a Day with My Child program during the year, and summer camps for the children of incarcerated parents. All projects are designed to support families, to help strengthen their bonds during incarceration, and to help them survive the time of separation and help with reunion after the incarcerated parent is released. We bring them God’s Word and show them God’s love, which can change their lives.

What are your past leadership roles?

I led a youth group for almost 10 years. I have been the leader of a home group in our church for women.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to grow in the Lord and to be more useful for His work. I want to improve my leadership skills.

Erno Nagy|| needs forum funding ::

Erno Nagy|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Social Services

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

Erno Nagy is the director of a Christian charity in Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family and attended a Baptist church. I heard the Gospel many times. Unfortunately, I feared death and my main goal was to avoid hell. I had no idea how to become a Christian until one day I heard a friend explaining the Gospel to a common friend, and it hit me. At that time, I put my faith on a healthy foundation and not on the fear of hell.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The church leader of the Brethren Church in my home city had a big impact on my life, as did the youth group in that church. Later I experienced an influencing and defining time at the Bible School in Wiedenest, and after that at the Akademie für Weltmission in Korntal. These schools were important not only for theological formation, but also in my personal faith. Eight or nine years ago I had a deep personal life crisis – it wasn’t an easy time, but it had a huge impact on my life. The counseling process was very helpful, and I decided to study counseling at the University in Budapest (which also had an intense impact in my life).

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

It is always a benefit to “stretch the mind” and discover new resources – not only for ongoing ministry but for my own spiritual health, too. Additionally, meeting people from different ministries is inspiring.

What is your ministry?

I have been leading the organization Biblia Centrum, a Christian charity, for almost 20 years. I also participate in church ministries: preaching, organizing conferences, youth ministry, marriage ministry, and counseling (equipping, small groups, marriage, singles).

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been the director of a Christian charity, Biblia Centrum, for 20 years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe it is important to continue growing in my spiritual life. It is my conviction that the effectiveness of my ministry will never be larger than my spiritual development. I desire to become better in the areas I currently serve in and to find effective help in areas where I am not as strong (i.e., organizing).

Abhijeet Sasane|| needs forum funding ::

Abhijeet Sasane|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
India

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Abhijeet Sasane is a pastor and is the Auxiliary Secretary for the Bible Society of India for two Indian states.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born and brought up in a God-fearing Christian family. My parents deeply loved the Lord and were prompt in their services to God as good Christians in the Methodist Church. They were always good to me and trusted me. However, during my school days I fell in with the wrong crowd. By the time I was fifteen I was severely addicted to alcohol. I felt guilty about it but continued. My parents were greatly worried about me and continued to pray for me. One day, after my standard exams, my schoolteacher invited me to her house along with other friends of mine. Everyone was discussing their future plans, but I had nothing to say. While everyone was about to leave, she asked me to stay back. When everyone had gone, she put her hand on my shoulder, looked into my eyes and said, “Son, God loves you and Jesus died for you.” This simple statement had so much impact and conviction that I broke out in tears. I decided to surrender my life to this Jesus who had become real to me.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

As a pastor of the Methodist Church in India, I have had the privilege and opportunity to serve the marginalized, deprived, underprivileged and downtrodden in society from different religions and cultures. Locally, I have also served the visually impaired, widows, orphans, sex workers, and their children. This has had a great impact on me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe that there is always a scope to grow and learn no matter to what level one has reached. We must keep learning new tools and methodologies of evangelism and leadership to be more useful to the church at large.

What is your ministry?

As the Auxiliary Secretary of the Bible Society of India for two states, my role is extremely tedious and complex as I have to manage around 72 branches across Maharashtra and Goa. Even though I am an ordained Methodist pastor, I have an ecumenical approach and have preached in almost every denomination in the country. By God’s grace, I am recognized as a national leader not only by Christians but also by non-Christians.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a delegate at international gatherings and conferences where I could interact with leaders from different cultures across the globe. I have been preaching and teaching not only from the pulpit but also outside the four walls of the church building. Preaching has always been my passion. I have been involved in communicating the Gospel in the marketplace in the music and film industry, and among the corporate and the business class. Not only that, I had the privilege of representing the Christian community in India on national television channels many times. I was the Youth Director for the state of Maharashtra for six years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

By the grace of God, I have opportunities to take the Gospel to people groups and arenas where others have limited or no access. Polishing and training a person who is already strategically placed for evangelism would help that person to be even more fruitful.

Dimitra Geraki|| needs forum funding ::

Dimitra Geraki|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Greece

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Dimitra Geraki is a women’s minister in Greece.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to trust Jesus as my Savior back in 1983 during a Christian conference in Germany. I visited the conference with my aunt, who was a Christian. While listening to a sermon I realized that what had been offered to me by God was a huge present and I couldn’t just keep on living my life without accepting it. The speaker addressed those of us who had not yet surrendered to Jesus, explaining the atonement through Jesus’ sacrifice and asking how long it would take until we would finally say “yes” to Him. I prayed aloud asking Christ to come into my life and save me. That was the beginning of my spiritual journey with Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I came back home to Greece after my conversion, my mother, who had been raised in a Christian home but did not have a personal relationship with Jesus, was indifferent when I talked to her about my experience. But my father reacted in a violent way when I told him that from then on, I would attend an evangelical church that was near our house. Being only 16 and still living with my family, I had to face threats that he would burn my Bible if I kept reading it and that he would even come to the church I attended to tell the pastor and the elders that I was acting against his will! This was a hard time for me, but it was also an opportunity to dig deeper in my relationship with Jesus. I kept praying and eventually my mother stood by me and this gradually made my dad calm down and let me go on with my spiritual life.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I look forward to participating in the European Leadership Forum and its sessions on counseling so that I can be better qualified to understand myself and the characteristics of my personality as I walk in faith, as well as help and support the other women of my church and of the churches of the Koinonia of Evangelical Churches in Greece, whom I serve within the scope of my ministry. I also believe that sharing thoughts and experiences with my fellow Christians from other countries, concerning for instance issues and problems that women face in marriage and personal relationships will be beneficial not only for my sisters in my country but also for Greek women in general, whom we try to lead to Christ.

What is your ministry?

I am in charge of the women’s ministry of the Koinonia of Evangelical Churches in Greece. Our aim is to help Christian women grow spiritually and at the same time reach out to those women around us who have not yet trusted Jesus as their savior. We also feel a burden in our hearts for women of minority groups in Greece, such as the Muslim women in Thrace in the northern part of Greece.

What are your past leadership roles?

In the past, I led women’s Bible studies in my church and organized the curriculum of the Sunday school classes of my church. For the past five years I have been working with elderly people in a Christian nursing home, supporting and helping them in their battle against dementia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that the Forum will be really beneficial for my ministry. Greece in its vast majority is an Orthodox country with the Greek people being totally alienated from biblical truth. The Forum will definitely equip me to work alongside my fellow Christians for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom in my country.

Zsolt Biro|| needs forum funding ::

Zsolt Biro|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Zsolt Biro is a Bible teacher for Grace Ministries Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian more than 20 years ago. I started to attend a Reformed church and began having conversations with the pastor. He gave me a book called “Why I Am a Christian,” written by Ole Kristian Hallesby. I read this book in parallel with the Bible itself. I wanted to know God and I wanted to have the same experiences that Ole Kristian Hallesby described in his book. One morning while I read from the Gospels, it was like my eyes were opened. I understood everything: why Jesus came, what the cross means, and that I needed to make a decision. I prayed and gave my whole life to my Creator that day.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

As I began to grow as a Christian, I became a leader, too. First, I taught I Sunday school. Then I taught in the church youth group. Later, I became one of the elders of my church. These were big steps in my faith and Christian walk. Now I am a teacher with Grace Ministries Hungary, where I try to serve my Lord in the nation of Hungary.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Christian ministries are not really supported by churches in my country. It is very difficult to get relevant information about leadership, financial stewardship, and so forth. It would be a great step for my ministry to receive this kind of teaching and training through the European Leadership Forum. I think the biggest current need that I have in my organization is for me to develop personal leadership skills.

What is your ministry?

I work in several different ministries. The first is Grace Ministries Hungary, where I am a Bible teacher and disciple men in the Christian faith. I also organize an international evangelism conference called Balatonnet that serves around 1,200 people. I also run a Christian media ministry called Gospel Café where we try to reach as many people as we can through the media, including social media platforms, television, and book publishing.

What are your past leadership roles?

First, I taught Sunday school. Then I taught in a youth group. Next, I became an elder in my local church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Eastern Europe is in a very bad situation and my country is worse than average. Most people have not encountered the real Christian faith. We have to destroy those walls and show people the real Christian faith. Our mission is to show people the real Christian faith, heal them, and build them up as disciples of Christ.

Klara Kisgeci Dudas|| needs forum funding ::

Klara Kisgeci Dudas|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Klara Kisgeci Dudas is the president of Christian Medical Fellowship in Serbia.

When did you trust Christ?

My parents were believers and I had the opportunity to learn about God, but I did not understand the Scriptures, especially grace and faith. I did not follow my parents’ steps of faith, and I had many painful and difficult experiences in my life. I was without hope. Ano Domini for me was in 1992. Several months before I became a Christian, my husband was converted. It was a real challenge for me to try to understand the Bible again. I had many questions. “Read! The Lord will come to you!” an old teacher told me. A long process started in my mind. I made a decision to trust and follow Jesus, when I felt in my heart that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The conference of ICMDA (International Christian Medical and Dental Association) in Hungary, in 1996; Balatonaliga was an amazing point in my spiritual life. For the first time I heard about dualism, pluralism, medical ethics, bioethics, holistic care, care for the care-givers, how to find hope, and many more topics. I found the focus of my life: Jesus!

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I need quality teaching, advice related to the strategy of work, and networking with other leaders at the Forum. It is a privilege to be a part of the Forum, and to share experiences. The Forum helps me in getting the bigger picture of how God is working. I exceedingly appreciate the experiences of others, testimonies, worship time, new revelations, and encouragement for the work of Christian Medical Fellowship in Serbia. We do not have good materials and resources and the Forum supplies us both physically and spiritually to continue this ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am the president of Christian Medical Association in Serbia. Our aim is to connect Christian medical workers (doctors, dentists, pharmacists, paramedics, medical nurses, medical technicians), medical students, and other healthcare workers who believe and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in the spirit of Holy Scriptures. We want to offer these Christian professionals help, support, and encouragement so that through work in their own particular field they can become aware of the importance of their own spiritual life, and we want to encourage them to be an example in their everyday life and work. In this way I mentor and coach new leaders; promote community integral health, which integrates evangelism, discipleship, development, and multiplication; and lead a Bible Discover group for non-believers, cultural Christians, and Muslims. I am a retired dentist.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My ministry in Serbia is growing and I am serving God’s people through the field of medicine. These medical professionals are essential in any society, and we strive to help these professionals work not for themselves, but to work for Christ. The Forum is a great learning and growth opportunity that will also help my ministry work as a more effective servant of Christ!

Mirela Robu|| needs forum funding ::

Mirela Robu|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Mirela Robu is an education mentor for a non-profit organization that works with children and teenagers.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in a camp for teenagers when I was 16 years old. One day we were on a hike and the leader asked us to walk on the trail by ourselves. He told us to use that time to be alone with God, to walk with Him just as the two people walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Then God spoke to my heart. I understood who He really is and what He could do for me and my life. I decided to accept Him in my life as Lord and Savior that very day.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was born in a non-Christian family. That was a real struggle and challenge for me after I became a Christian. What really helped and encouraged me in my growing process were different families from the church, moms and sisters who gave me advice, guided me, and answered my heart’s questions. They invested their time and energy in me, helping me to grow as a godly woman.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe that God has put in me the ability to influence and communicate very well with people around me. A lot of people have told me that I’m an honest person and, because of that, they entrust me with their children in classes. I know and understand people easily because in my youth I had been through different experiences that now help me to do this. Now I can use these experiences for God’s glory by helping people. My desire is to continue to let God and others invest in my life. My desire is not to bury my gifts, but to understand them and use them for His glory. My hopes are that the Forum can help me in this process.

What is your ministry?

The Regen Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with children, teenagers, and adults from poor villages, coming from disadvantaged environments around Fagaras. We currently have social projects and homework clubs in four different locations. We are organizing an after-school program as well. We are doing the best we can to show people God’s love in a practical way.

What are your past leadership roles?

For 24 years I have led different groups of children and teenagers in different villages around Fagaras, which is the town where I live. For the past seven years I have also been a public school teacher.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe I have still a lot to learn from others who have more experience than me. By investing in me, the Forum will invest in my actual ministry.

Andreas Schoger|| needs forum funding ::

Andreas Schoger|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Andreas Schoger is the pastor of a church in Romania.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a non-Christian family, and because of problems regarding the health of my brother my mother came to church. I was 16-years-old when I decided to follow Jesus. It was in 1998 when God convicted me of my sin and I gave my life to Him. I was convicted during that summer when a missionary came to our church and preached the Gospel.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The moment when God called me to serve the Lord with the Gospel. The moment when I was discipled by some great men of God. The moment when I got to attend Emanuel University of Oradea. The moment when I got married. The moment when I was ordained.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I will be exposed at great speakers. I will develop my relationships with other leaders from Europe. I will be able to buy great books. I will set apart my activities for a week and I will invest in my own spiritual development.

What is your ministry?

I am a full time pastor. I preach on a regular basis (four times a week), I lead the youth group, I visit the church members, I evangelize the members of our community, and I officiate baptisms and weddings and funerals.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was involved in the Gideon International Ministry. I was the youth leader in my home church. I was involved in a group Bible study in our church. I was involved as the leader of Campus Crusade for Christ at my university.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am a leader and work as a full time pastor. I am in my thirties and still have, Lord willing, a long pastoral career ahead. I like to read and attend conferences so I have a teachable attitude.

Jelena Sivulka|| needs forum funding ::

Jelena Sivulka|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Counselling

Jelena Sivulka is the founder of Hana’s Hope, a non-profit organization that cares for families with disabilities.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was 18, I heard the Gospel for the first time in my life at the Calvary Chapel Outreach. After a few days, I prayed to receive Christ into my heart.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My family was against anything that had to do with the church, Jesus, or Christianity in general. Thus, to go to church was a constant battle at home. I was involved in youth ministry, IFES-student ministry, and all of that helped me grow and develop as a Christian during this difficult time. Also, I was disciple by my pastor’s wife and she helped me in my Christian walk.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum helps me to connect with other Christians in my field. It helps me to learn more and to receive professional supervision from people who have a greater knowledge of the counselling field. Through the Forum we are able to share problems and dilemmas, and are able to encourage one another. While getting a degree in counselling at a secular university it was the Forum that helped me to learn more about Christian counselling and about how to integrate psychology and Christianity. The Forum is the only place for me to share my heart with other professional people who love God and who are involved in ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am the founder and director of Hana’s Hope NGO. Our organization serves, educates, and cares for families and individuals affected with disabilities. I am writer and speaker, passionately sharing the importance of pain and suffering in our spiritual walk. I am one of the founders of the Christian Counsellors association in Serbia, speaking, organizing different events, and caring for counsellors. I host a radio show once a month with messages of hope.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am planning to stay in ministry, but at the same time I have come to conclusion that I need to learn more, and need encouragement. I started taking classes in Novi Sad at the Theological seminary, but that has not been enough. We need highly educated workers in the country of Serbia.

Esteban Lozano|| needs forum funding ::

Esteban Lozano|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Esteban Lozano is the director’s assistant and scriptwriter for an evangelical television program in Spain.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family. I grew up hearing stories from the Bible, and I believed them intellectually. But it was not until I was 18-years-old that I came to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I went through some problems at that time that brought me to a saving relationship with Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the defining moments was when I was at university when I was 18-years-old. I had a relationship with a girl, but it ended. That brought a lot of pain into my life. Through that period of my life, God taught me to rely on Him, no matter what. He taught me that everything is under His control and that I can rest in Him because of His perfect guidance. Since that time, whenever I struggle, I remember how Christ brought me to peace when I most needed it.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum encourages and strengthens me to go on with my ministry. Through the Forum I have also gotten to know other believers who are involved in mass media work; we have been able to learn from each other and help each other.

What is your ministry?

I work as a scriptwriter for an evangelical television program that is broadcast every Sunday on Spanish public television. I began doing this work 11 years ago and I gain more responsibility every year. I am also an elder in my local church, where I preach once a month and lead a Bible study group with my wife.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth group leader at my local church in Madrid for 10 years, and a Bible teacher in Christian youth camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Our program, “Good News TV,” is a very useful tool to bring the Christian message to Spanish society. It is important that our show is as good as possible. Therefore, training and resources are important.

Petr Lupton|| needs forum funding ::

Petr Lupton|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Counselling

Petr Lupton is involved in men’s ministry, pre-marital counselling, and leading a small group.

When did you trust Christ?

I accepted Jesus in the summer of 2004 at English Camp. I was 15 years old and it was my first contact with Christians. I was deeply touched by the testimonies of the team leaders from the Czech Republic and the USA. I dedicated myself to Christ at camp and was baptized 9 months later.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The most defining moment of my walk with Christ is probably my decision to study theology. Throughout my studies I saw myself grow closer to Christ in incredible ways. I was constantly amazed by my theological studies and was blessed to have the opportunity to learn so much about God and his love. Another moment was when I volunteered at the Ashburnham Christian Conference Center in England for a summer. It was a valuable growing experience for me to be challenged and mentored by others who share my passion for Christ. My pastor and mentor have also played significant roles in my walk with Christ and have been a continuous encouragement with my faith.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a great place for me to learn how to be more effective in my ministry. I am starting to work with men and also my and I are doing pre-marital counselling for couples, and I would like to learn more about these area, so that I can help others.

What is your ministry?

I work with men, especially in the area of moral purity. My ministry is based on the book The Purity War by Jim Cecy, who is also my mentor. I meet with men on regular basis in small groups or one-on-one meetings and I try to help them in their struggles with purity. I also organize seminars on the topics of moral purity, similar to what Jim Cecy does. Besides that, I have been responsible for teaching a small group that is hoping to plant a church in the future.

What are your past leadership roles?

Previously I was a theology student. I also helped with youth group, leading Bible classes, visiting rehabilitation centers for the elderly, and visiting rehabilitation centers for those who have been imprisoned. In addition, I preached in various churches and was involved in a leadership team for an English Camp.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My vision is to someday train other people in theology and how to use it in their lives, especially in the Czech Republic. It is the second most atheistic country in Europe so there is also great potential for the gospel to be spread. Being able to connect with Christian leaders from other countries will provide me with “fresh” perspectives on leadership. It would be a great opportunity to gain wisdom and knowledge of leaders from all over the world in order to help me in my ministry in the Czech Republic.

Jadwiga Markiewicz|| needs forum funding ::

Jadwiga Markiewicz|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Jadwiga Markiewicz works for Matthew 28 Ministries, and leads a discipleship program for women called Metamorphosis.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to follow Christ in 1981 when I was a student through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ in Poland.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

During the last three years of my university studies, after I made my decision for Christ, I was involved in the Campus Crusade student ministry. I attended Bible study meetings and large student meetings. I was discipled by Campus Crusade staff, and was challenged to serve God full time. When I finish my studies I joined the Campus Crusade staff in 1983.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a great time of learning, encouragement, vision casting, and inspiration for my ministry. It is a good opportunity to make new connections and exchange experiences. It is wonderful time of rest in God’s arms.

What is your ministry?

I help women from different Polish cities and different churches to grow in their relationship with Christ to be disciples of Christ. I help them grow in God’s Word and apply His Word to their everyday lives. I help teach them how to share the Gospel and to help others to know Christ. A year ago I started our “Metamorphosis” program, which disciples 20 women, many of whom are themselves leaders for women in their cities and churches.

What are your past leadership roles?

In my ministry I have been a small group leader, the leader of a women’s teaching team, and was responsible for training new staff. Now I am our women’s forum leader.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My heart is for evangelism and discipleship among women, so they can know God personally and live as free people in Christ, spreading His fragrance. If the lives of women change, they will tell others about Jesus, and make a difference for Christ in our country.

Zsuzsanna Onasoga|| needs forum funding ::

Zsuzsanna Onasoga|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Social Services

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Counselling

Zsuzsanna Onasoga is a counsellor in her church and is involved in women’s ministry and church planting.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1991 my friend invited me to a home Bible study and it was there that I decided to follow Christ in a personal relationship. My decision was the result of years of searching and desiring to “reach” God. I had always expected God to just find me. But He was there all along waiting for me to finally put down my pride and trust in Him!

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I went to Bible school for a year (from 1993-1994) and that time really helped me to settle some issues and grow rapidly. There were other situations like being a foster parent, working with poor people, being the pastor’s wife, and going through difficult time of loss and insecurity that helped me to better know God.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a very valuable experience, as it allows me to meet people who are experienced in the field of counselling. I can learn from professional counsellors, as well as build networks so I can keep growing even while I am not at the Forum. I also hope to act as a supporter to others who are there and may need my help in certain areas.

What is your ministry?

I am involved in women’s ministry in our local church, at our new church plant, and in two home studies for women in nearby towns. I also counsel these women as they have need. I minister as a counsellor in our church, mostly working with families. During the summer I help at children’s camps as a counsellor for kids and parents. I often speak at women’s conferences.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was motivated to continue my studies and become a certified counsellor in the Mental Health Department at Semmelweis University. This was a two-year course for people with a theological background.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to use my knowledge for the good of others. There are not many counsellors in Serbia with a Christian background and the need is great. I can see how God uses me daily as I talk with individuals and I would like to develop so that I can be an even more effective servant of God.

Alena Kazlouskaya|| needs forum funding ::

Alena Kazlouskaya|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Alena Kazlouskaya is the editor of a Christian newspaper.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was about 12-13 years old, I read a book about Jesus. It was non-Christian book, in fact an anti-Christian book. I saw that the author was silly and that Christ was real. After reading the book I prayed to God for the first time. Then I started to look for a good church where I could hear the teachings of Christ. I also found a New Testament and started to read it at home. It was like a great hunger. After finding a church, I asked Christ to be my Lord and Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

God often spoke to me through the Bible and there I found the answers to my questions. My pastor’s sermons helped me to know God much better as well. My father died in 1993, so God become my Father. He saved my family from a big crisis after my father’s death. There were hard times when the USSR broke up, and many people lost their jobs and savings. God helped us to survive that time. God answered my prayers. He showed that the spiritual world is real and that He is near all the time. He also healed me from two illnesses and my mother from a tumor. As a Christian journalist, I have met many people who have had God’s miracles in their lives.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

At the Forum I hope to encounter new viewpoints, and that the experience of other attendees and speakers will be useful for our ministry. I expect to meet new people who can be our partners. The ideas I can get at the Forum can enrich and change our ministry, giving us a more global vision and a deeper understanding. It can help us to connect with the body of Christ across Europe.

What is your ministry?

For 20 years I have worked as a writer and editor for a Christian newspaper called “Kolokol-The Bell.” I write the articles for each issue of the newspaper. For unbelievers we write articles about salvation (telling the Good News in understandable, modern way), Christian apologetics, and stories of people who have received help from God. We write articles for believers about the Christian life and practical application of God’s word in different areas of life. More than 20 million Russian-speaking people have received the Good News of Jesus Christ through our media ministry.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the leader of a home group. I have also served as a teacher in my church, both in Sunday school and for our teenagers.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

“Kolokol-The Bell” is only independent Christian newspaper in Belarus. Our monthly circulation is about 2,000 people, including people in prisons and nursing homes, and those in the government in our cities. Christians and churches use “Kolokol” for spreading Christian faith and values. Thousands of people know about Christ through our ministry. By investing in this ministry, you invest in preaching the Gospel in the society.


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