Henrietta Raina|| needs forum funding ::

Henrietta Raina|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other
Forum Network:
Youth Ministry
Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth
Henrietta Raina is a youth worker in Romania
When did you trust Christ?
In 2010, when I was 11, I decided to follow Jesus. My dad is a pastor and that summer we were at a camp organized for pastors and families. Every morning there was a lecture for the kids. One day after the lecture we talked about the end of the world, how near it is and how many signs have begun to happen. I started to think about the end of the world seriously. For the first time in my life I realized that I wouldn’t go to heaven because I never really asked God to forgive my sins and to be His child. That evening I prayed with my father and decided to follow Jesus with all my heart.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
A few years after deciding to follow Jesus I took the next step and was baptized. At one point I realized I didn’t have a daily connection with God. I was asking Him for favors and promising to read the Bible and have a better connection with Him. However, the Holy Spirit revealed to me this kind of relationship with God wasn’t the right one. Slowly I begun to grow in my relationship with God. Another defining moment for me was when I understood from God that I must begin to study at the weekend Bible school here in Cluj-Napoca, where I attend university. This spring I realized how few things I really knew about God and theology. I wanted to form my own opinion and get a deeper understanding in order to explain to even non-Christians the deeper things about my God. During the summer God convinced me and gave me peace that this is the road which I should take, to go and study and know Him better.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I want to receive encouragement from the speakers, to receive new ideas from other participants, to learn to better serve God, and to be refreshed spiritually by the European Leadership Forum.
What is your ministry?
Currently I am serving in house group meetings and actively participating in Christian students’ meetings. I also lead the youth ministry in my local church.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have led prayer meetings in a youth camp and have shared my testimony Christian student meetings.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I would like to know God better, to understand Him deeply, and to serve Him better among young people.
Mate Kiss|| needs forum funding ::

Mate Kiss|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Mate Kiss is a youth ministry leader in Romania and the financial secretary of the Hungarian Baptist Youth Association.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born into a Christian family. However, I was a hypocrite. I tried to avoid meeting my school friends and church members at the same time. One weekend during an evangelism campaign I felt desperate. I thought if time passed my heart might harden unless I dedicated myself to the Lord right then. I went to my pastor and we prayed together, but my sins didn’t hurt. I was afraid of not being able to repent. After the final sermon of the event, I went to the pastor and told him about my struggles. As we prayed, the ice broke and I started to cry. I realized how much I hurt God with my evil deeds and my wicked nature. I asked for forgiveness and received it on that day, March 16, 2014. Jesus Christ became my personal Savior! Since then I’ve been identifying myself as a follower of Him!

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After my conversion four of my friends and the father of one of them began to meet regularly. We shared from the Bible and prayed together. We held each other accountable. I consider this group a significant anchor in my spiritual life. Following my baptism, I was elected as one of the leaders of the local youth group. One key moment in my Christian life was when I spoke to one of our elders stating I wanted to take ministry seriously, but I could not fight youthful desires alone. That man became my mentor and has been holding me accountable. I find security in this fellowship, and the relationship developed into a close friendship.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Attending the European Leadership will bring me a deeper understanding of Scripture on a theoretical and practical level. I will learn new methods in evangelism and build strong relationships. I will gain biblical wisdom in how to be a better manager.

What is your ministry?

I serve among Christian university students in Cluj-Napoca, who have left home to study and are now searching for a community where they have the chance to grow in faith. We organize youth evenings where we worship together, pray together, listen to biblical teachings, and get to know one another. As the financial secretary of the youth association I manage the money and am involved in organizing conferences, camps and other youth events for the youth from Hungarian Baptist churches.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was one of the leaders of the local youth group in the Hungarian Baptist Church in Satu Mare, Romania, between 2015-2017. Since February 2018 I am one of the leaders of the university student youth group in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, a community that meets weekly and tries to serve and evangelize the Hungarian youth coming to study in Cluj from all around the country. About 80-100 youth meet weekly. Since January 2019 I am the financial secretary of the Hungarian Baptist Youth Association from Romania.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am relatively young, eager to learn, and I have a sincere desire to serve the Lord. I am one of the five leaders of the Youth Association, and I could share the things I learn at the Forum with many local youth group leaders I keep in contact with.

Samuel Rusnok|| needs forum funding ::

Samuel Rusnok|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Education—Seminary

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Samuel Rusnok is a youth group leader in Czech Republic.

When did you trust Christ?

The first time I heard about Jesus was when I was 8 years old. When I learned about Jesus, my sin, and my need for reconciliation with God, I gave my life to Jesus. This was the beginning of my faith journey.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was part of a youth group that pushed me closer to living with Jesus. This group was very important for me. Later I became a youth group leader and took on more responsibility. More recently I started to study theology in Bratislava, which has helped me to grow so much.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope I will see new ways of doing ministry among young people and that I will meet new people with similar situations in life.

What is your ministry?

I am a youth group leader. I also lead a Bible study for younger boys. I create the topics for our meetings. I see the importance in spending time with younger people and I try to lead them and help them with a life of faith.

What are your past leadership roles?

I am a youth group leader and member of the youth department in our church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Ministry with young people is the future of the church. I want to do it better and bring new ideas to our communities.

Daniel Jurco|| needs forum funding ::

Daniel Jurco|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Daniel Jurco is a regional youth leader in the Czech Republic.

When did you trust Christ?

I gave my life to Jesus when I was 12. I couldn’t sleep at night because I was afraid I or a loved one would not wake up in the morning. I shared this with my mother, we prayed, and she led me to Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My father is a pastor, so serving in the church was always a part of my life and I couldn’t imagine living without it. At one point, I started questioning why I was doing this even though I served on a youth group team. After some time, the youth leader stepped down and his position needed to be filled. That was my time to start growing and I became the main youth group leader. The ministry pushes me to grow and learn.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Through the European Leadership Forum, I hope to learn something new, to grow in Jesus, to be inspired by other believers who have known the Lord longer, and to develop the skills I need to do His will better.

What is your ministry?

I lead the youth group in my local church. This is a group of high school students, from about age 15-19. We are trying to be a mission-oriented youth group. We are organizing English camps, outreach weekend retreats, and outreach Friday evenings.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a youth group leader for the past three years. Prior to being the leader, I was part of the youth leadership team for several years. I recently started a position as Regional Youth Leader for my church denomination.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I’m hungry! I want to serve the best I can, so I need information on how to be a better leader.

Dominik Svitel|| needs forum funding ::

Dominik Svitel|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Dominik Svitel is a youth leader in Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in an orphanage beginning at age four. From age eight to fifteen I attended the Catholic church on Sundays. A group from the Mission to the World organization visited our orphanage and would spend time with us and invited us to their church. I have always been interested in God and really enjoyed hearing the Gospel clearly and boldly. Becoming a believer was more of a process for me and not a one-day event. It all happened between my 15th and 18th year.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Every year I look back and see God at work in me and my growing dependence on Him. One strong defining moment was the first time I preached. It is still a blessed moment. I have mentored a couple of men throughout the years and I’m very thankful I had an opportunity to influence their lives. During the summer we organize camps and see God’s work. I am inspired to see teenagers moved by the word and Spirit. Two teenagers became believers through my sharing the Gospel with them. And, last but not least, I enjoy seeing how God is taking care of my ministry. I have been with CRU for six years and I love to focus all my time for Gods’ kingdom.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to be inspired by what I hear and learn and by meeting new people. Hopefully I can make some connections to partner with other churches and organizations.

What is your ministry?

I am from Trnava, Slovakia, and I work for an organization called Athletes in Action. We develop sports potential in kids and teenagers in order to build platforms to share the Gospel.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have had a few leadership roles. I am currently part of a strategic team for the vision of our church and lead youth ministry for teenagers. Also, I am co-leading our home group. In the past I have organized camps and mission trips to other countries.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to gain as much as possible and take all the good opportunities for spiritual and ministry growth back to those I serve in my country.

Steponas Davidavicius|| needs forum funding ::

Steponas Davidavicius|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring & Church Planting

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children/Youth

Steponas Davidavicius is a youth camp leader and Bible teacher.

When did you trust Christ?

As long as I can remember, I have believed that there is a God. I grew up in a Christian home, and at age 13, at a Christian camp, I decided to get baptized and follow Christ. When I think about this decision now, I don’t think I fully understood what I was doing then. As time went by and I struggled to follow Christ, I always affirmed that decision and continued to seek Him and stay faithful.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The most impactful experiences happened in summer camps, where my parents served as leaders. I just followed in their footsteps until my teenage years. Summer camps have been important because they always inspired me to believe. I think I really grew in faith after my marriage because I always struggled with lust. After being married for a year-and-a-half, I could freely and easily seek Christ, and it was awesome. In recent years I led a weekly Bible study and became one of the main leaders in the summer camps. This responsibility helped me to lean on the Bible daily and explore it more deeply.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to be encouraged and equipped to do to a better job in ministry. I believe mentoring and building relationships with other youth leaders will help me be more effective in helping others grow spiritually, and it will give me practical ways to do so. I hope to develop clarity of vision that will move me forward in ministry.

What is your ministry?

My ministry responsibilities are leading a Bible study every week for teenagers, organizing and serving at a church summer camp, and also organizing a Gospel-centered camp for nonbelieving teenagers. This year I will start doing outreach to our local community by starting clubs with games and fun activities.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was camp leader for 5-6 years. I led a Bible study for three years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I hope to build a life-long ministry to reach the youth of the world. Being part of the European Leadership Forum and receiving mentoring will help me to become more effective as an evangelical youth leader.

Lukas Juhascik|| needs forum funding ::

Lukas Juhascik|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Lukas Juhascik is a disciple making youth leader in the Czech Republic.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised as a Christian. My personal decision to follow Jesus was with my mom at the age of 5. However, the encounter with God that completely changed my life was at the age of 13 during prayer with my friend.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Some of the most important moments in my Christian life include being baptized with the Holy Spirit, learning to spend time in personal Bible study, spending time in weekly prayer and worship meetings with a few close friends, learning from and being mentored by family and ministry leaders, and going through times of personal trials and pain.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to grow in my knowledge of God and in how to live by His Spirit. I hope to learn from inspirational teaching and to receive ministry skills and new connections with other Christian leaders from Czech Republic and other Eastern European countries.

What is your ministry?

My goal is to make disciples through preaching the Gospel and teaching God’s word. We have built a community where young people can experience an encounter with God and recognize His calling for their lives

What are your past leadership roles?

Since the age of 16 I have been part of the team of leaders in youth ministry in my local church. Since the age of 23 I have been the main youth leader.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am a young leader and would like to avoid unnecessary mistakes. I would like to increase my vision and thinking about ministry. I am sure the European Leadership Forum will be of great help in shaping my future ministry.

Jan Brtnicek|| needs forum funding ::

Jan Brtnicek|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Education—University

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Jan Brtnicek is a youth leader in the Czech Republic.

When did you trust Christ?

My parents were struggling with alcohol and my older brother with drugs. My brother accepted Jesus and Jesus cleansed and saved him. Then my brother told me about Jesus. I could see what Jesus did in my brother’s life. It took about two years, but I finally decided to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The overall defining moment of my Christian life was at a Slovak Christian festival called CampFest, which is arranged by Youth for Christ Slovakia. I worked as a volunteer there for several years, first starting in sanitary facilities, then in the kitchen. I learned a lot about God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and myself during these weeks each year. Modern worship, expanding my personal relationship with Jesus, spending time in prayer, practically working together to prepare the festival, meeting great Christians, all of it was so awesome. God was really showing me His love and mercy and that I was missing a lot when I was not with Him. It was the most important place where my faith grew and where others impacted me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum was recommended to me by our deputy bishop of my church. I am a student of theology and I am preparing to be a pastor in our church. Since I am going to be leader, I need to learn to be a good leader. I am leading the youth group in our church and helping to lead the all youth groups in our denomination. I would like to learn to be more responsible and to use better my time. I believe that taking part in the Forum will help me to be a better leader now and in future. I am expecting to receive great inspiration for my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am studying for my master’s degree in theology and preparing to be a pastor. The main part of my ministry now is in our local church in Bohumín. I have been the youth pastor there for 2 years now. I lead worship once a month. I play organ accompanying the Sunday service twice a month. I also take care of the money in our local church and I am one of the presbyters (elders).

What are your past leadership roles?

One of my past leadership roles was in the Christian festival CampFest mentioned earlier. I was the leader of one team of Czech and Slovak kitchen volunteers. I was also a coordinator of European Volunteering Service in an NGO for nearly three years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to serve God the best I can, now as youth leader and as a pastor in the future. I believe that I can learn a great deal from the European Leadership Forum.

Berna Malillin|| needs YRM funding ::

Berna Malillin|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ireland

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am involved in the sponsorship program for an under privileged youth group in the Philippines and coordinating projects for the youth in a community-based program.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

My heart desire is to develop my counselling skills.

What is your leadership role?

I am one of the youth teachers in our church (Word International Ministries-Ireland). I am actively involved as well in the children’s ministry and leading a small care group.

Ohene Nimako|| needs YRM funding ::

Ohene Nimako|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to lead the youth ministry. I lead the planning and implementation of most of the things we come up with, and oversee the activities of the other leaders. I also liaise between the youth and the church leadership.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn how to coach and how to grow as a mentor, learning how to better disciple the youth so they can form their own discipleship groups. This is my real desire: discipleship at the youth level.

What is your leadership role?

I currently lead the youth ministry in my local church. Together with the leadership team, we plan programmes and events that will help draw the youth into a deeper walk with God. We also try to draw programmes that will equip them in the areas of career and education.

Samir Hajrusaj|| needs YRM funding ::

Samir Hajrusaj|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Bosnia-Herzegovina

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

My ministry is in evangelising and serving kids and young people in Bosnia-Herzegovina through Christian camps and sports activities for teenagers and kids.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to work with others in the team, understanding the different problems in young lives, and learning new skills in reaching and teaching young people.

What is your leadership role?

I serve in a local church and I am a leader and teacher at two children’s clubs and two teenagers clubs. I am also a part of the new youth team.

Jan Osiecki|| needs YRM funding ::

Jan Osiecki|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

I work in mentoring young people and sharing the good news of the Gospel.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to be encouraged and to learn how to connect better with youth.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently doing a pastoral internship at the 1st Baptist Church in Warsaw, and I’m responsible for youth ministry.

David Gomes|| needs YRM funding ::

David Gomes|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Bangladesh

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

My ministry is making disciples and building relationships with Muslim youth, using sports as the connection ground.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn how more about time management and team buidling techniques.

What is your leadership role?

I am the founder of a sports ministry named “Good News Bangladesh.” I am also the Chief Security Training Officer with my employer.

Tabita Valentini|| needs YRM funding ::

Tabita Valentini|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

I lead youth camps and mentor girls.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to deepen my relationships with the young girls I mentor and how to help them deepen their knowledge and love for God.

What is your leadership role?

I work in the finance department of an organisation called Child Evangelism Fellowship. I also lead a camp for girls, and I work with a few teenage girls from our church.

Edwin Adebayo|| needs YRM funding ::

Edwin Adebayo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ireland

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

I minister to young people in the local church.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn more about sound Biblical Doctrine and apply it in my ministry.

What is your leadership role?

I am the Parish Pastor at the The Redeemed Christian Church of God. I am also part of the Board of Management of the Family Resources Centre.

Mark Abrman|| needs YRM funding ::

Mark Abrman|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the youth ministry at our local church, but this ministry extends to youth from other parts of the country through various events and camps. I teach at a youth leaders’ training school where I lead and help youth leaders from all over Slovakia to be more effective in their local ministries. I also act as the pastor at my church when the main pastor is not there.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am eager to learn. I am young and the sooner I learn the sooner will I be able to implement this knowledge in my ministry. I have a sphere of influence of hundreds of people in Slovakia and other central European countries due to my work with youth. I would also like to improve my ability to manage a longer-term project. I want to gain strategic skills.

What is your leadership role?

My first leadership role was leading small groups at camps; I was just a teenager. I have been counsellor and the leader of counsellors at various camps in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. I later became the director of summer camps at my local church. During college, I was a mentor to other young men, encouraging and challenging them. I have lead small groups as well.

Edi Markaj|| needs YRM funding ::

Edi Markaj|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Albania

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

My main ministry is leading the youth group of my local church. I am responsible for their biblical formation and discipleship, and I evangelise the youth that attend our meetings but are not yet born again. I am one of the three members of the church’s leadership group and one of the main preachers in my local church. I volunteer with International Fellowship of Evnagelical Students (IFES), working with high school youth, students, and post-graduate students in my town. I am leading the development programme of World Vision for the most vulnerable children and youth in my district.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am investing in 20 youth in my town, helping them to grow spiritually. My passion and my vision are to serve my church and I am putting all of my efforts into that.

What is your leadership role?

I leader the youth group in my local church. I am also part of the leadership team in my church and one of the teaching pastors.

Gifty Anti Okyere|| needs YRM funding ::

Gifty Anti Okyere|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am in charge of the mobilisation of the women and youth in my church, as well as the training and empowerment of children. I am a university lecturer and provide pastoral care to my students. I was recently part of the Lausanne Global Workplace Forum in Manila.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The potential of youth, children, and women are undoubtable. Youth are very innovative with many giftings and talents. Investing in and impacting youth, children, and women will go a long way towards impacting lives for God’s Kingdom.

What is your leadership role?

In 2004, while I was still a university student, I was appointed a member of the Greater Accra Sectorial Committee of the Inter-Tertiary Institutions, a position I held for 7 years, even after I completed my university studies. In 2011, I was appointed a member of the Chiefs and Queens Conference Committee of Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM). I was a Mathematics / ICT / Hostel Tutor of the SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College in Tema-Ghana for six years. As a hostel tutor, I was in charge of providing pastoral care for the students of whom 50% were foreigners and also orphans. In 2016, I led the Ghana delegation to the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta. Also, in 2017 I served as a member of the Coordinating Team for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation.

Vadym Biriukov|| needs forum funding ::

Vadym Biriukov|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
OEducation—University

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Vadym Biriukov is the dean of students at Zaporozhye Bible College.

When did you trust Christ?

Before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior I was desperately searching for real friends. I thought I had found them. We were a basketball team playing for the amateur championship in our city. But we had a falling out, and I was bitterly disappointed. One day I was at a store complaining about my disappointment. I was astonished by how a lady talked to me. She was a believer; she spared her time for me and was really kind as I explained my disappointment in the people who I thought were my friends. Through that sister God spoke to my heart. I wanted to know the God that she knew. That day radically changed my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Just after my repentance, I started working at the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant. That plant is one of the world’s largest producers of manganese alloys. I prayed to God for protection during each shift. For me, those months were a defining moment of my trust in God. I had two very close brushes with serious injury where my hands could have been completely crushed. After that, I had no doubt in the One I came to in repentance and to whom I had dedicated my whole life. Eventually, I left my job and was enrolled in Zaporozhye Bible College. I studied there for four years. It was a constant experience of growth through my teachers and their lectures, through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other students.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

As a dean of students and a leader of a youth group, I expect to improve my skills of teaching, leadership, and mentoring. I like the word mentoring because it involves close relationships and leadership by your own example. I want to learn from experienced speakers and implement that knowledge in our culture. Hopefully during the Forum, someone can show me how to be a better mentor.

What is your ministry?

At our church, I have been the Sunday school director since 2008. I have been working with our church’s youth group since last year. I am interested in working with youth in order to set biblical goals for them to achieve. At my job, I am a dean of students at Zaporozhye Bible College. The college is involved in missionary work. I lead some of these short-term mission groups. I am so delighted to watch our students grow in maturity during these trips.

What are your past leadership roles?

During my time of education at ZBC, I was a director of AWANA clubs for a couple of years. We had a team of about eight people. For me, it was difficult to manage the team. I had a feeling that I was sitting in the wrong chair. But it was a great opportunity to learn about what it means to be a leader.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Jesus Christ expects me to bear fruit, and I want to be of service in His Kingdom. I am dedicated to my job and ministry and want to improve as a mentor and leader. Investing in me will also hopefully influence many more people. I want to pass the applied knowledge on to those who I mentor.

Mark Abrman|| needs forum funding ::

Mark Abrman|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Mark Abrman is the young minister in his local church and teaches at a school for youth leaders.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. My dad was, and still is, a missionary and a pastor. My parents taught me about Jesus from as far back as I can remember. When I was six-years-old, I made the decision to accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I gave my life to Jesus at the age of six, but I rededicated my life to God at age 13. At that time I started to actually read my Bible and pray. I may this recommitment at a youth camp after I heard a sermon about how God wants to use us and be the Lord of our lives. I knew that God had saved me, but that He really wasn’t my Lord. I realized that if I want to be used by Him, I need to let Him use me and to have control of my life. After I graduated high school I went to the Word of Life Bible Institute in Hungary, planning to get my degree in economics after the two years of study. God changed my heart, though, and during my studies there I felt His calling to full time ministry. Since then I had been commissioned into the ministry, ordained, and have become the youth pastor at the local church where I live. All throughout the years I have had people who have influenced me and helped me to make the right decisions, including my parents, leaders in the church, teachers, and mentors.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe the Forum will help me learn truths about God, His character, and His works. I will be inspired in the mission field. I will learn practical skills, methodology, and tactics. I will gain resources that will be beneficial to me and those I serve. I will meet other people in ministry who will remain friends even after the Forum.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the youth ministry at our local church, but this ministry extends to youth from other parts of the country through various events and camps. I teach at a youth leaders’ training school where I lead and help youth leaders from all over Slovakia to be more effective in their local ministries. I also act as the pastor at my church in the main pastor is not there.

What are your past leadership roles?

My first leadership role involved leading small groups at camps when I was a teenager, being a counselor and the leader of the counselors at various camps in Slovakia and Czech Republic. I later became the director of summer camps at our church. Starting in my second year in collage I would lead one or more young men in their walks with Christ as a mentor, encouraging and challenging them. Sometimes I would lead small groups as well.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am eager to learn. I am young and the sooner I learn the longer will I be able to implement this knowledge in my ministry. I have a sphere of influence with hundreds of people in Slovakia and other central European countries due to my work with youth.


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