Henrietta Raina|| forum funded ::

Henrietta Raina|| forum funded ::

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|| forum funded ::

Mate Kiss|| forum funded ::

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|| forum funded ::

Samuel Rusnok|| forum funded ::

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|| forum funded ::

Daniel Jurco|| forum funded ::

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|| forum funded ::

Dominik Svitel|| forum funded ::

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|| forum funded ::

Steponas Davidavicius|| forum funded ::

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|| forum funded ::

Lukas Juhascik|| forum funded ::

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|| forum funded ::

Jan Brtnicek|| forum funded ::

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.

Vadym Biriukov|| forum funded ::

Vadym Biriukov|| forum funded ::

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.

Romas Tuominis|| forum funded ::

Romas Tuominis|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Romas Tuominis is a church pastor and church planter.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Christian family and grew up in the church. Even so, it was not until 1989 when I was age 17 that I personally confessed Jesus Christ as my Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

There are several factors that have influenced my life as a Christian. Firstly, I attended and completed my studies in our fellowship’s Bible school. Secondly, I started my ministry in the local church, where I have had to depend on God daily. Thirdly, I founded several new churches in Lithuania (and to this day I am still the pastor of one of them). Fourthly, I graduated from the Evangelical Bible Institute in Lithuania. By taking a role of leadership at the church, I clearly understand that I must always be learning and be ready to renew my mind.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

As a leader I want to have a mentor who can give me insights on how I can improve, renew, and change my ministry. My church is also planning to plant a new church, so attending the Forum’s Network on church planting will be of enormous help as we begin this process.

What is your ministry?

I have been a pastor for 26 years. Every day we are looking for opportunities to reach people with different needs. In order to answer to these needs, we have founded rehabilitation and children’s day care centers. Through these ministries we have been able to serve many people. In the future I would also like to focus on training new leaders.

What are your past leadership roles?

In the past I have been the missions leader for the Siauliai region in our church denomination, a teacher at a Bible school, and a member of the board of fellowship of Lithuanian Evangelical Churches.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In our region the percentage of Christian is very small. I want to reach those who are still non-believers. If my training is supported by individuals, I will be able to do my ministry more efficiently.

Ivan Kharitonov|| forum funded ::

Ivan Kharitonov|| forum funded ::

Country:
Russia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Ivan Kharitonov is the Academic Dean of Counselors’ Online and works for Christian Camping International Russia.

When did you trust Christ?

I gave my life to Christ in April 2012. I was raised in a Christian family and had attended church from the first days of my life. But as I grew older, I became discontent with the people that I met in the church and the beliefs I was supposed to have. That all changed when I met a girl that was clearly different from all the Christians I had known. She showed me how profound faith could be. She asked me what my personal relationship with God was like and I had to admit that I never really thought that was possible. From that day in early February 2012, I was searching for Him until finally I got to encounter Him and I accepted His invitation to follow.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After I became a Christian, I started to attend a church. As I got to know the pastors and the ministers I was invited to participate in an Alpha course. After finishing the course, the group stayed together as a home group. After being in the group another year, I started my own home group. I realize now that I was beginning to accept more and more responsibility and was learning how the body of Christ operates. In March 2014 I started running a coffeehouse with my wife and some members of the church as an outreach ministry. I spent more than a year and a half working six days a week from 8 am to 11 pm, facing Organisational, financial, and, therefore, faith hurdles. After that, my wife and I moved to a new city. The church was a new church, which provided a lot of opportunities for us to serve and lead.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has equipped and developed me for my work, encouraging me to be faithful to God’s calling on my life even when at times it seems better to quit. I have met many wonderful people at the Forum from all over the world and they have made a great impact on my spiritual condition, lifting me up and reminding me of the powerful truths about our God. The Bible teaching is profound and moving.

What is your ministry?

I am coordinating the work of the Counselors Online Academy, meaning that I supervise the writing process, manage all the technical aspects (presentations, video, audio, website), communicate with the students, build up a team of contributors, and solve all the legal and financial problems that arise. At Christian Camping International Russia, I also participate in planning, organizing, and leading training events, yearly conferences, and periodic workshops.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was an Alpha course leader, small group leader, and ran a coffee house ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that my ministry has a great impact on the global church as I help other ministers grow. We have a grand potential for reaching many young Christians in Russia and around the world by training them not only in the “hard” skills of serving at a camp, but also in the “soft” ones needed in everyday life.

Viktorija Navikaite|| forum funded ::

Viktorija Navikaite|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth, Worship

Viktorija Navikaite is a youth leader and works as the coordinator of a project that matches volunteers with organizations for the European Union in Lithuania.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family, so faith was a part of my life from the childhood. But I made the personal decision to accept Jesus as my savior when I was 13-years-old while I was attending a Christian camp for teenagers. I was baptized that same year.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

During the first years of my university studies I began attending a new church in a new city. I knew that church and the pastor quite well because I grew up in the same denomination in my previous city. It seemed as if God had prepared a place for me in the church. I joined the leadership team of the church’s youth department and got involved in the life of the church in general. It was a huge step for me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being at the Forum is so beneficial for me because I can learn so much. The seminars and sessions give me amazing information and practical tips and show me how I can put that knowledge into practice. I can not only listen, but I can ask questions and have my questions answered. I can hear stories from others about how they deal with ministry challenges. All of these things equip me and I can go on to help others in my church and in the youth ministry. I want God’s name to be more widely known in Lithuania and for more people to become disciples of Christ.

What is your ministry?

I am the youth leader of our church. I also lead a weekly small group. As a youth leader I am responsible for encouraging, equipping, teaching, discipling, mentoring, and serving the youth. I work as the coordinator of a European Union volunteering project for young people from age 17-30. I help organizations select volunteers, form partnerships with hosting organizations, and sometimes help with trainings for various projects.

What are your past leadership roles?

In the past I have helped in different children’s camps. Three year in a row I was participated in a youth conference where I led small groups.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I think that individuals may want to invest in my training because I will go with an open heart and mind and will afterwards put my knowledge into practice. My reason for attending the Forum is to be equipped and to be refreshed with new ideas. Youth ministry is no less important than other ministries. It’s really important to serve the youth because they are the generation who will begin leading the church.

Mark Abrman|| forum funded ::

Mark Abrman|| forum funded ::

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.

Alexander Kharitonov|| forum funded ::

Alexander Kharitonov|| forum funded ::

Country:
Russia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Alexander Kharitonov is the president of Christian Camping International Russia.

When did you trust Christ?

I personally met Jesus Christ in June 1993 as a result of deep exposure to the truth of the Bible through reading and fellowship with Christians, catalyzed by a serious internal crisis and apparent lack of purpose in my life. My actual decision was made on June 25, 1993 at night in my own bedroom.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Some important moments in my life include: the prayers of my grandmother, who was the only Christian in my family for 49 years (from the time my grandfather was killed in World War 2 until my conversion in 1993); my marriage to a woman from a Christian family; my pursuit of an academic career and my defense of my PhD thesis; working as a translator for Christian publishers and as a tutor for Western missionaries to Russia; and my first visit to a Christian camp in 1993, which was the first faith community that I experienced.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to network with other believers, to be mentored, and to receive inspiration, new ideas, and new insights into ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am the president of Christian Camping International in Russia. Our vision is to be a highly effective and highly valued ministry tool throughout the world supporting a growing alliance of internally strong, sustainable, and growth-focused associations of Christian camps, conference centers, outdoor activity providers and their leaders. I am responsible for leading the CCI in fulfilling its mission in Russia. I provide leadership on behalf of the board, serve the association membership, and directly supervise the team of CCI Russia. I teach, speak, write, edit, lead, listen, listen, and listen.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been the president of CCI Russia since 1994. I have previously been the president of Narnia Publishing House and a board member of various Christian organizations.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Camping is an effective tool to reach people’s hearts.


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