Magdalena Szysxkowska|| YRM funded ::

Magdalena Szysxkowska|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Discipleship

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am a member of the presbyterian church in Warsaw – Good Shepherd’s Church. I sing in the church choir and with my sister, we lead two Bible groups for women. One is for more mature Christians, and the other one is for women who are just at the begging o their walk. All Bible groups for women in our church are studying the Gospel of John. I also run the FB page of our church – I have a conviction that this is a very huge tool that can be used for God’s glory. I am involved in the prayer group for the members of our church as well.


What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am hoping to develop maturity in my faith and that it will help me to encourage other women to know God. I am hoping to learn how to overcome anxiety. I am hoping to learn how to listen to the problems of others without becoming overwhelmed. I think all that I learn from this mentoring will have a great impact on my ministry.
My church is a small assembly – I love it but my dream is to gain more members – so maybe thanks to my skills developed during the course it will help the church in many ways.


What is your leadership role?

My sister and I lead two Bible groups for women. I am responsible for a group for new Christian women or women who are not believers but searching.
Based on the materials from our church and other sources I prepare questions and commentary for the group. I am also responsible for the winter Christmas meeting for women. The aim of this meeting is to share the Gospel and encouraging women to grow in their faith. I am responsible for the topic, the verses of the Bible that will be meditated, and usually one of the women will share the Gospel. This is what really excites me, and I love the interaction with people!


Alina Rothwell|| YRM funded ::

Alina Rothwell|| YRM funded ::

Country:
United Kingdom

Occupation:
Discipleship

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I have recently taken the responsibility of leading the women’s discipleship of my church. I serve in an evangelical church in Bournemouth called Turning Point, which my husband and I planted nearly 8 years ago. We are a small gathering of believers with a heart to see our brothers and sisters grow into maturity in the gospel through God’s inerrant Word and through discipleship.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Through my participation in the initiative I hope that I will be able to develop a robust and practical curriculum for discipleship, that can be adapted for the different contexts. I desire to understand deeper the means and methods of discipleship, learning from books, those with experience, and the others in my learning cohort. It is my Desire in discipleship to equip people to be effective disciples and disciple-makers, to do this I desire to give them the best possible framework, tools, and spiritual food, that the women can become more like Jesus and see great things done for Jesus than any of us could hope for.

What is your leadership role?

My role is to disciple women into maturity in the gospel in accordance with Titus 2. I oversee the women’s discipleship in the life of the church and I lead a small discipleship group where I am discipling three women that have been Christian for a substantial amount of time (they came to faith before coming to our church). In this group, my purpose is to disciple these women to maturity, which includes preparing them to be disciple-makers that make disciples. I also disciple one lady one-on-one which includes a deeper level of personal accountability and spiritual growth.

Inna Prokoptchouk|| YRM funded ::

Inna Prokoptchouk|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making leaders

What is your ministry?

My ministry at my church is a gathering for young women called Sisterhood. I also lead a weekly Bible study group for some of the younger girls from Sisterhood.
For the last year, I was serving in a ministry for children at risk. In Spring this year I switched to another project from the same organisation, where I´m responsible for organizing and preparing volunteers for a year abroad, where they will serve in the organisational different locations, and learn the language and about the country and the culture of the country.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I understand that learning is important and I want to improve and grow -spiritually, in my ministry, my work, and my private life. The experienced and dedicated teachers and speakers of ELF taught me so much already and I believe that the year-round mentoring can help me grow, work on my weaknesses and learn how to be a better leader in the ministry and work, for God´s glory.

What is your leadership role?

I lead the ministry for young women in our church. We lead a team of 5 leaders and we serve about 40 young women. Also, I am preparing young people for a year abroad in a voluntary program. We teach them the language, prepare them for the different cultures they will live in, their responsibilities and tasks, crisis management, and other important things for a year away.

Zsuzsanna Onasoga|| YRM funded ::

Zsuzsanna Onasoga|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Counseling

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I teach and counsel women and work as a counselor at the church and at Hana’s Hope in Novi Sad as a counselor and teacher, and I have developed the women’s ministry in our fellowship.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to gain new ideas on how to approach the struggles of others to understand myself and my situation. With more insights, I believe I can serve with less strain and stay more focused on what God wants, not me or others. I would like to grow in compassion and patience as I counsel others through their personal situations. I would also like to be able to recognize when a mentoring relationship is no longer worth pursuing.

What is your leadership role?

I’m the leader of our fellowship’s women’s ministry, cooperating with other fellowships. Our church’s women’s ministry involves Bible study for all ages, sharing and prayer for ladies over 60, retreats for moms with young kids, seasonal meetings with other churches – Easter/Christmas fellowship, online prayer group for moms with school-aged kids, and more. At the NGO we organize Bible studies for moms who know about Jesus and studies for ladies who walk with God but have a challenging life situation. I serve as a counselor at our church and also at the NGO often encouraging the client to sinc their walk with Jesus. Also together with my husband who is the senior pastor of our church do couples ‘discipleship/counseling.

Luc Kouwanou|| YRM funded ::

Luc Kouwanou|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Belgium

Occupation:
Discipleship

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am involved in discipleship, teaching, and leadership. I am the main teacher in a discipleship programme that my wife and I started in 2018. We train youth to live for Christ, despite all the opposition in the current world. The programme was initially designed to be 12 months for each cohort, but we now extended it to 18 months. In addition, we are planning on starting, God willing, a pre-marital training program for singles. Also, as a Christian physician, I am involved in my national Christian Medical and Dental Association where we are committed to promoting Christian values in the healthcare field.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

By participating in this training, I hope to learn more about practical disciple life, that I can first apply to myself, to be a better disciple. In addition, I would like to gain more skills in discipleship and personal mentoring that I can apply in my ministry and teach others. I believe that a good disciple-maker is first a good disciple.
I would also like to acquire practically applied discipleship abilities in the professional field.

What is your leadership role?

I am the main teacher of our discipleship programme, as such, I have to ensure that each activity is well organised, and that the trainees are receiving a good follow-up. I am the president of the local Christian Medical and Dental Association, my responsibility to ensure that the association fulfills its vision and make the association well known in medical and Christian areas. Finally, I am the ICMDA regional representative in Francophone West Africa, so I am in charge of the existing national associations and oversee the creation of a national association in countries that do not have one yet.

Aaron Nyrongo|| YRM funded ::

Aaron Nyrongo|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Zambia

Occupation:
Pastor/Bible Teacher

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leader

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor and a teacher of God’s word. Currently, I serve in the church of the Nazarene International. I have a passion for God’s word and would like to see that more people are growing in their faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. My desire is to fully equip our members to go out and share the gospel in their communities.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

It is my hope to gain more knowledge and interact with other believers who can kindle my spirit and bring refreshment. I also hope to gain more resources for our ministries.

What is your leadership role?

My role is to equip the people we have with the necessary skills and knowledge to build them up to go in their communities to spread the word of the gospel.

Andrew Lau|| YRM funded ::

Andrew Lau|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Malaysia

Occupation:
Pastor/Bible Teacher

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am in charge of Christian education at my local church. I design and supervise Bible studies and teaching. I also preach occasionally in both English and Chinese. I am also part of the pastoral team. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Theology., and I intend to become a Ph.D. student after I complete my MTh. I also teach in my Bible college as an adjunct faculty.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to become a disciple and a disciple-making disciple in the biblical sense. I also hope to have someone motivating and helping me to become a pastor-scholar as I am pursuing my Master of Theology and eventually my Ph.D. studies. I hope to gain some “cheer-leaders” in my life who understand what I am pursuing, able to advise me, and motivate me forward to complete my studies, as I often find myself lonely in the pursue of my theological education.

What is your leadership role?

I am part of the pastoral team consisting of 8 leaders who supervise the small group leaders and some of us also lead personal small groups. As a church staff, I am also part of the 14 core who meet with the top 5 members (i.e. senior pastor, deputy pastors, and elders) regularly. I preach occasionally in weekend services. Occasionally I am asked to teach a Bible study or a seminar at our affiliated churches which my church has planted or adopted.

Andrei Hera|| YRM funded ::

Andrei Hera|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I currently serve in the Poarta Cerului Pentecostal church from Timisoara. One of our church’s main focus is aimed towards ministering the youth. Hence the average age in our church is significantly lower than most churches in our city. The youth ministry gravitates around our weekly plenary sessions and continues to a more granular level as we serve within our smaller teams. We currently have about 150 active members in our youth department and (pre-COVID-19)about 400-500 weekly attendees at our public gathering. Being one of the first Romanian churches to bring our content online we’ve been blessed to have a significant reach and impact among the Romanian evangelical community.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to gain more insight so that I might bring growth in this area to our youth department and the church in general, gain skills that I can share with my peers, learn how to implement this on a larger scale within our teams, and identify and grow new disciple-makers.

What is your leadership role?

I’m one of the leaders in the Youth Department of our church. I’m mainly involved in organizing our youth activities while also consulting with our main youth leader (not a youth pastor). My responsibilities are aimed towards ministering to our worship choir and a smaller team that serves smaller churches near Timisoara.
For both of these groups, I’m responsible for organizing our activities while also being there for them if anyone needs any closer spiritual help.

Monika Gasiwicz|| YRM funded ::

Monika Gasiwicz|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Discipleship

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am involved in many aspects of ministry in my church: I am a member of the Church Council (Board), small groups, one-one-one discipleship, women’s ministry, pastoral care for women, leading or supporting prayer meetings, leading a support group for women and offering support to the Sunday School and Children’s Club coordinators among others.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I believe that mentoring is one of the basic methods of how we grow in ministry – and this conviction gave me the desire to join this program. I hope to learn how to recognize when a person is ready to start a discipleship group and how to support them. It will also be great to find out there are any issues in discipleship that I have not thought about or encountered yet– I am just excited to listen to experienced leaders. Certainly, I hope to meet people who are willing to share their experiences and be an inspiration for further work. I hope to meet people who would pray for our church and turn out to be the manifestation of God’s love and grace for our community, and me personally.

What is your ministry?

I have served in the Church Council for nearly 3 years. I have been responsible for the following areas: community integration (organising recreational/educational events, like trips, conferences, picnics), care for the new-believers (leading post-baptism discipleship workshops, based on my original materials) and women’s ministry (monthly larger meetings and weekly support group). After the unexpected pastor’s resignation one year ago, the range of my responsibilities grew. Recently, as part of the Church Council, I have been working on a document “Vision of the Church Development,” with the central idea of intensive development of leaders and of the discipleship relations’ network.

Amalia Torrez|| YRM funded ::

Amalia Torrez|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Guatemala

Occupation:
Missionary

Ministry Focus:
Engaging Roman Catholicism

What is your ministry?

I serve in Guatemala as a missionary in the Bible college SETECA in the Register office.
Also, I assist with counseling for those who need help.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to learn and grow in areas related to theology, counseling, and ministry (all related to missions.

What is your leadership role?

For the moment I´m not in a specific leadership role at church, as part of my training I can help or assist with whatever they need.

Michael Cruz|| YRM funded ::

Michael Cruz|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Honduras

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I was born and raised in Honduras with a bilingual academic curriculum. I am a future Boyce College student who wants to be an apologist. My desire is to glorify Christ through my knowledge. I want to interact academically with Roman Catholics by writing books and articles and doing formal debates. I believe the Lord has given me the gift of writing and understanding theological issues.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have only written one article on Forensic Justification. I would love to improve my writing and critical thinking skills.

What is your leadership role?

I am a high school senior and I teach a theology class for the youth group.

Peter Marki|| YRM funded ::

Peter Marki|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Pastoring/Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Engaging Roman Catholicism

What is your ministry?

From the moment I first got saved I was an active member of our church. I do street ministry every Friday, hospital ministry, university ministry, etc. I am also a pastor and I do some online ministry on YouTube as well.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow to really understand and be prepared to reason with Catholics in a good an effective way.

What is your leadership role?

I am a pastor, working in a Roman Catholic-dominated area in Hungary for almost 10 years. I have got my BA and Master of Theology degree in Budapest Hungary, at the Baptist Seminary. My two main field are systematic theology and apologetics.

SImone Baccella|| YRM funded ::

SImone Baccella|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Engaging Roman Catholicism

What is your ministry?

My ministry is with the youth in my church. Teaching the Bible, helping them understand why the Bible is true and why Jesus is the only way.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Living in Italy, every evangelical should be interested in understanding Catholicism better. I think it’s crucial as new people joining the church come from a Catholic background and we need to know how to deconstruct their mindset in order to help them understand the deep implication of the Gospel.

What is your leadership role?

At the moment I’m attending the IFED course. I’m part of the leadership team of my church and vice director of OM Italy.

Andrea Becciolini|| YRM funded ::

Andrea Becciolini|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Pastoral Growth

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to mentor students who follow Christ to love him more, know His Gospel better, and be more able to share it with others.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to fix my eyes on Jesus, delighting in Him as a busy gospel worker, learning how to encourage others when I am not encouraged myself, how to lead and love my family well while being focused on my ministry, how to tackle the temptation of fearing people more than God, and how to develop a biblical and culturally relevant discipleship program.

What is your leadership role?

I am a staff worker for GBU Italia (the Italian branch of IFES – International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), and also the Mark Drama Italian director.

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| YRM funded ::

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My passion is to see all the churches in Spain and also my local church blossoming in discipleship, evangelism, and be Bible-centered churches. I have spent years trying to help my local church to press on evangelistic efforts, putting the mission in the center of our strategy or discipleship as a priority.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to acquire skills for better planning and vision skills and tools. I would also like to learn more how to better disciple and how to encourage people to be motivated and excited about the church’s mission and vision.

What is your leadership role?

I am a staff worker at GBU Spain, the IFES movement in Spain. Apart from that, I preach in my church, I am youth leader and I am also involved in planning and strategy.

Anca Piglesan|| YRM funded ::

Anca Piglesan|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Outreach

Ministry Focus:
Leaders of Christian Events

What is your ministry?

My passion is to organize events and to help people. Most recently, I was asked by my church to be the leader for a project helping the hospitals with dealing with Covid – it was a queue of miracles and divine coincidences!!! Everything was perfectly orchestrated from above and God got all the glory!

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn how deal with stress more efficiently.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently in sabbatical. Previously I have led Operation Christmas Child in Romania and I also worked in Human Resources for 7 years.

Nana Yaw Awuku|| YRM funded ::

Nana Yaw Awuku|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Mentoring

Ministry Focus:
Organisational Development

What is your ministry?

My ministry and deep passion is for Organisational health, support, and strategy. My hope is to grow this into a primary leadership focus in serving institutional next generation leaders in their God-given calling. My current life and leadership focuses on discipling younger leaders for global mission. This will remain the direction of my ministry for the next 10 years or more.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in Vision and Strategy Development, Collaborative Teamwork, fund raising for majority world contexts, and Personal Life and Leadership Coaching. I hope to gain in leadership training, soul strengthening, strategic networking, growing friendships, and mentoring young leaders.

What is your leadership role?

I am serving as Global Associate Director for Generations with the Lausanne Movement with responsibility for teams stewarding and supporting some 800 next generation leaders and 200 mentors from 140 countries serving the global church. Our primary mission is to connect influencers and ideas for global mission across generations.

Dimitru Mircea Detesan|| YRM funded ::

Dimitru Mircea Detesan|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church and Organization Leaders

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to lead faithfully and sacrificially and be committed to the areas in which I am involved in, like assisting and coordinating the ministry of the pastors of the churches of our 5 counties in our regional district of the denomination. I also coordinate the network and ministry of our 5 National Coordinators in Education by Extension, in the Baptist, Pentecostal, Brethren, Independent and Women’s ministry.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grow in my abilities to counsel, mentor, support, and work with other leaders to help them get to their full potential in Christ.

What is your leadership role?

I am a Church Pastor, Vice president of District Denomination, as well as Executive Director of Biblical Education by Extension Foundation (EBE Romania).

Sergiu Bradean|| YRM funded ::

Sergiu Bradean|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is as a pastor, keeping the church that I minister vital and growing. I also help other churches revitalize through the involvement in evangelism and
missions.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to develop practical and theoretical skills. Also, I want to develop more skills of leading the revitalisation process, specially amidst opposition.

What is your leadership role?

I am the pastor of Golgotha Baptist Church from Constanta Romania. I am also the vice president in charge of education for the Baptist Association of Constanta (three counties in the South Eastern part of Romania).

Albert Crespo|| YRM funded ::

Albert Crespo|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to serve the church to revitalize it in multiple areas: prayer meeting, bringing back the Lord’s supper and the kid’s service, and I have started missions meetings, church lunches, and weekly meetings with local children.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in patience, perseverance, clarity of objectives, serving people, seeing and anticipating needs and weaknesses, and discipleship.

What is your leadership role?

I’m an elder in my church involved in preaching, shepherding, and sharing and promoting the vision of the church.

Andrew Brown|| YRM funded ::

Andrew Brown|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Northern Ireland

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is the development of God’s people as part of a strong fellowship, spiritual growth, and outreach. My passion is to revitalize our church, as a denomination, a congregation, and as individuals.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn how to better prioritize, how to pace for sustainability and how to identify, develop and oversee the right people for the right role.

What is your leadership role?

I am a Minister in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, based in Coleraine. I have primary responsibility in all areas of concretional life.

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