What is your ministry?
I work for a school called Vilnius Christian Gymnasium. It was founded in 1993 by Vilnius Evangelical Church (formerly Word of Faith Church). Vilnius Christian Gymnasium is one of two evangelical Christian schools in Lithuania. Since 2001 our school has been a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This year we have 200 students and 35 teachers. About 60 percent of students and teachers come from an Evangelical background. Teaching is based on a state-approved education curriculum. We have qualified teachers, small classes, and an individual approach to teaching. As a Christian school, we emphasize the importance of the formation of worldview based on Scripture. Our focus is on both knowledge and Christian character formation.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I have very few people with whom I could share my own doubts and struggles. I can’t be very open in my church home group because some of my students’ parents are there. I see the need for a more mature person to help me to examine my own life. I think the best way to learn to become a better mentor is to be mentored.
What is your leadership role?
I am a Bible teacher and a counselor at a private Christian School in Vilnius. Since our school is one of two evangelical secondary schools in our country and we don’t have a long history of teaching Bible at schools, my job is to develop the Bible teaching curriculum. I am a member of a group that is developing a new Bible teaching curriculum for Evangelical Reformed Schools. My responsibility at school is also to facilitate Christian values and the spiritual growth of teachers, students, and their parents. Every year we have retreats and camps for teachers and students.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
One of the reasons I want to be part of a mentoring relationship is to learn to examine my own life and strive for balanced personal growth. My vision is to see my students become disciples of Jesus who recognize their God-given talents and use them in sharing the gospel with their families, friends, and society.