What is your ministry?
I am still a prayer group leader and I serve in the youth ministry. My group has 10 members (young families with small children) and we meet every week. We study a Bible passage and we pray during every meeting. As a youth leader, I do counseling and I deliver Bible studies during fellowship services. I am also responsible for the media department of the church. I serve on the church board as well.
When did you trust Christ?
I decided to follow Jesus in 2011 (I was 15) during a youth retreat with my youth group. I was born into a Christian family, but that was the moment when I understood what a real relationship with Jesus looks like.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
The relationship I had built with my pastor during my teen years impacted my initial growth. Since then, God blessed me with other mature people and two of them are mentors to me. Another important moment in my walk with God was when He allowed a depression in my life. That experience helped me realize that my greatest fear was to losing people, and God proved to me that He was all that I needed. He healed my fears. Now I use that knowledge to help counsel others who are experiencing depression and anxiety.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I expect to learn more about counseling and get practical advice from experienced ministers, which in turn I can pass on to the youth I help minister. I hope to grow in my relationship with the Lord.
What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?
I was a Sunday school teacher for 7 years. I have been a prayer group leader for 6 years. I have been a part of the team that ministers to small Baptist churches in our area on a monthly basis.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Several people I know have confirmed that they see giftings in ministry in me, and I have tried to be constant in using these gifts, so people can see that I take my calling seriously. I have made it clear to others that I feel responsible first and foremost before God who called me, but also before the church and the people I minister to.