What is your ministry?
I currently serve full-time with In-Life, helping young men know Jesus Christ and grow in their newly found faith. I lead the student's core group. Within this group, we primarily organize evangelism events, but the goal is also to help these students grow into future leaders.
When did you trust Christ?
I was born into a Christian home with both parents active in ministry. I heard many stories of people coming to Christ, and my parents were very clear in their guidance. I put my trust in Jesus as a young child. I understood I needed to be forgiven by God, that He loved me and sent His son Jesus to die for my sins. After realizing this, I asked Jesus to become my Lord and Savior.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
When I was about 12, my rebellion against God began. I was not well accepted at school, so I found older friends and started drinking with them. The pressure of living two lives was slowly becoming unbearable. When I was 14, I agreed to study the Bible one-on-one with a young man volunteering in my parents' ministry. I also started going to Christian student meetings and saw people who had real joy in their lives. God led me into reading the Bible, and I started studying and praying, asking God to show me a way to happiness and meaning. I also started playing the guitar, and I played the songs I knew best – Christian hymns. God used all of this to change my heart, and I decided to follow Him fully. I have been personally discipled, which has had a tremendous impact on my life. I have been led not only to have a deeper understanding of God's word but have also been inspired by the example of other people's lives. They were not afraid to get involved in my life and help me see God's guidance and help.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I expect to be encouraged by biblical teaching and discover spiritual patterns in Jesus' ministry. Getting to know people from different ministries around Europe and spending some time in discussion will help me understand our culture deeper and thus communicate the Gospel in a relevant way. I also hope to develop relationships with other Christian leaders to serve each other in partnerships in the future.
What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?
During the last year of university, I led the local student ministry of In-Life. I also became a manager of a small team at the Sony DADC company. I also led worship teams for multiple events.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
God is a personal God who wants a very personal relationship with each of us. However, our society concentrates more on doing things rather than on building relationships. We try to grasp relationships in the same way we grasp business models and academic frameworks. But relationships are messy, as people are. I believe we, the church, have adopted the "doing" mindset, and very few people receive Christ in Europe. Change can only begin through our relationships with Christ. By accepting God's love, we are safe enough to step into relationships and "get dirty" with others' lives.