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Elida Stephen

elida stephen
Person Details
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Country

  • Albania
Participants Details

YRM Network

  • Women in Leadership

Ministry Focus

  • Discipling Women

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status

  • Needs YRM Funding
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

My husband is a pastor in a local church of around 60 people. At the moment, he is the only church leader. I am involved in discipleship groups. I have a group of ten teenage girls I have discipled for the past three years. Due to university and work, we have split the group, but I still meet one-to-one with some of them. I am a youth group leader with the teenagers and meet weekly with them and sometimes outside the weekly meeting. I also am in a leadership group organising women's group meetings, sometimes teaching there.

When did you trust Christ?

I am from a Muslim family, although from 1967, under communism in Albania, all religions were banned, so my parents were not religious. My grandmother was, and she taught me from the Qu'ran to say some prayers. In 1992 my brother became a Christian through his friends. He gave me a bible and told me to read it. I started to read it and attend church. I borrowed a tape after some time with an evangelistic message and listened to that tape, and the preacher invited the listener to pray and accept Jesus as their Saviour. I did that and have not doubted my salvation from that moment.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to have a closer relationship with God through this mentoring, time together and learning discipline. First, I want the mentoring to affect and change me. Secondly, I would like to have more assurance and confidence in analyzing a passage and teaching from it, and hopefully be able to help others read and take something from the word of God. Finally,  the last year has been challenging due to our church's exposure of sin in one of our leaders. This has led to a spiritual struggle and needs for healing, so hopefully, the mentoring will set my eyes more on Jesus and less on problems.

What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?

I am a pastor's wife and youth leader, and disciple women.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I desire to know God's word and have it speak to me so that I have something from it and my life to pass on to others. This involves daily reading and preparation for mainly small groups or one-to-one meetings. So I must study the material and pass on biblical truths to those I disciple. In addition, I meet with teenagers regularly and have a desire to disciple them.