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Ilona Simon

Ilona Simon
Person Details
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  • Hungary
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2023 Scientists Network

Ministry Focus

  • Apologetics


  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status (ELF)

  • Needs ELF Funding
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I regard my teaching job as my ministry. As a university assistant professor, I have electives in which I can share my perspective with my students. I try to use opportunities to talk and, in some way, express thoughts regarding Christianity. In the last year, I have been learning literary writing and sharing my short stories on various sites and anthologies. I see a need for Christian writers whose academic work is both of a good standard and compatible with the Christian worldview.

When did you trust Christ?

I decided to follow Jesus Christ when I was 17-years-old while at a summer Bible Camp, which I attended on my grandmother’s advice. I was compelled by questions about the meaning of life, the teachings of Christianity, and the power and various dimensions of the Christian faith. Above all, I received plenty of answers from God.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I began to study the Bible, my spiritual knowledge increased. In the beginning, I read the Bible to gain immediate applications for my life. After I learned the inductive Bible study method, it changed, and I began to place the Word into context. As I have always had a community to belong to in churches and evangelical movements at the university, I have experienced how others have grown in faith, coped with different situations, and made their decisions. At the university, I took part in a MEKDSZ group (the Hungarian version of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), where I helped in various areas of the ministry. Later I became the leader of the local MEKDSZ group. My firm belief in my salvation dates back to this period. Both consulting with other Christians and reading books contributed to my knowledge and faith.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The lectures and seminars held at the European Leadership Forum significantly contribute to my benefit. Being part of a group of participants with the same mentality and ways of thinking makes me enthusiastic and strengthens me. I usually meet people with very different ways of thinking at the university, mostly skeptics, Gnostics, or powerless Christians. It is highly encouraging to learn from Forum lecturers and to get to know other Forum participants. As a mathematician, I have a calling to share scientific apologetics ideas at my university and contribute to the growing respect and appreciation of faith and religion.

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

As a student, I led a local IFES group at the University of Debrecen for two years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I hope some people will find my aims and area of ministry essential. I believe promoting my development could be their extended ministry at the University of Pécs in Hungary.