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Ioana Achim

Ioana Achim
Person Details
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Country

  • Romania
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Apologetics (Foundational) Network

Ministry Focus

  • Evangelism

Occupation

  • Health/Medicine

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

My personal ministry involves my job, which is oncology nursing. I feel very alone in what I do, as I am the only evangelical Christian in my team/hospital. I love to witness about Jesus to my patients when I have the opportunity and to encourage them (they are mostly Orthodox believers).

When did you trust Christ?

When I was 16, I watched those 70's movies depicting the apocalypse and life after the Rapture. It really scared me. Not much changed, though, until I turned 18 and went away to a Bible college. I began to understand God's character and Jesus' finished work in salvation and sanctification. That's where I fell in love with Jesus and His grace, where I decided I wanted to serve Him for the rest of my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Bible college was the most crucial moment; my advisor and professors I had as well as other great believers who became my best friends had a big influence on my faith. Spending one year in Central Asia as an English teacher/undercover missionary was another big defining moment. My mother’s death also had a big impact on my Christian walk. Currently, my nursing career plays a big role as well.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have been accepted into the year-long personal mentoring program, which I am confident will greatly encourage me, teach me, and change me to become a better person, nurse, and witness for Christ. I am SO excited.

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

I started interpreting English at church when I was a teenager, which is also when I led our youth group events. At Bible college, I was involved in leading the student missions connection activities. Before, during, and after being a missionary, I had quite a few presentations at church. After turning 30, I decided I didn't want to be in the spotlight so much anymore. At the moment I have no leadership roles. I'm content to just live a life outside the spotlight.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My cancer patients have perhaps just this one short window in time to hear about the love of Jesus. If I don't know how to share the gospel, they may miss the opportunity to surrender to Christ. I hope that is motivation enough for others to support my ministry as it is for me.