What is your ministry?
Our pastor asked my husband and me to start a homegroup. So, since October 2021, we have been leading a weekly homegroup and studying the Gospel of John. We are grateful and blessed that the same 8-10 people are coming from weekly, and it’s great to come together to study God’s Word, learn from each other, and encourage one another.
When did you trust Christ?
I was brought up in a Christian home and attended a (Baptist) church. In my early teenage years, I spent a few weeks in a Christian camp every summer. These fundamentally impacted my life and thinking regarding myself, God, and my relationship with Him. Then, when I was 13 years old, one evening, teaching spoke to me directly, and I understood that it’s not enough to go to church, be a good girl and follow in my parents’ footsteps as a Christian as God doesn’t have grandchildren only children. I came to understand that I need to make a decision for myself and follow God and have a personal relationship with Him, and since then, I’ve been trying to know Him more as He reveals Himself to me through His word and life’s circumstances.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My parents’ lives were most influential as I could see them closely and in everyday situations. After them, two women, both pastors’ wives, greatly impacted my walk with God. It was exceptional to see their lives and how they connected with God in a genuine and genuine, and transparent way. I ’envied’ this, so I spent time with them and learned from them, and this helped me in the Christian walk. Towards the end of my university studies, I heard about the ministry of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and I felt a calling to serve with them, which I did for six years. Some of the joys and challenges of serving provided many opportunities to grow. It sometimes brought out the best and worst in me, and God used all these situations to deepen my knowledge of myself and His infinite love and grace.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
My ministry area is within my church, specifically within the homegroup. The homegroup is open to anyone; however, it is mainly attended by people who are relatively new to our church and want to connect better. Eight to ten young people in their late twenties or early thirties come weekly. I want to invest in them. I believe that whatever I hear, see or learn throughout this YRM will form and shape me and my thinking, and thus I will be more prepared to lead and come alongside people.
What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?
I worked for an Ecumenical student organisation (World Student Christian Federation – Central European Subregion). For a year, I was the leader of the Subregion, which consisted of students from 5countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary). Also, while I was studying, I spent a summer at a Christian day camp in the USA, where I was a co-leader of one of the teen girls’ groups. While working with Wycliffe Bible Translators, my primary ministry area was literacy work. I spent over a year in Asia and then another year within an Asian community in Birmingham, UK. During the latter, I was involved with, organised, and led English literacy classes (mostly) for Muslim ladies.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
By investing in my training and ministry, I would be able to invest in other people’s lives: those who come to the homegroup and the church I go.