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Sara Stikovic

Sara Stikovic
Person Details
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Country

  • Slovenia
Participants Details

YRM Network

  • Women in Discipleship

ELF Network

  • 2023 Disciple-Making Leaders (Advanced) Network

Ministry Focus

  • Evangelism

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status (ELF)

  • Needs ELF Funding

Funding Status (YRM)

  • YRM Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I co-lead a youth group called Fusion. It is a relational ministry that uses music as a tool to reach young people. This youth ministry is part of our local church; we have 20 - 25 junior and high school students, a vast majority of them nonbelievers. On worship nights, about 250 Christians from all of the Slovenia Bible studies attend. I also lead Bible studies for high schoolers, college students, and church members and help organize country-wide worship nights every three months. 

When did you trust Christ?

Growing up, I was curious and eager to learn about God but coming from a family of nonbelievers, we never talked about the God of the Bible. I believed there was something more but felt lost and wondered if He wanted me. I came to accept the fact that I was just supposed to live my life without God. A couple of years later, a friend I knew started talking about Jesus, and I heard and understood that the Lord did want me and that I needed Him. I started reading the Bible and realized I did not want to walk through life by myself. Later I attended a summer camp run by Christians. One evening, after our camp leaders shared the Gospel with us, my friend walked up to me and asked, "Are you ready?" and I just nodded. That evening, I prayed to the Lord and asked Christ to be the Lord of my life. I was 16 years old and decided to follow Christ at that evangelistic camp organized by Josiah Venture and Ljubljana Evangelical Church.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

A critical part of my spiritual development was discussing Bible passages with the friend who helped lead me to the Lord. Also, because my parents and family did not support my decision to follow Jesus, there have been many conflicts. As a result, I was forbidden to attend church, youth groups, and other Christian events. Nevertheless, it made me grow in trusting the Lord, standing firm and holding onto my beliefs even when mocked or rejected.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to be encouraged to continue to meet with my girls and hear from the more experienced leaders about their experience and examples of good practice. I want to discuss the "model" of discipleship I am currently doing (which is relatively informal) and see what I can improve, change, and replace. I hope to learn more about guidelines or models /formats for Bible-based discipleship. Finally, I hope to gain some practical steps on how to raise disciple-makers among my peers as well and disciple them as their friend and sister in Christ, not necessarily a figure of authority -this is relevant for me, mainly because the people I am discipling are not much younger than me.

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

I have helped with organising youth evangelistic camps and Bible studies.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Many people in my hometown Ljubljana still do not know the Lord. Although the nation has a rich Christian history, many people have never heard the Gospel. Therefore, I want to be equipped to go and proclaim the good news to those still lost and searching.