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Sasa Ninolinovic

Sasa Nikolinovic
Person Details
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Country

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Artists Network

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a church that meets in two locations in Sarajevo. My ministry is focused on preaching, teaching, counseling, building new leaders, and making disciples. I am involved in a summer camps ministry for our church denomination and one of the two major youth conferences in my country. I am also involved with the FEUER network for student evangelists, which has had a significant university outreach in recent years.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in 1991 after years of searching and questioning the meaning of life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The first defining moment was the first time I went to church. I experienced God's presence, and that changed the direction of my life forever. Being in the army during the war in Bosnia after becoming a believer was a tremendous experience and a true moment of growth for me. My baptism and the call to full-time ministry in 1995 were further defining moments. In 2001, I received the invitation to take over the church's leadership as a pastor.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The Forum is an oasis where I can find all the needed resources and inspiration for ministry in my country. The Forum helps me to maximize the talents God has given to me for His glory.

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

I served as an elder of the Sarajevo Evangelical Church from 1995-2001 and served as senior pastor since 2001. I have served as chairman on several boards in our denomination, most notably on the summer camps board, which is one of the most important activities of our denomination. We are doing evangelism and discipleship programs for kids, teenagers, youth, and adults through this ministry. I am also currently the Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance in Bosnia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Bosnia is one of the two least evangelized countries in Europe. There are around 5 million people and not more than 1,000 born-again Christians. Along with the people I work with, I have a deep love for our country and want to see every person reached for Christ. Christian hope is the only hope for this tormented country that still needs to recover from the Bosnian war for independence. I live in Sarajevo, the capital city. There are about 325,000 people here, and the population is 90% Muslim. As you can imagine, it is not always easy to reach out and proclaim the Good News. But still, Sarajevo is a city that God wants to reach, and there are plenty of opportunities for doing that.