One important lesson I have learned throughout life is to not make my own plans but to put my future in God’s hands. The Lord opened the door for me to attend university much later in life. It is amazing that when you give your all to God, you never know where He may lead!
I am thankful to God that He led me to attend the Trivelius Institute (TI) in Bulgaria. I had a desire to know God’s character more fully and study His Word more deeply. My professors at TI helped me do both. I studied hard not only for my own sake but also to be an encouragement to my younger colleagues. I earned both my Bachelor of Theology degree as well as my Master’s in Political History and Religion.
My love to help young adults grow spiritually has opened the door to my current job as professor of Church Dynamics. It is exciting to watch each of my students grow in the knowledge of the Lord! I am also privileged to be president of the spiritual council at the Baptist church in my hometown. I have been preaching and working in leadership there for six years. The wonderful people I work with and serve are a rich blessing to me!
My motto has been ‘Here I am, Lord, use me for your glory, whenever, however and wherever you choose.’ That trust in the Lord has opened more doors for ministry and service than I would have ever imagined. To God be the glory!
“May we each serve the Lord to the fullest, never
holding back to answer His call.”
- Valentina Ivanova