Jelena Sivulka

Jelena Sivulka was born and raised in Serbia, where she got her master’s degree in psychology and in theology.  She became a Christian 25 years ago and a few years later got involved in ministry with her husband Greg, planting churches, distributing humanitarian aid, and partnering with Joni and Friends, serving people with disabilities.  Jelena has also worked as a counsellor in Serbia’s schools and a social worker, and she is currently working as therapist in a medical clinic. She is the Founder and Director of the non-profit organisation Hana's Hope. She has been blessed with three children: Benjamin, Sara, and Hana, who has autism.


2018 Forum Sessions

Post-Luncheon Workshops
Afternoon Workshops

Pre-Forum Seminar



Post-Luncheon Workshops

Hospitality: The Lost Virtue of a 21st Century Church

“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you….for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Mt 25:34-35

Growing up in Eastern Europe, Jelena cherished the memories of guests in her family’s home. Sleeping on the floor was never a problem if the pay-off was the excitement of meeting someone new, a full table, laughter, and late night stories. Since then, Jelena has learned that true hospitality begins with God, and hospitality in the 21st Century, especially to strangers, does not come easily to us. Until we are deeply rooted in the knowledge of God’s grace, we have neither the living example nor the strength of commitment to live hospitably in a hostile world. Hospitality means receiving the other, from the heart, into our own dwelling place and providing for the need, comfort, and delight of the other with all the openness, respect, freedom, tenderness, and joy that love itself embodies. How do we practice openness towards strangers in our community? How do we experience the hospitality of God in our lives?


Afternoon Workshops

Soul Care of a Leader

Over the years of ministry, we have all witnessed strong leaders whose souls have gone untended. Anxiety, burnout, depression, and anger are some of the symptoms of a neglected soul. How can we help a hurting soul?  What are some of the practical steps to help our streams of life stay clean, alive, and healthy? Only a rested, well cared for soul has the capacity to empathize and understand profoundly, to ask questions, and not simply go through the motions of faith.


Pre-Forum Seminar

Women's Pre-Forum Seminar: Preparing Our Hearts and Minds
with Vesna Radeka and Margunn Serigstad Dahle

We live terribly busy lives. Coming to the Forum can be a great break from many of our everyday responsibilities, but we can be surprised to find ourselves even busier than we are at home. Many of us arrive exhausted, overworked, and worried about the things we have left undone. How do we avoid neglecting the opportunities to learn what God wants to teach us? Where can we find refreshment for our souls? How can we build relationships with other women at the Forum to mutually encourage and support each other? All women are invited to arrive early for this highly interactive Pre-Forum Seminar to get to know one another, quiet our hearts and minds, discuss common challenges, and pray in order to prepare for what God has planned for us at the Forum and beyond.





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