Zhanibek Otetileu is a leader of the FoCus ministry for College and University students at Abundant Grace. As a Junior in the Shanghai Finance University, he has made a great impact on all of the lives around him. He effectively leads a male student life group, coordinates major monthly FoCus events and also has always been available for missions work through Abundant Grace. He serves with an energy and joy that is contagious! Many people have entered the doors of Abundant Grace because of his invitation. We have seen the FoCus ministry at Abundant Grace go to the next level through Zhanibek’s Christ-like leadership!
When I first came to Abundant Grace in 2012, I was looking for the ways to be involved in Church and the hospitality team took me on board. I found it very fun and of course through the experience of serving in the ministry I got closer to God. Hospitality ministry is a great place where I got to meet a lot of people and connect with church community.
Currently I am serving in Focus—Fellowship of College and University students ministry and I lead the male student life group at Shanghai Finance University. I also help the FoCus ministry in organising different events. Through serving, God has shown me that you don’t need to be a Pastor for you to reach out to people, but you can be even a student and do the work that God calls you to do. You just need to be there for people and love them, because through love others will recognise that we belong to God! (John 13:34-35) Our God is an amazing God!
Through different ministries I got to meet different people. No matter the ministry I get involved with, God uses me and it is always a personal encounter with Jesus for me! I encourage people to serve in church. We are the body of Christ, and we need to be united. People have different gifts and the Church is a right place to use them. Those gifts can be used to draw other people closer to God, build a community and build God’s Kingdom on earth! Even if you think you are not gifted in anything, you’ll be surprised of how God can use you! :)—Zhanibek