Russ and Heidi Smith
It has been more than 25 years since Russ and Heidi arrived in Chile. Over the years they have worked in various locations throughout Chile. On April 1st, 2012 they began serving at "El Salvador" Church in the Santiago borough of San Joaquin. Russ serves as a minister of the church and Heidi teaches at Santiago Christian Academy and is involved in the Children's Ministry at El Salvador.
Pastor Oleg - Estonia
Pastor Oleg has been affiliated with Christ's Church since its inception. He serves as the pastor of two churches in Narva and Tallin, Estonia, providing services in Russian. He travels by bus every other week to offer these services. Pastor Oleg also serves a Christian counseling ministry in a local prison, and has baptized many inmates. He is the author of two books and is becoming known around eastern Europe for his writing and speaking. Some of our support helps with his travel expenses and spreads the gospel. This is one of the most under-evangelized areas in the world, with less than one percent of the population being Christian.
David and Mary Beth met at the Anglican Church of the Resurrection (San Marcos), their home church. They both were in a time of growth and transition. David transitioned from being a seminarian to being a priest, to being a missionary, while Mary Beth graduated from high school, started university, and then became the church accompanist. Over the years they pastor-and-parishioner to long-distance-friends, to not-so-much-friends, to more then friends. Now they are married!
David and Mary Beth Alenskis are sent from Anglican Church of the Resurrection in California and serve together in Belize. The church in Belize needs more thoroughly-trained leaders who are willing to serve inside and outside of the church in pioneering ways, to announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to embody his excessive and supernatural love for sinners. David has been called to serve as the Priest-in-Charge (Senior Pastor) of St. Andrew’s and St. Hilda’s churches and as chaplain for St. Andrew’s, St. Barnabas’, and St. Hilda’s schools. Mary Beth is using her passion and gift for music as well as her heart for serving others to reach those in the church and schools. As SAMS missionaries, David and Mary Beth are dedicated both to serving as leaders for Anglican churches and schools in Belize, and also to training up new leaders who will continue to grow and deepen the Body of Christ.
Steve Veselsky - Czech Republic
Our Missionary in the Czech Republic is Steve Veselsky. He was born in the Czech Republic and when he escaped from behind the Iron Curtain he made his way to the United States. In his words “ I found the freedom to follow God and teach his word without fear.” He risked death in escaping the Iron Curtain, but after a few years in the US he said to himself “is this it, is this all there is to living free?” He decided he would return to his homeland and try to reach the people of his highly atheistic nation.
Steve has been translating the Book of Common Prayer into Czech. He is now forming a group that will meet regularly for evening prayer. He also has a dream to provide a Retreat Center to serve the persecuted church and her missionaries.
Steve does not know from day to day what price he might have to pay to bring Christ’s message of freedom to his brothers and sisters of the Czech Republic. Steve asks us to stand with him and be part of God’s work in this nation that denies his existence. He humbly asks for our fervent prayers and to continue our support to help him reach his monthly pledges that SAMS requires.
St. Stephen’s Church - Muscoy, CA
Since our church was formed we have supported St. Stephens mission in Muscoy. Muscoy is a small community west of San Bernardino, Ca. with a population of less than 10,000 people mostly Hispanic and black, their education level is less than a high school graduate equivalent. Sister Mary McKinney has the primary responsibility of the mission. They hold services every Sunday, hand out food on Wednesday or whenever people need food. On the third Saturday of the month the mission does health screening, handsout bags of food, clothes and shoes, also there are prayer and bible study groups. We donate money for financial support and twice a year Christ Church donates cooked turkeys, pies, scarfs and hats knitted by the ladies of the church and carve turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We just finished building two sheds so they can store the donated food, and donated two low flow toilets. Sister Mary spends a lot of time handing out food at Home Depot and the homeless in the community.