This is our current committee which meets every other month to discuss how we can bring awareness to our missionaries internationally and locally and how we can best support them and their current needs.
The St. Luke’s Missions Committee includes, Teresa Kunich, Committee Chair; Tom Green, Treasurer; Geri Colucci, Vestry Representative; Greg Kronz, Senior Rector; Susie and Norm Galloway; Emily Blackshire; Haleigh Kunich; Kathie and Bill Phillips; Scott Pullon; and Terri Williams. New committee members are always welcome.
We currently, as a church, financially support eight missionaries and their ministries.
Juan and Maria Marentes located in San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize Central America. Their ministry focuses on pastoring two local Church’s and Juan and Maria serve as Chaplin’s to three Anglican schools in the area. They feel called to reach out to the homeless and destitute in San Ignacio, feeding them and inviting them to church services also providing home visits. In the schools they are challenged to lead 800 students to Christ and disciple with Christian values, training them in the way that they should go.
Candy Rieger ministers to the people in Northern Haiti and ministers and lives in the Dominican Republic. Candy went on a short term mission’s trip with a group from St Luke’s Church several years ago. She came home and made arrangements to go back and live her life for the Lord ministering to his people in the Dominican. After sometime the earthquake hit Haiti and Candy, being on the border of the Dominican and Haiti, began to work and minister to the people across the border. She is still involved in the lives of the Haitians as well as folks in the DR.
Betsy Hake founded Jericho Ministries. It is a Christian non-profit organization in Tegucigalpa, Honduras which began as a result of a desire from God placed in the heart of a missionary to rescue those trapped in prostitution. The ministry is comprised of a rehab center in the country, facilities in the city which house the Schools for the women’s children, a store to sell the products made by Jericho women, and the offices. Recently the Lord has led the ministry to reach out specifically to the children of those who are trapped in prostitution or who are at high risk for entering prostitution.
Suzy McCall lives in Flora del Campo, Tegucigalpa, Honduras and founded a training school for Hondurans called to world missions. Today, LAMB (Latin America Missionary and Bible Institute) also operates an elementary school with over 250 children in one of the most violent and poverty stricken areas of Tegucigalpa, a residential home for over 60 abused and neglected children outside of the city, and a community assistance program which seeks to minister to the needy with food, medical care, construction help, microfinance assistance, as well as a new, large outreach program to the youth.
David and June Smith after serving God in Kiev, Ukraine for eight years, David and June and their three children are now ministering through The Navigators at the University of South Carolina. They focus on the 1200 international students from over 100 countries at USC. They’re desire is to share the gospel with them, disciple and establish them in their faith and equip them to go back to their countries or wherever God calls them to labor for a lifetime. June is also the daughter of longtime St Luke’s parishioner Sally Ahrents and sister of Jennifer Thompson.
Scott and Charlee Pullon are current St Luke’s church members. They have been called to minister through I- AM (Inter-America Missions) they are producers of video Bible studies, in many different languages where scripture is video based. These invaluable video products bring people to Christ who cannot read the word. Many adults in third world countries have limited reading skills. This is because 6th grade is their last year of formal schooling. The Technology Enhanced Learning Programs developed by I-AM, offers a modern method of learning by seeing and hearing. They have a new vision to reach out to the children while they are still in primary school. These programs will give students an overview of the Bible, from Creation to Crucifixion, with comprehensive in-depth studies Genesis, the life of Jesus’ with the two Gospels, followed by Pentecost and the important study of the building of Christ’s church thru the Book of The Acts of the Apostles.
Mike Znachko and his wife Gail are also current St. Luke’s church member’s, Mike is the founder of Hope Prison Ministries. He currently serves in Belize Central Prison, Belize, Central America for the past six years and Allendale Correctional Institute in Allendale SC. His mission is to provide recovery from addictions to alcohol and drugs through the power of Jesus Christ and the 12 step program. He travels to Belize 4 to 6 times a year for about 14 days each trip and to Allendale 6 times each month.
Kathie Phillips works as Global Teams International Missionary Care Director. Global Teams provides missionary care with the conviction that our most important God given resource as an organization is the people, and their development and overall wellbeing are necessary to the effective fulfillment "to see the heart of Christ in the skin of every culture." In the Apostle Paul's words, the goal of missionary care is ".....to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up." (Ephesians 4:12). Kathie often travels to visit these missionaries in the field as well as supports them prayerfully.
We also have a list of local and international ministries that we prayerfully support including, The Helping Hands Ministry, The Grateful Hearts Soup Kitchen, York Place Children’s Center, The Hines Family, Yvonne North, and Kairos Prison Ministries. We currently prayerfully support our friends in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa as well as visiting them each year for the past seven years. Individuals in our church have made it possible for children go to school, classrooms to have curriculum, libraries to be stocked with appropriate books for reading, the seminary to have much needed bibles. Donations have been offered to support an existing orphanage in Irente, near Dar Es Salaam, by St Luke’s parishioners and currently micro businesses are being formed and started by individual parishioners. We also prayerfully support The Valentine Project which was birthed out of a mission’s trip to Dar and headed by St Luke’s Parishioners. They are currently working to build an orphanage in Dar as well as providing food to feed the less fortunate children in The St Augustine Primary School.
The committee is looking forward to seeing what God is going to do this year in the area of Missions at St Luke’s Church.