Sveta Alekseeva is one of those rare finds you never want to lose. I needed some administrative help several years ago, and asked one person at church if she knew anyone. That one person turned out to be the right person to ask, because Sveta has never let me down. After working for me part time for a year then, she left because I could not pay her full-time. Three years later, it all came back together again, and she is now with us full-time. For a season she organized and promoted our Master Classes over Tea. These were a series of evening seminars on a different topic every week, designed to meet new people and introduce them to our ministry and how they can plug in a grow with us more.
Sveta has been through every training I have offered. As a result of her hard work and dedication, she is one of my top prayer counselors. She is a professionally certified life coach. She teaches our course on how to hear God’s Voice, and she has led our flagship course that I have written on Becoming the Body. She is doing a beautiful job at everything. I only wish I could pay her what she deserves. She is an economist by profession, and she took a big pay cut to come work for me, but she doesn’t regret it a bit. To help us support and keep Sveta, click here. Just mark your donation “for Sveta.”
Anna Shlykova has been studying with us for a year now, but her background is much richer. As a social worker, Anna served in a ministry working with children and families at risk and in crisis. Her gifts are in counseling, teaching, and she is writing a leader’s guide for my curriculum more. Anna only serves part of the year with us, as she has married a South African. They now plan to come to serve in Russia together with us for a few months a year.
Oyuna Ochirova has grown by leaps and bounds over the last six months in our courses. With a background in management and marketing, she is eager to help us expose our courses to as many people as possible. She is also in training to lead our courses over time. Oyuna prays a matter through until she gets God’s vision, and then makes it happen.
Ilya Smirnitsky is our new youth leader – without any youth – yet! We’ve invited Ilya on board to help us plan for and recruit young people to participate in a summer youth camp we organized for 2017. He was also a key player in our project to reach a group of unchurched college students. His vision is to start a sports ministry on the basis of the ministry model we are developing here. Read more about Ilya here, and help us support and keep him on our team here. Just mark your donation “for Ilya.”
Olga Bondareva has been around our family since almost the beginning. She is both a fantastic piano player and teacher for our children (now just Simon). She started taking my courses in 2016, and has been so impacted by them that she and Ilya now lead one of our groups together. She has a natural gift for teaching and leadership. Alas, she has to supplement her piano teaching, and I’d like to hire her to fill the gap.