Working for Christ overseas
Cheam Baptist Church is very blessed to be able to send several couples (and individuals) overseas to work in different (and often difficult) environments in the hope of proclaiming Christ and making him known. Our core missionaries that we support at Cheam Baptist are listed below.
Mark & Kirsty
Mark & Kirsty Slessenger (with sons Joel & Liam) - based in Cape Town, South Africa with the Message Trust.
After 10 years working within the football prison ministry with Ambassadors in Sport, Mark joined The Message Trust in October 2013.
Mark has helped pioneer the first Message Trust hub outside of the UK and overseas initiative in prisons, business, creative arts and urban mission in Cape Town. The Message works with the hardest to reach young people caught up in crime, gangs and hopelessness and bring hope through sharing Jesus Christ through word and action across Cape Town.
Kirsty is a trained counselor and is involved with online lecturing for Conerstone Institute and is establishing her own counseling practice.
They attend Connect Church in South Africa and have two beautiful boys Joel and Liam.
Abraham & Claire
Abraham & Claire Waigi (with children Lesley & Isaac) - based in Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana.
Abraham is a Senior Research Fellow at Akrofi-Christaller Institute (ACI) of Theology, Mission and Culture, a post graduate institue which awards MA, MTh and PhD degrees.
Claire is a part-time Research Fellow at ACI and also spends time at home with the children.
They are both involved in teaching and research and Claire also does some editing for the Publications Department. ACI attract students from across Africa and beyond (currently the USA, S. Korea and the UK), from all different professions. Part of the mission of ACI is to 'serve' the wider Christian community, in Ghana, Africa and world-wide, by focussing its research and training on issues of Christian mission in the African context, in order to help the Christian community to better understand its task and to witness more effectively to the Kingdom of God in Africa and the wider world.
To find out more about their ministry in Ghana visit the ACI website.
Luke & Ania
Luke & Ania Greenwood (with son Daniel & daughter Sara) - based in Wroclaw, Poland with Steiger Mission.
Their calling is to the Urban Youth in the world's cities, involving leading teams in gospel witness in night clubs and anywhere teenagers and twenties gather together.
They are also involved in training young Christians for this minisrty worldwide.
Darren & Ruthie
Darren & Ruthie Campbell (with children Abigail & Isaac) - based in South Carolina, USA with SIM.
Darren works in SIM's head office leading the Finance Department as International Treasurer.
Ruthie serves on the SIM USA Member Care Team providing pastoral care to missionaries.
Phil & Jan
Phil & Jan - are based in Viçosa, in Minas Gerais, Brazil with Latin Link and Interserve Brazil.
Phil is director of the mission school, preparing Bazilians to serve in holistic missions in their own country and overseas. The school has a particular emphasis on preparing those who would like to use their professional skills in mission. Both Phil & Jan give lessons in the school and are also responsible for mentoring married couples studying at the school.
Jan works with Interserve, a mission agency that seeks to place partners to serve in ministry in Asia and the Arab world (the least reached parts of the world) using their professional skills and abilities. Jan is Personnel Director of the Brazilian office, involved in selection, prepartion and placement of candidates.
Jan is also involved in a national organisation of member care for missionaries CIM (Integral Care of the Missionary) and has a particular interest in the care of Missionary Kids (MKs). They organise a yearly retreat for MK teenagers and young people.
They are members of a local church where Phil serves as an Elder and is responsible for overseeing the adult Sunday school and Jan is a teacher for the teenagers Sunday school class.