All donations can be made online or sent to "Missionary Athletes International P.O. Box 1889, La Mirada, CA 90637-1889"
Missionary Athletes International is a nonprofit organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its Federal Identification number is 33-0017152. Missionary Athletes International (MAI) began in 1983 and is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
WAYS TO GIVE TO SEAHORSES:
Josh & Adriana Ayers
Josh played with the Seahorses in their 2013 season. Josh and his wife loved their time in the organization. With his wife and her entire family being from Ecuador, and his from the Midwest, it was difficult to make a career decision after graduating in May 2014. Both have a desire to serve the Lord as a priority. After searching and asking for God´s direction, it was clear they were to pursue this opportunity presented by the MAI SoCal Seahorses. Josh has felt called to serve the Lord ever since he became a Christian 6 years ago. They are excited to put all of their God-given desires, talents, and gifts into motion serving the Lord and the people He loves over in Southern California.
Bill and Lisa Galipault
Bill and Lisa Galipault first joined Seahorse staff in 1988 spending five years in L.A. followed by 6 years in the Czech Republic helping churches learn how to use soccer as part of their local outreach. Bill came back on staff in 2011 after working with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serving on a church pastoral staff. His current focus is on directing Seahorse Soccer Camps, leading a team each year to the Czech Republic, working with sports ministry training and office administration. Bill has coached youth, high school, college and adult amateur teams over the years and holds a National Level Diploma from the NSCAA. He recently earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree focusing on sports ministry from Azusa Pacific Seminary. Bill and Lisa have been married for 32 years and have three grown daughters.
Paul & Vickie Gizzi
Paul & Vickie Gizzi relocated to Los Angeles from the San Francisco Bay area in 1992 after serving as a principal and administrator at Contra Costa Christian High School. Paul grew up in Japan where his parents were missionaries to the Japanese as well as to US military personnel. Paul and Vicki both attended Biola University. Paul was a standout goalkeeper at Biola and played professionally for four years in the North American Soccer League with the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes. He has led tours to Japan every summer since 1996. Vickie works at the Seahorse MAI Headquarter office and serves the mission in many ways. Paul and Vickie reside in La Habra, CA and have four children: Ginny, Jaclyn, Glenn and Stephen.
Kelsea & Brandon Gonzalez
Growing up as a Missionary Athletes International kid, Kelsea witnessed what Seahorse Soccer ministry was doing, and even saw how it ministered to her. Connecting with people in a unique way via the game of soccer and how it breaks down cultural, linguistic, and social barriers giving a unique platform to share the gospel is incredible. Because of that approach, she always longed to one day join the ministry but honestly thought that was a far-fetched hope. After attending Seattle Pacific University, majoring in graphic design, she married Brandon, worked in her field for three years, all while coaching alongside Brandon. The Lord eventually moved Kelsea and Brandon back to Southern California from Seattle WA. After much prayer and consideration, God has confirmed it is not only the desire of Kelsea's heart, but indeed His calling. She is excited to not only bring the tool of graphic design to the ministry, but also her experience as a Seahorse tour player, camp coach, PDL volunteer, to the So. Cal. office.
Mark & Debby Schrock
Mark has been involved with the Seahorses in various capacities and brings strong administrative experience and a commitment to the organization of over 20 years. Mark is currently the General Manager of the Seahorses PDL team and has served as CAO for the Seahorses umbrella organization, Missionary Athletes International. Mark also brings with him multi-cultural understanding and personal soccer achievements, having grown up in Argentina and enjoyed a college career as an All-American sweeper for the Biola University team. Mark and his wife, Debbie, live locally in La Mirada and have four children, three in-law children, and two grandchildren.
Kelly & Stephanie Warner
Kelly comes to us from Whittier Area Community Church where he has held the position of Sports/Men’s Pastor for 15 years. His responsibilities there included promoting, maintaining and managing the WACC sports leagues comprised of over 600 youth; recruiting and training volunteers; fundraising, managing the sports office staff and performing pastoral responsibilities. Kelly increased the sports league membership by 200% and recruited over 1000 volunteers during his tenure. Kelly will continue in his position with WACC while he goes through his support-raising process. Mark Schrock will continue to act as the LA Office Director until Kelley assumes his position in January.
Kelly’s involvement with the LA office and the Seahorses goes back over 20 years when he participated on a Seahorses Japan outreach tour and played on the Seahorses amateur team for three years. He has participated on other outreach tours to Malawi and Sweden with other sports organizations. Kelly is an active member of Whittier Area Community Church.
Kelly is a graduate of Rio Hondo College with a degree in Fire Science. Kelly is a trained firefighter and licensed EMT. Kelly lives with his wife, Stephanie and three children, in Whittier, CA.
Please join us in welcoming Kelly to MAI!