Sam & Kristen Marsonek

Sam and Kristen are from Tampa, Florida. They moved up with their three daughters in August of 2016 (Mckenna, Kate and Avery). Since arriving in Jena, Alabama the Lord has blessed them with their 4th daughter, Samantha. They both received the call to come into full time ministry while Sam was running an automotive shop in Tampa and Kristen was practicing medicine as a family physician. The struggle of balancing work and raising a family in a way that would honor and glorify the Lord became very difficult. The burden to show their kids a life of faith seemed fleeting and with Sams desire to be involved in ministry through the game of baseball full time, the Lord began to pull at their hearts. Not long after, an opportunity to move to Baseball Country came up, and after much prayer and seeking they had a peace about the move and agreed to go all in. Psalm 37:4 says to “Delight yourselves in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” The closer Sam & Kristen drew to Him, the more He shifted their desires to line up with His. There was only one issue, whether pride or conviction came into play, they both felt He had to make a way financially to pack up everything and move to West Alabama… a part of the country with no cell service and no “take out.” The morning after they both agreed, the phone call came that changed their lives. Someone had just written an anonymous, unrestricted check to Sam and dropped it in the bucket at church. The rest is history. “We are beyond humbled to be serving the Lord full time here at Baseball Country and are blown away by all He is doing in and through our lives. Our girls are growing up not only hearing about Jesus, but seeing Him move day in and day out. We cannot thank all those that support the ministry here enough!”

Stephen & Christi Franklin