About Straight Ahead Ministries
Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc. (SAM) was founded in 1987 as a federally registered not-for-profit New York State corporation with full tax exempt status, and in 1996, under Russian law, was invited by Stremleniya Periode (SP) to be one of the funding fathers of that foundation. SP is a chartered international foundation with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and has approval for branch locations in Moscow, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Kiev and New York. SP is prepared to open new locations if it will further the efforts of those individuals or organizations with which it serves. In 1999 SAM became associated with Partners in International Ministry out of Chilliwack, Canada. This allows contributors in Canada to receive tax deductions for their contributions to the ministry in Russia. Funding for these organizations are received and distributed through a board of directors and are accounted for annually.
The objective of the joint effort of these organizations is to help in identifying and matching the giftings of individuals and/or groups (both Russian and ex-patriot) to appropriate ministry opportunities that would result in the healthy expansion of the Kingdom of God both in the long and the short term. Not only is there a variety in gifting, but we believe Scripture bears out that there is variety in strategies as well. Our desire is to help network these gifts and strategies to the strengthening and expansion of the Kingdom. As we exercise our gifting by faith (Romans 12:3) and our strategies by faith as well (Romans 14:23) we can expect to see God's Kingdom expand. In this role of apostolic networking, we agree with Paul in 2Corinthians 10:15b. “Our hope is that as your faith continues to grow our area of activity among you will greatly expand so that we can preach the Gospel in the regions beyond you.”
The focus of the process is to facilitate individuals, small groups and fellowships, as well as large organizations. It is not our desire to build a large organization or denomination but instead to simply participate with the Lord and those who desire to build HIS Church with HIM. Part of this process is to share information in order to network giftings and ministry opportunities.