Brenda Baker Prepares to Embark on Mission Trip to Ukraine

Dear family and friends,

I want to bring you up to date on what is happening in my life. As you know, I’m an assistant coach at Ohio Christian University. Two of the most important things in my life have been my athletics and the opportunity to know Jesus Christ in a personal way. My heart is on fire for reaching people through athletics. It’s a great way for me to show how my love for Christ impacts me daily.

This summer I have a chance to combine these two loves by competing on a Women’s Basketball team sponsored by Athletes in Action (AIA), the athletic ministry of Cru; formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ. We will be competing in Kiev, Ukraine and working with a couple involved in basketball ministry by helping them build relationships with elite athletes, coaches, and Ukrainian Basketball federation officials. We are scheduled to play the University National team, the Junior National team, and a local club team. In addition, we will also be helping with other local outreaches during our time there.  

My personal goals for the summer include: deepening my relationship with God, learning how to share my faith more effectively, continuing to develop my leadership skills, and leading people to a personal relationship with Christ. Needless to say, this will require a great investment of my time and energy. I was blessed to be able to participate in a missions trip with my basketball team this past winter to the Dominican Republic and my experience there I will never forget. My heart was truly impacted during that trip and I am so thankful to be given another opportunity to minister through athletics.

This team is made up of more than just the players and coaches traveling. We are looking for interested individuals such as yourself, who are willing to invest in our ministry, and thereby become part of our team as we travel, compete, and reach others for Christ. Each member of our team is asked to raise $4,500, a portion of the team’s goal, which will cover food, lodging, travel, and other team expenses. All funds must be raised by June 1st, in order for our team to report to training camp.

Would you prayerfully consider giving $75, $100, $250, or some other amount to help our team meet this need? Your financial support can also be given online at by entering 0685287 in the “Give A Gift” box, or you can make checks payable to Athletes in Action and return it to me in the self-addressed envelope provided. please do not write my name in the memo line of the check per irs & ncaa guidelines.

I want you to know I really appreciate your friendship. Thank you for your consideration in this exciting endeavor.