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Pirus

Local partners making Jesus Christ known.

 

ALEX AND DEBBIE PIRUS

Children: BJ, Samantha and Misty

Location: Chicago, IL

Time of service: Since 1997

Agency: Hockey Ministries International

How has God brought you to where you are today?

Both Debbie and I became born again believers later in life. We started our journey in ministry at a Calvary Missions conference. After hearing missionaries from third world countries talk about what they were doing Alex felt like God was speaking to him to go and be a missionary somewhere. When they were both walking through the parking lot, Alex remarked to Debbie that he thought God was calling them to missions. Debbie was worried and asked “Where?” Alex said he was thinking Africa or South America. To which Debbie remarked, “I’m sorry… I don’t think He’s calling me, at least not to those places. I don’t do dirt floors and grass shacks… snakes and scorpions.” So we had people everywhere pray for us so that we would know where God wanted us. God showed us that even hockey players need the Gospel and that was good with Debbie. Alex had played in the NHL and he had special insights into hockey player’s mentalities.

What is God doing in your immediate context?

During the hockey season Alex is the chaplain for 7 hockey teams in the Chicago area and in the Midwest. The summers are spent doing youth hockey camps, most recently in Canada and the U.S., but he has also been involved in many European camps over the years.

How does your partnership with Calvary help you be more effective in your work?

We are so very thankful for Calvary, the people that pray for us, support us in ministry and for continuing to have Missions conferences. It is how we got started and how we continue to be in missions.

How can people stay connected with you and your ministry, e.g. email newsletter, blog, social media?

We put out a quarterly newsletter… it is old school, through the regular post office. My mother was a postal worker and we want to help keep them in business. She was a single mom and that was what supported us. So if you email us your address we will send you our newsletter.