Tammy & Lonny Kainz
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Tammy and Lonny Kainz serve in the towns of Pueblo and Pueblo West in Colorado. Pueblo West is a rural town. Just fifteen minutes east is the City of Pueblo, population over 100,000. Pueblo is known for the highest per capita homicide rate in Colorado and the highest per capita for violent crimes. The city is also struggling with an explosion in herion/opiod addiction and a massive influx of homeless people. The common factor in most community events is alcohol and there are a large number of pot shops over both Pueblo and Pueblo West.
Statistics show that 46% of the population identify as Catholic, with only 5% identifying as Christian.
After seeing the needs in their community, the Kainzes began reaching out through a homeless/street ministry and by teaching an after-school Bible program. In their street ministry, they meet people's basic needs with food, water, and shelter; and meet their spiritual needs by loving them, praying with them, taking them to church, and discipling them. Part of serving the homeless also means visiting them in jail, treatment centers, or the hospital-as the majority of those on the streets deal with addiction, poverty, and mental health issues.
Tammy and Lonny realized that over the years God has been taken out of the public schools, so they found a way to teach public school kids about Jesus. They rent out the local school and teach an after-school Bible Club to elementary students.
The Kainzes became approved candidates with InFaith in 2018.
Tammy and Lonny have four children; two young daughters and two young adult sons. Over the years, they've enjoyed doing family mission trips together in various places throughout the United States. They've done everything from teaching VBS and sports camps in rural areas of Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kentucky, to serving the homeless in Oregon and Washington, and helping flood victims on rural ranches in Colorado. Since 2016, their family started to notice that they were spending more and more time doing ministry work, and having less and less time for their secular work-which led them to InFaith. "We are thankful to now be a part of a group of people that allows us to serve God daily," Tammy says.