McCracken, Samuel & Redika


Meet the McCrackens

McCrackens in the forest!

McCrackens in the forest!

Samuel was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California in a loving Christian home. He attended private school through 8th grade and graduated from high school in 1997. He attended some community colleges and several evangelism training schools. Samuel also attended the Calvary Chapel Bible College from ’06-’08. He spent some years working with his dad, Keith, in his computer business and has spent 5 years off and on working as a caregiver for the paralyzed and elderly. He was drawn to the ministry of Teen Missions because of the difference that they make in the lives of kids. Samuel has helped lead a preteen team to Belize in ‘07, a preteen team to Indiana in ‘08, and served as a summer volunteer in the Land Crew Department in ‘09. He joined staff in September of 2009.

Samuel’s passion is to share the love of God and the free gift of salvation with anyone who doesn’t have it. He has a burden for Middle Eastern Muslims and the innocent victims of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, the 14+ million AIDS orphans. Samuel desires to spend the rest of his life as a full-time missionary. He would like to minister in Africa at a Teen Missions base and somewhere in the Middle East in the future, or wherever God calls him. He enjoys surfing, sharing his faith, reading, and watching a good movie!

Redika was born in Medan, Indonesia and raised up in a Christian family. Although she went to church, Redika didn’t really know Christ personally until 2005 when she went through the Teen Missions Boot Camp in Java, Indonesia. Through that experience God really drew her heart close to Him and she received Jesus as her Lord and Savior. At the same time she also committed her life to Him to serve Him as a missionary. Redika then attended Teen Missions BIBLE MISSIONARY & WORK (BMW) Training Center in Tangerang, Indonesia in 2005.  After graduation, an opportunity arose for Redika to go and serve with Teen Missions in Malawi, Africa where she served from 2010-2013. It was a wonderful experience for Redika that helped her grow more deeply in her relationship with the LORD and she enjoyed having the freedom to witness and share her faith which can be dangerous in Indonesia because it is a Muslim country. While in Malawi, God really opened her eyes to the needs of people and orphans.

Samuel and Redika met in Malawi in 2010 when he went as an assistant leader for a team of preteens. In December 2013 they were married in Indonesia. Samuel and Redika are currently serving the Lord in the jungle of Borneo at our new Teen Missions base.  Redika is helping to translate the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission (MSSM) lessons and teaching English to the MSSM Circuit Riders.

 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:8-9 (NKJV)


  • Samuel – April 19
  • Redika – July 24


  • December 15, 2013

Missionary News

  • McCracken, Samuel & Redika Newsletter (Winter 2014) March 25, 2014 DSCF1355 (1)Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters,  MARRIED!  Redika and I were happily married on December 15, 2013! The wedding went very smoothly and we thank the Teen Missions International staff and Bible, Missionary & Work (BMW) Training Center students that helped make it great. We couldn’t have done it without you and your help is appreciated very much. Married life is great and God has given me a wonderful life partner and helper in ministry. We look forward to a lifetime of ministry ...
  • McCracken, Samuel (Fall 2013) October 9, 2013 100_8300 Dear friends, family, and supporters,   It has been another wonderful summer here at Teen Missions. God moved mightily in the hearts of 600 kids and some gave their hearts to Him or recommitted their lives to Him. (To God be all the glory!) They went through the Lord’s Boot Camp which prepared and equipped them for their missions’ trips. Then they went out to many different countries to share the love of Jesus with a lost and dying world. They were ...
  • McCracken, Samuel (Spring 2013) May 6, 2013 McCracken 2013 Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters: Sometimes God interrupts our schedule so we will reach out to others. I was walking down the hall from my friends’ apartment on my way to church when a young man, Mike, approached me and started asking me questions about my faith and the difference between Christianity and another religion. He had heard from my friend, Anthony, that I was a missionary. We talked for a bit and then I was on my way to church. ...
  • McCracken, Samuel (Winter 2013) February 4, 2013 Redika and I at Lake Malawi Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters, Our God is so great! His mercies are new every morning, and His love endures forever! God is continuing to do amazing things here at Teen Missions and around the world! Lives are being changed and people are drawing closer to Jesus every day as we continue to minister to people. The work we do here at the International Headquarters in Florida makes Teen Missions International’s worldwide ministry possible. For example, TMI is able meet the ...
  • McCracken, Samuel (Fall 2012) October 25, 2012 Preteens doing outreach.Muli Bwanji? Greetings from Malawi, the “warm heart” of Africa. Living in Malawi has been a wonderful adventure these past three months. I have great things to report of what God has done! First of all, God has blessed my relationship my girlfriend, Redika, a wonderful missionary from Indonesia who has been serving in Malawi for almost three years. We met when I was helping to lead a 2010 Preteen team of Americans and Canadians in to Malawi. We have ...
  • McCracken, Samuel (Spring 2012) June 8, 2012 Our 2011 South Africa team “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20 Yippee! The summer is almost here, and so is the 2012 Lord’s Boot Camp! At Boot Camp, 660 kids will come to Teen Missions and have their lives changed through Jesus Christ. We are preparing for these kids to take part in missions going to over 30 countries. During Coot Camp they will learn ...
  • McCracken, Samuel (Winter 2012) March 22, 2012 Kids in South Africa 2011 Dear Friends, God has blessed me with the opportunity to help lead the 2012 Malawi Orphan Care Preteen Team this summer. In Malawi, Africa, we will conduct small construction projects and outreaches with the AIDS orphans, as well as ministry to the orphans and surrounding community. I will be with the team for three weeks, and then I will remain for two extra months working with AIDS orphans and street children, doing construction and supporting our three bases in Malawi. My ...
  • McCracken, Samuel (Fall 2011) October 28, 2011 Having fun with the orphans Samuel McCracken shares about his summer with Teen Missions in South Africa. "One of the neat things we were able to do on our South Africa trip was to give out slices of bread with Bible verses printed on them!"
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