, we're Matt, Christine, Chloe and Libby Sauder. We're on a mission: to love God and to love others.
Simple as that.
Matt has felt a call to be a missionary since college. He had known he
was going to be in ministry for a long time. Both Matt and Christine met each other
while attending Spring Arbor University. We met and got to know each other on a
college mission trip to the Navajo Nation, in New Mexico. We soon fell in love and,
after college, were married. We lived in Jackson, Michigan, where Matt was a youth
pastor at a multicultural Latino church.
At the beginning of 2008 we moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where Matt started
working at International Child Care Ministries, the child sponsorship program of the Free Methodist Church, and also was a youth pastor in an inner-city church in Indy. Christine taught math at a middle school in Indy as well. When we moved to Indy we started looking into areas of the world where we could serve as missionaries. Each place we looked into didn't work out so we decided to let the Lord open the door in His time. Chloe arrived in 2011 and brought so much joy to our family. Matt was ordained in the Free Methodist Church in 2013.
Right around that time the Lord started stirring in our hearts. We knew He wanted to tell us something. Around that same time the Free Methodist Asia Area Director came to us and felt that the Lord wanted us to go to the Philippines. He asked us to pray. Almost immediately we felt that this is what God wanted us to do. So that started the process of making our way to the Philippines.
We arrived in the Philippines in October 2014. We lived in
Butuan City where Matt served as English Pastor at the
Butuan City Free Methodist "Mother" Church as well as
taught at Light & Life Bible College. Christine taught Chloe
at home. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Butuan. A
week after we arrived in the Philippines we found out that
Christine was pregnant and in May 2015 Libby was born in Butuan City. We strive
to seek and obey the Lord and we're so excited for what He has in store for us
yet. As they say...the best is yet to come.