, we're Matt, Christine, Chloe, Libby, and Abbie 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. Chloe arrived in 2011 and brought so much joy to our family. Matt was ordained in the Free Methodist Church in 2013.
In 2013 we were asked to consider coming to serve in the Philippines. We were blown
away when the Lord confirmed it in our hearts. After raising support, we arrived in the
Philippines in October 2014. We lived in Butuan City, where Matt served
as the English Pastor of the Butuan City Free Methodist "Mother" Church
as well as taught at Light & life Bible College. We thoroughly enjoyed the
Philippines and felt the Lord was calling us to full-time ministry. In 2015,
Libby was born in Butuan City.
We, again, raised enough support to return to the Philippines, and
in June 2017, we moved to Metro Manila, where we currently are located. We love
Filipinos and are excited to be serving alongside the Free Methodist Church of the
Philippines. Upon our arrival, we began language acquisition to learn Tagalog. In
2018, Abbie was born in Manila. After over 2 years of studying, we were able to begin
the ministry in which the Lord called us to do. During the Quarantine of 2020, were
able to begin Free Life Community U.P., a campus ministry reaching out to the
students at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Our ministry started on Zoom as prayer meetings. We are passionate about building relationships with young people, discipling, and helping people discover what the Lord is calling them to do. We are thrilled to be serving in this way and we are truly blessed that the Lord has led us to serve Him in the Philippines.
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." -Joshua 24:15