Webster’s dictionary defines a missionary as a person sent on a religious mission… to promote Christianity in a foreign country. I don’t know about you, but the image in my mind of a missionary often seems old and antiquated, with prop planes and radios, that reached its height in the 40’s and 50’s.

Today seems dominated by a younger, trendy crowd of entrepreneurs and celebrities, social media and jet planes, caring more about social justice that an individual’s personal spiritual life. But over the past 13 years I’ve spent in international development I have become convinced of one thing. If you don’t work to see the internal, belief system of an individual radically altered by Christ and their worldview aligned to the Gospel, their actions can’t change – and their tomorrow won’t be different from their yesterday. Social justice does matter – but the way to altering it is one individual spiritual life at a time.

Chris and Katie Sasser have spent the past 7 years blurring the lines between missionary and entrepreneur and have done it well. They left behind family, modern conveniences, and the known for a world filled with unknown – everything from no running water to limited electricity. But they have adapted, they have built an African family, they have promoted Christ and His Gospel in parts of the world many of us will never see. They have confidently promoted Christ and his redemption in East Africa and actively worked to build social justice at the individual level. And their impact is tangible – seen in the communities they have lived and served in.

We are excited for their next adventure in Ireland. We cannot wait to see how God will continue to use them as modern day missionaries promoting Christianity and thereby impacting social justice. We are grateful for their service and will feel the void of their absence in Africa.

It’s not nearly enough, but thank you Chris and Katie!


Emily Blackledge

Vice President International Program

Read more about what God is doing in the lives of Chris and Katie Sasser in their letter HERE