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Tom and Michelle previously served with Grace Ministries International in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1987 to 2000. With the graduation of their youngest daughter Rebecca from Rift Valley Academy in 2000, they returned to the States to create a home base for their three children. Throughout the past few years, they’ve realized God’s calling to return to the mission field and are now ready to take the next steps in serving Him.Tom and Michelle Sanchez.

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We’re back home in Allendale, MI after a long time away visiting churches out West. We made it home in time to reopen our house and spend Thanksgiving with our kids who live in New York City. We’ve been home for a few days, and today Tom is about to leave for Wisconsin to visit churches over the next ten days.

We’ve taken a step of faith and purchased tickets to Zambia and leave on January 16th!  Zambia is our first place of ministry for up to 12 months. We will work with the leaders at Grace Church Zambia in the city of Kabwe before opening a new work in Burundi. Tom is collecting study materials for the workshops and seminars he’ll conduct for church leaders. He will also preach and lead Sunday morning services at Grace Center Church. The nursing school attached to the general hospital is also interested in Tom working with them part-time.

 I will work with Operation Mobilization, which is an international organization that prepares Africans as missionaries. I’ll help future teachers in the schools by observing lessons, coaching them in the process of developing lesson plans, classroom management, biblical integration, and walking with God in the classroom.  We’ll also host two Grace Bible College Senior Worship Arts students, Hailey Petty and David Schrock, for two months. Hailey and David will minister with the main Grace Center Church in Kabwe.

The other big news is that our daughter Samara is engaged, and wedding plans are set for April 28th.  Needless to say we purchased round-trip tickets to Portland, OR where they will marry. It will be a quick trip home for us, but we’re excited for Samara and Phil (pictured left) as they begin a new life together.

We look forward to serving God once again in Africa! Please pray with us as we’re not quite fully supported. We’re stepping out in faith and leaving in January trusting that God will supply all our funds. Pray also that we’ll make a smooth transition to Zambia, for the Zambian leaders, and that God will keep doors open for our future ministry in Burundi.

Thank you all for partnering with us! We appreciate your faithful prayers for the work God has called us to in Africa.

With Love, Michelle & Tom

NOTE: Pictured above right is Tom with our granddaughter Sophia

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What can I do now to prepare for life as a missionary?

This is one of those questions I am frequently asked by college students, recent grads, and families or individuals thinking about joining our missionary team. Recently, Grace Ministries International put together a brochure which gives practical tips advising how a person who has decided to become a missionary or is seriously considering it can start preparing now for this adventure of a lifetime. Click HERE to read that document and feel free to contact me if you have any questions (616-241-5666 or gmi@gracem.org). You can also fill out this Getting Acquainted Form so we can get to know you and be in touch soon.

For some of you, having read that last paragraph, the wheels are turning and you want to know what the opportunities to serve with GMI are and what it looks like to become a GMI missionary. As you check out those links please know that we need your help as we continue to open new fields and expand the work on established fields.

One of the joys of serving as a missionary is being a part of the Lord’s work as you get something new started. In Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, around 30 people attended the first service on May 7 in the new facility the GMI missionary team is renting. Click HERE to see a video of that first service. Likewise, Emiliano and Raquel Seravalli had their first service on May 20 attended by 80 under the new pavilion on the property in Nagarote, Nicaragua.

GMI missionaries Brett and Debby Chapman, serving with Jeff and Sally Roth, are busy in the city of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where they are leading Bible studies, running kids clubs, teaching English, and much more. All of this they do with the goal of evangelizing and planting churches that teach God’s grace to their Nicaraguan neighbors. They would love to host ministries teams to help them reach out to more of their community as they build relationships in Matagalpa. Again, please contact us if you would like more information about sending a team to work with the Chapmans.

Last weekend a family from Grace Bible Church in Alajuela, Costa Rica, (Alvaro and Mauren Barrantes and their children) took another survey trip to David, Panama, to get a better understanding of what it would look like for a missionary family to live and serve there. Panama is a country GMI is actively investigating as a potential new field and we would like your prayers as we continue to evaluate this option.

In my last email update, I told you about a new GMI missionary family, Givemore and Sylvia Nyakambiri, who will serve with our missionary team in Malawi for a time before moving to neighboring Mozambique to evangelize, disciple, and plant churches there. Since they are originally from Zimbabwe they do not have a support base or home church here in the U.S. from which they can raise funds. I would encourage you to consider investing in this family as they ultimately will help GMI open Mozambique as a new field. Monthly support is key for any missionary since this lets them know how much support they can consistently depend upon to carry out their ministry. They are just starting out and need both monthly support and also special gifts. If you would like to give towards the Nyakambiris’ ministry through GMI, click HERE.

Thanks for your faithful prayers for and interest in Grace Ministries International. All that we do is a team effort and you are part of that team!

Pressing towards the goal,

Jeremy Clark
GMI Executive Director

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