Samantha's Missions Year
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My name is Samantha Jewel Sudbrock. I am the oldest daughter of Paul Sudbrock, missionary serving in Wittenberg, Germany. I would like to thank you for your continual prayers. It is such a blessing to us. We thank God for your support as it enables us to continue reaching out to the people of Germany.
Growing up in Germany, as an MK, has taught me to observe different aspects of culture, mentality, and tradition. I believe that through the specific conditions in which God has chosen for me to grow up in, He has given me a set of skills and an understanding of cultural differences, that I otherwise may never have been able to acquire. I am also very grateful for being able to grow up in this deprived Christian environment, because I believe that God used this to form a strong bond with my family members. Being an MK I have learned to trust that God has a plan for me and will take care of my needs. But of course, part of following God’s will for my life is taking leaps in faith and believing, that God will provide.
I will be graduating high school this June with my European Baccalaureate. With this part of my life coming to an end, a new one is beginning with God at the helm. He has opened a new door for me to work for a year in Empangeni, South Africa, with a Baptist missionary couple in a Children’s Home and soup kitchen. Many of the children in the orphanage come from families where one or both parents have contracted Aids. At the orphanage, teaching the children English and leading them in afterschool activities. I will also be helping the teachers at the school occasionally and going on visitation, where we will be helping the families directly in their homes.
While staying there I hope to learn much about the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there; but most of all I wish to use this year to grow stronger in my relationship with Christ and to be able to integrate teaching others with witnessing to them as well. I’m eager to experience the many more occasions in which God will teach me and allow me to grow.
The organization I will be working with is able to only partially support my stay, therefore I am required to raise some of the necessary funds for the outreach myself. For this great step towards serving God in the field of missions I however must ask for your assistance. Right now I am looking at the need to raise funds of an estimated 4,300 Euro ( estimated amount in $) for my 1 year stay in Africa.
I do believe God has set me on this path. I love working with children, playing and singing music, drawing and sketching, and I’ve found a great interest for working with videos and film clips. I also have a great respect for my parent’s ministry as missionaries. With these many interests I have never been sure how I would be able to use them in service to God. But I believe this year in South Africa will serve as a perfect way to see what God has planned for my future. I am so excited to be able to serve God with fellow Christians like this and I can’t wait to see, what He has in store for me.
For the sake of transparency, I will be setting up a blog on Facebook which I will be updating regularly with videos, pictures and reports about my mission trip. I do believe God will do much in this coming year. The very thought of Him working through me fills me with joy and anticipation.
Would you ask God if it is His will for you to partner with me in this ministry this year? Please send through my
Parents marked for “Sam”:
Paul Sudbrock * P.O. Box 191 * Springfield, MO 65801
Samantha Jewel Sudbrock