Meet Our Team
Several years ago, while on a mission trip to Cambodia Jay Arntzen met Vichika, a 5 year old orphan girl. Jay, not able to pronounce Vichika's name, called her Susan. Through God's grace, Vichika and Jay formed a bond and Saving Susan Ministry was birthed. Jay's desire to share the love of Vichika with his family back home lead to a second trip the following summer. For Tracy it was love at first sight and each member of their family and extended family has grown in relationship with Vichika and her brother Mesa through additional mission trips and Skype calls. God continues to expand their borders and give them the ability to open the door for other families to be the answer in the reversing the effects of abandonment so many children suffer. Jay and Tracy are certain this is a life long journey God has set them on and anticipate what lies ahead.
Steve Malandro joined the team in April after retiring from a great 19 year long career with Coca-Cola in Atlanta. Steve and his wife Sondra have been involved with Saving Susan in some capacity since the beginning. Steve and Jay are in a Men's Bible Study where Steve prayed for Saving Susan since before it's formation. Sondra served on the Inaugural Gala committee working alongside Tracy for months to create a successful event introducing Saving Susan to our community.
We are thrilled to have their support and Steve's expertise as the ministry goes forward.
Soon after coming on board Steve signed up for his first trip to Cambodia where he took time to meet every ministry partner as well as the children we serve.
Sarah Green joined the Saving Susan team in March of 2016. She manages the relationships between the ministry and its Parent Partners, Orphanages, and supporters. Her husband, Williamrobert, is an active volunteer with the ministry and its partners. Both have a heart for international missions and youth ministry.
VOLUNTEERS AND MISSION TEAMS
Saving Susan Ministry simply could not be what it is without the work of our volunteers and mission teams. There is a lot of work that goes into running the mission stateside and we are grateful to our local volunteers who do everything from events and administrative work to attending prayer meetings. On the flip side the factor that makes our ministry so different is the close personal relationships we foster with our children in other countries. That couldn't continue to grow without us getting on a plane to go see them. We are thankful for the people who go whenever they can to see these great kids. We understand the sacrifice to each person and their families and we treasure their willingness and obedience to their calling from the Lord.
Saving Susan Ministry is so blessed by all the ways we are being used by the Lord to make change in so many orphans lives. We are still very young though and learn new things everyday. This ministry would not have the reach and impact that it does without the help of some key people.
Dr. and Mrs. Baskin- Dr. Baskin has obediently followed the Lord and brought the gospel into so many places. His love for South East Asia is why we work in Cambodia. It was on a trip with him that Jay met "Susan" and the Lord stirred Jay's heart for this idea. He continues to mentor our ministry today and we are forever grateful for his support and guidance.
Pastor Craig Bowler- Pastor Bowler from Sanctuary Church was also on that first trip were it all started. He has since walked alongside the ministry as a powerful prayer warrior, supporter, and mentor. We are thankful for the way he and the church work alongside us and help us to grow.
Emma Burnett- Emma was the first Saving Susan employee. She helped lay the foundation for everything from getting the ministry 501c3 certified and creating the process to set up Parent Partner calls, to building catalogs of information and starting the ministries media presence. She is an intelligent cultured young woman who brought encouragement, perspective, and Godly thinking to the first days of Saving Susan Ministry and her foot print will always be on this ministry.