Thankful this Thanksgiving!

Being the thankful time of year I ask myself, what am I thankful for in my everyday?  The answer is simple; my worth is secure in Christ and the consistent faithfulness of God in my life.

Saving Susan Ministry is approaching the 3-year mark and we have much to reflect upon, much to be thankful for. We are thankful for children's' lives being changed, awareness to the plight of orphans, reversing abandonment, global friendships, ministry partners, mission team members, the messy of ministry in the 3rd world, donors, parent partners and our own hearts changed.   

Hopefully, we reflect Jesus Christ a bit more than 3 years ago.

The ONE thing that stands out most of what I am most thankful for in this ministry is very clear…. “ANSWERED PRAYERS!” 

Over the last 3 years, the best work we have done is our prayer work. We have attempted to pray about everything and have experienced God’s guidance and glory beyond what we could ever ask or imagine. (Eph. 3:20) I am thankful for the faithful prayer warriors and how often we have the opportunity to see God answer our prayers, often very different from what we envisioned.

Thank you for your support and we ask when saying your prayers you remember to lift the children and families of Saving Susan Ministry up to the Lord God Almighty. 

"Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need"

                                                                                 -E.M. Bounds

“Oh Lord let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants” Nehemiah 1:11

                                                                                    Grateful,

                                                                                                Tracy Arntzen, Co-Founder

November 2017 Prayer Focus

Saving Susan Ministry Prayer Focus for November

Ps. 5:12 For you, O Lord will bless the righteous with favor. You will surround him as with a shield.

Praise-

Next Steps 3 kids in college 2 in medical school, thankful for funding; strength in their new environment; Meeting with Liberty University

 

Prov. 3:5-6 Don’t put your confidence in your own understanding.  Submit everything to Him and He will direct your paths

Growth-

Parent Partners; funding for programs; new partner relationships; open doors

 

Ps. 31:3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

Reveal and Strengthen our Focus-

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Ps. 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, But to Your name give glory. Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth

 

Gods Glory-

show us Your hand in a mighty way as You have been faithful to this work and to the world 

A Word From the Director

Greetings in the name of Christ!
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”.

Does that greeting sound familiar? It a sentiment that the Apostle Paul included at the beginning of many letters he wrote to the early churches. While sometimes hard to understand Paul, this greeting is easily understood and aptly describes my heart for those who are a part of Saving Susan Ministry.

I am privileged to have joined the Saving Susan Ministry team as Executive Director in May after retiring from a 19-year career in Sales and Marketing with Coca-Cola.  As I pondered retirement, I was praying for God to open a door for me to continue to live a “life of significance” after running the race of my secular career. I have been friends with our Saving Susan Founders, Jay and Tracy for 6 years. When they approached me about joining them in their ministry, my heart literally jumped in my chest at the answer to my prayer. Since that time, much has transpired in my first 100 days.

I have gotten better acquainted with the SSM team (Jay, Tracy, Sarah, Dawn) and now feel more like family than a work group. I have been blessed to be a part of our monthly prayer meetings led by Cathy Russo, one of the strongest prayer warriors I have ever met. I have met with Parent Partners, Financial Donors, Board Members and Key Ministry Partners
and understand the important role that each plays to make our ministry effective. But the most impactful experience in my first 100 days was joining the SSM team in partnership with Sanctuary church on an 8-day Mission Trip to Cambodia visiting our 2 Partner Orphanages and seeing in person the positive impact of Saving Susan Ministry and Parent Partners on these children. The children that have Godly and loving Parent Partner families are truly blessed and you can see the
difference on their faces and in their educational, social and spiritual growth.


On a very personal level, what the trip did for me was to move the knowledge of Saving Susan Ministry I had in my “brain” to a very deep heartfelt and spiritual understanding. Being there in person and seeing the vision that Jay and Tracy cast come to life in the eyes and hearts of the kids and orphanage leadership cannot be expressed in words. I relate it to the difference in seeing the Grand Canyon in a postcard vs being physically there and overwhelmed by its beauty as you
watch the sun rise and paint colors you have never seen before on the canyon walls.


So, let me close by explaining why Paul’s greeting aptly describes my heart for each of you. None of what we do is possible without your support. Because of your prayers, financial support and being an ambassador of our ministry with others, we currently have 24 children connected with Parent Partner families. But there is much to be done as we still have 34 waiting on a family to answer the call. So, I thank you for your support of the ministry and ask you to consider
what might be a next step in faith for you to help expand our vision of Connecting Children in need with loving and Godly Parent Partners.

Thank you for your support of our ministry and I can’t wait to report on what has been accomplished over the next 100 days!

 

Steve Malandro
Executive Director
Saving Susan Ministry

Sunday Family Lunch

Sunday October 1st Saving Susan Ministry hosted their first Parent Partner Appreciation event.  It was an incredibly sweet and intimate time with Parent Partners, Board Members, and supporters.  The goal was to invite a few members from various circles of the SSM community to start to deepen the bonds between all of us.  We know that growing in relationship here will help build better support for our family around the world.

The organizers didn't have much planned outside of a luncheon with good food, great company, and a small recap of where SSM was at and hoping to go in the near future.  What we actually got was a cozy Sunday lunch with people sharing sweet stories about their connections to SSM. 

Personally, as I looked around the table I saw people who may not normally interact with one another sharing laughs and stories about their kids, their in country experiences, or sharing something personal to them that the other may not have experienced.  It felt just like a typical family Sunday lunch. 

And that is what Saving Susan is all about.  In an effort to reverse the effects of orphan abandonment we are building families.  Yes our small family units with one family and one child, but also the strong relationships we work to build with the orphanages and directors, and the community we are working to encourage here as we work through the highs and lows that come with Parent Partnering these sweet orphans.

 

We are looking forward to more events like this one every few months.  We love the people we do ministry with and enjoy making time to celebrate all you do.

 

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October 2017 Prayer Focus

SCRIPTURE

Psalm 68: 4-6

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him. A Father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows is God in Him holy habitation. GOD MAKES A HOME FOR THE LONELY; HE LEADS OUT THE PRISONERS INTO PROSPERITY, only the rebellious dwell in parched land. 

Jer. 33:2-3

Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it, the Lord is His name, CALL TO ME AND I WILL ANSWER YOU, AND I WILL TELL YOU GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS, WHICH YOU DO NOT KNOW.

John: 14:26-27

But the Helper, the Holy spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world fives do I give to you, do not let your heart be troubled nor let it be fearful.

With these scriptures in mind please pray for:

The SSM Community- Praise for PP Appreciation luncheon; guidance for continued growth in this area of community connection – Ambassador Program – Mom Joy recovering from surgery

Wisdom – Ministry direction-orphans to place next- leadership team and board involvement

New Parent Partners- Applications in process- how to reach new families to PP

Children: Those studying and preparing for college entrance exams, children of Haley’s House, that God will fill their hearts.

Cambodia Reflections

By: Caleb Turner

My whole life, I have wanted to go on a mission trip, so naturally, I assumed that it would never happen. I was wrong, and it turned out that God had a plan for me to go to Cambodia in July of 2017. This trip taught me so much about love and trusting my heavenly father, and I can honestly say it was the most fulfilling week of my life.

What is your favorite memory?

Since I have been home, I have been asked multiple times the question, “What is your favorite memory?”. This however, is an incredibly difficult question to answer, due to the fact that that this entire journey was one big, beautiful moment in my life. Nevertheless, my obvious conclusion to this question is, people. These beautiful Cambodian people had so much less than I do, yet they beamed with the Joy of the Lord. The orphans showed me real love that did not discriminate, and did not care about who I had been in the past. Their hearts burned for Jesus, and they didn’t care who heard them singing His praise. I will never forget these awesome children of God.

What was the hardest part?

On a different note, I remember hearing various concerns or worries, but for me I could not find a single fault in this trip. Every second in Cambodia seemed as if I was living in heaven without worry, anger, fear, or anything else that normally plagues my life. It may sound cliche, sappy, or whatever, but the truth is that the only difficult part of this experience was leaving. From the moment I awoke on our final day overseas a sadness took hold of me. I knew that later on I would be saying goodbye to the people and place I had come to love. Many tears were shed, and it took me over a week to feel somewhat content with my life in Georgia. Fortunately, I had an amazing team of God loving people that became my family, and they encouraged me and motivated me to stay in touch with themselves, and our friends in Cambodia.

What’s next for you with Cambodia?

This desire to maintain contact with friends led me to create a Facebook in order to communicate with them. Not only that, but I have prayed daily since our return, for all the people I came to know. I pray that God will encourage, bless, and protect these beloved Christ followers in Cambodia. Yet, this is not the only request I have made to my King. Every week, I implore Him to allow me to revisit my family across the globe, and I know He hears me. Only time will tell if God has planned another life-changing adventure for me, in Cambodia.

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Team Cambodia 2017 Trip Recap

In July 2017 29 people left from Atlanta to Phnom Penh Cambodia. Our mission was to serve Sanctuary Church partners in Phnom Penh and Kampong Thom. Below you will find a quick breakdown of the day’s activities.

Saturday

The team broke into two groups

One went to widows island the other went to the killing fields and then at 1p we switched.

On Widow’s Island we celebrated the church’s anniversary in their new building.  We also watched a small performance from the kids, gave them clothes, put on a VBS, and one team member lead an Identity in Christ seminar for the women.  Another team member held a spontaneous time of fellowship for the men now living on widows island.

That evening we just had a calm night as a team with tuk tuk rides to dinner.

 

Sunday

This was another day of dividing and conquering. One groups went to Pastor Paul's church and the. Took his family to dinner.

The other team went to the dump site to do a medical mission, a VBS, and a place to give all the children new outfits.

They  then went to Pastor Sihok's church.

The whole team came back together in the evening to visit Dr. Tago's church and see the orphans.

 

Monday

This was a big day for our team. We did a service project day at Haley’s House of Hope.

Our team painted both dorm rooms, cleaned the rooms, replaced the mattresses, bought new pillows, and a small group painted a mural in the entry of the orphanage.

About halfway through the day a small group took all of the children out for an afternoon of fun at kids play place. Their they got to unwind and just be children soaking up some intentional love and time with our team.


Tuesday

TRAVEL DAY FROM PHNOM PENH to KAMPONG THOM

In the evening we spent time with the children and toured Dr. Castro’s compound including the hospital.

 

Wednesday

The team split into two groups.

One group went to a baseball tournament put on alongside other American missionaries at Thavvy’s baseball field.

The other part of the team went to Angkor Wat for the day

That evening we attended church at Dr. Castros church and the children put on a recital to show some of what they have been learning in the new SSM Music Academy

 

Thursday

This was a beautiful day of serving the children at Bileg Solid Rock.  We taught the children music, held an art lesson learning to draw faces, and put on a time of beauty and hygiene for the girls to get their hair and nails done. We also had a lacrosse clinic for the boys.  

That evening a private donor sponsored an evening at a waterpark for the children as well as a dinner.

 

Friday

Goodbyes are always so hard and Friday morning we said goodbye to the children and partners in Kampong Thom. Then we made the journey back to Phnom Penh.  

We had an hour at the market to shop and experience the crazy hustle of that place

Then we were off to the airport.  The children always come to see us off so there were more tough goodbyes but also a joy in knowing that we are so connected in ministry together and we would talk again soon.

 

This whole week was incredible. We were stretched pulled and pushed into so many amazing places and saw God glorified in every day.  We saw 31 people come together to make a beautiful family in Christ! We watched the Lord work in each of their hearts and saw them die to themselves to live for Him and lift their teammates up.  The amount of giving, encouragement and prayer that was displayed was breathtaking.  God moved mightily through Cambodia but also in the hearts of every team member.

 

This recap is just a drop in the bucket. I encourage everyone reading to pursue time with members of the team to get their stories and perspective.

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August 2017 Prayer Focus

Mission Trips

- Prayer for all the spiritual seeds that were planted in hearts during our Cambodia Trip (Children, Orphanage Leaders, Hotel staff, bus drivers and all those we prayed for individually or corporately)

- Prayer for potential trips not yet planned

 

 

Parent Partners

- Prayer for ParentPartners for at least 10 more children by the end of this calendar year

 

 

Expand Our Borders

- Specifically for the team and their future with Cambodia

- Prayers for team member who shared spiritual journeys and ask God to allow them to share their stories with those they come into contact with now that they are back home

 

 

Ministry Partner Relationships

-Specific prayer for God’s direction in regards to our partners!

 

 

Next Meeting is

September 7th 2017

@ 10am

 

 

 

 

 

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Our day at Haleys House

Neither words nor pictures can really capture what happened today but I will try. 

 

Our team has been going hard since we left Sanctuary Church parking lot Thursday morning at 6am. The flight was exhausting and many of us didn't sleep on the plane. We started right in with a 7:30am breakfast  Saturday morning and served on Widows Island and toured the Killing Fields.

Sunday we split into two groups with some at Pastor Paul's church and others serving at the dumpsite, visiting Pastor Sihok's church and then all meeting back up for an evening at Dr. Tago's church. 

 

Monday kicked it up another notch. We arrived at Haleys House around 9:30am and immediately set out to painting the children's dorm rooms. Two teams (one for the girls room one for the boys) went to work setting up and jumping in. Another team worked on a mural for the main entrance and had to run to buy paint and supplies before jumping in.  

Lets pause here for a moment:

If you've ever heard Jay Arntzen describe why SSM does what we do you've heard him say that these orphanages are severly understaffed. There isn't man power to maintain the building and watch over all the children closely and help them keep clean rooms. Today our team saw that. Today we saw the dirt build up, the pests and their effects on the room, the crumbling mattresses and more. Today we saw our brothers and sisters in Christ who were in need. Friends let me tell you-  This team set to work with a passion I can't explain.

But please allow me to tell you what i saw 

 

Denise and Dana went into the girls dorm when we arrived and did not leave until it was done. No lunch, no break, and no complaining. 

Keith walked in with very little direction or planning and ran with the painting project to get it started and saw it through til the end. 

April and her team (Abigail Josh and Alex) pulled together supplies and resources and then worked tirelessly to start and FINISH a beautiful mural in less than one day.

Ryan came at every part from set up to clean up with more energy and fun than I thought a group of painters and cleaners could have. 

Mike stood on rickety chairs to reach the ceiling and make sure the job looked excellent and not just ok.

Micah and Clay stayed until every job was done. They painted swept scraped carried and more. And when Andrea found another job at the very end they popped up to finish that too.

Andrea.. no words for you girl just endless praises to God for your passion to fix ANY and ALL things that you could today. Wow. Thank you.

Matt went on any errand we asked, lugged old mattresses out, hauled new clean mattresses up three flights of stairs, covered them, and supported the team through it all. 

Jay and Steve painted, swept, carried, cleaned and all while leading the team and spending intentional time with the Haleys House staff.

And last but not least I get to brag on my husband Williamrobert who lugged mattresses out and in with Matt, scooped backed up water with Andrea, bleached the floors with me, painted and scraped with Clay and Micah, and played with kids in the process.  you were everywhere at once and making it fun for all in the process.

 

Y'all that isn't even the end.  The other half of our team took the children for a treat to play at a kids place but before they left they were all in with cleaning and painting. So they did all the things I listed in the beginning about the start of our trip. They helped us start the projects I've shared about at Haleys House and then they took over 30 children and all out played with them for hours. They intentionally loved every child and saw to it that they had a blast. Reese, Tommy, Marci, Madelyn, Tara, Carly, Meg, Chloe, Chris, Caleb, Christy and Tracy thank you. 

 

This entire mission team is incredible. This day was long and the work was hard but I'm so proud of what was done for the Glory of God to benefit these children he so dearly loves.

 

 

SO LET'S REVIEW : 

We got the walls painted, the floors scrubbed, the mural finished (stunning!), old mattresses out, all the new mattresses in and on the beds, the mattress covers on, new pillows purchased and on beds, new bedding delivered, new clothes racks in the boys dorms. While that was happening the children were being well loved and cared for by the other half of Team Camodia. WOW!! Praise.

Please keep praying for our team and for our partners.  This was just one day! Imagine what the next four hold! 

 

(And I'll just add that these projects aren't cheap and we haven't fully finished fundraising if you would like to give to make sure we can keep doing stuff like this please give here

https://gosponsorit.com/sanctuaryinhim/Cambodia ) 

 

 

** Written by Sarah Green  

Saving Susan Ministry Coordinator  

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July 2017 Prayer Focus

SAVING SUSAN PRAYER FOCUS

JULY 6, 2017

 

Psalm 20:7-  Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God.

Zech. 4:6 – Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

And God’s people say in Hosea 14:3 – Assyria (the strong government, nation) will not save us, we will not ride horses (trust in chariots) and we will not say to our hands (what we do by our own power) you are our God. For in You, Oh Lord, the orphan finds mercy.

God’s call to us is obedience, we don’t need all the answers, we just need to follow.

We pray for the orphans: Eph. 1:18 That the eyes of their hearts be enlightened in order that they may know the hope to which God as called them, the riches of their glorious in heritance in His Holy people. And we pray John 17:15 “not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one”.

 

Please pray for the following areas:

The work in Cambodia: Haley’s House; Clarity with Partners; Funding projects; Standards for Skype calls; Medical missions; Widows Island

 

Development of Ministry Growth; Parent Partners; donor funding; SSM team

 

Orphans Care-Partnerships with orphanage directors. Initiatives- Liberty Univ., English Education, Music Academies.  Financial reporting between Orphanages and SSM

 

The Cambodia Team (Leaving next Thurs. (7-15-17) Calling Parent Partners, travel Mercies, and the families left behind. (the ones taking care of the home front are important members to this team, without them, the others could not go)