Our Mission is to connect children in need with loving parent partners: one child, one step at a time.
Take some time to explore the journey the Lord is taking us on
Jay Arntzen, along with his middle son Jared, joined a team from Sanctuary Church on a mission trip to Cambodia.
In Kampong Thom, Jay met a young girl named Vichika. Exhaustion from the long flights and the time change lead Jay to call her “Susan”. Jay and Susan bonded instantly and he wanted to adopt her, but he learned that Cambodia's borders were closed to adoption.
After a full year of prayer, searching God’s will and talking with mentors we traveled to Cambodia to introduce the program God had laid out for us to Dr. & Mrs. Castro of Bileg Solid Rock Orphanage.
Vichika, aka Susan, was living with her brother and they would become the first children sponsored through Saving Susan Ministry. This trip is where the relationship was strengthened that would continue to grow through the use of video calling until our return the following year.
Saving Susan Ministry took its first step by completing the process to become a 501(c)(3) entity, forming our Board of Directors and the commitment that every dollar donated towards orphan sponsorship would reach the child and that other sources would cover administration costs.
In March we hosted our Inaugural Gala with a group of generous individuals. From this evening came our first Parent Partners, funds to support our orphanages, and the creation of the “Baskin-Bowler Foundation” This foundation provides college or trade school education for orphans once they graduate and age out of the orphanage. Our prayer for this next step is to equip them to transform their next generation.
In June we traveled with a group from Sanctuary Church to where our second orphanage, Haley’s House of Hope, was officially brought into the Saving Susan Ministry program.
We began the journey of working with our first three high school graduates and walking into preparation for attending college through the Baskin-Bowler College Scholarship Foundation.
In June the Saving Susan Ministry team lead a mission trip to Cambodia to serve several of our partners. While there, the team connected with the children and the Lord knit the teams’ hearts with those of the children. Many children were matched with Parent Partner families and a new chapter in this love story is being written.
In January we traveled to House of Hope Zacapa, Guatemala to officially partner with our third orphanage. Northstar Church in Kennesaw led us to this beautiful place and we anticipate God bringing Parent Partners for the children of House of Hope.
This was another year of immeasurably more for this ministry. We started off with our biggest fundraising event to date, Songs For Susan. In partnership with a local church, several talented musicians, and some great vendors, we put on a music concert to benefit the Baskin-Bowler Scholarship Fund and our Music Academies.
This year we lead the biggest mission we've had to date. We took 30 people to two cities in Cambodia and served several different mission partners. It was a joy to watch the Lord work in each team member’s life as well as the communities they served.
On the education front, three Cambodian students who had graduated from high school and the Parent Partner program officially started their college careers. We also had a student successfully complete his Liberty University Online English course.
2018 was a growing year for Saving Susan Ministry. We hired 2 new staff people: Nancy was brought on as our Financial Coordinator in June and just a short while later, Adam joined the team as the Operations Manager in October. The growth of our staff has been such a blessing and we’re praying Saving Susan continues expanding from here!
Our staff isn’t the only thing that grew in this past year though! We launched our First Steps Program, providing a way for those interested in becoming a Parent Partner in the future to dip their toes in the ministry, and had 13 new children sponsored! The Liberty Online Learning program has expanded as well, with 17 children enrolled in 2018. Three of our children have now taken the “Next Step” and started attending University
God is blessing Saving Susan Ministry in so many different ways and we are so excited to see what 2019 holds! Thank you for journeying with us!