Tom & Michelle Sanchez
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 were both raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and met during their high school years. Tom was raised in a large denomination and Michelle without a church affiliation. Through the urging of Tom’s mother who became a new believer by way of a friend’s Bible study, they met with a pastor from Grace Bible Church in West Allis, WI, and prayed to receive Christ. After marrying, Tom and Michelle attended Grace Bible Church, and after several years, began to see God’s calling to serve Him overseas. In 1987, they left for Zaire with their three children and ministered at Kama and Bukavu.
Since returning to the States in 2000, the Lord has prepared them by providing education and job opportunities even as they’ve learned to lean on Him and faithfully respond to His perfect will. Tom became a Family Nurse Practitioner and finished a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and Michelle has earned a Master’s degree in Language and Literature. Presently, they both teach at Grand Valley State University, with Tom teaching clinical rotations for the College of Nursing and treating patients at an urban clinic in Grand Rapids and Michelle teaching rhetoric and composition in the Department of Writing. Their tasks have not always been easy and at times they’ve questioned the direction that their lives have taken. But Tom and Michelle realize the faithfulness of the Lord to guide and direct them during their time in the U.S. and their burden for the mission field has not diminished.
Throughout these 16 years, they have seen how God has opened doors and led them down paths that would eventually bring them full circle to the mission field. They are now ready to take the next steps of faith and pursue serving Him in East Africa once again. For three weeks in August, Tom and Michelle surveyed several areas of ministry visiting Burundi, Tanzania, and Zambia to seek a vision for where the Lord would have them serve. Under the direction of the GMI Board and through prayer, it was decided they would go to the field by January 2018. They would first go to Zambia to build up and edify the churches and leadership affiliated with GMI in that country. Then they would relocate to Burundi to open that field to help fulfill the GMI vision for 2023.
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