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Joel & Leah Sanders

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Reinstatement as Missionary Candidates - February 2019

JOEL AND LEAH SANDERS have been reinstated as missionary candidates by the TCM Board. They are completing courses through Berean Bible Institute and will continue in the pastorate of Grace Gospel Church in Linton, IN through August 2019. In September they will begin 9 months of deputation before attending GTCM training in the Philippines in Summer 2020 and then going directly to join the Kilgos in their Southeast Asia ministry.

Status Change - June 2018

JOEL AND LEAH SANDERS have decided to delay their missionary service, and the TCM Board has put them on leave-of-absence status for up to 3 years.

The Sanders were assigned as TCM missionaries to Southeast Asia and spent the month of May there, meeting with the Kilgos to explore potential ministries. During their visit, the Sanders discerned that this is not the time for their family to make a move overseas. They have two toddlers and are expecting their third child in November. After much prayer and time in the Word, they sensed the Lord confirming the decision to wait. After attending the Southeast Asia Grace Conference in Thailand, the Sanders returned to the U.S. where Joel has accepted the pastorate at Grace Gospel Church in Linton, IN. Joel served part of his internship at that church last year.

Joel and Leah are still enthusiastic about missions. Pray the Sanders will be a blessing to the Linton church, and this will be a beneficial time to gain more ministry training and experience in preparation for future missionary service.

Newsletter - January 2018

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Endorsement from Tim Heath, TCM Development Director

January, 2018

Dear Friend of TCM,

Things to Come Mission has the joy of announcing our newest missionary couple to you, Joel and Leah Sanders. Their process of becoming missionaries and raising support is a little different than most.

Both Joel and Leah come from Georgia and from an early age were drawn to mission work.  God led them to work on a boys ranch in Florida for a number of years, but feeling a burden to go overseas, came to live at the TCM headquarters to take further Bible training, be mentored by TCM’s Executive Director and be involved in two churches. This has given Joel additional experience in preaching and teaching the Word of God. They have two young children, Enoch and Naomi. 

In May of this year, TCM would like the Sanders’ family to visit their assigned field in Southeast Asia where they will work with Pat and Michelle Kilgo.  They will also attend the Southeast Asia Grace Conference (SEAGC) to meet some of the TCM family from SEA. 

After the conference, they will travel to the Philippines where they will be attending the Grace Theological Center for Missions (GTCM) for two months.  But Joel and Leah have not raised any of their monthly support as missionaries because of this summer schedule.  Their deputation will begin in the fall in our Northwest churches.

The costs of travel to the SEAGC as well as the GTCM training will cost around $6500.  This trip is very important in further training them and acquainting them with the ministry they will begin in 2019. 

Would you like to be a part of this training for Joel and Leah?  As the Lord prompts your heart, you can give a onetime gift for this summer ministry or you may decide to begin supporting them on a monthly basis.  Either way, God will use you to help them see their field, get further training and then reach their field of service.

“How beautiful are the feet of those who PREACH the Good News” Rom 10:15

In His Grace,
Tim Heath
Director of Development


Update - February 2018

The Sanders spent an afternoon at TCM headquarters with fellow Missionary Candidates, Robby & Tegwen Heath, discussing their vision for mission and life in the Philippines where Heaths spent a year of internship and where Sanders plan to attend GTCM in June-July 2018. Sanders also attended their first missionary conference sponsored byBerean Bible Institute in Wisconsin.


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