The Sanctuary is supporting five missionary families. Four of the five families we support serve in the Middle East. These four families must retain some level of anonymity within the countries where they live. For their safety, we do not share their names.
Here is just a glimpse of the work they are doing overseas:
One family lives in Lebanon with their four young children. The father teaches comparative religion classes at an international university. This, as you might imagine, has led to numerous conversations about religion with Muslims.
Another missionary we support lives in Jordan. He is doing language study and working part-time for a computer software company. While doing this, he is networking with fellow believers in the large city in which he lives and seeking to reach out to those who do not yet know the saving power of Christ.
Our third overseas family lives in Yemen with their two young daughters. They, too, are doing language study and building relationships with local people. Their older daughter recently started attending a local school, which has brought them opportunities to meet more people.
Missionaries based in the United States
We support two families who currently live in the United States. One of those families lived in the Middle East with their two children for several years, and plan on returning after finishing a Master’s Degree that will enable them to minister more effectively when they return.
Karen Crebs is the other missionary currently based in the states. She works with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). For more than nineteen years, Karen has served with Cru, six of those years in Paris, France. Her passion to see students transformed by Christ has only deepened as time has gone on. Today, her role with The Worldwide Student Network, part of Cru’s ministries, involves coaching, training, and teaching staff and interns as they prepare for overseas service; giving leadership in the area of increased ministry effectiveness in major international cities; and serving as liaison between the student ministries of Cru in the U.S. and Western Europe.
Growing up in Bolingbrook, Karen remembers having a desire to know God better. Yet, it wasn’t until her junior year at Southern Illinois University that she clearly heard that she could have a personal relationship with God through Jesus. That was through the ministry of Cru. After graduating with a degree in French and International Trade, she joined the staff of Cru, desiring to share the life-changing message of Jesus with college students and to see them grow in their relationship with Him.