Nancy Sheldon grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area, the second daughter of Ted and Lois Strasser. After graduating from high school in 1970, Nancy she married and moved to a small town outside of Port Huron, Michigan. It was here that she had her two children, Hank and Julie. It was here also where she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and committed her life to serving Him in whatever way He directed. In the year 1988, while the secretary at Life of Faith Fellowship, her son Hank wanted to go on a short-term mission trip to Jamaica with his youth group. Her daughter, Julie, wanted to go too but was under the age limit. Nancy offered to chaperone and was permitted to bring her daughter along. Little did she know that her life was about to change forever. Nancy’s experience in Jamaica had such an impact on her heart that she came home convinced that God was calling her to the mission field. After several months of seeking the Lord’s direction and researching mission works in different parts of the world, she decided to check out the work in Guatemala. Serious preparation and fundraising followed. In 1989 she left the comforts and conveniences of her home and with her children, was sent out by her home church, Life of Faith Fellowship to a very remote part of Guatemala, not knowing what the future held.
Doug and Sandi Reid are our Embrace Sponsors Communications Coordinators. This basically means that they are the ones to have the direct communication with our Embrace sponsors. They send out receipts for payments made, monthly updates, special notifications, send out new sponsor information and answer questions in general concerning the Embrace program and sponsorship. Since they have been sponsors for many years and have also been to Guatemala several times to see the program in action, they understand both the perspective of a sponsor and the hands-on daily operation from the Guatemalan end. We are thrilled to have them cover this important link in the Embrace program to keep our sponsors informed. They are doing an awesome job! The following will help you know something about Doug and Sandi and to put a face to who is overseeing this outreach.
Doug and Sandi have lived in Tennessee for the past 36 years. They have three grown children and five grandchildren that they love spending time with. Both are recently retired educators and their involvement with students over the years has given them a love for children everywhere, but especially in Guatemala. Doug and Sandi attend a non-denominational charismatic church where they are involved in children's ministry, food outreach to the community, and serve as elders. Over the years they have been on five medical mission trips to Guatemala affiliated with Servant Ministries. On their first trip they met and sponsored their first Embrace child and are currently sponsoring their fourth. They have seen up close and personal just how important the Embrace Program is to the children and families served.
Abner Jose Moreno has been working with the Embrace program since July 2015. He oversees the day-to-day operation from the Guatemala end. This includes purchasing the food used for the children's monthly food bags, dealing with the Embrace families, overseeing monthly meetings, general accounting and oversight of any of the Embrace projects or outreaches. Abner attends the Camotan Servant Ministries church where he leads the worship and oversees a youth class. Abner has been a blessing to the Embrace program and we are glad to have him as part of Servant Ministries' family.