Paul and Jennifer Sadler
Home Church: Grace, Richmond Hill, ON
The Sadlers are partnering with a Japanese parent church from a neighbouring city to plant a daughter work among Japanese researchers and engineers in a town nicknamed Science City. The city of Tsukuba is home to over 200,000 people with 20,000 researchers, 10,000 university students and over 200 research centres. It is Japans centre of science and technology and as such strategic to the spread of the Gospel in Japan and the rest of south-east Asia. The Sadlers use the popularity of Gospel Music and English to build bridges with non-Christians and share Christ through Bible studies and various events. People that come to Christ are then discipled individually and built up in small groups and corporate worship times.
Jennifer and Paul met at Queens University. She was the first Christian Paul had ever met. Jennifer had come to personal faith in Christ at an early age. Once antagonistic in Christianity, Paul, over time, became convinced that there was more to Christianity than he had thought. He had many questions. Eventually, Paul yielded His life to Christ. Jennifer and Paul became involved with Campus Crusade for Christ where they were discipled and taught to study the Bible, pray, and share Gods goodness with those around them.
After graduating, Paul left for Japan, where for two years he expected to complete an engineering internship. A series of circumstances found him instead ministering in a church on the north coast, leading evangelistic Bible studies and teaching English.
Over the course of his 10-month stay, God changed Paul's heart and deepened his Christian walk. He came back to Canada feeling that God had gifted him as a church planter and was calling him to return and serve Him in Japan.
Paul and Jennifer completed training at Heritage Theological Seminary. They applied and were accepted for career service with International Ministries and left for Japan in March 2000.
The Sadlers have three children, Brooke, Evan and Caleb, who attend local Japanese schools and seek to be salt and light in the community.