John Sauder first joined EMI as a multi-term intern in the India office overseeing construction projects. He then returned as staff in 2003 to help start EMI’s fifth international office in Kampala, Uganda. He and his wife, Paula, were recently married and spent a year working tirelessly and generously to establish a solid foundation for the new office. John served as the staff architect, intern coordinator and project leader for one of EMI’s largest projects – the masterplan of a 3,000 acre campus outside of Jinja, Uganda. Paula worked with the local staff, discipled interns and participated in project trips. John and Paula transitioned back to the USA at the end of that year, but committed to returning at some point in the future.
In 2007, the Sauder family returned to Uganda with their child Zane to oversee the construction of the project in Jinja. They soon welcomed another child, Zachary, and the Sauder family was a very welcome addition to the fledgling construction management program. In June 2010, John became the Uganda office director and led the office to design and construct a new facility to house the office and the construction workshop, which had flourished under John’s leadership. John now is the Global Director of Programmes, serving the entire organization with his insight, wisdom and incredible spreadsheets!
John is a quiet, deep thinker, and dedicated to his family and serving others. John is a licensed architect and Paula is a credentialed school teacher and has served in the local international school and homeschooled her children. The Sauders designed and built their own home in rural Uganda where they will be further able to connect with and share the love of Christ with their neighbors. Thank you to the Sauder Family for dedicating 15 years and counting to the ministry work of EMI around the world!