As an all-volunteer, grass-roots organization, it has sometimes been difficult for us to accomplish all that we hope to. For several years, it has been the hope of our organization to put "boots on the ground" in eSwatini. In 2017, Mick and Cathy Sander answered the call and began preparations to be Comfort for Africa's first full-time missionaries. They moved to Eswatini in January of 2019, where they now administer all field operations for the organization.
Meet Mick & Cathy Sander
Mick worked for 26 years as a professional educator, teaching social studies at a public high school in Warminster, Pennsylvania.
His teaching, administrative, and organizational gifts are the main reasons he was called to serve as CFA's Director of Field Operations.
Cathy worked for 19 years as a surgical assistant at a private oral surgery practice in Spring House Pennylvania.
She brings her knowledge of the medical field as well as her compassion and love for people and a gift for helping people to feel comfortable even in difficult circumstances.
Mick & Cathy's journey
Mick has had a passion for cross-cultural ministry since his college days in the late 1980’s. Over the years, he has served on and led many short-term mission trips. It was Cathy, though, who first visited Africa. In 2005, she joined a summer team to eSwatini (then called Swaziland). During her two weeks there, she was filled with compassion, empathy. and love for the people of eSwatini.
Inspired by this, Mick visited eSwatini in 2007 as a part of the first team for what eventually became the Swaziland Relief organization (now called Comfort for Africa). While he was there, Mick likewise came to care deeply for the people of eSwatini.
They both returned to eSwatini with the annual summer teams severl times over the next decade.
In the Fall of 2016, Mick and Cathy took a course together called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, which equipped them with information, insight, and inspiration about cross-cultural ministry. One night during the course, Cathy spoke up and suggested, "Let's pray about moving overseas."
In February 2017 that answered a call to go and live full-time in eSwatini to administer the work of Comfort for Africa.
After spending just over a year in support-raising and pre-field training, Mick and Cathy moved to Eswatini in January of 2019 to being their service with Comfort for Africa.
What will our missionaries do?
Mick and Cathy will represent Comfort for Africa in-country and will act as liaisons between the primary school, the community where the school is located, and the government of Eswatini.
In addition to working with the school, Mick and Cathy will be partnering with the local church and community, as well as seeking out and strengthening partnerships with other organizations working in Eswatini to pursue both short-term and long-term relief.
Short-term relief goals:
distributing food to areas hit by the recent, devastating droughts in eSwatini
distributing clothing and shoes donated from the USA
organizing mobile medical clinics
Long-term development goals:
completing the primary school (several new structures are needed, including an agriculture classroom and a science laboratory)
administering a micro-loan program to help stimulate locally owned and operated businesses
overseeing the establishment of a secondary school in Madudula
seeking to address the isolation caused by deafness in Eswatini
orphan care point in Manzini
orphanage in Hlatikhulu
sustainable agriculture project in Siteki
teaching farm in Bhunya
Swazi Sign Language College in Manzini
Coordinating Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in Mbabane