L. David and Ruth Sanders

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Born on a farm near Vinton, Iowa, Lloyd David Sanders chose the life of Christian Service at the early age of twelve, and upon completion of high school entered Johnson Bible College to prepare himself for the work. While at Johnson, Lloyd determined to go to the "uttermost parts" of the world carrying the gospel of Christ as a foreign missionary. By the time he graduated from Johnson in 1948, not only had he definitely given himself as a missionary to South America, but his fellow classmates had begun the forerunner of sending and supporting Lloyd in this chosen field. Further preparation was felt necessary and so Lloyd entered Phillips University Graduate School of the Bible for advanced study. Here he completed the three year course leading to the M.a. and B.D. degrees, completing the latter in 1947. Always active in student affairs, Lloyd serves as president of the Student Volunteers (an organization of student missionary recruits) held various positions of responsibility in his class, in the Johnson Club (former Johnson Bible College Students) and in Zollar's Literary Society. As student minister he served the Church at Taloga, Oklahoma, for nearly three years. Ruth Edna Sanders, daughter of Mr. an Mrs. Harlie W. Snodgrass, joined Lloyd in his quest for a "Christ-lighted Brazil" when they were married in 1945. Ruth early found her place in Christian leadership as a minister's daughter and entered Phillips in 1943. She was elected to the Ardinal Key honorary society in 1947 and was active in many student organizations including Student Volunteers, Zollars Literary Society, and the Johnson Club. Ruth is artistically inclined and this gift combined with specialized training for children's work makes her a valuable worker for Christ and His Church.


When Lloyd David Sanders was 12 years old and studying about Brazil in class, he felt a strong desire to plant a church in the future capital of Brazil, which at the time was only a dream and few thought it would actually come into existence. But he believed. In 1943, a young Lloyd David Sanders left Johnson Bible College with a vision to carry the Gospel to the very heart of Brazil. Sponsored by his graduating class, L.David set out to find a way to take Christ's message to Brasilia, a city which as yet had not been built, and which most of the world (including many Brazilians) doubted would ever be built. Sound idealistic? Perhaps, yet L. David`s vision is now a reality!