John L. Sadler (Jack)
Jack is the father of Rick Sadler, and he has been involved in Mission Link International since its inception. In 2015, his wife Betty went home to be with the Lord at age 85. Jack has 4 boys and 1 girl, 9 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Jack states: Though I have been retired for a few years, I have worked in lumber and building homes for over 50 years. I enjoy working in the yard and feeding the birds. The Lord has blessed certainly blessed our walk with Him. He has been with us through our valley and mountain top experiences. I am confident that Mission Link (the Great Commission) is a work that pleases and worships the Lord Jesus Christ because:
1. Because our son and his wife have put their whole life (everything) in following the Word.
2. We have seen the Lord's hand in this mission. How the Lord has taken a little and done so much in reaching the lost - teaching, training, making teachers and pastors of the people of Africa.
3. How one person (Glassell Williamson) has given all her time and resources in helping to keep Mission Link going forward; she operates the office by herself 5-6 months each year while Rick travels. This shows what one person can do.
Come join us in this wonderful work for the Lord. You will be blessed! We need your assistance both overseas and here in the Mission Link office. Prayerful consider being part of bringing many to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Jack's favorite Bible verse is Psalm 50: Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: Praise Him in the firmament of his poer. Praise him for his mighty acts: Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: Praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Dr. James Masloff
Dr. James I. Masloff – Medical Director
Jim Masloff, a retired Urologist, has been medical director since 2002. His wife, Jeanne, is a regular Mission Link International missions volunteer. Raised in a Christian home, Jim accepted the Lord and was baptized at 12 years of age and recommitted his life at age 40 at a revival service.
Jim States: I became medical director of MLI Medical Team at age 70. It has been the most rewarding period of my life. In my case, the Lord has saved the best for the last. I would encourage any believer to consider becoming a part of MLI. The calling may be to actively participate in our mission trips or it may be to support MLI through prayer and/or financial assistance. You will be a blessing and be greatly blessed. I can assure you that the needs are great. We cannot do everything, but we can all do something.
Jim's life verse is Romans 5:1-5: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (NASB).
Garry A. Rund
Garry has been a board member for Mission Link International for many years. His passion for missions is evident as he has been a participant on many mission endeavors.
Garry states: I have been married to my wonderful wife Jane since 1987 with two beautiful children – Connor and Kelsey. Employed since 1986 with the US Postal Service, I am currently Postmaster in Stanardsville, Virginia. I enjoy German cars (BMW and VW), college sports, coaching my children, jazz and Christian music. In addition to this, I am a Certified Dive Master (with over 1500 dives) as well as a volunteer firefighter. Having been on (8) overseas mission teams including Panama, Nicaragua, China, Uganda, Kenya, and Thailand, I am well acquainted with various facets of mission work.
I was a “good person” most of my life but lived my life for me. God was always faithful and never gave up on me. In 1993 I recommitted my life to Christ and began living my life for Christ. I have seen his blessings as He has led me these many years.
I have been blessed to serve with great godly men associated with Mission Link International (MLI.) On many trips and functions, I have personally witnessed God at work through MLI. Lives have been changed through the prayer, time, talents and monetary support. I am excited to see God building and growing our ministry and providing many opportunities for each to be involved.
Our brothers and sister (Rick & Candy Sadler) depend on your support! By partnering with MLI through your prayers and support, you can feel confident that the whole Gospel is being taken to the whole world. Come join us in this ministry whose ultimate mission is to glorify Jesus Christ in both word and deed. We strive to create an environment that impacts our own people as much as the people we are ministering with. We believe that when Christ is at the center of all we say and do, communities are blessed, and above all God is glorified!
Garry's life verses are:
First Timothy 2:6 -- ...who gave Himself a ransom for all people.
Colossians 3:23 -- Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Mr. Charlie Kardos has been a friend of MLI for many years. He lives in the Charlottesville area, and he is owner of a heating/air conditioning business. Charlie & his wife, Mary, have been on mission trips to East Africa with Mission Link. Charlie and I were friends back in high school (Lane High School of Charlottesville). Many years ago I had the awesome privilege of praying with Charlie to receive Christ as Savior and Lord. He has been on several mission trips to East Africa to help remodel our East African headquarters in Jinja, Uganda. Charlie’s love for Africans is very evident through his support of vocational training to help nationals secure a skill and a decent wage. He has also helped maintain our office heating and air-conditioning in the USA saving us considerable funds. Charlie is a blessing and a gift from God!
Secretary and Office Administrator
Glassell is married to Ray for 56 years, and they have two children--Christi Lipscomb (husband is Randy) and Gregory Williamson.
Glassell wears many hats. She has been the backbone of the office details for many years. Her sacrifical service has enable Rick to be on the mission field for up to six months each year. MLI is truly blessed to have a dedicated staff personnel.
Glassell states: The Lord has been a vital part of my life since a very early age. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was nine years old. Jesus is very real to me. He gives me joy and peace that cannot be found anywhere else. He has given me lots of opportunities to serve Him through my church such as pianist, singing, teaching, working with AWANA and mission groups. I love to read, knit, crochet and other types of craft. Christian fiction is a favorite reading for me especially Karen Kingsbury and Beverley Lewis. Another thing that I greatly enjoy is learning more about the Bible via Bible studies by Beth Moore, Kay Arthur and Elizabeth George.
Learning about missionaries and what they are doing has always been fascinating to me, and I have always had the desire to personally go on the mission field. Well, God gave me this opportunity after I retired from my 40-year position with State Farm Insurance. I currently serve God by working with Mission Link as the Office Administrator. God opened the door for me to get involved with Mission Link and to go on mission trips to carry His word to people in other countries. I praise Him for what He has done in my life and what He is still doing. It is a joy to serve Him as He leads me especially through Mission Link." If you are interested in missions, Mission Link provides an excellent way to serve either at home or aboard. There are ways that you can serve in the office by volunteering with newsletter and other office related things and/or you can join us on mission trips where various where your strengths, skills and spiritual gifts can be utilized. For example: On the the medical team MLI needs nurses, doctors, evangelists, pharmacy helpers, etc. If you like to work with children, we need VBS helpers or those interested in working with crafts, games or crafts. At times we need construction works like carpenters, electricians, computer techs, painters, other skills. Your involvement will bless other and be a blessing to you personally.
Life Verse is Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Mrs. Candice J. Sadler is the wife of the President of Mission Link International, Rick Sadler. Candy has been on numerous mission trips to East Africa working with both the medical team and the widow's ministry (Widows of Africa). She is the caretaker of the African Widows Ministry and hopes to one day spend more time with Rick in East Africa. Candy works at the Martha Jefferson Hospital in the field of Mammography as supervisor. She enjoys gardening, sewing and Bible Study. Rick and Candy have three children and twelve grandchildren.
Candy's life verse is Philippians 4:6,7 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.
Richard W. Sadler, President/Founder
Salvation Experience: Rick accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord at the age of eleven followed by baptism which demonstrated death to self and life unto Christ.
Family Life: Candice J. Sadler (Candy) is Rick's wonderful bride of 45 years and best friend. They have three children (all have accepted Christ). Matthew Sadler is a detective with the Shelby Sheriffs Department in Shelby North Carolina (wife Heather and their five children Olive, Sam, Will, Jack and Remington); Holly Wall (husband Dr. Jason Wall, and their four daughters Violet, Iris Jo, Dahlia and Verbena) and Heather Vicks (husband Lieutenant Commander of the USA Coast Guard David Vicks and daughters Amelia and Adeline).
Educational Background: BA - Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina. MDiv - Southeastern Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina. DMin - Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Virginia.
Secular and Ministry Experience: Rick joined the United States Marine Corps in 1972 working in the area of administration. After his military service, he worked in the construction field for five years in the area of carpentry and specializing in plumbing and wiring. He has pastored churches in North Carolina, Connecticut, West Virginia and Virginia.
Non-Profit Experience: Founder of Christians in Action Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in Charlottesville, Virginia. This was a ministry to senior adults encouraging Christians to give of their time and talents to minister to the needs of the elderly. In addition to the above, three missions were established in the city's low-income housing developments. Rick is also Co-founder of Heaven Sent Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in Princeton, West Virginia. The main focus of HSM is short-term medical missions, packaging food/feeding, construction, evangelism and hosting pastor conferences. In 1996, Rick experienced Africa for the first time. In 1998, Mission Link International (MLI) was officially established as a non-profit ministry [501(c)3] in the Commonwealth of Virginia. MLI's focus is on encouraging, training and supporting nationals to reach their country for Christ. National pastors and church leaders are trained in the Bible using trained Ugandan teachers. MLI also assist many African widows with support, support for deaf school, and assisting several street kids; MLI also has medical missions, church planting initiative, constructing churches and houses, children's ministry and a host of other ministries and projects. Presently, the focus is East Africa; however, pastor conference can be held anywhere in the world.
Heart's Desire: Rick is 65 years old and has a passionate desire for missions. He plans to spend his last few years of ministry developing a pastor training manual for the purpose of teaching foundational principles of the Christian life and church to village pastors. Also, Rick's desire is to "link" American believers with national missionaries and ministries. Though MLI is not the church, it has been created to come along side the church to encourage and empower national pastors and church leaders.
Foreign Mission Experience: Rick has traveled to several countries including Ukraine, Burma, India, Nepal, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala Nicaragua, Haiti and various countries in East Africa. He spends 5-6 months a years in East Africa. At age 65, Rick plans to complete a study manual for African pastors and church leaders for MLI's village schools. Also, MLI hopes to complete Phase 2 of the Pastor's school in Eldoret, Kenya.
Jeff Dalton, CPA, PC – Treasurer
I have been a resident of Charlottesville VA for over 25 years and I have been associated with Mission Link and on the board for over 20 years. I have a wife, Susan, that I have been married to for 23 years. We have two children, Andrew, age 20, and Grace, age 16. I am a Certified Public Accountant and operate my own sole practice in Charlottesville. I have been self employed as a CPA for 20 years. I have been able to offer my background and training in accounting and taxation to further the work of Mission Link. I am pleased to be a part, even in a small way, the work of international missions and evangelism that Mission Link has done and continues doing. The lives and hearts that are affected and changed is very encouraging. I would encourage every believer that desires for God’s word to spread across this globe to become a part of such an exciting work. Dr. Rick Sadler is changing hearts, lives, and communities. If anyone can utilize their time , talents, and resources to further this work, I strongly encourage them. You will be blessed beyond measure.
Life Verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13.)
Serving as Vice President for Mission Link International, Wendell has helped direct and give direction to the mission. He has assisted MLI with their office needs (gifting equipment, repairing, emergency fixes, etc.). Several years ago, Wendell and his son installed a computer lab in the Korogocho Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Mission Link’s headquarters in Jinja, Uganda has also been blessed by his generosity and skills when remodeling our large complex. In June of 2018, he will again install another computer lab in a secondary school (high school) in the village of Mwingi, Kenya where Pastor Euticauls Wambua is constructing a large educational facility. Wendell’s love for the Great Commission is a gift from God!