Susan Basaraba is married to Chad, a Gang Enforcement Officer with the Salem Police Department. They have two children, Emmaly, a college student, and Wyatt, a high school student.
Susan moved from California to Oregon when she was in the third grade. She grew up in rural Marion County where she attended a 2-room school house through the eighth grade. She met Chad in the sixth grade. He had moved to Oregon from North Dakota and went to another small school in the area. After graduation from high school, Chad enlisted in the Army and Susan attended college. They reconnected and married before Chad’s second tour stateside, then spent three years at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. During these three years, they began attending church and both accepted Christ as Savior and were baptized before heading back to Oregon. They eventually moved to Dallas and have been here for 13 years.
The family attends Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, Oregon, which is where they first heard of Village Missions. Chad and Susan have been able to meet and get to know many active and retired missionaries and others who are involved with Village Missions. Susan remembers how she and her husband would feel after seeing the presentations in church–knowing that these communities were not forgotten touched their hearts in a special way. Susan says, “It is so neat how God has opened the door to allow me to work here at Village Missions. Someone said to me, ‘If anyone needs the Lord, it’s America,’ and I am so thankful to have a part in this ministry.”