Posted by: calloftheandes | January 5, 2009

Ross Sattler Dies at 61

ross-and-sherrySources: HCJB Global, Lansing State Journal

Former HCJB Global missionary Ross M. Sattler of Eaton Rapids, Mich., died on Tuesday, Nov. 11, just weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 61.

Born on Dec. 14, 1946, in Grand Rapids, Mich., Ross graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1965. He then completed his masonry apprenticeship and worked in that field for 41 years. His biblical studies were at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

In mid-1983 Ross and his wife, Sherralyn “Sherry,” began missionary service as short-term workers with HCJB Global Hands in Ecuador as Ross worked on the construction of Hospital Vozandes-Shell, replacing a 25-year-old facility.

“Ross came to Shell to help build a hospital,” explained Ron Cline, former president of HCJB Global. “What he ended up doing was teaching his co-workers how to live a life for Jesus. His life was a life filled with a contagious joy. He made a great contribution to the ministry in Ecuador and to the lives of the workers and missionaries who had the privilege of knowing him.”

The Sattlers returned to Ecuador as full-time missionaries in 1987 as Ross worked as a construction supervisor on Project Life, the expansion of Hospital Vozandes Quito, and Sherry served as office manager in the English Language Service. They resigned on Jan. 1, 1997 after nearly 10 years.

“I have two mental images of our brother Ross while he served with us,” said Edgar Benalcázar, now a chaplain at Hospital Vozandes-Quito. “The first is of him looking over the blueprints of each one of the areas that represented Project Life. And the other is of him with a Bible in hand, making sure that every worker arrived on time for the Bible study. In both of those images I see the same care, the same dedication that made up the character of Ross.”

Former HCJB Global missionary Judd Johnson told of a recent prayer gathering for the Sattler family. “There were about 15 guys around the table, and I realized as they prayed that many of these men had come to Christ through Project Life,” he said. “I remembered Ross leading simple Bible studies, singing, watching Christians being born.

“Several of the men who ‘grew up’ in Christ during project Life are still working with me today,” Johnson continued. “These men learned a lot about their vocations from Ross—the best fireplaces constructed here are a direct result of his teaching! The foundations of some of the men’s spiritual lives while cemented in Christ—molded by Ross as he let himself be used as a tool of God. Personally, I learned from Ross professionally and as a friend who was transparent in his victories and struggles. His generosity was real and stemmed from his heart.”

In addition to his wife of 43 years, Ross is survived by four children (Ross, Jason, Dawn and Spencer) and eight grandchildren. The funeral service is set for 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at South Church in Lansing, Mich. Memorial contributions can be made to HCJB Global. To read the obituary and send condolences to the family, visit



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