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Last Edited: 03 August 2020


Scott and Susan Downing

Scott's Story

Though we are third and fourth generation missionaries we never wanted to be missionaries – until we did the “Experiencing God” devotional by Henry Blackaby. This devotional, along with many other “nudgings” from the Holy Spirit convinced us that we had not surrendered this portion of our lives to God. Understanding better God’s plan for our lives we pursued missions, out of faith and obedience, and, after two years of learning French and Chadian Arabic, landed in Chad in 2006.

Scott was born and grew up in Zaire (now DR Congo), graduated with a construction management degree from John Brown University (JBU) in 1996, married Susan in 1997 and worked in commercial construction for seven years before joining TEAM. Scott and Suz went to first grade together and our parents served on the same mission field throughout our school years.

Scott loves his Savior, his family, motorcycles, hunting, construction and good food.

Married to the best woman in the world to me – Susan. Father of four remarkable girls – Audrey (20), Selah (18), Mahlia (15) and Shiloh (11) and a terrific son – Micah (13).

Susan's Story

God graciously raised me with loving missionary parents in the former Zaire. Growing up overseas, attending boarding school, and seeing my parent’s heart to disciple Africans, has largely shaped who I am today. Unfortunately I strayed from these positive influences for a few years. God mercifully showed me what I was doing. I began attending John Brown University and re-met my amazingly gifted husband, Scott. (We attended the same boarding school for some elementary years.) I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education. I taught full time for 4 years until God blessed us with our first child. It was during this time that God slowly worked on our hearts to surrender to His call. We prayed for the Holy Spirit’s prompting an excitement in our hearts for an unreached area. That’s when we read TEAM’s write-up on Chad, and both had an amazing passion in our hearts for these people. God has allowed us to work in country the last 15 years.


Scott (husband), Susan (wife), Children: Audrey, Selah, Mahlia, Micah, and Shiloh

Ministry Focus:

Scott’s Ministry Focus:

Our ministry focus is driven by our vision, which is to establish an indigenous, culturally sensitive, reproducing body of believers.

This ministry of bringing Living Water to the region involves loving our neighbors and sharing with them the blessing and hope that we have found, living out, by God’s grace, a family model that draws people to Himself, coordinating short-term teams, supporting a private Christian school where the character of God is being taught and by drilling water wells and teaching health & hygiene in villages and by drinking lots of strong tea with men. Our desire is to see a CHE (Community Health Education) program take root to enhance this ministry.

Susan’s Ministry Focus:

Our team’s vision is to establish an indigenous, reproducible group of believers. With this goal, all of what we do falls under making friends for His Name Sake. Bringing medical and dental teams and clean water has made huge inroads into villages for the Word to be sown.

As a mother and wife, much of what I do is a support role, while making endless pots of strong, hot, sweet tea. However, God has allowed me many ministry opportunities with cooking, teaching and studying the Word with ladies, helping the sick that come to our door, and even teaching reading. I home school our kids most mornings and spend many afternoons and weekends visiting women, studying Truth or sharing stories.

Primary Prayer Request:

From Scott:

That the Word of the Lord would spread rapidly and be glorified.

From Susan:

Pray that our home would be a sweet fragrance to all those around and to those who enter in.