Ben and Susie joined staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in 2002. They were drawn to the ministry through an Athletes in Action (AIA) short-term basketball trip Ben took to Kazakhstan, and so began their AIA journey in the basketball ministry. They served with AIA for 12 years, primarily in the Global department.
In 2012, Susie was diagnosed with brain cancer, which God used to redirect their path of ministry. Ben had been leading AIA's global ministry efforts, which required a lot of travel that was no longer possible. After a lot of prayer and waiting, God led Ben to lead Kigali International Community School (KICS)- a Christian K-12 school in Kigali Rwanda. Ben serves as Director of KICS, overseeing the faculty and staff and ministering to children and families from more than 20 nations. They are thrilled to be living in Rwanda, and thankful that a change in assignment did not mean they had to leave Cru - they remain on staff. Ben is a graduate of Gordon Conwell Seminary and Hobart College. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Gordon Conwell in Global Christianity and World Evangelization.
Susie graduated from Taylor University in 2001. Before mothering took over most of her time, Susie served AIA in communications, event and conference planning, and graphic design. In Rwanda, she's had the opportunity to teach 6th grade Bible at KICS.
The Thomases have four children.
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