Sue’s passion has always been to come alongside the poor and disadvantaged, the ones who have been written off by their own communities. With over 25 years of leadership and ministry experience with Christian NGO’s , Sue’s commitment and ability to bring a message that inspires and calls people to action is formidable.
Sue grew up in a Christian family in rural New Zealand. She set up two homes for at-risk young women and ran each home for three years before handing them over to people committed to the long term care of the girls.
Sue then spent ten years working with World Vision New Zealand. It was during this time she first visited Cambodia where an encounter with a lone young girl dying of AIDs became the catalyst for Sue’s determination to return to Cambodia to give what she could to the lives of those who had been ignored, then forgotten.
For 9 years Sue worked with Hagar International in Cambodia, working in a variety of roles, setting up and overseeing recovery shelters, and within community care initiatives, finding and training foster parents and helping place kids into families in rural Cambodia.
Currently Sue is the Executive Founder of Flame Cambodia, a supported project of ICA. Sue facilitates foundational leadership training to young adults and is mentoring a number of local leaders. By providing oversight and insight, Sue coaches, inspires and motivates them to lead their teams well and fulfill what God has called them to do.
She is closely involved with two homes for young leaders studying in University. These homes provide a structured environment for intentional leadership training and mentoring within community. Each individual is strongly encouraged to grow in their faith and serve in their community, that the gift God has placed within them is fanned into flame.
Sue is a board member of ICA, she enjoys preaching and being vulnerable and honest in her faith journey.