Our Story

You could say that we are just your average every-day family of 9 representing a couple of states and 3 countries – with a love for each other and a passion to serve God.  Plus we love sports, the Broncos, mountains and Arsenal (depending on who you ask).

Ok – maybe not exactly ordinary.

The Spangler’s are Duane and Sarah (Dad – Mom), Megan (married and the first to leave the nest), Bekah (23 - currently teaching English as a Second Language in TN), Melissa (21 years old and a huge heart for kids), James (15 year old, a great young man in the making, and part of our family through adoption from Guatemala) – and our 3 Ugandan sons – Gavin (13 years old and a very determined, creative type), Ben (13 years old and focused on everything sports – particularly basketball) and Max (12 years old and is our musical, artistic and “reading machine”).

While we are Colorado natives, we enjoyed 13 years in Minnesota before God relocated us to the Knoxville, Tennessee area 5 years ago.  Duane has spent his career in the insurance (claims) business, and Sarah has worked over the years in providing daycare, and was on staff in our church’s Children’s ministry prior to our family heading to Uganda.

With four teenage boys, we have a lot of activity - sports, music, and anything else that boys that age are into for the moment.  Outside of that, we are your ordinary family that works to plug into what God places in front of us to serve – whether it is on Sunday mornings as part of our church here in Jinja, or helping within the community to positively impact lives.


Challenged to live an extraordinary ordinary life. 


With that in mind, over the past several years, God presented the opportunity of serving at Amani Baby Cottage in Jinja, Uganda.  Following a year there, God has nudged us to become a part of Forgotten Children Worldwide.  It is an incredible ministry.  It is making huge steps in hundreds of children's lives here in Uganda - through its child sponsorship program, life-skills training for young women and men, and so much more.  We are excited to serve God with FCW, and believe that by giving up what is comfortable, we will be positioned to serve Him in a unique and powerful way!

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