January 29, 2016

“I Feel at Home:” An Update from Jonatan

Jonatan has been sent by the Nicaraguan church through RMM’s Latin American Missions Partnership to work with RMM’s team in Bangkok, Thailand. This update was received nine months after he arrived in Thailand.

I thank God for the opportunity to provide this update to you and also thank him for life, strength and protection. God has been with me in Thailand and I’m glad he has me here as a light in the darkness.

Soon it will be nine months that I have been here. It has been a valuable time, and I have had good experiences while learning many things. God has been showing me the need of living sacrificially and he chose me to help carry the message of salvation and hope to the lost. I realize God has a plan for each one of us, and I sense his close presence to me as I work within his plan for me.

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January 27, 2016

Dreaming Big

By Morgan Winter, REACH Team Canada

When God created mankind, Genesis tells us that He created us in His image. In this way, many of our most basic characteristics are direct reflections of God’s character. Our capacity to love, laugh, create, and dream are all derived from who God is. God imagined and crafted everything we know to exist; He is a masterful artist and certainly the greatest inventor. So it makes sense that God would choose to relate to His creation in an amazingly creative way: dreams.

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January 26, 2016

Recommended Reading for Churches, Leaders, and Mission-minded Individuals

By Andrew Miller

As Director of Partner Development with RMM, I keep my eye open for books that help churches and individuals become more engaged in building God’s kingdom. The following are books that I recommend for those that desire to be more mission-minded. They are good for church leaders and those that simply want to be part of God’s movement to reach the world for Christ.

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January 25, 2016

Childcare Assistant Needed in North Africa

Raleigh and Opal, RMM workers in North Africa, are seeking a child care assistant to help their family for 1-2 years as they continue to focus on language study. This assignment, beginning in May/June 2016, would include caring for two toddlers and an infant.

For more information contact RMM’s HR Director colleen@rmmoffice.org.

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RMM Seeking a New Human Resources Assistant

Are you detail-oriented and energized by working in a social environment? Are you passionate about building God’s kingdom and interacting with missionary candidates? Rosedale Mennonite Missions of Columbus, Ohio is seeking an assistant for the Human Resources Director. This full-time position, available in April, requires strong organizational and computer skills as well as good interpersonal skills. Training and/or experience in administrative duties is preferred.

For information contact colleen@rmmoffice.org.

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January 20, 2016

Introducing Amos: A Self-sustaining Intentional Ambassador of Christ

By Jewel Showalter

“I’m a guinea pig of RMM’s new professional placement program,” said Amos,* as he prepared to begin three years of English teaching in North Africa in January 2016.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Amos recently earned a BA in English along with a CELTA certificate to teach English as a second language. He is amazed at how the details of his study and upcoming service have all come together.

During his REACH experience in North Africa (2012-13), Amos learned that he loved linguistics and hoped he’d be able to study more Arabic someday. But North Africa faded into the background as he jumped into college studies in New York City and joined a church plant that was reaching out to new immigrants.

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January 15, 2016

Curried Sweet Potato-Apple Soup

By Susannah Fath Cotman

The following recipe can be found in RMM’s cookbook, The World at Your Table.

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January 14, 2016

Help! We need you!

RIC calling for volunteers to assist with facilities.

Each year hundreds of people come through the doors of the Rosedale International Center. It gives us joy to offer hospitality and peace in the midst of a busy world. Many of them have stated how much the hospitality has blessed them.

A large part of this hospitality is making sure our facilities are kept clean and functional for guests. With the many rental groups, City Challenge, REACH, and other responsibilities our staff have a hard time getting everything done.

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January 07, 2016

Pioneers Depart for the Middle East

By Jewel Showalter

Early in 2016, just a month after the REACH teams departed for their outreach locations, a different kind of team left the Rosedale International Center. Three interns, Leo, Kimble, and Rivers,* traveled to a war-torn nation in the Middle East where they will spend six months working as English teachers among a minority people group. Many in the region are displaced people and refugees.

Unlike a REACH team, the interns did not apply for this team, but RMM specifically asked them to consider going. Out of six potentials who received the invitation, these three felt a quickening “yes” in their spirits.

Although the country where they are serving has been severely torn by conflict in recent years, things are now relatively stable and deemed safe for westerners. Nevertheless, the appointment was not lightly offered, nor lightly accepted, and calls for unusual courage and wisdom.

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December 23, 2015

Worth It? REACH as a Gap Year

By Hans Shenk

“Gap Year” is a term born in the 1960’s to describe the practice of young people taking a year away from their studies to develop in ways that lie outside the realm of traditional education. A typical gap year is spent abroad, experiencing other cultures. Students also often spend their gap year serving—developing attitudes and habits of compassion.

RMM’s REACH program includes many of the best aspects of a gap year: REACHers spend the nine months of a school year away from home: three months in intense discipleship training school and six months serving God’s kingdom abroad.

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December 22, 2015

Job Opening: Seeking a New Staff Writer

Interested in a career in writing? Passionate about building God’s kingdom? Rosedale Mennonite Missions is seeking a new staff writer. This part-time position requires strong writing skills in a variety of styles. Education and experience in journalism or a related field is preferred.

For information contact humanresources@rmmoffice.org.

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December 18, 2015

Where God Needs Me to Be

Update from Alaina,* RMM worker in North Africa

I can hardly believe that it has been seven weeks already since I have been here in North Africa! It simultaneously feels as if I have just arrived but also have been here for ages. It’s an odd feeling. Life is good here, and I find that I really enjoy it! I live with two other women in an apartment in what would be considered downtown of the New City. Living on the fifth floor of an apartment building in a city has been quite the adjustment for me! Many nights, as I listen to traffic or hear people in neighboring apartments clatter around in their kitchens, I miss the peace and quiet of a Midwestern American evening. Despite the newness of the location, my living situation is good! I get along very well with my roommates and the apartment is nice and comfortable.

On my average day, I leave my apartment at about 8:00 in the morning and walk approximately 25 minutes across the city to Raleigh and Opal’s home. I then study language from 8:30‐11:45. Language has been good for the most part, but definitely challenging, and riddled with frustration when my brain cannot seem to absorb any more information. Far too often, I’m left stammering in response to a simple question. I am very thankful for the opportunity to study language and it has already been quite useful on multiple occasions. Next week is my final full week of language class, but I am hoping to continue learning informally through interactions, etc.

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