April 25, 2016

Handing Him My Ashes

By Jada, SEND Ministries Staff Intern

I am continually amazed by how God works through terrible circumstances for his glory. He takes the tragic stories in our lives and uses them to minister to others, to make something beautiful.

Christmas of 2014 I was traveling with my REACH team in South Asia. We had only been there about a month when I got the phone call nobody wants to get. My brother had passed away, and my biggest nightmare was proving true. I’m not going to even try and explain how much he meant to me, or how much I loved him. Mostly because this isn’t about my feelings, but about how God has used my journey of grief and pain to glorify Him.

So now, a year and a half later, I’m back at the Rosedale International Center living life as the Kitchen Assistant Intern. It’s been a journey in itself getting used to the routine and responsibility of my job. We recently took our team mission trip to White Pigeon, Michigan where we served with a youth group, an after school program, and various service projects. Although the trip was busy and slightly exhausting, it was great, and our team really enjoyed the trip.

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April 19, 2016

Ecuador Earthquake Relief

RMM and the Ecuadorian Evangelical Mennonite Church (IEME) are coordinating efforts to respond to the immediate needs in Ecuador after the country was rocked by 7.8-magnitude earthquake Saturday evening. 100% of donations collected will be forwarded directly to local Ecuadorian churches that are distributing supplies, water, medicine, clothing, shelter, etc.

To give, visit donate.rmmweb.org and designate “Ecuador Relief," or mail checks to:

Rosedale Mennonite Missions
2120 E 5th Ave
Columbus OH 43219

Thanks for your generosity and your continued prayers.

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Rebuilding the Ancient Ruins in Holmes County, Ohio

By Jewel Showalter

“The magnitude of the problem of physical and sexual abuse in our very religious Amish-Mennonite community keeps weighing on us,” said Larry and Kendra Kaufman, pastoral couple at Grace Mennonite Church in Millersburg, Ohio, for the past 15 years.

The Kaufman’s explained that just this year in their community, the once-hidden issue has been thrust into the public eye through the conviction and imprisonment of an Amish preacher who is a sex offender. Larry explained that since many in their congregation come from an Amish background, Grace has felt led to launch a safe house known as 58:12 Rescue – “a safe place of healing and restoration for female victims of sexual and physical abuse” in Holmes County.

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April 12, 2016

RMM Welcomes a New Staff Writer

RMM welcomes Lydia Gingerich to the Communications Department as staff writer. Lydia entered the world of missions at age four when her parents, Mike and Cindy, moved to the Philippines to work with the urban poor as a part of Action International Ministries. Growing up in the Philippines meant speaking two languages, endless summers, and many goodbyes. She left her home and family in 2012 to attend Rosedale Bible College in Ohio (only about 8,000 miles, 12 time zones, and one large ocean away).

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April 04, 2016

A Fire: An Update from Rivers in the Middle East

Rivers* is one of three men who traveled to the Middle East this past January on a six-month internship with RMM, teaching English among a minority people group. Read more about the Middle East internship here.
...It was truly amazing to witness firsthand, and it has given me a renewed sense of purpose in being here. It reminded me a lot of the story in 1 Kings 18:20-40. Who knows, maybe it was even on the same mountain!

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March 31, 2016

Looking at the Gospel Through Buddhist Eyes

By Jewel Showalter – From the April 2016 Beacon

William and Rebecca,* RMM workers in East Asia, are often tempted to discouragement. For the past 18 years they’ve worked among a particularly untouched mountain people group. They’ve learned two very difficult languages and clung to a variety of visas as they’ve labored to be present in this harsh setting.

They first entered the region in 1998 on a student visa, and for two years they lived at the university and worked to learn the local language and understand the unique Buddhist worldview. They prayed and reached out in friendship.

There was little interest. People were puzzled or amused by their attempts to share faith. Sometimes God moved to heal, but more often not. One of the people who came to faith in the early years and led a small house group, died of congestive heart failure—in spite of their prayers and medical assistance.

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March 22, 2016

Recommended Reading: Soul Care and Prayer

By Mim Musser

Mim Musser, RMM’s Prayer Coordinator, loves to read, finding that books help her grow spiritually and otherwise. When asked why reading these kinds of books are important, Mim said: “prayer and spiritual health are both scriptural disciplines. There is a lot I can learn from reading the Bible, but reading a biography of a praying person or learning about soul care from a contemporary writer encourages me in my own path. Some books are a one-time read, but there are others that I go back to again and again when I need refreshment and direction.”

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March 18, 2016

Bikes, Birds, and Prayer

Ride for Missions is an annual fund-raising bicycle ride supporting the work of Rosedale Mennonite Missions. This past February, a group of 23 individuals participated in the first-ever Ride for Missions Florida, which has raised $19,210 in support of missions. Below is a cool story from one of the riders.
By Gary Helmuth

The words of Wayne Yoder (RFM Summer Coordinator) were freshly impressed on my mind as I set out on my bicycle from the restaurant in Winter Garden for the first day of our three-day ride. He had reminded us again as he had before on our RFM rides, that we are going out as missionaries – not just to raise funds for the professionals. Scott Kauffman (RFM Florida Coordinator) had challenged us the night before to look for opportunities to love, listen, discern, and respond to the people crossing our path.

So as I was enjoying the West Orange Trail and the beautiful crisp morning air, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a huge bird (an osprey maybe?) doing a spread-eagle 90-degree turn off to my left. As I was slowing down to observe (yes I do stop to smell the roses), I stopped right beside John, who was walking his dog and observing the same thing. “What is in his beak – a snake or a branch?”

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March 11, 2016

Introducing the 2016 SEND Interns

2016 SEND Interns: Jada, Joel, Trey, Alisha, Trevor, Eric, Regina

By Lydia Gingerich, RMM staff writer

SEND Ministries staff internships are primarily designed to help young adults mature in their faith through training in leadership, ministry, and service. Interns are then given opportunities to put these lessons into practice through service and ministry opportunities, intercession, work projects, leadership of SEND programs, direct ministry to program participants, and job functions specific to each intern position. Interns meet regularly with a job mentor who provides teaching, advice, and direction specific to their job position and function. The staff interns work together as a team under the leadership and oversight of the SEND Ministries Program Facilitators, Brian and Brittany Troyer.

The 2016 interns have enjoyed their first month at the RIC, serving in their various positions and forming bonds with each other through Nerf battles, weird noise contests, and singing songs about peeling bananas. Here is a bit more about each of them:

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March 07, 2016

Surprises at a Mother’s Funeral

Lan and Pon fishing together on a local river.

By Nixson*

Nixson and his wife Rhonda work with the RMM team in Bangkok, Thailand, where they are busy discipling new believers and training emerging leaders from Thailand and neighboring countries.

Eight years ago, Pon, a southeast Asian student in Bangkok, started meeting with our teammate, Dan, to study English. While studying English, Pon also studied the Bible and became a believer.

Several years later one of Pon’s friends from his home village also moved to Bangkok to work. Through Pon’s witness his friend Lan became a believer and was baptized in May 2011. Eventually Pon moved to a city in his home country to continue his studies and work. Members of the RMM team in Bangkok continued to disciple Pon “across the miles” with phone calls and occasional visits.

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February 23, 2016

Serving in Love: A REACH Update

Team Canada

Team Canada is living and working in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Their main focus is building relationships with First Nations youth to share the love of Jesus with them.Their normal schedule includes helping out at a local church throughout the week, volunteering at a youth center, and hanging out with teenagers.

This week, like so many others, has flown by. One thing that we did again this week was have a worship night at the youth center. Personally, I really enjoy the structure of these evenings. We usually have a song set picked out, however, after we are done with those songs, we have been leaving time for song requests and closing in a time of prayer. This week people stayed for a while after the worship time was over. Some played pool, others sat and played instruments. In all, it was a really good evening. There was a sense of community there that was so awesome to be a part of. It wasn’t about getting all of the words right, or all of the notes right. It was more about praising God and encouraging each other.

One thing that God has taught me through this program is about the different forms that church can take. Church can be on a Sunday morning when a group of Christ followers meet in a building; or, it can be a group of Christ followers sitting around a campfire talking about what God is teaching them and doing in their lives. Both of these things are equally church. We are blessed to have the opportunity to know God and to serve him. And we are also blessed to be able to walk with each other as we serve him together.

- Brad

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February 20, 2016

I See You: An Update from Raleigh and Opal

Raleigh and Opal,* with their two young children, are in the beginning stages of language and culture study in North Africa.
Sometimes when my children are needy and seem to be on the edge of frustrating me, I touch their shoulder or give them a little hug and say ‘I see you.’ Isn’t this what we all need? We want to be seen.

This week our landlady gave of herself by taking me around to different couch shops (you buy the base, the seat, and the back pillows in three different shops). She held my hand as we walked down the busy side streets to a part of our neighborhood in which I’d never been. She haggled for me, telling me the final price in French. The first time we went out, I had no idea what we were doing. We didn’t end up buying anything, just looking at the options.

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