November 03, 2015

Between August and May: Introducing the 2015 REACH Teams

By Hans Shenk and Ashley West

It has become a part of the organizational rhythm of RMM. Every year, on a weekend late in August, between 20 and 35 young people arrive at the Rosedale International Center with their lives packed into suitcases. Every spring, near the end of May, there’s a weekend when 20 to 35 young people carry overflowing suitcases back out of the RIC, stow them in trunks and vans, and drive away.

After witnessing the annual cycle of REACH over time, whether in person or from afar through RMM communications, it’s easy for years, stories and faces to blur together, and for the significance of what happens between those weekends in August and May to be lost. And yet, every year of REACH is unique; every team and every participant is uniquely called.

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November 02, 2015

RMM Snapshot: SEND Ministries Staff Interns

By Brian and Brittany Troyer

A huge part of our job as REACH program facilitators is working with the SEND Ministries staff interns. Every year, we invite seven individuals (usually REACH alumni) to join us for a year-long internship. They spend the year serving in one of six roles: Prayer Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Kitchen Assistant, Facilities Assistant, and two Hospitality Assistants. During the winter and spring we spend time developing our interns as leaders and unifying them as a team. This time is meant to prepare them for leading out during City Challenge and REACH Discipleship Training School.

City Challenge is always a stretching time for them but it ends up being very rewarding as well. Afterward, they are encouraged to look for the ways God spoke through them and used them to impact City Challengers.

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October 20, 2015

The 10:2b Prayer and the 10:3a Command

I first heard of the “10:2b prayer” a few years back. I was at a weekend seminar, and the speaker encouraged us to set an alarm on our phones at 10:02 every day. When the alarm goes off, he suggested, stop and pray the 10:2b prayer.

You probably know the story in Luke 10 where Jesus was about to send out 35 or 36 teams of two to the places he “was about to go.” In verse 2, he began his short list of instructions by saying, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

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October 18, 2015

A New Life Begins: an Update from Raleigh and Opal

Raleigh, Opal, and their children recently landed in North Africa. They are learning language and building relationships as part of a long-term vision to encourage a people movement toward Jesus. They hope to partner with locals and other workers in agricultural development and teaching English.

What can happen in one month?
The world can change, and yet remain.

One Day
Off the plane onto the tarmac.
The dusty landscape rolls away from the little airport.
Bluish olive and tall, thin cypress trees sprinkle the hills and valleys
sweeping away from our vehicle as we roll through the roundabouts to our city.
A friendly English speaker gives us a whirlwind tour of our new home,
including the...corner store literally around the corner of our house,
and the shop selling ‘complete’ chicken dinners for around $8
(we are talking a whole rotisserie chicken and trimmings).

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October 07, 2015

Obeying Jesus’ Command to Go: A New Step for the Latin American Missions Partnership

By Dion & Naty Peachey

“From the moment I heard how many unreached peoples there were without the chance to know Christ, I knew that I couldn’t just keep my arms crossed without doing something.” That is how Patty Córdova* describes her call to go to the nations. Patty will be the first Latin American Missions Partnership (LAMP) worker to be sent from Ecuador to this less-reached region of North Africa.

Patty, like some of us, had the privilege of hearing the good news of Jesus during her childhood and about 20 years ago, she surrendered her life back to the Father as she was reading the New Testament in her apartment. That commitment wasn’t easy to fulfill as she moved through times of faith and doubt, progress and failure. Yet God was faithful in spite of her unfaithfulness and led her on toward life transformation and direction for the future.

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October 06, 2015

Required Reading: Four Books that Help Shape REACH Team Leaders

By Courtney Shenk

Editor’s Note: Each year, as a part of their training, REACH team leaders read through a number of books. We asked Courtney Shenk, Assistant Director of SEND Ministries, to tell us about the books she chose for this year. This “curriculum” is designed for young adults, but will be applicable and helpful to anyone interested in becoming a better leader or disciple maker.

When selecting which books to have our team leaders read each year, I try to think primarily about discipleship since we are a discipleship training school and not as directly a leadership training school. So, if the books seem tilted in the direction of discipleship, that’s why.

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September 29, 2015

Familiar Faces Taking on a New Role

Introducing: Richard and Jewel

Richard and Jewel have been appointed as covenant workers with Rosedale Mennonite Missions to serve as global mission consultants on specific assignments. This appointment gives them flexibility to serve in ways which are not full-time but which utilize their gifts as particular mission needs arise.

Richard and Jewel have been engaged in church planting, mission, and mission administration throughout their lifetime. Richard grew up in the hills of Kentucky (and still loves "soup beans") where his parents served as pioneer church planters with RMM. Jewel grew up in Ethiopia (ever tried injera or wat?) where her parents served as pioneer missionaries with Eastern Mennonite Missions. Richard remembers saying good-bye to Jewel's family in New York City when they sailed for Ethiopia—he was four and she was one.

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September 21, 2015

Returning to the Fields

Getting Reacquainted with Sheryl Hostetler, RMM Associated Worker in Ecuador

Sheryl Hostetler, an associated worker sent by Maple City Chapel and RMM, is a familiar face to many at RMM. She previously worked with RMM in Ecuador from 1985-1991 and 1993-2002. During that period, much of her work was focused on at-risk children and teens who were abused and neglected, and often abandoned to live on the streets.

As a result of her work with children, Sheryl was involved in the creation of the Shekinah Foundation, a place where children could live in safety until they were reintegrated with their families, or relatives. Now, after 13 years working in health care in the United States, Sheryl has been invited by the Ecuadorian Mennonite Church to return to Manta to fill the need for a spiritual caregiver at the Shekinah Foundation.

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September 18, 2015

REACH UPDATE: Discipleship Training School, So Far

By Eric Wengerd

Greetings from the Rosedale International Center! This year’s REACH discipleship training school (DTS) is going quite well so far. Two full weeks have gone by (and likely more by the time you read this), and most of us are not only getting into a pretty steady routine, but also getting to know each other better and better.

The first week of DTS was a frenzy. When the REACHers arrived in late August, they came to live away from home (a first for many), surrounded by people they had never met. They processed policies, schedules, and new names right from the beginning; they ventured into new outreaches, dove into reading plans, and learned to lead worship. There was definitely a lot to figure out and a lot to adjust to.

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September 08, 2015

Completely Terrified; Beyond Excited

Introducing Alaina, RMM Assistant in North Africa

Names changed for security reasons

Over the long Labor Day weekend, while most Americans rested, RMM workers Raleigh and Opal (Getting to Know: Raleigh and Opal) and their children Robbie and Anna departed for their assignment in North Africa.

Raleigh and Opal plan to spend roughly a year studying the local languages and getting to know the culture. Studying multiple languages simultaneously takes tremendous concentration and mental energy. Caring for two young children, especially in an unfamiliar culture also takes tremendous concentration and mental energy. Recognizing that it would be almost impossible to do both at once, Raleigh and Opal made arrangements for someone to accompany them to take care of Robbie and Anna while their parents were studying.

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September 03, 2015

Ensalata Mixta Recipe

RMM’s cookbook, The World at your Table, features delicious recipes from all over the world. Many of our workers have brought these recipes home from their time spent overseas. The following recipe, for a popular salad from the Mediterranean, was given to us by Judi an RMM worker in Spain.

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August 31, 2015

International Missions Association (IMA) Networks To Spread Transformation

Columbus, OH – “The IMA is a place where we hear God speak in transforming ways,” said Yesaya Abdi, IMA president and Indonesian mission leader. “We're a small group, but one that God has been using to inspire change and mission vision around the world.”

Hosted by Rosedale Mennonite Missions (RMM) at their Rosedale International Center (RIC) in Columbus, Ohio, the IMA met July 28-August 2, 2015 for its almost-annual assembly, a practice which was birthed at the 1997 Mennonite World Conference (MWC) in Calcutta, India.

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