September 19, 2014

Introducing Tiffany Troyer: Finance Department Administrative Assistant

We’d love for you to meet the new administrative assistant in the finance department, Tiffany Troyer. Tiffany lives in Plain City, OH, and is a member of Shiloh Mennonite Church. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and has worked in the past both as an accounting clerk and as an administrative assistant. Tiffany has been on several short term mission trips with her church and youth group to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. Tiffany was interested in the position at RMM because the job description fit her experience and education and for the positive work environment. She loves RMM’s focus on “inviting the Nations to worship Jesus.” In her free time, Tiffany enjoys playing volleyball, reading, playing softball on a community co-ed team, and hanging out with her friends. Thanks for your prayers for Tiffany as she learns the details of her job!

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September 16, 2014

Partnering in Missions with the Nicaraguan Church

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Participants from the Boaco Adentro Seminar.
By Dan B.*

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19.

How is the church in Nicaragua to carry out this command when the nations (ethnic groups) that are unreached are so far away from them? This was the topic we discussed together this June and July in the eight regions where Mennonite churches are located in Nicaragua. Pastors, church leaders, and interested youth gathered for one-day seminars on missions in each of the regions to look at what the Bible teaches us about what the church is to be doing in missions and to discuss what this means specifically for the churches of Nicaragua. Altogether more than 350 people participated and there was a lot of discussion—especially on how the churches should respond to this challenge.

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September 12, 2014

Introducing RMM’s New HR Director

By Candice Mast, staff writer

RMM welcomes Colleen Maust as the new HR director as of September 1. Colleen is from Leo, Indiana and Carrol Community Worship Center. She has a long history with RMM, beginning on a REACH team to Israel in 1996, following a year at Rosedale Bible College. After REACH, she served a two-year term as an RMM intern in Ecuador. As she reflects on that experience, she says that God used that time to test her missionary calling and she learned a lot about her ministry giftings. God confirmed to her through her time in Ecuador that he was calling her to longer term mission work. Colleen attended Grace College and earned a BA in Counseling/Psychology and a master’s degree in Intercultural Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary. During seminary, Colleen returned to Ecuador for field work related to church planting and cultural research. During the years that Colleen was discerning with RMM where and when to go into long-term service, she worked in her home area at a crisis pregnancy center, primarily with Hispanic clients.

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September 08, 2014

The Beauty of Mosaics

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By Paula Shore*

Paula and her husband Art are RMM workers among the immigrant community in the Waterloo region of Ontario. God is opening up many opportunities for them to live among, learn from, and love their neighbors from around the world.

Having lived in the Middle East for a period of time, I have come to appreciate and enjoy mosaics, the beautiful images and designs made from small pieces of different colors. These wide varieties of minuscule pieces combine to tell stories which widen the world of the viewer. Our multicultural neighborhood, too, is a mosaic of many cultures and races and we feel privileged to be a surrounded by this diverse richness.

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September 02, 2014

Ride for Missions 2014: Thanks for Supporting RMM!

September 01, 2014

Fundraiser for Cassia Olmstead

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Many of you have been praying for Nate & Denise Olmstead (RMM Church Planting Team Coordinator) and their five-year old daughter Cassia who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. She recently started chemotherapy and they continue to need your support. If you would like to help cover some of her medical expenses and other costs associated with her care, please visit, or send a check made out to “Naumburg Mennonite Church” to:

Olmstead Fund
Naumburg Mennonite Church
PO Box 124
Castorland, NY 13620

Naumburg Mennonite Church is also holding a fundraiser for Cassia on Friday, September 19 from 4-8 p.m. if you live in the Upstate NY area.

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August 21, 2014

Six Ways to Help Kids Develop an Interest in Missions

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By Brenda Zook


Have a personal mission focus. A mission focus is kind of like a broccoli focus or a read-a-book-instead-of-watching-TV focus. It greatly depends on…the parents. You want your kiddos to love broccoli? You've gotta eat it! You want your sons to love reading books? No point in just talking about it, you have to read. In front of them. Prioritize reading. Take them to the library, read aloud to them, make time for reading…oh, I digress…but not really. If you want missions to be important in your family, missions should be important to you. If you say mission work is important but skip the missions focus Sundays at your church. If you toss the mission report letters in the trash unopened. If you make a major contribution to the building fund and throw a fiver in the missions offering, your kids are going to get the message you are modeling, not the one you talk about. So, the first, best way to raise kids with a heart for what God is doing around the world and in your community is to develop a heart for what God is doing around the world and in your community. No, that's not a repetitive typo. Reread. You want them to have it, you have to have it. If you don't, ask God to give you a heart like his. God is always willing to do more in our lives than what we are willing to have him do. So, ask…and hang on for the ride.

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August 19, 2014

Where Are They Now? RMM asks REACH alumni: “What is your new mission, post-REACH?”

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A Homegrown Mission

By Beth Hooley

From December 2011 to August 2012, I lived on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand with a REACH team of five girls. While there, I had the privilege of working in a classroom for children with special needs among other ministry opportunities. Although I’d known I wanted to work with children with special needs before REACH, this experience showed me that it was something I would deeply enjoy, and it fueled the passion that God had placed in me years before.

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10 Tips on How to be Inclusive of Children with Special Needs

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Respect. Treat and talk to children with special needs with respect. Do not talk down or use a condescending tone of voice; talk to them the same way you would to any child. At the same time, be clear and avoid using figurative language (such as “it’s raining cats and dogs”) as this may be confusing to a child who takes these phrases literally.


Person First Language. One way to show respect to people with special needs is to use person first language. This simply means you put the person before the label. Instead of saying “an autistic child” or “a special needs child” say, “a child with autism” or “a child with special needs.” This shows that you are focusing more on the person than the disability.


Interact. The biggest mistake that adults make when they meet someone with special needs is failing to interact with them. The same rules of polite conversation of adults to children are applicable when the child has special needs. First, introduce yourself. Depending on the child’s special needs, it may be necessary to take the child’s hand or place a hand on the child’s shoulder to make a proper introduction. Then explain the activity that you will be doing with the child. Explain the different steps of the activity, including the beginning and the end, while making as much eye contact as possible. Some children may not be comfortable with making eye contact and should not be forced to do so. This is not necessarily a sign of inattention.

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August 11, 2014

Toward a Clearer Understanding of Church Planting

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By Nathan Olmstead

“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).

My belief is that we have been guilty of over-thinking “church planting.” We have made complex what was intended to be simple and, in the process, have formulated an unbiblical and unhealthy view of our God-given responsibility and mandate as Christians which is to “make disciples.” My heart is not necessarily that we would remove the phrase “church planting” from our vocabulary, but that we would have greater understanding of its biblical implication.

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Getting to Know…Pablo and Judi

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Pablo and Judi have lived in Granada, Spain as RMM workers for the past six and a half years. Previously, they served in Ecuador and more recently pastored at Shiloh Mennonite Church in Plain City, Ohio. Here they share some of their heart for their friends in Spain and a taste of their daily life as expatriates.

*Note: Last names omitted and names of friends removed for security reasons.

Where are you from in the U.S. and who is your sending church? How do you stay connected with them?

In Spain when someone asks where you’re from, they mean, where were you born? For Judi and I, that’s Kentucky and Michigan, but Judi has also lived in Maryland and Virginia, and I’ve lived in Florida. We met in Costa Rica, married and lived in Ohio, moved to Ecuador, then back to Ohio, so we’re from a lot of places! Our sending church is Shiloh. We stay in touch through Pastor Brian and the people on our Missionary Support Team via a weekly e-mail update. We also visit the church on our bi-annual home assignment.

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August 07, 2014

Missions Day Offering tops $296,000!

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A big thanks to the Rosedale Mission Cruisers (Neon Green) and Ride for Missions (Kelly Green)
We praise God for the generous response to this year’s Missions Day Offering. As of August 4 the grand total has exceeded $296,000! The following components are all significant pieces that combined to make up the grand total:

Ride for Missions = $150,341
Rosedale Mission Cruisers = $12,096
Lead gifts from Touchstone Donors = $100,000
The offering received at Conference = $34,108 (includes contributions received at the RMM office designated for the offering)

Grand Total = $296,545

Thanks to all who contributed in one way or another to the offering. We rejoice in knowing how many lives will be impacted for Christ as a result!

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