June 23, 2016

Introducing RMM’s Human Resources Assistant Director

RMM is pleased to introduce Myron Sommers as our new Human Resources Assistant Director. Myron is originally from Hartville, Ohio, but he moved to the Plain City area in 2004, and now lives in Irwin with his wife Rhelda, and their three children: Lanay (who is six, and playing T-ball this summer), Althea (who is three, and loves to put puzzles together), and Maci (who is one, and focusing on learning how to walk). His girls “are the love of [his] life,” and he desires to assist his family spiritually, emotionally, and physically. In his free time, Myron enjoys camping with his family, reading, and playing or watching sports.

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June 21, 2016

Serving God Through Disappointments

On October 28, 2015, Patty Córdova* left her home in Manta, Ecuador to follow the call God had placed in her heart. She was sent as a part of the Latin American Missions Partnership (LAMP) to work at a special needs school and community center in a small coastal town in North Africa.

For many years, Patty has been passionate about family, children, and missions. She received a university degree in elementary education, and then taught at and directed an elementary school in Manta. From 1999 to 2000, she spent time working with RMM missionaries in Durán, Ecuador, to help plant the church that is now there.

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June 16, 2016

A Relief Coordinator for Ecuador

Even now, two months after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Ecuador, the need for physical and emotional restoration is felt deeply. RMM is grateful for the funds that have been raised by numerous churches and individuals to help in this process. As the levels of need and the means to meet that need remain high, we want to use the donations in an effective and helpful way. To ensure that this happens, RMM has invited Kirk Kauffman to serve as our Ecuador Relief Coordinator. In this volunteer role, Kirk will spend time in Ecuador making local connections and assessing the situation, motivate and mobilize churches in North America to get involved, and help oversee the relief budget.

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June 12, 2016

“Did you ever doubt that I could provide for you?”

By Amos*

Amos was sent as a pioneer of Rosedale Business Group’s professional placement program this past January to teach English in North Africa (learn more here). A critical component of the program is finding meaningful employment that will provide sustainable income and enable cross-cultural missional living.

I sat in the court square watching taxis and life happen all around me. Men, women, and children all milling about seemingly enjoying life. As I watched, I knew that God cared for them and loved them so deeply.

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June 09, 2016

16th Annual CMC Golf Scramble

If you enjoy golfing, come and join the 16th Annual CMC Golf Scramble Thursday, August 4, at 11 a.m. during CMC’s Annual Conference this summer. The event is open to men and women, and costs $40 per participant, which includes 18 holes and a cart to be enjoyed at Hooper’s Landing Golf Course in Seaford, Delaware. A generous donor has agreed to cover the cost of the event, so that your $40 will be given as a donation to the 2016 Missions Day Offering and help support RMM's work around the world.

Sign up for the event by emailing mbyoder@gmail.com by July 15.

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June 04, 2016

Is Discipleship the Same as Disciple Making?

By Joe Showalter

I frequently hear people use the terms ‘discipleship’ and ‘disciple making,’ and sometimes I wonder what they really mean. The term that I hear most frequently is discipleship, and sometimes I think people actually mean disciple making when they say discipleship. Other times, I think they’re using the term discipleship as something totally distinct from disciple making.

One of the three core visions of CMC is discipleship, and this summer at our Annual Conference in Delaware we’re going to be focusing on that theme. I’d like to pose some questions to be thinking about before then. And in case you have to miss all the various discussions and input at Conference, I’ll plan to write some further reflections later this summer so you’ll at least know how I answer the questions I’m asking here.

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June 03, 2016

Simple Discipleship

Tan Kok Beng praying for a Mennonite participant at the 20th anniversary celebration of Bethany International University in Singapore.
By Richard Showalter

Tan Kok Beng, president of Asia-Pacific Missions and a Singaporean Mennonite pastor, spoke passionately in his first meeting with a young pastor, his wife, and me. I had just invited him to give us an update on the mission, but he was not about to omit his testimony.

“Only about one percent of all funds Christians give to missions goes to reach the unreached,” he said. “Most of what we do goes to support already-existing churches and ministries.

“But our goal here at Asia-Pacific is to reach the unreached. Early in my missionary work, I noticed how often people go into missions but then get burned out. There were team conflicts on the mission field, and I even saw some couples get divorced. I knew something was wrong.

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May 26, 2016

A “Model” of Creative Giving

RMM has recently received a unique gift from a big-hearted donor. It’s a wonderfully vibrant shade of green. For being almost 90 years old, it’s in amazing shape and can outrun us all. It weighs around 2,300 pounds, and if you press the right button, it will let out a boisterous AHOOOGA!

The generous gift is a 1928 Ford Model A Leatherback Fordor in excellent condition. Unlike most other vehicles donated to RMM, this classic ride will not be joining the fleet of cars and vans used for transporting REACH teams and staff. Instead, the vintage automobile will be sold, and the money it generates will go towards powering mission efforts around the world.

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May 24, 2016

A Day in the Life

By Anna, RMM Worker in Thailand

Anna is sent by London Christian Fellowship of London, Ohio in partnership with RMM and our Thailand team as a covenant worker. She is employed as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Bangkok. In addition to her work and ministry at the school, she is also working with the RMM team to disciple seekers and new believers through the formation of small, reproducing groups.

Hello and welcome to a day in my life! I have lived and served in Thailand as a teacher for three years. I am currently teaching ESL at International Community School in Bangkok, Thailand. I hope you enjoy this short trip with me.
It’s a new day! Each morning my friend and I walk down our little side street, or soi, to the main road where we catch a taxi. After a short taxi ride, we arrive at school.

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May 22, 2016

Saying Goodbye

Last week, the REACH teams said goodbye to the countries, ministries, and people they have been working with for the past six months. They have now all returned to the RIC, but more goodbyes are just around the corner as they go their separate ways at the end of this week. Here are a few final thoughts that were written as the teams prepared to return from their outreach locations:

Team Spain

Though a year ago Granada was only a dot on a map, it has now become so much more to our team. Granada has become a home. We have walked the streets, smelled the orange blossoms and tasted the delicious foods. We have made friends here, and have grown accustomed to living in the Spanish culture.

Saying goodbye puts a heaviness in my heart. To be sure, we are excited to see family and friends in the States, but it will be hard to say goodbye to the people who have become our Spanish family. Although we are from different lands and cultures, God has sewn us together with seams of friendship. Let us praise God, our amazing creator who created cultures and languages so long ago, and is still working today!

Please continue to pray for our team, and our friends in Spain.


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May 18, 2016

Pressing On: An Update from the RMM Thailand Team

By Candice, RMM Worker in Thailand

Recently, our team gathered at a hotel in Kanchanaburi, near the home area of our teammate Dan. We met for worship, Bible Study, fun, to strengthen and encourage each other, and to talk about the future. At our first session together, it became clear just how much we’ve been struggling over the past months. As we listened to each other I made this list of troubles:

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May 04, 2016

When “Jesus” Moves into the Neighborhood

By Jewel Showalter

Paula and Art Shore* 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.

“We’ve gotten involved in quite a tangled web of relationships here in this neighborhood,” laughed Paula* as she talked about their life in this diverse community.

“But God is building his church. Amazingly the woman with whom I could least communicate, has been the first one here to become a believer. Living among these dear people will bear fruit whether we can communicate in their languages or not. What a blessing it is to come alongside and be family for these displaced friends.”

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