July 24, 2014

A Simple Act of Kindness

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By Amy*

I backed my scooter out of the carport and prayed that it would start easily after sitting idle for three weeks. Thankfully it started right up so I didn't have to face the embarrassment of sitting by the side of the road trying to start it while the school children sauntered by. We had just returned from our visa trip and I needed to stock up on groceries again, so I headed to the market. I drove slowly and relished the cool morning air, but not the speed bumps in the alley that I tried to ease over. As I turned toward the market, my eyes drifted to the hill climbing steeply up from our town nestled in a valley. That view always takes my breath away. Then my eyes quickly came back down the hill to scan the road as I began to navigate the crush of people, motorbikes, vans, and minibuses that surround the market, the center of life here. I was eager to see the people that, in the last year, I have come to know and enjoy chatting with every couple of days. These beautiful people have been my teachers as they have helped me learn "These beautiful people have been my teachers as they have helped me learn more language, the names of various fruits, vegetables and spices, and have helped me learn more of the culture of my new home."more language, the names of various fruits, vegetables and spices, and have helped me learn more of the culture of my new home. It felt good to look forward to reconnecting with the people even as, at the same time, my nose was revolting at the smell of the rotting vegetables that is a part of the market experience. As I pulled my scooter into the "parking lot," I looked for the kind parking man who always helps me find a place even when it looks impossible to me. Instead a young guy came up to give me my parking tag. "Hmm, that's odd," I thought, "he's always here, except around lunch time when I've seen him take a break. Maybe it's his day off." So I went to order my usual flat of eggs and continued on to find the rest of the things on my list.

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July 11, 2014

Seeking Applicants for an Administrative Assistant in the Finance Department

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RMM is seeking applicants for an administrative assistant in the finance department. Primary responsibilities of the position include receipting/depositing contributions and assisting with various accounting tasks. The ideal candidate is someone who is detail-oriented, good with numbers, and has computer experience. This is a full-time paid position with a preferred beginning date of mid-August 2014. Initially the position will be based in the Rosedale office but will move to the Rosedale International Center in Columbus late 2014/early 2015.

For more info or to express interest contact Mim Musser, HR Director, at (740) 857-1366 or mim@rmmoffice.org.


July 09, 2014

9 Ways to Support a Single Mission Worker in Your Life

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By Danielle Opel

Danielle served as a missionary intern in Thailand for two years. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio and is making plans to return to Bangkok. Here she offers a few suggestions for ways to build up single mission workers. Her advice for singles: “Singleness is really a gift if you choose to let it be. Grow. Be happy.”

As a worker in Thailand in my early twenties, I struggled with being single. Loneliness and insecurity were constant companions. I struggled with the feelings of low self-worth. I happily congratulated friends who had found their special someone, all the time wondering when it would be my turn. Being overseas made me feel like my chances of meeting someone were next to impossible. My Thai friends were always making comments about how I would be so much happier if I had a boyfriend. While these feelings are not all unique to single workers, I think some single workers share similar feelings. Following are some ways you as supporters can show you are behind them and truly care!

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July 01, 2014

Introduce the World at Your Dinner Table

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By Vicki Esh

When I was growing up, I remember my mom making cornbread and beans and relish and a side of fried okra. Even though I was living in Pigeon, Michigan my mom was introducing her Southern heritage to me through food. Some of our dearest friends were a Hindu family who occasionally joined our family for holiday dinners. I can still remember the spicy curries our friend, Kala, contributed to our meals. Our noses would run and our eyes water from the spiciness of the dishes, but we kept going back for more because we loved it! Indian food is still one of my favorite cuisines.

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June 30, 2014

A REACH Story: The Little Things

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June 25, 2014

Ready for New Things?

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Opportunities Abound!

By Candice and Tom Mast and Jay Martin*

Has God planted a love in your heart for other cultures? When you hear the stories from mission workers about buying noodles from a vendor, planting seeds with local farmers, or visiting with friends over tea, do you get that “homesick for the bigger world” feeling? Is it possible that God has given you that love for culture so that you can transplant yourself into another county and share Jesus with people who need him? Maybe you’ve already had a short-term missions experience that God keeps bringing back to your mind or maybe there is a people group who have been on your heart and in your prayers for a long time. If God is tugging at your heart about doing something new for him, we have a several opportunities at RMM for you. We are currently seeking workers for the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, and Thailand.

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June 20, 2014

Locally Grown: Neighbors Become Friends

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By Jennifer Falb

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

It is with this command in mind, that a group of people here at Fairlawn Mennonite Church in Apple Creek, Ohio have recently felt called to form a Community Missions Team. While not called to overseas missions, we have felt a growing burden for the people of our own neighborhoods who desperately need to know the redemption of our Savior. The team, led by Steve Bixler and his wife Becky, is composed of people of various ages and life stages who share a common goal of intentionally serving our community in order to make Jesus known.

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June 11, 2014

Believers Arrested, Then Freed: Our God is Great!

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By Tom*, Asia Regional Director

Taa, a young man who is being discipled by our team and who is leading the small group of believers at a gas station in Bangkok, recently returned home to his village in a neighboring country, when his mother became seriously ill. His family came to faith around five years ago when his mother prayed to God and was healed. Since that time they have become leaders of the small fellowship in their village and have helped to introduce many of their friends and neighbors to Jesus. This time God did not heal his mother, but Taa wrote that as she was dying "my mother told us, 'Children, don't forget God. Love God.'" Taa is grateful that his mother is now with the Lord and is thankful for the support and prayers of his brothers and sisters in Christ.

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The New Me

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To help understand the hearts of our missionary kids and the challenges they face as they move between cultures, we would like to share a poem from an adult Third Culture Kid. The term Third Culture Kid (TCK) is often defined as “a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture.”


The New Me
by Rose*

Friendly people, friendly faces
I’m “home!”
I want to fit in. I really do.
But why do I feel odd? Like I have two extra thumbs.

Time passes…
At “home,” I feel lost;
Away, I feel at home.
Can I express that?
Do I realize what I feel?
I drive people away with my raw honesty.

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June 06, 2014

5 Ways People Become Missions Active

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By Andrew Miller, Partner Development Director

Do you want to be more mission minded but feel stuck in your daily life and are too busy to even think about it? A recent study* shows that people who have participated in any of the following five things have become more focused on missions as a result. See if you can work one or more of the following in your life.

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May 30, 2014

A Slowly Opening Door: Calling a New Generation of Workers to the Middle East

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By Jay Martin, Mediterranean Regional Director
Names changed and country name omitted for security reasons.

In January of this year, Rosedale Mennonite Missions organized a mission leadership consultation in the Middle East where we have been working for the past 30 years. Two RMM Board members, a CMC Executive Board member, and several other guests accompanied RMM workers and administrators on this listening tour. The aim of this trip was to reflect together about what God has done, is doing, and wants to do in this country.

We started out in the city that launched the apostles Paul and Silas on their first journey. A dear brother and his son, Zekerya and Servet met us at the guesthouse where we were staying and then took us to see their Koreanborn pastor, Jacob, and their church building/cultural arts center. Zekerya and his son Servet inspired us with their stories of God’s grace bringing them, as Alawite Kurds, to faith. The next morning we visited another one of the five small evangelical protestant churches in this city of 217,000. They have faced much opposition from radicals in the community but the city authorities have given them freedom to worship openly.

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May 27, 2014

Smiling Just Thinking About It:
Love and Landslides in the Himalayas

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By Eric, Himalayas REACH Team

Eric and his team have recently returned from their outreach in the Himalayas and are currently debriefing with the other REACH teams at the Rosedale International Center.

I know that God loves me. That’s a fact that I find alarmingly difficult to really absorb, to unbendingly believe, and to fully understand. My head registers God loving me as fact. But my heart often forgets it and I live as though his love has minimal impact on my life.

And yet, I’m starting to learn that the fact that God really, really loves me needs to define my life. In good times, God’s love is to radiate within me. In crisis, God’s love is still supposed to radiate within me. When I’m absolutely miserable, God’s love should still be there. He holds me up. His love should constantly enlighten me when I’m melting down.

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