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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.”