May 17, 2019

Stories of Hope

Following the call to share God’s word in another culture is difficult and many workers report times of fatigue and disconnection. But the hopeful message of God’s redemption is more powerful than any discouragement. Followers of Christ can put their trust in a God who has called us out of darkness and into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). Below are three stories which speak of that light.


A Resurrection
By Phil, RMM worker in Spain


Springs of Life Camp

John Calvin observed that “the story of the church is a story of many resurrections.” We can certainly see that on a macro level through the last two thousand years of church history. Periods of time in which the church has been faithful to the Lord and his word and God’s kingdom on earth has flourished, have been eclipsed by times of apostasy and unfaithfulness. Miraculously, the church has, time and time again, been lifted out of its malaise and restored to fruitful ministry by the intervention of God’s Spirit.

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May 14, 2019

Pressing On: A REACH Update

By Morgan, REACH Team Thailand

The REACH teams have all finished their six-month outreaches and are beginning two weeks of re-entry at the Rosedale International Center. The following update from Morgan, Thailand team leader, was written during their last weeks in Bangkok.


It’s the final countdown – the final stretch of goodbyes, packing, and reentry in Ohio. To be quite honest, it feels like I never left Bangkok since entering the program two years ago, and that I will still be here for a while. Life here has become my “normal” and my “known.” My comfort zone has been expanded to include this country – many, many miles away from home. So now, when I’m faced with the reality that it will all come to an abrupt stop, I think back on my time here over the past two years and think to myself, “now what?”

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May 10, 2019

Fearless: A REACH Update

By Sara, REACH Team Indochina

Fearless. What does this mean? I don’t actually think it means a lack of fear, but rather a sense courage. Where one embraces the fear and pushes onward. Now maybe that’s me just putting a positive spin on the fact that I tend to be a fearful person, but I don’t think fear defines me. Papa has taught me so much about the difference between being consumed in fear and not living the free life he has for me, and living free from the shackles of fear.

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May 02, 2019

Introducing Alexis: Food Services Assistant

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the last few months we have been introducing our 2019 interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled by the SEND Department. RMM is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.


Alexis is this year’s Food Services Assistant, hailing from Belleville, Pennsylvania. She loves sports, calligraphy, reading books, and even has her own small photography business. Alexis also enjoys cooking and baking and is glad to have opportunities to practice these activities through her internship.

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April 29, 2019

Introducing Trevor: Community Outreach Coordinator

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the last few weeks we have been introducing our 2019 Interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled by the SEND Department. RMM is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.


“I am very much a people person,” said Trevor, this year’s Community Outreach Coordinator from Grantsville, Maryland. While he enjoys spending time with friends and meeting new people, he also finds it important to take a break from people and play guitar, watch anime, or color.

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April 26, 2019

Service, Play, and Connection

By Kyle, SEND Intern

Kyle is in the one-year internship program offered by SEND Ministries. He works as the Facilities Assistant, caring for the RIC grounds and helping with maintenance.

For our intern missions trip, we went to Indiana and volunteered at the Power House. If you don't know what the Power House is, it is an after school program for kids from 7th to 12th grade, where they can hang out in a safe place. During our time there we helped with some service projects. Some of it was as simple as cleaning the bathrooms and vacuuming, but we also remodeled a desk and set up the upstairs for a rummage sale fundraiser. We sorted all kinds of donated clothes, furniture, signs, houseware items, games, books, etc.

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April 19, 2019

Introducing Emily: Hospitality Assistant

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the last few weeks we have been introducing our 2019 Interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled by the SEND Department. RMM is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.


Emily is from Ithaca, New York, and is serving as one of this year’s hospitality assistants. She has found the job of making beds, cleaning bathrooms, and sweeping floors to be monotonous at times, but she is choosing to see it as a time to “put in ear buds, listen to good music, and just de-stress.” When Emily isn’t cleaning at the RIC, she likes to spend her time going on runs and baking.

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April 10, 2019

Introducing Kyle: Facilities Assistant

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our 2019 Interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled by the SEND Department. RMM is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.


According to Kyle, the new Facilities Assistant intern, being stretched outside of one’s comfort zone is a good thing. Last year with his REACH team in the Himalayas, Kyle found that working and living with the same people every day caused him to dig past the awkward and difficult parts of a relationship to form stronger bonds.

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April 05, 2019

Introducing Damian: Prayer Coordinator

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our 2019 Interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled by the SEND Department. RMM is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.


This year’s prayer coordinator, Damian, comes to Columbus all the way from Phoenix, Arizona, where he grew up. Some of Damian’s favorite things to do are play soccer, kayak, hike, snow board, swim, rock climb, and be with animals. Damian’s long list of preferred activities can probably be attributed to the fact that he loves trying new things: “Whether it be food or new skills or just trying something that I'm not normally comfortable with, I always find those things to be exciting and fun.”

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April 01, 2019

And We Danced: A REACH Update

By Julie, REACH Team Zambia

The theme for my week was dance. Lately I’ve been living out of perseverance, and out of my narrow view of what it means to be content. As more time passes and my heart longs for home, after being away for almost two years, I go into survival mode, simply going through the motions, forgetting to embrace every aspect of life as God intended. Satan whispers lies, “don’t get too close, you’re just going to leave,” and “you can’t speak the language or understand the culture, what’s the point in trying,” even, “don’t get emotionally attached.” God reminded me that these words are lies and he showed me truth. He said, “Julie I want you to dance with me this week.” I know this sounds cheesy but it’s a good metaphor. As we drove through the villages on Tuesday I could see Jesus running alongside the children, sitting with the men and women, talking and laughing, dancing his way through life, delighting in the people of Zambia, showing them his great love. This sparked the motivation in me to live out of that same joy, delighting in the people that I meet. I wanted to see life as a dance with Jesus, connected to emotion, not a solo performance with Jesus in the audience deciding what my score is. As we danced through the week, the thoughts of simply surviving life began to slide off.

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March 15, 2019

Updates from the Field

Times of confusion, trial, and frustration are often opportunities to see God’s faithfulness at work. RMM workers around the world share stories of what God is teaching them in the midst of (and through) their sometimes-chaotic lives, and how he is giving them peace in their current situations and hope for the future.

Katie,* REACH Team Indochina

Patience is something I’ve certainly learned a lot about over the past couple weeks. One particular day I was helping in the kindergartners’ class and they were doing a little craft coloring paper planets. A little girl had attached herself to me and wouldn’t let go, so I sat down and helped her and the others around her. It wasn’t long until she turned to me in distress, “teacher! I want the purple pencil!” The issue was, the little boy next to her was using it. “Well, you can wait until he’s done with it and then you can use it.” But she wasn’t satisfied, “no, teacher, no, I want it now!” I reminded her to be patient and wait for her turn. To which, of course, she responded that she didn’t want to be patient. And then I caught myself saying something I often heard growing up, “well, you know, patience is a virtue.” Then I had to try and describe what a virtue is to a kindergartner. That was fun. But it made me think. How many times have I heard that phrase and not really thought what it meant? Or even known what it meant?

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March 08, 2019

Holy Ground: A REACH Update

By Shontel, REACH Team Ecuador

Nap time arrives at 1pm every day – this is when we enter the zoo. Sometimes it involves wrestling six, seven, and eight year olds into their beds and holding them there until they calm down enough to sleep. There’s often yelling, running, chasing, and hiding. But eventually the room grows quiet as one by one, with our help, they fall asleep.

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March 06, 2019

A Change in Perspective

By Cora,* RMM worker in North Africa

Now that I travel out to Raleigh and Opal’s* town on Monday and then return to the city on Thursday, I have three hours of travel a week. When I first began thinking about this, I thought it would get old to wait for grand taxis and drive the same roads back and forth. It has only been six weeks, but I have begun to view this time as a gift.

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February 21, 2019

Introducing Hannah: Administrative Assistant

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our 2019 Interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled by the SEND Department. RMM is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.


Hannah hails from Apple Creek, Ohio, and enjoys playing the piano and hanging out with her friends. She also likes organization and paperwork, which makes her a perfect fit for her role as Administrative Assistant. For her position she helps out with tasks around the SEND office, processes REACH applications, and handles finances for the interns.

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February 18, 2019

Introducing Valerie: Hospitality Assistant

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our 2019 Interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled by the SEND Department. RMM is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.


Valerie grew up in Abbeville, South Carolina, where she learned to enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors. This love of creation grew as she trekked through the Himalayas last year while participating in the REACH program. During this time she experienced a deeper relationship with the Creator, and found that God could use her life to bring him glory even when she was tired and weak. Valerie also started to see missions in a different light.

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February 08, 2019

Committed to the Cause

By Lydia Gingerich
This article is part three in a series highlighting the recent work of the Latin American Mission Partnership (LAMP). Links to the other pieces are listed below:

Part One – From Costa Rica to Thailand: Introducing Four New Workers

Part Two – Pursuing Partnership


William and Laura Quiros, along with their teenage son, Willie, traveled from their home in Costa Rica to live in Vigo, Spain in November of 2018. They are adjusting well to the culture and customs of their new community, but just three years ago, they never would have imagined a life outside of Costa Rica.

Dave and Mayela Diller (Costa Rica Representative for LAMP) first heard about the Quiros family’s desire to work overseas in early 2017. They had known the couple as strong leaders in the church who were involved in many different ministries, but the Dillers did not think of them as typical candidates for missions.

“We went to the Costa Rican churches looking for young people to go into missions. We met the Quiros family many times, but they have grown up kids and grandchildren in Costa Rica,” Mayela explained.

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Pursuing Partnership

By Lydia Gingerich
This article is part two in a series highlighting the recent work of the Latin American Mission Partnership. Links to the other pieces are listed below:

Part One – From Costa Rica to Thailand: Introducing Four New Workers

Part Three – Committed to the Cause


“When RMM workers were in Latin America in the ‘70s and ‘80s, our main goal was to see indigenous churches that operate on their own without financial help or other assistance from outside. That was pretty well accomplished, but we did not work much on promoting a cross-cultural missionary vision in the churches.”

As Dan* (long-term RMM worker in Latin America and Asia) recounted the details that led him to pursue the idea for a missions program in Latin America, he said that most Latin American Christians were unaware of the many people in the world who did not know Jesus. As these churches grew and matured during the ‘90s and early 2000s, Dan realized the need for these churches to be invested in global outreach.

Dan spoke with others at RMM who had a similar vision, and through lots of prayer and discussion, the Latin American Missions Partnership (LAMP) was formed, working with churches in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

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January 30, 2019

A Lesson in Timing: Introducing New Workers to Thailand

By Lydia Gingerich

At a wedding reception four years ago, Jacob and Danielle first met and connected over a disagreement on the correct method to roast a marshmallow. Jacob prefers a slow-cooked mallow with a soft inside and a golden brown shell. Dani is just as happy with a marshmallow that is set on fire for a few seconds, blown out, and promptly consumed.

“That is a pretty good analogy of our strengths and weaknesses,” Jacob commented. “We have differing opinions on a lot of things, but we tend to even each other out.”

They have especially found this to be the case as they make preparations to go to Thailand as RMM workers in the summer of 2019.

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January 29, 2019

Rooks, Rubik’s, and Recess: A REACH Update

By Caleb, REACH Team Indochina

Often times as kids or young adults or old adults we may wonder about the passions and gifts that we have been given: Why do I care about this? What good is it that I am good at that? Growing up I had plenty of those questions. In school I very well could have been considered a “nerd.” While I didn’t have red curly hair or glasses or buck teeth or any of the physical features often associated with the label at the time, my talents and interests proved otherwise.

In middle school, I discovered an online program called “Scratch” which is essentially a computer programming language for kids. Through this I gained a passion for programming and for technology in general, that has led to me learning various other programming languages and skills. In high school, several of my friends and I became very interested in chess. We spent hours upon hours playing each other in games, either in real life or over the internet. We didn’t join the chess club, but that was only because our tiny rural school was too small to have one.

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January 18, 2019

Celebrating Milestones

In 2018, a number of overseas workers and office staff reached significant milestones in their tenure with RMM. We would like to celebrate those individuals and the unique contributions they have made through their years of service.

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