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Needed: Both Sprinters and Ironmen

By Keith Scheffel

I’m awed by super athletic achievements. I remember watching in admiration at the smoothness and relative ease at which Usain Bolt, aka “the world’s fastest man,” won the 100 meter and 200 meter race in the 2012 Olympics. Both those races were over in the blink of an eye. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve stood in awe of my wife’s niece who has completed several Ironman triathlons. These grueling events take several hours to complete. I only wish I was fit enough to complete just one of the three legs of those triathlons—2 mile swim, 100 mile bike ride and 26 mile run!

At RMM we are grateful for both the “sprinters” and the “ironmen” in relation to financial partners. Sprinters are those who provide the burst of one-time contributions at the front end of a missions assignment. Ironmen are those who make monthly contributions for the duration of the assignment. We need both types. There are significant costs at the beginning of an assignment (plane tickets) that the sprinters help with. There are also ongoing costs (visa fees, housing, school) that need the monthly commitments of the ironmen. While both are needed and deeply appreciated, I’m especially grateful to those who are committed for the long haul.

RMM has several workers who are currently raising support as well as some who have been serving for many years who could still use additional monthly partners. RMM provides two convenient options for partners to contribute on a monthly basis. One option is by completing an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) agreement that allows RMM to withdraw a specified amount from the donor’s bank account every month. Another convenient option is to sign up for a monthly contribution via our website. The EFT agreement and the “Contribute Monthly” form are both available on our website at donate.rmmweb.org.

Whether you choose to be a “sprinter” or an “ironman” know that we appreciate your partnership in taking the Gospel to unreached areas.