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Put Your Yes on the Table, Let God Put It on the Map

By Lydia Gingerich, RMM staff writer

In 2014, Larry Kaufman, pastor at Grace Mennonite Church in Millersburg, Ohio, worked through a sermon series called, “Do Justice.” Pastor Larry says, “We resolved to speak out for orphans, and those who are alone and abandoned, the unreached, and those who have no voice and no hope in our world. We asked people to pray and discern if God was calling them to engage with any of these injustices. Out of that series the Lord called our Thailand team.”

After that series a group began meeting every Wednesday night to figure out what the next steps should be. During this process the team learned a lot about trusting God. Their plans came in and out of focus during those months, and after much prayer and fasting, they all felt confirmation to go and join Rosedale Mennonite Mission’s team in Bangkok.

Angie grew up in Berlin, Ohio, and has spent her adult life working as a nursing aide, serving at Grace Fellowship’s home for abused women, and participating in mission trips to Nicaragua, Uganda, and Brazil. She also spent approximately five years in Costa Rica as a host to short-term missionaries.

“Will it be hard? Yes.
Is it worth it? Yes.
This is our mission.
Let’s do it.”
Jacob (originally from Holmes County, Ohio) and Karly (originally from Leon, Kansas) met as participants of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) four years ago in Orlando, Florida. A year after spending their outreach in Thailand and China, they got married. They now have two boys, McKinley (two) and Nehemiah (seven months).

Janessa grew up in Millersburg, Ohio, and has traveled to Brazil, and the Himalayas this past year with YWAM. She will assist with caring for Karly and Jacob’s two boys while they attend language school.

Angie, Jacob, and Karly all have a passion for preventing and ending human trafficking. According to Angie, “Thailand is so full of needs and so full of ways to get involved it will be hard to choose what we do, but all three of us feel strongly about anti-human trafficking.” They hope to begin that ministry once they have completed the initial year of learning the Thai language and culture. Karly mentions that they “want to spend a lot of time in prayer and fasting to seek what God has” for them.

This team and the church sending them believe firmly in living out the great commission and trusting God through every part of the journey. Pastor Larry says, “Personally, I came to a place as a pastor where I am no longer satisfied outsourcing the great commission. Our vision is to reproduce a sending process over and over with people from Grace. I want to tithe at least 10% of our church to the least reached areas of the world. Will it be hard? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. This is our mission. Let’s do it.”

On August 12, the Thailand team of four adults and two children left to join RMM’s team in Thailand. Pastor Larry shared that at Grace, they say “put your yes on the table, and let God put it on the map.” He believes that “everyone is called to participate in the mission of Jesus.” Grace has responded to the call and trusted God with their “yes”, and now they get to send this group of people and watch God work.

Please join in this mission by praying for Angie, Jacob, Karly, McKinley, Nehemiah, and Janessa:

  • Pray that they will settle into their new community well
  • Pray that that Angie, Jacob, and Karly will have clear minds and success in language school
  • Pray for unity and helpful attitudes among the team as they interact with each other and the rest of the RMM Thailand team
  • Pray that God would use this team to bring healing and love to his people in Thailand

You can also give to the Thailand team by going to donate.rmmweb.org and designating your donation to Angie, Jacob & Karly, or Janessa.