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REACH Teams 2016-17

For the past twenty-five years, young people have gathered in Columbus, Ohio, every fall to focus on discipleship training and missions. The REACH program begins with a three-month period in which the participants learn about the Bible, themselves, and how to live as God-honoring and people-loving men and women. They also prepare for the cross-cultural part of the program by studying the languages and cultures of the countries they will live in for six months. This year, the twenty-nine participants and ten team leaders have enjoyed practicing what they are learning here at the RIC and in Columbus, but they look forward to living out these lessons and concepts when they begin their outreaches in December.

Ecuador

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Katie, Brenda, Erica, Alisa, Esther (team leader), Rachel
This team will be serving alongside the Shekinah Foundation to care for, invest in, and mentor children and teenagers, many of whom are orphaned or escaping abusive situations. Additional opportunities include home visits, earthquake relief, manual labor, assisting in church planting, and partnering with the Ecuadorian church in evangelistic efforts.

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Eurasia

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Danae and Daniel (team leaders), Kurt, Micah, Sarah, Lauren
This team will spend three months in Greece, reaching out to immigrants by distributing supplies, building relationships, doing manual labor, and teaching English. For the second half of outreach, they will reach out to a different immigrant population in a nearby country. They will spend their days connecting with international college students, practicing relational evangelism, discipling new believers, supporting a church plant, and assisting long-term workers in ministry.

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Himalayas

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Robert, Aaron, Raegan, Jared (team leader), Brianna, Candace
In the Himalayas, there is a history of repression of Christianity. Yet in spite of the danger, the church in the Himalayas is the fastest growing church per capita in the world! This team will be involved in a variety of outreaches including trekking into unreached villages, volunteering at a drug rehab center, teaching English, preaching, earthquake relief, and helping with discipleship training.

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Indochina

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Derrick (team leader), Megan, Kara, Shayne
This southeastern Asian country has struggled to find its role in a region that is dominated by other, more advanced countries. Today, eighty percent of the people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and natural resources for survival. This team will be serving alongside a local NGO, assisting in relief work and educational projects. Other possible opportunities include building relationships with university students, prayer ministry, discipling young believers, teaching English, and encouraging the persecuted church.

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North Africa

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Asher (team leader), Garret, Treyvon*
This region of the world is a center for Islamic learning and heritage, and only five percent of people in this region have ever met a Christian or heard the gospel. After language study, this team will work alongside RMM’s long-term workers on several community development initiatives. Possible projects include dairy farming, agriculture, and renewable energy. The team may also spend several weeks trekking into mountain villages to share Jesus, which in many places is for the first time.

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Spain

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Ruthann (team leader), Mandi, Gabrielle, Alexa
This team will partner with RMM’s long-term workers in building relationships and reaching out to the Spanish people. Possible outreach options for this team include: prayer ministry, teaching English, friendship evangelism, immigrant ministry, homeless ministry, food distribution, and volunteering at an agricultural youth camp.

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Thailand

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Lacy, Kris, Noah, Josh and Nikki (team leaders), Paige
This team will join RMM’s long-term workers in building relationships and discipling new believers and seekers in the capital city. After language school, they will spend their days teaching English, ministering to kids, building relationships with university students, prayer walking, and mentoring the children that are part of the long-term team.

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USA, Montana

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Kelly, Christian, Trent (team leader), Amy
This team will work among the people of the Flathead Reservation in northwestern Montana with a thriving ministry that is dedicated to sharing the gospel through a variety of ways. Opportunities for outreach include sports ministry through Athletes in Action, labor projects, relational ministry, children’s programs, church planting, participating in Bible studies, and working with several programs sharing the gospel throughout the state.

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