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A Year of Growth

Compiled by Lydia Gingerich

In the last year, God has blessed Rosedale Mennonite Missions with the ability to send more workers to the field than in the past three years combined. RMM is so excited about the ways God is calling and using the people of CMC to reach the world with his light. Here are two updates from our workers discussing the new opportunities and life God is giving to their ministries:

Longing and Listening: Jake and Karly

Jake and Karly and their two sons moved to Bangkok, Thailand, in August; they are currently exploring ways to care for and bring freedom to the women and children who are oppressed by human trafficking.

Longing and listening — this is something we as a team are reaching for. We continue to long for God’s guidance and try to spend time daily listening to him. This week we are going to Pattaya, Thailand, about two hours from Bangkok.

Pattaya is known for being a home to one of the largest sex industries run by the Russian Mafia. Women who come from low-income living are being trafficked in and trafficked out. The numbers are numbing! We strongly believe God is wanting us to be a part of stopping this injustice. While there, we will meet with two organizations that are currently working with women who are being sexually exploited and children who are living in the slums with a higher risk of following into this type of industry. While there we will be spending a lot of time in prayer, seeking God for guidance in what he has for us in long-term ministry — whether that is in Pattaya or not, and what that ministry may look like.

This morning I was reading over the first two commandments. First, it says to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and second, love your neighbor as yourself. We as a team believe God is asking us to love these women and children. We feel led to share the truth, teach them their value, and share with them the incredible truth about God’s character. Thank you so much for your support financially and through prayers. We are all one team as the body of Christ!

Sharing the Load: Raleigh and Opal*

Raleigh and Opal are in their second year of work in North Africa and recently experienced the joy of bringing a third child into their family.

Our daughter Beth* was born right after midnight on August 19. For various reasons, this pregnancy had been especially trying, but she was born smoothly at a clinic five minutes’ walk from our house (we did not walk there that evening, however!). We were so blessed to have Raleigh’s sister, a nurse, attend the labor and delivery with us. We were also blessed by our local midwife and doctor.

As we welcomed Beth, we were also welcoming new teammates! Raleigh’s sister and brother-in-law and family returned to the area from a year sabbatical. They have lived here for years and, in many ways, we came to participate in the vision and work they have begun here in the mountains.

A common sight when walking through our city is that of a load shared. Unlike my own culture, where we mostly carry our own bags unless we really are physically unable, I often see two people carrying a bag between them by the handles. I have even seen two young women with a plastic shopping bag carried between them in this way. The load was obviously not that heavy but the idea is not whether you can carry it or not. If you are with someone who carries a load, you share in the process. This shared life is a deeply ingrained concept in many areas of local culture. To our more independent minds, we are sometimes astounded by the lengths locals go to in order to share the load.

With the return of Raleigh’s family, we realize how great a blessing it is to be able to share the load. Suddenly we are surrounded by cousins, conversation, vision casting, encouragement and challenge in ways we only dreamed about in the past year. We are filled with thanksgiving to walk beside this family, carrying the load.

Please pray with us that 2017 will be a year of continued growth and that the Good News would reach more and more lives as we look to God for the ability to bring his love to the world.

*Names changed for scurity