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Called to the Middle East: Introducing Glen

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By Lydia Gingerich, RMM staff writer

Four and a half years ago Glen* left his home in Grantsville, Maryland, to join a REACH Team to the Himalayas, awakening a desire to be involved in overseas missions long-term; he has been working toward this goal ever since.

Upon his return from the Himalayas, Glen attended Rosedale Bible College (RBC) where he gained important knowledge about studying the Bible, and developed close friendships. As part of his education at RBC, he joined the Bridge program, interning with International Friendships Incorporated (IFI) in Columbus. As an intern with IFI he befriended international students and learned about cross-cultural discipleship.

Glen returned to the Himalayas for a year to lead a REACH team, and then continued pursuing his education at Columbus State Community College. Here he began searching for an opportunity to go back overseas in order to follow the call God put in his heart in 2012. Glen hoped for something that would prepare him “through experience and education for that long-term call.” On February 8, Glen will travel to the Middle East to start a six-month internship with RMM.

“It has taken the encouragement, love, and prayers of many friends and family to get him to this point, and he knows that he will continue to need that support as he follows this call.”While in the Middle East, Glen will spend most of his time working with refugees. He plans to visit different camps, work at a school for refugees, and help with an after school program for both refugees and locals. He will also serve in a few small hospitals and clinics. As he gets involved, he hopes “to be understanding more of the cultural mindset of the people, needs that they have, and ways that others are working towards meeting those needs.”

This internship is another step in Glen’s journey to reach out to displaced peoples and help meet their needs for healthcare, education, and the love of Christ. It has taken the encouragement, love, and prayers of many friends and family to get him to this point, and he knows that he will continue to need that support as he follows this call.


Please pray that God will lead Glen and show him ways he can be working in the area long-term. Pray that he will have wisdom when speaking and interacting with others, and that he will be able to pick up the languages quickly.

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