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CMC Annual Conference Recap: Taste of Missions

By Lydia Gingerich

A potato omelet, a little manchego cheese, and an olive combined to make a tasty example of a Spanish tapa at Rosedale Mennonite Mission’s (RMM) Taste of Missions program. In Spain, friends and family gather in restaurants, living rooms, and parks to share an assemblage of dishes in endless varieties of flavor. Similarly, Taste of Missions is designed to bring people together and experience a few different “flavors” of RMM. As many CMC members contribute to this work through prayer, encouragement, and financial support, RMM is pleased to share what is going on beyond our home congregations.

RMM launched their program by recognizing and thanking those involved in both the Ride for Missions and Rosedale Missions Cruisers. Andrew,* director of partner development, took a moment to specifically thank Wayne Yoder as he concluded the eleven years of service he has provided as the coordinator for the bike ride. Wayne shared that for him the ride has been like an unconventional church – as a group with various pains comes together and supports each other in a therapeutic way.

Another exciting event made possible by CMC churches is sending new workers to the field. Colleen,* director of human resources introduced Rolando and Andrea. Along with their two sons, this couple will journey to Spain sometime this fall – providing the rest of their support comes in. Rolando and Andrea took the stage to share their passion to build relationships and share with Spaniards about the God who has completely transformed their lives.

The audience was treated to a play written by Esta,* RMM worker in the Middle East. The First will be Last depicts a man (played by Joel Bender) on the brink of entering heaven, but not before a transformative conversation with the doorkeeper (played by Christa Wolf). This sketch, and many others are performed in the Middle East by an experienced group of young people working with Esta to share the gospel through telling stories.

“These workers continue to make a difference in lives all over the world and RMM is grateful for their service.”Colleen returned to honor four individuals who have been vital in the work of RMM for many years. Dan Byler recently returned from Thailand after serving with RMM in both Asia and Central America for the past forty years. Pablo and Judi continue to live and serve in Granada, Spain, after ten years there and eleven before that in Ecuador. Mim Musser was also recognized for her thirty years of being on the RMM staff as the director of human resources and prayer coordinator. These workers continue to make a difference in lives all over the world and RMM is grateful for their service.

Kevin,* SEND Ministries director, continued the recognition of milestones with a brief history of the REACH program, which has now completed its twenty-fifth year. As an example of how REACH has impacted one person, Sarah Kaufman, 2016-17 REACH participant, shared what she learned through the program. During her time in Eurasia, God showed Sarah more about his endless grace and powerful love. REACH is thankful for the opportunity to continue equipping young people to live a life of reflecting that grace and love.

After the program, RMM provided refreshments including favorite snacks of each of the honorees: Thai spring rolls (Dan), Spanish tapas (Pablo and Judi), and chocolate chip cookies (Mim).

REACH at 25: All reach alumni are invited to celebrate twenty-five years of training and sending young adults to be life-long followers of Christ! SEND is hosting a banquet on October 28 at Rosedale Bible College. Learn more and purchase your tickets at reachalumni.yapsody.com.

*Names changed or omitted for security