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Saying Goodbye to SEND Program Facilitators

By Lydia Gingerich

If you were involved in REACH, City Challenge, or a SEND internship the past four years, you probably know Brian and Brittany Troyer. This couple was and is highly instrumental in implementing all of those programs, and SEND Ministries has been blessed with two wonderful people as program facilitators. While Brian and Brittany truly enjoy their job and community in Columbus, they plan to move back to Hartville, Ohio, at the end of the year and get involved with their home church and community. They also feel called to expand their family through foster care and adoption. Currently, they have one son, Malachi, and they are excited to begin the process of welcoming more children into their home and family.

Brian and Brittany give much energy and love to the work they do, and it is greatly appreciated by their colleagues. Colleen, director of human resources for Rosedale Mennonite Missions (RMM), observes that they “mentor, challenge, teach, encourage, and even have to act as substitute parents at times – running people to the Emergency Room and comforting those in emotional distress.” She realizes that they have carried heavy burdens and lots of stress over the past few years, but they always seem to remain calm and trust God.

“Words like trustworthy, dependable, diligent, grateful, integrity, gentle, kind, and hospitable” come to mind for Kevin, director of SEND Ministries, when he describes Brian and Brittany. Kevin has witnessed their “unique abilities to mentor and guide people” which leaves a significant impact on the lives of many youth. He appreciates their passion to disciple young people and to challenge them to give their all for Christ.

Through working alongside Brian and Brittany, Courtney, SEND Ministries assistant director, says that she has become better at her job, and a better person. “Brian brings a lot of humor to the department, but also his passion for discipleship has often been a challenge to me. Brittany is really socially gifted. I’ve learned a lot just watching her interact with people, and I always try to think like Brittany would when I need to show someone I care about them – she’s really thoughtful, and seems to always know exactly what someone needs to encourage them.” Courtney and the rest of the RMM staff will greatly miss Brian and Brittany when they leave.

Brian and Brittany express deep appreciation to “our home churches, our families, friends, our church in Columbus and the community we have built; all of [RMM’s staff and their] love, support, and friendships; all of the ways we have been blessed by participants, especially interns over the years, but most of all,…the SEND department through all of the experiences: good, bad, and funny – they have been so incredible to work with and have such inspiring passion for these ministries and what God is doing in the world. Thank you guys so much, we will miss you a lot. Everyone has made these past four years so incredible and powerful in our lives, we truly can’t express our appreciation and love for all of this but thank you all so much.”

RMM is reciprocally grateful for all that this family has given over the last four years. In the words of Colleen, “thank you for using your unique gifts to invest in the kingdom!”

Please pray for Brian, Brittany, and Malachi as they enter this time of transition, pray for continued blessing and peace in their future move. Pray also that RMM would find the right person or couple to fill their position. If you or someone you know would be interested, click here to learn more.

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