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Introducing New SEND Assistant Director

By Lydia Gingerich

In the beginning of 2019, Paige Chupp will officially begin her full-time position with RMM as the SEND assistant director. For the past two weeks she has been training with the current SEND assistant director, Courtney Shenk, who will be leaving RMM when she has her second child in December.

“There are many reasons we offered this position to Paige,” says RMM director of human resources, Colleen Maust. “Her natural talent to connect deeply with people is evident in all her relationships. We see her dedication to God and passion to disciple others as essential as she leads by example and will be a role model to many young people. In her past experiences with RMM, Paige has proven her ability to adapt to difficult situations, remain positive, continue trusting God, invest intentionally in relationships, and work toward conflict resolution.”

Paige spent her early years on a farm in Inola, Oklahoma and attended Zion Mennonite Church. Since graduating high school in 2015, she has spent a great deal of time relating to the SEND department as a REACHer, SEND intern, and REACH team leader. She has also pursued an education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), which she is putting on hold for the moment.

Paige looks forward to using all of this experience in her new position. “I am going to be doing a lot of member care and counseling for team leaders, interns, and the participants who come through SEND’s programs,” she said. “I love hearing people's stories and I love getting to know them – that is a main chunk of my job, so I am really looking forward to that.”“I love hearing people's stories and I love getting to know them – that is a main chunk of my job, so I am really looking forward to that.”

When Paige first entered the REACH program in 2015, she did not anticipate that her future would be outside of the farming world. While she still enjoys working with agriculture, she has experienced a shift both in her career interests and spiritually. “I had a lot of misconceptions about God and about myself, and God brought a lot of healing through REACH and internship. He spoke truth to those lies and showed me who I am because of what Jesus did. And then with internship and team leading I had a lot of one-on-one conversations, and caring for my team, and helping them process different things that were going on. I really enjoyed both of those leadership roles.”

Along with the more relational side of the job, Paige will be teaching a session or two during the REACH training and possibly during City Challenge, as well as helping to provide leadership for all SEND programs.

Paige’s hope for those who come through any of the SEND programs is “that God would be breaking down a lot of the misconceptions that our culture has placed on us and what our lives have to look like. I want our participants to see that this isn't just a seasonal thing of serving and loving God – they can do this in every season of life, wherever they are. I want them to find healing and wholeness in him and be able to grasp the truth that they are loved and that they can love because of what Jesus did.”

Please pray for Paige, Courtney, and the rest of the SEND department as they make this transition in the upcoming months. Pray that God would continue to use these programs to bring young people to a new and personal understanding of himself.