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February 21, 2019

Introducing Hannah: Administrative Assistant

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our 2019 Interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled by the SEND Department. RMM is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.


Hannah hails from Apple Creek, Ohio, and enjoys playing the piano and hanging out with her friends. She also likes organization and paperwork, which makes her a perfect fit for her role as Administrative Assistant. For her position she helps out with tasks around the SEND office, processes REACH applications, and handles finances for the interns.

“If I was scared or didn’t want to be in the situation, I had to trust that God had a plan – a bigger picture that I couldn’t see.”As a participant in the REACH program, Hannah spent the first half of 2018 doing outreach in Thailand. “A theme for last year was joy – trying to find joy even in situations that I did not want to find joy in and to trust God with the little things,” she said about her time in Asia. “If I was scared or didn’t want to be in the situation, I had to trust that God had a plan – a bigger picture that I couldn’t see.”

She hopes to keep growing the muscle of trust as she serves at the RIC this year. Hannah also hopes to develop her leadership and interpersonal skills as she interacts with REACHers, City Challengers, and her fellow interns.


Pray for Hannah and the other interns as they get to know each other and begin working in their roles. Pray that God will use them to impact the many people who come to the RIC in the following year.




February 18, 2019

Introducing Valerie: Hospitality Assistant

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our 2019 Interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled by the SEND Department. RMM is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.


Valerie grew up in Abbeville, South Carolina, where she learned to enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors. This love of creation grew as she trekked through the Himalayas last year while participating in the REACH program. During this time she experienced a deeper relationship with the Creator, and found that God could use her life to bring him glory even when she was tired and weak. Valerie also started to see missions in a different light.

“Ever since I was little, I wanted to travel and be a missionary,” Valerie said, “And then on REACH I felt differently. My heart shifted to wanting to do ministry here in the States. There are so many opportunities right here.”

“I experienced a breaking down of misconceptions about missions. God is calling us to be faithful wherever we are.”As Valerie participated in ministry on the other side of the world, she found out that God could use her no matter where she was. “I experienced a breaking down of misconceptions about missions. God is calling us to be faithful wherever we are.” Right now, for Valerie, this looks like hosting, cleaning, and caring for the various groups and programs that use the Rosedale International Center. Besides serving in this role, Valerie is also looking forward to growing as a teammate to her fellow interns and exploring the city of Columbus.


Pray for Valerie and the other interns as they get to know each other and begin working in their roles. Pray that God will use them to impact the many people who come to the RIC in the following year.




February 08, 2019

Committed to the Cause

By Lydia Gingerich
This article is part three in a series highlighting the recent work of the Latin American Mission Partnership (LAMP). Links to the other pieces are listed below:

Part One – From Costa Rica to Thailand: Introducing Four New Workers

Part Two – Pursuing Partnership


William and Laura Quiros, along with their teenage son, Willie, traveled from their home in Costa Rica to live in Vigo, Spain in November of 2018. They are adjusting well to the culture and customs of their new community, but just three years ago, they never would have imagined a life outside of Costa Rica.

Dave and Mayela Diller (Costa Rica Representative for LAMP) first heard about the Quiros family’s desire to work overseas in early 2017. They had known the couple as strong leaders in the church who were involved in many different ministries, but the Dillers did not think of them as typical candidates for missions.

“We went to the Costa Rican churches looking for young people to go into missions. We met the Quiros family many times, but they have grown up kids and grandchildren in Costa Rica,” Mayela explained.

But when a member of the mission community in their area approached William and Laura about working overseas, they immediately said that they were excited about the possibility and would pray about it.

As they prayed, they took steps to figure out how they would have to reorder their lives to serve the kingdom of God in this way. “Right away they started attending the missions meetings,” Mayela said. “Laura started sending me notes from the meetings, informing us of their progress and decisions they were making. We could tell that they were committed to this.”

Different options for locations were presented, but William and Laura felt strongly about Spain. They had a few friends living there, and started to make connections and plans for possible partnerships. Both Dave and Mayela were immediately impressed with the level of sacrifice and work the Quiros family was willing to put into this endeavor.

“They were renting so they sold everything they had, they put everything in suitcases, and right away they said, ‘we are ready to go.’”“When they found out about Vigo, they decided to leave their house. They were renting so they sold everything they had, they put everything in suitcases, and right away they said, ‘we are ready to go. Whenever the Lord opens the door, we are going to be ready to go.’ I think they lived out of those suitcases for more than nine months,” Dave said.

While William and Laura’s other children are grown up, they still have one son living with them. Willie is 16 years old and is also invested in the work of sharing the gospel with those who have not heard it yet.

“Right away Willie got so excited about going. Of course he had a lot of questions and fears about this new life, but William and Laura say that he’s doing great and enjoying getting to know his new classmates,” Mayela said.

One of the more challenging aspects of the move for the whole family has been learning a new language. Since Vigo is on the border of Spain and Portugal, the language spoken in that area is Gallego, which includes aspects of both the Spanish and Portuguese languages. Prior to arriving in Spain, they thought that they might be able to communicate with Spanish alone, but they are finding that learning Gallego will be an important part of reaching their community.

William and Laura are working with a local body of believers to point others toward God through forming natural bonds and being the hands and feet of Christ in their community. Many of the church’s outreach opportunities focus on ministering to the immigrants who have relocated to their city.

While William, Laura, and Willie might not be the typical candidates for missionary work, they have shown that commitment and answering God’s call are more important than age and stage of life. They hope to continue responding to that call, and use the gifts and life experience God has given them to bring his light to Vigo, Spain.


Please pray for William, Laura, and Willie as they continue to learn language and find meaningful ways to connect with those around them.



Pursuing Partnership

By Lydia Gingerich
This article is part two in a series highlighting the recent work of the Latin American Mission Partnership. Links to the other pieces are listed below:

Part One – From Costa Rica to Thailand: Introducing Four New Workers

Part Three – Committed to the Cause


“When RMM workers were in Latin America in the ‘70s and ‘80s, our main goal was to see indigenous churches that operate on their own without financial help or other assistance from outside. That was pretty well accomplished, but we did not work much on promoting a cross-cultural missionary vision in the churches.”

As Dan* (long-term RMM worker in Latin America and Asia) recounted the details that led him to pursue the idea for a missions program in Latin America, he said that most Latin American Christians were unaware of the many people in the world who did not know Jesus. As these churches grew and matured during the ‘90s and early 2000s, Dan realized the need for these churches to be invested in global outreach.

Dan spoke with others at RMM who had a similar vision, and through lots of prayer and discussion, the Latin American Missions Partnership (LAMP) was formed, working with churches in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

“The initial plan was to have individuals from each country go overseas and then come back to share with their home communities about needs and opportunities. These individuals would then dialogue with their leaders about ways for their members to go,” Dan said.

These exploratory trips were set to take place in 2008 with workers spending a year in Thailand and other parts of Asia. Over the next few years, eight Latin Americans spent time in Asia, working with RMM teams and exploring options for ministry. These individuals made huge sacrifices to be pioneers of this work, and it was clear from the beginning that there was great potential for future work.

“There is a larger cultural gap between people from the U.S. and Asia than there is for those from Latin America and Asia.” Dan explained that the warm and relational aspect of both Latin American and Thai culture was a common ground, and many of the individuals sent by LAMP were quickly accepted by the communities they moved into.

While these workers made important progress for LAMP, lack of support – financial and otherwise – from sending churches caused difficulties with this initiative. Some would-be workers were never able to leave Latin America and others were not able to stay in Asia for as long as they would have liked.

When Larry and Dot* took the position of LAMP Directors in the fall of 2014, they were aware of the difficulty of this task. One of the early issues they faced was realizing the differences between Latin American workers and those from the U.S. While both groups had vision and passion, different cultures and backgrounds led to different approaches to ministry. Larry and Dot recognized this and worked to make a greater distinction between the two sets of workers.

This decision was influenced by the Perspectives course, a 15-week program exploring the global Christian movement. “Partnership” was in LAMP’s name from the beginning, but it did not often describe how the organization functioned. Rather than casting their own vision for ministry, LAMP participants joined a team of established RMM workers overseas. As Larry and Dot studied the differences in capacity between Latin American and North American sending churches, they began to see a need for different expectations for workers as well.

Leaving room for separation within this partnership continues to be a balancing act for LAMP’s leadership. “While it is extremely important for these countries to own the sending, it is also very difficult for us with the North American mindset not to step in and ‘take care of the situation.’ But when helping creates dependency, it can become harmful on many levels and creates situations that are unsustainable,” Larry and Dot reflected.

“Sometimes it is way too early to judge results. It may appear to be an absolute disaster at some point, but then it turns out to be successful.”Larry and Dot are pleased with the way this balance is going with workers that were recently sent under the LAMP model – the Quiros family to Vigo, Spain, and a team of Costa Rican young people to Bangkok, Thailand. “We didn’t define the plan for these groups. Their sending agency in their home country was responsible for the actions they took. Especially with the group in Thailand; they are finding ways completely on their own to integrate and work with Thai people,” said Dot. She was pleased to hear that this group is using their interest in soccer to get to know those in their community as well as teaching at an English-learning camp.

While the issues that LAMP has faced in the past have not completely disappeared, there is a hope for a healthier and more sustainable future. Larry pointed out that the struggles this organization has gone through so far are important: “Sometimes it is way too early to judge results. It may appear to be an absolute disaster at some point, but then it turns out to be successful.”

Dot noted that the early problems were not stumbling blocks, but building blocks. “Maybe we needed to go through all of that to get to where we are now.”

This is definitely the case for Raul, who was not able to continue working in Thailand after being sent over a decade ago, but has been instrumental in sending and supporting the team of Costa Rican LAMP workers who are currently in Thailand.

The entire LAMP team is using the building blocks of the past to find a healthy partnership for today, and for the future. They are still figuring out what that looks like, but they are finding that they often need to take a step back.

Larry and Dot recounted a recent conference in Mexico where they shared with church leaders from around the world about the LAMP model. When the group asked Larry and Dot how they handle certain aspects of sending workers, they repeatedly responded that it isn’t their responsibility to make those decisions.

“We said, ‘They are your missionaries, not ours. We are merely providing a way for them to get there.’ And I can still recall their body language; they sat up a little straighter. They were able to take ownership of the project for the first time, and it was powerful to see that.”


Please pray for Larry and Dot as they continue to direct this partnership and work with churches in Nicaragua, as well as for Dave and Mayela Diller as they work with Costa Rican churches, and Dion and Naty Peachey as they work with churches in Ecuador. Pray for stability in these countries – specifically in Nicaragua and Ecuador. Ask God to spread the vision for missions throughout Latin America so that local and global churches will continue to mature and multiply.

*Last names omitted for security