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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.