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April 19, 2019

Introducing Emily: Hospitality Assistant

By Lydia Gingerich

Over the last few weeks we have been 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.


Emily is from Ithaca, New York, and is serving as one of this year’s hospitality assistants. She has found the job of making beds, cleaning bathrooms, and sweeping floors to be monotonous at times, but she is choosing to see it as a time to “put in ear buds, listen to good music, and just de-stress.” When Emily isn’t cleaning at the RIC, she likes to spend her time going on runs and baking.

“This year I'm hoping to train my eyes to see how he's pursuing me even in the little things.”Last year, Emily’s REACH team went to Thailand, where she learned the importance of unplanned interactions. “It was the little things; the talks with the smoothie lady or fruit guy.” These people were not the focus of her team’s outreach, but she said that in the end, “those were some of our closest relationships and the people who taught me the most about culture and being intentional just in everyday living.”

Emily has seen a similar intentionality in her fellow interns. She is excited to continue learning the value of little interactions with both the other interns and others who she comes in contact with this year. “I think a lot of times God speaks to us in maybe not so obvious ways. And this year I'm hoping to train my eyes to see how he's pursuing me even in the little things.”


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



April 10, 2019

Introducing Kyle: Facilities 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.


According to Kyle, the new Facilities Assistant intern, being stretched outside of one’s comfort zone is a good thing. Last year with his REACH team in the Himalayas, Kyle found that working and living with the same people every day caused him to dig past the awkward and difficult parts of a relationship to form stronger bonds.

“My comfort zone is on the quieter side. I don't like speaking in front of people. So that's going to be hard with new people every single week.”In coming home from REACH to Holmes County, Ohio, where he spent his childhood, he found himself deepening all of his friendships. He looks forward to finding even more depth in his relationships with the other interns and with God this year.

As the Facilities Assistant, his responsibilities include mowing the lawn, pushing snow, and helping out with odd jobs around the RIC. Kyle is also excited about the big groups coming to the RIC for REACH and City Challenge, but he also knows that it will continue to stretch him. “My comfort zone is on the quieter side. I don't like speaking in front of people. So that's going to be hard with new people every single week.”


Pray for Kyle 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.



April 05, 2019

Introducing Damian: Prayer Coordinator

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.


This year’s prayer coordinator, Damian, comes to Columbus all the way from Phoenix, Arizona, where he grew up. Some of Damian’s favorite things to do are play soccer, kayak, hike, snow board, swim, rock climb, and be with animals. Damian’s long list of preferred activities can probably be attributed to the fact that he loves trying new things: “Whether it be food or new skills or just trying something that I'm not normally comfortable with, I always find those things to be exciting and fun.”

“He knows that this role will stretch him and push him outside of his comfort zone, but he looks forward to the new ways God will grow him during this year.”Last year, he enjoyed the new experience of traveling to the Flathead Reservation in Montana with the REACH program. While there he learned to find joy even in challenging circumstances. “When hard things happened I had to surrender and stay strong and persevere and push through, but then I learned to not necessarily be miserable through that, but being able to be joyful.” He hopes to continue learning this lesson during his year of internship at the RIC.

As the prayer coordinator, he spends his days praying for all of the interns and leading group intercessions. He knows that this role will stretch and push him outside of his comfort zone, but he looks forward to the new things God will teach him during this year through that process.


Pray for Damian 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.



April 01, 2019

And We Danced: A REACH Update

By Julie, REACH Team Zambia

The theme for my week was dance. Lately I’ve been living out of perseverance, and out of my narrow view of what it means to be content. As more time passes and my heart longs for home, after being away for almost two years, I go into survival mode, simply going through the motions, forgetting to embrace every aspect of life as God intended. Satan whispers lies, “don’t get too close, you’re just going to leave,” and “you can’t speak the language or understand the culture, what’s the point in trying,” even, “don’t get emotionally attached.” God reminded me that these words are lies and he showed me truth. He said, “Julie I want you to dance with me this week.” I know this sounds cheesy but it’s a good metaphor. As we drove through the villages on Tuesday I could see Jesus running alongside the children, sitting with the men and women, talking and laughing, dancing his way through life, delighting in the people of Zambia, showing them his great love. This sparked the motivation in me to live out of that same joy, delighting in the people that I meet. I wanted to see life as a dance with Jesus, connected to emotion, not a solo performance with Jesus in the audience deciding what my score is. As we danced through the week, the thoughts of simply surviving life began to slide off.

Tuesday and Wednesday, I moved with joy in my soles and in my soul, remembering that I’m dancing with Jesus in every moment. Nothing out of the ordinary happened but the ordinary didn’t seem mundane, I saw the beauty in the smiles of my neighbors as God continued to tell me his love for those around me.

Thursday, I began processing some harder emotions and situations, asking God what it looks like to dance in disappointment. He simply said, “follow my lead,” we danced slower as we navigated heavier emotions and thoughts.

Friday, we actually danced. Sarah and I went to visit some women from our Bible study in the village, taking snacks to share. After some time of eating and exchanging what few greetings we knew in each other’s languages, they said, “let’s dance.” The speakers were brought out and we had ourselves a party at 3 in the afternoon. We celebrated each other, laughed, and danced (some well, others of us not so well).

The last dance of the week was Saturday; it was the food in my stomach that was dancing, not a nice calm waltz, more of a techno break dance (I was sick). But even then, Jesus held me close.

“Life is so much more when our eyes are open to what God wants to show us – to who God wants us to connect with.”And you may not need to see life as a dance with Jesus if that’s not your style, but intentionality in our thought life is important. Are we simply going through the motions, simply doing the things we think we “should” be doing? Are we living out of obligation and rules or out of our love for Jesus, out of the joy he sets in our hearts? As my high school English teacher would say, let’s metacognate (metacognition), let’s think about our thinking. Are we conscious of the thoughts that come into our minds or are we simply checking things off a to-do list, walking through life unaffected?

Life is so much more when our eyes are open to what God wants to show us – to who God wants us to connect with. Sometimes it will break our hearts but I’m learning that it will also make us feel alive, and that’s a risk I’m willing to take. So here I am, allowing myself to feel the highs and lows of life and choosing to believe the truth that God is good, constant, and love.


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