November 19, 2017

Hurricane Irma Damages CMC Church in Florida

By Lydia Gingerich

“On Sunday, September 10, strong winds from Hurricane Irma tore shingles off the roof of Southmost Mennonite Church’s building, damaged their security lights, church sign, and awnings on their Sunday school classrooms,” reports John Hershberger, overseer of the church.

While most of the damage done by Irma occurred in the Caribbean Islands southeast of Florida, many areas in the state also experienced significant destruction, including Florida City – home to the Conservative Mennonite Conference (CMC) congregation, Southmost Mennonite Church. Southmost is a cross-cultural congregation that joined CMC in 1992.

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November 10, 2017

REACH 2017-18

This year’s group of REACH participants come from all over the country. They have spent the last few months in discipleship training school and they are excited to leave for their outreach locations at the end of this month. Every year in the REACH program, young people’s lives are changed by experiencing God at work in other parts of the world. This year’s teams will be involved in teaching English, serving displaced people, encouraging the church, performing manual labor, engaging in children’s ministry, and much more. Pray for these individuals to develop unity with their team members, be a light to those around them, and grow deeper in their own relationship with God.

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A Tale of Two Hosts

By Cora,* RMM worker in North Africa

In the last month, I was privileged to visit locals in the countryside two different times. The first time we went out, we were going to visit an older lady who my roommate had met at the train station. This lady seemed very lonely and called my roommate every day just to talk, so we decided to go visit her.

We took the train about thirty minutes out of town and when she came to pick us up, she was on the back of a moped. She explained that her car was in the garage, but not to worry – we would get a taxi back to her house. We walked a little way and my roommate asked again if there were taxis in that town. The older lady nodded and said, “Yes, there are two.” This was quite amusing to us, who are used to having taxis on every street corner. We waited a little while for one of the two taxis, but when they didn’t come, our friend flagged down a man on a moped and told us to hop on. We could only go one at a time, so my roommate was the brave one to volunteer to go first.

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November 07, 2017

REACH 25 Video: Mim & Paul

Founding directors of REACH share about its beginnings 25 years ago.

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November 03, 2017

Locally Grown: Reading for the Kingdom

By Tim and Londa Yoder, Maple Glen Mennonite Church

When my daughter learned to read, I wanted to find a way to give her an incentive to continue reading over the summer. I knew of other groups that arranged read-a-thons and I decided to organize one to raise money for missions.

I invited the other children in our church to participate in the fundraiser. At the beginning of July, the bravest child made an announcement in front of the church about the read-a-thon. The children took responsibility to find sponsors to donate money to them based on how many pages or books they read. At the end of the month, after the money was collected, the children reported back to the congregation with the amount of money raised.

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October 20, 2017

Finding Treasure in Flint: A REACH Update

By Paige, REACH Team Mediterranean

It’s amazing how much the Father will speak to you when you silence yourself and listen. It’s exciting how much he will guide and lead you when you ask him and once again, listen. This past week our team experienced his leading us in an awesome way. We spent the week in Flint, Michigan, for practicum, which is a week where all the teams go to different places to work with a variety of outreaches and people that will hopefully prepare them for their overseas outreach. It’s also a time for the teams to connect deeper and test out life on their own.

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October 17, 2017

Wow, Has It Been Busy: An Update from Thailand

By Karly, RMM worker in Thailand

If you search Pattaya on Google, what do you find? The words tourist, walking street, and sex will pop up. Not many people come to this city for a calm place to find their rest within the Lord; but for our family, that’s exactly what God has given us. With all the darkness and sin surrounding us, God has made his beauty bold here! We can feel within our hearts this beauty and comfort.

We have lived here for one month and wow, has it been busy. We spent the first two weeks in meetings with founders and co-founders of different organizations and met with the pastor and his wife from the church that we are currently attending. We also had the opportunity to do some ministry work by teaching English in one of the poorer neighborhoods with one of the organizations. Jacob has also been doing some extra handy-man work that is needed in the community. I've already seen two moms and two daughters come to the Lord and witnessed Buddhist believers coming forward for prayer in Jesus’ name. Praise God!

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October 11, 2017

How to Help a Refugee

By Lydia Gingerich

According to the UN Refuggee Agency, 28,300 people each day are forced to leave their home because of conflict and persecution. Whether or not you believe that it is our country’s obligation to house these displaced people, there is strong biblical language urging followers of Christ to care for the lost and the hurting in our world – showing them the love of Christ at a time when they need it most.

Glen* responded to this call and traveled to the Middle East in February 2017 to work alongside an organization that aids refugees through building housing and providing community. During his six-month internship with RMM, Glen helped with a preschool class, taught English, played soccer, learned new card games, went on picnics, listened to stories of brokenness, and saw a lot of hope.

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October 10, 2017

60 Years of Camping

60 years ago the Conservative Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (which would become Rosedale Mennonite Missions) purchased a 300-acre property in eastern Kentucky that is now Bethel Camp. In the summer of 1957, the first youth camp took place there and the ministry has continued to grow since then. RMM encouraged Bethel Camp to become their own organization in the late 90’s, and is grateful for the friendship that still remains between the two agencies. RMM recently received a letter of thanks from Bethel Camp director, Roger Voth, which included this paragraph:

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October 08, 2017

Job Opening: Property Manager

Rosedale Mennonite Missions is looking for a full-time property manager to oversee all facility maintenance and grounds care. A great property manager will have a solid understanding of plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems as well as carpentry and other crafts. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in all maintenance processes and health and safety regulations. He/she will also have aptitude in undertaking administrative tasks such as reporting, budgeting, using a computer, etc. Three to five years of experience in a similar capacity is preferred. The goal is to ensure the Rosedale International Center facilities are well-cared for and adequate to support RMM’s programs, participants, and events.

For more information please contact Myron Sommers at humanresources@rmmoffice.org.

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October 05, 2017

A Vision of the Night

By Lydia Gingerich

This story comes from a conversation with Tom, RMM regional director for Asia. Tom and other members of the Thailand team have been involved with a group of believers in a neighboring Southeast Asian country. To learn more about this group, read Fuel on the Fire: New Sparks of Faith in Southeast Asia.


“For God does speak—now one way, now another—
   though no one perceives it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
   when deep sleep falls on people
   as they slumber in their beds.” (Job 33:14-15 NIV)

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September 29, 2017

A Hushed Conversation

By Judah,* RMM worker in the Middle East

In the midst of the daily grind of language study, we never know what surprises the Father has in store for us. These surprises include some maybe not so comfortable things as well as some good things.

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