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Introducing REACH Home Assignment

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Over the years, SEND Ministries/RMM personnel and the leadership of REACHers' home churches have both heard and observed the struggle REACH alumni often face as they try to translate and apply what they learned while in REACH to their local situations here in the States. While other issues also factor into this dilemma (stage of life, local situation, etc.),  we recognize that aspects of the REACH experience such as the intense focus on personal spiritual development, deep interpersonal relationships and team dynamic, ministry and service, etc., set REACHers up for potential conflict when they reenter their home culture where the focus is not as clear.  We have long felt the need to help rectify this situation.

The Race of Faith

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Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2

Where have the last five years gone? As I close my time with SEND Ministries (the short-term department of Rosedale Mennonite Missions), I keep asking myself this question. I've grown in so many ways in the time I've been here. For example, I never imagined when I started my term here that I would teach a session during REACH DTS, learn so many valuable traits of leadership by watching those in leadership around me, and get the privilege of speaking into the lives of Staff Interns through mentoring! My desire as I leave here and pursue with perseverance the next phase in life is to keep pressing forward and to continue growing no matter where life takes me. It's going to be a wild ride. These last five years sure have been, but I also know that as long as God is a part of it, it's going to be a wild ride I don't want to miss out on!

Alumni Happenings

Every few months we put together a list of births, weddings, and other interesting alumni happenings to keep you up to date on what is going on.

Marriages:

Jacquetta Brenneman (R 05) married Kyle Weaver on October 20, 2012. 

Brian Troyer (R 09; I 11) & Brittany Nisly (R 07, 10; I 09) were married on May 18, 2013.

Please email any births, weddings, missionary appointments, or changes in your life that you want to let us know about to: send@rmmoffice.org

Heidi's update

Greetings to all of you faithful readers!  You may not realize this, but each of you has a huge part to play in all that God is doing here at the Rosedale International Center!!!  THANK YOU for all your prayers! 

We just completed another Epic week of City Challenge. "I could play the background, cause I know sometimes I get in the way, so won't You take the lead, lead, lead?"  These song lyrics by LaCrae were going through my head this week as we hosted the Riverside and Rockville youth groups, about 35 youth in all. Once again, we as staff had the awesome privilege of being the background crew as Jesus took center stage. It was another week of watching the youth who came "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."  It was also another week of watching the light of Jesus penetrate the darkness of the city in which we live.

Update from Tyler Miller

Helloooo!!! This is Tyler Miller here with the blog update. I am A SUV this summer (Summer Urban Volunteer). This week was the staffs second City challenge Group (And my first). I am extremely excited to see things happen this summer. Wither that is God Working through me, God working through the staff, or God working through other to me. I just recently came back from my 6 month mission trip to Spain with REACH and I am hoping that I can use my recent experiences as good conversations with the youth this summer.

 Our city challenge group is from London, Ohio. They are called London Christian Fellowship! They arrived on Wednesday afternoon and we were very very very excited to see them. Right from the get go I could tell that this group was very athletic! We did all our intro things with them and learned all their names. Kevin taught the first part of his session, which was awesome! After that we got to do outreach, which was even more awesome! Ally and I took a group to Fruit of the vine, a homeless outreach where we handed out food and other items! It was awesome to see these kids really just take initiative in talking to the homeless people. The rest of the day was spent really getting to know these kids.