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Meet Trent!

*Over the next six weeks we are going to introduce you to this year's SEND Staff Interns.  Wanna get to know our SEND Staff Interns better?  Head on over to our SEND Facebook page and ask them a question!*

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Name: Trenton Michael Miller

Age: 20

Hometown: White Pigeon, Michigan

Favorite Color: Blue... dark blue, I guess?  I don't know kinds.  Maybe more of a fuschia.

 

Where did you go while you were in REACH?

Greece.  We helped a church build a prayer house/guest house and worked with college students.

 

What has been the best part of being a Staff Intern so far?

We'll just say... the people here.  My fellow staffers and the directors of course.

 

Most embarrassing moment so far?

While we were visiting the Bruderhoff we were singing a song and I was holding the hymnal.  It was a fairly large book and we were in the middle of a song.  Well, I started losing control of it, and it flew out into the middle of the circle and made a loud noise. 

 

What do you miss most from home?

The snow.  My family I guess.  And my puppy.  She's great.

 

What is your least favorite part of cleaning the RIC?

The bleach.  It burns your eyes and your nostrils and you smell it for the rest of the day (or week).

 

What is your favorite book of the Bible?

Psalms maybe.  Because there's just so much good stuff in it.

 

What's your favorite possession?

My phone... maybe?  I don't know.

 

What is the secret to understanding girls?

How the crap should I know?  You got me.

Meet Kellie!

*Over the next six weeks we are going to introduce you to this year's SEND Staff Interns.  Wanna get to know our SEND Staff Interns better?  Head on over to our SEND Facebook page and ask them a question!*

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Name: Kellie Elizabeth Emery

Age: 20

Hometown: Arcadia, Florida

Favorite Color: Blue... actually kind of green.

 

How did you first hear about REACH?

A former pastor of my church went through the YES program.  He recommended both REACH and YES to me, and after looking into them both I decided to go through REACH.

 

Where did you go while you were in REACH?

I went to Granada, Spain.  We spent our time doing a lot of friendship evangelism, helping Spaniards with conversational English, and supporting RMM's other long term workers there.

 

What has been the best part of being a Staff Intern so far?

Getting to know the other interns has been pretty great.

 

What about your Staff Intern term are you most looking forward to?

Probably going through REACH DTS again and getting to know everyone and sessions and getting to know everyone.  I really like it.  I think the sessions is what I'm most looking forward to so that I can hear them a second time and really get to hear them again and continue to apply it.  Also for the weather to get warm.  I'm a Floridian so, it's... cold.

 

What is your least favorite part of cleaning the RIC?

Bleach fumes in the bathroom.

 

If you could be any animal, which one would it be and why?

Umm... maybe an elephant.  Because who doesn't like elephants?  They're big and fun.

 

If you were a country singer writing a song, what would the title of that song be?

 "I'm Fixin' To"

 

What is the secret to understanding girls?

Listen to what they have to say and know when it's appropriate to hug them.  We like hugs (sometimes).

Meet Kristyn!

*Over the next six weeks we are going to introduce you to this year's SEND Staff Interns.  Wanna get to know our SEND Staff Interns better?  Head on over to our SEND Facebook page and ask them a question!*

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Name: Kristyn Nicole Byler

Age: 24

Hometown: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

SEND Staff Intern Role: Hospitality Assistant

Favorite Color: Green.  Not quite neon green, but close

 

Where did you go while you were in REACH?

Malawi and Kenya.  Both.  We were in Malawi for the first three months, but due to complications with our outreach coordinator we moved to Kenya.  We helped out the local church and missions.  Mostly we did friendship evangelism and spent our time hanging out with young adults and some kids.

 

What has been the best part of being a Staff Intern so far?

Hanging out with the other staff interns (at least so far!). 

 

Tell us about the outreaches you're involved with here in Columbus:

On Wednesdays I go to the Dominican Sisters of Peace nursing home.  We help the residents play bingo, and then we reminisce with them about days gone by.

 

What's your all-time favorite food?

Pizza.  I like all pizza, because you could eat pizza every day of the week, and it could be different, so you would never get tired of it.

 

What has God taught you in the past month?

His plans are better than mine. 

 

Where can you be found on your day off?

I don't really have days off... but you'll probably find me at a coffee shop or reading a book.

 

Who is your favorite author?

Ted Dekker.  I like how he incorporates the battle between good and evil into all of his books, and the way that he ties his different series' together.

 

What is the secret to understanding girls?

Don't ask me that one.  Nope.  I got no answer, except the secret to understanding girls is realizing that you will never understand them.

Meet Rachel!

*Over the next six weeks we are going to introduce you to this year's SEND Staff Interns.  Wanna get to know our SEND Staff Interns better?  Head on over to our SEND Facebook page and ask them a question!*

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Hope in a Living God

Ephesians 1:15-23 

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Our Faithful God

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If you've been anywhere near SEND Ministries lately, you know we are undergoing major transition within our department. Karen Yoder ended her time as SEND administrative assistant in July and Ashley Koppenhaver has taken her place. Today is the last day for both myself and Austin Beachy. Courtney Miller is succeeding me as the new SEND assistant director and has been with us since mid-August. Brian and Brittany Troyer, the new SEND program facilitators, will be arriving mid-September. This transition of personnel is taking place at what seems like the worst time of year, amidst the flurry of preparation for REACH DTS which starts tomorrow, Aug 31, 2013. Emotions are a little strung out, to-do lists are never ending, and there's this sense that we are probably forgetting something important.

What is an Ambassador?

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We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
(2 Corinthians 5:20, NIV)

What is an ambassador? It's a person whose purpose and goal is to represent the kingdom they belong to. Their goal is to communicate to others the intentions and position of that kingdom. An ambassador doesn't promote their personal agenda, but rather does anything possible to strengthen and protect the kingdom they represent. As Christ's followers, we understand that this should be our goal. God has called us to represent him and to be his hands and feet. It seems like far too often, however, we get caught up in the craziness of life and our hectic schedules and lose focus on our "appointment" as ambassadors for Jesus.

On July 3, our youth group began our experience at City Challenge in Columbus, Ohio. We had spent several days in Kentucky doing service projects in a local community prior to arriving. While in Kentucky, God was already at work preparing our hearts for what was to come at City Challenge. It didn't take long after our arrival at the Rosedale International Center for us to realize that God was at work and He was going to grow us by stretching us. The staff greeted us with much excitement and enthusiasm, and the depth of their genuine joy became quite evident to everyone in our group. It was clear that their excitement and enthusiasm was heartfelt.