Over the last year and a half Kami and I have been thinking through and praying about how God might have us be more directly involved in missions. We believe God has called us to that through his word and through the desires and passions he has given us. There have been times throughout that year and half that we thought we were to be on the field cross-culturally but those opportunities never developed. Our desire is to be involved in the raising up of others to deeper involvement in missions.
A few months ago we began talking with Reaching and Teaching International Ministries (RTIM). This ministry exists to disciple believers and train pastors in culturally appropriate ways all over the world. I went on a short term training trip with Dr. David Sills, the founder and president of RTIM, back in January and my desire to be a part of this organization was confirmed. There is some really great work being done and the needs are clear.
Over the next several months we will be transitioning to be on staff full time with RTIM. My role as Executive Director of Church Relations will be to connect churches in the U.S. with the ever growing training sites of RTIM. There are many places where believers are asking for the training we offer, but there is a huge need for churches and leaders to go and do the training. My hope is to partner churches with each of our training sites so that the work can be expanded.
Part of joining the staff of RTIM includes raising our own support, just as missionaries on the field do. So, over the next several months we will be on that mission. Our goal and prayer is to be 100% by the end of October and be a part of an RTIM training in Brazil in November. For the mean time, I will continue serving Redeemer Church as Executive Pastor and as an Elder. The elders of Redeemer have been encouraging and supportive and we will work together for a smooth transition when that time comes. We are grateful to be a part of an encouraging and kingdom-focused church.
Your prayers throughout this journey would be greatly appreciated. For more information on Reaching and Teaching International Ministries you can visit reachingandteaching.org. If you are interested in partnering with us on this journey we would love to sit down and share our vision and goals! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make that happen.
We are excited and humbled to be a part of RTIM and pray that God uses us for his glory among all nations.