Friday, September 23, 2016

A Photo Update from RMI...

We had a special visitor at the RMI Board meetings. RMI's newest missionary appointee, Dawn Shoemaker, stopped by to share her passion and vision for her upcoming ministry in Haiti.

A Photo Update from RMI...

A Photo Update from RMI...

A Photo Update from RMI...

A Photo Update from RMI...

A Photo Update from RMI...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Third Generation Missionary

Signing with RMI 2Meet RMI’s newest missionary appointee, Dawn Shoemaker.  She is literally returning to the land of her birth.  Dawn is the daughter of RMI president, Dan, and RMI Director of Communication, Debbie Shoemaker and the granddaughter of Herb and Shirley Shoemaker, RMI founders.  Dawn was born in Les Cayes, grew up and went to school on the mission center where the Shoemaker family were missionaries for 25 years.  She returned to the US with her parents when she was 15.  After high school she attended Trinity College of Florida and majored in cross cultural communications and Biblical studies.  One of her summers was spent as an RMI intern in Haiti.

Besides growing up as a Third Culture Kid, she has participated in a home building trip to Mexico, a leadership training trip  that traveled to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam and a trip to Paraguay using volleyball as an entry point to present the Gospel in public schools. 

Dawn began to feel the call of God on her life  while she was a child in Haiti.  This was strengthened in high school and she chose to attend Trinity so she could prepare for full time ministry. 

IMG_6779Dawn will be working with teams, helping them to engage in ministry and evangelism with the Haitian people, helping with hospitality,  providing video/photos and stories for our blogs and social media, and assisting wherever the Field Director has need.  RMI has many needs and will be looking as to how best to use her skills and passion.  She is needed there as soon as possible so pray for her as she begins to raise her funds to be able to get to the field.  

She excited to be going to Haiti to minister.  She’ll be living and working on the same mission center in Cayes where her grandparents lived and where her dad grew up as well as where she grew up.  The maternity clinic where she was born is also located on the mission center.  Who would have known that she’d be back as a full time missionary one day? 

We’re excited to welcome Dawn to the RMI family!  If you would like to be a part of Dawn’s support team you can do that online HERE.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

RMI President has Published an Article

Exciting stuff!! RMI President, Dan Shoemaker, is now a published author! A shortened version (due to length restrictions) of his article was published on  In the article, What’s Missing in Your Short Term Missions Program, he addresses 4 principles of how to do Short Term Missions correctly - which is RMI's specialty.  Check out the article on church HERE.  The full article can be found on RMI’s website HERE.  Way to go Dan!

Whats Missing Short Term Missions

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Becky and Kendall went to Haiti

July 2016 6Becky Rose (left) and Kendall Kehres (right), friends who are both from Crossroads Community Church, Doylestown, Ohio, joined the RMI team in Haiti for almost seven weeks as interns this summer. Their first weeks were full of visits to a number of ministries in the Les Cayes area. We spent time visiting a deaf school, orphanage, Maranatha School of Simon, Cite Lumiere Christian School, observing life skill training for some blind students, helping in the library of the American University in Cayes, along with some others. It was great for all of us to get a better look at the community in which we serve and the many needs that are being attended to by our friends and partners in ministry.

Becky and Kendall brought new life and excitement to our team as they connected with our Haitian and American staff with new vigor and enthusiasm at a time when many on our team were becoming tired from the busy schedule of our team season. It was an incredible blessing to have them add new energy to our lives, just when we needed it most. They were a huge help in connecting with teams and helping in the behind-the-scenes preparations that makes team visits with their sister churches run smoothly.

July 2016Both young ladies were actively involved in the day to day events and challenges of the RMI schedule. They spent some days interviewing the RMI staff for some new mini bios that you will eventually be seeing on the RMI website. They spent a day sorting through medical supplies in preparation for them to be sent to one of our local hospitals. Teaching Bible lessons and spending time with the children at the orphanage in Simon and at the Maranatha School of Simon were among some of their favorite activities.

In addition to their opportunities to minister with teams, RMI staff, and the Haitian communities; Becky and Kendall also spent some time reading several books focusing on the history of missions work in the Cayes area and around the world, to give them a better understanding of what Becky Rose and  Kendall Kehres July 2016life as a missionary really looks like for the long-term. They had several opportunities to interview the missionaries living in our missionary community, as well.

Kendall and Becky were a joy to work with throughout the summer weeks that they were with us. It was clear that God had them with us for those weeks, when He knew that we would need their zest for life and willing helping hands of service.

Thank you, Kendall and Becky, for giving so freely and abundantly of your hands and heart for God’s Kingdom.