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October 2017 - One Ministry, Three Bases

Mexico: Keeping Families Together
A few weeks ago, young Nohemi went home saying, “Mom, I love this place [family care]. They listen to me, pay attention to my needs, help me, always ask if I am ok and they give me options on what I can do. I feel loved, I love this place.” 

After the third day of hearing her daughter talk about how much she loved the family care program, Nohemi’s mom called the La Misión office to say,  “I need to meet you all. My kids are happy and safe. I am so grateful for this place.” 

Being a single mom, the family care program has played a key part in keeping her family together. We are so grateful for the opportunity to love people well through this program. 

Eleven-year-old Nohemi and her three siblings (ages: 8, 5 and 2) are one of many new families that we have welcomed into the program. 

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Nicaragua: Transformed by the Love of Jesus
We met Gilber through our feeding program for homeless youth.  He was forced to live on the streets from a young age and had become an icon in the community as a leader among the local street boys who numbed their pain by huffing glue.  After a few months of experiencing the love from our team he asked for help.  He has been in our boys home for two years, clean and sober, and is now leading people to Jesus.  Gilber is a constant reminder of what a life transformed by the love of God looks like.

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Romania: Open Doors and Invitations
For the last year our prayer going into Romania has been, “Lord, open doors and bring invitations from the city”. We picked a start date for our family care center of January 1, 2018 not knowing exactly where to start, only that we were to love and care for families.

In the last week of July we received a phone call from the principal of the main public elementary school in our city.  He explained that he had been following the purchase of our building and looked up who we were and what we have been doing in Mexico.  He then invited us to begin family care with the children of the public school system throughout Sighișoara. He explained that the kids need additional tutoring, food, and something constructive to do in the afternoons, but that he doesn't have the resources to make that happen. With the open door to minister to the kids within the public school system we began September 19th with fifty children. We are beyond thankful for this incredible open door and invitation!  

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Christmas is Here!

Christmas will be upon us before we know it.  If you would like to help us make this Christmas unforgettable one for our kids, please contact us at:  info@themissioninc.org or 619.661.9232.
 

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September 2017 - RDSN in now THE MISSION

As we expanded from Mexico to other nations we needed a name that united each base in one heart and purpose. Our new name is now “the Mission” and “RDSN” is now the name of our Mexico base.  Each new base will come under the Mission and join us in bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth through family; rescuing the orphan, loving the broken and bringing healing and hope to those who are lost!

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When Jesus heard the news that John the baptist had been murdered he took a boat to the other side of the lake to get away from the crowds and grieve the loss of a family member, but the crowds chased him down. 

Matthew 14:14 “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” 

The word “saw” here doesn't mean that he simply saw the people with his naked eye, but that He perceived or became aware of their need.  In response to what He saw, He  became the solution. We have come to believe that this is the very heartbeat of missions. 

Nearly thirty years ago I was sitting on the living room floor of the very first orphanage house, with 20 other kids, listening to my Dad read us Matthew 28. None of us kids understood why he began laughing out loud when he read “Go into all the world…..”. 

My dad quickly explained that the Lord had asked them to move to Mexico and take care of His kids and it had struck him as he was reading that he needed to get the transformation that was happening in our lives outside of the four walls Rancho de Sus Niños. He took the rest of the morning to teach us to share how Jesus had impacted our lives. That afternoon he loaded us all up in a bus and drove to the Tijuana dump where the poorest of our city worked and lived. He opened the doors and told us to go in groups of two or three and to simply introduce people to Jesus through our stories. Scared, nervous and a little embarrassed we spread out across the dump in small groups and began to share how real Jesus is. After praying with a man who gave his life to Jesus our group ran back to the bus beyond excited! The other kids came back shortly with similar stories of people who met Jesus for the first time.  

We loaded back up with a sense of celebration and a little bit of pride! We started to drive out of the dump when my Dad stopped the bus turned around looking back towards the dump and said, “Now what?”  That was a significant moment in the history of this ministry. The vision that was sparked by a word from the Lord had now exploded through the simplicity of seeing a need.  It was in that dump that we planted our first church and built our first school. 

Since that day in the dump, nearly thirty years ago, the Lord has been highlighting needs to us and moving us toward them.  Over and over again we have seen Him show up in miraculous ways, bringing His salvation, healing and deliverance.  Ever since He highlighted Europe and Central America we have felt the need for a name that would better express the ministry as a whole as well as bring some clarity to all who have been partnering with us for so long. In response, we are now “the Mission” with three different bases around the world - RDSN/Mexico, Misiune/Romania and Mision/Nicaragua with more to come.  We hope this not only brings clarity but increases excitement for what God is doing through the Mission and all of you who have helped make what’s happening possible. 

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Jimmy Horner

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August 2017 - MISSIONS EXPERIENCE

 

Here at RDSN the Mission we are dedicated to teaching and demonstrating that living a lifestyle of Jesus is not only possible but is also our mandate as His kids! We pursue this directive by training our children, students, and Missions Experience participants to hear God and stand confidently in the knowledge that they carry the solution to every problem, sickness, or circumstance that does not align with heaven, because Jesus lives in them. This is one of our greatest joys, to see heaven invade earth when a child of God steps into a circumstance.

This summer we hosted thousands of people from teams all over the world: USA, England, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico. We trained them and sent them out into neighborhoods all over Tijuana to demonstrate the power of Jesus to those they encountered. We wanted to share some of the testimonies that came from their Missions Experience with you hoping that they will encourage and inspire you! You carry the solution to every problem you confront because of Who has taken up residence in you, Jesus Christ!

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Grace, a young attendee of a Missions Experience group from the US, saw a picture of a large aloe vera plant in front of a small home in her mind’s eye when she asked Holy Spirit to give her a picture of the “treasure” she would encounter during community outreach. Later that day she went out to a nearby community with her team to help clean up a city block. While walking past a house she noticed the aloe plant in the front yard of a small home, the exact same plant she’d seen in her imagination earlier! She spoke to the lady that lived there through an interpreter that RDSN provided and shared how she came to find her. Grace communicated to her how much her Savior had done for her and how He loved her. The lady accepted Christ right then and there, as did the rest of her family! A whole household was saved because of one brave person willing to go where the Lord led her!

During a church service Jimmy Horner called out several words of knowledge for healing. One was  that someone here could not breath through their nose normally due to an issue with their septum. A teenager, Oscar, stood up because when he was 5 years old he’d had an unsuccessful surgery on his deviated septum in his nose. The people near him laid hands on him and declared healing for his nose. Oscar said he felt his nose “correct itself!” Afterward he could breathe easily through both of his nostrils which is something he had never been able to do!

To read more INSPIRING & POWERFUL testimonies please visit our website: 
www.rdsn.org/testimonies


JESUS CULTURE MISSIONS EXPERIENCE

As you may have seen on our Instagram and Facebook accounts, we hosted a Jesus Culture Missions Experience #JCME17 in July. Keep your eyes open for the highlight video on our social media pages! Instagram: @rdsn_org & Facebook: @rdsn.org

“It has been a joy and an honor to be able to partner with RDSN the Mission and with Jimmy and Genea and all the work that they are doing there.
 
It’s really incredible to hear the testimonies of lives changed, cultures transformed and to really be able to see a ministry that carries such an incredible heart of God, faith for the power of God to be made manifest, and a heart for people.

(Through the Missions Experience) I really believe there is an impartation that will come to you through this ministry.  And that God wants to grab a hold of your heart as He has RDSN's and really put an anointing and authority on your life to go back from this into whatever city you came from and see impact.”
- Banning Liebscher (Jesus Culture Lead Pastor)

To book your own missions experience or learn more: 
www.rdsn.org
619-661-9232
groups@rdsn.org
 

July 2017 - Rescue. Love. Restore.

Our orphan care program is designed to meet the physical needs of children who have been rescued from abusive and neglectful situations; and to also prepare, empower, and propel them to live out their God-given destinies. We are committed to rescuing the one, loving them unto complete healing, and restoring hope for their futures.

RDSN the Mission is steadfast in our pursuit of creating an orphan-less world. We believe we can accomplish this through family. Family is the answer to the orphan problem. We hope to inspire an adoption revolution and bring awareness to every believer that they are called to be the solution. We, as one family, can create an orphan-less world!

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We want to highlight the restoring power of Jesus through family by sharing Carmen’s story with you.

Carmen turned 18 last month and is the oldest of a family of four that calls RDSN home. Carmen and her siblings were rescued from poverty, abuse, and severe neglect. In March of 2012, we were holding a church connection group in their neighborhood when we discovered the tragic circumstances they were living in.

We contacted child protective services and the children were placed with us shortly after. They were timid, protective of one another and nervous about what the future held for them. But love broke through their barriers, their doubts and their pain. Throughout the years they have been confronted time and again with His healing love demonstrated through the compassion of the RDSN family. His love has restored their hope and healed their hearts.

Coming of age after being in a governmental system for most of your life can be scary, even for those who have embraced the Lord and family. Those big life questions of “what’s next?” can be hard to navigate alone. Thankfully Carmen went to her older RDSN “siblings”, young men and women that at one time were in the same position as Carmen but are now leaders, staff or students in the School of Missions. Carmen asked them why they'd chosen to stay and be a part of the family after they were old enough to make their own decision to stay or leave. They had varying answers but these stood out beyond the rest; family created a platform for them to be launched from, a home to be loved fully in, and a place where they are known.

Carmen has chosen to stay and continue on her path of discovering who she is and what she wants to impact in the future. She is looking forward to being a part of our School of Missions in September where she will be positioned to grow deeper in her relationship with her family and impact the world around her as she fortifies her identity in the Lord.

Carmen’s story is not unusual for us. Next year we’ll be celebrating 30 years as family! In those 30 years we’ve had hundreds of rescued children grow into healthy, whole adults that have created their own families. To all of you that supported us with your prayers and finances, THANK YOU! You have made a difference in the life of Carmen and countless others.


7-YEAR OLD GIL GROWS ORGANIC VEGETABLES!

Right now Gil’s garden contains beets, beans, tomatoes, and Swiss chard. He started the garden because he wanted the outside of his home to be beautiful, and he likes plants in general because they “give fruit.” His favorite things to plant are strawberries, cucumbers and watermelon. But Gil stresses, that his most favorite fruit to grow is strawberries. 

Gil says that it is easy to take care of the plants and explained the way he does it, “You just water them and place them under the sun.” He loves to garden but in the future he says that he would like to become a pilot.

June 2017 - La Misión

Iglesia La Misión is bringing heaven to earth in Tijuana, Mexico!

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The church is the central part of the ministry here at RDSN the Mission and we are in a season of growth and vitality.  Every Sunday hundreds of people gather in one of our two campuses to experience the presence and truth of Jesus.  Connection groups meet weekly in homes throughout the city.  A new youth group has just been started along with a youth worship team. And every week the church goes out to serve and demonstrate the realities of the Kingdom through our community outreach and evangelism ministries. 

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Our local church community is more engaged in ministry and service than ever before. The lost are being saved, the sick are being healed and people in wheel chairs are walking again. There has been a significant increase in people from the church coming on staff - not because they need a job - but because they believe in our mission.  We even have members of the church in personal preparation to go to Romania one day and join the team there.

The heart of our house is being replicated in local communities.  Villas del Campo is one of the neighborhoods we serve.  With several connection groups meeting there weekly they have taken the mission to the streets - literally.  They are partnering with local community leaders to meet the needs they see for their area - sweeping the streets, painting over graffiti and demonstrating the Kingdom through action.

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Through these connection groups people are being discipled in the midst of a loving community that is doing life with them.  Our community outreach and evangelism ministries target a neighborhood for an entire month partnering with the connection groups in those areas to bring a holistic outreach of serving, witnessing, and connecting people into community.  

It is our heart to see Heaven invade Earth through the lives of our local church as they interact with people and spheres of influence all over Tijuana.  “Let your Kingdom come; let your will be done in Tijuana as it is in Heaven!”


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Miguel Ángel lives in Villas Del Campo with his wife and 3 children.  He has been attending our church for about 2 months.  He came to church after attending one of our connection groups in his community.  Miguel has worked as a builder, but said he always wanted to have his own business.  One evening at his connection group he asked us to pray that he could start his own business.  A few weeks later he let us know that God blessed him with the finances to be able to start his own churros business which he calls, “Churros La Misión.”

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He is now able to enjoy more time with his family, his 3 kids attend elementary school and they are happy to be part of our La Misión family. 


JESUS CULTURE MISSIONS EXPERIENCE

JULY 6, 2017 - JULY 9, 2017

$450

(Limited Availability)

May 2017 - ROMANIA!

Words have become worlds and we are officially in Romania!

Several years ago the Lord began speaking to us about Europe saying that He was flooding the continent with His presence and that we were to be part of it. Shortly after this we began exploring Eastern Europe in search of need. When Genea and I crossed the border into Romania for the first time, we looked at each other and knew that this was the country He wanted RDSN to be working in.

We found a nation with rolling green hills, rich earth, a beautiful people and at the same time overwhelming need. It has been less than thirty years since the fall of communism and the land and the people are still in the process of healing as they embrace the freedom they had been starving for. In such a small country of just over 19 million people, there are over 60,000 orphans and many more children who are living at risk. In the poorer communities family has broken down, the majority of the children do not even make it to the fourth grade. These kids do not know the meaning of family, the very idea of the kingdom.

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Through a series of divine appointments we found ourselves in the city of Sighişoara which is in the heart of Transylvania. It once was among the most influential cities in the nation, a center of science and the arts. We began to look for vacant land surrounding the city that could serve as a base for orphan and family care as well as a church missions school and base. Over and over we were shown small pieces of property with really big price tags. A friend asked if we would be interested in seeing a clothing factory in the center of the city, to which we declined having our hearts set on building from the ground up. He was persistent in His desire for us to see it, and His persistence paid off and we agreed to take a tour.

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Our first view of the building was startling, five stories and over 80,000 square feet. All of our main campus buildings in Mexico could just fit inside. As Genea and I walked through the doors of the factory we heard Holy Spirit say “this is it”. Immediately, the mere thought of the cost of such a facility was overwhelming and my thoughts ran to, we need to find vacant land and build because of the cost. It was in that moment that the Lord asked me, why would you want to spend 29 years building something that you can have right now. It was right then that He stirred an urgency inside of us as we thought about the lives that could be saved now and not later.

We came home to Mexico and began putting together the team who will be moving this June to Sighişoara and raising money amongst friends and partners. It has been a long year of negotiating with the owner of the factory and God has been faithful. We were originally informed the sales price was $3.7 million but over the course of the year was reduced to $1.4 million. Last month we signed a purchase contract for the facility and made the downpayment of $265,000. We are continually in awe of His provision and the generosity of his people.

Romania Team (left to right): Brooklyn, Becky, Harrison, Jim, Jonathan, Kerrington, Eduardo, Diana, Jessica and Sierra.

Romania Team (left to right): Brooklyn, Becky, Harrison, Jim, Jonathan, Kerrington, Eduardo, Diana, Jessica and Sierra.

We invite you to pray and celebrate with us as we prepare to move the team this summer to begin our part of what the Lord has in store for Romania. We need to raise $1.1 million to finish paying for the building and while that sounds like such a large sum of money it doesn't even come close to the value of the lives that will be saved and transformed.

Thank you for being part of the RDSN the Mission’s journey,

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Jimmy & Genea Horner