Strong bonds can – and often do – grow deeply amongst coworkers as they serve side-by-side. At Rosedale International, the gifts and skills of our staff often overlap and converge as we support each other and strive to carry out the mission efforts of our agency. When multiple parts of that team depart, those that remain feel the loss profoundly. As we celebrate the new opportunities that await Lydia, Luke, and Robyn, we also grieve their departure from RI.
Serving as staff writer from February 2016 to April 2020, Lydia’s words helped inform and engage our constituency with the ongoing work of RI around the world. Her background as a third culture kid – having grown up in the Philippines with her missionary family – bolstered her ability to relate with our workers, their families, and our vision and values. In addition to her writing, she found many ways to apply kingdom living to the community in which she lived and served. Lydia will graduate from OSU in May with a degree in journalism and minor in peace studies. She recently began a job that will allow her freedom to work remotely and write for a variety of perspectives and clientele. We truly value her contribution to Rosedale International and wish her God’s blessings as she enters the next step of her life and career.
Luke and Robyn served as Short-Term Program facilitators from January 2018 to May 2020. In their role, they served as mentors, friends, counselors, assistants, worship leaders, pastors, and “parents” to the RI Interns, REACH participants, and City Challenge groups. During their tenure with RI, they also became actual parents. First to Harper in late 2018, their daughter that they lost just before her birth, and again in late 2019 to a son Benaiah who has brought hope, love and lots of smiles to Luke, Robyn and others at the Rosedale International Center. Luke will be taking on a campus pastor role with Central Ministries within a church plant in Leo, IN. He may also pursue a Master’s Degree in the near future. Robyn intends on being a stay at home mother with potential interests in foster care.
Luke, Robyn, and Lydia each embodied the attitude of a servant. In their respective roles at RI, they went above and beyond to perform duties for others. They were Christ to us, to many of you, and to countless others. Please join us in praying for their journeys after RI and the kingdom work they will undertake throughout their lives.