We wanted to share what was posted on RMI’s blog this week!
Meet 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.
Dawn 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.
We are all excited about this news. Dawn will still be working at Starbucks while she begins raising her funds. She is working on writing her first newsletter and building her website. We’ll share that information with you when it’s ready. We hope you will consider being a part of her support team. It would be such an encouragement to her and help her get to the field sooner than later.
P.S. What we should have mentioned is that she is actually third generation missionary on Debbie’s side of the family too! Her maternal grandparents were missionaries with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Germany for many years and then they served in CEF’s International headquarters for a number of years before they retired. She can honestly say that full time service is a part of her DNA.