In “Partner Profiles,” we introduce you to men and women who partner with MAI and make our ministry possible.
Dorothy Rasmussen is from Kissimmee, Florida, US.
Occupation: retired missionary (served in Nigeria and Costa Rica), now working as church office manager.
Something unique about where I grew up: I was born and grew to young adulthood in Toledo, Ohio. Because of its dependency on manufacturing, Toledo was hit hard by the Great Depression. During my childhood, many large-scale government projects were constructed to reemploy citizens. Some of these include the amphitheater and aquarium at the Toledo Zoo and a major expansion to the Toledo Museum of Art.
First job: General office worker at an automotive parts company
Hobby or leisure activity: Reading, computer games
Country or area of the world that interests me: Middle East
A favorite book, and why (not including the Bible): I don’t know how I can choose “a” favorite book, as I’ve enjoyed so many through the years. Because of my interest in history and biographies I’ve especially enjoyed these: Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ & The Case for Faith; Bodie (&Brock) Thoene’s historical novel series on Israel (The Zion Covenant & The Zion Chronicles); and The House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris (historical novels of United States).
What led me to become a Christian: Because of the influence of Christian parents, I accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord when I was young.
Most thankful for: God’s abundant love and care and for the privilege of having served Him in missions.
How I first heard about MAI: My husband and I knew and served in Nigeria with one of the co-founders of MAI, Jim Johnson. He may have informed us about MAI when it was founded. Later we met the other cofounders, Bob Reekie and Jim Engel. We also worked with John Maust in the Latin America Mission before he became president of MAI.
Why I support MAI ministry: I believe in the importance of getting Christian literature written by nationals into the hands and on computers of people wherever possible, especially where it is in short supply. What best speaks to the hearts of people is expressed in their own language and by their own countrymen. The workshops and seminars conducted by MAI are invaluable in training writers, editors and publishers to reach people with the Gospel in their own countries.