Mission Possible is in a season of transitioning, dreaming and forward-moving. The following is a letter from Mark Yoder, our Board Chairman, explaining some recent decisions and vision for the future:
January 2, 2024
We at Mission Possible want to take an opportunity in the new year to thank you for your generous giving in the month of December. We met and exceeded our $50,000.00 challenge and are so grateful for all who helped us in this time of great financial need.
We also need to announce some changes within the Mission Possible organization. The board of directors of Mission Possible USA has voted to make a change in leadership of our organization.
Our president since April 2017 has been David Rath. He was hired to lead our organization at a time when we were taking teams into an open Haiti and in a season where we needed someone with a pastor’s heart that could lead teams to come along-side the churches and ministries in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. David was an amazing candidate for this task and has honorably and skillfully led our organization in a healthy way. He has been involved with the mission for over 13 years and has been a trusted and compassionate advocate for who we are and what we do. Tremendous ministry has occurred during his years of leadership resulting in many decisions for Christ and continued growth of the spiritual strength and leadership within the field ministry.
After a shutdown of travel during the Covid pandemic and following the total closure of Haiti following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the violence in the streets our organization has faced a critical time. We no longer can take teams into Haiti, our expenses have increased dramatically (due to inflation in country), and our donations have slowed and even decreased.
We as a board have worked with David to try to find a new model to continue to come alongside the churches and schools in Haiti. Through this process we determined the current and future needs of our organization will require leadership focused on strategic development and potentially implementing new vision for Mission Possible. This is not the skill set which was needed when David was originally brought on board, and we believe a leadership change was needed. We affirm that David was the right man for the position we hired in 2017, but we no longer could utilize his giftedness with a closed Haiti.
So, we as a board would like to announce that we have chosen Trace Roth to serve as President of Mission Possible USA. He joined the Mission Possible team in August 2008. His role over these 15 years has been in finance, mission teams, leadership training, and operations. We feel that his giftedness is a better fit for the needs our ministry has today.
Trace graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Science in computer science/systems and just prior to his start at MP, he graduated from Winebrenner Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in theological studies. Before joining MP, he worked in several computer network support positions then into full time ministry as an executive and discipleship pastor. During that ministry time in the church, Trace was ordained by the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana. Trace is married to Lana and has six children and two granddaughters.
Trace is a trusted, known leader to our field, our donors, and our national leaders. He will be implementing new strategies to help with making changes in these tumultuous times. We as a board are looking forward to working with him towards leading the organization into the future.
David Rath’s wife Tracy has been involved with our organization for as many years as her husband has. She has served on our board, as a staff member and as a supporter of her husband in leading our ministry. She has been instrumental in taking our education to a higher level with her direct participation in curriculum development, leading teams, putting together a group of teachers to look closely at our programs, finding educational grants, raising funds, etc. As we move forward with new leadership, Tracy has chosen to step down from her role with Mission Possible. We are so grateful for her and the energy she has applied to who we are and what we do. We are thankful for her love and care for the people we serve and the impact she has had on so many lives.
We know that this change will be difficult for many of you to hear. There are many things that have gone into this decision. We are excited to support Trace Roth in his new position, but we will miss David and Tracy. If you wish to reach out to the Raths and thank them for all they have done and the servant leadership they have provided, it would be greatly appreciated. If you have further questions about this decision, you can feel free to contact me or one of our board members.
We thank you for your trust in our organization and look forward to our working together to continue the mission to equip the next generation of Christ-centered leaders in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and beyond.
Mark Yoder, Board Chairman
The following letter is from our new Mission Possible President, Trace Roth.
It is my pleasure to enter the leadership role in this next season of ministry.
Mission Possible has a rich history which has had different seasons of emphasis and priories. In the last fifteen years, I have witnessed seasons of intense team travel, education upgrades, technical training and farming, leadership development, medical services enhancements, and the challenges of the pandemic, national insecurity, and inflation. The mission, however, has remained constant.
The mission of equipping Christ-centered leaders comes directly to us from Jesus. So, in the consistency of the mission, I see both challenges and opportunies entering this next season of ministry.
Financially we are challenged to meet the funding demands of today’s economies. We have seen, however, many hearing of the need and offering their financial help. I see our next season of sponsor and donor relations taking a turn in relational engagement and enhanced communication.
The personal engagement we have had with Haiti and the DR through teams came to a halt with Covid and continues today because of the intense safety concerns in our ministry areas of Haiti. I see our next season of mission teams engaging new fields of ministry while we prepare and look for the me when we can return to our Haitian communities which is uncertain at this me.
The means by which we have done ministry in the past has changed. Some have faded away. Some are lingering in wait. Others move ahead with purpose. This quote (emphasis is mine) from C.S. Lewis in Prince Caspian is one of my favorites. It helps me remember the power of God.
“Oh dear, oh dear,” said Lucy. “And I was so pleased at finding you again. And I thought you’d let me stay. And I thought you’d come roaring in and frighten all the enemies away–like last time. And now everything is going to be horrid.”
“It is hard for you, little one,” said Aslan. “But things never happen the same way twice. It has been hard for us all in Narnia before now.” Lucy buried her head in his mane to hide from his face. But there must have been magic in his mane. She could feel lion-strength going into her.
We could look at our days ahead with the same thought as Lucy, everything is going to be horrid. However, things never happen the same way twice with our Lord. He is too creative. He is too patient. He is too powerful. As we lean into him and his mission of reaching everyone with the message of the kingdom of God, we will feel his strength, his lion-strength going into us. I am looking for and already seeing glimpses of his new movement in our ministry.
Join me in this next season of ministry through Mission Possible. Pray for those we will touch with the gospel. Pray for me as I take on this leadership role and the discernment necessary to move with God under his leading and timing. It has been hard for us before now, but things never happen the same way twice. I feel his strength going into Mission Possible.
Serving by your side,