Former Global Servant Marilyn Raatz
Former Global Servant Marilyn Raatz

Marilyn Raatz Commissioning
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Marilyn Raatz resigned on February 28, 2019, after three years of faithful service as an IM regional global servant in Africa assisting partners to promote peace and justice. First called to Africa in 2007, she encouraged personal and community commitment to Psalm 85:10, “Mercy and truth have met; justice and peace have kissed.” Marilyn taught at Cape Town Baptist Seminary, a ministry of the Baptist Union of Southern Africa, and especially found joy in introducing her students to new dimensions of spiritual formation in preparation for ministries of peacemaking, restorative justice, trauma awareness and response and other topics. “God took me to South Africa, and I embrace with open arms whatever God has planned for me to do going forward,” says Marilyn. “He has been, and remains, the clear light upon my path. Whatever comes, God is my strength, my refreshment and my joy. May we all radically trust his goodness.” For friends and donors who have a heart for IM’s ministries of Peace and Justice, we urge you to learn more about IM’s global servants who serve in this area: Mylinda Baits – Global Carlos Bonilla and Mayra Giovanetti – Colombia Dan and Sharon Buttry – Global Deliris Carrión-Joseph – Mexico Sue Hegarty – Costa Rica Joel Hoefle & Trish Magal – Thailand Ricardo Mayol-Bracero – Iberoamerica and the Caribbean International Ministries is grateful for Marilyn Raatz’s sacrificial service in Africa and we know that God will lead her into meaningful ministry in his name.
Projects, Journals & News
Sankofa bird | Looking Back to Move Forward

As a metaphor for an African wisdom teaching, the Sankofa bird looks behind to discern where to go in the future. The egg she carries in her mouth symbolizes new life and hope for what will be. Marilyn Raatz reflects on rich experiences during her first eight months of Peace and Justice ministry in Cape Town, South Africa to discern how God is leading her forward into the new year.

Marilyn Raatz Commissioning | Cape Cod Resident Commissioned to Serve in Africa

This was a historic moment for Cape Cod’s Brewster Baptist Church. As Lead Pastor the Rev. Dr. Doug Scalise stated, “As far as I know, over the more-than-190-year history of the congregation, this is the first time our very own missionary has been commissioned.”

| Favoring Mercy, Favoring Love

Hear my sermon on Mercy, given at Brewster Baptist Church, October 25, 2015

| “These Are the Words That Interest Me. Peace. Forgiveness.”

I think fondly of my friend Etienne*, a Burundian and Anglican priest. While traveling to Burundi with a ministry partner in 2009, we dropped in on Etienne and his family.