Cindy brings 23 years of missionary experience to her role as director of mission partner care. She began her service with her husband Mike as missionaries with Lutheran Bible Translators in 1991 in the country of Liberia working in relief efforts and literacy. After having to evacuate from Liberia due to civil war, Mike and Cindy continued serving LBT in Botswana. There she worked along side Mike with the Kalanga people (an ethnic group of over 200,000) in literacy and Bible Translation. Cindy was also involved with church planting and youth work. The Rodewalds served with LBT in Botswana from 1993 to 2008. In 2008 they moved to South Africa to work with the LCMS Office of international Missions. Cindy began serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the southern Africa region. Her service included working with partner churches to find and place short-term LCMS church workers to assist them in service (diaconal) work and spiritual growth. Cindy provided orientation, training and supervision to LCMS missionaries as they served with partner churches in South Africa.
Cindy is excited to be a part of Mission of Christ Network and their vision of networking with our brothers and sisters in Christ here in the US and around the world to share Jesus with those who do not yet know Him. Cindy knows what life can be like on the mission field and how important it is that missionaries feel supported. She feels privileged to be able to lend that support, guidance and encouragement to MCN mission partners as God calls them into His mission in a cross cultural context. When we minister together as the body of Christ, the good news of Jesus’ salvation and love for all can not be stopped. Ephesians 4:16 “from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”