Todd & Tamara Rasmuson, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Parenting and Grandparenting When Our Children are Far Away and Hardship Hits

Our discussion and Q&A will be with panelists who are parents of missionaries and grandparents to their children.  We will hear of their children's experiences, especially the pressures that they faced, and how our panelists tried to parent and grandparent in faith.

Todd and Tamara began serving in their current roles at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis in 2012.  Todd is the pastor for global outreach and Tamara is the coordinator for global partner care.  God drew Todd and Tamara to faith when they were children.  Tamara was discipled in campus ministry as an undergraduate, and a pastor discipled Todd in graduate school.  Todd’s graduate studies were centered on communicating to the glory of God.  Tamara studied theology, linguistics, and biblical counseling.  Todd taught Communication at Bethel University for five years, and then God dramatically pointed their lives to missions. Todd and Tamara served for eight years with Mission: Moving Mountains (M:MM) in Tanzania. In 2002, Todd accepted the role as president of M:MM. From 2006–2011, he served as Executive Director of Daystar U.S., serving to advance Daystar University in Kenya.  Todd & Tamara live in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis.  Their oldest son, Jacob (age 27) is married to Jaime and living in Iowa City, working on educational software.  Their first grandchild is due in February 2017.  Daniel (age 23) is living in San Francisco, working on a technology start-up to program drones for agricultural and construction purposes.