Who We Are
Reaching Beyond Ourselves is a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization that is completely volunteer based. We are built on the vision, "We are not here to solve, we are here to serve." RBO was founded by Steve Rutenbar and Lisa Romesburg.
Our organization seeks to demonstrate and embody the Good News of God's love by working locally and internationally with displaced and suffering people.
We have 20+ years of experience working with refuge camps, IDPs (Internally Displaced People) camps, clinic work, shelters, prisons, and orphan care homes. Our service in the United States has been coast to coast and border to border.
Steve Rutenbar, the founder and director of Reaching Beyond Ourselves, ( a CA and IRS non-profit EIN #20-4040001 ) holds 27 years experience as Pastor of Relief at Saddleback Church (retired) and has taken over 5000 individuals on mission teams to 42 countries, including :
Vietnam, Belarus, Ukraine, Sudan, Lebanon, Haiti, Iraq, Japan, Somalia, Honduras, China, Cambodia, Philippines, Congo and Kenya.
He and his wife, Connie, have been married 42 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. Following his BA from Biola University and his MA from Wheaton College, Steve founded Laguna Pacific Corporation, manufacturing and retailing bedroom furniture for a decade, and was recognized as National Retailer of the Year by his national trade association.
Reaching Beyond Ourselves has served hundreds of thousands of displaced and suffering individuals worldwide affected by drought, disease, and famine.
Mila serves as a volunteer at Reaching Beyond Ourselves, a California non-profit, dedicated to helping displaced and suffering people with good news of God's love. She has also managed and assisted outreach teams to West Pokot, the Rift Valley, Naivasha, Kisumu, Kitale, Kampala, Kiev and Mariupol and Orange County.
Born in Jelgava City, Latvia, Milana Samusonoka is a citizen of the World. Her passport is filled with stamps that record her journeys to serve displaced and suffering people. From her youth, she began reaching out to social services, visiting orphans, women's prisons, and homes for the elderly and disadvantaged. She has lived and worked in Riga, London, New York, Cape Town. She speaks Latvian, Russian, English (and a little Swahili).
Her formal education includes training in music, nursing, digital media, and photography. Her life education includes outreaches to medical clinics, homes for special needs children, micro-loan programs and rescuing glue-addicted street kids in Kenya and empowering women from life and lifestyles in the grips of poverty.