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April 2016

April 30, 2016

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Dear Praying Friends,

Our visas have been approved.  We are extremely thankful for this!  It is a large step of faith to buy tickets expecting to get your visa, but God has provided.  We sincerely appreciate the many people that surrounded our meeting at the Italian Consulate as well as the three week process to get our visas approved with prayer.  I have no doubt that everything went through smoothly because of the many prayers.  It is always a time of great reflection as all your paperwork, is turned in, and it lays in the hands of a government official to allow you into the country or turn you away.    We have a small supporting church in Michigan that simply banded together and several people promised to pray for us every day for the rest of the month of April.  What a great encouragement and blessing that was to me.  Words cannot really even describe what that did for me.

Taking a family on an international trip is a lot to think about.  However, moving everything you own, and storing what you are not able to take, becomes a enormous undertaking.  We have been working on sorting, storing, and packing since before April started.  We have moved our travel trailer to West Virginia and have moved into our good friends house, the Weavers.  We are so thankful for the Weaver family and all their help to us.  Just imagine packing everything you own, and moving… or shipping it overseas.  The time, money, effort, energy, and emotions can all run short as deadlines grind down on us.  We recently had a garage sale/bake sale to get rid of much of the stuff that we cannot store or take with us, the Lord blessed and we were able to raise about half the money to pay for shipping our stuff to Italy.

We leave for Italy on April 30th.  We will probably not be available for a month as we travel and get setup in Italy.  We currently have a house lined up for us to land in.  We will be shipping some of our stuff over about mid-May.  Please pray that all goes smoothly as well.  Pray that we learn the language quickly.  The Jordan’s are going to help us get our feet on the ground and we are very grateful for the help they have already been in getting some things at the house setup for us.

Please continue to pray for the rest of the money to come in for tickets and shipping.  We are still about $2000 short of what we need to cover all these expenses.  So many people have given, and we cannot tell you how much we appreciate the special gifts that have been given to cover these expenses.

As we prepare to leave we cannot express enough how grateful we are for Anchor Baptist Church and our dear church family!  They had a wonderful sending off service for us and an Italian meal to follow.  We will truly miss all our dear friends and family but look forward to see what God has in store for us in Sicily!!

Serving the King,

Shane & Kathy Rice

 

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March 2016

March 29, 2016

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Dear Praying Friends,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter.  This has been anticipated for well over a year now.  We have tickets!  We are leaving on April 30th, 2016.  We are excited to finally have a date on the calendar.  We are currently at 89% support and we ask that you pray that God will supply the rest of our support.  We have been in so many new churches and have had so many good meetings and positive responses.  We are praying that many of the new churches pick us up for support, and that we will be at 100%.

It seems a little backward, but we had to buy tickets before we can get our Visas for Italy.  We have setup our appointment to get our visas on April 5th.  I believe that all our paperwork is in order, however we ask that you keep all this in prayer.  It is a certainly a step of faith to buy tickets when we don’t have our Visa.

We still have some financial needs.  We only have 60% of our travel funds.  We are in need of an additional $4,000 to cover tickets and ship our stuff to Italy.   Please pray for this need and consider helping with this need.  Please mark any special funds for this need as: “Shane Rice – Outfit and Passage” when sending money to BIO.  It is always a harrowing experience to move your family internationally.  Stress runs high as time crunches on us and everything needs done.  We are currently packing all our bags getting them ready to be shipped on two pallets.  Praise the Lord the pallets have been given to us.  This may seem small, however it is one more out of pocket expense we don’t have to worry about.  Please pray that the final money for tickets and travel comes in quick so we can get that all paid off.

We were in Greenville, SC when Shane’s grandmother passed away.  She was 96 years old.  We left out of Greenville, stopped in a church in Virginia on Wednesday night.  The funeral was on Saturday in Addison, NY.  We praise the Lord we were able to be there and that we have the assurance that we will see her once again.  We were then at Shane’s parent’s church on Sunday.  Micah, and Shane both preached, and Christina sang a special all by her self.  The following Wednesday we were in Ohio, then Michigan for the Sunday services.  We have racked up some serious miles this month.  We are excited to be back in Ohio for a few weeks now.

While we were in Greenville, we were excited to be able to spend a couple days with Mrs. Jordan.  She came home for a month to help her daughter.   It was exciting to be able to talk and plan for the future!!  She is such a blessing and we look forward to being with them in Sicily.

Shane was able to take our four older children and visit Ambassador Baptist College.  Shane was able to teach in a few missions classes and our kids really enjoyed sitting in the classes.

Thank you for your prayers as we have put on a lot of miles and been in many new churches.  Please continue to pray for us as we go through this next month.  It is always with a lot of excitement but many tears when we leave our family and friends.

Serving the King,

Shane & Kathy Rice

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February Prayer letter

February 2016

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Dear Praying Friends,

Praise the Lord for the warmer weather. We drove down south in mid-December. We have been reminded in the past few days why we came down south as we have hit freezing weather. We are very thankful that most of the days and nights are above freezing. On our way down south we hit a piece of a semi-tire that had popped in front of us. Continue reading February Prayer letter

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December Special – Peru Update

Dec 29, 2015

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Dear Praying Friends,

We had asked everyone to pray specifically for Pastor Erick Alvarado Pinedo in Peru.  They have had a rough year since we left.  One family moved out of town, another family quit church and another family left and joined the pentecostals, a few others discouraged with the mass exodus have dwindled down.  I have been talking with Pastor Erick as he has been working to encourage those who left to come back.  Continue reading December Special – Peru Update

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December Prayer Letter

December 2015

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Dear Praying Friends,

Almost every time I sit down to write a prayer letter I feel like I have just written one.  We have been extremely busy the past few months.  This letter was supposed to go out in November however that month passed us by like a hurricane wind!  I’m glad the winter weather has not rushed in on us like that though.

We have almost logged a total of 60,000 miles this year in our travels.  Continue reading December Prayer Letter

October 2015

October 2015

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Dear Praying Friends,

In the month of October we have been in three different missions conferences that have run for half a week.  One of the conferences was in Florida at the beginning of the month.  We then had a meeting in Tennessee on our way to New York to start the next conference.  We then ran to New Hampshire for our next meeting.  Each of these conferences Continue reading October 2015

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