Dear Praying friends,
It is hard to believe we have been back in the States for 6 months already. Our hearts are still missing our dear friends in Peru but we are anxious to get to where God has placed a new burden on our hearts, the country of Italy. It seems like each time we present our ministry at a church my heart is newly overwhelmed for the great need in the country of Italy. We would love to skip this whole furlough/deputation process and leave tomorrow, but we understand the need to raise more support so we can effectively reach the people of Sicily.
This past month we traveled over 5,000 miles and through 10 different States. We were able to present our ministry in 12 different churches. We have had 2 churches pick us up for support!! The Lord opened many doors for us to share the gospel and our burden for Italy.
Recently we were in South Carolina and took the opportunity to visit Charleston, SC and Ft. Sumter where the first battle of the Civil War began. While there we also went to the outdoor market and strolled along some of the tourist areas. We happened to walk into a hat store and started talking to the saleslady and we told her we were missionaries and that we had lived in Peru and were now going to the country of Italy. She said, “Why would you leave the heathen to go to someone who already has religion?” She also said that we only want to change them from their religion, Catholicism, to our religion, Baptist. We had the opportunity to share with her the need of the Gospel in the country of Italy. Needless to say it started growing into a heated debate so we politely ended the conversation. We pray that she will remember our conversation and seek the truth. We realize that many people do not see Italy as a heathen nation but the fact is they are lost in their religion and traditions and are dying and going to Hell.
We praise the Lord for safety and health as we traveled. Please continue to prayer for us as we have a very busy spring schedule. Please pray that we would be able to raise our remaining 25% of support quickly. Please continue to pray for our work in Peru which is celebrating their 8 yr Anniversary this month! Please pray for Pastor Eric and Jackie in Peru. Please also prayer for Bro and Mrs. Jordan and the work there in Italy.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support for our family. We are honored and humbled to be able to take the Gospel to the regions beyond.
Because of Him,
Shane Rice and family
Dear Praying Friends,
We were excited this year to be able to spend time with family during Christmas and New Years. During the months of November and December schedules for missionaries usually slow down. This has been a nice change of pace. We have been able to visit family and spend some needful time catching up on life in general. Although we did miss all the church activities we are usually busy with in Peru. Please continue to pray for the work in Peru.
Getting a family picture has been on our ‘to do’ list since we arrived home. We needed the new picture for our prayer cards as well as many other things. However each time we attempted to get a new family picture Christina was sick. We finally got a new family picture and have sent it in to be used in our new prayer card. With the new picture finally done, we were able also to update our brochure to send to new churches, as well as our video presentation and web site.
As for Christina, we Praise the Lord she seems to be completely recovered! She ended up in the hospital two separate times, and visited a specialist. She had a kidney infection which would return as soon as she was off her medication. We ended up missing a camp meeting that we were planning on being at. The Doctors have reassured us that there is no physical deformation to her kidneys or bladder. This was a great blessing for us to hear this. We are extremely thankful to have Samaritan Ministries for help with our health needs. They are a group that is based on christian principles and help other christians share their medical needs. They are not an insurance company. You may recall we were without insurance for quite a few months due to the rising cost of medical insurance we simply couldn’t afford insurance. Health insurance can be very costly, and becomes more complex when living over seas. If you are looking for help with health care we do recommend Samaritan Ministries.
With the first of the year, Shane has gotten on the phones trying to schedule meetings. We are about 70% of our needed support. That means that we need new meetings and new churches. We have tried to get in touch with all our supporting churches as well. If you would like for us to come and give an update on the ministry we would be more than happy to do so. Please pray that we will be able to schedule meetings with churches that are in a position to pickup more missionaries. If you would like to support us please contact us and we will tell you how. We are praying that we will be able to leave to go to Italy by this fall. Please pray with us that God would lead us to the right churches and supply all the support we will need.
Starting with this letter, all our supporting churches should get a paper prayer letter from us every other month. We strive to write once a month. Every other month a physical paper letter goes out, and on the other months we send out an update via email. We encourage you to visit our web page www.RiceFamilyMinistries.com to sign up for our emails. However because email can change so quickly, we don’t want to use this exclusively for our supporting churches. We want you to be updated on what is going on, and continue to pray for us. Thank you for your prayers and support for us.
Serving the King,
Shane & Kathy Rice
Dear Praying Friends,
Psalms 126:3 “The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
Over the last year we have seen and experienced this verse to be true. Many times we say “God is good” but do we really stop to think just how good He is? Are we really truly glad?
Since returning to the States at the beginning of September we have been on a nonstop train that continues to plow forward. Continue reading
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Dear Pastors and Praying friends,
We are excited and sad to be back in the States. The last month has been a flurry of activity. August started with Pastor Erik moving to Cajamarca. Praise the Lord, that was a blessing for us. We then had to start searching for tickets to the USA as well as tickets for our survey trip to Italy. Next up was our daughters 15th birthday party. The traditional ‘Quinceanera’ is a big deal in South America. Given Rachel & Rebekah had spent most of their lives in Peru we decided to celebrate their 15th birthday the traditional way. We didn’t invite a lot of people by their standards, however hosting 50 people for their birthday party was a lot for us. It was quite a formal todo with all the trimmings. There were invitations, formal dresses to be worn, decorations to put up, dinner, music, formal presentations, as well as cake. It was a big production and enjoyed by all.
On Sunday the 24th, we installed Eric as the pastor of the church. It was the last time that Shane preached at the church. Leaving the church with the message of moving forward, and not living in the past. The following Sunday, the church had a short farewell time for us. It was a time of many tears. Missionaries do not enjoy saying goodbyes, and yet so often we must say goodbye. We had to say good bye to family to go to Peru, we now were saying good bye to the people we had grown to love after almost 9 years of ministering in Cajamarca. Scanning their faces, we remembered how they had arrived at church, how they had been saved, and baptized, and the many battles that had been won. Then there were the absent faces, those who had fallen in the battles, and veered away. Would they return? Could we regain them? Yes it was hard to leave these people, knowing they were but babes in Christ, with much to grow. Yet, God has other plans for us… this chapter closes and a new chapter is yet to be written.
After everything died down from the birthday, it was time to get serious about packing to leave Peru. When we arrived in Peru about 12 years ago, we had a total of 26 bags packed at 70 lbs with only 4 children then. We now were leaving Peru with 6 children and 22 bags all packed at 50 lbs. It took us a full week, and down to the last hours of packing to get it all situated. We left many things behind, but we pray the biggest thing left was a testimony that pleased God.
Our travels back to the USA were long, but all went well. Praise the Lord we now have a van, moved our belongings into a house, and are planning on visiting family for the next few weeks before our survey trip to Italy. We covet your prayers as we have much to do, new prayer cards, a new presentation, meetings to setup and we must start home schooling our children too. Please continue to prayer for safe travels and for a full schedule. If you would like us to come present our work please call us.
Shane & Kathy Rice
Rachel, Rebekah, Moriah, Micah, Charity & Christina