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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading