Rice’s Reporter – June 2016

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Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe a month has passed since we left U.S. soil.  So much has happened it seems like a year!!

It is hard to explain the feeling of arriving in a new place thousands of miles away from home with only your luggage and no clue what to expect.  As a family of 8 it is difficult to just crash in someone’s guest room.  Thankfully we had already had a house that we would be renting thanks to a sweet missionary family offering it to us.  Bro. Jordan was waiting at the airport for us when we arrived!  We loaded us and our luggage on a bus and headed for our new home.  When we arrived Mrs. Jordan had dinner all ready for us and the house was set up beautifully!  There was enough beds for everyone and a table loaded down with food from many of the church people.   We felt immediately welcomed to our new home!! The transition has gone smoothly and we can never express how thankful we are for the Jordans.

We are busy buying all the necessities in setting up a house as well as working on paperwork and the language daily.   We are applying for our sojourner’s this week please pray it will be approved quickly and that there will be no problem.  Please pray as we continue to learn the language. We know that God is the creator of all languages and He is the One who can help us understand it.  Shane was able to give a short devotional in Italian at our Friday night fellowship time!!


It will be with sad hearts as the sweet missionary family that we are replacing leave on June 20th.  Please pray for us during this time of transition.  Pastor Jordan will be handing the church over to Shane this Sunday,  As our Italian is still limited this will be a big step of faith believing God will make up for our lack once again!!  Brother and Mrs. Jordan have been faithful missionaries here in Italy for 38 years and will be greatly missed by all. In the short time we have known them we feel like family and hate to see them leave.  Please pray for them as they go back to the States!

I know this letter has been long but I just want to say thank you once again to all who gave, helped or prayed for us during this exciting time in our lives.  We are so blessed to have you all behind us and pray God’s richest blessing on each of you!


Shane & Kathy Rice and Family


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. Continue reading April 2016

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%. Continue reading March 2016


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


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


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