The Rice Family

Missionaries since 1999

The Rice Family - Missionaries since 1999

September 2014

 September 2014

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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.

His Servants,
Shane & Kathy Rice
Rachel, Rebekah, Moriah, Micah, Charity & Christina

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Is it SIN???

Is it SIN?

We live in a day and age when everyone is asking the question, “Is it sin …?” Is it sin to get a tattoo?  Is it sin to drink?  Is it a sin to go to church not dressed up?  Is it a sin to dance? Is it a sin to go to the movies?  Is it a sin to listen to rock music?  Is it a sin?  What is considered sin? Continue reading

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Rice’s Reporter – July 2014

July 2014

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Dear Praying friends and family,

It is a very odd feeling knowing our time is drawing to a close here in Peru.  In January when the Lord was leading us to Italy, it seemed like there was so much to accomplish to get to this point.  God has proven over and over that we are following His plan for our lives.
The past few months have been quite busy, as you will remember our land sold and also the house we were renting sold.  Our new landlords graciously allowed us to stay until the end of June.  Continue reading

Rices Reporter May 2014

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May 2014

Dear Pastors and Praying friends,

     We have been encouraged by the many Pastors and friends that have called or wrote in support of our new move. It is not an easy decision but we are at peace that this is what God wants. We appreciate all of the encouragement.
When we surrendered to go to Italy, there were three things that needed to take place. 1. We have land here in Peru that must be sold. 2. We had a contract on the house we are living in until 2015. 3. We need a pastor for our church here. The land has sold! The house we are living in was sold, our deposit returned, and we were asked to be out by the end of June. Most people wouldn’t praise the Lord about having to leave their house, but in our case it is clear definite direction, and indication of timing from the Lord. Those are two ‘non-spiritual’ things that the Lord has worked out. I have no doubt that He will provide a pastor for His church as well. That is probably the most important of the three, so we are simply trusting Him to provide. We have had a few different people in, please pray that God will give us very clear direction in this matter.
We have a mountain of logistics to work out in returning to the USA. We don’t have tickets or a target date as of yet. We don’t feel comfortable setting a date until we are sure that all loose ends here in Peru are tied down. Until we have a pastor in place in the church, our schedule will continue to be ‘up in the air’ – Literally in the Lord’s hands! Once that is settled, we have a lot of preparations to put in order in order for us to move back to the USA. What are we going to drive? Where are we going to live? When are we taking a survey trip to Italy? The endless list of questions goes on and on, and constantly rings through my mind. Proverbs 3:5-6 has proven to be a constant reminder to “Trust in the Lord” and not lean on my own understanding. Serving the Lord has always proved to be exciting.
Please keep Kathy and the kids in your prayers. The kids are struggling to get homeschooling done before mid June so we can sell everything and get out. Kathy needs your prayers as she has a tremendous amount of pressure to finish school, sort everything we own and prepare for leaving.
In May we showed an open air movie in our area of our church and had 5 hands raised indicating they had been saved. Also Shane preached an anniversary service in Chiclayo (about 5 hours away) and also saw souls saved in that meeting. We continue to do all we can as we strive to wind down and tie up loose ends.

His Servants,
Shane & Kathy Rice
Rachel, Rebekah, Moriah, Micah, Charity & Christina

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Rice’s Reporter – March 2014

March 2014

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Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,

This month marks the 7th year Anniversary of Iglesia Bautista Ancla, Anchor Baptist Church, here in Cajamarca.  We are looking forward to having a special service and a special time of Baptism.  Our church had to move and the Lord provided an excellent location for us with many new areas to reach more people for Christ. As many of you know from our previous prayer letter, Pastor Fredy Nuñez resigned from his position here and returned to his home in Arequipa. Continue reading

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