Dear Praying Friends,
It’s hard to believe we have been in Italy 2 months already. We are settling in nicely. We love our new home, the church and the people here. The weather is hot, but beautiful! Some days we get a cool breeze off the Mediterranean and other days we get the hot African winds from northern Africa. The kids are adjusting well and are enjoying summer break bike riding and playing outdoors. As there are no kids in our church yet, it has been difficult for them to make friends. Thankfully, we have one young boy who is Micah’s age and they have become fast friends. This has really helped Micah with his Italian.
We were sad to see the Jordan’s leave on June 20th, but were excited for them as they return to the States and start a new ministry. They will also be near family and friends. They faithfully served here in Italy for 37 years, and our prayer is to continue in their footsteps. It was a little scary as our Italian is lacking and we are the only Americans around, but it has been good. We are quickly learning Italian by the sink or swim method. We continue to study using Rosetta stone and practice by communicating as much as possible. Shane is preaching twice a week and giving a devotional once a week.
We were excited to finally get Charity’s long lost luggage. We were thankful everything was still in it. We also were very excited to get the rest of our things we had shipped over. We are finally all set up and feel like we are at home! After a year of living in a 28 ft camper our house feels like a mansion!!
Please continue to pray for our paperwork so that we can get our sojourners (permission to live here). We are going this week to talk with the immigration police again, and I am praying that they will approve our whole family.
We were excited to see a couple more churches picked us up for support this last month. We are still just over 90% and would love to see that raise some more. Each and every church has been such a blessing over the years, and we know we could never do what we do without the prayers and support of you all!!
Shane and Kathy Rice and family