August 2016

August 2016

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Dear Prayer Supporters,

As many of you have seen and heard on the news, there was a devastating earthquake here in Italy this past week.  A whole town was destroyed and over 250 people have been confirmed dead.  We do not live close to this area and were not pysically affected by this earthquake but our hearts were.  As far as we know there was no gospel preaching work in that town.  The spiritual state of Italy is our heart’s burden and this has been an eye opener that at any time this could happen anywhere.  People are dying everyday and spending eternity somewhere either heaven or hell, this should motivate us to to tell others before it is to late.  Italy needs Christ not a religion.  Please pray for Italy and for the town of Amatrice.  Pray for their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs. Pray for more laborers here in the country of Italy!

As summer is ending here we are planning a Back 2 School fair for September 10th.  Currently we only have one teenage boy in our church and we would love to see more children and families reached. We have already passed out over 500 invitations and are trying to hit our whole neighborhood before the 10th.   Our church is right across t
he street from the local elementary school and we are praying that we may be an influence in this area.  We are going to have games and prize, but most importantly we will be able to plant the seed of the gospel in each of these kids as well.  Please keep this special day in your prayers!!

This summer has been a time of readjusting and getting used to the culture here in Italy.  My kids have enjoyed many bike rides and cook outs and swim days as well as catching up on Math from while we were on furlough.   Next week it is back to the books for them.  It is hard to believe I will have 2 in 11th, 2 in 10th, 1 in 8th and Christina will be in 2nd.  The older kids will all be taking Italian.  They have learned alot since being here but please pray for them as they continue to learn this new la
nguage.  They have never had to actually study to learn another language like they do now.  They grew up bi-lingual.

Here in Italy the month of August is a vacation.  Most of the stores and offices close down or only open in the mornings. As foreigners this can be frustrating but I am learning to enjoy this more relaxed pace of life. 🙂  Needless to say we have not made any progress on our visa paperwork.  The lawyer we have helping us said to wait until after the holidays.  To get our resident card we are waiting on the local police to come to our house to make sure we are actually living here.  Our prayer is come September we would be able to get all this paperwork done quickly.

Thank you to all who have written or called to make sure we were all right after the earthquake.  We appreciate all the concern and prayers on our behalf.  We are so thankful to have such an awesome group of prayer warriors.

God bless,

Shane & Kathy Rice

Rachel, Rebekah, Moriah, Micah, Charity & Christina