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Dear Praying Friends,
It is with mixed emotion I write this final prayer letter. I’m excited for the doors God has opened, the new place of ministry, and yet sad to close a chapter in my life that has essentially become our identity for about 20 years. I apologize for not getting a letter out in December, as was our intention. Let me fill you in on all that took place in December.
I arrived back in the USA the second week in November, our container arrived on the 12th of December! We are so thankful for our home church (Anchor Baptist Church) getting our container back to the USA. We could not have done it without their help. It turns out, that it is a bit easier getting containers to a foreign field than back home! Who know it would be such a challenge. There is not enough room to tell you all about it, but it was quite an ordeal. We are grateful that all our things arrived.
On November 26, 2018 my father-in-law, Daryl Lease parted from this world. The family asked me to do the funeral, which certainly was an honor. We had to travel to Michigan to do the funeral. I had the opportunity to preach the Gospel to almost 200 people during the funeral. I have only preached one or two other funerals in the USA. I have done several funerals in Peru, but as you can imagine, the format is much different. We thank the Lord for safety traveling to Michigan and back.
Before leaving for Michigan for the funeral, we were able to start the purchase of a house! Everything was rolling, and set for closing on the 30th of December. Many were praying for the house to close before Christmas instead of the 30th of December. Apparently God heard the prayers, because we were able to close on the house on December 21st! We are so thankful to have a house. We moved between Christmas and New Years. We had moved out of our house in Italy in May, so it was the first time in 7 months we had everything in one place! What a blessing to have a house. We want to thank the Weaver family for letting us crash at their place while we have been transitioning to the USA. It has taken much longer than we thought it would. We cannot thank them enough for their graciousness in letting us stay with them.
As if that were not enough, God blessed us with a van as well! Up to this point we had been using the church vehicles. Rachel and Rebekah were able to come home from Bible College for Christmas and visit. They have been a help and blessing in the move. Continue to pray for them as they start their next semester of Bible college very soon.
One more blessing, while we were in Italy, Micah and Moriah passed out tracks all over the town we were in. Recently, an American Military man contacted Bro. War early on a Sunday morning. The man had been up all night. Bro. War had the opportunity to lead him to the Lord! He got Bro. War’s information from a gospel tract that was left in his door! Praise the Lord, the angels are rejoicing over one more soul. Keep giving out gospel tracts, people need the gospel in 2019. People are still getting saved!
We want to thank all of our supporters! I’m humbled, honored, and blessed beyond measure. I started at Anchor Baptist Church as Associate Pastor at the beginning of January. Getting moved out of Italy, and back to the USA certainly took longer than I thought it would. I appreciate the prayers, and support. We have made many friends over the past 20 years and we count all our supporting churches as friends. We would not have made it without your support and prayers!
Serving the King,
Shane & Kathy Rice