July 2018 Prayer Letter

July 2018

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Dear Praying Friends, 

I woke up early this morning with this verse on my mind:  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Ps 27:14).  I don’t like to wait.  As a missionary, we long to be going and doing.  It is one thing to know the Lord’s will, it is another thing to work with God’s timing.  We planned on going back to the field in September.  We are frequently faced with the question, “When are you going back?” To which I respond, “Lord willing in September.”  For several weeks now I have been struggling with going back in September.  We are not in a position financially to make this happen.  We still have to finish paying off our move, and tickets to come back to the USA.  We are still about $6,000 short on our goal for that.  I cannot purchase tickets to return until we have that paid for, and money for our return tickets.  Many have given, and prayed, and we have been very blessed by those who are able to help. I’m extremely grateful to the many who have sacrificially given to help with those expenses!   Please continue to make this a matter of prayer.

I have preached every week since our return to the USA about a month ago.  Things have been extremely busy, and we have logged over 4,000 miles in the month of June.  We praise the Lord for a new supporting church in Ionia, Michigan!  What a blessing it is to have a new supporting church!  

Rachel and Rebekah enjoyed their high school graduation from Lansing Baptist School and are busy getting settled into Grandpa and Grandma’s house.  They were able to get their driving permits, and have started learning to drive.  They are looking forward to heading off to Bible college in the fall.  Thank you to so many who sent them cards and gifts.  They greatly appreciate it.  As parents our hearts have truly been blessed by the compassion and love you have shown to our children.  Our other four have greatly enjoyed time with grandparents and the older three enjoyed a week of teen camp with our sending church.  Christina is anxiously waiting her turn to go to junior camp for a week. 

In June we had a great week at BIO Training school.  Whenever we are in the USA, we try to attend these as they are always a blessing and encouragement to us.  We learn something every single time.  On our travels down to Tennessee we blew two tires on the trailer.  We are extremely grateful for God’s protection and provision during our travels.  The first tire blew as we pulled into a gas station.  We were able to change it right there.  The second tire blew on the highway, and we didn’t even notice.  It was shredded when someone on the highway motioned to us there was a problem.  Praise the Lord we were able to get off at an exit, there was a large place to park, and drop the trailer so I could go and buy tires.  Thank you for your prayers and support.  

Serving the King,

Shane & Kathy Rice