November Prayer letter

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Dear Praying Friends,

The weather certainly has cooled off here.  We have a long summer with a lot of heat and humidity.  When it starts to cool off, and is still humid, it makes if feel colder than it really is.  As fall hit we decided to host a Fall Festival at our house.  We had many people come to the festival that we invited.  We even had a family come that has never been to church.  It was a great turn out with lots of people.  We had a hay ride (even though that is foreign here) as well as a bon fire, and plenty of food.  It was a great opportunity of fellowship for the church and a great point of contact for many people that do not come regularly to church.

School is up and running for our kids now.  We have two seniors this year.  Where has the time gone?  The inevitable question of, “What is next?” always looms ahead.  This is particularly a harder question for missionary kids and parents alike.  We have been looking and praying about a Bible college in the USA for them to head too.  All that is involved in going back to the USA to attend college becomes a lot of extra planning and preparation.  Please pray for them as this hangs in the near future for them.  Also pray for their parents (us!).

Shane continues to go to drivers school!  It is more of a vocabulary challenge than actually rules and regulations of the road.  They have a very intense schooling that drills you on every chapter with quizzes.  Currently he is up to chapter 18 of 24.  So while progress is being made, it has been slow.  On the same note, we have been using Rosetta Stone for our whole family for language learning.  Shane is on the last leg of that journey looking to finish up this month!

Kathy has been moving slowly for the past few months with a lot of back pain.  We went to the doctors, and it turns out she has a herniated disk in her lower back.  We are hoping and praying that this will resolve itself with the right treatments.  She is currently on medicine.  Please pray that this would heal quickly and allow her to get back to her full strength.  Her involvement in the ministry and at home is essential!

We started going down town on Sunday nights after church and setting up a table with Gospel literature on it every Sunday evening after services.  This is much like what we do on Wednesday mornings at the market.  It has proved to be a great time to talk with people and give out gospel tracts and packets of information for our church.  We were able to go throughout the month of October.  It was often cool at night and less people, however there were still people down there.  November has proven to be tough as it just became too cold and rainy.  We look forward to heading back down there in the spring.   We have had several visitors in church recently which has been a huge blessing.  Some have been out of church for some time and one was a completely new visitor!  Pray that God would continue to touch and work on hearts and lives here in Mazara del Vallo.

We are in need of help!  Please pray that the Lord of the harvest would send forth laborers into His harvest!  Don’t pray that God would send someone in your place if He clearly wants you to go.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Serving the King,

Shane & Kathy Rice