Dear Pastor & Praying Friends,
As I sit here to write this letter I am reminded once again that God is able to supply exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. As our “desired” departure time draws closer we begin to worry if we will be at 100% of our support and about all the other details. I am thankful that God has promised to supply all our needs. We are still around the 75% mark and have had a few churches promise to begin supporting us. We are thankful for the new ones that have started and those that have said they would. Please pray with us that we would be able to leave towards the end of this year.
In the month of June we were able to take part in our mission boards training school. We always enjoy this week of learning and fellowshipping with other missionaries. This year the theme was “Excellency in the Ministry”. All the classes were so helpful and we were encouraged by them.
We were able to visit with some other missionaries from Italy this month as they are here in the States on Furlough. It was a joy to talk about the work there in Italy and hear personally from them how God is working. They will be about 2 hours from the town where we will be working. The Lord has already provided housing for us and they were telling us of a neighbor nearby that the whole family recently was saved and baptized. Please pray for this family as they begin their walk with the Lord. As we sat talking with them, we began to be so anxious to get to Italy. The harvest is ripe but the laborers are few….
Bro. Jordan was able to come back to the States this last month for his checkup and is now back in Mazara del Vallo waiting for us to get there to replace them. Please continue to pray for his health.
As the summer months are slow for meetings we have been busy with camp and VBS and some much needed time to get some things done. We were able to help in a VBS in Pennsylvania and we were able to see 6 souls saved!! Kathy was able to lead 2 young girls to the Lord. It was a fun time and we enjoyed being a part of their VBS.
Our children have been enjoying summer camp and spending time with their stateside friends. They are looking forward to a youth conference coming up and spending some time with grandparents.
In the month of August we will be in upstate New York we have a few dates open if anyone would like for us to come by and present our ministry.
As we travel many people ask us for prayer request or needs we may have. Here are a few we would appreciate if you would help us pray about these.
1. That we would be able to be at 100% support by October.
2. Pastor Erick and the church in Peru.
3. Bro. Jordan and the church in Sicily.
4. Protection as we travel.
5. Dental needs.
6. Visa paperwork
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support for our family. We couldn’t do it without you all.
In His Service,
Shane & Kathy Rice
Rachel, Rebekah, Moriah, Micah, Charity and Christina