June Prayer Letter

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Dear Praying Friends,

We recently celebrated our first year anniversary here in Italy!  We are thankful for all the Lord has allowed us to accomplish this past year.  We continue to work on language, and progress is being made.  We appreciate the many people who have told us they are praying for us to learn the language.  The frustration is probably more of an impatience to be able to communicate effectively and fluidly the truths of the Word of God that need to be communicated.  God indeed is the author of all languages, the understanding and utterance of languages is truly something that God can help.  We are reminded of God’s response to the excuses that Moses used, “And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?  Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” – Exodus 4:11-12

We found another Baptist church, or perhaps it would be better stated, they found us.  There is really not much left except documents, a building and a couple that was really excited to have found us.  He called me on a Sunday afternoon as I was in the office studying.  He told me he was a baptist, at which I was somewhat skeptical.   My son, a young man from our church and myself went out to meet with them a couple days later to find out who they were.  You can still see the “Evangelical Baptist Church” sign hung on the wall.  The paint was faded, but it was clearly there.  As the sign had faded so had the doctrines of a Baptist church.  The second time we went out, it was made very clear and evident, that this man no longer believes Eternal Security.  After an hour of debating, only prayer can change that fact.  It is sad to see where solid Bible Doctrines where once taught, the doors are now closed.  The need in Italy is truly great.

It has been a real blessing to us to have a few visitors already.  We recently had our very good missionary friends visit with us.  We have a few more visitors lined up this summer and we are looking forward to sharing our burden for Mazara del Vallo with them.

We have been very blessed to have a vehicle.  It is a tremendous blessing to use this vehicle for the Lord, picking people up for church.  However the vehicle barely seats our family, and often results in extra trips to get people to and from church.  Last month our 1997 Nissan van spent a week in the shop leaving us without wheels for a week.  We are certainly in need of a much newer vehicle with more seating capacity.  Please start to pray and consider helping for this need.

There is an outdoor market that comes to town on Wednesdays here.  We setup a table every week and give away christian literature at the market.  This has often been a slow work.  Recently we bought a new sign, and have plans to upgrade the market ministry to look a bit nicer, and have a better presentation.  This past Wednesday, we setup the table just a little bit different and saw a huge improvement.  We gave out more materials in just that one day than we had in the past 3 months.  Two ladies from Tunisia came and took a New Testament in Arabic as well as another booklet in Arabic.  I was able to talk to a few people as well.

Our church continues to do well.  Please pray as we continue to distribute tracts door to door.  We continue to pray that God will send fruit for our labor.  Please pray for God’s provision, spiritually, financially, and physically in our church.

Because of Him,

Shane & Kathy Rice

Rachel, Rebekah, Micah, Moriah,

Charity & Christina