Early September activities: On 9/11 we offered a free BBQ lunch for all 1st Responders and gave away fire and police New Testaments and Devotionals. A number of law enforcement/fire/EMS took us up on the offer. The next day we held the “Celebration of Life” for our alumni missionary Frank Goetschel and many of our “alumni” came together to honor Frank and his widow Steph.
Back from the fire: Last weekend, I returned from the Lionshead Fire near Sisters OR. The fire was over 200,000 acres and destroyed most of the resort community of Detroit OR. It grew over 75,000 acres in one terrifying night. I spent several days working with the residents of Detroit when they were allowed to return to what was left of their homes and businesses. Thank you sooooo much for your prayers.
Miracles occurred during this assignment and I re-learned some valuable lessons. First the miracles:
Some Lessons I learned:
Family: Our younger son Tim, wife Sara, and granddaughter Elizabeth have welcomed our newest granddaughter, Sydney, in LA. We praise the Lord that all are healthy! Joy, husband Stephen, and granddaughters Hannah and Bethan are back at work and school in Inverness Scotland. We are longing to see them as soon as travel restrictions ease. Our older son Steve, wife Annie along with grandchildren Samuel and Abigail have been staying with us in order to escape the madness of Southern CA. It’s been wonderful spending time with all of them and especially watching the Samuel and Abigail grow each day.
Upcoming: Our services in Josephine, outside of Dallas have been postponed. Lord willing, we’re still headed to Guthrie OK November 17-22. Ski season starts in December. Please pray we’re able to resume our Bible study. In the meantime, our Saturday night worship services and other ministries are going well!
Prayer Requests: Please pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to be upon us as we share. Please pray for the right place to meet this winter. Our group has grown and the place we’ve been meeting may be too small with social distancing. Please pray for our family, that the Lord would draw each of us closer to Him daily! And please pray for the Lord to reveal who He has chosen to fill in behind us.
Thank You! May the Lord richly bless and keep you, Rick and Melva
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