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October Blessings From the Bartons

Dear loved ones in Christ,

I returned this weekend from a forest fire assignment on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I was stationed a few hundred yards from the rim itself. What a wonderful, creative God we know and serve! What beauty, what splendor, what majesty! And all of this is just a reflection of His character and love for us! Wow!

Ministry update:

  1. Our 6:30am Thursday morning group of college students who feel called to areas of ministry leadership continues to grow. We are now averaging 10+ each week. We are working through issues such as the call to the ministry, the personal life of godliness, sharing your testimony, leading someone to Christ, and basic doctrines. In addition, we have guest ministers who pour their life into the students.
  2. Our work with the college Fellowship of Christian Athletes continues strong with the group still averaging 50+ students each week.
  3. In the past month, Melva and I have had the privilege of preaching in Pitkin, CO and here in Gunnison, conducting a wedding on the top of the world (Silverton, CO), celebrating Melva's birthday, fighting fires and distributing Bibles in Oregon and the Grand Canyon, as well as finishing the 2nd chapter of my rewrite of Charles Spurgeon's "Lectures to My Students".

Coming up:

  1. Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. On October 17th we will hold our annual Board of Directors and ministry update dinner in Oklahoma City. This meeting is open to all of you who are interested in our ministry. Please call Jerry Bugg @ 405-751-5867 to help us get a head count. We'll meet in the conference room at Johnny's Hamburgers in Edmond, 33, 33rd Street just east of Broadway Extension at 5:30 pm. On the 19th we will share in the services of Covenant Community Church in Yukon, OK (a suburb of OKC) in the morning and at Abell Community Church north of Guthrie, OK that evening. Then we'll have dinner with those of you in the Dallas area on the 20th. After that, we hope to make a quick stop in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to visit with all of you in that neck of the woods. On the way back we will share at Chapel Hill Methodist in Oklahoma City on October 26th, and then hope to stop in Colorado Springs, CO and have a meal and share with those of you there. Please contact us (970-641-3583 or 970-209-8006-cell) for updated times and locations. I apologize for the late notice but things have fallen into place in a hurry. Please put these meetings on your prayer schedule as well.
  2. College outreach to Kansas. On Nov. 15 we are taking a group of college students to minister to youth in Protection, KS. Please pray as we encourage the youth in this small community to follow Jesus.
  3. Preaching in Gunnison November 23. Please pray for the Spirit's anointing.
  4. So far, we have invitations to hold services next spring in Kansas and Oklahoma. Please pray as we prepare for these meetings as well as others that may open up.

Other Prayer Requests: For the healing from cancer of our good friend Tom Freeman, a missionary to cowboys and American Indians in Nevada. Tom and Lorraine are wonderful examples of love and faithfulness to the Lord. Also, please pray for our college ministry of training leaders and outreach. Please pray for the right church location for New Song, the church we started in 1969. We're meeting in a temporary place too small for Sunday school and are seeing lots of new families and children. And, please pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to continue to fall upon us as we share around the country. Thank You!!

Finances: As you faithfully pray, the Lord is replenishing our deficit. We were running six weeks behind and now only two. We've received some wonderful unexpected gifts from many of you. THANK YOU soooooo much!

All in all, the Lord is graciously moving and blessing. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our team.

You are loved and appreciated; we hope to see you soon,

Rick and Melva Barton

Here’s a picture of our ministry training group. Thanks for your prayers and support!


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