FALL BLESSINGS TO YOU!
THE BARTON'S QUARTERLY UPDATE
Greetings from the Colorado High Country! Thanks to your prayers,
the Lord is doing wonderful things here.
First, a review of God's blessings since our last quarterly
update. The Lord graciously allowed us to hold revival
services in Troy, MT this spring. What a wonderful time of preaching,
singing and seeing God's hand at work. Then it was off to Roswell,
NM to share on evangelism with an exciting church leadership
group of almost 200. In between I served on the Columbia Shuttle
Recovery effort in TX and had the privilege of sharing Jesus
with firefighters and NASA personnel from around the country.
Of course sharing in Pitkin, CO over Memorial Day (over 25
years of preaching in Pitkin!) and then the absolute blessing
of our oldest daughter Joy's wedding. Joy and her husband Stephen
Barton (yes, that's right, Barton) are living in England where
he is training for the ministry.
Then, fire season went into full swing. I served in Arizona
for 16 days where I was able to share with firefighters, media
and even reunite with some wonderful missionary-pastor friends.
From AZ it was 4 weeks of fires in CO where I had the privilege
of leading an ex-New York City policeman to Christ as well
as giving away many of our new firefighter New Testaments.
On one fire several prison inmate firefighters attended my
chapel service and one just wrote asking for more New Testaments.
Melva joined me on the last CO fire and helped with contacting
the public. Two days later I was on my way to Montana for 2
weeks of very difficult, smoky, dangerous firefighting. I counted
on all of your prayers as I led over 60 firefighters in battling
the fire on a vital part of the line. The chapel turnout was
encouraging and once again I gave away all of the New Testaments
I had been able to bring. I drove to the MT fire and on the
way home my clutch went out on our '91 Explorer. The Bible
says to give thanks in and for all things (1 Thess. 5:18, Eph.
5:18-20) and so I reluctantly praised the Lord. The next morning
the tow truck driver picked me up and we headed home. Within
5 minutes he opened up and shared that God had called him to
the ministry as a youth. He had been trying to run away from
the Lord and was now ready to come back. He told me, "You
can tell your wife why your car broke down. It was because
God wanted you to talk to me!"
Last night our college Fellowship of Christian Athletes met.
I shared with over 50 new and returning students. At least
6 want to attend my "called to ministry" class when
fire season ends. Please pray for these men and women.
As I type this I am being dispatched to Oregon for another
fire assignment. This time as a "line Safety Officer".
Please pray that the Lord will allow me to be His witness,
and protect me.
Our newest album, "Songs From the Fire" is in and
available on request. One song, "Suppertime" features
our 90 yr. old friend, Coach Dan Stavely. Dan went to be with
the Lord shortly afterward and the song was played at his service.
In addition, the International Bible Society requested permission
to print an article I wrote about sharing Christ in TX. We
have copies of that available as well.
Upcoming: Melva and I will share in Pitkin, CO again the 21st,
our college ministry continues to grow, and we hope to visit
many of you in OK, TX, AR, and CO in October and November.
We're praying about where to go, and when. If you would like
to have us come your way please let us know. Lord willing I
will begin teaching skiing in mid-December. Please pray that
the right folks will buy Crested Butte ski area so that our
outreaches can continue and increase.
Prayer requests: For the anointing of the Holy Spirit to rest
upon us as we share. For Joy and Stephen in England. For Rebekah
in Vail, for Steve at Indiana Wesleyan and Tim at BIOLA . We
are soooo grateful for how the Lord Jesus is working in our
Finances: As you may know, my firefighting and skiing help
with approximately half of our financial needs. Donations to
Rick Barton Ministries cover the rest of our personal expenses
as well as all of our expenses for fire, college and church
outreaches. Thank you for your prayerful assistance in this
ministry. Currently we are running behind, but with your prayers
we know things will catch up soon.
Thank you again for standing with us! We love and appreciate
each of you.
In His grace,
Rick and Melva