A LOVE LETTER
“ Do you know how much you are loved?” That’s a question
I recently asked a college student. In fact, I frequently ask
it of both Christians and non-Christians. Often the response
is, “I don’t feel very loved right now” or “I
don’t think I’m very lovable.” But the fact
is, they are loved. In fact, all of us are! As Jesus says in
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whoever believes in (relies upon, clings
to, trusts in) Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” No
matter what the response to my question is, I say, “Well,
God loves you and we love you.” This usually brings a smile.
Do you remember the last time someone told you that you were
loved? How did you feel? Well, you are loved! We love you and
the Lord loves you! Happy Valentine’s Day!
January Update: The month of January was a wonderful one but
not one without trial.
First the highlights: I attended a two-week intensive seminary
course in Denver. Although it entailed 12 hours a day at the
school (between class and library), it was a productive time
of study and fellowship. I even met a young man who had been
with Melva and me at Wheaton College and had accompanied us
as we spoke at colleges and rescue missions in the Chicago
Other highlights included speaking at Jeffco Christian Fellowship
in Denver, Trinity Baptist in Gunnison and Grace Fellowship in
Lake City, CO. I’m always happiest when I have the privilege
of preaching. In addition, our college Fellowship of Christian
Athletes has continued to grow with over 50 students attending
each week. Almost weekly we hear of students receiving Christ!
Out of the regular attendees, ten have expressed a call to the
ministry and I meet with them each Thursday morning for training.
Another blessing, the Billy Graham organization notified us during
December that they were going to use our evangelism book in more
upcoming training sessions. PTL.
Trials: Everything I touched in Denver seemed to break. I was
involved in a car accident and my old explorer was totaled. Fortunately,
no one was injured. Then I broke my cell phone, sunglasses, etc.
I have to admit that the overall pressure made me somewhat frazzled,
but the Lord used your prayers to bring me through.
Blessings: The Lord replaced my vehicle with a newer one at
a relatively low cost. I made some wonderful new friends at Denver
Seminary and had a good talk with the new president. During our
conversation I was able to express my love for the school and
our concern for the lack of evangelism emphasis in the curriculum.
He seemed receptive so please continue to pray for the school
and its strategic mission. Another blessing was to hear from
a ski student I had prayed with a few years ago. He asked for
help in growing stronger in the Lord. A former college athlete
from the 80’s called to share that He was walking with
the Lord and active in his church. I celebrated my 30th season
working for Crested Butte Mountain Resort. What a blessed place
to minister God’s love.
Upcoming Events: Sunday, February 15, I preach again at Trinity
Baptist Church in Gunnison. Their pastor recently resigned and
I have been helping fill the pulpit. Please pray that I will
have the Lord’s anointing and His message for these wonderful
folks. In between church services I will help with the chapel
at the local assisted living facility. February 25-27 I will
lead worship at the “High Ground” men’s Bible-ski
retreat in Beaver Creek, CO. In addition, we will continue our
Sunday evening Bible studies, as well as our college and ski
area ministry. In April, we will hold services in Protection,
KS, Guthrie, OK and San Diego. Please begin to pray for these
Prayer requests: Please pray that I walk humbly before the Lord
and in the anointing of His Holy Spirit. Also, please pray for
our family to continue to grow closer to Him and to each other.
Please pray for Gordon, a wonderful Christian bookstore owner
in Grand Junction who has been diagnosed with Leukemia. And of
course, please pray for our various outreaches and ministries
to bring glory to Him.
Finances: Every month we stand amazed at the goodness of God
in the area of financial provision. During December we wondered
if we would be able to afford the January seminary class. Yet,
I sensed that the Lord wanted me to go and so I prepared to leave.
I only have three classes left before I can start work on the
Doctorate and really felt I should get this one out of the way.
At any rate, just before I had to leave for the class the Lord
brought the money in! And, through all the trials with vehicle
replacement, our son Steve getting a new heart pacemaker, and
a major church sponsor having to cut back on their support, we
are still afloat!
Thank you for your wonderful part in that ongoing miracle. We
strongly believe that your giving should first go to your local
church and then to other ministries as the Lord guides you. We
know that there are many wonderful opportunities to give and
are grateful that He has led you to be part of our support family.
A special thanks to those of you who are new supporters joining
our team and keeping us moving forward.
On a personal note: This spring I enter my 35th year of ministry.
God has been soooo faithful! I hope you realize how important
each of you has been in allowing us to serve. One concern we
have is that Melva and I realize I have been burning the candle
at both ends for a number of months and need to pull aside for
a rest. We aren’t sure when and where that break will be,
but please pray for wisdom and opportunity. Thank You.
Do you know how much you’re loved? Well you are! God loves
you and we love you!
In His love, Rich & Melva