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September 3 , 2006

September Splendor!

August Happenings: Forest fires in Idaho, college ministry and even an art show!    After I returned from the Utah fires, it wasn’t long before I was dispatched to Idaho.  While on assignment, word reached us of five firefighter fatalities.  I was able to minister to firefighters as we grieved over the loss.  In addition, I held a chapel service and gave away Firefighter New Testaments.  The night I left for Idaho I shared briefly with the college football team.  The new head coach is a Christian and has asked me to line up chapels for all their games.

Our Western State College, Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings have started off strong with over 50 in attendance.  In addition, eight students attended my first training session for those who feel called to vocational ministry.  Your prayers and financial support under-gird this ministry on the college and high school campus.  (The FCA programs alone cost approximately $800 a month). Thank you so much!

This week we received requests from two more young evangelists for copies of my book, Beggar to Beggar, a Handbook for Beginning Evangelists.  One young man was from the Denver area and another a seminary student from Louisville, KY.  Your support allows us to provide the book free of charge to these workers for Christ.

Calvary Chapel-Kauai made a CD of Melva and I singing, sharing testimony and my preaching this summer.  We sent copies to several family members and the response has been wonderful.

A special treat this week was being featured as a family at a local art gallery.  Melva, Rebekah, Steve and I have over forty of our wildlife and outdoor photos on display for the entire month.  The Lord has allowed each of us the opportunity to see His wonderful creation and share it with others through photography.  I have to admit I have special help.  Jesus sends an angel to the eagle, deer or bighorn sheep I’m taking a picture of.  The angel tells the animal, “Hold real still and look at him, he’s not very good.”

Family:  Melva has returned to substitute teaching and is enjoying seeing the students and teachers again.  We will have our grandson Trevor with us next week and that will be a real treat.  Joy just finished helping with a youth retreat in Ireland and is back with her husband Stephen in Scotland.  Stephen continues to study in Bible school as well as preach, and Joy works with social services and serves one day a week with Youth For Christ.  Please pray for Stephen as he seeks a new job.  He’s been working in a café adjacent to a “new-age” bookstore, and although he has lots of opportunities to witness, the store is downsizing and he needs more hours of work to stay in school.   Rebekah continues to live and work in Vail and is doing well.  Steve is full-time with the Community Church here and in his new apartment.  Tim is plugging away at his last semester at BIOLA University (19 hours and working on campus).  My mom celebrates her 80th birthday on Christmas Day and is planning to retire (again), this time from helping run a daycare center.  My dad and his family are doing well in Denver.  I have decided to hold off on another knee surgery.  Please pray that Jesus will heal my knee. 

Thank you soooo much for praying for our family regularly.  We really sense God’s presence.

Upcoming:  Please mark your calendars!  We will be having “Thank You” dinners in Colorado Springs, CO (Saturday, November 4 and I preach in the Springs Nov. 5), Dallas, TX (Tuesday, November 7), and Oklahoma City, OK (Friday, November 10). Please set those nights aside and join us if we are in an area near you!  Call or write us for times and locations.  Melva and I have been invited to join in the 50th anniversary of the Estes Park FCA camps.  I served at several camps in the 60’s and 70’s and we even spent our honeymoon at one.  What a treat it will be to see old friends!  In between, we will continue working with the college ministry, fight fires and preach at every opportunity!

Finances:  A huge “Thank You” to each of you who have stood with us through the summer months.  Even though we’ve used up our reserve funds, we are current on expenses.  Please pray that God will continue to raise up folks who share this vision and want to help us fulfill it.

Prayer Requests: For God’s anointing as we share!  For our hearts to be fully His!  For our son-in-law, Stephen, to have the right job, and for his friend Tom who is going through difficult times.  For the restoration of Christian families in this area.  Many are under attack and some are giving up.  For my knee to be healed.  For the ministry finances.

Thank you!  May God richly bless you and yours.

In His grace,

Rick and Melva


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