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December 2007

Rick Barton Ministries
Here’s our 2006-07 Ministry Report

(Some of our activities since the last Annual Report)

Fall 2006
- Teaching at the Horizon School of Evangelism in San Diego.
- Directing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Western State College as well as our “Called to Ministry” group of students who feel called to missions and vocational ministry.
- Holding Western State College football team chapels and team meeting.
- Fighting forest fires and holding fire chapels in Idaho for 5 weeks.
- Teaching through the book of Ephesians (November-April)
- Reading through the book of Job in November-December in quiet time

January 2007
- Attending a Doctor of Ministry class in Denver
- Ski instructing and ski area Bible studies.
- Training small group leaders.
- FCA and “Called to Ministry” group
- Doctor says Rick needs another knee surgery. (4th)

- Ski instructing and ski area Bible study
- FCA and Called to Ministry group.
- Leading worship at the High Ground Men’s retreat at Beaver Creek
- Doctors tell Rick he has prostate cancer - Church anoints with oil and prays

- Ski instructing and ski area Bible study
- FCA and Called to Ministry group.
- Rick and Melva leave for Scotland to visit Joy and husband Stephen. Six hours after arriving we receive message that our only grandson Trevor has been killed in an automobile accident back in CO. We are able to return within a day by God’s grace.

- Trevor’s funeral
- Revival meetings in Guthrie and Board Meeting in OKC, OK
- 2nd Biopsy reveals prostate cancer still there.

- Teaching at a retreat at “The Cove”-Billy Graham Training Center in North Carolina.
- Preaching in Pitkin, CO

- Preaching in Livermore, CO and Rapid City, South Dakota
- Family reunion and chapel service in San Francisco

- Speaking at Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je Christian camp in Somerset, CO
- Forest fire in Lake Tahoe, CA
- Prostate removed July 16 @ Emory University in Atlanta. Pray with staff
- Called to Ministry group-summer sessions

- Preaching in CO (Sargeants) 3 weeks after surgery
- Forest fire assignment in MT 5 weeks after surgery.
- Melva and Rick both go for 3 wks. Gave away Bibles, pray with firefighters

- Speaking at the Horizon School of Evangelism in San Diego
- Speaking at the “Huddle”, a gathering of 400 pastors, missionaries and their wives in Borrego Springs, CA.
- Preaching in Denver where up to 5 adults professed Christ
- Addressing the Western State College football team meeting
- Holding chapel services for the WSC football team.
- FCA and Called to Ministry group.

- Melva feels weak, tests reveal blood clots on her lungs. (Much better w/treatment)
- Rick’s PSA test comes back with no sign of cancer remaining.
- Teaching at a men’s retreat on the Grand Mesa
- Preaching in Gunnison, singing in Gunnison, and a hunters chapel.
- FCA and Called to Ministry group.

Upcoming, Lord willing:
- Continued college ministry (FCA and Called to Ministry group)
- Ski instructing and Bible studies on the mountain.
- In January I teach a class on personal evangelism for the Black Hills Biblical Institute in Rapid City, SD
- In February I will lead worship for the High Ground Men’s retreat
- In March we will try again to visit Joy and Stephen in Scotland.
- In January we will restart our high school FCA.

Prayer requests:
1. For the Lord’s anointing to continue and increase on our work for Christ
2. For Melva’s healing of the blood clots and accompanying high blood pressure. For Rick’s continued healing of the cancer side effects.
3. For the Lord’s direction on our church home
4. About our starting a Ministry Training School in Gunnison.
5. For our new student leaders as they grow in grace and maturity

The ministry finances have been stable through the year. A huge THANK YOU to all who have prayed for and supported us in this area. We have been able to pay medical bills, go to more small churches, support more workers, help various local pastors in need, and provide more training and materials for college students!

Vision and Mission:
“Win One-Train One-Send One” throughout the world.
Develop a Ministry Training Center for training Christian workers throughout Western Colorado.

This year we have heard from more former students who have gone into ministry around the world. Students who were with us in the 70’s, 80’s, 90,s and 2000’s have contacted us to let us know that they are loving and serving Jesus! Yea Lord!

YOU have each played an important role in our being able to stay in Gunnison and fulfill the calling Jesus has given us. Thank You! Your prayers and support have lifted us up during each of our difficulties and we have sensed your love and prayers throughout.

God Bless You All!

Rick Barton Ministries • 401 Ute Lane Gunnison, CO 81230 • • (970) 641-3583