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February 18, 2009

February 2009
You are Sooooo Loved!

Blessings: Our revival services at First Baptist Church, Delta were a blessing. People were prayed up, welcoming visitors, having servant hearts and yielded to the Holy Spirit. Each night we saw young and old walk to the altar for prayer, some for a first time decision for Christ. We saw old friends come and join us from Montrose, Hotchkiss, Delta and Paonia, as well as Gunnison. It was exciting to be where God was at work in people’s lives. The folks from Hotchkiss who attended have asked us to pray about holding services there as well.

Rick then flew to Louisville, KY for a class at Southern Seminary as well as revival meetings each night at Lakewood Baptist Church. The turnout was good despite the previous week’s ice storm and strong winds. He sensed the Holy Spirit’s presence and was reunited with wonderful friends.

At the seminary, Rick was blessed not only in his class work but by time with several friends who are professors. He had lunch with Dr. Robert Coleman and Dr. Tim Beougher, long time friends and members of our Board. Rick has officially transferred his Doctor of Ministry program to Southern Seminary. This was a difficult decision since he loves the men he studied with at Denver Seminary, but Southern offers much more in the area of evangelism.

After Rick finished his class and the services in Louisville, he drove to Gallatin, TN and spoke at Cragfont Baptist Church. They had a wonderful time of worship Saturday evening and then Rick preached Sunday morning. The Lord had him share about how God hates divorce and wants us to honor our marriage covenant. (Malachi 2) The response was very positive.

At the ski area: Just before we left for Delta, Rick was asked by a ski instructor for a ride to Gunnison. As Rick was praying for God to open a door to share, the man turned to Rick and began asking questions about the Bible! Yea Lord! This week Rick was able to follow-up with him. Another instructor pulled Rick aside and asked for prayer, his mom had died while we were on the road.

Rick’s health continues to be sustained by the Lord. Thank you Jesus! The demands of work and ministry have increased to where he’s working six days a week plus ministry.

Upcoming: Rick helps lead worship at the High Ground Bible/Ski Conference in Beaver Creek, Feb.25-27. Melva flies to Scotland March 3 to be with our new granddaughter. Rick preaches at Trinity Baptist in Gunnison March 8. He then travels to Prescott, AZ March 15 to speak for a chapel service at the Arizona Wildfire Academy. After the ski area closes he joins Melva in Scotland. During the week of May 10 we will have our annual Board of Directors meeting in Oklahoma City and hold services at Abell Community Church in Guthrie, OK.

Family news: Stephen, Joy and Hannah are doing well in Scotland where Stephen continues to preach in various churches. Please continue to pray for Rebekah and her walk with the Lord. She tore her ACL, so pray for her surgery and recovery. Steve is doing well here in Gunnison and we continue to draw close. Tim continues to prosper in L.A.

Finances: This month we were able to send firefighter Bibles to several fire departments and churches to use in outreaches. We assisted three men in attending a Christian film production seminar, helped support two leaders of our local college ministry, and provided food gift certificates for several in the ski school who haven’t been able to work due to the economic slowdown as well as one who was injured. Even though this is a difficult time economically, God has been faithful in meeting every need. Thank you for your participation! Please continue to lift up other ministries who are feeling the pressure. I am convicted that each of us needs to do everything we can to be a lifeline of support to those in ministry around the world.

Prayer Requests: We value your daily prayers! They are used to strengthen us and help us hear God’s direction. This month would you please pray about:

1. What local church family the Lord would like us to be part of?

2. How and where to trim Rick’s busy schedule?

3. Guidance to the right church for Stephen to pastor in the United Kingdom.

A thought: Romans 15:13: One day I was feeling down and discouraged. As I opened my Bible, (always the best thing to do when you’re down and discouraged), my eyes fell upon this passage. “Now may the God of hope, fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” It hit me like a light from heaven; our God is a God of hope and as we allow Him to fill us daily with the Holy Spirit, we will live lives of hope!

Thank You for all your prayers and support! You are loved and appreciated!


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