Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Dear friends, we covet your prayers for our family today.
Prayer requests for May 2016
1. Praise for an encouraging time at Acts 29  Church Planting Conference and great contact to Church planters in Germany
2. There is an urgent need for more monthly supporters. our salary was cut 25% due to fewer monthly supporters! (GIVE HERE)
3. For more Gospel opportunities for Richard & Simone with the sports and music clubs
4. Praise that Simone has plenty of extra work on the side, but pray for balance and energy
5. Please pray that Richard would have success in writing the youth ministry and church planters training program coming up in 2017
6. Pray for Richard that he remains diligent in language, and for more donations to that end
7. Praise that the kids feel more and more at home in Germany
8. Praise God for a new home that meets our needs and is less expensive!
9. Praise for help with Ana in after school program.
10. Please pray we would receive communication device for Ana from our insurance


Her vomit included blueberries!

Today Lydia and Caleb slept at the same time. From 12:30 to 2:30. That is very rare and I enjoyed every minute of it. Ana is at school till 2:30 and will be put on the bus to arrive home at 4:00. Around that time Richard will come home and I leave for work.
That is our routine.
Every week is the same.....but not.
On Tuesday last week Richard and I got the tragic news of the death of our friend Randy Woodell. His funeral was yesterday.
On Tuesday, after Richard left to be we his wife Gail in San Fransisco, Ana's teacher called me to pick her up since she was vomiting. She continued to vomit in my car. Her vomit included blueberries. Since she vomited unto Caleb's seat he was delighted to pick up some blueberries to eat. I was screaming, Lydia whom I had told to hold one of Caleb's hands (so he could not pick up any vomited blueberries) was screaming, Caleb was screaming.....Ana was singing: "Yes Jesus loves me...." since she was feeling much better after,
as you know,
vomiting in my car,
and was now able to continue singing along the kids music CD that was still running.....
So that's were we are....

Her vomit included blueberries! Why do I now find that funny. Almost uplifting.

It's because we can know for sure what we feed our children will be digested and sometimes it will show in what they sing or say. What we feed ourselves everyday will come forth one day in those moments we did not think we will see it again.

I know this is kind of macabre, but sometimes you have to make the best out of a bad situation. And I am thankful that only I got the stomach flu this weekend, and not Caleb, even though he did eat the blueberries. I am going to trust that even if the situation looks dark and dreary, I am uplifted by little "Yes Jesus loves me's" .

Friday, April 19, 2013


A very dear friend and father of my sister-in-law Randy Woodell passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning while on vacation in San Francisco. His dear wife Gail was here with him. Richard was able to go and be with her until her two kids arrived in San Francisco. We were grateful to have the opportunity to be part of their lives and grieve the loss of a wonderful, deep, thoughtful, and caring man, Husband, Father, and Grandfather. I can't imagine the depth of loss my sister (in-law) must be feeling, and am at a loss of words. Please pray for the wife, children and grandchildren.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
Hebrews 13:5b
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Matthew 5:4
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Romans 8:11
"If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you"
Revelation 21:4
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
Matthew 11:28
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail,but God is the strength of my heart,and my portion for ever.
Psalm 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
     he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul.
     He guides me in paths of righteousness
     for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk
     through the valley of the shadow of death,
     I will fear no evil,
     for you are with me;
     your rod and your staff,
     they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
     in the presence of my enemies.
     You anoint my head with oil;
     my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
     all the days of my life,
     and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
John 14:1-2
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18
“Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Resting in Him
I do not understand, dear Lord,
         Why this has come, nor see
Why days are dark and night so long,
         And clouds o’ershadow me.
Dost thou not understand, My child,
         Why clouds o’ercast the sky?
That without rain no rainbow bright
         Could be, and flowers would die?
So in thy life, My precious one,
         Shall I send only sun
To wither, scorch what dormant lies;
         And little raindrops shun?
Come lay thy weary head and rest
         Upon my breast—nor pine.
This is from Me; I know what’s best
         Thy beauty to refine.
Just trust Me when the paths unknown
         I lead—perchance with pain.
Lean hard, My child, take thou My hand;
         Someday I’ll make it plain.
There may be mountains rough and steep,
         There may be valleys lone,
There may be jagged rocks or thorns,
         But thou art ne’er alone.
For I’ll go with thee every step;
         Thy grief and pain I’ll share.
So lean the harder, child of Mine,
         I’ve placed the burden there.
Dear Lord, I may not understand
         The way Thou leadest me;
Suffice to know that Thou, O God,
         Thy path ahead doeth see.
         -- Carnell K. Wilmoth

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pray us to Germany

Lydia and Ana playing

Ana enjoys playing in Granny Gails car

the life saving double stroller

Lydia loves her carrots
It is a new week. I am getting the kids dressed and fed. Richard started Strep throat on Wednesday last week and is still really tired, mainly because he could not rest really over the weekend. He spoke at a men's breakfast on Saturday and had church on Sunday. I had to work on Friday (I teach at a music Studio in Livermore) and we had a recital for our adult students on Saturday afternoon. Once again a weekend is gone. We did have our first "Pray us to Germany" prayer meeting. So grateful for those friends who were able to come and pray with us. It was so encouragement to hear others formulate words asking our big God to create a way for us to go.

 I wanted to share our main prayer requests.
  • We are at 16% of our fundraising efforts. We are praying that everybody who has promised and said they would support us especially monthly would find a way to send their pledges in.
  • We have started going to small groups and sharing our vision and if interested, our needs. Please pray that we will find more people who are interested in becoming part of our team.
  • With Richard being sick we sometimes loose focus of our priorities. Please continue to pray to find appropriate time for everything without neglecting the needs of our children.
  • Simone will be sharing about our new Ministry in Germany, at her WOW bible study on Wednesday.
  • Richard will be out at night a lot, connecting to all the different small groups at Creekside. He will have to cover all the groups before they go on summer break at the end of May.
  • Simone will be leading worship for a women's retreat at the end of April (26.-28.)

Thank you for your support and your prayers. We trust that God will give you peace and joy for this new week.

God bless you!

Monday, April 8, 2013


Richard and Simone Moore
Ana (10), Lydia (7), Caleb (4)


German Address
Ziegelstraße 8
74900 Kandern

American Address
Richard and Simone Moore
2025 Cedar Springs Road
Blythewood, SC 29016

Simone +49 (0) 1705274772 German Cell
Home: (510) 764-1056
Richard +49 (0) 160-3125806 German Cell
Home: +49 (0) 7626-9161715 in Germany

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Privilege of Raising a Child With Special Needs...

My brother came to visit. He had gone to Peru to check out a possibility for himself and his family to work at a hospital in a small village in the Andes mountains. Samuel is a anesthesiologist but his heart has always been beating for missions. As we talked through his thoughts on Peru I reflected on our path that led us to finally follow God's calling to go to Germany. Just like Samuel we always had a passion for Missions. We knew that there would be a day we would go. We started going, stepping out in small steps through our English Camps we started at Creekside Community Church. Every time we saw the need in Germany our heart was aching. 
I personally grew up on the mission field. My parents were missionaries to the Chuuk Islands in Micronesia. We stayed on one of the outer island called Polowat. My memories of missions work and living in a foreign country are filled with wonder and amazement. When we returned to Germany I knew God was calling me, but I also had the feeling he was calling me to a "first world country". I kind of felt bad about that for going to a first world country. It looked like I wanted the comfort and security of all the fancy things these kind of societies can offer.
and then we had Ana.
We know a wonderful family who was prepping to go to Africa. They were expecting their 4th child and were excited to go as bible translators to a remote place. Their 4th child had Down Syndrome. She also had a severe heart problem and with a deep feeling of failure and a huge amount of questions like: "WHY GOD, WHY!" they had to give up their dream of being missionaries in a third world country.
Having said this, are we not in God's will if we plan for something, convinced God is leading, and then stand still and have to do something else....
everything that God does is a perfect way of leading us to the actual goal he has for us. Now we look back and understand why I/we have been called to a first world country. Even though we need all the medical support and educational advances a first world can provide for our special needs child, she also is opening doors we could never have dreamed of.
Children in general open doors we could never have dreamed of. We are excited to live and reach out to the community we are going to be part of just because we are a family with small children...just because God has granted us the privilege to raise a child with special needs.
Germany is a very success driven country. Many things they do they do very well. Imperfection is a sign of failure and an automatic disadvantage.
And again,
what a privilege to live as a family who embraces their child with special needs. To show that we love her because GOD MADE HER! He made our family to fit together and live for his glory. Lydia and Caleb will be little lights in a dark world because they love their sister. Yes, there will be an awareness that will come, but by God's grace we will all grow in our appreciation for his ways. 
Please pray for our children. Pray for my brother who is contemplating going into missions, pray for those families who are struggling to accept their child with special needs...pray for continuous joy.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Prayer Card For Moore Family

Supporters in Germany can now also support us by setting up monthly pledges! Recurring payments can be made with the Janz Team Bank in Germany. We need $50, $100, $150, or more (or Euros) monthly supporters. Americans can set up monthly support by clicking here. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested or you can contact me directly rmoore@teachbeyond.org Germans can support by setting up transfers to... 

Sparkasse Lörrach Rheinfelden 
Konto Nr. 1658806 
BLZ 68350048 
In the transfer description: "TeachBeyond missionaries Richard and Simone Moore"

Thanks and God Bless you!