Monday, July 18, 2016

June Update, Summer Ministry, and other News

Richard Preaching at Black Forest Christian Fellowship
"O mein Gott, rückhaltlos gebe ich mich ganz in deine Hände. Wohlstand oder Not, Freude oder Kummer, Freundschaft oder Verlassenheit, Ruhm oder Erniedrigung, Ansehen oder Missachtung, Trost oder Trauer, deine Gegenwart oder dein Verhülltsein - alles ist gut, wenn es von dir kommt. Du bist die Weisheit und die Liebe."
                                                                    -John Henry Newman, 1801-1890-

"Oh my God, wholeheartedly I give myself into your hands. In prosperity or adversity, joy or sorrow, friendship or loneliness, fame or disgrace. Wether I am regarded or disregarded, in comfort or mourning. Wether you reveal your presence or conceal yourself - everything is good when it comes from you. You are wisdom and love."
                                                                     -John Henry Newman 1801-1890-

Richard Preaching at Georg Müller Schule
RICHARD is preparing for a busy summer of speaking engagements. He has been at a camp in the Stuttgart area with Georg-Müller School. and many preaching engagements in between now and English Camp here in Kandern. He will be preaching in the Chemnitz area then in September for a "mission to the city" where a former English camper is the youth pastor. Richard has been busy writing a theological paper that he hopes can be published. He has found a translator who will translate it into German. Please pray that this could be published in English, and German. You could read it on Richard's Blog or on his Academia Page

FAMILY Thanks for praying about our washer and dryer. We were able to wash clothes while our washer part and new dryer were being delivered. We now have a new dryer, and a repaired motor, and electronics board on our washer. We are winding down our school year and the kids have all kinds of end of the year activities. The kids are so excited about the summer and vacation at the beach!

SUPPORT UPDATE: Last month we asked you all to think about increasing your monthly support
Lydia made some nature art at Church
and there has been some great response so far. We still have to get in touch with several people to ask them personally, but we are hard at work to get our support level back in good standing. Please think with us about...
Increasing your monthly donation by $25-$50. If all of our 55 person support team would increase their giving be $35 monthly then we would meet our monthly need by 100%.
Please think about sharing our ministry with others, who are interested in Europe or Germany. Even those who are looking for missionaries to support. Please share our information, MISSIONARY BLOG, or personal support giving link HERE. It would be great if you could introduce us to new people. Also think about Churches & Business that might be interested in our ministry.
A specific need this Fall is language study for Richard. The cost of this class is in the neighbourhood of $3,000. If anyone is looking to make a one time gift you can do that and earmark it for "language study" for Richard HERE.  God Bless you thank you for following our blog, reading, and praying for our ministry here in Germany.

Monday, June 6, 2016

May Update! Camp Ministry, and Support Needs

Richard Preaching at Word of Life Camp
Ministry Update:
Last Month I, Richard, was able to preach at a Word of Life Musical camp where youth came together to prepare a musical and at the end of the week they traveled around Germany to present their musical based on the life of Esther
It was an amazing week of ministry. I preached on the "I Am" statements of Jesus in the book of John. I received good feedback, and many students lives were touched by the time in worship and preaching. One student who has played the character of Ester many times said that one thing she has decided in her life based on playing the role of Esther is, "God is good and he is there." The Connection to Word of Life will
be invaluable for future youth ministry for Richard in Germany. Word of Life makes 10 of these types of Musical camps throughout the year, plus all their regular camps and retreats throughout the year. As a Family we are planning for a full summer. The kids are still in school for a couple more weeks, and the summer begins a little later here in the Baden-Würrtemberg area. During that time Richard will preach in several more places. A School weeklong retreat (July 4-7th), a couple churches, and then at English camp here in our region (August 24-September 7th). Prayer is much appreciated for those ministry times.
Support Update:
Last month we found out that a few of our monthly supporters would not be able to continue to support us. Many had committed to two years of support, and were hoping to be able to continue after that initial commitment, but were not able. As a result our mission has had to sink out monthly income to half of our regular monthly income. This as you can imagine is not a liveable existence for us. That is why we are asking all of our monthly supporters to think and pray about... 
Richard Preaching "I am the Resurrection and the Life"
1. Increasing your monthly donation by $25-$50. If all of our 55 person support team would increase their giving be $35 monthly then we would meet our monthly need by 100%. God is a mighty provider (Jehovah Jireh) and he can do this.
2. We also ask that you to think about people that you could share our ministry with. People interested in Europe or Germany. Even those who are looking for missionaries to support. Please share our information, blog, or personal support giving link HERE. We would love to connect with new people. Could you also ask these friends if you could introduce them to us. Also think about Churches and Business that also might be interested in supporting us. 
3. Another big need that is coming up in the Fall will be further language study for Richard. The cost of this class is in the neighbourhood of $3,000. If anyone is looking to make a one time gift you can do that and earmark it for "language study" for Richard HERE.
The Whole Word of Life Camp

Here is a visual of what we still lack in monthly support. We are roughly at 70% of our monthly support needs. This gives you an honest look at what we need right now. But most importantly we need your prayer that we can meet this financial deficit, and that God will continue to use us in ministry and mission here in Germany. Thank you for reading, praying, and supporting us. God bless you!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Prayer for Ministry this Summer 2016

I know is has been a long time since I have written anything here. I am sorry for that. I wanted to update you on what is happening here with us this Summer in ministry. I will be preaching at several camps this year. The first one is coming up from May 14 through the 18th. It is with the ministry Word of Life (Wort des Lebens). It is a music camp where students will prepare for a musical during the week of camp. In the last three days of camp they will go and present their musical throughout Germany.
WDL Musicalfreizeit für Jugendliche from Wort des Lebens on Vimeo.
The next camp that I will be speaking at is at a school retreat in the Stuttgart area from July 4 to July 7. The last camp that I will be preaching at is an English camp here in Kandern.  That themes for these camps will be all the "I am" statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John. In my research I found out that Matt Chandler has done the same theme a few months earlier at The Village Church in Texas they had a very cool introduction video to that series that I think could help us keep our eyes on Jesus the great "I AM".
I AM - Intro from The Village Church on Vimeo.

 I would appreciate it if you would pray for me in these next months. Please pray for me, "that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel." Also pray for the 400 hundred students or so that I will be ministering to. Pray that they will be touched by Jesus and be able to respond in faith to him.

Also I have many tasks with the Theology and Innovation department. On top of the work of planning for a youth ministry training course, I have the honor of preparing for a Missional Church Planters training course that will be offered through the Theological department. We are working to recruit 8-10 prospective church planters here to Kandern with the goal to train them, and then after a year of coaching and training, sending them out for missional church planting work in Germany. I am also continually busy with youth ministry in the area;  supporting and encouraging youth pastors, and mentoring two young men who have a desire to be church planters. This will be a full Summer so pray that these encounters bring about much fruit for the Gospel. Thanks for reading and...

If God might be calling you to support us you can go to our personalised secure giving link HERE and pledge to support us monthly. God bless you!

"Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen."
Jude 24-25

"Gott allein kann uns davor bewahren, dass wir vom rechten Weg abirren. So können wir von Schuld befreit und voller Freude vor ihn treten. Ihm, dem einzigen Gott, der uns durch Jesus Christus, unseren Herrn, gerettet hat, gehören Ehre, Ruhm, Macht und Herrlichkeit. So war es schon immer, so ist es jetzt und wird es in alle Ewigkeit sein. Amen."
Judas 24,25