Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Perfect Provision (weekly update)


**An update for our update:  As of this morning, we now only need $500 per month to meet our needs!**
 
Highlights:
-God continues to provide!  We only need $550 per month to meet our monthly financial partnership needs!
-We have received our state police background checks.
-Oct 28-Nov 4 we will be in northern Virginia and want to see you!
 
 
Faithful Friends,

We have continued to see God move in the past week.  He has been faithful to use many of you to encourage and pray for us.  Your notes and calls have come in at just the right time to shine His light and joy into our circumstances.  Thank you for being used by Him in so many ways!

This week He has lavished His provision on us as He added two new recurring financial partners and led three other partnering families to increase their monthly gift.  We are thrilled to let you know that we only need commitments totaling $550 per month to fulfill our financial partnership needs!  If you are interested in partnering with us as a recurring financial partner, you can respond to this email or visit http://partner.richlysupplied.com.

We were excited this week to receive our State Police background checks which are needed for our visa process.  This was one of the few steps we can take to prepare for the visa process before we reach our full monthly budgetary needs.  Now that we have them, there is a time crunch for us to start our visa process.  The background checks are only good for a limited time and we do not want them to expire in the middle of the visa process.

On top of that, our supervisor at Wycliffe has strongly encouraged us to have our funding complete at least one week before Thanksgiving so that the holiday season will not further delay the process.  Please be praying with us that God's perfect timing to complete our partnership team would be soon!

We wanted to let you know that we will be visiting the northern Virginia area next week (Oct. 28-Nov4).  With our funding coming in quickly, we do not know if we will back in that area again before we leave for language school.  If you live in the area, we want to see you!!  Please email us to set something up.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support!  We cannot wait to email you next week to let you know once more how God has used each of you to bring His word to the Bibleless of Mozambique!

For His glory,
David and Wendi Richards

Monday, October 22, 2012

High Flying Adventure

This weekend, we took the opportunity of a gorgeous, breezy, fall Saturday to test out our kite flying abilities.  


After a trip to Lowes for supplies,  David and the boys built two kites out of dowels and trash bags.  Nathan reminded me that we had tried this before.  "Mama, remember when we built kites with you?  They didn't work then.  Daddy is a better builder mama.  I think these will work."  Got to love the truth in that one. 

The kites soared high in the brisk wind...and we couldn't help but to go back and try our luck that afternoon.  The wind had picked up and we got both kites over 500 feet in the air.  All was going well until Caleb let out ALL of his string and his kite took off on an adventure of its own. 


Not to be one left out of a good adventure, David chased the kite for a while.  He ended up walking through the woods and a quarry area for close to half a mile before finding the kite.  He returned victoriously with the kite to shouts of  "You are ok Da!  You didn't get shot or killed or arrested!"


Always makes for a better adventure when you aren't shot, killed or arrested. But having enough adventure for one day, we packed up the kites and headed back home. 


Needless to say, we all had a great time and the boys have asked repeatedly since then when we will get to go fly kites again.  Here is to hoping for many more windy days with high flying adventures!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

(un)expecteds

 *Excited to share this weekly update that went out as an email on Monday and that we are now at 89%!*
 
 Highlights:
→ God has added 5 new recurring partners over the past week!
→ We are at 88% of our monthly budget needs due to life's (un)expecteds.
→ Read on to know how to pray for us this week...
 
Friends,

We hope this email finds you resting in the peace and grace of our awesome God!   We have decided to start sending weekly updates about our ministry since things are moving so fast as God continues to work on shaping His team for this ministry.  We want to make sure that we take the time to share with you the glorious things God is doing through your prayers and support!

We had hoped to write to you this morning and tell you that we have met 90% of our monthly budget needs (which we had as of Friday), but the (un)expected of life happened and we received news of our 2013 cost of living budget increases on Friday.  We say the (un)expected, because although it was not something we expected, it did not come as a surprise to God.  He is completely sovereign…even over insurance companies and their rate hikes!

Last week we added 5 new recurring financial partners and we are now at 88% of our monthly budgeted needs!  How exciting is it to see God work in lives, drawing people to be a part of impacting eternity as He works to bring His word to the Bibleless of Mozambique??!!??

As you think of us this week please consider praying for:

- Doors to open for us to share about the needs of the Bibleless.  We will be sharing in a Sunday School class this Sunday, but have no other opportunities on the calendar after that.
- No one to miss out on the blessing and joy of joining us a partner in this glorious adventure.  Pray that God would break down any barriers, fears or doubts that might keep some from committing to partnership.
- Us to seek God first as we wait expectantly for Him to finish up the team.
- Our full monthly partnership needs to be fulfilled in God’s timing and that His timing would be soon!

If you are interested in having us come and share with your small group, church or family, please send us an email.  If you are interested in partnering with us as a recurring financial partner, you can respond to this email or visit http://partner.richlysupplied.com.

We are thankful for your prayers, support and encouragement.  We have enjoyed lifting you up in prayer and would love to know if there is anything specific we can be praying for you.

With His Love,
David, Wendi, Caleb & Nathan

Monday, October 15, 2012

In the Midst

There seemed to be no way out of this one.  His hands shook as those giving the report went into detail of the foe that lay ahead.  They were closing in, a great multitude from every direction.  Battle loomed and fear coursed through his body. 

He was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord and proclaim a fast...and they gathered to seek help from the Lord, they came from every city, all to seek the Lord. (2 Chron 20:3-4)

Jehoshapat is not one of the most well known Bible heroes.  The story of His faithfulness to the Lord is found in the midst of the stories which chronicle the downfall of Judah and Israel as king after king fails to follow the Lord.  But Jehoshaphat was different, for as His battle loomed, he did not turn to self-power or the so-called power of the idols, He turned His attention to the Lord.

What battle are you facing today?  What looms ahead?  What struggle are you in the midst?

Join in the footsteps of this ancient king and say

When I fear, turn my heart to seek You, Lord, for You are protection.
When I want, turn my heart to seek You, Lord, for You are provision.
When I am discouraged, turn my heart to seek You, Lord, for You are hope.
When I am uncertain, turn my heart to seek You, Lord, for You are constant.
When I am angry, turn my heart to seek You, Lord, for You are peace.
When I am doubtful, turn my heart to seek You, Lord, for You are faithful.

Echo this long ago king and pray,

God, we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You. (2 Chron 20: 12)

Pray, recognizing who God is, reminding Him of His promises, His covenant and remembering who you are in light of His greatness. 

Wait.  Listen.  Seek. 

Hear Him whisper to you as He answered Jehoshaphat,

This battle is not yours, but God's...You need not fight this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf...Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.  (2 Chron 20:15, 17)

Respond back with eagerness, praise and thanksgiving, singing in your heart,

Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting! (2 Chron 20:21)

Watch Him fight on your behalf because you are still weak.  You are still powerless.  You will lose without His strength.  Watch Him fight and then reap the rewards of your waiting:

Provision
Joy
His name glorified 
in all the nations
Peace

Join this ancient king of Judah and watch and see all that the Lord will do for you in the midst of your battle.   






Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Quick Update

*Have to love that the partner level in this update sent out two days ago has already increased to 89%!*

**Make that 90%!!**

***Back to 88%, details to come.***

Highlights:
→ God has blessed us with partners to meet 88% of our monthly budget needs!
→ We continue to do our best to rest in God's sovereign timing and plan.
→ So I have this question...

Friend,

Just a quick note to let you know how much we appreciate you and your prayers! We have seen them answered in the past week in many ways.  We have added 5 new partners in the past two weeks and are now at 88% of our monthly budgeted needs.   We were greatly encouraged recently by two of the youth Sunday Schools which we taught in previous years saying that they wanted to be recurring partners!  So excited to see how God uses those young people to bring His word to the nations!!!

While we pray that God's timing for the completion of our funding is soon, we do our best to cherish each day He gives us here.  We have taken some time to get away, to study His word and to pray.  He continues to speak to us through His word and others, reminding us that His plan and timing are perfect and that He is shaping us to be who we need to be to effectively serve in Mozambique during this time of waiting.  We also were able to take the boys up to "the farm" this past Saturday, which they ADORED.  If you are interested in seeing pictures of our time there, please visit the blog here.  It was a sweet time of refreshing and memories for all of us.

We have had several of you ask questions about partnering and our ministry and wanted to take a moment to answer the ones we are hearing most often these days:

1.  When are you leaving?  Our departure is completely dependent on God's provision of 100% of our monthly budget through recurring partners.  We hope to depart about a month after we have full monthly partnership.
2.  What is a recurring partner?  A recurring partner is anyone who is willing to commit to walk this journey with us while giving on a regular basis (monthly, annually or quarterly.)
3.  Will the small amount I can give really make any difference?  ANY amount makes a difference.  Remember the widow's mite?  God can and will use any gift that is given to Him out of love and sacrifice.  There is no amount too small (or too big) for Him to use to bring His word to the Bibleless of Mozambique.
4.  How do I sign up as a recurring partner?  You can let us know by responding to this email or by visiting http://partner.richlysupplied.com.
5.  Is there anything else I can do to help you?  PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!  We have been reminded recently once again that this is a spiritual battle and that one of our key weapons and defenses is your prayers.  Thank you for lifting us up to the throne of grace.  We also asked a while back for pictures of you and your family so that we could use them as we pray for you.  If you have sent one, THANK YOU!  We love being able to see your beautiful family.  If not, please take a moment to send one.  It will truly make us smile to see you and to lift you up in prayer.

Thank you from the deepest parts of our heart for your love and encouragement.  We have been blessed with the best team of partners ever.  Thank you for being used by God to touch our lives and the lives of countless others as He brings His Word to the people of Mozambique!

For His glory,
David and Wendi Richards

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Those Places & Times

There are those places that are so special that your heart sings just thinking of them.   


Moments when you want time to stop and your heart to take in every detail.


Times when God's blessings are so real and close at hand...


That thanksgiving overflows and pours out from the depths of your soul. 


Times and places where precious redheads romp and play...


And memories that last a lifetime are made.


For this place, this time, this "the farm"

For this we give thanks.
 



Monday, October 1, 2012

What Would It Hurt?

The trees hung low over the river as it meandered slowly by the road.  Their leaves were green, tinged with a hint of orange.  The wide expanse of water flowed slowly by, calling us to look at its majesty, to glory in its Creator. 

If only I had thought of taking a picture of this beautiful scene, but instead I was engrossed with my phone and the small gps map that filled its screen.  We had come upon stopped traffic on the highway and decided to take a detour, trusting our handy navigation system to get us to where we needed to be. 

And thus we found ourselves following the beautiful back roads tracing the New River in Virginia...and thus I found myself only getting snatches of the beauty, before being pulled back into the "reality" of life and navigating our way.  I can't help but feel I missed out following that equation.

How much of my life is like this?  Missing out on the beauty of the moment because I am focused on the something that seems to be far more important?  Granted, we needed to find our way (especially since the gas tank was far closer to empty than to full), but what would it have hurt, to stop, however so briefly, to gaze deeply over the beauty of the scene before us, drinking it in to feed and nourish our souls?

What would it hurt to stop for a moment, gaze deeply into my son's eyes, and laugh with joy at his latest joke?

What would it hurt to let go of my timeline, my expectations and my desires so that my hands and my heart can be full of God's time, plan and desire?

What would it hurt to live in the moment, not worrying about when/how we will get to Mozambique, but being truly thankful for a weekend full of family, love and laughter?

Maybe some day God will lead me back to those roads along the New River.  Maybe some day I will get the pictures that I failed to get yesterday.  And then again, maybe not.

And then, maybe today I will choose to live the lesson I learned through yesterday's adventure...Stopping, gazing and living fully in the moment at hand.



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