Hit Hard

More than twenty years ago, God called the Richardsons to minister in Mexico, and we continue to see His hand at work. What often “makes the headlines”  are the conferences where Mike speaks, the preaching engagements in larger cities and churches, and sometimes the exciting stories of God’s divine protection and providence in proclaiming the Gospel in areas where drug cartels rule. But when Mike “comes home,” it’s to a wonderful little flock of God’s precious sheep nestled in the mountains in a place called Baratillo.
Recently, La Iglesia de Baratillo has been afflicted with several serious illnesses. As you know from a recent email, Mike was down with a flu-like virus for several weeks. We are praising the Lord that his headaches significantly lessened while he was preaching in Chiapas. But the families of Baratillo have been hit hard.
  • One person had a ruptured appendix and now has a torn colon
  • One person has just been diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Another brother was hospitalized with a urinary tract infection
  • Chicken pox is currently sweeping through some of the families
  • Yet two others have been diagnosed with tuberculosis
  • Now, many others in the church are being tested for tuberculosis
The church and family members are helping out as much as possible, but the need for help, medical expenses, travel expenses, testing and treatment are great. For this reason, VNMinistries has set up a special giving link to assist in this area.
If the Lord is prompting you to help us help these families with their medical and related expenses, please click here. You of course can give to our “where most needed” category as well, but if you tag the purpose as “medical needs,” we’ll make sure we get your gift to those who need help.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support of VNMinistries. Of course, the greatest way to help us is to pray for us, our family, our friends, and our work. As you pray, if God leads you to give, please do so. If God leads you to contact us about coming to help with this work, please respond. His work is done through His Holy Spirit working through His people. You may be the answer to your own prayers.
May the Lord richly bless and keep you!
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My Journey Into Mexico

Ashley Mason has been with us, the Richardsons and VNMinistries, for over two years. She grew up in northern Virginia. At 19 years old God opened her eyes to her need of a Savior. In 2013, a young missionary couple visited her church and told the young people, “You need to get your passports because you never know where God will send you.” Just a few months later, with her passport in hand, she was happy but a little restless wondering what God might do in her life. She felt God was asking her, “If I call you, would you be willing to go?”
A few weeks later her Dad told her that our family was in the USA visiting family. Although she had never met us, her family has supported VNMinistries for many years and she had dreamed of coming to Mexico. With her dad’s encouragement she sent an email that would change the course of her life.
In response to that email, I called and spoke with her for a few minutes and then asked, “Are you ready to leave tomorrow?” After a few seconds of deafening silence she responded, “Yes.” While she didn’t leave the next day, within a few days Pam picked her up in Virginia. Her heart was quickly intertwined with the Mexican people and its culture. She quickly became effective in communicating in Spanish and has begun Bible studies with some of the local young ladies. Her love for the people whom she serves is obvious to all who meet her. I hope that you are encouraged by her story.
My Journey into Mexico ~ Ashley Mason
From the time that I began to read, I devoured books about missionaries; men and women that made a difference in other people’s lives through their service for Christ. The books captured my attention and became the focus of my dreams.
I remember reading a series about a girl; it followed her life from a young lady at home with her family to her marriage and then going to the mission field with her husband. I remember thinking, “Wow, how does one know if God has called you to the mission field or not? Is it too presumptuous of me to think He would ever call me? What if this is just a whim or emotion?” I really didn’t know, and I had no idea how to find out, what was God’s will for my life. So I just put the thoughts in the back of my mind. Meanwhile I kept reading.
By this time I was also devouring all the newsletters we received from the Richardson family-missionaries to Mexico. I could not wait for the newsletters to come! If they were even a little bit late; I’d start watching the mail for them very closely. I was fascinated by the fact that other girls were going down there to help out for months at a time and I told my Mom that’s what I wanted to do, too. She didn’t laugh it off, in fact she encouraged my dream, but she told me that I needed to learn to serve my family well before I went somewhere else. I was about ten years old. Learning to serve my family meant washing dishes and making meals without complaining or expecting other people to do my chores. I figured I could handle that.
Later, I was introduced to Amy Carmichael, the brave woman missionary of the late 19th and the 20th centuries. I read all the biographies I could get my hands on, as well as any books that she had written. I thought she was wonderful, practically perfect. Her zeal, for what God had given her to do, seemed unattainable to me. I remember feeling a great shock of disappointment when I finally realized that she wasn’t perfect and had character flaws like the rest of us. I can look back now and shake my head at myself but it was a big deal for a girl who didn’t know what to do with herself as a young teenager. I felt I could never be good enough.
It wasn’t easy being fourteen; I really felt like life had betrayed me. While, there were some good things, there was all the turmoil. I gave up on all of my dreams; I really didn’t want to have much to do with life.
I was 19 when my sister handed me a book to read. It was The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort. She said it equipped her to share the gospel with others. I knew that I needed to read it because I felt a total lack of knowhow in sharing Jesus Christ with someone. I had no clue how to start. I quickly read it and was totally shaken up. The author opened the Bible to me in a way that no one else had before. I gripped that book in my hands and prayed, “Lord, show me how awful my sin is, and how great your sacrifice was to give me eternal life.”
My Dad had been faithful to teach me the gospel and to read God’s Word to us, but I had never known exactly what sin was-it sounded so abstract. My eyes were opened and now none of it was abstract; suddenly all those passages in the book of Romans began to make sense. I also began to see that my breaking of God’s law demanded my death, “For the wages of sin is death”. I also understood the next part of the verse- “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Then I found the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:21. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” I began to cry as I realized that the PERFECT Son of God had to bear the filth and shame of my sin. He had never known the feeling of guilt and shame and filth before and now He was taking it all on himself for me. He was taking the wrath of God to Himself that I deserved! I was so grateful. I finally understood!
A couple months later my sister found a Baptist Church and we started attending regularly. I grew so much there. God had been working all along, even when, and especially when, I could not see it. It was a missions-minded church; we had missionaries coming through frequently. I began to think about missions again; but I thought that I would have to wait until I was married and then perhaps my husband would be called to the mission field.
In the spring of 2013, a young missionary couple, whose testimony impacted me greatly, spoke several times in our church. One service he began to speak specifically to the young people. “You all need to get your passports. You never know where God will send you or what opportunities may arise and you’d better be ready.”
I could not get that out of my mind. It impressed me so much I went home and it was all I could talk about with my Mom and Dad. I got a job and by summer I had saved enough money to get my passport.
The time for mission’s conference came around again and I had enough gas money saved up to attend every night. I believe with all my heart that God wanted me there every night and He provided the way. The last night of the meetings the Lord spoke to my heart when one of the preachers was preaching about being willing and available in the hands of God. God was asking me, “Are you willing to go if I send you.” It is scary to realize that God is asking you to say “yes” to Him without reserve. I said, “God, I don’t have anything.” I meant that. I did not have anything; no money; no connections; nothing in myself. Then I said, “But if you will do it, I will go!”
Without a doubt God was working on my heart to prepare me for that question throughout the meetings. He used my faithful attendance the other nights of the conference to prepare my heart. Less than two weeks later, God opened the doors.
One day I was riding with my dad and telling him what God had been doing at the mission’s conference; he mentioned that the Richardsons were in the States right then visiting family and that the email sent out said if anyone wanted to come down and help them for a time to contact them. I got very still for a minute and then I said, “Dad, I could do it now; I could go now; work is slow; I have my passport; maybe I could even meet up with them in the States.”
I was excited! At home we talked it over with Mom and then sat down and wrote the Richardsons and email. I went to work the next morning not having any idea how my life was going to change. The minute I got home from work Mom met me at the door and said, “We got an email back. Mike said, ‘Call me.'”
We called and I was super nervous! I told Mike was who I was and then he asked if he could call me back in about fifteen minutes as he was in the middle of something. That just gave me more time to be nervous. Then he called back!
I picked up the phone. “Hello?”
“So why do you want to come to Mexico.”
Questions! I thought for sure here was where I failed the test! My voice squeaked and I stuttered as I tried to give him an intelligent answer. Then he asked me if I could be ready to leave that day!
Silence for a long moment.
“Um, yes, I can.”
“Well, it wouldn’t be today, so… How many brothers and sisters do you have?”
“I have one brother and one sister.”
I thought I had failed the test a second time as he mused out loud about how many kids they had and I might not be able to handle it.
By the end of the conversation I knew I was going to Mexico with a family I had never met and only somewhat knew through their newsletters and I was leaving in two days. I couldn’t believe it! I was so excited. I called my boss at work right away. She was shocked and wanted to know how in the world had this all happened.
I spent the rest of day packing. Sunday I spent at church telling everyone goodbye and where I was headed. They were pretty surprised as well. I think the Pastor was thrilled to see a part of what had come out of the mission’s conference. Then early Monday morning my Dad and brother drove me down to meet Pam and Joshua in Galax, Virginia. I liked them both right away. Pam told me that Joshua was praying that I didn’t get overwhelmed with their big family. I had a fun couple days with them as they visited with Pam’s relatives in Virginia and North Carolina. Then we headed to Georgia where I met the Thornton family-good friends of the Richardsons. After that we drove down to Preston to visit the rest of the family. We stopped at Michael and Jennifer’s house on the way to pick up Samuel. He took one look at me and asked if I was crazy or if I was naïve to be going to Mexico with a family I didn’t know. I told him I thought I was a little bit of both.
I was nervous about meeting the Richardsons, but not overly so. However, I WAS nervous about meeting Mike! He sounded so formidable on the phone. I really couldn’t tell what he thought of me when I first arrived. He didn’t say; he just kept talking to me and asking me questions about me and my family. I figured I’d found some more brothers to “adopt” when I met Timothy and Benjamin. Abigail was the cutest five year-old girl I had met in my entire life. Isaac was such a gentlemen and considerate young man. Anna had the prettiest red hair I’d ever seen. I didn’t know if I was going to like her or not-and I had the feeling she felt the same way about me.
We hit the road toward Mexico and I was very excited to be seeing parts of the country I had never been in-Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas. It took forever to drive through Texas! We might have crossed the border that night except the car broke down and we slept in a gas station just a few miles from the border in Laredo, Texas. By late morning the car was fixed and I was getting really apprehensive! What if they refused to give me a visa at the border? My imagination ran wild with all the things that could possibly go wrong. I really did not want to be back in the States-to my old job folding sheets and pillow cases. My fears were unfounded and I soon had permission to be in Mexico.
I couldn’t stop looking out the windows at the view as we drove into Mexico and headed for the Richardson’s home. It was so different; I had never seen anything like it. The style of houses, all the little stores, the cactus, and then the mountains-everything was different from anything that I had ever known.
Wow, I couldn’t believe the mountains.
Abigail kept asking me if I was used to Mexico yet. I would just shake my head no; she would exclaim, “Well, I am!”
The altitude was definitely higher than anything I had ever experienced. I kept watching the elevation on the GPS as it steadily climbed to over 8000 feet above sea level -when we were close to the house. I was overwhelmed by it all! We arrived and I climbed out of the Excursion. I couldn’t take it all in-no matter how hard I tried.
I decided the best thing to do was to help Anna get dinner made for the family. She told me later that was when she decided I was going to be okay-when I didn’t abandon her to do it all the first night. Pam had not arrived yet, she was in the other vehicle. They would be home in a couple hours.
I remember my first time at church; it felt like all the people looked at me so funny. I now realize that they had no idea I was coming or who I was. I was trying to remember how the Richardsons had told me to greet people here-shake hands with the men, touch cheeks and make the kissing sound with the ladies. I didn’t want to open my mouth and say anything in Spanish because I knew it would sound awful. I’d taken two years of it in high school, but with no one to practice with, I was woefully lacking. I couldn’t understand a thing that was being said and I didn’t have the guts to try and say anything to them either. I was desperate to communicate with these people-so it was not long until I opened my mouth and started talking! It was actually a lot of fun.
I’m really not sure what I expected when I came to Mexico but I know I didn’t expect for the Richardson family to become like my very own in just a few months. Anna became as close as a blood sister to me; Abigail is the baby sister I didn’t have before; the boys were my brothers. Mike became Uncle Mike and Pam is like Momma, Aunt, friend and sister all in one.
Within two months I was asking if I could please come again after I went to Virginia to visit my family. I didn’t expect to fall in love with the people here. Why the thought never occurred to me that this might happen, I’ll never know. The people of Mexico have become dear to my heart. It gives me an ache that makes me cry, I love them so much; I love learning their language. I never expected that they would love me back and want me to stay but they did. They are the family of my heart.
I never expected I would learn so much from these people-about life and family and hospitality and love for God-but I did!
I never expected I’d see God’s hand at work so powerfully in the lives of those around me-but I did!
I had no idea how much there was to learn and see and how it would help shape and mold me-but it did!
I’ve been here more than two years. When I first came I was so uncomfortable with all the new and strange things; now I have come to love it so much and I feel so at home here.
I hope that Ashley’s story encourages you in your service for the Lord.
Pam and I have had a heart for missions since we first accepted Christ. When missionaries or traveling evangelists would come to our church, we would always invite them to stay with us.
We had had a desire to go to the mission field for years, but God had given us a vision for going without raising support ahead of time. The only way I could see that happening was to work hard and save enough money to support ourselves-then go to the mission field later in life. God had a different idea-to be completely dependent on him and to trust him for our needs!
We moved to Mexico in August 1993. I had been the CFO for a boat anchor and boat trailer manufacturer for seven of the last eight years that we spent in the United States. For several of those years, I also served as a member of the board of directors. After paying off our home, about a year before coming to Mexico, I left my job as CFO and I continued working in the accounting practice that I had started several years before.
God used many circumstances, during that year, to purify our hearts and lives. We later realized that God was using many of the trials and problems during that year to prepare us for the mission field.
When we met Alfredo, a Mexican, in July of 1993, he told us about the ministry of his local church in Mexico. The next day he asked us to consider coming to Mexico to help their church. After praying about it, we drove down and met with the pastor and the elders. While we were visiting, we agreed, as a family, that God was calling us to Mexico. We moved to Mexico fifteen days after our visit.
Each year, as the work expands, the Lord has been faithful to meet all of our needs both personal and ministry related. We have learned that God knows our needs even before we do and that he is faithful in supplying them.
Pam and I appreciate those who have sacrificially supported this ministry and its ministers throughout the years-by coming to help, in prayer, and financially. It is our prayer that God will bless you abundantly in the weeks, months, and years to come.
Perhaps, just perhaps, the Lord is speaking to some of your hearts through Ashley’s story, or the Moss’ story, or our story.  Seek him with your whole heart and he will give you life-life more abundantly.
In Christ,
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Electromyography (EMG) testing, a cervical MRI and a cranial MRI

In early March Anna hurt her hand and was diagnosed 20150420_192243with a dislocated thumb. Then, while visiting family in Arizona, she slipped and fell. That fall resulted in a visit to a hospital in the USA for emergency treatment. They splinted her hand and indicated that she would need to see a trauma specialist. Upon returning home, we made an appointment with a doctor who specializes in hand surgery.

He quickly realized that her right thumb was not dislocated but hyperextended. He also noted that the tendons that control the movement of the thumb were over active. You could actually see them moving and pulling all the way up to the bend in her elbow. After ordering an Electromyography (EMG) testing, a cervical MRI and a cranial MRI to help with diagnosis, he told us that there appeared to be a neurological problem caused by the trauma to her hand. He referred her to a neurologist for continued evaluation.

20150420_192147Based on the observation of her symptoms as well as consultations with other neurologists Dr. Calderón has given a tentative diagnosis of Dystonia. Dystonia disrupts the nervous system’s ability to allow the brain and the muscles to communicate. Since it is a relatively obscure condition I am including the following link for those who may have more questions, Click Here.

This disease has already begun to advance and is now showing signs in her arm, shoulder, leg, foot and toes.

Please pray Anna as she learns to deal with the symptoms and struggles that have been brought on by this condition. Also pray for her as she endures the testing and probing of doctors and their equipment.

For the last twenty-one years we have not had health insurance yet time after time we have seen the Lord provide in many special and unique ways for seven births as well as many broken bones, appendix, thrombosis, MS, and even major neck surgery.  Having seen God provide, time after time, I believe that the same will be true in this situation.

20150408_183435I am so grateful to have not walked this journey alone!

You, by co-laboring with us have laid up treasure in Heaven! Those who have given of their time in prayer, their efforts and work, or their resources will share in that eternal reward. Your faithfulness has been instrumental in expanding God’s kingdom through VNMinistries.

In order to continue expanding this mission, we have added the eGiving one-time and recurring online giving tools not only for your convenience but to save money, improve planning and keep the focus on ministry. Each gift given through eGiving will save VNMinistries the time and expenses of processing paper checks; the eGiving secure site also allows for donations through Credit Cards.

If you have not already done so, please consider taking advantage of these tools. The eGiving tool can be explored in the support section of our new website,, or simply fill out and return the enclosed card.20150408_183211

If you have any questions about eGiving and how it works please drop John Desaulniers a note.

Thank you for praying for Anna.

In Christ,


PS: After the passing of Obama Care I applied for it as required by law. We did not qualify and were quoted a price that was nearly 75% of our annual income. Then after finding out about a local Mexican policy that would provide catastrophic coverage at two local hospitals, I applied and was approved for it. While it will not help in Anna’s situation, it would provide financial stability should something happen like a heart attack or breast cancer.

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Christians Lie!

Sadly many Christians are liars! They lie when they pretend like they love people when in fact they do not!

We do not love people when we dismiss and discount their story, their hopes, their beliefs, their values or their convictions.

If we truly love people then we will find them fascinating and stop judging and condemning. Some believers justify judging and condemning because they are judging the one who has been judging. Instead judging and condemning our words, deeds, and actions should radiate affection and love.

Mike & Lucio

Mike & Lucio

Everyone can tell when they are not truly loved. During this Christmas session instead of judging and condemning others let’s look for ways to show true love to those around us.

“As Christians, we should be living godly lives so that we can first concentrate on our own repentance of sin. Sanctification is a lifelong process of being transformed every day into the image of Christ. Without this, we have no place in helping another brother or sister. What Christ teaches His believers in Matthew 7 is that if we ourselves are not personally repenting of our sins, we are in no place to tell others how sinful they are acting. But the Bible does tell us to preach the gospel—and part of the gospel message is that people are sinners in need of salvation.” ~ Ken Ham

It is important to note that there are times that we as believers should judge but the Bible does tell us not to judge hastily—without sufficient evidence. We shouldn’t judge without having diligently investigated the facts. Proverbs 29:20 says, “Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” The Apostle Paul upholds the same standard in the church in 1 Timothy 5:19.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

“Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

Baptism ~ Don Ramon

Baptism ~ Don Ramon

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

John 13:35, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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When in doubt…

Side Photo for Most Needed 2014 08 01While Mike and Pam, along with the younger of their ten children, live in a remote village that does not keep them from being active throughout the country. Mike founded and published the international home school magazine, El Hogar Educador.

They have also promoted the family and homeschooling through family conferences-twelve in 2014.

When the violence began increasing in Mexico, God began to put the soldiers and residence in the “war-torn” areas on the heart of Mike and his family. He began making regular trips into these areas to reach, encourage and teach the people about Jesus.

Since all of their outreach efforts have one thing in common, families, a natural outgrowth of their church, conference, and evangelism activities was to build a “family camp“—a place where fathers could bring their families to get away from the cramped, violent city life and spend time together as a family.

The first parcel of land was purchased and is now under development. The family camp, like the conferences and magazine, are available to Mexican families free of charge. It gives families a peaceful environment to bring their families, relax, and learn more about the Lord.

The publishing, seminar work, as well as the family camp continue to grow. Through its diverse outreach methods, VNMinistries is reaching well over 11,000 families a month.

God has given Mike and Pam the life-long vision of bringing peace—true peace—to the lives and hearts of men, women, and children in Mexico through the changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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DSC_0045Mike, along with his children have traveled throughout Mexico this year preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many more conferences are already scheduled for the coming year.

In addition to the monthly conferences, El Hogar Educador, VNMinistries and the Richardsons have hosted four family camps.

Mike has negotiated and prayed about the buying three more tracks of land for over seven years.

One trusted Mexican advisor said, “I believe the Lord has been making changes in your ministry to make it more broader and more effective. The possibility of buying these large tracts of land appear to be part of God’s plan. Let’s pray and believe that resources come to take this step.”

Another one of Mike’s Mexican advisors told him, “Do not buy just one of those lots. You need to buy both of them!”

As of today we $47,000 dollars to purchase the remaining property. That means that in the last few weeks God has provided $23,000!

DSC00628Would you take a moment and ask God if he would have you give a special one-time gift for the camp or if he would have you begin making a recurring donation. If the answer to either or both of these questions is yes then click here and select family camp to make your one-time or recurring donation for the family camp.

If God directs you to support any other aspect of VNMinistries click here to make your one-time or recurring gift in the area of your choice.

If you live in Mexico and would prefer a bank transfer the information is as follows.

Los datos del banco son:
A nombre de: Michael Ray Richardson Kuykendall
# de clabe: 072078001388215136
# de cuenta 0138821513





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What Satan meant for evil…

Pam and I owned our home in Georgia debt free when we moved to Mexico over twenty-one years ago. Throughout the years the rent (minus the expenses) has been a big help with living expenses. During all this time there had only been one person who left owing use money.

Sadly I received the following note from the man who cares for our home in Douglasville, Georgia. “Our tenant has left without notice. She still owes for September.”

We must now begin the process of evaluating the house, then repairing it. After that process is over we will need to find another tenant.

Please pray that God will help us get it ready and rented quickly.

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Pray for Revival

Call the people out for revival!

We were blind but we can see if we will open our eyes! People all around us are hell bound but they can be turned around through the power of God. The hell bound can become heaven bound.

Use your resources and positions to call the people out for revival. No matter what you do, no matter where you live, no matter who you are, use your resources and positions to call the people out for revival.

God gives us great hope; we can find joy; we can have tremendous hope of God ~ in God alone.

The life changing message of the Gospel can change the world, can transform society, will impact families one person at a time one soul at a time. Pray for revival.

We have the ministry of reconciliation and are ambassador for God. We must look for creative ways and take innovative methods to reach our communities for Christ. Pray for revival.

Jeremiah Lanphier was an example of how God can and does use one ordinary man to change his world for Jesus. Look at his life ~ his example ~ not to try to imitate him but to take courage and strength from his example.

Once encouraged by his example, look for creative ways that you can reach the world for Jesus Christ.

Prayer really does changes things. God tells us to pray. He is calling people everywhere to revival . The harvest is ripe. God tells us so in Luke 10:2. Pray for workers to go into the fields and reap the harvest. Pray for the workers. Without workers the harvest that God tells us there waiting to he harvested will die on the vine. The harvest is great. The laborers are few. Pray for the workers.

Use your resources and positions to call the people out for revival. ~ taken from a powerful message at The Alliance Conference.



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Mike is available to preach

The Richardsons are in the Atlanta area now. Mike, Samuel, and Joshua will be leaving later today to travel to northern Kentucky where they will be attending a conference. Pam and the other children will stay in the Atlanta area for a week ~ visiting family and friends.

Mike is available to preach Sunday morning September 21 anywhere between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Cincinnati, Ohio. He will also be available Sunday morning September 28 anywhere within a two-hour drive of Cincinnati, Ohio. To speak to Mike call him directly at 77O.713.9O53.

Tomorrow Samuel will turn 20 years old, then a week later Pam will celebrate her birthday.

You may have heard that Anna had a problem with her elbow. It is slowly recovering. Mike had a crown come off one of his teeth. He was trying to keep it attached with denture cream until he returned to Mexico but everyday the pain increased. He finally decided he shouldn’t wait and saw a dentist in Atlanta.

Please pray for Mike as he prepares to travel north for the conference.

Sunday, September 28, both will leave for Mexico meeting up in the San Antonio area.


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Family Camp ~ How to not treat your kid!

Nathan Pearl and his dad had fun throwing knifes. Well, I guess his dad had a lot of fun!

Nathan’s dad is a champion knife thrower. He is the standard that others use to measure their abilities.

Speaking of standards. What is the standard that God will use to judge us? Well, we have the Ten Commandments but who among us can keep them throughout our life. If we have broken one of the commandments God says we have broken them all.

It doesn’t matter if we have hidden our sins from others, God knows. He sees it all ~ it is all recorded. One day we will give an account for the things done on this earth. There is none righteous ~ not even one.

If there is none righteous then how can we get to heaven? It is Jesus and his sacrifice that brings us to salvation, that grants us forgiveness for our sins. If you have not received the free gift that Jesus Christ is offering I implore you to do so today.


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Family Camp ~ Stretched and Bent

Yesterday Anna was running and playing with Isaac, like almost everyone does at a family camp. Isaac being the strong, lanky, and fast young man that he is, he jumped off a wall to get away from his little sister who was chasing him.

Anna being the tenacious, feisty, young lady that she is was putting her all into catching him. As she took the leap off the wall to continue the pursuit of her brother she realized it was farther down than she wanted to jump so she grabbed a rail with her left hand. She heard a pop and pain ran through her arm.

Since it was Family Camp she didn’t want to miss anything. So she kept her arm tucked close to her side ~ bent at a 90 degree angle ~ and put that cute smile, the one that only she has, on her face and continued to play. During the day she play Frisbee and all the other things that the young people were doing.

That evening around 10:00pm I saw her holding her arm. I was sure that her elbow was dislocated. I called a friend who was at the conference who is a doctor. He came to where she was playing with the other young people and examined her. While he was talking with some of his ER coworkers, I review the process of retracting a dislocated elbow. It wasn’t a very pretty process.

After additional examination the three of us decided, especially Anna, that we should go ahead and do the procedure without going to the hospital and without pain medicine ~ since none was available.

It was hard to sit there and watch the tears flow from my sweet daughter’s eyes yet it was a joy to see her stand up to the pain that was necessary to bring about healing. It wasn’t easy for her. It wasn’t easy for me. I wasn’t easy for the doctor. He kept saying, “I am so sorry for hurting you!”

Anna understood that at times the healing process causes pain. Restoration takes hard work. Yet she never lost her joy during the process. I thank God for my beautiful and joyful daughter.

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