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Family Camp ~ Missions on my Mind

Sometimes missions are public ~ where everyone can see but the truth is that most of the time our work for the Lord is behind the scenes where very few, perhaps no one, take notice. That thought reminds me of people like Jerit. He has run the sound and multi-media for the Family Camp. He has never been up front; he hasn’t shared any messages; yet without him no one would have been encouraged by this Family Camp. His work has been the glue that has brought all the preparation to the people.

It is rare that we make big steps, big decisions, that change the course of our life and the lives of others. It is the accumulation of small individual steps that when added together make a big impact on the lives of many. Thanks Jerit!

I have used Good and Evil to reach the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, with the Gospel. Tonight I am listening to testimony of the artist who drew the artwork ~ a man from the Philippines. I am floored by his simple, humble heart and his love for Jesus. I only hope that I can follow in his footsteps and become a simple man with a humble heart who has a deep love for Jesus.

The vision was born out of the need by Nathan and Rebecca Pearl to reach the people of the tribe where they were working. That vision has grown into a tool that many have used to reach the lost for Jesus Christ.

TJ is working in Laos ~ where Buddhism reigns. Someone needs to tell people about Jesus. TJ is going to towns where he has never been, to talk to a man he has never meet, who speaks a language he doesn’t know and tell him about Jesus. Good and Evil is touching the people there in the same way that it has touched many in Mexico. Since missionaries are not allowed in his country, he has opened a little shop ~ earning a little money and sharing the Gospel along the way. TJ has learned an important lesson ~ you need to live among the people to really impact their lives.

Is it worth our life to impact just a few. Yes, a million times yes! Our life here is just a vapor…

Reach the lost no matter the cost.

My heart’s prayer is Luke 10:2. “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

It takes a team of people to reach the lost ~ some go ~ some tell ~ some help ~ all should be praying!

Mexico and every other country is ripe for the harvest. God told us so! The harvest is ripe! The problem is that the laborers are few! We must get on our knees and pray that God will send forth workers to the harvest. If we pray many will get involved. If you begin to pray regularly for missions God will begin to open your mind for creative ways to share the Gospel with the lost. Take the example of Jared who has sent the Good and Evil books into the middle east through the web in PDF format to over 400 people today alone.

Joshua and Caleb never said that the report of the ten was false, but had a totally different perspective. They did not focus on the “hows”, but on “who”. The Lord is with us. He will protect us. He will give us the victory. He will give us the courage and strength to overcome.

“Cannot” is a phrase that should encourage us rather than intimidate us. Instead of being an “I cannot” kind of man, become a “yes I can” kind of man.

Always remember, “I can all things through Christ who strengths me.”

Today God is giving us the opportunity to renew our enthusiasm and our passion for him and for his will. What can we not do? What are we afraid of?

There is one thing we cannot afford to do ~ remain where we are and how we are. There is one thing that we should fear, there is one thing that should terrify us—to not obey God.

God has called us to a great task, for him, let us renew our enthusiasm and passion. We are called to be a torch, a light, in the middle of a world full of darkness and violence.

God’s question has never been, “What can I do to make people hear my message?” Instead it is, “Who can I send, who will go?

Will you step up to the plate and become all that you can become for God?

 

 

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Family Camp ~ The Mysteries of the Female Mind part II

Bitterness destroys.

Do you think God loves you? Yes, absolutely!

Do you think God likes you? Hmmm….

Have you made your wife feel degraded and unclean or do you build her up and help her to see her worth ~ her value?

Use words that give faith, hope and courage instead of fear and worry.

Help your wife understand God by being a godly man.

Be compassionate and tender. Be a real men ~ a man who spreads faith and hope ~ a man who spread joy and peace ~ a trustworthy man.

 

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Family Camp ~ The Mysteries of the Female Mind

A man has the power to build up or devastate his wife.

A woman craves relational intimacy while a man desires companionship. Romance is about feeling valued. Romance says, “You are worth it.”

A real man will offer emotional safety and relational security to his wife and children.

Since women are more vulnerable, a man must care for her and be considerate of her ~ giving special honor to her. I Peter 3:7.

Is it not from the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks? If your mouth is damaging the relationship with your wife ~ examine your heart.

Women are not from Mars and men are not from Venus, we were both created in the image of God. It is not impossible to understand your wife. It is not impossible to understand your husband. Seek God with your whole heart; when you understand your heart and your security in him, then you will be in a place where you can truly understand your spouse ~ the deep inner aspects of their being and their character.

Emotions are real; feelings are real; don’t devastate your wife by making light of your wife’s feelings ~ grow to understand them. Go the extra mile; go the extra ten miles if you need to do so.

Do what it takes to love your wife with your whole heart. Do what it takes to know and understand your wife. Do what it takes to love your wife like Jesus loved you.

Mike

 

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Family Camp ~ September 2014

Christ died for the ungodly. When we were sinners he died for us. He was not bitter; he was not angry.

Joshua Steel, a missionary from the Ukraine, is encouraging us to forgive those around us.

God receives glory when our thoughts are fixed on him. He recieves the glory when we overlook a transgression. Are we ready to give up on what God has called us to do because of our pride?

Follow God and let your thoughts be established.

What starts in your heart grows and defiles many!

Seek to bless the people in our lives. Stop being bitter over every little thing!

Seek ways to actively bless those who have offended you .

 

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Family Camp

We are having a blast at Family Camp. It is full of fun, fellowship, and good teaching. 

I am so glad that seven of our kids are here with us ~ making new friends and renewing old ones.

Mike

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One more oportunity…

We had two meetings with at Blue Ridge yesterday. I was also able to visit Don Darling and his wife Phoebe for several hours. They are an older couple who have done many things for the Lord. It was a big encouragement to me to spend so much time with him.

The kids were involved with various activities; they returned home excited but tired.

Today we joined Blue Ridge Bible Church for four exciting meetings and fellowship with some wonderful people.

Monday evening at 7:00pm I will be speaking at an international missions prayer meeting. That will be the last time, on this trip, that I will be speaking in the northern Virginia area.

If you live close by the Purcellville area call 703.327.8738 for direction to the meeting. Mike will be sharing how the Lord called him to Mexico and of the aspects of the work that God is doing in Mexico.

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Blue Ridge Bible Church

The Richardson family will be visiting Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville, Virginia this weekend.

Mike will be sharing at the men’s meeting on Saturday morning. He will discuss some of the intriguing facts from Luke 15 as well as other tips that he has learned through years.

Sunday will be a busy day. In addition to two presentations during the morning services, Mike will speak about their vision for Mexico following a covered dish dinner.  Mike and Pam will visit the Awana meeting where Mike will share a message on enthusiasm and passion for the Gospel.

Monday evening he will speak to an international prayer group ~ telling how the Lord called his family to Mexico as well as many interesting stories of God’s faithfulness throughout the years.

As always he is asking the Lord to encourage the believer and to bring deep conviction to the hearts of the unrepentant sinner. The Lord tells us in Luke 10:2 that the harvest is ripe. Mike is firmly convinced that it is ripe in Purcellville ~ just like it is in Mexico. His desire is to be used by God to boldly proclaim the truth. Please pray that God will use his time in the Purcellville area to fan the flames of revival.

Blue Ridge Bible Church
770 S 20th St, Purcellville, VA 20132
(540) 338-2299

Click here to help!.

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Whatsoever STATE

Having driven through three Mexican states and seven US states since yesterday morning our new family verse is, Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever STATE I am, therewith to be content.

Thank you for your prayers as we travel.

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Looking for a Van-tastic Answer to Prayer

Many of you know that we have a regular ministry of transporting our church family to and from services and other events. To be able to do this, we have, for several years had peopletwo fifteen-passenger vans.

Over the years, the rugged terrain takes its toll and they need to be replaced. Recently, we had one of our vans replaced through the kind generosity of some state-side supporters. One down, one to go.

We’re looking for a fifteen passenger van, and currently we have a maximum of $6,000 to spend. We’ve found that Ford E350s seem to handle the mountainous roads we travel best, but we’re open to other makes and models. We’re not picky about the type of upholstery for the seats, nor whether the floors are rubber matted or carpeted. Neither the years nor the mileage are deal-breakers, either.

 

Really what we need is pretty basic:

  • Fifteen passenger full-sized van
  • Cannot burn oil
  • Must have good to excellent suspension (it’s rugged here!)
  • Must have good brakes

Some of us will be traveling to the States for a couple Churchfamily conferences as well as visits with family members. In September, we’ll be coming up through Texas, and heading to northern Virginia, where we plan to visit supporters and Mike will preach. From there, it’s off to a family conference in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. We’ll be off to see family in Georgia, both in the northern and southern parts. And then, we’ll head to Cincinnati for one more family conference. After that whirlwind tour of the southeast, it’s back home to Baratillo.

mikePlease let us know if you have a van that we can buy or that you would like to donate that fits this need. While we have a newer van that was given to us, the one we still need to replace is on its last…axles. And without two vans, transportation is, well, limited. We’re praying that the Lord will allow us to drive our new-to-us van back with us at the end of September.

If you would like to help with the purchase of a van click here.

In Christ,

Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traveling

We left Monday on along road trip. Forty hours of drive time to arrive at our first destination with nine of us in the van. I think that at church on Sunday I will request the hymn, “He touched me” and then preach on the topic of brotherly love!

 

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