- 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
In early March Anna hurt her hand and was diagnosed with 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.
Based 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.
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, www.vnministries.org, or simply fill out and return the enclosed card.
If you have any questions about eGiving and how it works please drop John Desaulniers a note.
Thank you for praying for Anna.
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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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.
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.
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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While 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.
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!
Would 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.