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February 19, 2011

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Year In Review

December 15, 2010

Two thousand years ago God gave to this world the greatest gift ever given. The world has never been the same since Jesus came! “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift” (II Cor. 9:15). The Lord has given us a very fruitful year. We traveled nearly 50,000 miles to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus in Uganda, Oman, Romania, and along the U.S. east coast.

We took our 15th team to Uganda, Africa in June. Our medical team treated 4,000 people in remote villages. One hundred twenty Ugandan pastors attended a pastor’s training event to further their ministries. Throughout our week in Uganda, we had the privilege to present the message of salvation to over 10,000 people. Nearly 1,500 people made a confession of faith in our Savior.

In Oman, I worked with a team to give Bibles and Christian literature to muslims under the cover of darkness. It was literally a secret mission that enabled us to give 1,200 Bibles to muslims who have never heard the Gospel.

Locally, I had the privilege to preach church revival and evangelistic meetings in over twenty churches throughout Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. I spoke to encourage eighty pastors and their families at the West Virginia Baptist Convention. I was also able to team up with Josh & Tasha Via for several youth camps and youth crusades. We saw twenty high school students make a decision for Christ at the Chatham Youth Alive event.

Because of your support, thousands of people have heard the Gospel message this year. Hundreds of souls have confessed Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Thank you for standing with us through another exciting year of missions and ministry. Janet and I send our love to all of you this Christmas season.

The end of every year is a great time to make special donations to missionaries and other Christian ministries. As you prepare to give that extra year end gift, would you prayerfully consider investing it in this ministry? Your donation will enable us to take the Gospel to people all over the world. Remember, all gifts are tax deductible and you can also donate online via our website. Thank you for helping us reach so many with His love.

Tampa, FL

December 3, 2010

I’m in Tampa, FL to preach my elderly uncle’s funeral. He was very sick for some time and now is home with the Lord. This trip to Tampa reminds me of a trip I took there in 1974.  I was a college student on Christmas break. My elderly grandmother lived in Tampa at the time and was very close to death.  I made a quick trip to see her for the last time.  I had never talked with her about her relationship with the Lord but I  had doubts about her salvation.  I asked the family to let me have a few private moments with her before I went back to school.  In those few minutes we talked about her need for Jesus Christ. I still remember portions of the conversation.  After sharing the Gospel message I asked her to put her trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord.  She bowed her head in prayer and confessed Jesus as Lord.  As I turned to leave I said, “Grandma, do you know what this means?”  I was expecting her to say something about now being saved and ready for heaven.  Instead, she answered,  “Yes, I know it means a lot to me!” Hallelujah!  It means a lot to me too.

Supporting Jacob & Keesha

November 9, 2010

In two months, my son Jacob will join RVM as our Communications Director. His efforts in media, marketing, and administration will allow our ministry to expand its reach to a lost and dying world. We will have more opportunities to preach the Gospel and have a greater impact for Godʼs Kingdom. Jacob will be entirely dependent on the financial gifts of people like you. They still have a ways to go in raising their needed support. Would you prayerfully consider being a part of their financial and prayer support team for 2011? Thank you so much.

You can give to Jacob & Keesha online at rickvia.org/donate.html

Healing for Haiti

November 1, 2010

In January, I will be joining my missionary friend Jim Hambrick for a mission to Haiti. Jim has been taking teams into Haiti almost every month since the earthquake. They have been providing aid, medicine and building supplies for this devastated county. I will have the opportunity to join Jim in taking the Gospel to the multitudes of lost people who survived the earthquake. Jim tells me that there is a deep interest in the Word of God in the midst of their sorrow and loss. Thank you for supporting our ministry as we take the Good News to a broken world.

New Book

October 28, 2010

Dear friends,  I sure would appreciate your prayers as I attempt to write a book on the effectiveness of short term missions. The purpose of the book will be to help churches and individuals prepare for short term mission projects.  If all goes well, I hope to have it released in 2011.  It will be a practical, hands-on book written from 15 years of leading mission teams and doing mission work in more than 30 countries. Thanks so much for your prayers. – Rick

A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

October 26, 2010

I was on my way home yesterday from Raleigh and had to stop and get some gas.  The little store where I stopped had a man from Nepal working the counter.  We spoke briefy about his country and he seemed to enjoy someone to talk to.  I gave him an All that Glitters evangelistic CD and his face lit up with a smile.  He followed me all the way to my car to ask when I would be back in to see him.  I assure you that my next trip to Raleigh will take me right by his store.  I have a New Testament in his language that I plan to give to him next week.  I was amazed at how a little kindness toward this man opended doors to share the Gospel.  While we are busy running from place to place, remember to take the time to show kindness to someone.  It just may be the door God uses to give them the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God Speaks Every Language

October 8, 2010

I walked into a store in South Carolina and noticed that the man behind the counter was from India.  As I payed for my items, I asked him if he was from India.  His eyes lit up and he began to tell me about his country. “I’ve been to your country several times,” I told him.  “In fact I think I have something in your language.” I went to my car and started looking through the materials I had with me. I try to keep Bibles and other christian literature in several different languages. The only thing I could find from India was a language that he would not know very well.  I took the booklet and went back to the counter. I said, “I’m sorry. I thought I had something in your language of Urdu.  All I have with me is this booklet in Hindi.” He looked at it  for a moment and with a broad smile said, “This is not Hindi, this is Urdu!” I walked back to the car rejoicing that the Lord had provided me an opportunity to give this man the Gospel in his own national language. What an encouragement to know that our God knows every language and every tongue. Revelation 5 tells us that there will be people in heaven from every nation and every tribe proclaiming the glory of the Lamb of God. I have had the opportunity to preach the Gospel in 38 different countries around the world. We must reach the nations. But sometimes God brings the nations to our door step.  Let’s be ready to give the Gospel to people at every opportunity the Lord gives us.

His World on My Heart

September 27, 2010

This past week I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with people from three different countries. One was a young man from Macedonia, a young lady from Romania and a student from Jamaica. It was such a joy to put the Word of God into their hands and pray that the Spirit of God will draw them to our Savior.

All of us are familiar with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” But verse 17 says, “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” In two verses of Scripture, the word “world” appears four times. God has a world on His heart. He has also put that world on our hearts. Will you partner with our ministry to help us take the Gospel to the world that Jesus died to save? We can’t do it without your help.

Here Comes the Bride

September 23, 2010

On Friday, September 10, I walked my daughter down the isle to present her to a young man as his bride. She had a special glow on her face as we walked arm in arm. For a brief moment I thought about the times I would take her by the arm as a little girl and pretend with her that she was walking down the isle to be married. We would giggle and laugh and then go on to some other silly game. This time it wan’t pretend. This was the real moment when she would become the bride of someone else. She was a radiant bride and she will be a wonderful and godly wife. Her mother and I have prayed for 20 years that the Lord would prepare her and us for this special moment. In His faithfulness He did prepare us all for this blessed event. Thankyou for your prayers and special wishes for her and her husband Jay Ezelle. Jay is studying to be a youth pastor and still has a semester of college left.

One day our blessed Lord will return for His bride, the church. May we be as ready for His return as Joy was on her wedding day. May we be a radiant church, godly and faithful unto Him alone.
Here comes the bride!

After Joy’s wedding our family headed off to the beach for a much needed time of vacation and family connection. Now that we have so many grandchildren, it is quite a crowd when we all get together. There were 29 of us Via’s who invaded the beaches of Nags Head, NC. I’m pretty sure we left a few sand castles still standing when we left. We even got to see the newlyweds for a brief time. Outside of my own relationship with my Savior, the relationship I have with my wife and children is the most important part of my life. How grateful I am that they all know and love the Lord Jesus and are using their lives to honor and serve Him. It’s time to go back home to a busy ministry and busy fall preaching schedule but I carry the special memories of these days together at the beach. Hallelujah. God is good.