Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

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

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.


Answering God’s Call

August 6, 2010

I wanted to take a moment and share my heart with you about a new venture that God is leading my family and I to. For the last 6 months or so, we’ve been fervently praying about going on staff full-time with Rick Via World Reach Ministries. After much prayer and counsel, my wife Keesha and I feel strongly that this is where the Lord is pulling our hearts. So as of January 1, 2011 I will be stepping down as Communications Director at Richland Creek Community Church and embarking on this new adventure. For those who have been asking, we will not be moving from Raleigh. We don’t feel that God has called us to relocate, at least for now. Serving with RVM allows be to be completely mobile. I could work from home or from India. But for now, we will remain heavily involved in our local church, as every believer should be. We believe in the local church.

Our Family
If you don’t already know us, let me introduce you to my family. I have been married for 3 years to my wife Keesha, the most beautiful, amazing, godly woman I have ever known. She has always faithfully supported and shared my call into ministry. We have 3 beautiful children (yes 3…in 3 years). Ilijah will turn 2 next week, Izabella will turn 1 in October, and we are expecting number 3 to meet us in January. Before you ask the question – No, we don’t know how many children we want. All we know is that we love our family beyond belief and that God continues to bless us with children.

I Believe in Rick Via Ministries
I’ve seen God’s hand at work in this ministry. I’ve seen lives changed, churches planted, pastors trained, and people saved. Rick Via has a heart for the nations and a passion for the Gospel. I have been involved with Rick Via Ministries in some capacity for about 10 years now and have served full-time at my local church here in Raleigh for just over 3 years. With the little ministry experience I have, I have yet to meet a single man with more passion for the lost and more urgency for the Gospel. He is my mentor and my hero. The chance to get to serve in ministry along side him is very exciting for me.

Communications Director
I will come on staff with RVM as Communications Director, developing and organizing all of the marketing and advertising strategies for the ministry as well as continue running all of their website, blog, social networking, and media development. In conjunction, I will begin taking on more administrative responsibilities for the ministry, such as bookings, calendar, public relations, trip planning, etc.

The Strategy
I hope by now you know the heart and vision for RVM is not to be another parachurch ministry pleading for your money. Our heart and vision, as it always has been, is to partner with the local church, not compete with it. We want to partner with your local church in all of its missions and evangelism efforts. RVM is a means by which your church can be trained, equipped, and lead on a short-term mission trip, as well as a means to help you reach the community around you. Rick Via Ministries wants to partner with you in spreading the Gospel to the world, from the neighborhoods to the nations.

This is Nothing New
I’m not coming on staff with RVM with this great new plan to reach the world with the Love of Christ. By the Grace of God, that is what RVM has been doing for 15 years now. I’m merely joining the team to help them do more of that, more of what God has called us to do.

The Days Ahead
My family and I have a long 4 months ahead of us as we strive to fulfill God’s calling on our family. We have the large task in front of us to raise our financial support. We know that God is faithful and know that He will provide for all of our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. We ask that you prayerfully consider partnering with us as we continue to make Him known among the nations.

By His Grace,
Jacob Via

Adding New Staff

August 3, 2010

The Lord continues to open doors for us to advance the Gospel in many places around the world. At the same time, I am aware that it takes a larger staff to get the work done the Lord has called us to do. I have been praying for several years about the possibility of bringing my youngest son Jacob on our staff. After much prayer and counsel, he has agreed to join our ministry full-time beginning January 1, 2011. He will be assisting our ministry in communication, outreach and evangelism. He has specialized experience in ministry development. I am so excited about having him partner with us in advancing God’s Kingdom.

He will have the responsibility of raising the financial support for him and his family just as we have had to do. Please join us in praying that all of his needs will be met as he becomes a part of RVM. If you are able to help financially with this new venture, we would be ever so grateful. Let’s take the Gospel to the whole world while we still have time. Matthew 24:14 says, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world…and then the end will come.”

I Am My Brother’s Keeper

June 3, 2010

My brother, Ray Via, has had to overcome more challenges than most people will face in a lifetime. When he was born, the oxygen was cut off to his brain for about four minutes. This lack of oxygen caused brain damage that would become apparent as he grew older.

At first my parents were told that he had mild cerebral palsy. That diagnosis was later changed to brain damage. The doctors told my parents that Ray would never walk, never talk, never attend school or be able to function normally. My dear mother refused to believe that report. She was on a mission. Over the years of his development, she worked long hours teaching him to walk, talk and read. She made countless trips to speech therapists and social workers to get him every available advantage. Ray learned to do all the things the doctors said that he would never do. Today, Ray still faces challenges, from hearing loss to physical imbalance, yet he manages to live on his own, hold a steady job and even drive himself all over creation.

In spite of his challenges, Ray has a sharp mind in many ways. He has been an avid student of WWII and can name key figures, dates, places and battles with ease. He has a deep love for his family, especially his niece and nephews and his great nieces and nephews. He would drive all day just to spend a brief weekend with them. He has never missed a birthday or a graduation of any of our children. If you ask them, they will tell you that he is the best uncle in the world.

I can still remember the night, while watching a Billy Graham movie, my brother trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior. When he’s not working, he loves to travel with me and never meets a stranger in the churches where I preach. He is a blessing to everyone he meets. He takes all the time in the world to spend with family, friends and acquaintances.

Ray has lived a life that the doctors said he never would. He is a walking testimony of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty. Whenever I think I have had a hard day, I need to remember that Ray’s day has been harder still because of his physical challenges. Just as our Lord has walked with Ray through his many difficulties, He will walk with you through yours.

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37