Saturday, December 29, 2007
* I will see what skills I can bring to the table and what areas I could use more study in
* I will be getting somewhat of a break from my normal schedule of taking care of my home and family
I have never been a great fan of "school-ish" things so I ask for prayer that God would use this time to grow my mind for His glorious Name's sake! Please pray that I will have a learning spirit and that I will be able to think like a grown up for a whole week! I feel like I have been thinking like a baby/toddler for the last couple years and so my mind needs some tuning up! ;)
Please also pray for Houghton and the kids back in Montana. That they would get healthy (they are all battling being sick) and that God would also use this time to grow each of those relationships!
We are grateful to you!
Grace Bible mens Bible Study
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
The spacious town of Buffalo
Kevin and Pat, Rob, Ben and Josh with Jesiah (Jesiah LOVED playing with these terrific guys!)
Monday, October 29, 2007
Gwen found her new love....the slide. She is part penguin I am convinced...check out her bravery...
And as always check out our website for prayer and praise items (under our Schedule tab ~ incase you were curious)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The Ingraham Family
Friday we drove up to Deer River, MN to share a meal with Paul and Carol Olson, who formerly was the pastor in Fallon, MT while Houghton was in college. It was during the time that Houghton was under Pauls teaching that he grew spiritually and God used the Olson in a tremendous way to spur on that growth! So it was a great time to share with the Olson's what God is now doing in our lives and to catch up with them.
Jesiah LOVED going 4wheeling! He was "steering" the whole time and he only got scared when dad got a little our of hand. ;) Gwenny was taking a nap while we were riding.Harely and Betty Steinbrenner
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After spending time at the church in Marcell, we took off for the Mickesh family's home back in Deer River, MN. This tremendous family is currently looking at joining BMW as missionaries to Canada to the First Nations people or working in the states with First Nations groups in MN. They graciously opened their home to us for the night and we got to meet this fantastic family throughout the course of Sunday evening and Monday morning. Rick and Jamie have adopted six children as their own and it was a joy to spend time with their children interacting with ours!
That night before bed, our families sang some songs together which Jesiah thoroughly enjoyed and helped out with.
Me with their youngest Matthew
Jesiah dancing to a song while Rick and Mitchel hold the music
Brianna, Mariah, Emily, Gretchen with Matthew
Chatting with the Mickesh family
We then drove back to MT on Monday arriving on Tuesday after staying in Dickinson overnight to break up our trip for the kids a bit. God has been so gracious as we have been traveling. He has continually provided the money for our travel costs and we have not had to delve into our normal monthly income from our faithful supports for our driving costs since May! Thank you so much to you all who have given to us above and beyond what you have committed and thus helping us in a tremendous way with the expenses of "the road".
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We would also like to reiterate again how humbled we are at the team God has been building up as our support group here in the states! The work of a missionary is by far the most humbling work we have ever been involved with and we are amazed daily of Gods working in our lives and YOURS as He leads some to give financially and some prayerfully and others through encouraging us along our way.
Although we have already posted this on our website weeks ago, we also would like to announce that we will be expecting our third child in March this year and are thrilled to see God working through this as we hoped to have another baby before heading to Vanuatu. His timing is absolutely perfect and we praise God for this new life that is now growing and growing....
Please continue to check our website for our schedule and also for our added prayer requests and praises!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
God has been raising up faithful worshipers throughout these states to join our team to reach the people of Vanuatu for Christ.
Here is a recap of our past four weeks. Please continue to check our website for our schedule and prayer requests.
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Sunday, September 09, 2007
It has also been a relaxing time for the kids too as they have been able to be on whatever sleeping schedule their bodies desire and also get caught up on some needed grandpa and grandma time!
We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing our family, friends, and supporters here in Miles City and the surrounding area and reconnecting with them. It amazes me that we were only gone for about a month and we are soon going to be gone for years! It just shows how awesome the Internet is and its "power" in keeping connected that way.
We are thrilled to be taking off again this next week. We will be heading to Colorado for some more training with our team. I am really looking forward to seeing them all again and being together. We love hanging out with each other and it amazes me that God has brought us all together as a team to reach Ni-Vans!
Please keep us in your prayers as we travel. We have a meeting on Saturday at a house in Denver and then on Sunday will head to our training. On the next Sunday we present in a church in Nebraska in the AM and in Wyoming in the PM. At the Bible School we attended in Lagrange WY on Monday and then again in Nebraska that Sunday to follow.
For a more detailed and complete schedule check out our website.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
We got to Ronan on Friday the 10th of August to meet up with Aaron Skogen and his family which was our "contact" for the church in Pablo, MT just outside Ronan. We were taken care of in amazing ways by being fed marvelous food and also meeting tremendous people at our time in Pablo and also during the week we stayed in Ronan.
Houghton preached during the 2 morning services and also the adult sunday school class along with sharing about Vanuatu. That evening we had a time of desserts at the church for more question and answer time with the people who were interested in learning more about our ministry.
The kids playing in the nursery during the service
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We left for Frenchtown from Ronan on the 17th to stay with our friend from Frontier School of the Bible, Josh McNeal who was our contact for the Frenchtown Community Church. We shared briefly in the morning service about our ministry and Gretchen was able to help lead the song time with Josh. The three of us shared in song during the offertory. That night we had invited people back for our presentation and we were also able to share with the Youth Group that night.
Houghton talking with people from Frenchtown Community ChurchClick to view more pics from Frenchtown:
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Friday, August 03, 2007
While on the way to Georgia we stayed with Faltynski's as mentioned in our previous post and also with Fred and Betty Foulkes, aunt and uncle of Laura and I. They were incredibly gracioius and let us stay at thier home for over a week total. They also took us to the airport etc. so we could then fly to Atlanta.
We also got to spend time with our grandma as she too lives in Minnesota. This was a sweet blessing to us as we cannot be sure when we will be able to spend time with these people again after we leave for Vanuatu. While visiting with grandma she invited over some of the other ladies in her complex and we were able to share with these great prayer warriors what God is doing with us and how they can join in that work by praying!
Checking out the mall of America
Jesiah and Houghton at the play land in Mall of America
On the weekend inbetween our sessions we were able to go and visit Houghtons sister and brother in law who live outside of Atlanta. Bethany and Waiman. We also got to visit with thier gracious neighbors.We went to Bible school in Wyoming with Will Vestal who has since gotten married to Kate and they are expecting thier first baby. They live in GA and we got to drive down to see them while we were in their neck of the woods.
Our full Team Vanuatu....isn't God amazing!!!! What a good lookin bunch huh?! :)
The Vanuatu Bush Team (those of us going to live, along with our families, in a tribe) In order of L to R - (top) Gretchen and Houghton Richards, Tania and Jim Kenner (bottom) Laura Thulesen, Amber and Brad JonesWe began classes on the 16th and had our last class on the 25th. Thank you all SO much for praying for us as we took this trip. We were able to see so many answers to prayer! The bedroom that we stayed in while at "school" was in my opinion the best room in the house! Gwen was able to sleep in a walk in closet which was perfect since she loves the dark and Jesiah had his own large bed that he didn't fall out of! We, as a team, were able to meet several times and therefore got a great start on our planning. The Kenner family was accepted by Biblical Ministries Worldwide and was officially invited into the Team to which they accepted. It was a blessed trip and we are indebted to those who prayed for us. Thank you again.
There is a lot in store for us as a family now that we are hitting the road full time to share with others around the country about Vanuatu. Please continue to be praying for us.
*We have experienced a lot of sickness (both Houghton and I and also the kids) because of the hectic schedule etc. that we are now living with. We ask that you keep our health in your prayers.
*The kids don't like driving....crazy huh?!... :) So be in prayer that they will become accustomed to their seats and not dread it. We are so prayerful that our family will not look at this precious time of connecting with people as something that is frustrating but to see it as it is...a true blessing.
*All of our Bush Team is still hoping to be leaving for Vanuatu in March. Pray that things continue to fall into place for this goal to become a reality and that God will continue to raise up supporters for not only us but also those on our team. We intend to all move over TOGETHER (other than the Kenners who will be about a year or so behind us) so if any members of our team are behind in support we will all be waiting until 100% is there so we can do everything together. We feel that this is what God would desire for us to do and are SO thrilled that He is working towards that goal.On the way home we were welcomed into Ralph and Shari's home in Bismark which was such a blessing. We were then able to split the drive from MN to MT into two days.
Please check out our website to see our full schedule for the next few months and where we will be sharing.
A pic of us hanging out and taking a much enjoyed break in Georgia