Monday, July 23, 2018

Empowerment: to turn our world right side up! Acts 17:6

view from our hotel room...Pikes Peak!

The prayer room in the new home office
 Our National Staff Conference was in beautiful Colorado Springs this year.  The speakers this year blessed us so much. Bill Lawrence spoke from Jonah each morning. Fred Markert (YWAM) brought us up to date on where we are in world developments and trends. Carol Staubi encouraged us to maximize technology for ministry, especially for Gen Z and Milleniels. Dr Abraham showed us how to reach m*lms. We are still processing all the challenges and encouragement.
Doug Shaw with Richard

Susan Shaw with Carol
 We visited ISI's new home, as we finally have our own building. It is just beautiful and an appropriate way to celebrate 65 years of ministry. Sadly, Doug Shaw announced that he will be retiring as president when a replacement is found. He has brought much to this ministry and made us a family.  To say we will miss him is an understatement. But God has great plans for the future of ISI and we look forward to what He will do.
We are in this picture, near the light on the right...good luck!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

April and May ...

Richard sharing at the Bible Church of Waterbury
 Although not in correct chronological order, these are some of the people we got to see and churches we got to visit in our recent trip to CT.
We had a great time visiting and getting caught up with everyone, praying together and hearing what Father God is doing in your lives!  He is so good, all the time.
Richard sharing at Glastonbury Community Church

Blessed by GCC friends!

Meeting in the middle to catch up.

ICF at UConn

We crossed on the new Tappan Zee bridge!

Meeting new family members!

Besties for a long time.

Our hosts, such a blessing!

We came home totally blessed and totally tired! We had a couple days of rest before son Daniel and his wife Melanie came from England to visit us for 2 weeks.  A super good time, and we miss them terribly as they have returned to "jolly ole England".

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Another Step Forward

In spite of snow, freezing rain, and sickness a group of volunteers with us offered a dinner & game night to Conversation Cafe attendees.
 We welcomed the students and got to know them a bit.

 Then we shared a delicious meal and continued conversations.

Afterward, Richard shared about cultural and religious Easter.
We ended the evening with a rousing game of Uno that seems to cross all cultural barriers! This evening felt like a big step forward for which we felt very blessed by God and His volunteers!

Monday, March 12, 2018

NE Reg'l Conf Cortland, NY 2018

 In March every year we join together as a North-east region.  We use to be able to fit in our living room in Tolland, CT. My, how we have grown!(see group photo below).

One of the things we do is meet in Prayer Squares to share personal and ministry needs and pray for one another.

We are always blessed by the attendance of the president of Int'l Students Inc, Doug Shaw.
He shared that last year there were 22,519 decisions for Christ! Since the new year there have been 4,000 per month! God is moving mightily among international students!

 We meet in the mornings and evenings for a time of worship.  As we were challenge this year by winter storms, the guest worship team couldn't make it.  So, our own multi talented staff led the way! It was a blessing!

 Aside from special speakers, we enjoyed small round table presentations from different staff on varying topics. Here Jon and Ruth Alumbaugh share about ICF UCONN, and their adaptation of M-28.

Richard is the un official official photographer for the event. He isn't in the group photo this year
 as it is getting for difficult to jump and run!

 Dave Larson is our NE region Director, sharing a message with us about Sowing in Tears.

We close our time together with worship and communion, a very special time, indeed!
 The drive back to VA was clear and dry, thankfully.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Training Day

 God is amazing! After our friends and supporters started praying the enrollment for our training time went up from 3 to 30 in one short week!
Carol worked the registration table, so there are no photos of Richard teaching this time.

Richard spoke at one church near NOVA Loudoun the Sunday before the training. That church was well represented on Saturday.
Illness did take out a few of our staff and some of the people who pre registered, but those who attended were blessed.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Like the tortoise...

finished pumpkins
SoAmerica, Eastern Europe, Africa & Asia 
We keep reciting to ourselves, do not despise the day of small beginnings.....
We are so blessed to be welcomed by the staff of the English Language program of NOVA Loudoun!  They invited us to join them in the Halloween party.  Each class had a pumpkin to decorate and then they were judged, the winning class to get a pizza party.

 Richard's presence with Conversation Cafe has made a noticable difference for the participants. Slowly we are developing relationships.  It just takes time...
The Winner: The English Monster is eating us!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lift Off

 We were warmly welcomed at the orientation for students in the accelerated English program.

A week later, Richard spent the day with interested students at our Conversation Cafe.  In the school lounge he met students and introduced them to games.  As they play these games they practice their English pronunciation and learn new vocabulary.
After starting in week one with 2 students, Richard has welcomed 6-8 students from all over the world! Asia, Africa and S.America. We are excited to see how God develops our relationships!