Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A copy of our recent newsletter sent out to friends and supporters

The Rickstrew Family

To catch you up…
It has been almost four and a half years now since we have been home from living in Niger, West Africa. Most of you know that we were sent out by our local church to partner with YWAM in planting churches among the Wodaabe people. We lived there for two years and came home when our commitment was complete in order for Tracy to go to nursing school and for us to see what God had in store for us next. This past December Tracy finished nursing school at HSU and became an RN in January!!! In the middle of all of this...our son, Riley Dean, was born August 2005. He is now 2 1/2 years old. He is a spunky “big” little guy who is now proud to be able to recite the alphabet and count to 20 (though he skips fourteen every time =). We bought our first home in Eureka two years ago and have been enjoying the responsibility of homeownership! Our yellow lab, Naya, is now 3 1/2 and still acts like a big puppy most of the time. Tom is just about finished with a project he has been working on at our local high school. He impressively worked his way up the ladder to end up managing the whole project after starting out as an assistant. When this project ends, we do not know what the future holds for us as far as employment for Tom is concerned. Since we have been home from Niger, Tom has been blessed with excellent work opportunities but nothing ever seems to last for more than a year. This factor, along with what we think is a calling on our lives, has caused us to look into other options for our future. We have focused our prayers and efforts towards looking into ministry opportunities, particularly overseas. As more time passes from being home from Niger, we miss being missionaries...living a simple life, depending on God for everything, and sharing Jesus with people who have never heard of Him before. The last weekend in February we had our first “family prayer retreat” at a cabin on the Van Duzen river. We all enjoyed the time spent with the Lord and the refreshment that comes from taking time out to spend with Him. We thought this format would be a good way to reach out to people we love and ask for your prayers on our behalf as we seek the Lord’s will for our lives. We would love to hear from you!

Prayers to be Prayed

· Pray that we would confidently know His will and have the courage and faith to live it

· Pray that God will open doors for us

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth” Ps. 8:1



the mom~ said...

Wow Tracy, how cool is that?!?! Steven and I are going to KC, MO on Sunday for a week for some testing and such to actaully possibly start our own church, very exciting and hopeful. We have prayed a loto for Gods will and he is clearly leading us in this direction. We will pray for you guys and most importantly Gods will.
Oh we have some YWAMers at our church that head up different teams, Dallas and Gen Rostad, know them? Very cool people! I always think of you when one of our teens joins the YWAMers in CO and travel the world spreading the good news of Jesus Christ!!!

Linda Rickstrew said...

We'll let you make the kefir. We'll try tasting it.
Tom and Linda