I’ve started to write a new blog post maybe a dozen times now, but each time I try and write it, something more happens that I think I need to share about. You see, now that we are actively working to return to Kenya, our lives are constantly in motion. In addition to the normal chaos that comes with a family of 6 living here in Woodland, we are also trying to plan for a move halfway around the world. With that move there are so many different things that we need to do:
- Raise our support
- Get a new Prayer Card
- Renew passports
- Put together new RVA presentations
- Share our hearts with Family, Friends and Churches
- Sell our house
It seems like in the past 2 weeks we have been dealing with all of the above items. There are many more, but these are the ones that are most pressing for us right now. We have a photo session scheduled for prayer cards, we tried to get passport photos taken (the place ran out of photo paper, so they couldn’t print any of the photos they had taken) and we got our first support notification.
This past week, Erin and I had our first chance to share with the missions committee of FirstBaptistChurch in Davis. FBC is our home church, and we have shared with many individuals, but this was the first “Official” sharing time. As we prepared for our presentation, I dug out our “Presentation Box.” It contained many RVA yearbooks, some photo albums a pair of old VHS promotion videos and a couple of DVDs that we had put together. It also had a copy of the RVA video below:
This video was filmed in 2009 right at the time when we left RVA for the last time. As we watched the video, both Erin and I were overwhelmed at the ministry of RVA. It is a ministry unlike any other, one that we were privileged to be a part of from 2000 – 2009. It is a ministry that we continue to remain connected with even here in WoodlandCA. We’ve had 2 alumni visit us in the past few months and have talked with many others as well. But it was the images of RVA and the students there that brought on the memories of a great ministry to MK’s in Africa. It is a ministry that both of us have been called to all our lives, and one that we are now planning to return to. We don’t know what we will be doing on campus but we know we will be loving the students there, and that by loving them, we are helping the Gospel spread across the continent of Africa. We are doing what God has called us to do. God had called us back to the US for these past 5 years, and has used the time to encourage us and to strengthen us. He has used the time to draw us closer to Himself, and now he is asking us to return.
The process of sharing with many of you is as much about sharing what is on our hearts, as it is God stoking the flames for a ministry that we both love. I realized that our presentations, our letters, and even this blog are not about us or our story but about the story that He is telling. It is as much for the Richersons as it is for others. It is for me, and it is meant to encourage me in times when things may seem overwhelming.
The presentation went great by the way! 🙂
As if that wasn’t enough, God had been laying on our hearts that we need to take some bold steps in our process, and to trust Him with everything. In that vain, Erin and I just this evening signed papers to list our house for sale. We hope to have it ready for showing in about 2 weeks so we have even more craziness to work through. We know that we have a long way to go in support raising, and in preparation, but we felt that we had been holding onto the house and our lives here too tightly, and that God is calling us to be totally committed to this journey. After all it is His story to tell and not ours, so we have taken this next big step. We appreciate prayers and encouragement as we continue on this journey. Thank you for walking it with us.
Brian, Erin, Jakin, Keilah, Silas and Eli Richerson
We are including a couple of older pictures from our previous years at RVA. They serve as a reminder to us of the great ministries that are happening there. We will also post an updated family picture after we get them back from our photo session next weekend.