Quick Support Update

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Here’s a fun picture of the offering jar that Eli’s Sunday School class is collecting to send Eli to Kenya. So great to see!! We have received some additional support pledges that bring us to the following amounts:

Monthly:     $750 or 10.8% of our target

Outgoing:    $7,500 or 20.7% of our target

We appreciate your continued prayer and support of us on this journey! If you are interested in finding out more about our ministry or how to support us, please click on the links below. And, if you are interested in having us come speak at your church, Sunday school class, home group, class, chapel or school, please email us at: bericherson@gmail.com

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Support Update

We had a great time with our FBC family last weekend.  We had over 120 people attend our presentation during Life Builders and had many people come up to us afterwards to talk further about the ministries at RVA.  It was so fun and encouraging! If you missed our presentation, want to hear more or would like to have us come speak at another event, please feel free to contact us.  We love to share about what God is doing in our lives and in the ministries of Rift Valley Academy.

One common question that we have received is how are we doing with our support, and what happens if we do not receive enough support.  Due to the frequency of this question, we have added a graphic on the side of this site, showing how much we have received in monthly financial pledges to date and what our current monthly target is.  We will update this graphic every 2 weeks (sooner if there is a major change) to keep everyone up to date on how we are doing.  Currently our support totals are:

Monthly: $450 or 6.5% of our target

Outgoing: $3800 or 6.8% of our target

While we do not need our monthly support to start coming in until we leave in August, we need to know what amounts individuals and churches are pledging in order to show our missions agency (Africa Inland Mission) that we have enough support to head out to the field.  The mission requires us to be at 100% of our monthly target before we can purchase our tickets to travel to Kenya.  That means that we would need to be at that 100% mark by sometime in May, or in about the next 12 weeks.  Without being at 100% we will need to delay our return to RVA and the school would have to make other plans to start the year without us.  Additionally we need to be close to our outgoing total so that we have enough funds to travel to Kenya and to establish ourselves there for ministry.

These are exciting times for us! We continue to walk ahead by faith, trusting that the Lord will move in the hearts of his people and provide the necessary funds.  We appreciate your overwhelming encouragement and prayer for our family these last few months. We have definitely appreciated it!

Thankful for you!

Brian and Erin

Upcoming Events

We moved! We are still living in Woodland and are renting a house on the other side of town for the next 6 months. It is a little crazy to think that we sold our house and Brian notified his job about our upcoming departure and we don’t even have our financial support to get to Kenya! Ha! Ok, God….this is YOU getting us to where you want us to be. The moments where we feel the most discouragement, it has been awesome to see God bring another financial contribution our way or send a friend to share an encouraging word or give our children peace and comfort about leaving their home. God knows and it’s clear that He wants us to trust Him enough to take things ONE step at a time.

We do have some speaking opportunities coming up this month! Our church is such an amazing support to us and continues to promote the ministry that God is leading us to.

Tuesday, February 11@ 8pm:
College Life
Kleiber 3, UC Davis

Sunday, February 16@ 10:30am:
First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall
38141 Russell Blvd., Davis

Thankful for all of you!

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Erin’s Ramblings

Richerson Ramblings

I had someone come up to me recently who told me that they could never move their family overseas to do ministry. I was shocked. And probably not for the reason you think. I was shocked because I had always thought the same about her: I could never, ever be a special ed teacher. Or a preschool teacher. Or a corporate so and so. Because working those jobs terrify me. The weird part is that I WANT these gifts.

After listening to our college pastor, his statement of, “our (spiritual) gifts are irrevocable” hit me hard. What??? We can’t trade our spiritual gifts? For ones that we deem better? But I WANT to be a talented seamstress who blesses others with her quilting abilities. But I WANT to love taking care of babies and the elderly. Those are the best gifts! So revered, so esteemed. Man! Ok…yeah, I’ll move to…

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Erin’s Ramblings

I had someone come up to me recently who told me that they could never move their family overseas to do ministry. I was shocked. And probably not for the reason you think. I was shocked because I had always thought the same about her: I could never, ever be a special ed teacher. Or a preschool teacher. Or a corporate so and so. Because working those jobs terrify me. The weird part is that I WANT these gifts.

After listening to our college pastor, his statement of, “our (spiritual) gifts are irrevocable” hit me hard. What??? We can’t trade our spiritual gifts? For ones that we deem better? But I WANT to be a talented seamstress who blesses others with her quilting abilities. But I WANT to love taking care of babies and the elderly. Those are the best gifts! So revered, so esteemed. Man! Ok…yeah, I’ll move to another country. Wow for me. Wooo?!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking for validation here. I want to make a point: WE HAVE ALL BEEN GIVEN SPECIFIC GIFTS TO EDIFY AND LIFT UP ONE ANOTHER. And, wouldn’t it be great if we could stop focusing on the *seemingly* lesser gifts God has given us to the *seemingly* better gift He’s given someone else?? Can you imagine the impact we’d have on our world???

I’m making it a personal challenge to really appreciate and USE the very specific gifts God has given me, Erin. And, yes…..you can hold me accountable!

Homeless!

Yay! We sold our house and are currently looking for a rental for the next 6 months. It is exciting to see God at work as He orchestrates exactly who should buy our house and where we should live for the interim. So far the kids are doing well with all of the transition. We would love continued prayer for them.

We spoke with the superintendent at Rift Valley Academy last week and we are excited about the possibilities for us there. The option to be dorm parents for jr high girls is a little daunting but we can see how it would be a good fit for our skills and our family dynamics. Please pray for the school and for us as decisions are made for our placement. Again, it brings us so much joy to see how God is working all things together.

Praises:
-The sale of our house!
– positive transition for the kids
– speaking engagement at First Baptist Church Davis on February 16

Prayer:
– rental home in the area
– financial support (we are currently at 5%)

If you are interested in having us speak about our ministry opportunity at your church, school, bible study, home group or other event, please contact us through Facebook or bericherson@gmail.com .

*Also, if you would like us to send you our prayer card, please email your address to us. *

Many blessings!
Brian, Erin, Jakin, Keilah, Silas and Eli Richerson

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New Year Updates

The calendar says that it is 2014 now, which means that another year of major changes for our family is upon us.  No longer is our return to Kenya “next year,” but now is in just over 6 months.  We have a lot to do in the next couple of months. We continue to work with our realtor and have open houses. Hopefully with the new year, the housing market will pick up and we will be able to sell it quickly.

For support raising, we are moving along slowly.  We currently have pledges for about 5% of our monthly support.  We continue to trust that the Lord will bring in the needed support as He already knows where it will come from.

With the new year, we are also setting up speaking engagements to share about the ministry of RVA so that we can partner and share this mission opportunity with others. If you would like to have us come to your church, small group or other gathering and share about our ministry, please contact us at bericherson@gmail.com

We are so excited about this new phase of our ministry process! We’d love your prayer on our behalf as we continue to strive for God’s ultimate plan through faith that can only come from Him.

As always, we know that we cannot pursue this ministry without your encouragement. Thank you for your words, notes, emails, fb posts and overall positive words.

In Jesus!
Brian, Erin, Jakin, Keilah, Silas, and Eli

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