Kasalehlia! We have had quite a summer and much to update you on.
I’ll begin by explaining the medical emergency we had with our daughter, Kaylinn. Over the past several months, she has had breathing problems where she has just randomly stopped breathing for no apparent reason. It’s happened about six times and each time gave us quite a scare. The doctors here could not figure out what was going on; therefore, after her latest incident the last week of August, they sent us off to Hawaii to the Children’s Medical Center there for further evaluation. Thankfully, some of our church people offered to stay with our other four children and Susan, Kaylinn, and I flew to HI on September 7th. We had expected to be there for about a week. However, it ended up taking an entire month! The doctors there also could not come to a conclusion as to the cause of her problem. She had just about every test there was to run and saw nearly all the pediatric specialists that they thought could help her. It would take an entire book to give all the details of that month here in this letter so if you are interested in the detailed story as well as the many ways God blessed during this time, please read about it at our blog. We arrived back on Pohnpei on October 5th and since have been trying to get back into a routine with the children and ministry. While I am on the subject of Kaylinn’s medical situation, I would like to mention a need and that is the medical bills. At this point, we have not received all of the bills from the hospital so I am not able to give an exact amount, but we were warned while there that it would be quite high. If the Lord lays on your heart to help in any way with these expenses, donations can be sent through our mission board, designated for Kihleng Medical Expenses.
The ministry is doing well. The church people worked together to keep things going while we were gone. I’m so thankful for the men in the church that put so much into the ministry! Since we’ve been back, we’ve had the exciting privilege of seeing four individuals come to know Christ as their Savior. That was a great welcome back for us!
The Baptist Bible Institute of Pohnpei started the Fall Semester in August. We have forty-five enrolled this semester, all from the 6 different Baptist churches on the island! What is even more exciting though is the fruit that we are seeing in the lives of these students. Some of the students have started Bible studies in the public schools on the island and on the community college campus. It’s been great to see these young people so on fire for the Lord!
We have several events coming up that we ask prayer for. In November we have our annual Missions Conference. This is always one of our favorite events of the year. We’re looking forward to a time of honoring our missionaries that we currently support and hoping to be able help them more financially. One of our missionary families is the Boylston family, who is currently on deputation in preparation to come here to work with us in the ministry. We are fervently praying that God will provide the support quickly so we can have them here with us!
In January we will be having revival meetings with Evangelist Ron Comfort. Dr. Comfort started the Bible College that Susan and I attended and it is a great honor for us to be able to have him come and hold revival meetings. Please begin praying now for these meetings! Another need I would like to mention here is our need for a sound system which we will need for the revival meetings. In the past, we have borrowed sound systems and speakers from other churches, but we would like to be able to obtain our own at this point as it is something we are always in need of.
Thank you all for your continued prayers for our family, our ministry, and especially these past couple of months for our daughter Kaylinn. God has used some trials in our life to show us His love and care for us and we are so thankful for those who have faithfully prayed during this time.
Because of Calvary
Rickson, Susan, Kaleo, Kestra, Kyler, Katrianne, & Kaylinn