bobkathBob and Katherine Rodgers – Executive Director of NICE

NOVEMBER 16th UPDATE

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Preaching “without Power…
Well, the morning started out as usuaual in our time here. Up early for showers, then breakfast of egg omelet and bread with cheese and coffee. Typically we have tea most the day but Katherine and I do Statbucks coffee (in a French Press our hosts have). We then loaded in a van to head to Revival Church. Our drivers are rarely the same as our hosts do not have a car so transportation is depended on church folks. They use the transportation system for work and shopping.

On the way I chatted with my translator regarding my message: words, phrases, verses on PowerPoint (something they do for sermons). Once we had greeted many folks we were hooked up with earphones to hear the translator for the service, all but the music. About half way through the music portion the power went down. The men quickly scrambled to put together a portable system and Katherine gave her testimony.

After another song, “Lord, I Lift Your Name On High, it was my turn to preach. Yulia did great job considering I veered away from my notes a couple times and she didn’t have the screen to read the verses.

Relaxing a bit this afternoon, looking over notes for tomorrow nights class, checking email and Facebook. When Alexey gets home from a Membership meeting we’ll head to the American Village outside Yuhzno-Sakhalinsk (small town within a town that houses the oil companies employees). A little more upscale housing with a grade school and fitness center. Then home for the night.

Until next time,

da svidAn’ya

EARLY FALL 2013 UPDATE

This past month we’ve seen the truth of putting sermon to life and the reality of Proverbs 16:9closeProverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps. (ESV)
closeProverbs 16:9closeProverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps. (ESV)
The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps. (ESV)
:“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” And Bob recently preached on James 1:1-8closeJames 1:1-8 Greeting 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Testing of Your Faith Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (ESV) closeJames 1:1-8closeJames 1:1-8 Greeting 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Testing of Your Faith Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (ESV) Greeting 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Testing of Your Faith Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (ESV) on the topic of JOY IN THE JOURNEY:SEEING GOD IN DIFFICULT TIMES! We had numerous plans to visit many places and visit with missionaries, friends, and a couple of Bible Colleges. The weekend before heading out , Bob experienced a lot of pain so we ended up in Urgent Care for unexpected surgery for an egg sized abscess. Thankfully, Bob is recuperating but has restrictions by the Drs and antibiotics that have been rough on his system. Hopefully, in a couple of months, he will be back to full strength.

Katherine’s Mother ended up in the hospital with meningitis and went to be with her Savior in Glory on Oct 5th. Yes, we have been really living “Seeing God in Difficult Times” and He has been there with us through it all.

Our son Rob and family moved back to Washington so it’s been good seeing them all. Kimberly, our daughter in law, recently lost her 23 yr old brother in a car accident, so please hold her and her family in prayer in this time.

We are looking forward to our mission trip to Russia. We received our visa’s this week and one of the last things needed to do is purchase tickets and some gifts to take with us. We continue to do final preparations on our lessons and sermons as well as work on some Russian phrases. It is just amazing how fast time has gone. The Dr. has given his okay for Bob to travel at this point, but we will also work with a special representative from our insurance co who specializes in medications, etc. when traveling abroad.

PRAISE: Bob’s healing from surgery!
PRAISE: For joy in the midst of suffering.
PRAY: For Katherine’s family in the passing of her mom and the decisions that need to be made. Pray that her testimony will spread far and wide.
PRAY: For Kimberly and her family at the sudden passing of her 23 yr old brother. Pray for peace, trust, and faith.
PRAY: For our upcoming trip to Far East Russia, Nov. 13th-26th,…all visa’s for all teachers to come through, preparations of material, and financial expenses.
PRAY: For all of our N.I.C.E.Missionary Pastors: for wisdom, encouragement, developing relationships throughout outreach opportunities.

Thank you for your continued prayers.
His servants for eternity,
Bob and Katherine Rodgers