Jon and Jessie Ritchey

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


Jon and Jessie Ritchey are working within Latin America in the area of training and sending Latin American cross-cultural missionaries. They work closely with the National Missions Directors throughout the region, participating in camps, conferences and workshops. Both also teach for FATELA and other seminaries as well as team with sister organizations such as OM, CIMA and COMIBAM in the training of candidates. Jessie is also involved in the development of Member Care research and materials that serve our region.


We had the fun of traveling together for a change as we both participated in a 4 day training event for leaders. There were three teams that rotated to three different churches in various directions of the huge city of Lima. Some of the churches require an hour and a half drive to get to them. The fourth day was a day long training event in a more central location. We had been pressing hard to finish and publish a booklet Jon wrote regarding Islam in Latin America and a book Jessie wrote regarding Member Care of Latino Cross-cultural Workers serving in the Islamic context. Jessie is pictured here with the person who handled the layout and printing for her book on a very short timeline, thus allowing it to be ready for this event.


Jessie went on down to Chile where she served as a consultant for the Chilean Dept. of Missions for four days and then met with the general board on the fifth day. In the evenings of three of those days she taught an abbreviated course at the seminary to about 80 students.


At the request of the emergent Missions Department in the Dominican Republic, we participated in a missions conference that served as the launching pad for a couple that will soon be sent to work in Panama. This is a big step for this national church and they have chosen well. This couple is being mentored by local international workers. Jessie also taught a course on Intercultural Communication at the local seminary.


We love opening our home for workers to come and stay for some R&R when they return from the field. It is a natural continuum from the relationships fostered via skype and e-mail throughout the years. These last couple of months were especially rich as we got to meet regularly with workers who were back in Ecuador on home assignment and were processing various things. We are so impressed with the quality of people being sent out.


We are fast approaching a new era as we launch our son into college. We thoroughly enjoyed watching him play his last of high school soccer. He will be attending the University of North Georgia in the fall, just a short commute from home. He plans to study Athletic Training. The transitions ahead are more challenging than he likely knows, but we are grateful that we can be present during this time of growth and adaptation to the U.S.culture.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

• The region wide youth congress in March , held here in Ecuador, was a great opportunity to equip young leaders.
• Justin just graduated. and will be headed to college in the fall. We have just returned to the U.S. for home assignment this summer and ask for wisdom and physical strength to accomplish all that needs to be done in the midst of an International move.
• Pray for Jon as he prepares to go on tour.
• We are grateful to be have time with our young adult children as well as aging parents. Jon's mother has recently suffered a stroke and is in a great deal of pain.
• For the regional meetings that will be held in Bolivia at the end of August. Pray that this will contribute strongly to the missions sending strength of the various national churches.

Updated: July 07, 2015

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