OUR PLAN FOR MINISTRY

Upon entering a village we usually identfy the leader of the village and tell him we offer free Bibles to those who want them and that we will teach the people how to use the Bible and will show them a movie about the life of Jesus. We have always been well received and the people open their homes for us to show the "Jesus" movie and teach them how to use their new Bibles.

The people of these villages accept the authority of the Bible and are very open to the Gospel. Most readily trust Christ as Savior and are excited at the prospect of studying our lessons and learning more about the love of Jesus Christ.

Our "Discipleship Lessons" teach new Christians about the person of God, the Deity of Christ, prayer, worship, service and the Christian life. Usually three or four families begin studying with us as a group after several lessons. As we study about prayer we begin praying for each other. When study about worship and begin singing hymns as part of the study. After a few weeks our studies begin to take on the form of a traditional service.

 

As the studies continue we identify leaders and gradually give them more and more responsibilities in the study. After a while we become observers of the studies simply watching the leaders conduct the services and teaching the lessons.

When the studies in the villages are self sufficient and operating on their own, we move on to a new village and begin the process again. Over the next months and years we continue to supply lessons to the village churches.

We have developed thousands of pages of studies that are written at the level of Spanish that can be understood by the people in the villages. In the past we have tried purchasing commercially produced lessons and have found their Spanish too formal and thus unable to be unerstood by the people in our villages.

 

 

 

 

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The Testimony Of Jesus And Maria

The testimony of Jesus and Ana Maria which is found in our June Letter in an important testimony for several reasons.  Several years ago a lady who Pat has just won to the Lord a few weeks earlier came by our house.  She told us she was taking a trip to Hermosillo to visit her mother and wanted Pat to write down some kind of guide for her to use to tell her mother about Christ.  After putting a quick guide together Pat and I discussed the idea of making one of a more permanent nature and using it in our teaching.  In the next few weeks Pat put together a discipleship series of lessons that clearly presented the Gospel and went on to explain the results of salvation, the character of God, the character of Jesus, the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian and the responsibilities of the Christian to love and serve the Lord.  It quickly became the center of our teaching we found the series to be very effective.  We now have added hundreds of lessons including book studies, character studies and survey studies.  For years we have used these studies as a foundation for our studies with the people in their homes and have found them to be very effective.  Recently we have seen that when our time with the individuals is limited and we simply give a copy of our first lesson to an individual, they are using the lesson as a guide and trusting Christ as Savior without our leading them through the study.  What a wonder blessing and it has become a very important matter of prayer to us.  Please join us in this prayer that the effectiveness of especially this first lesson empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring the lost to Christ.

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Baby Joshua

Baby Joshua

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A Miraculous Answer To Your Prayers

Thank you so much for your prayers for Courtney and Faustino.  In January it looked like her new baby was going to be born three months early.  Grady rushed her and Faustino to Sierra Vista and where she was immediately flown to Tucson Medical Center.  When she arrived there they were certain that she was going to deliver and the doctors prepared her for a pre mature birth.  After several hours the doctors were able to stop the contractions and one doctor told Courtney and Faustino that if at all possible they should stay in Tucson or they would be looking at several expensive rides in the helicopter in the next few weeks.  At that point John and Judy Hintz entered the   picture.  John is pastor of Tucson Bible Church which one of the most special group of brothers and sisters in Christ that Pat and I have ever known.  John and Judy took Courtney and Faustino into their home and accepted them as their own which included transportation to the Doctor’s appointments and about 8 trips to the hospital when contractions would not stop, but their most important provision was a glimpse of the true love of Christ.  We have mentioned to you many times over the years that everyone in our family understands that the people we see come to Christ and grow in His grace are the result of brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for us on the field.  We all count you as gifts from the Lord.  There is no doubt John and Judy Hintz and the church are great gifts of the Lord.  All of us are very privileged to count them as  friends.  Because of that love Courtney was able to go full term and Joshua came into this world April 7 2011 and 1:30 am.  He weighed eight pounds and was almost twenty inches long.  Thank you so much for your prayers and Pat and I are so proud to announce Risley Family Ministries’ newest addition.  Praise the Lord for His wonderful blessings.

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