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Clint & Rhonda Rardin

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Name: Clint Rardin
Age: 51

Spouse: Rhonda Rardin
Age: 53

Mission Field: Mexico

Years of Service: 24

Home Church: Fairhaven Baptist Church
Chersterton, Indiana

Missions Agency:
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Our Missionary for 24 years

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Missionary Update 05/10/2019

Dear Praying Friends,

 

This last Sunday, we celebrated Mother's Day as it always falls on the 10th day of May no matter the day of the week.  The most we ever had on Mother's Day was 276 with 176 adults; so I assumed we were ready for the day as far as seating.  We actually had 312! with 220 adults crammed into the auditorium.  The problem is it never entered my mind we'd have that many and didn't order extra chairs as I do on Kid's Day.  We used all fifty of the extra metal chairs we have and still had some people standing in the back and in the hallway.  What a surprise!  Luckily my wife had made 100 gifts for the mothers, so all 98 of them received their gifts.  Every route met or surpassed their goals.  We also had a great drive-in crowd.  Lately, God has given us several new families from the middle-class apartment complex and neighborhood behind our church.

 

We had two adults make professions of faith including Yahir, a teen from one of the routes and Yaridalia, one of the new wives from the apartments I just mentioned.  Please pray for the spirtual growth of Joel, a teen that was saved on Resurrection Sunday and continues to attend; Claudia, a military wife from the military base who was saved along with her teenage son, Asiel, last week and returned with her husband this week; Gloria, a woman who was saved last week along with her brother, Alberto, and who both attended again this week; as well as for Dorian, Brother Oscar's cousin who was saved last week, but had to work this week, although his father did come and visit us..

 

Also continue to pray for our evangelistic campaign as we have three more Sundays including Friend Day on the 19th.  Pray for our new prison ministry as we see the prisoners advance in their RU workbooks and for our RU addictions recovery program on Fridays.  This last Friday, two new students were brought by Carlos from Tepito, the infamous area in Mexico City's inner city known for its drug use and alcholism.  In the papers, there was a story of a baby found abandoned in a back alley in Tepito.  Carlos and Lilia, who live there, believe they know whose baby it is, as a drug addict that they know who denied that she was pregnant, but clealy was; was suddenly not pregnant anymore the day after the the baby was found.

 

Continue to pray for safety for us.  Our church and home are in a middle-class, relatively safe area, but the other day when some men and I returned from the prison ministry, we passed a slow-moving car as I turned into the church parking lot.  As I went into the church building, one of our men heard yelling at the sidewalk in front of the school next door to our church.  The car I mentioned had stopped next to a young lady walking on the sidewalk and grabbed her, pulling her into the car.  People on the sidewalk tried to help until the man who grabbed her brandished a gun, then the car sped off.  Clearly it was a premeditated kidnapping.  These are some of the dangers missionaries face on the foreign field for which we need to remember to pray for (II Tes. 3:1,2).

 

Thank you for your prayers,

Clint Rardin

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Missionary Update 05/10/2019

Clint Rardin                               5/8/19

Mother’s Day Sunday

 

 

Dear Praying Friends,

 

This last Sunday, we celebrated Mother's Day as it always falls on the 10th day of May no matter the day of the week.  The most we ever had on Mother's Day was 276 with 176 adults; so I assumed we were ready for the day as far as seating.  We actually had 312! with 220 adults crammed into the auditorium.  The problem is it never entered my mind we'd have that many and didn't order extra chairs as I do on Kid's Day.  We used all fifty of the extra metal chairs we have and still had some people standing in the back and in the hallway.  What a surprise!  Luckily my wife had made 100 gifts for the mothers, so all 98 of them received their gifts.  Every route met or surpassed their goals.  We also had a great drive-in crowd.  Lately, God has given us several new families from the middle-class apartment complex and neighborhood behind our church.

 

We had two adults make professions of faith including Yahir, a teen from one of the routes and Yaridalia, one of the new wives from the apartments I just mentioned.  Please pray for the spirtual growth of Joel, a teen that was saved on Resurrection Sunday and continues to attend; Claudia, a military wife from the military base who was saved along with her teenage son, Asiel, last week and returned with her husband this week; Gloria, a woman who was saved last week along with her brother, Alberto, and who both attended again this week; as well as for Dorian, Brother Oscar's cousin who was saved last week, but had to work this week, although his father did come and visit us..

 

Also continue to pray for our evangelistic campaign as we have three more Sundays including Friend Day on the 19th.  Pray for our new prison ministry as we see the prisoners advance in their RU workbooks and for our RU addictions recovery program on Fridays.  This last Friday, two new students were brought by Carlos from Tepito, the infamous area in Mexico City's inner city known for its drug use and alcholism.  In the papers, there was a story of a baby found abandoned in a back alley in Tepito.  Carlos and Lilia, who live there, believe they know whose baby it is, as a drug addict that they know who denied that she was pregnant, but clealy was; was suddenly not pregnant anymore the day after the the baby was found.

 

Continue to pray for safety for us.  Our church and home are in a middle-class, relatively safe area, but the other day when some men and I returned from the prison ministry, we passed a slow-moving car as I turned into the church parking lot.  As I went into the church building, one of our men heard yelling at the sidewalk in front of the school next door to our church.  The car I mentioned had stopped next to a young lady walking on the sidewalk and grabbed her, pulling her into the car.  People on the sidewalk tried to help until the man who grabbed her brandished a gun, then the car sped off.  Clearly it was a premeditated kidnapping.  These are some of the dangers missionaries face on the foreign field for which we need to remember to pray for (II Tes. 3:1,2).

 

Thank you for your prayers,

Clint Rardin

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Missionary Update 11/19/2018

Dear Praying Friends,

I'd have to say that this fall evangelistic campaign is the most successful evangelistic campaign we've had.  I attribute it to God's working in the lives of our people and their spiritual growth and maturity in the last couple of years.  I expected and would have been happy if we had average between 240 to 250 in attendance; but every Sunday, it has been far greater than my expectations.

 

This Sunday, 297 were in church for our anniversary.  The children's attendance went down to 97, but the adult attendance rose to 200 as many of our people worked hard to get our their friends, neighbors, and relatives.  We had about 35 in our new teen class that Brother Oscar is teaching.  In the adult service, we were packed with 180 in the auditorium and 20 adults and teens working in the classes.  We had 22 adult first-time visitors; ten adults came forward at the invitation.  Five men (two of them are our neighbors) and four women made a profession of faith and one woman received assurance of salvation.  One of the men, Eduardo, a soldier, is the father of a new boy in our Christian school.

 

What is a blessing is to see is four of the seven previous converts of the campaign in church:  Sara and Norma of our van route (the route finally passed its goal with 22); Victor, a cousin of one of the women in our church; and Marcelina, a woman from one of the routes who is coming with her husband.

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Raul, another convert, didn't come to church as he lives downtown and it's difficult for him to come, but I was told that he asked me to visit him; and Laura, another convert, is married to a soldier who doesn't always let her attend, but she is sending her children. Sara, one of the newly saved, has shown concern for the salvation of her relatives -- a good sign of spiritual growth.  Please pray for Sunday's converts as the majority of them live in other parts of Mexico City that are not close to our church, but are relative and friends of our people.  Please pray as we follow up on the spiritual welfare of the 16 newly born again adults of this campaign.

 

Thank you for your prayers for our campaign,

Clint Rardin

 

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Missionary Update 10/19/2018

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Missionary Update 10/12/2018

Dear Praying Friends,

Things have been going great since our return seven weeks ago.  This Sunday, we had 219 in church with over 150 adults packing our auditorium and we are not in our fall evangelistic campaign yet.  Yareni, the teenage daughter of one of the policemen in our church, was baptized this Sunday.  Her older sister, Marina, is in her first year of our Bible Institute.

Since our return, I have been teaching in Sunday School about spiritual gifts focusing on the ones that are still valid for the church today.  We have many in our church that are now qualified to be workers and have a willingness to work, so much so that we need to open new ministries to give them an opportunity to exercise the gift God has given them.  We have 92 members in our church and I believe God has given everyone of them a a gift that He wants them to use in ministry.

On Sunday night at our Stewardship Banquet, we will be telling our members of new ministries that I believe God wants us to have to reach more people and meet more of the different spiritual needs that Mexico City has.  Please pray that God provides economic support for these new ministries though the people of our church.

We thankfully have a tract problem.  We find our selves frequently running our of tracts.  The last few weeks, we have had to order from our in-country supplier thousand of tracts; and within a couple of weeks, we had to order thousands more.  We are already about out and this week I called our supplier and they said that we cleaned them out.  We are going to have to print our own until we can get some more from the States.  I praise God for a people that love to get out tracts to the lost!

Please pray as we begin our four-week fall campaign on the 21st that many souls genuinely trust Christ, are generated, and follow the Lord in baptism and spiritual growth.

For His Cause,

Clint Rardin

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