I just returned from a mission to the country of Zambia. While there, I was aware of following in the footsteps of the great missionary David Livingstone. In 1855, Livingstone discovered  the great Zambezi River and waterfall which he named Victoria Falls. It is now one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. Through the tireless efforts of David Livingstone, a detailed map of Africa was developed. This map would be the resource that future missionaries would use to carry the gospel message to thousands of unreached African tribes for years to come.

Rick with Austin just after he gave his life to Jesus.

As I walked along the trail of that massive waterfall, I kept thinking of the impact that Livingstone made for the Kingdom of God. It was in one of those quiet moments that I met Austin, one of the African guides working at Victoria Falls. It was my joy and privilege to share the message of salvation with Austin. After a few minutes, he gladly opened his heart to Jesus Christ and was born into the family of God. After celebrating and encouraging this new brother, I left Austin to his work and continued walking the trails. As I walked, I could not help but wonder if Livingstone himself might be looking down from heaven with a smile. Another soul was born into the kingdom of God through the influence of a man who walked these same trails more than 150 years ago. I want my life to blaze new trails for the gospel so that others might find our Savior long after I’m gone. When you stop to think about it, what else really matters?

I’m so grateful for your support, friendship and prayers for our ministry. We thank God for each of you.

– Rick