Missionary Spotlight Update: Ryan and Seane’ Rice

Ryan and Seane’ Rice continue to minister and see God doing great things through Connect Church of Algiers in New Orleans. Their church is ethnically diverse and they reach out to help many on the fringes of society.

Oak Park Baptist Church, a sister church that had served the community for more than 60 years, fell on some difficult times with declining membership and problems reaching out to the community. The leaders of Connect Church and Oak Park began to talk about the possibility of merging the 2 churches. As the leaders of both congregations talked, they felt the Holy Spirit leading them to come together to better serve their community.

Last Easter, the 2 congregations joined together, and the results have been encouraging for everyone concerned. According to Ryan, “Their church had gotten down to about 40 people on a Sunday. In the past 5 months, we have averaged over 130 in attendance [and] saw several professions of faith as well as baptisms. Our vision and mission is still the same, and now God has added those to walk and serve with us to reach our city with the love of Jesus.”

Pray for Ryan, Seane’, and other leaders of this blended congregation as they minister. Also pray for those to whom they speak the message of salvation that the Holy Spirit will soften hearts and open minds to receive the gift of salvation.

Ryan and Seane’ Rice are featured in the January 2018 Missions Mosaic Missionary Spotlight.

Sammie Jo Barstow writes from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and loves to visit New Orleans.

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