August 31, 2008 was Ordination Sunday for Victory Family Church of Virginia in Danville. Co-Pastors Danny and Nancye Ricketts and Associate-Pastors David and Deborah Price were ordained.
Nancye and Danny Ricketts graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1998.
Pastor Nancye Ricketts was in the Pastors’ Group at Rhema and Pastor Danny Ricketts was in the Missions’ Group. In 1998 and 2000, we were a part of Rhema teams in Nagpur, India. We ministered in the city and surrounding villages with Rev. Nahari Thorat and wife Lata, who are founders and directors of Rhema India Bible Training Center. The map in this photograph, with captions in Hindu, was given to us by Kevin Castro, who was then a missionary to India. Kevin is now Dean of the school.
Pray for the Christian people of India, epecially the Orissa state in east India. Recently, police and officials stood by while mobs of Hindus burned Christian churches and the homes of Christians. Fourteen pastors were murdered. More that a thousand churches were destroyed. Christian leaders believe the attacks are part of a much larger campaign by Hindu fanatics to stop lower-caste Hindus known as Untouchables or Dalits from converting to Christianity.
The difficulties may be more economic than religious. Under Hinduism people seem to be expected to stay in their place. This system is even worse that slavery which existed in this country long ago. They is no underground railroad to excape the bondage of those who are persecuted. The belief is that every individual must die in the state of life into which they are born. There is no hope for having a better life in the caste system. Christianity is a real threat to those who look down on certain classes of people and are determined to keep them down; slaves to the system. Those who are born into a family of dung gatherers or ditch diggers must live and die in the same existence. The eyes are the windows of the soul. India has many empty eyes of hopelessness. In a crowd, you can pick out the bright eyes of hope in the Christian people of India. Many still live in total dispair.
Watch this video about the destruction and death: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvJ6WD13T2s
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Missionaries in India met at Nagpur in 1998. In the dark shirt, third from left is Kevin Castro. There was a lovely young lady from India who sat next to me in a class at Rhema in 1998. Arini Ezung was a single girl from Nagaland in Northeast India. Nagaland is so far northeast that most people don’t know it is part of India. I later found out that she was studying law when she suddenly fell ill. The doctors gave her only six months to live. By her faith in God, she was completely healed. She began her two years at Rhema USA in 1996 and was our classmate.
On both our trips to India, there was great speculation and unwanted advice for finding a wife for the single Kevin Castro. Finally, the paths of Kevin and Arini crossed and they were married on February 23, 2002 in the Rhema “Bridal” Chapel in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. They now live in Nagpur and work with Pastor Thorat. The Castros also operate Living Word International. Kevin has overseen the translation and free distribution of millions of Christian books to the people.
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Pastors Nancye and Danny stand at the Peace of Life Church (at left). This is the local church for Rhema India in Nagpur. Pastor and Mrs. Thorat founded Lord’s Delight Ministries and later began Rhema India.
Robert D. “Danny” Ricketts
David Price graduated from Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Florida in 1979. David met his future wife Debbie while she was attending Southeastern.
Ordination certificates presented to David, Debbie, Nancye and Danny
Ryan Hill, Lucas Dalton, Jo Hawke, Addie Hawke, Kevin Hawke, Danny Ricketts, Joey Ricketts, Nancye Ricketts, Kim Ricketts, and Bobby Ricketts at Mayflower Seafood after church.
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