Tuesday, February 13, 2018

With God...

Do you see what this means- all these pioneers who blaze the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running- and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed-- that exhilarating finish in and with God...                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                               Hebrews 12:1-2 MSG

There it is... "finish in and with God"! Nothing else makes sense or brings the celebration of the King of heaven on earth as He is in heaven. He is the Father of the "in and with". So many we meet want to do great things for God but have lost themselves in great ambition and significance and lost the trail of the Jesus who walked and wants us to walk the journey with him, not because of him, but with Him .... this is the great invitation to "come follow me,  I'm doing what I see the Father do and I want you to join in this great adventure with me... and one day you'll do greater things than I"!  Enter into this amazing journey with him and in so doing we are becoming the pioneers for those to follow who will "strip down, start running,- and never quit"... because it will be with Him... and that journey has always been about His heart to do life with us and through us. 

Our life's rhythm can't be described in any other way than doing life with Him and his joy to do life with us... naturally supernatural. Not a gifting, anointing, education, mystic moment... plain and simple, God present in us and through us... now that's community at it's best!!!!!!!!                                                                                                                                        

Meals in our home, meals with Lynn and her daughter's celebrating her 60th birthday in NYC, Taco Tuesday's in our back yard, or meeting new friends from Atlanta staying in our Airbnb... when you're a pilgrim who walks with Him all is scandalously miraculous! So sweet and so much fun... every moment filled with His presence... food, worship, prayer, healing, prophetic encouragement... HEAVEN ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!!!!!
Not contained to a place, because we are the place. Following His path and hearing His heart to worship Him in all moments of this amazing pilgrimage!

Whether quiet moments in our home celebrating Christmas or filling our table with new friends. The invitation is open to come and enjoy the King in your home, your work place, a store, a classroom... "strip down, start running, and don't stop".  When teaching and investing in those to follow our pioneering....
There is such a moment to minimize and get less things which we have to maintain... We believe  its time to "strip down, start running, and don't stop" in the things of the Father. Shikibaba!!!!!!


We are grateful to welcome Daniel and Mehgan into our home as our family. We also welcomed into our home a new dog, Jasmine:) We were able to have her come to our home about 2 months ago and she's been such a blessing and protector.

We miss Tyron, Heidi and their family who stayed with us for a couple years. They've been able to dream on from here to their own home... take the time and make the sacrifice of time to let others dream from your home.

Finally, please continue to pray for Pip, Rain, and support. 

This April it will be year a of chemo treatments for our little one. The last few tests have continued to show no growth or shrinkage. Heidi told us the past few weeks her reaction to the treatment has been a bit more hectic... please continue to pray for weight gain, tumor gone, and a covering of joyful peace for the family. 

Pray for rain, rain, rain!!!! The Western Cape is in the worst drought in more than 100 years. Our day zero was just moved back from April 12th to May 11th. That's the day when all taps are turned off. 

Appreciate your prayers and support and ask you to consider investing in the Kingdom through us and share our journey with others who might also consider joining us as partners. 

Blessings to you all, Rich and Lynn Hodge 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Grateful in all things...

We're grateful in all things.... grateful for the touch of Abba on Pippa. The tumor hasn't shrunk but it hasn't grown!

Little Margot was born a few weeks after Pip was diagnosed and has been such a joy and a baby of peace during this storm.

Grateful to have
invested in YWAM bases on 4 different continents!

Grateful that Kathryn and Nathaniel are going to welcome into our family our 18th grandchild!

Grateful to have hosted numerous love feasts and celebrations!

Grateful we built stuff WITHOUT KILLING each other:)

Grateful to have reconnected with our dear friends loving on the Roma people in Macedonia!  Tacos!

Grateful to have ministered in Germany and visited the church where our hero of faith preached, Dietrich Bonhoeffer! 

Grateful to have ministered to pastors and leaders for IRIS ministries!

And grateful that Lynn gets to meet her 3 girls in NYC in less than a week to party it up for her 60th birthday!

"I would maintain that thanks is
the highest form of thought; and gratitude is gratefulness doubled by wonder" G. K. Chesterton

Thank you for partnering with us in this journey of faith, hope, and love! We appreciate your prayers, financial support, and love. Peace be with you, Rich and Lynn 

To support us please check our blogspot support page with directions to give in the US and Canada. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pip, Ministry, and Sovereignty!

Blessings from a very hot Western Cape! We have been experiencing the worst drought in over 60 years... Oh Lord let it rain, let it rain.

Pip's last MRI was very unexpected for us all. After a few months of minimal growth the tumor showed a 50% increase in growth. We were all hoping she would be able to gain weight and be stronger before chemo started. The doctors believe her weight hasn't gone up probably to the tumor. Her eyesight looks good and that is very good news. This past week Pip had a port put in and had her first chemo treatment. She had a small allergic reaction to one of the meds but pulled through like a champ. She'll now have treatments once a week for a year. Pray for Andy and Heidi as they steward through this new normal... also for the siblings, Charlie and Margot.

Last week at church I was overcome by so many challenges and a brother came up and said he heard me declaring a passage from Habakkuk 3:17-19. I began to shout it out loud commanding my spirit to attention:
The nations praying for Pip!

Though the cherry trees don’t blossom
    and the strawberries don’t ripen,
Though the apples are worm-eaten
    and the wheat fields stunted,
Though the sheep pens are sheepless
    and the cattle barns empty,
I’m singing joyful praise to God.
    I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God.
Counting on God’s Rule to prevail,
    I take heart and gain strength.
I run like a deer.
    I feel like I’m king of the mountain!  MSG

A song a friend of ours wrote has been such a blessing, Sovereign Over Us by Aaron Keyes. I encourage you to check it out on Youtube.

We have started a Gofundme campaign so that we can fly out 3 or 4 times during this year to help, encourage and simply to be present. Here's the link... https://www.gofundme.com/Pip-Grammy-PopPop. If you want to give through YWAM for the deduction just click on our donate tab and follow the directions. We also have Paypal as a way to give... richhodge1218@gmail.com.

Our home continues to be the retreat and Grand Central station for the nations that God dreamed with us...missionaries and people in ministry especially, are refreshed, renewed and encounter the living, loving, healing presence of Abba.  People from these nations have visited in the past few months…Germany, Sweden, America, South Africa, Nigeria, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Ghana, Norway...and the list goes on!!!

Thank you for your prayers and support of us!  Through your partnership we are co-laborers in building up the body, 'mending nets’ for fishers of men, empowering leaders to go back to their sphere’s of influence to bring life, hope, and love. 
Rich celebrating his 60th!

Prayer needs:
*Pip, her family 
*Our granddaughter, Tove, broke her wrist and is a cast
*Our grandson, Walker, had a bicycle accident and has stitches in his leg
*Financial support…we’ve taken a few hits lately  
*Strength, wisdom and energy to pour into people that come our way

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Philippa Jane's Journey for us all...

Little over a month ago we received the news that Pip had an inoperable brain tumor. We flew the next day to join our kids with the heart to help and encourage in anyway possible. We are now in a time of waiting. She was scheduled today for an MRI which would've given our kids the information needed to decide on treatment options. Unfortunately she came down with a cold and chest cough and wasn't able to have the tests. She has been rescheduled for January 9th. We continue to pray she gains weight and eats well and for the peace that passes all understanding for Heidi and Andy. It's been amazing to see the strength of Andy and Heidi as they go through this time... and the help Ben and Becca
(brother and sister married to brother and sister) have provided... and they live 6 houses away!

The other day Lynn asked me if I was depressed. It's important in life to not just blow off a question from someone who knows you. I began to process this and it took me immediately to a time when we needed to cross a 6 mile sand dune to get to an amazing beach town in Mozambique. We couldn't travel over the sand because our tires were too thin and needed more width. So we got a taxi ride from an old rocker dude. He proceeded to let out almost all the air in his tires so he could get as much tread on the sand as possible thus transporting more weight onto the sand. It was amazing to see 8 of us piling into an old land cruiser with pretty much flat tires and making it over the 6 miles of dunes to our beach destination.

I'm not an expert on depression but I got a simple picture.... just let the air out of all you are carrying and let me breath life and carry you to amazing places your heart has always wanted to go! It's funny, when I was young I wanted my tires to be overfilled and tall and they never lasted as long as advertised. But if you deflate to recommended pressure they last longer and touch so much more of the road and journey.

I turn 60 in just a few days and I celebrate that in the past 25 years I've slowed down enough to listen more than talk, ask questions more than give opinion, and just perhaps deflate my tires enough to go through difficult terrains... like our present family hardship. Again, I'm not an expert on depression but I'm learning to listen to the Spirit of my heart and discover there are new adventures all around me and that perhaps my depression is a releasing of the air pressure so I can have better traction to go to the places in my spirit not yet celebrated or embraced.

Our home has continued to be a place of hope, encouragement, rebuilding, and restoration! Even in

our absence our dear friends, Tyron and Heidi Isaacs, have carried on our spiritual gift of hospitality and visiting teams at our home have carried it on further; one group hosting a YWAM team of over 50 people with meals, love feasts, movies, popcorn, and moments of prayer and worship at our house... SO GREAT!!!!

We are holding our schedule  lightly so we can be available to help our kids through this time. As it comes to the end of the year we would be honored if you would playfully and prayerfully consider financially giving to help with our costs here in Washington as well as back home in South Africa. We'll need to take a few more trips home for brief times of planning and helping with teams when they arrive and also take care of regular house maintenance stuff. As year end comes perhaps you can partner with us in your giving and prayers. We also want to thank all who have already given in tis season, we are so grateful!

You can directly give in these ways: Direct checks send to Lynn Hodge C/O Heidi Stuhlmiller 4217 S Ivory St Spokane, WA 99203-6251. Paypal account is our email address, richhodge1218@gmail.com.  YWAM giving go to our blog... richlynnhodge.blogspot.com and click on the donate tab and follow the careful directions on how to give to us through YWAM as a tax deduction.

We appreciate your prayers and love for all of us and encourage you in this season to rest in the joy of waiting! "Because He is our cornerstone those who trust are never in a hurry" Isa 28:14.... "and wait long enough to be astonished" Hab. 1:5

Enjoy this time of year with your family and friends!

Love, Rich and Lynn 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Blessing at Adullum

This is what I love about my home…that people are blessed by being here.  We have it in our hearts to spoil people when they come to visit.  Part of that spoiling is the beautiful space with an ocean view and all the greenery in the garden. It truly feels like a retreat from the world.

We’ve just hosted a group of 24 - leaders and their students from various schools and communities.  Their visit actually started out pretty rough….a phone was stolen, but recovered quickly!  God is so redeeming, their stay ended being a special time for the entire group.   The students hadn’t been to such a beautiful home before AND even got to visit the ocean...some for the first time!

Loving on our guests through hospitality - making sure they have what they need to enjoy their stay, welcoming them with a gift bag and a smile.  We want their spirit’s filled up as well as their belly’s!  We go out of our way to serve yummy meals and spoil them with special treats.

Talking around the table is another part of the blessing - getting to know each other and see what Abba is up to.  Having a chance to tell our story and boast of what the Father has done!  (Psalm 40:5, 9-10)  Through out their stay, we continue listening to the Father during conversations - stopping to pray for His healing touch, giving an encouraging word, seeing their faith rise.

Hearing the different stories of how touched they were by being in our home encourages us… from hope restored over a loved one, thanks for being taken care of with healthy meals, encouragement to believe God for more, blessing of being celebrated, peaceful space enjoyed, and renewed and restored health.  We get blessed by our visitors as much as they get blessed by us!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

'Grand Central' Adullum

When welcoming guests to Adullum I feel like we’re part of a movie!  Opening the gate and letting them experience the beauty, I get excited showing the place off!  We’ve been busy giving tours to friends and guests…after being in our home only a few days, we hosted a dinner party!  We barely had our living areas set up…[our friend, Tacie, came to help - her goal:  our space set up before she left…so she pushed us hard:)!]

We had our first official visitors to Adullum, a Brazilian family of 4, after being in our home just 3 weeks!  Why wait?!   People from 12 nations have come through our home in the first 6 weeks!  We’ve hosted YWAM Circle gatherings, held dinner parties, hosted missionaries that needed rest, and provided a place for a family to get away.  Remembering our years in White River, we had people from over 40 nations come through our home!  

There’s a sense of “Grand Central Station” over Adullum…someone had a picture that we’ll open our door and there will be a line of people, waiting to get in.  Psalm 2:8 “ask of Me and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance…”  Amazing the nations that will come to us, that we get to pour into and extend the Father’s love.  Having conversations, making meals together, sitting by the fire - even walking along the beach.

How blessed we are to live in a place of retreat and to provide retreat for many.  We are excited to welcome the friends we’ll meet from many nations.  We will be busy!

We're headed off to the states in a few weeks to secure our new 3 year visa's and appreciate your prayers. We're also going to be ministering and speaking in various places and if you have any connections and want us to come and minister or meet someone please let us know. We'll be in NYC, SC, WA, CA, TX, and Vegas. Also be praying for Lynn. She needs to see a Dermatologist in the states and get checked for a problem with her hands in which they often go numb.... pray for healing.

We are so blessed and grateful,  Rich and Lynn

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Change versus Constant

We’ve had change and transition with our traveling these past 2 years.  Packing and unpacking.  Departing and arriving.  New faces and names to remember!  Time zones and jet lag.  

It’s been a season of seeing God’s ‘mercies new every morning’.  
He’s given grace for the adventure of change and movement!  
I, for one, don’t really enjoy change.  But nearing the end of our nomadic journey I started to wonder if I wanted to be ‘constant’…was I getting used to migrating from place to place?!

Constant - ‘not changing, regular, continuing without pause or let up, steadfast, stable’… We are gladly developing rhythms in our ‘constant’ now that we are HOME!  Our own bed.  Our 
own pillows.  Cozy morning spot for reading (and coffee!)...  

Evening fire, popcorn and a movie.  

Making connections through golf.  
Walking to town.  
Walking to the next town!  
Being part of a small group.
Our own kitchen.  Hosting
people in our own home.  

Being able to celebrate both the wandering and the stops is a testimony to God’s faithfulness and presence in our lives.  There will still be travel, but we are ready for the adventure and treasures to be found in both the change and the constant.