Alaska Update

It’s been a fun few days so far here in Ketchikan.  Heading out tonight to watch the bears!  Afton is a lot of fun.  Here are a few photos.  Enjoy!

Cardinal fan already!

A Cardinal fan already!

My three beauties!

My three beauties!

Papi teaching Afton the old "pull my finger" trick!

Papi teaching Afton the old “pull my finger” trick!

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Papi cracks me up!

Papi cracks me up!

Smiling at Papi!

Smiling at Papi!

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Look at those beautiful blue eyes!

Look at those beautiful blue eyes!

Heading to Alaska!

We’re pretty excited as early tomorrow morning, we depart for Ketchikan, Alaska, home of our daughter Mandy and son in law, Brian.   And…. home of our grand daughter, Afton!!

Baby Afton and Tater

Baby Afton and Tater

Afton turned 4 months old yesterday so we’re going to visit for a week.  We couldn’t wait until Christmas when we’ll all unite again in California with the family.  Looking forward to taking a 5 generation photo with Great-Great-grandmother Hazel Fite (She turns 104 on Sept. 17th) Great-grandma Darlyne, Grandma (Mimi) Sharon, Mother Mandy and Baby Afton!  We’ll post photos for sure!Here are a few recent shots of Afton as she celebrates 4 months!

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ALBANIA: Castles, Climbing and Canyons!

I’ve just returned from Albania with Central Elder, Andy Gunn.  We spent about ten days with our two missionary families, Austin & Beverly McCaskill and Klodi and Megina Licaj.

Randy & Andy atop a bunker left from the "Cold War."

Randy & Andy atop a bunker left from the “Cold War.”

While in Tirana, the capital city, with Austin and Beverly, we met the leadership of the “Eagle’s Wings” ministry to girls.  They provide housing and Christian care for girls who are orphaned or trafficked and who need a safe environment to live in. Currently, there are four young ladies in the home. They hope to expand this number when the Lord provides the funding.  It cost’s about $7000 per month to operate the home and they are living on faith month to month.  Andy and I had a great time sharing with the girls and we even gave an impromptu concert. (OK, I sang but Andy clapped along!)

We then drove about two hours south to the city of Berat where we spent a week with our national missionaries, Klodi and Megina Licaj.  They are church planters and they have built a small group of people into a stable church of around 75 to 80 persons.  They have a vision to build a church building (they meet in a rented space now) and community outreach center to reach Berat and the surrounding area. This is a huge goal for a small church, but they have the vision and faith to bring it to fruition if God so leads.

Randy with Missionaries in Albania

Randy with Missionaries in Albania

We enjoyed sharing in worship, ministering to their Men’s group and Worship team and especially visiting a couple in the church who are disabled (he is blind and she is partially blind) but who are great prayer warriors and they also go out into the villages to share the gospel on a regular basis. The husband, Yuli, also preaches in the church from time to time and is mentoring others as well. We want to help renovate their apartment that currently has no kitchen or bathroom.

Randy sings at "Disciples of Jesus" church in Berat, Albania

Randy sings at “Disciples of Jesus” church in Berat, Albania

Please pray for the McCaskill’s, the Licaj’s and the Disciples of Jesus Church as they work to share the Gospel in Albania.  Oh, and as for the title of this article… We visited a beautiful mountain Castle, a vast and great canyon and river, and I climbed more than I ever expected or wanted to climb!

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Beautiful Budapest!

I just got home from a great visit to Budapest, Hungary to lead worship for the EPC “Family Gathering.”  I met with several of our friends and mission families including the Futo’s, Suhai’s and Yaremchuk’s.  Sandy Willson, the Sr. Pastor at 2nd Presbyterian in Memphis was the speaker.  We had some fun together!

I also visited the Roma (Gypsy) community outside of Budapest with my friends, Gyorgy and Timea Suhai.  We sang, visited with folks on the streets and Igor Yaremchuk shared his testimony and I sang.

We also cruised the Danube River and climbed to the top of Buda to the great church and Castle there.  We also had some delicious “Kremish” a pastry and creme dessert famous in these parts!

It was a wonderful trip.  Following are some photos.  I hope that you enjoy them!  rm

Randy with the Futo Family

Randy with the Futo Family

Sandy Willson and Randy

Sandy Willson and Randy

Randy and Igor and Lena visit with Gyorgy and Timea at their new home.

Randy and Igor and Lena visit with Gyorgy and Timea at their new home.

Beautiful Buda!

Beautiful Buda!

Gyorgi and Timea and their new home.

Gyorgi and Timea and their new home.

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Randy with Futo girls on the Danube River

Randy with Futo girls on the Danube River

A girl and her dog

A girl and her dog

Randy meets with Margaret and her granddaughter.  Margaret has 11 children and 75 grand-children!

Randy meets with Margaret and her granddaughter. Margaret has 11 children and 75 grand-children!

Singing to the Gypsies on the streets in a Roma village.

Singing to the Gypsies on the streets in a Roma village.

 

“In the Steps of Paul” Trip to Turkey & Greece

Hi all.  I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Turkey and Greece with 23 others as we walked, “In the Steps of Paul.”  We began in hostoric Istanbul, Turkey with the beautiful “Blue Mosque” and “St. Sophia” cathedral.  We then flew to the city of Izmir (biblical Smyrna)  and from there, we visited the biblical churches of Sardis, Laodicea, Philadelphia, Pergamon, Philippi and Ephesus and the town of Hierapolis with it’s hot water and calcium flows. (These churches and cities are referred to in Rev. 3, “Be Hot or be cold…” )

The girls ready to enter the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

  Girls ready to enter the Blue Mosque in Istanbul,Turkey

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The team at Berea by the Apostle                                                                                                 Paul statue

Randy & Elizabeth in Berea

Randy & Elizabeth in Berea by the Aegean Sea

Mars Hill where Paul preached in Athens

Mars Hill where Paul preached in Athens

Team at Acropolis in Athens in front of the Parthanon

  The team at the Acropolis in Athens by the Parthenon

Monasteries at Metorea

Monasteries at Meteora

After we crossed over the Greek border, we visited Philippi and Kavala (biblical Neapolis) and Meteora where we visited the monasteries located high up in the rock mountains.

Finally, we visited Thessaloniki, Corinth and we ended our journey in Athens, Greece where Paul preached on “Mars Hill.”

Men of Athens...

           Men of Athens…

Randy & Sharon at Corinth

     Randy & Sharon at Corinth

The boys.  Randy & David

Randy & friend, David Harden in Greece

Team at Sardis

    The team in ancient city of Sardis

Elizabeth Wiese lies in states in Philadelphia

Elizabeth Wiese lies in state in Philadelphia

Randy and Sharon in Ephesus

Randy and Sharon in Ephesus

It was a great trip and wonderful reminder of the apostle Paul’s perseverance in taking the Gospel to places that were not always very receptive.  He planted the seeds of the faith that were watered and bloomed into the church around the world today!

While on our journey, we also visited with “friends” who are in ministry in Turkey and Greece with Bible societies, outreach ministries to prostitutes and to the poor.

Enjoy some photos of our trip!

PRAY FOR UKRAINE!

I’ve just returned home from Kiev, Ukraine and here’s my full report.  Please pray for the people of Ukraine, especially those in the East and Crimea region who are fleeing from their homes.

Report on Ukraine – Randy Mayfield

I had a wonderful time visiting our missionaries, Igor and Lena from May 28 to June 3, 2014.  I arrived on Thursday evening and on Friday morning, I preached and sang for the Irpin Seminary chapel service.  On Saturday, I spoke and sang for the Seminary graduation.  They had 80 graduates including the presenting of their first ever Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees given to Dr. Robert Provost, president of Slavic Gospel Association, Rev. Kevin Edwards, mission pastor from John McArthur’s Grace Church and myself.  It was a long but very celebratory occasion.  Everyone and their brother spoke, many songs and lots of prayers.

Rev. Dr. Igor & Rev. Dr. Randy

Rev. Dr. Igor & Rev. Dr. Randy

On Sunday, I preached at Cyvatosheno Church in Kiev.  The service was a bit over 2-1/2 hours, to prepare us for the evening service of 2-1/2 hours!  About two of the five hours we were standing.

 

 

 

 

Graduation at Irpin Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine

Graduation at Irpin Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine

Between services, we went to downtown Kiev to visit Maidan, the main square where much of the rioting and violence has taken place.  Many were killed here mostly by snipers in high-rise buildings and hotels.

Memorials

Memorials

Most were very young men and women.  We passed dozens upon dozens of memorials with photos, flowers, gas masks, helmets, bullet shells, anything to remember those who had lost their lives.

At barricades in Maidan

At the barricades in Maidan

There were lots of barricades made of bricks and tires, most remaining from the first uprising last October and November. The bricks were torn up from the sidewalks and streets and were the main weapons of the protestors.  They didn’t have much of a chance against the government’s guns and tanks.

The protest began as the former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych , was accused of abusing power, stealing from the people, siding with Russia and not the EU or his Ukrainian people, etc.  They wanted him gone and many gave their lives to see to it!

President's Home

The former President’s Home

The people raided his multi-million home and billion dollar Presidential compound but not before he took off for Russia taking with him (stealing) millions in gold, rare paintings and other assets that he had collected.  He had to leave his millions of dollars in rare dogs behind.

We visited the President’s home and compound and I could not believe the excess.  His home was filled with gold, huge chandeliers, a full gymnasium with a boxing ring and bowling alley, dozens of sitting rooms with giant screen TV’s and fireplaces, a Steinway Grand piano signed by John Lennon that I was asked by our guide to play.  She said it hadn’t been played in months.  There was a beautiful spa, swimming pools, a complete Orthodox chapel with all the icons, even a stuffed Lion… you name it, this guy had it and then some.  He even had a private dining room that looked like a Galleon ship that cost $7 million to build.  He could entertain with the best of them. In his house, he had his own private wing with an elaborate bathroom, shower and huge closets.  And on the other side of the house, his girlfriend had her identical wing.

Randy in President's office.

Randy in the President’s office.

We then visited his private zoo and his dog kennel.  The Kennel was larger than most homes and a full staff tended to his huge collection of giant Mastiffs.  Most were gifts from China and valued from $50,000 to $1 million each.

On Monday, I returned to the Seminary to welcome the incoming class of students.  I spoke about some of the mission work that we are doing at Central and gave a brief concert and answered questions.

Monday night, the Yaremchuk’s and I had a lovely dinner at Lena’s momma’s home. I have known Mama for more than 20 years.  Valentina Brynza makes the most fantastic Plov (rice, meat and veggies cooked up in a big pot!) Delicious Veriniki (dumplings filled with cherries and strawberries) and home-made pickles that are the best I’ve ever eaten.  After stuffing ourselves much like the dumplings themselves, we went home to recover for my flight home on Tuesday morning.

It was a busy five days, preaching four times, singing many times, sharing and celebrating with the Seminary graduates and encouraging good friends.  I had the opportunity to see several of the kids from our camps in the 90’s who had grown up and married.  One couple, Anton and Lena also stayed with me at Igor and Lena’s so we spent some good time together.

Anton and Lena at the Presidential compound.  Even his Ice Cream was bigger!

Anton and Lena at the Presidential compound.                     Even his Ice Cream was bigger!

I’d love to see things settle down in Ukraine and for Central to take another trip to visit, share and encourage our good friends.

Igor & Lena with Friend

Igor & Lena with Friend

 

Afton May Morman is in the House!!

Our little baby granddaughter has arrived.  She was born on Wednesday night (April 30) at 10:05 pm weighing in at 7 lbs. 10 oz and 20″ long.  Mommy Mandy and Daddy Brian are doing well as is Afton.  Here’s a link to a beautiful song that she was named after sung by her Papi.  

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkySDyqod70

And here she is…. Sweet Afton May Morman:

Baby Afton May Morman

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Brian and Afton10329016_10203256153261212_2502843170169231032_nGetting ready to go home on Day 3  Afton got to stay a day longer due to some jaundice!   She’s good to go now!

 

Our Baby is on the Way!!

Well folks, it’s countdown time.  Mandy will be induced on Tuesday (April 29th) and Sharon and I fly to Alaska on Wed. morning hoping to arrive before our little granddaughter does.  Mandy was experiencing some preeclampsia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-eclampsia) so her doctor felt it best to get the little one out as soon as possible for both mom & baby’s safety.  Mandy is at around 38 weeks, so all should be good.  Please pray for a safe and easy delivery as it could be “tricky.”  We’re excited and you know I’ll keep everyone posted on Facebook.  Blessings!  RM

Little brother is ready!

Little brother is ready!