Love is a Burning Thing! Johnny Cash coming in April of 2015!

Hey All.  -  Mark your calendars now and hold Friday, April 24, 2015 when I’ll be in concert to share the music and life of Johnny Cash.  The concert will be held at the beautiful new Westminster Christian Academy Auditorium in Town & Country, MO.  Tickets on sale in January from Central Presbyterian Church!

Randy "Johnny Cash" Mayfield

Randy “Johnny Cash” Mayfield

We’ll feature the greatest hits of Johnny Cash and many of his Gospel favorites.  Special guest, Lily Pappas Bjorklund will be joining me along with a tremendous band made up of some of the best players in St. Louis including Sandy Weltmon on Harmonica, Tim Mauldin and Carl Sasse on guitars and mandolin, Chris Sasse on “Fiddle,” Eric Stiller on String Bass, Justin Mayfield on keyboard and a drummer to be named later!  (Maybe Ringo!!)

Lilly "June Carter" Bjorklund

Lilly “June Carter” Bjorklund

Tickets will be available the end of January and are only $10 each.  Proceeds will go to benefit the St. Louis ministry of Jubilee Christian Development Corporation. More info. coming soon!  See you on April 24th!

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2014!

Hi All.  I just thought that  would update you on what’s been going on recently and what’s coming up in our lives.  First of all, Merry Christmas!  Sharon and I are excited about our upcoming trip to Northern California to be Sharon’s family and with our kids and our grand-baby, Afton.  Mandy, Brian and Afton will be coming down from Ketchikan, Alaska and Justin and Mariah are coming from St. Louis.  Sharon and I will get there a few days before the clan to prepare the way!  Sharon wrote a tremendous Christmas letter that had me in tears from laughter and from it’s beautiful and poignant story of what Christmas is all about.  She has a way of doing this each year.  Our Christmas card (which I’ll also post below) features our greatest blessing of this past year, little Afton May Morman!

Afton May Morman

                Afton May Morman

I’ve been busy with all my music, missions and travel.  Preparing for trips early next year to Kenya, Africa – Worthing, Ascot & London, England for a concert tour (Sharon is going with me too!)  And then later on in the year to Guatemala, Honduras and possibly Cuba! I’d better be working on my Spanish singing and speaking.

If you’d like some Holiday music to cheer you up, you can go here to watch the YouTube video of “Christmas in St. Louis” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jirrY6ypdn8     or here to download some of the songs or buy the CD.                                     http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/randymayfield5        Enjoy!

Now, here’s that fantastic newsletter I promised. It’s a bit long but worth it.  Be sure to read the final few paragraphs.  And our 2014 Christmas Card is below also.                   God Bless and Merry Christmas!  Randy & Sharon Mayfield

  Christmas 2014    

 Another year, another fascinating update of our lives! For those of you who enjoy the witty sarcasm, read on.  For those of you who don’t, just enjoy the adorable face on our card this year.  Or go back to the news about Ferguson.  That should make the season bright.  Sorry.  Too much sarcasm?

 January 1st we brought in the New Year at the beach.  Personally, I think it’s the best way to start a year out right.  But the re-entry to St. Louis in January can be brutal.  Magic always comes with a price.

 In February Mandy came home for a quick visit and a baby shower that our friend Amy helped put together. Mandy was truly showered not only with really generous gifts, but more importantly with the love and warm wishes of the most wonderful friends.

 In March Randy headed to Iraq while I headed back to the beach.  If you’ve been getting these letters for awhile now, you’ll notice there’s a pattern here.

 April was a really big month for Randy.  The first week of April he put on a large concert that ended up raising several thousand dollars for The Micah Project, a very worthwhile ministry that Central has been supporting for several years. Randy occasionally tells me that when he starts losing his voice I have to let him know.  Fortunately, that hasn’t yet happened.  In fact, I think he’s just reaching his prime in that department.  And judging by the response of the crowd that night, I’m pretty sure most of them would agree.

 Later that month the model for our Christmas card arrived! Afton (like the river in Scotland, not like the town in south county) May Morman!  She was due to arrive the middle of May, but health concerns dictated that she make an early arrival, so we ended up racing her to the hospital.  We flew all day on April 30th, checking in with Mandy and Brian in between flights to see who was going to get there first (fyi, it takes 3 flights to get from St. Louis to Ketchikan). We arrived at the hospital with 1 hour to spare before Afton made her entrance. Then we spent the next 10 days pretty much just staring at this new little miracle.  Well, staring and cooking and cleaning and doing laundry and changing the occasional diaper.  Oh, and getting in as much newborn holding time as possible. 

 Randy has fully embraced being a grandfather.  If you see him reach for his Smartphone and you don’t want to spend the next several minutes looking at pictures of his granddaughter, then run while you can. He has been waiting for years to be called Papi.  He is sure that Afton is the cutest baby on the planet, and equally as sure that she looks just like him.  I am still adjusting to the whole idea of being a grandmother/grandma/Mimi/nana/whatever.  I just can’t quite shake the image of a plump elderly woman with gray hair rolled up into some kind of cotton candy bun on top of her head, rocking away in her chair while knitting misshapen scarves that nobody wants. I don’t even know where that image comes from because none of my friends who are grandmothers fit that description at all. Not even my mother, who is now a great-grandmother fits that description, but it’s there, and it makes me cringe when people call me grandma.  Maybe it’s time to start a campaign to re-image grandmothers!  Maybe I need therapy. 

 I won’t bore you with our travel schedule for May through August.  Let’s just say that while I prefer the peacefulness of the northern California coastline, Randy is more apt to be found in the more recently war torn countries such as Ukraine and Iraq. We did, however, travel together to take a group on a tour of Paul’s journey through Turkey and Greece.

 In September we headed back to Alaska to visit Afton — because she missed us. : )  We had a great time being with our little Alaskan grandbaby and her awesome parents!

 The end of September unexpectedly found us back in California, but this time for the most bittersweet of reasons.  My amazing grandmother passed from this life to the next one just 4 days after turning 104.  I can only imagine how much fun she is having right now! Her funeral was a time of celebration and remembrance of a life well lived.  She was truly a good and faithful servant.

 We headed to southern California for Randy’s 40th high school reunion the second weekend of October.  I’m just gonna leave that one alone.  Okay, just one comment.  Reality check.  On the plus side, we did have fun visiting his brother and sister while we were there!

 Justin moved back to St. Louis a few months ago.  Even though we don’t really see that much more of him, it’s still nice having him in town.  He and his girlfriend, Mariah, are involved in several artistic endeavors that seem to be growing more and more successful for them.  When they’re not busy photographing weddings or other events, they’re working on creating websites and updating/re-imaging businesses that are beginning to see the need for becoming more current with their marketing strategies. Apparently you can teach old dogs new tricks, you just have to figure out how to motivate them.  I think God is teaching Justin patience; lots of patience. Or maybe it’s payback… Justin also finds time to stay plugged into the music scene in St. Louis, with occasional performances at some of the local venues. Randy and I pop in to watch him perform every once in awhile.  When we do we are reminded of how talented he is, and why we don’t hang out at bars.

 And here it is the beginning of December, again.  The Thanksgiving leftovers are gone.  Nathan the Bloodhound now holds the 2014 National Dog Show’s title of Best in Show. Racial protests are popping up all across the country.  And the whole Bill Cosby thing just makes me plain sad. Really sad. Naturally I have the radio tuned to the station that plays Christmas music 24/7.  Amongst the fun, upbeat, and inspirational Christmas songs, there are also a lot of really depressing ones.  Let’s face it; Christmas is not all merry and bright for a lot of people.  For many it is a time of stress and unrealistic expectations that will go unmet and empty chairs that were once filled with loved ones who are no longer here. It is the end of another year, with all the reminders of goals unfulfilled and hopes unrealized.  But in the midst of all the mess, a baby is born. 

 A lot of us have new babies in our lives this year.  I know, because I look at Randy’s Facebook account every few days to see what my new granddaughter is up to, and when I do, I see all the other babies out there too. And there’s something about a new baby.  There’s pride and joy and unearned love.  There’s a sense of awe and wonder.  There’s that feeling of utter peacefulness when you rock a newborn to sleep and hold that warm little bundle against your chest.  Then there’s anticipation — a first smile, first laugh, first crawl, first word, first step … so many firsts. Every one of them exciting.  Babies remind us that there is hope for the future.  That while for some, this life draws to a close, for others it is just beginning.

For those of us who understand what Christmas really is — a time to celebrate the birth of a baby who came to save us from the messiness of this life — there is yet another beginning awaiting us.  If you happen to get there before I do, say hello to my grandmother for me!  She’ll be the one with the warmest smile and the brightest twinkle in her eyes, and she‘ll be so glad you‘re there.

Merry Christmas!,

Love,

              Sharon & Randy              

Merry Christmas from the Mayfield's

HONDURAS: The Micah Project

I’ve just returned with a group of 12 St. Louis folks from the Micah Project in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  We had a wonderful time hanging with the guys at their new pad affectionately called, “Micah 2.0″  It’s a beautiful new home located in the mountains next to Villa Linda Miller.  We walked the streets with the guys and met some of their friends who are still on the streets addicted to drugs (mostly glue.)  The Micah Project is a safe haven for street kids where they are loved, housed, taught and they become part of a wonderful Christian family under the leadership of Michael Miller and his fantastic team of both American and Honduran staff.  For more info. on the Micah Project in Honduras, go to;  www.micahprojecthonduras.org

Here are some photos from our trip!

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Team in Honduras

The team in Honduras

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   Michael Miller and team on the streets of Tegucigalpa

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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

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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