Sunday, August 21, 2011

My "Official" Letter

 I wanted to write you to let you know what God has been doing in my life over the past few weeks. As most of you know, my wife Amber and I were blessed to welcome our first child, baby Sara Kate Blalock, into the world this past May. It has been an exciting journey, and I am grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to be a parent!

            However, more has been happening that you may not be aware of. In 2005, I spent a summer in Peru with Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions. We spent our time ministering in the streets, and saw hundreds, if not thousands, give their lives to Christ. While I was there, I became friends with a local resident name David. After my incredible journey, David and I kept in touch via phone calls, emails, and Facebook. Last year, David wrote me to share that God had laid it on his heart to open a church, and was looking for support, both prayerfully and financially. Amber and I prayed about it, and have been supporting his church over the past several months. 

            In November, David will be celebrating their church’s 1 year anniversary, and has asked that I come out to visit to help him in his ministry. For years now, I have felt a calling from God to missions work in Peru. This will be an opportunity to begin fulfilling this calling for my life. I plan on going to Lima, Peru from November 11-18th, 2011. While there, I will be working with my friend David to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and expand His Kingdom. David has created an itinerary of our plans, which I have translated and posted on my website, which can be found at

            I also plan on updating the site while I am there, and possibly uploading videos of the events that will occur each day. I also would like to purchase tracts (small booklets with the Gospel message) in Spanish to hand out to people on the streets.

            I believe that God has called me and my family to work in the mission field, and this will be the first step to achieve that calling. This trip will be the first of (God willing) many trips for me, and, in the future, my family. I plan on working with David to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the future, David will be able to receive other missionaries from the United States, opening up many opportunities for others to get into the mission field! This is an exciting first step to starting an international ministry!

            Time is short, and I know that it is the Lord’s will for me to go. I cannot afford this trip on my own, so I am inviting you to prayerfully consider supporting this opportunity. I am trying to raise approximately $1,200 to cover my flight to Lima and food while I am there. Any donation amount will be placed in a special savings account for this trip, and all funds will be used solely for reaching others in Jesus’ name.

            Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and feel free to contact me at any time. May the Lord Bless you this week!

Ricky Blalock
4545A Ben Hur Rd
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 349-4939 Home
(559) 676-8229 Cell

Matthew 9:37-38  “…The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lima Mission Itinerary!

I just received my trip itinerary from David in Lima. We will have a very busy schedule while I am there, taking advantage of every opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus!

I will fly into Lima on Friday, November 11th and return to California on Friday, November 18th.
Here's the plan:

  • Friday the 11th: Arrive in the evening, get settled, rest after long flight/layovers!
  • Saturday the 12th: David and I will hit the city for some street ministry during the day, hanging out tracts and talking with the friendly people of Lima. That evening, we will get together with the youth group at Holy Mountain Church, preaching the gospel and spending time with the teenagers.

  • Sunday the 13th: I will be giving my testimony at David's Church "Verdad y Vida" (Truth and Life) in the morning. We will also be preaching that evening at "Iglesia Poder de Dios" (Power of God Church) that evening. In between, we will hit the city again for more street ministry. I will also be spending time with the members of the church to help them with anything they may need.

  • Monday the 14th: David has set aside this day for various evangelism and ministry opportunities throughout the city.

  • Tuesday the 15th: David and I will visit various brothers and sisters from his church and other churches, ministering to them and praying with/for them.

  • Wednesday the 16th: I hope to hit the streets with David to do some more outreach during the day. David's church also has a Wednesday night service where we will be preaching together.

  • Thursday the 17th: David and I will go to the famous Lurigancho Prison in San Juan to spend the day ministering to inmates. Very exciting!
  • Friday the 18th: I depart early to head back to California. 

So there you have it, a busy week in Peru, reaching out to those in need! I am stoked to be working with my old friend, David. For those of you who went with me to Peru back in 2005, this is the same David from the college we stayed at.

More info to come - keep your eye on this blog or my Facebook! If you're interested in sponsoring or supporting this effort, send me a message or give me a call! I'm also offering my computer skills to anyone in exchange for a donation of any amount, so let me know if you are interested!

Monday, August 15, 2011

First Post

Hi everyone, and welcome to my blog, Fulfilling the Great Commission! This blog will outline my journey over the next several months as I plan and prepare for my trip to Lima, Peru in November! Lots of info to come over the next few days, so keep your eye open for new posts! Thanks for stopping by!