#023 – Mrs. Rick Martin [Podcast]

Missionary Rick Martin is one of the best missionaries of our time.  From his ministry, there have been more than 1,400 churches planted all around the world.  Behind every exceptional man, there is a great woman.  Today it is our privilege to have Mrs. Rick Martin as our guest on Missionary on Fire!

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But first, let me welcome you back to Missionary on Fire.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and this is the show where we introduce you to missionaries who are on fire for the Lord.   One thing I love to point out is that quote by Charles Spurgon, “Every Christian is ether a missionary or an imposter!”

I have an exciting announcement!  I want to introduce Missionary on Fire School of Missions! Each week, we are going to publish a blog post right here on MissionaryOnFire.com.  As I have been on the mission field, many times I have said, “They did not cover this issue in the missions classes!”  Do not get me wrong; I am very thankful for the education I received at Oklahoma Baptist College!  I could not have had a better Missions teacher than Dr. Andy Busch.  I would highly recommend Oklahoma Baptist College to any young person who feels God calling them to the mission field.  These articles are meant as a supplement to a good Bible College course on missions, and it is my prayer that these articles will encourage young people to get on fire for missions.  I will be talking about specific topics, and I will be asking other missionaries and professionals to help write articles that will help teach us something about these topics.  The first article will be published on Tuesday August 6, 2013.  I hope you will come and learn about missions with me and get involved in the conversations in the comments section below each article.  If you have an idea for an article or a series of articles, please email me at feedback@missionaryonfire.com. If you would like to be a guest writer on this blog, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/guestpost to find out more.

Mrs. Rick Martin and my wife have something special in common.  They were both at one time a secretary for Dr. Jim Vineyard.  Mrs. Martin wrote one of the best books on missions that I have ever read.  To Cross the Widest Ocean is no longer in print; you can buy a used copy on amazon.com for over $200 from an independent book dealer.   I am glad that I already have a copy.  I am sure that you can find a copy somewhere for less money.   I highly recommend this book.

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I just found out you can order To Cross the Widest Ocean for $18.00 by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this conversation between my wife and Mrs. Rick Martin.

Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”


“My work is not done, and until it is done I am immortal.”

(from a book entitled Dauntless Woman) quote by a missionary to Africa 150 years ago

Failure and Lessons:

Mrs. Rick Martin tells us that their daughter Rachel was born with a serious heart problem.  They were told that she would probably not survive the long flight back to the States.  They learned many lessons through all of that.

She also tells some funny things about sharing part of their house – a refrigerator that smelled like fish, food that came up missing, clothes that had to be washed by hand, etc.

What is your most treasured memory from your life on the mission field?

Some of Mrs. Rick Martin’s most treasured memories are the salvation of her father, the salvation of her children the salvation of her grandson, and the salvation of many Filipino people.

Can you tell us about the moment you realized why God called you to the mission field?

Mrs. Rick Martin has not quit.  She knows that she is weak, and it is only by God’s grace that she has stayed on the mission field.

What are your current goals and what steps are you taking to achieve those goals?

Mrs. Rick Martin wakes up early and starts her day with devotions.  She has different ministry responsibilities as well, but a daily walk with God is so important.

 What if you were a young person today and felt God calling you to the mission field?

Attend Bible College and do everything possible to prepare yourself for the Lord’s service.


Strand Study Bible


E-mail: martinsibc@yahoo.com

Website: martinsibc.jimdo.com


Do we love God? Let’s love Him enough and love people enough to go into all the world with the gospel.


Thank you for taking the time to listen to Missionary on Fire this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s missionary testimony has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to MissionaryOnFire.com/023, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit MissionaryOnFire.com/facebook.  If you use twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to MissionaryOnFre.com/tweet , and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@missionaryonfire.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

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Don’t forget about Joe’s Podcast; go to MissionaryOnFire.com/joespodcast.  In Joe’s Podcast, our goal is to help you build a better relationship with us as missionaries.  You can call and ask questions on our voice mail; we will play that recording and answer your question in one of the upcoming episodes.  If you play one of our episodes in your Sunday School class and then have your students ask questions on our voice mail, then you can play the answers in your class and the students will hear their voice and my answer to their question.  It goes a long way to help children get a burden for missions when a missionary takes time to answer their questions.  Try it out and see what I am talking about!  The voice mail number is (936) 553-5234, or if you prefer to send your question by e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Missionary on Fire.  From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!


  • http://www.genuineleatherbible.net/ dpeach

    I enjoyed the interview. I have had high respect for the Martins since I met them in 1997. Thank your for sharing your conversation with us.

    • http://www.consfords.com/ Joe Consford

      I am very glad you enjoyed the interview! The Martins have been a big inspiration to me my whole life!