Bi-Annual Report

Wow, half of 2022 seems like it has flown by. So I wanted to give a bi-annual report on what Rubicon Ministries has been doing. 

Our ministry is still involved in supporting less fortunate children in Costa Rica through a feeding program sponsored by LightForce International.Their programs are amazing. For some of these children, it is the only hot meal they will get all week. Their programs not only feed children but adults as well. They also help disadvantaged children who have special needs along with their mothers.

We started giving to help Ukrainian refugees but stopped because we couldn’t find enough info to continue. However, I have been trying to stay informed. I’ve been in  contact with a good friend in Romania to get information on his perspective from that side of the world, since their country borders Ukraine. Hopefully doors will open to help in some way as this tragedy continues to unfold. 

We are also contributing to a summer camp to sponsor some of the children from the feeding program in Costa Rica. This is exciting as it is their first one.  They have been given use of an island where they will conduct the camp. The island has a facility specifically set up for this. They are taking children who do not have the means to do this for themselves and some of these children have never even seen the ocean. But while at this camp, they will have bible studies, worship even some surfing lessons. Their theme is called the great battle. It’s about the life of David and his defeating Goliath. The big question they will present is “if you knew God was on your side and you could not fail what would you do for Him?”.

I have been in the process of preparing book 3 of our discipleship series to print 100 copies. Of course these will be distributed for free.  I am also planning to print another 100 copies of book 2 in Spanish as we have already given away almost all of the first 100 copies of the book.

At Rubicon, we still see training as foundational basics and of utmost importance for the growth of the individual and therefore want to provide as much material as we can for free. 

No mission trips have opened up yet but I am believing I will get back out there soon.  I still speak occasionally. I’m still writing, and in fact working on a new book about living in the moment. This book is about how Jesus was the quintessential example of living in the moment and we, as followers, are being conformed to that image. As the writing continues I will be posting some excerpts to our website. 

Well, we would like to say a big thank you to all of you who support Rubicon with your prayers and financial gifts. Together we are building His Kingdom.

In your service, Kim and Bettye Carroll

A Word for 2022

A Word For 2022

“For those who have waited I am pouring My life into them. My life is My purpose and those who have waited are being filled again with purpose. Now is the time to push forward in faith. Understand, waiting is not sitting around but is time to see where I am moving, to awaken and serve, to bring forth My purposes. Now is the time to watch and pray for many will ask “where is the Lord”, You will respond and say ” Here He is”.   You will speak “I see Him here and there”, so watch and pray looking ahead with eyes of faith. It is also a time to watch and pray and be aware of the schemes of the enemy. Be careful to what you hear. Be careful to what you are listening too. But watch and listen for My Words for I will bring the hills and even the mountains low and bring the valleys up making a smooth path to journey on. For I will reward My people for their faith and fulfill My promises of life abundantly with those who know I am here, I am with you right now.”


  1. A year He will be pouring His life into His purposes. To awaken to His plan and purpose. A year to reach out to those who will be looking and reaching out for the Lord.
  2. A year to deepen and grow in your faith, take risks in your walk of faith with Him
  3. A year to be on guard and very careful in what you hear but listen for the Lord and let His Spirit interrupt His Words 
  4. A year to wait on (serve) the Lord, a year to bring your sacrifice of praise before His heart. A year to declare the Excellencies of the Lord. 

Isaiah 40:31

Hebrews 11:6

Mark 4:24

1Peter 2:9

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Isaiah 40:31 NASB2020

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6 NASB2020

And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.

Mark 4:24 NASB2020

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  1 Peter 2:9 NASB2020

Rubicon News Update

Rubicon Update

So sorry it’s been a few months since I gave an update, however I do want to keep those interested in Rubicon’s latest news. I hope this update finds you doing well and enjoying life, post pandemic. I say “post” because it seems here in Kentucky things are getting pretty much back to normal (or as some are saying “the new normal”), as it can be after the year we just went through. I recently posted an article to Rubicon’s website entitled “What do you expect” to help get people thinking again about what to expect from God. So many people had their expectations crushed or put on hold for a solid year that they kind of forgot what to expect and maybe even lowered them. But now is the time to re-evaluate and re-align your expectations, even be bold enough to raise them because you know what Jesus is capable of doing for you and with you. He never quit on you nor did His expectations change concerning your life. He is still the same as He was yesterday, today, and He will be the same powerful, loving Lord tomorrow. Be sure when you get time to read the article.

Well last year as some of you know I had to cancel three mission trips due to covid restrictions. So I started doing short videos called faith builders. With these I then started a YouTube channel and thanks to help from Daniel Boone and Tomahawk his web company, Rubicon put up a new website. I also finally finished the 5th book in our discipleship series. This one took about a year or so because I felt it was the most important one to a disciples growth so I made sure of what to say hoping to get to the heart of the subject of servanthood. It should be available within the next couple of weeks. I have already begun inquiring once again about future mission trips to help in training the saints. Since there has been nothing to open up I have started on another training book. This one is on hearing the voice of God, I don’t have a title yet but should have it out by the end of year along with another Christmas book. Of course Rubicon has for a couple of years been supporting a program in Costa Rica which feeds children in impoverished areas. All and all I am still staying busy here with Rubicon Ministries Churches and Ministries International.  

Importance Of Training

Training is one of the greatest fundamentals of our Christian walk and can be one of the more neglected practices. Why is it we have Christians who have sat in churches for years yet do not know much about scriptures or how to share their faith? Some Christians act like they are being burdened when suggesting they form a habit of prayer, worship, and reading their bible. One of the saddest positions you run into are those who agree they need to practice these things, and their response is, “tomorrow”, but they never follow through.

Every Christian should be concerned about the development of their individual spiritual growth. No matter where you may be in your Christian walk you should always be concerned about growing in your relationship with Jesus. If we are not growing then we are dying. To ever think we are old enough and mature enough that we can just somehow put it into auto-pilot is just wrong. It doesn’t matter how old we are in the Lord we should still have practices that keep us strong, sharp, and in tune with what the Lord is saying and doing. 

This is the reason training is so important. Here is a familiar Bible story to illustrate this point. We all have heard the story of David and Goliath. A small shepherd boy goes out and defeats a giant with a sling. The giant had a spear and sword, David had five smooth stones and his sling. David said he had killed the bear and the lion with just his sling and the giant would be no different. He said God was with him then and God would be with him now. Not to take any of what God did from this story because God truly was with David, but the sling was a very powerful weapon of its day. Here is what you should know about slingers of this day. Slings were long leather straps with a pocket. Slingers were as important in an army as the archers. Slingers could hurl their projectile as far as an archer, up to a quarter of a mile. Good slingers could hit any part of the enemies body they aimed at. Their projectiles would leave their slings at 60 even up to 80 MPH. 

Judg 20:15-16  At once the Benjamites mobilized twenty-six thousand swordsmen from their towns, in addition to seven hundred chosen men from those living in Gibeah. 16 Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred chosen men who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss. NIV

1 Chron 12:1-2 These are the ones who came to David at Ziklag, while he yet concealed himself because of Saul son of Kish; they were among the mighty men, his helpers in war. 2 They were bowmen and could use the right hand or the left to sling stones or shoot arrows from the bow; they were of Saul’s kinsmen of Benjamin. AMP

1 Sam 17:40   Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. NIV

1 Sam 17:49-50   Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. NIV

The point here is not to give a lesson on the sling David would have used, but to understand David had been using his sling since he was a small child and by this age was extremely proficient and very deadly with his sling. He said he had killed a bear and a lion with his sling. This is how confident he was with the use of his sling, he said Goliath would be like one of them. Now with the hand of the Lord with him in battle, unbeatable.

The point here is practice and the use of disciplines will give us an amazing edge in our walk with God. We start off learning to do something and may feel a little insecure. But over time by continual practice we become better at it and more confident. 

Here are the three main reasons for us to be trained in Godly practices.

1.They help to discipline our flesh and form the right habits. 

2. The more we practice something the better we become at it and our trust and confidence in God grows. 

3. When we are trained we are confident in His ability in us which allows Him to call on us anytime to be used as He has need.

The serious problem which happens to many Christians is they learn to sit in a pew and get comfortable. We need to find those disciplines Jesus practiced and taught His disciples and never stop growing in our knowledge of them. Whatever discipline you begin to train in you need to become proficient at it.

There are many men and women who have been Christians for years and still struggle with practices of prayer, reading their Bible, hearing His voice, and spending quality time with the Lord. These are simple truths which they should have learned and become semi-confident at within their first year or two. Obviously these are the areas we will always be growing in but the question remains, are we still growing in these areas? Are we still going deeper or have we plateaued and become stagnant or just never learned certain practices? Remember you are either growing or dying, there is no in between.

Well the good news is, no matter where you are in your walk with Jesus  you can learn and train yourself and grow as a Christian. We are never too young nor can we ever be too old to be used by God in His Kingdom. If you are just starting out find methods that will train and discipline your life and form habits that will keep you strong. But establish the habits which will be like a good tool you will use in spiritual growth your whole life. Remember it’s not the habit that gets us anywhere with God, but it does keep our heart in the right place in which God can speak to us and use us mightily.

Look at it this way, it is not the discipline of a consistent prayer time that gets us anything, but it is a consistent time with God that gets us where we can learn and grow. The more He communicates with us the stronger our walk becomes, and the more we keep growing deeper with Him. Our training and practice in Godly disciplines is a must for every Christian in maintaining a strong healthy walk with God. Look at this scripturally:     

1 Cor 9:24-27
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. NIV

2 Tim 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NIV

1 Tim 4:7-8
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.NIV

Heb 5:14
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. NIV

Heb 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  NIV

Gen 14:14-15
When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. NIV

1 Chron 5:18
The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military service — able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle. NIV

1 Chron 25:7
Along with their relatives — all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord-they numbered 288. NIV

Luke 6:40   A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. NIV

Mark 1:35-36
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. NIV
(Mk 6:46, Lk 4:42, 6:12)

Hopefully we can see through these scripture references how important training is. From battle ready warriors, musicians leading worship, to prayer or studying scriptures, all of life and godliness, it is the trained which have the advantage. It is the trained that know what to do and it is the trained God uses because He knows they are ready.