DeFord August 2020

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of this ministry! The last two months have been busy ones even though the reservation continues to observe a stay at home order. In July our juniors and teens were able to attend camp in Williams, AZ. The tribe allowed them special permission to be away from home for which we were grateful! One of our missionaries home on furlough was also able to stop in and give a report from the field. Another highlight was the ladies’ getaway in Williams. Sherry was a guest speaker this year. She was blessed and humbled to hear the impact the lessons had on ladies lives.

In August we traveled to Indiana and Ohio to visit family and attend the memorial service for Steve’s dad. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our family. One of the many blessings we received was having all but one of our children and their spouses present! Now we are back home and school has begun again. We have added another Zoom meeting to our weekly church schedule and eagerly await the day we can meet in person.

For God’s Glory, the Steve De Ford family

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David DeFord November 2019

Dear Prayer Warriors, Oct /Nov 2019 update

We are sending this letter from Arizona to update you, our faithful praying friends and family, of the answers to prayer and the blessings in our life and ministry.

Since our last update letter we have based in Chandler attending the Chapel for services. David had one of the services due to Pastor Marshall being sick. It is always good to be in their services to worship and fellowship with those believers. Many of you who have visited the Chapel will remember Lela Jackson. She will be 87 in January and is faithful to every service that she is able to attend.

In October we moved to Bapchule on the church property for ten days. On October 12 we held a memorial service for Kathy Noyes, Becky’s sister that went home to be with the Lord August.

It was a joyous celebration of her life. She had lived on the church property working in the IBIMI office for about three years. Her four children from Washington, Colorado, and California were there as well as our sons and their families. It was an emotional time sharing happy as well as sad memories.

From the Chapel we moved to Williams, AZ. and attended the West Branch Advisory Board meeting. It was encouraging to see the strides West Branch is making in completing the facilities there. Many Indian young people have attended the camp and several saved because of
this ministry. We enjoyed a round trip venture to the Grand Canyon one afternoon via the train from Williams provided by West Branch.

After returning to Williams we moved our home to Camp Verde and Living Waters Baptist Church to minister with Paul and Naomi Sondergaard while Pastor Gary and Beverly were traveling. It was a blessing to help in a morning service, a Wednesday prayer service and a Sunday evening service. Other opportunities there were helping in the children’s services.

While in Camp Verde we were grateful to have repair work done on our AC. It is cooler there, but over 100 degrees is still pretty warm without proper working air. The repairs also included work on the furnace. It was gratifying to find two very capable repairmen just three miles from the church where we had our home parked. The end of October we moved back to Chandler and have continued to attend the services at the Chapel.

November 14 we flew to Fargo, ND to attend our grandson Micah’s wedding to Rachael Holden. It was a beautiful wedding and was good to see Steve and Sherry and their family. We were blessed while there to stay in the home of Pastor Mike Felber and his wife Cindy. It was a great time of fellowshipping with them while in Fargo.

Back to home in Chandler on the 16th in time to celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary on the 19th. What blessed memories these years hold, including our three sons, two daughters-in -law, nine grandchildren, two grand son-in-laws, two grand daughters-in-law, and one great grandson,
along with the 43 years the Lord has given us to serve Him in ministry. This summer we will have a wedding of another one of our granddaughters. We are so blessed!!

Good to be in our IBIMI churches for services and to be of assistance when needed
Safety in travel
Great annual IBIMI retreat and board meeting in Albuquerque including survey trip to a Pueblo
reservation north of Albuquerque.
The Lord’s continued guidance and blessings
Successful cateract surgeries for both of us.

Opportunities to explain the need for more missionaries going to reservations.
Pray with us for the Lord’s direction in whatever He chooses for us in the future. We are aware we won’t be able to travel as we do now for any great length of time.

We are planning through January 2020 – July 2020 should the Lord lead. Thanksgiving dinner and service Nov 24 at the Chapel Christmas programs in all our mission churches
and Becky’s second cataract surgery Dec. 2.

In His love and ours,
Dave and Becky

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David DeFord July 2019

  Dear Prayer Warriors,                                                                            August  2019 update

   Happy to be ‘home’ in Arizona, although it is the middle of “monsoon” season which brings humidity, dust storms, wind, high temps and rain.   Love it!

   We arrived in Chandler July 2 and found a very nice RV spot for the next six months.  We both have routine doctor apppointments to catch up on.   Praise the Lord for good health during our travels.

    One of the many blessings we received was promises of prayer for more laborers in the Native American fields.  The opportunity to speak in S S classes and worship services made this possible.  We were priviledged to visit in several of our supporting churches as well as churches we’ve been familiar with over the years.

    Two of our grandchildren will be getting married within a year.  Micah will be married in November to Rachael Holder from the U P of MI.  We were happy to meet her in Fargo, ND where Micah is in college.  Next July Brenna will be marrying Drew Turner from Birmingham AL area.  Both will be graduating from PCC.  They will be married here in Mesa.  That will make a total of five ‘grands’ married.          


  Good to be in our IBIMI churches for services and to be of assistance when needed

  Safety in almost 14,000 miles of travel  (coast to coast and border to border)

  Encouragement from supporting churches and individuals

  Many opportunities to tell of the need there is for dedicated workers in the Indian fields 

  The Lord’s continued blessings


  Opportunities to explain the need for the Gospel message to be preached on reservations.

  Pray with us for the Lord’s direction in whatever He chooses for us in the future.  We are    aware we won’t be able to travel as we do now for any great length of time.  We are planning    through January 2020 – July 2020 if the Lord would lead.

  IBIMI annual retreat Aug. 1-3 in Albuquerque.  Plan to do survey work on NM reservations near Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

In His love and ours,

Dave and Becky DeFord

2 Cor. 4:3

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DeFord May 2018

Dear Prayer Warriors,                                                              May 2018 update


   We are in Arizona now for about six weeks and will be able to get out an update on the last three months. It has been filled with travels and much activity.


   Our annual IBIMI Retreat in Camp Verde at Living Waters Baptist Church was a highlight as well as probably the best attended. Only two of our families were unable to attend. We were blessed by the preaching of Dr. Bill Rice III, encouragement from several long time Advisory Board members and recognition of Mission families with 25+ years of service.


We were all encouraged with the introduction and acceptance of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Jones (Lydia) as missionaries working with Veldhuis’s on the Cocopah Reservation near Yuma. Lydia is their daughter and obviously is well acquainted with the work there. This new family along with Paul and Naomi Sondergaard working with Messicks on the Yavapai/Apache Reservation are working on their deputation process throughout this summer and beyond. They are setting up meetings to present their respective areas of ministry. If you would like to be of help in any way in facilitating their needs, contact should be made with Steve DeFord, Director, or by contacting us. These two couples are a definite answer to prayers for younger families joining in reaching the Indian fields of the Southwest.


   While we were in Camp Verde for the retreat we stayed through the month of April at Living Waters and attended their services plus had the privilege of Becky speaking at their Mother/Daughter Banquet and David preaching the last Sunday of April.


   Four days following the retreat we received word that our Pastor, Dr. DeWayne Felber had passed to his heavenly home. He was one of those in attendance at the retreat. We were so glad to have been there with him and share in his last missions trip. We drove to Indianapolis along with Messicks to the funeral and returned back to Arizona within a week.


   May 4 we left Arizona and drove to Pensacola for our granddaughter Kara’s graduation. She is the 4th one of our ‘grands’ to graduate Bible college. She is to be married June 21 in Arizona and Papaw will be doing the service.


   Our plans for summer are incomplete at this time, but we would like to visit with Becky’s sister in Washington and visit with friends in Wyoming and Colorado before returning to Arizona in the Fall.


   We want to thank each of you who pray for us. We are so thankful for those who stand with us financially as well. We are enjoying the ministry the Lord has for us now in our later years. It is beyond our imagination at times to see what the Lord is doing. He is the God of the Impossible.



Safety in many miles of travel

Two new Mission families

Good health for both of us



Open doors to share the need for more workers

Travel safety

Dental and Dr. appts while in Az.


In His love and ours,

Dave and Becky DeFord II Cor. 4:3


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Dave and Becky DeFord March 2018

Dear Prayer Warriors,                                                            Mar 2018 update


   We are enjoying the warmth and sunshine of Florida until later this month when we make our way back to the warmth and sunshine of Arizona.


   We’ve had a wonderful time visiting with three of our ‘grands’ in college here and seeing the activities they are involved with on campus. The services in the Crown Centre on Sundays are especially nice being with them as well as one of the young ladies from Hualapai Baptist attending here. We’ve had opportunity to visit with dear friends from Indiana vacationing here for the past three weeks.


   Our plan for the remainder of March is to visit several of the surrounding churches in this area as we have done before in other areas. Our goal being to acquaint the pastors and congregations of the ever present need for Gospel preaching churches on the reservations of the Southwest. As the Lord gives opportunity to speak we are excited to do so.


   As April approaches we plan to make our way to Arizona in time for Easter and our annual IBIMI Missions Retreat this year on the Yavapai Apache Reservation in Camp Verde. Gary and Bev Messick are hosting this year and we look forward to seeing a large majority of our missionary families plus some of the evangelists, pastors and winter laborers that have been such a great part of our lives and ministry.


   Early May we plan to return to Pensacola for the graduation of our granddaughter Kara. She will have her elementary education degree and anticipating a June wedding.

We return to Mesa after graduation, do some doctor visits, attend the wedding then make plans for summer and fall. We have several options, but will see where the Lord directs.


   We are very thankful for the health and stamina the Lord has given us and do not take it for granted. We are well aware of age and physical limitations, but are so grateful the Lord still has ministry and service for us.                                                                                                         


   Thank you to so many who sent cards, called and sent gifts for Christmas even though we have no permanent address. (Note temporary in letterhead)

In His love and ours,

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Dave and Becky DeFord Dec 2017


Dear Prayer Warriors,                                                            Dec. 2017 update


   Although Thanksgiving season 2017 is officially gone according to the calendar, we want to convey to you some of the blessings and answers to your prayers and ours the Lord has showered on us these past six months.


   Not in any particular order; travel safety we experienced since leaving Arizona May 2, 2017. We traveled 18,600 miles covering 22 states.   During that time we were blessed to be in all but two of our supporting churches. We also had the opportunity to visit many churches for the first time. Some of the churches we were familiar with and some we had no prior knowledge of, but we’re grateful for the hospitality extended from each one. It was a blessing to be asked in multiple churches we visited to explain the need for missionaries and pastors willing to consider the Native American fields as well as the Western states.


   We purposely tried as best we could to visit as many reservations and designated Indian lands to determine the population of good sound churches in the area. Sadly, as was stated in our last letter they are desperately lacking.


   There were two very personally encouraging Missions Conferences we attended. It is always an encouragement to see young folks (and not so young) surrending to the Lord’s command to encompass the world reaching the lost. It was a blessing for us to meet some of them, spend a week getting acquainted with them and their field of service.


   We are very thankful for the health and stamina the Lord gave to each of us to pursue this trip. If directed, we would do it again.  


   We are in Arizona now for December and January visiting family, mission churches and updating with doctors.

In His love and ours,


Dave and Becky DeFord

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David & Becky DeFord Sept 2017

Dear Prayer Warriors,                                                                                 Sept 2017 update


   We are in Central Indiana until mid October when our plan is to travel to Kentucky, Tennessee, visiting friends, and eventually into North Carolina by the end of October.   We are excited to have opportunity to be a part of Ambassador Baptist College’s Mission Conference. During this month of September we will be taking part in Thompson Road Baptist’s Faith Promise Conference the week of the 24th. They have been faithful prayer and financial supporters for 30+ years.


   We keep in contact with Pastor Yazzie and the work at the Chapel. Good news on their behalf is a gift of $5000 to aid in the purchase of a church van. This will greatly help in picking up children and aiding those without transportation to and from services.

   June was spent mostly visiting our supporting churches and family we hadn’t seen in months and years. It was a refreshing time and we enjoyed the hospitality of each and every one that we visited.

   The month of July we took advantage of cooler temperatures to the North and traveled the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Our goal was to explore the numerous reservations in those states. We went through several areas and reservations of Ojibwa and Chippewa. Ever present on these reservations and designated lands is a casino which produces some economical benefits for the people, but we did not find Bible preaching/teaching churches that would provide for their spiritual needs. To say there are none would be an assumption because some areas are not accessible to non-Indian travel.  


   Two mishaps along the way included a flat tire on the 5th wheel due to construction debris on the road and replacing the front bumper on the truck because a picnic table at a campground jumped in front of us.


   After the northern leg of our trip we traveled back to Indiana through Iowa and Illinois. We will be headed back to Arizona from the Ambassador Mission’s Conference for the months of November, December and January.  


   Please be in prayer for a young couple in Indiana who have expressed their desire to follow the Lord’s leading in ministry opportunities with the Indians. This is an answer to many praying for more workers. Praise the Lord.    


   In His love and ours,


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Dave and Becky DeFord February 2017 Update

Dear Prayer Warriors, February 2017 update

So much has transpired in the last two months that it is difficult to know where to begin this update. It makes us realize all the more how we much we depend and rely daily on your prayers. We know there are many of you individually and corporately as a church family pray for us on a regular basis. There is no way we can ever convey our gratefulness to you in a satisfactory manner. Please know that we don’t take for granted the prayers offered on our behalf. We’ve seen the Lord answer your prayers for health, safety, ministry among numerous other requests. It is because of this we will attempt to relay a portion of His working in specifically these three areas.

On Dec. 19, we traveled to Steve and Sherry’s near Kingman for Christmas and to house and pet sit for them as they left the 20th and traveled to the Midwest for Christmas to be with Sherry’s family. On Saturday, Christmas Eve, David became very sick, shaking uncontrollably and eventually vomiting and having diarrhea. This did not subside. After calling 9-1-1 and praying they would arrive quickly, because we were 25 mile from the hospital in Kingman, they were in the house within 10 minutes. (Prayer!) He was transported to the hospital and spent the next 5 days there undergoing numerous tests without a definite explanation other than something had blocked his gall bladder causing his liver to react by driving his bilirubin number to 4, normal being 1. He was jaundiced and extremely weak. This in turn caused atrial fibrilation in the heart.

Having 4 dogs including our two, to care for at Steve and Sherry’s it was necessary to return to the house. The night he was admitted it had turned cold and rainy. Being in a hurry to get inside the hospital I did not pay close attention to where I had parked other than recalling it was under a light. One of the EMTs that had transported David was still in the ER. She suspicioned my dilemma and asked if I knew where I had parked. Admitting to her I didn’t even know what side of the hospital I had parked. After asking a couple of questions she had an idea where to look and walked me all the way to the truck in the cold and rain. Because of the driving conditions it took somewhat longer to get back to the house, but I was confident David was being cared for and knew God was completely in control. (Prayer!)

When we got back home we were able to see our regular PCP and she instructed us to go to our local hospital ER. This was due as a result to an EKG that was done in her office. We were there for 3 -4 hours and after a Diltiazem interveinous drip returned home. (Prayer!) In the following weeks we have found that whatever was in the gall bladder has passed and no longer a problem, liver function is good and after a heart ablation the atrial fibrilation has not been a problem and some prescription meds have been suspended. Again Prayer!

In our last letter November 2016 we asked prayer for several folks. Included in that list was Brian Jackson. This is Lela Jackson’s son. Those of you who have visited the Chapel will probably remember these two. The Lord saw fit to take Brian home January 27. He was a blessing to watch in his spiritual growth. The last six to nine months he was in church faithfully if he was not hospitalized. He had had one leg amputated below the knee and had several bouts with infection. Please remember Brian’s family in prayer. The funeral will be Saturday Feb. 4. Marshall will be doing the church service and David will be doing the graveside service.

Another event that is coming up is the February 25 wedding of J. Ray Cooper and Liz Black. We are having pre-marital classes with them and are excited to know they both love the Lord and are wanting to serve Him in their life together.

Also on schedule for February and March are demolition and remodel at the Chapel. The mobile home we bought when first coming to Arizona has served several families well for these 40 years, but has come to the end of service. It will be taken apart and sold for scrap. The garage on the Chapel property will be given a new facelift and roof. The garage will be used for storage and will be painted to match the church building.

We realize this update has been lengthy, but felt it necessary to have you aware of how important your prayers are to all those standing with you in reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ. Sometimes the details of an experience drive home the need to be in constant prayer.

When the Lord brings someone or some particular need to mind that’s the time to pray.

Prayer Requests: Praises:

Jackson family The many clear answers to prayer

Wedding Feb 25 Physical grow and spiritual growth at the Chapel

Safety for work crews while remodeling


In all the activity over the holidays we received so many Christmas cards and Get Well wishes and we want to thank everyone who sent gifts and well wishes, We tried to do this individually, but we may have missed some unintentionally.

In His love and ours,

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Dave and Becky DeFord September 2016

Dear Prayer Partners,                                                                       September 2016 update


Most of the update letters we send out to our friends and family interested and praying for the ministry the Lord has given us contain items that we’ve been involved in over a specific period of time.  This letter we intend to devote solely on prayer requests for individuals we’ve been in contact with recently.  Some will be named, others we will mention a first name only, not because of importance, but for their privacy.


Pastor Marshall Yazzie and his family we’ve known for some 30 years.  We’ve seen their children born and raised in a solid Christian environment.  We’ve witnessed their grandchildren’s appearance.  We love this family as we do our own and ask that you pray with us specifically for their spiritual and emotional needs.  Because of the stand they take and have taken, the enemy is constantly attacking.  He would have them discouraged and saddened.  We would just like to ask that you uphold them in prayer often.


There are four young people that have been coming on a regular basis to Sunday School and Worship Service.  They are in their twenties and related to Eric, who was recently baptized.  They listen intently to the Word as it is taught and preached.  This is a very important time in young adults lives as they are bombarded with the world’s enticements.  Please remember these four as you pray.


Please continue to pray for Eric, Verlinda, Brian and Carla  They are faithful in services as health and work schedules permit.  All are growing and taking active roles in the services.


Lastly, the six year old that we have asked prayer for in past update letters.  He is facing an upsetting and unsettling situation at home.  He is so close to asking Jesus to come into his heart, but because of his home situation and erratic attendance this has not yet taken place.


David had an allergic reaction to a sulfa drug in May which required a six day hospital stay until the problem was actually diagnosed.  He is doing fine and will have to remember he is not designed to take Bactrin.  Becky was to have a heart cath and advised of possibly the need for three to four stents Aug. 22.  The heart cath was a success in helping doctors realize she did not need stents, and was released the same day.  The Lord is so good in caring for both of us.

We thank you for praying for us.


Thank you in advance for praying for the folks listed above, and for your faithful financial support.


In His love and ours,


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David and Becky DeFord’s June Letter

Dear Prayer Partners,


Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2

   The months of May and June have been awesome as we have been witnessing the Lord’s working in hearts and answering prayer before our eyes.


We were invited to do pulpit fill for Pastor Gary Messick on Father’s Day. It is always a joy to be with these dear folk in the Camp Verde area. We had a sweet time of fellowship with fellow missionaries Paul and Naomi Sondergaard and their three children after the morning service.


The Baptist Indian Chapel has just finished a week of VBS with an 11 member team from Faith Baptist Church in Morristown, Indiana. It was such a tremendous week with 5 young people asking the Lord to forgive their sin and ask for eternal life. The attendance was low with 13 the first three nights, and 11 the final night. It is so exciting to realize God’s working in these young lives. Sunday June 26, following VBS, 3 of these “babes” in Christ were in church. Please pray with us for these young ones that (1 they will be faithful in church and Sunday School and (2 we can encourage them in their new life in Christ.


Also on June 26 a special baptismal service was held for the two adults we had brought to your attention in our last update letter. Both of these adults had invited their families to witness their testimony of their salvation. Attendance, due mostly to these family members, was increased to well over 40. Pray with us for these two; Eric and Verlinda that they will continue to be steadfast in their growth.


We know, as you do, that the enemy in the world would have these tender lives ruined. Please pray for the leadership of the church as we’ve already been made aware of attacks. The attacks are meant to discourage and weaken what has begun.


Continue to pray for the 6 year old that knows he is a sinner, but as yet has not made the critical decision to accept God’s free gift of salvation.


We’ve mentioned our neighbors Jim and Nancy in previous letters. Jim passed away in late June. We would ask that you continue to pray for Nancy. Jim had a good salvation testimony.



In His love and ours,


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David & Becky DeFord’s May 2016 Update

Dear Prayer Partners,                                                                       May 2016 update


Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.” Psalm 119:111

There are many wonderful rejoicings to relay with this update letter.


To begin with we were excited to be asked to be a part of celebrating 20 years of the Tohono O’Odham Baptist Church building. We have watched this ministry grow steadily under the leadership of Pastor Jay Shannon. There were five of our IBIMI missionary pastors present at the service.


Pastor Marshall Yazzie is well rested after a brief time off. He is preaching each week and planning VBS this June 20 through 24. We look forward to this ministry with Faith Baptist Church from Morristown, Indiana.


David has finished a series of Sunday School lessons on Spiritual Gifts and has begun a series teaching basic doctrines of Christian Responsibilities. The Lord has used His Word to prompt two adults to request baptism. It is a real blessing to see these two respond to the Lord’s leading in their life.


Becky has been alternating with Debbie Yazzie teaching Sunday School and Children’s Church. We are seeing the Lord working in one young boy especially as he is realizing what sin is and that God hates it. He asks questions and knows that we all have sinned. Pray with us that we can soon see this sweet one born into an eternal life with the Lord.


Living in east Mesa, we are in close proximity to hospitals and rehabilitation centers which makes it easy for us to visit folks coming in from three reservations where we have ministered. It is a blessing for us to be able to pray with these patients and also be an encouragment to them as they always are to us. Praise the Lord for where He has us located.


Please remember to pray for the two adults desiring baptism, the young boy realizing he is a sinner, plus the ones we had on our prayer request list in the last update letter.


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