Grammar September 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,
The reservations are still shut down to non-residents.  Each tribe makes their own regulations, but generally, only outsiders delivering water, food and supplies are allowed access.  The Navajo reservation, which is the closest to us, has 84% of the state’s COVID cases.  This has caused them to impose curfews each night and “lock-downs” each week-end, discouraging even neighbors and family from visiting with each other. (To be caught outside your home during these hours could result in fines or jail time.)  Local pastors are prohibited from holding services among their people and Christians are missing the fellowship with each other and worshiping together.  Some are resorting to telephone and internet contacts, but still miss the personal contact of meeting together.


Once the curfews are lifted in the mornings, folks are free to leave the reservation and often come to Flagstaff for supplies and visits.  Though the Lord has restricted our former ministry with meetings, we still have frequent opportunities to witness and counsel on a personal individual basis as different ones stop by our home or call on the phone.  Our outreach methods may have changed, but God still is in control and accomplishing His purpose and we have seen God working in hearts during this stressful time.  


Though we are presently unable to have classes at the Dine Bible Institute, the local pastor is considering the possibility of having classes via tele-conferencing .  We still have contact with some of last semester’s students and they seem eager to begin their studies once again.  Pray with us as decisions and plans are made.


The physical problem, that prohibited Sam from going to Alaska this summer, required a surgical procedure (out-patient) which was taken care of this month.  Recovery went well and the Dr. was pleased with the outcome.   Thank you for your prayers for us in our health, as well as our ministry.


Once again, please pray with us about the radio station project in Alaska.  Pray the building would be completed soon, so that the station can begin to broadcast.  Pray that we can get electric to the property at Thorne Bay, as the cost of generator power would limit air time.  Also pray with us for the right man to keep the station running once the station is ready for broadcasting.


We truly do appreciate you folks.  Your prayers are definitely a part of our ministry!  We also appreciate the financial support you send to help us continue.  Even in this difficult time for our country, you have been faithful-Thank you!!

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammar July 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

The annual Navajo Family Bible Camp held in Flagstaff each year, was canceled but replaced with a “teleconference” this week.  The theme was “…things which must shortly come to pass…”.  The first 3 nights were in English with Sam teaching and the last 3 nights are in the Navajo language, taught by 3 different Navajo Pastors.  There were approximately 60 phone connections each night but we don’t know how many were listening on each phone, but praying that the lessons were an encouragement to fellow Christians as we spent time in the Word of God together.
The reservations are still closed to outsiders, but folks are starting to visit us more as they have business to take care of in town and need some fellowship, encouragement, counsel and prayer.  Continue to pray for us as we make ourselves available to minister as God opens doors.  We have also had some calls and texts asking prayer for their families who are sick.  Several have already recovered and a few are facing death.  It is an opportunity for our Christian brothers and sisters to tell family members of salvation through Christ.  One lady told us that her son was sick and also unsure of his salvation, “But he’s sure now!”  A couple of days later, she sent the message , “my son is now in gloryland this morning!”   Rather than focus on avoiding death, which is inevitable, let’s focus on preparing for death and be busy telling others of Christ’s free gift of eternal life.
Early in August, the plan is to fly to Alaska to work on the Thorne Bay Radio project again.  A teen from Flagstaff will be traveling with Sam to help with the labor, as well as a man from Virginia and a group from N. Carolina.  Pray for each of them 
*as they travel (flights are a bit more challenging and COVID tests to take) 
*that they are safe as they work together and much progress will be made
*for a good time of fellowshipping together in their daily Bible studies together

We are still uncertain about this fall’s Bible School classes on the Navajo reservation as we don’t know just when they will be open to non-family members or residents.  Please pray with us for the Lord’s timing in this.

We are both in good health and God has been graciously providing all we need.  Thank you for letting God use you to help provide for us as well as your prayers for us.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer June 2020 Newsletter

June 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,

Once again this letter will be short.  We are still staying close to home-but not in isolation or quarantine.  Our county has allowed “non-essential” businesses to open back up but requiring masks when in public for all over the age of 2.  However, we have 21 Indian reservations in Arizona and many of them are still pretty locked up with curfews each night and “lock-downs” each week-end.  It does seem that our Indian folk are being hit the hardest with this virus.  Pray with us that we will soon have a decrease in deaths and the reservations will open back up.  
During this time of stress, people need to have a personal relationship with Christ to sustain them.  How thankful we are for technology today that some of our missionaries are able to use to continue to teach and preach. It has been exciting to hear some of them share how they are able to lead others to Christ-even using technology when they can’t be physically together.  God’s plan won’t be hindered!
Various ones have called to see how we are doing and thankfully, we can tell them that we are well and God has met all our needs.  Some of the calls show that they, themselves, are struggling and they need encouragement and prayer.  Thank you for continuing to support us so that we can continue to have access to emails and phone calls.  It may seem minor to you but it is important to our ministry-especially at this time.
The trip to Alaska is still planned.  We have volunteers coming from Virginia and N. Carolina with possibly a young man from Arizona considering joining in the construction.  Pray with us for safety as they travel, safety in the work, and a good time of fellowshipping as they spend time in God’s Word together.
Though this letter doesn’t have a lot of new news, we did want you to know how good God has been to us. Thank you to each of you for your prayers and financial support.

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer April 2020

April 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,

Are you Trembling or Trusting?  Panic and fear are contagious but as Christians we can trust our Heavenly Father.  Nothing takes Him by surprise.  He has a plan for each of us, He is able to carry it out and He has a purpose for good (Rom. 8:28).  

In last month’s letter, we told you that our mission founder and former director, Dave DeFord had the virus, as well as his wife, his son, his son’s wife and their 2 daughters.  All have now recovered. However, Dave’s recovery was into the arms of Jesus!  We are so thankful for his testimony and ministry over the years and rejoice that He is now in Heaven.  Please do pray with us for his family as they adjust to life without him.

All of this has made changes to our ministry here in Arizona.  Local nursing homes are still are prohibiting visitors.  The Easter services on the Navajo Reservation were cancelled and presently no-one is scheduling meetings.  Also the annual Navajo Family Bible Conference held here in Flagstaff in early summer has been cancelled.  

The Navajo nation has been hit rather hard and the past couple of week-ends, they have gone into total lock-down from Friday night until early Monday morning with tribal police and the National Guard manning roadblocks.  If caught out of your home, it demands 30 days incarceration or $1,000 fine!  It may be a while before this area is open for us to visit-or for visitors from there to come to us. 

Thankfully, we still have contact through the phone and internet and are able to encourage and counsel some.  Thank you for helping us financially so that we can pay our bills and have these services available to us. 

Pray with us that things will start opening back up before the scheduled trip to Alaska in August to work on the radio station.

We are all experiencing difficulties and changes right now.  As Christians, we need to obey those in authority and take sensible precautions, but beyond that, don’t fear but trust in our loving Heavenly Father to work out His plan.

Thank you for your financial gifts and support in our ministry-especially your prayers. 

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer March 2020

March 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
Is. 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:  because he trusteth in thee.  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” Also,  in Philippians we are told to not be full of care for anything but to take it to God in prayer and He will give us unbelievable peace. (Phil. 4:6-7)  As the world around us responds with fear and panic, we can have peace as we trust God.  We trust that He has a plan and that He is in control.
We do not trust that He will withhold all difficulties from our lives but will be with us through them.  Last Thurs., Dave DeFord, our mission founder and former mission director was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and tested positive with COVID-19.  Pray with us for the family as they can’t even stand at his side through this, yet we know that God never leaves us alone and is there for him.  What peace can be found by trusting God!
Several of our family and friends have been checking up on us.  We are doing well and were stocked up before this “social distancing” began:  full pantry and freezer (and even tp on hand!-though eggs are a bit hard to find).  We haven’t had many visitors though one family came to town for medical appointments and ate in our home as restaurants are closing their doors temporarily. Another spent the night as he was passing through on his way home.  Internet and phone seem to be the method of reaching out and ministering  these days.
Nursing homes are prohibiting visitors.  Praying with one dear lady over the phone, she told us that her family had forgotten her.  We reassured her that they hadn’t forgotten but no visitors were allowed.  She most likely won’t remember what was said or understand the effect this virus is having all over the country, but for now our visitation is by phone.  Remember to keep in contact with your elderly family and friends during this time and pray with and for them.
Last fall, we helped a missionary family on the Hopi reservation when they had to be away.  A little girl was born to their family this past month and they wanted to get away for a couple of weeks as a family and we agreed to fill in again for them.  This is a small group (2-3) meeting in their home and then Kid’s church in the afternoon (6-7?).  We are traveling to Hopi land each week-end for the last 3 weeks of this month.  Pray for this missionary family (Andy & Nancy) as they work among the Hopi people. 
We were scheduled to be on the Navajo reservation for Easter services but not sure whether this will come about.  This is a much larger group and we aren’t sure when the state will decided to lift their restrictions.  Once again, it is good to know that God is in control-even of our scheduling.
We realize that many of you are having services via the internet these days. Thank you for your prayers for us and know that we often pray for you.  Thank you for your financial gifts and support in our ministry. 

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

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Grammer Feb 2020

Feb 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,

Some of you have asked how the modular system is working out with the Dine Bible Institute where Sam teaches.  It  appears to be working out well.  Because so many lessons are scheduled for one day, it is important that no class days are missed.  

One of the students had to miss a class because of a witness opportunity! A man from a family that follows traditional Navajo beliefs was quite sick and is now much better.  However, while sick, he heard Jack give the gospel message and accepted Christ.  He invited Jack to attend a gathering to share the message with his extended family.  We have been praying for this student and hope to hear a good report this week-end as the next class is scheduled.  

Plans are now being made for this summer’s work in Thorne Bay, Alaska for the radio station for late July and August.  Please continue to pray with us that the power company will put in power lines to the property.  If not, a generator will need to be used.  After the initial cost, there will be the cost of fuel to keep it running and will restrict the amount of time on the air.

We had an answer to prayer this past month.  Janet’s hearing aids are close to needing replacement and the cost given to us was almost $6,000.   A Christian friend showed us a sale in his newspaper that we were able to take advantage of if we drove to Prescott (1 ½ hrs away from Flagstaff) and dealt with another company.  This saved us $4,000! 

At present, Janet has no piano students but stays busy as she visits some of the elderly ladies that we have ministered to in the past and that are presently living in Flagstaff in nursing homes.   She also does child-care for a local ladies’ Bible study.    

Thank you to each of you for your prayers on our behalf as we serve here among the tribes.  We are very aware of your part in our ministry and you are appreciated!   Thank you also to each of you that help us financially.

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer Jan 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

Lam. 3:22-23 “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” For 365 days of 2019, God has been faithful! Since He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, we can expect His mercies and faithfulness for 2020. God is good!

The Dine Bible Institute in Tuba City began the spring semester this month on the 11th. Again, we are using the modular system with classes beginning at 9:00 A M until 4:00 P M with a break for lunch. When you live 1-2+ hours away, it is worth it. Pray they can stay focused for the long day (two 3 hr sessions is long for both teacher and students).

Janet still visits some elderly Christian ladies here in Flagstaff. She is able to visit in one home weekly, as the language isn’t a problem, but Helen goes along once a month to the other home. Some of the ladies have passed on, so there is presently only one that we visit at this second home. Phoebe is suffering from alzheimer’s but seems encouraged to just have visitors. Helen reads from her Navajo Bible and then a few hymns are sung from the Navajo hymnal. (Janet can sing in Navajo but not speak it.) Phoebe often joins in the singing from memory. She doesn’t read anymore, so needs someone to read the Scriptures to her.

We are making plans for the summer work on the Thorne Bay radio project in Alaska. Pray with us for the right men to help us this summer; for men with construction skills so it will be done right-as well as volunteers to help with the physical labor. It’s exciting to see God meet the needs and we are eager to see the station on the air.

The winter months are slower due to the cold and weather, so we use the time to catch up on tasks that get overlooked during the busier times of the year. The break is truly a blessing as we prepare for the busyness ahead. This includes annual appointments such as the Dr. and eye and ear check-ups. The reports are good. Thank you for your prayers. We desire to minister as long as God allows us to stay strong and healthy.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,
Sam & Janet GrammerFacebooktwitter

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Grammer December 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

We have just returned from 3 weeks away from home.  We left for our annual family get-together for Thanksgiving with our family.  The table was set for 26 with 4 generations present, (2 were just over 2 months old).  We stayed a week longer so we could be there for the wedding of a grand-daughter (the 7th grand-child to be married).  It was great seeing the family once again and hearing how God has been working in their lives and using them.  But after sleeping in 6 different beds, comfortable though they were, the one at home fits the best!

This Sat. is the final class for the Dine Bible Institute for this semester.  The modular system was used this fall so that all the material was covered in 3 Saturdays, rather than 15 Sundays. This greatly reduced the travel for the students.  It seems to be more acceptable to all, but we’ll see when tests are graded to assess how effective this method is.

While traveling, we visited with some men that have helped us in the past with the Thorne Bay project in Alaska.  There is some interest about helping once again, either this summer or next.  Please pray for workers, as well as finances as this project progresses.  We’re getting eager to have the radio station on the air.  God is in control and has a plan which includes the timing, so we rejoice as we watch the progress.

While we were away from home, 2 ft. of snow fell in Flagstaff. This is a blessing as our water supply is replenished with the winter snows and we had an extra dry summer this year. Between the snow and strong winds, some branches broke off around the house-but no real damage was done to our home. God has been good and protected our home over the years as we travel.  He has also provided neighbors that watch while we are gone.  This year, one lady brought in our mail and daily started a fire in the wood stove to keep pipes from freezing.

With the Christmas season upon us, we use the opportunity to share with others the Gospel message.  Please pray with us as we share Gospel tracts with cards and Christmas goodies, that other Believers will remember what God has done for us and that the unsaved will realize their need for God’s gift of salvation.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer October 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,
As we mentioned last month, our schedule is quite busy through November.  Each week-end, we are traveling to various reservations (Hopi, Navajo & Yavapai-Apache) for meetings and then we will be traveling back to spend Thanksgiving with our family and also a wedding of our grand-daughter, Emily.  Our letters for the next couple of months won’t be as regular because of being on the road, so don’t feel that you have been forgotten if you don’t hear from us in Nov.  Please do be praying for us as we travel and as Sam teaches and preaches. 
Janet is still visiting the elderly that are in Homes here in Flagstaff.  Helen goes with her to translate into the Navajo language.  It is difficult for Helen because of her personal physical challenges but she is a great help and wants to use her life to serve the Lord.  Pray for them as they visit and encourage these women.  As they were singing Navajo hymns, suddenly another voice joined in.  When the song was finished, the lady clearly stated, “I am a full-blooded Navajo and I am a Christian!” How wonderful to hear such a strong declaration of belonging to Christ!  She was invited to join us each time we visit.
Due to a funeral of a Christian brother, the class for the Dine Bible Institute was postponed.  The next class is scheduled for Nov 3.  They are going to try “modular” classes this year to help those who have to travel a distance to class.  These will be 6 hrs long, so Sam will need prayer for his voice to hold out and the students to be able to focus for this extended period of time. Sam was the speaker for their evangelistic services and it was good to see God once again working in hearts and using us. (One lady who lives down the highway a bit, had come to town for gas and heard about the meetings so joined us and came back the next day for more and is now planning on joining the Institute for more study.)
Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer September 2019

Sept. 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

Our calendar is really full for the week-ends from now until well into November.   We will be on the Hopi Reservation, as well as the Navajo Reservation and the Yavapai-Apache Reservation. 

A missionary on the Hopi reservation will be traveling on the west coast and has asked us to fill in for them while they are away.  This is a small ministry and held in their home.  We went up for a Sunday service recently to meet the folks and be introduced to them.  The morning service is small and in the afternoon, they hold “Kids’ Church”  which varies greatly in size. Since this is a good 2 hour trip, we will go up on Sat. nights and return home Mon. mornings.

The Hopi Reservation in located on 3 large mesas and is surrounded by the Navajo Reservation.  As they have increased in population, the Hopi people have asked the federal government to increase their land size which is now occupied by the Navajo.  The Navajo are reluctant to give up land that their families have lived on for generations.  This has created some conflict that has been going on for years. 

The Hopi are not eager to have strangers among them so this ministry is a real challenge.  We have worked with Hope people before, but this is our first time to actually minister on their reservation.  Please pray for the missionary couple (Andrew & Nancy Magnarella) as they travel and as they try to reach this community with the Gospel message.  Pray for us also as travel back and forth and fill in for these pastors on the 3 Reservations.

This past week, Janet was visiting a friend in an Assisted living Home when another resident rolled her wheelchair up and joined them.  She was able to talk to her about salvation and the woman replied that she had never heard of it before and would have to think about it.  A tract was left so please pray that Jeannie will read the verses and realize her need for Christ as Savior.  It also gave an opportunity to encourage the friend and remind her that God has a reason for putting her in this home and possibly it is to witness to the others that she is now living with.   

Thank you for praying for Helen.  She has been able to visit with the elderly with Janet.  It is a challenge for her to maneuver but Janet is grateful for her help with the visits. 

Also, this week-end, the Dine Bible Institute will be starting their fall semester.  They are going to try a new schedule using modular classes rather than weekly classes on Sunday evenings.  The first modular class will be this Saturday for 6 hrs.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.


II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer August 2019

August 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

This month has been a very dry month for our area.  Though we are considered “high mountain desert”, we usually have a monsoon season at this time bringing us much needed water.  The lack of water has caused several wild fires throughout the state.  One of them was just north of Flagstaff and some of you saw it in the news. (This one was called the “Museum Fire” because it was close to the Northern Arizona Museum.)   We are thankful that our home was never in danger-thank you to those of you who were praying for us during this time.  The folks living in town appreciate the drier summer months because of the threat of flash floods in town as a result of the fire.  It is good that God is in control of even the rains.

We are still waiting for the fall classes to begin for the Dine Bible Institute on the Navajo Reservation.  Until then, we are using the time to get some things done around our home; including getting our winter supply of firewood down off the mountain.  After a busy spring, this slower pace for the summer has been a blessing.

We filled in for a local pastor that had to be away on 2 different Sundays this month and at present we are scheduled to fill in for another pastor later this fall.  Much of our ministry this summer has been un-scheduled contacts as we have been able to share the message of the Gospel with visitors and neighbors.  Please pray with us that the Holy Spirit will guide what we say and which Scriptures we use and that hearts would be open to submitting to Christ and accept His gift of salvation.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.


II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer June 2019

June 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,
This past May, Janet was invited to speak to the Ladies’ banquet at the Yavapai-Apache church in Camp Verde where 2 of our missionary families are working.  There were about 20 ladies present and the topic was how to live a holy life and pleasing God.  It was a good time and the ladies seemed to enjoy the fellowship and encouragement.
The Dine Bible Institute classes are finished for this semester and we plan to start again this fall.  It is a blessing to see some of the students using this training to minister among their own people.
Just last week, we returned from a trip to Port Alsworth, Alaska for a week with Sam & Amber and our 3 grandsons (James-7, Peter-4 & Ira-2).  It has been 4 years since we have been in their home and a short visit from them 2 years ago at the family Thanksgiving gathering.  We don’t get to see much of our grandkids so this was a real treat.  We use our credit card a lot (paid off each month to avoid interest) and had saved enough “air miles” to get the tickets.  God is so good in providing our needs and even treats us to some of our “wants”.  
June 25-July 11, Sam will be flying to Alaska once again; this time to Thorne Bay
Some have asked if this is near our son’s home.   Sam & Amber live north of Anchorage and require another 1 ½-2 hr small plane flight to their community.   Thorne Bay is a 3 hr. ferry ride from Ketchikan in the south-eastern part of the state.   Same state- but it is a big state and the locations are far apart.
 We didn’t have any volunteer groups planned for this summer’s work, but God brought a Christian couple into our lives who plan on being in Thorne Bay this summer to visit family at the same time that Sam plans to be there  and the man hopes to be able to help with the work planned for this summer.  Amazing to watch God’s provision along the way.  Pray with us for safe travels and that much will be accomplished this summer
Some gifts sent this past month will help pay for this summer’s work.  We are thankful that God has met each expense along the way so that we have been able to avoid debt.  We are purchasing a large generator to power this project, since we are not getting a good response from the Alaska Power Company regarding electric coming to the property.  The cost will be approximately $5,500.   (We have to include the transportation costs of bringing it up on a barge to Thorne Bay.)  Please pray with us about meeting this need.
Sam will have a short break after arriving back in AZ before he has to speak at a Navajo family Camp; July 20-27.  He will be taking the morning and evening sessions in the English language while others will be teaching the same material in the Navajo language.  Many of the elderly still speak Navajo as their primary language but then many of the middle age and younger generation are more comfortable in English and may not even understand Navajo.  Be praying with us as he prepares for this week
Sometimes we share prayer requests and then have letters asking just how God worked in each situation.  Thank you.  It tells us that you are praying and also reminds us to mention how prayers are answered.  We were recently asked how the missionary family is doing that were experiencing a difficult pregnancy.  Jacob & Lydia Jones now have a healthy baby boy in their arms; Samuel.  The recovery time was longer than hoped for because of Lydia’s health challenges and an unavoidable c-section.  However, she was able to carry Samuel to full term and give birth to a healthy son -a definite answer to prayer!  
Thank you to each of you for your prayers for us and the ministry God has put us in.  You are a blessing to us. II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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