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,
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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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Grammer April 2019

April 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,


We had a wonderful day yesterday on the Navajo Reservation.  Sam was the moderator for the ordination of 3 men from the Tuba City Baptist church; George Adson, Clifford Hyden and Alfred Hyden.  These 3 men have been leaders in the church for years and were a real blessing to us when we served there as interim pastor.  The church has several older folk that speak only Navajo and also younger adults that speak only English.  The schedule allowed for morning services in Navajo while the English SS was taught.  Then everyone switched rooms and the English worship service was held while the Navajo SS class was taught.  These men took turns preaching in their Navajo language.  The purpose for the ordination is to send them out to other Reservation churches to preach.  For 3 years, these men sat in Sam’s doctrine classes each Sunday afternoon for 2 hrs.  What a joy to see them putting to use the teaching and training.


This coming week-end, Janet is to speak at a ladies’ banquet on the Yavapai-Apache Reservation.  Pray for her as she travels and that is will be a help to the ladies as they spend time together in God’s Word.


Sam now has tickets to Thorne Bay from June 25-July 19. Please pray with us that the needed supplies will be ready for this summer’s projects and that we can continue to build and stay out of debt.  This summer we hope to see the skirting put on the foundation and the wood stove installed.  We have all that is needed to put in the stove, just needs to be done.  Once this is completed, workers can stay in the cabin and work on completion at any time of the year that is convenient for them. There are no volunteer work crews this summer, so pray for Sam to get much accomplished and maybe find some local Christian men to pitch in.


Our calendar between Christmas and Easter are usually pretty free and a good time to schedule annual check-ups, dental work, eyes, ears…   It’s easy to share with you scheduled events, but harder to share the ministry to individuals while visiting and counseling.  The personal struggles are not ours to share but we do appreciate your prayers for wisdom as we pray with them and try to encourage.  Thank you.


This past year, our old wood truck has been in the shop and for the first time, our yard was emptied of firewood.  God met our needs for the winter (our wood stove is our main heat source for the house) but it is now time to restock for the coming winter.  Pray for Sam as he travels up the mt. for our firewood and for safety as he cuts and loads up the truck.  It’s been a year and he needs to get back in shape for this type of labor.


We have plans to visit Sam jr.’s family in Alaska from May 28-June 4.  This is when we normally get out another letter so we don’t expect to send one out next month.  We don’t get to spend much time with our family and Sam’s family rarely gets to NC for the Thanksgiving family time.  Pray with us as we travel and for a good time together with Sam, Amber and the 3 boys (ages 2-7)


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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Grammer March 2019

March 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

It’s hard to believe that spring is already here but the calendar is filling up with ministry opportunities.  The warmer months ahead are being planned with camps, conferences and VBS.   
Pray for us as we prepare to help in these different areas by teaching and preaching.  

Praise-Sam was just asked to be on an ordination council for some men that he has had the privilege to teach doctrine classes to in the past.  It is a real encouragement to see God using these men and see them going on strong to serve our Lord! 

Pray also for Janet’s ministry in the nursing home.  She has been having difficulty finding a Navajo interpreter while Helen mends.  Without an interpreter, encouraging them is difficult. Janet can sing in Navajo but reading the Bible in Navajo is more of a challenge  because of the tonal inflections.  Also, the personal conversation is limited as the elderly often don’t speak much English.  Those that were bilingual are no longer with us or beyond any conversation in either language.  Pray for wisdom regarding keeping this ministry going and a willing and reliable interpreter.  

Sam is still planning a trip to Thorne Bay this summer to make more progress on the radio station project. Please continue to pray with us about the needs that were mentioned in last month’s letter:
*for the Alaska Power company to bring electric to the property
*finances to continue to keep this project debt-free
*volunteer work crews with the needed skills 
*reasonable air fares for self and workers

We try to get a letter out each  month, but I need to re-organize our mailing list and it will be helpful for me to know if there are corrections needed.  If you are presently getting our monthly letters and would prefer not to keep getting them, please let us know.  Also, please let us know if you are getting duplicate emails.  I also believe that some addresses are no longer in use and plan to make some corrections. Thanks.

We do appreciate each of you that has prayed for us and supported our ministry over the years.  We are very aware that you are part of our ministry and thank God for each of you. Thank you.

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

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Grammer Feb 2019

Feb 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

This month, we had to say some more “Good-byes”.  4 ladies that we have ministered to over the years are now Home with the Lord; Sally (from Black Mesa that we met years ago and has been a dear friend over the years), Thelma (from the nursing home where Janet has been visiting), Geraldine’s daughter (Geraldine is one of the Bible School students where Sam is teaching) and Rena (her husband Charlie died on New Year’s day-they were both faithful members of the church in Tuba City where we pastored a few years ago).

Yet God has balanced the “Good-byes” with several “Hellos” for this coming year as several babies are expected to make an appearance.  One of our missionary gals is expecting a baby boy in about a month.  One of Janet’s piano students is expecting early this summer and also some of our grandchildren are going to give us some more great grandchildren before the year is over.  Children are truly a gift from God and we thank Him for each new life.

 Each summer, Sam travels to Thorne Bay, Alaska to work on the radio station project. The exterior is finished but the interior is still waiting for completion.  Here are some of the things that we would like to accomplish this summer:
*wiring (already provided but needs installation)
*insulation ($3,000 needed)
*skirting to keep wild animals from making their home under the building
 (Approx. $500 needed)
*install wood stove (already provided but needs installation)
*footers for the extension that will include kitchen and bathroom
(Approx. $1500 needed)
Here are some things you can pray with us about:
*for the Alaska Power company to bring electric to the property
*finances to continue to keep this project debt-free
*volunteer work crews with the needed skills 
*reasonable air fares for self and workers

We do appreciate each of you that has prayed for us and supported our ministry over the years.  We are very aware that you are part of our ministry and thank God for each of you.  Thank you.


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

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