Grammer January 2022

Dear Friends in Christ

In the fall of 1972, we packed up our 3 girls (later God gave us 2 more daughters and a son) and left Maryland, where we were on staff at a Christian camp.  We had a tent for a home on the road and were headed for Arizona to minister to the American Indian tribes.  This is our 50th year of ministering here in the southwest and God has faithfully met all our needs-and more!
Our aim was to train the Believers in the different tribes to reach and minister to their own people.
1-They lived there and knew the people personally.  Also, they weren’t strangers to the people in their own community.  They are also able to live on the Reservation among them, as they are tribal members by birth.
2-Many of them knew their tribal languages.  Our public education system has made English known to most but the elderly still have a primary language of their people.  (There is also a push among the younger generations to learn their native language and not lose their tribal identity.)
3-They know the traditions and culture of their people.  They would recognize whether a practice is merely an acceptable habit or if there is religious significance connected to it.
Learning about God’s Word has made some aware of their need for salvation and over the years, we have had opportunities to lead some to Christ personally.   However, much of our ministry has been in local churches and among Christians.
This past month, a Navajo lady shared with us how the death of a cousin allowed her father to lead his sister (mother of the deceased) to Christ.  We asked her father’s name, wondering if we knew him.  We didn’t know him, but she then shared how her father was led to Christ by another Believer.  This Believer was one of our Bible School students from years past and is now pastoring on the Reservation.  What a blessing to see God is working still in lives and that He has seen fit to let us be a part of this work.
Please continue to pray with us as plans are even now in progress for the Easter teleconference with the Navajo Bible Conference.
Also pray with us for the upcoming classes of the Northern Arizona School of the Bible that are scheduled to begin in March. 
 Many of the Navajo churches are slow to reopen after this pandemic and we are hoping they will soon be able to once again begin the Dine Bible Institute on the Navajo Reservation.  We have heard from some of the former students that are eager to be back in class.  Pray with us for wisdom for the pastors to open the churches back up.
Pray:  We have already been in contact with men that want to help again next summer in the construction of the radio station project in Thorne Bay,  Alaska.   We need to schedule their time in AK as they need to put in for vacation time at their jobs.  
 There is still no electric to the property and a diesel powered generator will cost around $6,000. Pray that electric will become available.  It will eliminate this expense and will also allow us to broadcast through the night
as there is presently a restriction to running generators during the evening hrs to reduce the noise created by generators.
Thank you so much for your interest in our ministry and your participation by praying and giving financially.

Thank you for your part in our ministry.

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

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Grammer November & December 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
Each year, we try to visit our children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren that live along the east coast for Thanksgiving.  Therefore , we seldom send out a letter during the month of November but combine it with our December letter.  You haven’t been forgotten!
Recently we both lost a family member in death.  Sam’s oldest sister, Beverly, died from COVID complications at the age of 83 back in PA.   Though many of our family (Children, siblings & grand children) have had COVID, this is the first time that we lost one to the virus.    Janet also lost an uncle, Cloyse Drake, as a result of cancer.  Again, he was older, retired as a missionary & pastor in Oregon.   Death of loved ones and friends, reminds us that we will all face death one day and need to be ready to stand before God.  Have you accepted the gift of God? – salvation because of Christ’s death on our behalf.  So many today try to be good enough for Heaven, which is impossible.  Heaven is a place of perfection and none of us can meet that requirement.  That’s why God came as a man to pay sin’s penalty for us that we cannot pay.  That is why we are celebrating Christmas.  We hope you are celebrating with us and rejoicing in our Lord and Saviour.
In November, Sam was able to take part in another teleconference for Thanksgiving; reminding of all we have to be thankful for in Christ.  All went well with the connections and we are now planning for another teleconference for Christmas in the next couple of weeks on the question of just why Jesus came to earth as a man.  This is done by the Western Navajo Bible Conference and each time, they have an English speaker (Sam) and a Navajo pastor speaking in Navajo the following day.  Please pray as they prepare the messages and that God will also prepare the hearts of those who call in that Christians will be encouraged and that unbelievers will be saved and God glorified.
The final class for this semester of the Northern Arizona School of the Bible was held the last Mon. of November. The next semester is scheduled to begin in Feb.   Sam has really enjoyed spending this time in the Word of God teaching Bible Doctrines and  New Testament Survey.  
We have already been in contact with men that want to help again next summer in the construction of the radio station project in Thorne Bay,  Alaska.  There is still no electric to the property and a diesel powered generator will cost around $6,000. Pray that electric will become available.  It will eliminate this expense, but will also allow us to broadcast through the evening as there is presently a restriction to running generators during the evening hrs to reduce the noise created by generators.
Thank you so much for your interest in our ministry and your participation by praying and giving financially.  Thank you for your part in our ministry.



II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer
PS-Thank you for all the Christmas cards and gifts that you have sent us.  We do miss being with family during this season, so appreciate your including us in your celebrations.

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Grammer October 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
Early this month, we spent 4 days on the Hopi Reservation, filling in for a missionary that had to be away.  No adults showed up but we had 3 teens for the teen night on Thurs. and 13 kids come to the “Kid’s Church” on Sunday afternoon.  During that time, Sam developed a bad cold which limited him as his voice became quite raspy.  He had to cancel his teaching at the Arizona School of the Bible the following day and then an opportunity to preach the next week.  Thankfully, he is much improved and back to teaching and preaching.  Thanks to all of you that pray for our health.

Also this month, we said “good-by” to 2 older ladies that we have ministered to in the past.  Mary was one of the students at Southwest School of Missions where Sam taught shortly after we moved to Arizona in 1972 (49 years ago!).  Basically, it was old age that moved her from this earthly life to her Home in Heaven.

This past week, Shirley also moved Home as a result of COVID.  She was a member of the Baptist Church in Tuba City and we got to know her while pastoring there for 6 years and 9 months. Because of COVID, her funeral will be “virtual” and Shirley wanted Sam to bring the message.  A recording was made of the message and will be broadcast once the funeral can be scheduled.  Pray that someone might respond to the message of salvation and come to Christ through this service.

What a blessing to her others tell how these women gave them the Gospel message and led them to Christ and then impacted their lives as they challenged them to live for our Lord.  As one daughter said, these were “See You Later” celebrations.

Sam has also been asked to help the Western Navajo Bible Fellowship with a Thanksgiving message that will be done via the phone lines, due to the COVID restrictions on the Navajo Reservation.  The Navajo Family Bible Conference was held this past summer in this way and is the same group of Believes that are planning the Thanksgiving service  using the same technology.  Please pray with us as preparations are made that Christ will be glorified and Believers encouraged.

We do appreciate you folks as you pray and give to keep us ministering to the American Indians.  Thank you for your part in our ministry.



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

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Grammer September 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,

When we sent out last month’s letter, we didn’t have any pictures to share with you from the Alaska Radio Station Project in Thorne Bay.  Janet is the “family photographer” and since she wasn’t on this trip, we had to wait to get some pictures from others that were there and want to share a few of them with you.  Remember that you are a part of this ministry as you give and pray.  Thank you. 

Please do continue to pray with us that electric will be available to the property by the time we are able to get the station on the air.  The cost of fuel to run a generator will be an issue and will limit the hours that we will be able to broadcast.  We are also praying for the man that the Lord will lead to live there and keep the station running.  Won’t you be praying with us for wisdom to recognize the Lord’s leading in this area. 

In our last letter, we mentioned one of the ladies in the local nursing homes where Janet visits.  This past week, Merrie moved out of her body and is now with the Lord. Pray with us for the family as they adjust to this loss in their lives. Her daughter has referred to this as her Mom’s “see you later” service.   What a comfort to KNOW she is now in Heaven and not merely HOPE she is!

Now that Sam is back in Arizona, he is once again teaching at the Northern Arizona School of the Bible.  He is teaching both Bible Doctrine I and New Testament Survey.  He missed the first week of classes because of being in Alaska, but is glad to be teaching once again.  We have still not heard regarding the Dine Bible Institute on the Navajo Reservation.  The COVID problem seems to be more pronounced on the various Reservations and some of the churches are hesitant to be very active yet.  Pray with us for wisdom for each pastor as they lead their fellowship of Believers.

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

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Grammer August 2021

August 2021
Dear Friends in Christ,

This is the last day of August so by the time you get this letter, it will be the month of September!  Sorry for being so late this month, but August has been a busy time.

As we mentioned in our last letter, Sam made 2 trips to Thorne Bay, Alaska this summer.  The first trip was in preparation for the volunteer work crew coming from N. Carolina.  After a few days at home and celebrating our 53rd anniversary, it was back to Thorne Bay and some serious building. 

The group from NC consisted of 7 men that accomplished much.  An addition was put up that will house all the rooms needing plumbing (kitchen, bathroom and laundry).  The 4 walls were put up and metal roofing put on so it is closed in for the winter.  Please continue to pray with us for electric to the property so that we won’t have to rely on generator power.

Janet is still able to get into the nursing homes for visitation but new restrictions have been put in place as the COVID cases have been increasing in our area.  Please pray for these ladies that don’t understand all that is going on in our present society and feel forgotten and abandoned. These are their last days but since God hasn’t taken them home yet, He must still have plans to use them.  The goal is to encourage them to continue to spend time in God’s Word and to be a witness to other residents and workers.  We are limited in contact to only those we personally know and only by appointment and for a set time period.  But the residents can interact and share the Word of God and need for salvation to others living with them. Pray specifically for Rosie and Merrie who have faithfully served the Lord for years and are now struggling with these old bodies.

The Northern Arizona School of the Bible began this week through Nov. 22.  This year, Sam is privileged to be teaching Bible Doctrine I & NT Survey. We have yet to hear about the Dine Bible Institute and when they will be able to begin to gather again on the Navajo Reservation.  Thank you for your prayers.  Your financial support helps pay our bills so that we can continue to serve in this way.  You are so appreciated.  Thank you.

We received many cards from many of you for our anniversary, as well as Janet’s birthday a week later.  Thank you for remembering us in this way. It was encouraging.  (Note- We can surmise what church you attend from your address, but would like to have more than your first name to identify you and sometimes there is no name in the address and only a first name when you sign it.  Thanks)

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

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Grammer July 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
Last month, we told you about the wild fires in our area that put us in the national news. After 2 very dry winters with little snowfall and then the lack of our annual rainy season last summer, we were in a record drought.  Well, this summer, our monsoon season arrived and the charts show that we are getting an above average rainy monsoon season this summer!  The wildfires left little foliage to hold back the water from the mountains and now we are dealing with flash floods in Flagstaff and our governor has declared our city to be in a state of emergency. And once again we are in the national news!  Some of you have contacted us to see how we are doing.  Thank you for your prayers and concern.  However, our home is outside the city limits and the flooding is not affecting us personally, though we do know people that are in the flood zone and dealing with the cleanup and wondering if it will hit them again.
This past week, the Navajo Family Bible Camp/Conference was once again held on the telephone rather than in person.  The first 3 nights, Sam taught the sessions in English and on the last 3 nights 3 Navajo pastors taught the same lessons in the Navajo language.   The theme this year was on “The Resurrection” :
* 1-Christ’s resurrection
*2- the first resurrection (of Believer s) 
*3- the second resurrection (all the dead).   
We do know of at least one that made a profession of faith in Christ for salvation!  Again-thank you for your prayers!
This summer, Sam will be making 2 trips to Thorne Bay, AK for the radio station project. The first trip will be focused on getting building materials and supplies at the site so that when the work crew from NC come in mid-August, they will be able to get right at it and hopefully make good progress.  There are 4 men that will be helping on the first trip.  Please pray for them:
Will went with  last year’s work team as a high school Sr.  In August, he will be a freshman at Crown College in Tenn.- enrolled in the ministerial program.
Zachary has also worked with Sam before for a couple of years during his hunt camps and was a good worker and great help.  Zach grew up in S Dakota in a missionary family that ministered to the Sioux people.  He was married this past spring, yet still willing to help us with the work this year.  (We are thankful for a Christian wife that is willing to be away from her new husband so that he can serve our Lord.  Thank you Melissa.)
Brett is a retired school teacher from the Navajo Reservation and now, he and his wife are on staff at Tri-City Baptist Church & Academy down in the Phoenix area.
John Paul is a graduate of Crown College and taking post-graduate studies for his degree. He and his wife just had their first child this summer and are considering working in Alaska among the Indian people there. (Once again, we are thankful for his young wife with a new baby willing to be separated from her husband so he can serve! Thank you.)  Sam is planning to take John Paul to some of the Indian communities in that part of Alaska to help them understand if this is truly where God wants them to minister.
We don’t personally know each of the work team from the Antioch Baptist Church in NC but pray with us also for them as they come to help next month, as well as for their families that will be waiting back home.   
There are many small Indian communities located around Thorne Bay and they tend to be isolated by choice.  A Christian radio station is a great method of proclaiming the Gospel message to folks who resist interaction with strangers.  We are eager to see the station in operation and broadcasting the message of salvation.  The project has been slow, but we are encouraged as we see progress each summer; knowing that God’s timing is always the best.
Please continue to pray for 
*Safety for the men (both in travel and during the building) 
*The need for electric to be brought to the property
* Good progress on the construction so we can soon be broadcasting
Thank you for your part in our ministry, both here in AZ as well as in AK.  We need your prayers and are so thankful for your financial support that allows us to serve here.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer June 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
Some of you that keep up with the news, have read about the forest fires in Arizona and have contacted us to ask about our safety.  There is a fire southwest of Flagstaff that has several communities on standby for evacuation.  However, our home is about 5 miles northeast of town and we are in no danger at present.  We do know folks on the other side of town that are unsure of what will happen –so thank you for the prayers.

June is typically a dry, hot month that makes us all eager for the monsoon season that usually begins in July.  This year, we are breaking the heat record set in the 1920’s.  We are also facing a severe drought as last year’s monsoon season gave us little rain and the last 2 winters had little snow and were very dry.  All of this has added to the fire danger and the forests have been closed as a result.  It is common to have fire restrictions this time of the year, but there is access to the forests-but not this year. 

The state has removed the mask mandate and our city has followed suit. Once again, Janet is able to visit in the nursing home, though a mask is required.  The resident that she visits with is feeling the loss of fellowship with other Believers yet her family is still uneasy about removing her from the home to go to church.  Pray that she is able to encourage this Christian sister during this difficult time.

The reservations have their own governments and some of them are still restrictive.  We are seeing some of the churches on the various reservations that are once again starting to have Sunday services.  Many of the churches on the Navajo Reservation still feel restricted in meeting together publicly .

The Western Navajo Family Bible Conference has decided to once again hold teleconference sessions rather than meet in person.  This worked out quite well last year so they will follow the same program this year.  Sam will be teaching 3 nights in English and then there will be a Navajo pastor teaching for 3 nights.  The topic this year is Biblical Resurrection.  Please pray with us as he prepares and ministers in this way.

We are still making preparations for this summer’s work in Thorne Bay, AK on the radio station project.  Orders for building supplies are being made over the phone and will hopefully be available and ready for the work teams coming in late July and August. 

Pray with us for:  (1) the construction, (2) safety of the workers both in travel and on site, (3) the need for the electric company to put in power lines, (4) that even now, God would be preparing the man God would have run the station, and (5) that we can soon be on the air reaching out with the message of salvation to those who live in the Thorne Bay area.  (Once again, this paragraph is a repeat from past months, but still true for this coming month.  We really do need your prayers with us in this outreach.)

Thank you to each of you that have helped us financially this past month and especially for those who have been faithful in praying for us.  You are an important part of our ministry.

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

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer May 2021

May 2021
Dear Friends in Christ,
This past month has been a busy time around our house.  We’ve had several visits in our home and even some over-nighters.  There weren’t a lot of teaching or preaching engagements this month but June will make up for it.

We were able to be with the Living Waters Baptist church among the Yavapai-Apache people this past month.  Their pastor and wife were able to travel to see their grandson graduate and asked us to fill in for them for the week-end.  We have watched this work begin and grow over the years and it was a blessing to us to be with them once again.

Pray with us as Sam prepares messages for the next couple of months.  We are scheduled for 4 preaching and teaching opportunities in June and then the teleconference being planned for next month, July.

We are also schedule for 4 other preaching and teaching opportunities in June.  Thank you for your prayers on our behalf.

Plans are now being made for this summer’s work in Thorne Bay, AK on the radio station project.  We have a work crew from NC coming up in mid-Aug and Sam is going up the beginning of Aug. with 3 young men to  be sure the needed materials are on hand and all is ready for the workers.  

Pray with us for:  (1) the construction, (2) safety of the workers both in travel and on site, (3) the need for the electric company to put in power lines, (4) that even now, God would be preparing the man God would have run the station, and (5) that we can soon be on the air reaching out with the message of salvation to those who live in the Thorne Bay area.  (This paragraph is a repeat from last month’s letter, but still true for this coming month.  We really do need your prayers with us in this outreach.)
You are important to our work here.  Thank you for your letters of encouragement, your prayers, and the financial support that allows us to continue to minister and serve the Lord.

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

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer April 2021

I realize some of you may be getting this twice.  My apologies.  They have changed the format of our email and I think I made some errors.  To avoid skipping anyone, I am re-sending our letter so you may well get copies.  Sorry-Sam & Janet
April  2021
Dear Friends in Christ,
This week is the final class for this semester in the Northern Arizona School of the Bible, here in Flagstaff.    We have had a good response from our students that tell us how they appreciate the opportunity to learn more of God’s Word.  What a joy it has been to be able to be one of the teachers.  We have several that attend class in person, plus more that attend online around the country as well as outside the country.  Technology has been a real blessing during these difficult times.
At the moment, the Dine Bible Institute has not yet returned to classes because of the Navajo Nation COVID restrictions.  We have kept in touch with some of the former students and they are eager to begin once again.  Pray with us for the Lord’s timing regarding fall semester classes and for wisdom for those in leadership. 
Once again, Sam has been asked to teach the English sessions for the Western Navajo Bible Fellowship summer sessions.  Again this year, they have chosen to forego the family camp that they held every year here in Flagstaff but to have teleconference sessions.  We miss seeing them in person, but glad that we can spend time together in the Word of God.
We are also making plans to spend some time in Thorne Bay, AK working on the radio station project.  We have a volunteer work team planning on helping in August and some other workers that hope to join Sam ahead of time getting materials ready for the team.  We are eager to see this station broadcasting.  
Pray with us for:  (1) the construction, (2) safety of the workers both in travel and on site, (3) the need for the electric company to put in power lines, (4) that even now, God would be preparing the man God would have run the station, and (5) that we can soon be on the air reaching out with the message of salvation to those who live in the Thorne Bay area.
What a comfort to know that God is in control of everything in our lives.  Thank you so much for your prayers and your part in our ministry.  We are very much aware that you are important to our work here and often pray for various churches and individuals that have helped us over the years to be able to serve where God has placed us.  Thank you for your letters of encouragement, your prayers, and the financial support that allows us to continue to minister and serve the Lord.

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

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Grammer March 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,


Last week, we attended a memorial service for our mission founder and former director, David DeFord.  It was a great day. We reminisced over the ways Dave was a blessing to us as well as enjoying visiting with many of our missionaries,  that we haven’t seen in a long time, and hear how God has been working among the various tribes.  After the message, there was a “live mike” as various ones shared.  One young man said he had only met Dave once, but Dave’s ministry to his in-laws was used in his own personal life and led him to Christ.  Another lady shared that she was raised in a Christian home and wanted to thank each missionary for bringing the Gospel message to her people.  She told us that she was praying for several of us by name because she had seen God using us.  Yes-it was an encouraging day!


As we mentioned last month, a local church in Flagstaff, started the Northern Arizona School of the Bible here in town and Sam has been helping with the teaching. We still haven’t heard anything about the Dine Bible Institute restarting on the Navajo Reservation, but the area is still in “lock-down”-though we are hearing rumors of this opening back up soon.  Please pray with us for these classes in God’s Word. 


We were scheduled to fill in for a missionary on the Hopi Reservation the last 2 Sundays of this month.  However, their tribe is now starting a “lock-down” over the week-ends, so the church there has decided to meet on Friday afternoons, rather than Sundays when they are restricted from moving about.  Last week, we went for services, but spring break had many of the families off the reservation and no one came.  We were told that they would be back this coming week, so we are praying they will be available to fellowship together this coming week.  This is a difficult area and people are not in consistent in attending.  It has made us more conscious about praying for this ministry and that the missionary family would not become discouraged.


Please continue to pray for our elderly folk that are isolated in the nursing homes.  We pray for the individuals that we know personally.  Don’t forget to pray those in your area that are restricted from loved ones and in need of Christian fellowship.


We have heard from one work team that is planning to come to Thorne Bay, Alaska in August to work on the Radio project and the construction of the building.  We are still waiting for travel dates from another possible work team and then will get travel dates so Sam can get there ahead of the workers and have the supplies that are needed available.  Continue to pray with us regarding the electric, as well as safety and good progress in the work.


What a comfort to know that God is in control of everything in our lives.  Thank you so much for your prayers and your part in our ministry.  We are very much aware that you are important to our work here and often pray for various churches and individuals that have helped us over the years to be able to serve where God has placed us.  Thank you.

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

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer February 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
We are still healthy and thankful that God has spared us from this virus.  Early this next month, we are planning on attending a memorial service for our founder and former director of our mission.  Though he will be missed, he was already struggling with health issues that are now over.  It has been a blessing to see how God has provided for the needs of his wife; emotionally as well as her living situation.  God still keeps His promises. 
A local church in Flagstaff, Ponderosa Baptist, started a Bible School this month called Northern Arizona School of the Bible.  There are approximately a dozen students that are enrolled and attend in person- plus some others that are taking the course on line (even some out of country).  Sam is helping with some of the teaching, when the pastor is unable to be present each week.  This semester, 3 courses are available:  New Testament Survey, Life of Christ and New Testament Church.  
At this time, the Dine Bible Institute on the Navajo Reservation hasn’t been able to return to classes yet.  Some of the churches are starting to meet once again, but generally, the Reservation is still shut down each evening and week-end and don’t want outsiders visiting.  Please continue to pray that this will soon change as many of them are really anxious to be together with other Believers once again.
This coming month, we are scheduled to help out a missionary on the Hopi reservation who needs to be away to visit with some of their supporters.  Pray for their traveling safety and for us as we minister while they are away.
The nursing homes are still closed.  Each week, Janet drives by and leaves a little gift to remind the ladies that they have not been abandoned.  She includes a monthly devotional booklet to try to encourage them to continue with daily devotions. One of the ladies has returned to her family for care because the cost was too much for them and at this point, her restrictions are not insurmountable.  It will be an adjustment for all as each of them will have to release a bit of their independence.  We are praying for them, as well as another lady whose family is seeking financial help to continue her stay there.
We have had some cold temperatures this winter and a couple of good snowstorms (which are badly needed for our water supply).  Yet God has met all our needs and we have plenty of firewood to keep us warm, as well as running water and electricity.  We know that this has been a challenging winter for some of you and trust you are all back up and running-and ready for spring! 
Plans are being made for this summer’s work in Thorne Bay, Alaska.  Please continue to Pray with us that travel will not be a problem for our work teams as well as safety and progress in the construction.  Also, continue to pray with us about the electric need.  At this point, we have heard nothing but hopefully will have some answers by the time the construction is completed and we will be ready to broadcast.  We are eager to start looking for a missionary to man the station and get it on the air!
In spite of the restrictions this pandemic is creating, God is still using us.  There have been changes, with more “one-on-one” opportunities rather than public teaching and preaching.  How comforting to know that God is in control and has a purpose for it all and we are able to still being used to serve Him. Thank you for continuing to pray and financially support us so that we can still minister.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer January 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
First- thank you to those who sent us cards, pictures and annual family letters over the past several weeks.  We don’t send out many Christmas cards due to the postage, but really appreciate those that send to us-especially the letters and pictures to keep us in touch.
We live at 7,000 ft. above sea level with a high mountain desert climate.  Our water supply relies much on the winter snows.  It is not unusual for things to be dry but the year 2020 was the driest on record.  Our summer rainy season (“monsoons”) were missing and we had little snow (occasional “dusting”), so we were really pleased when a snowstorm arrived this week-end!    The roads were bad enough that Sunday services were online only and they even cancelled school.  We are so thankful for a warm, dry home but can empathize with our reservation brothers and sisters that miss the face-to-face fellowship with other Believers.
We have seen an increase in visitors in our home.  It’s ironic to have them come, give us a big hug and then sit on the other side of the room and put on a face mask.  As we’ve mentioned before, our ministry is now more one-on-one than in public services.  However, opportunities for Sam to preach have been slowly increasing; once this month and 2 scheduled for March.  God is in control and we want to be ready to serve as He decides.  Pray
We have also had visitors that come to get leatherwork done.  We have several Bible verses on the walls and Sam looks for ways to talk to them about the Lord.  Sometimes they are glad to talk and other times, not so glad and even irritated. Some have opened their hearts to the Lord while others walk away, but we have been faithful and pray for the Holy Spirit do His work.
The hospitals and nursing homes are still closed.  This past year, one lady that Janet would visit, is now with the Lord while another Christian lady was moved into a home.  Phone calls are still an option, but often these ladies feel forgotten by family and friends and don’t understand the isolation.  Hopefully this ministry will open up once again soon. Pray
Some have inquired about the Thorne Bay radio station in Alaska.  Plans are being made for this summer with 2 and possibly 3 volunteer crews hoping to come.  Much progress was made this past summer on the main building and footers set for the extension which will house the kitchen and bathroom. (rooms needing plumbing)  Pray with us that travel will not be a problem for our work teams as well as safety and progress in the construction.
Please continue to pray with us regarding the electric situation.  It would be thousands of $/s for us to put in the electric poles ourselves and then it would be our personal responsibility to maintain and repair if there are any power outages. There are some other residents in the area that are trying to convince the power company that it would be profitable for them to bring in the electric lines but so far, no positive response.  The option is generators that are being used during construction.  The fuel costs limit how long they are used and will therefore limit broadcast hours.
We have also been asked how COVID is affecting us personally.  We are still healthy.  Thank you for the prayers.  We don’t want to be careless, but neither do we want to live our lives in fear.  How great to be able to trust God through all of this. Much of the sickness and deaths are located in the large city areas, as many people are in close contact with each other. However, the reservations are also heavily hit, especially the Navajo nation.  Their isolation seems to make them less resistant to viruses, colds, flues… and the strong family ties bring the diseases into their homes.  When water and electric are not available, they become even more vulnerable.  When you have to haul water, why do you want to wash your hands more frequently?  
Thank you for your part in our ministry;  both  prayers and financial gifts.  You are a part of our ministry!
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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