Grammer July 2017

Summer time is VBS time!  One evening we were able to help one of our fellow missionaries  who work  among the Yavapai-Apache people.  Their theme was a cowboy theme and we took our 2 horses down and gave the kids rides.  The kids seemed to really enjoy it and we must admit that it was fun for us too.

 

The church in Flagstaff is having their VBS this week and while Sam is in Alaska, Janet is helping with odd jobs that help the program to run more smoothly.  These programs are seen as fun by the kids, but the workers realize that it is a way to reach young lives with the Gospel of Christ.  Our prayer and goal is to see our youths begin their lives on the right path and serving God.  We do enjoy serving God!

 

It has been a joy watching God answer prayers and meet needs on the Alaskan Radio Station Project.   One of those answered prayers is in regards to the weather.  The Island has an annual rainfall of 120” per year which means rain almost every day.  We were praying for good weather and for the entire week, God held back the rains so that the men weren’t hindered in their work.  We prayed that the cabin would be completely enclosed this summer and our men were able to see that accomplished.  They are presently on their way home, but Sam has a few more days to complete some other goals before he begins his drive home.   Please continue to pray for him on this trip to Alaska.

 

This past month has been a “check-writing” month!  There were personal dental and health bills in Arizona as well as traveling,  shipping and building expenses in Alaska.  None were small but neither were any of them options.  Praise God that He gives peace and promises to meet ALL our needs.  So we wait in anticipation to watch God meet each of these needs and enjoy the peace that He gives us.  Thank you to each of you that have a part in God’s supplying.  We do recognize you as an important part of our ministry.  Even more than finances, we need the prayer support that you give us.  THANK YOU!!

 

Please pray with us for the Navajo nation.  They are feeling threatened by the Christian influence on their reservation since the Tribal council only recognizes the Peyote religion which involves their medicine men and the use of the hallucinogenic  drug  obtained from the cactus plants.  Presently they are having chapter house meetings at 5 different “chapters” (similar to counties) around the reservation to address “mission site leases”.  (Since the reservation is owned by the tribe, the use of any of their land requires a lease; whether for homes, businesses, churches…)  They would like to revoke the Mission/church leases, or revise them, to make it more difficult for the Christian churches to function.  Our prayer is that Navajo Christians will attend these meetings and make their voices heard and not feel that it is a waste of time to speak out.

 

                                 

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

 In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer June 2017

June  2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

This month we had a visit from one of our grand-daughters for 5 days.  At the age of 12, each of our grandchildren has been invited for a visit so we can get to know each other better.  This year, it was Isabela’s (Bela) turn.  Because of her age, she had to fly as an “unaccompanied minor” and a specified adult was to meet her at the gate.  Her plane arrived a half hour early and then some paperwork mix-up slowed Grandmom down in getting her gate pass.  A bit frustrating to a young girl full of excitement!  On the way up the mountain from the Phoenix airport to Flagstaff, a range fire halted all traffic on the interstate and required over 2 ½ hours of waiting in 117’ temperatures though it was interesting to watch the planes dropping the “slurry” to fight the fire. The fire came right up to the edge of the pavement but didn’t jump the highway, so we are thankful that traffic had been stopped, even though uncomfortable and inconvenient.   

                It was a busy schedule with Bela that included a horseback ride into the Supai Canyon where the Havasupai Indian people live.  On the way, a flat tire meant using the spare tire.  Then, on the way home, another flat tire- but the spare was already in use.  Grandmom was almost an hour away and drove to pick up the old tires, return to Flagstaff, have new tires put on the rims and then back to the truck and back home. Bela calmly stated that she thought God was teaching her patience.  J  She really did seem to enjoy her visit and we definitely were making memories!

                This may not seem connected to our work here in AZ but family is part of our ministry to our Lord and it is more of a challenge with so many miles between us.  We also see God’s hand of protection in each difficulty.  God is good.  Thank you for praying for her safety as she traveled so far alone.

                Last month, we asked prayer as Sam participated in a “horse camp” on the Navajo reservation.  Though not put on by Christians, Sam was asked to take part and share some saddle-fitting tips and leather work information.  Thank you for your prayers.  Sam did have opportunities to speak of our Lord to folks that probably would never come to hear him preach.  A reminder to us all that God can use us in every interest that we have in our lives, if only we will be willing to be used by Him.

                In a few days, (1 ½ weeks) Sam will be leaving Flagstaff for Bellingham, Washington to catch the ferry for Ketchikan, AK.  There, he will transfer to the Prince of Wales ferry and on to Thorne Bay.  A local man is helping us with the septic system installation and other local Believers have already put the flooring joists on the foundation pillars for us!  This was a pleasant surprise and should be a great help and allow the helpers from NC to accomplish much during their time in Alaska. 

Please continue to pray:

1-      For safety for all the men-both in travel and as they work on the project

2-That all the travelers make their connections

3-Wisdom in the construction, as well in the use of funds

4-Good weather so the work won’t be hindered

5-Good health for all the workers

 

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

 In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer May 2017

May 2017
Dear Friends in Christ,
Last month we spent 2 weeks away from Arizona.  During that time we were able to visit with 4 of our supporting churches; 3 in NY and 1 in PA.  One was a Hunters’ Banquet, an evangelistic outreach event at one of our churches and 2 decisions for restoration of fellowship that night.  Two of them were on Easter Sunday and the 4th was a 5 day Missions Conference.  We were busy the entire time and truly enjoyed the visiting- but glad to be back home.
This month, Sam was invited to join some men on a fishing trip in Utah.  These 5 men and their pastor are from the First Baptist Church in Tuba City where we ministered for many years.  What a good time of fellowship.  Serving our Lord doesn’t always mean “sacrifice”!
When he has time, Sam also does some saddle-making and leatherwork to help with our expenses.  We have found that any activity that we are involved in can open up doors of opportunities to witness.  Just recently, a man came for some leatherwork and began to share some personal problems in his life and the Gospel was presented to him.  He even came back the next day to visit some more.  The seed was planted and we are praying he will come to Christ.
Coming up in June, there is another opportunity in Tuba City where they are having a “horse camp” for a couple of days and Sam has been asked to come and share some leather craft information as well as saddle-fitting tips.  This is not a Christian endeavor but we are praying that he can speak of the Lord to some that he meets during that time
                We have a grand-daughter who is coming for a week the first of June.  Bela is only 12 and will be flying alone.  Pray for a safe flight for her and for Bela, Mom and Grandmom to not be anxious.  We are all looking forward to this special time together.
In early July, Sam will be driving up to catch the ferry from Bellingham, WA to Ketchikan, AK and then transfer to the Prince of Wales ferry to the Island.  He has a cargo trailer that he has been busy filling with tools and the equipment needed for the construction. This will then be used for  transportation of the supplies once in Alaska.
We have been in contact with a local man who has been cutting the lumber needed for the project and it looks like it will all be ready in time for the arrival of the 6 men from NC who will be flying up to help construct the exterior of the building.
Please pray with us for the following:
#1-The travel fees for the truck and trailer (gas & ferries)-approximately $6,500
#2-For all the materials (lumber, windows, metal roofing, septic tank…) to be available
                as needed
#3-Wisdom in using the available funds and that they will be sufficient
#4-Safety for all- both in travel and during the construction
#5-Good weather so the construction can be completed before the men have to
                fly home
                 II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
 In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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March 2017 Grammer’s

March/April 2017
Dear Friends in Christ,

This past month, while visiting at the nursing home, Janet and Helen had a new visitor to our devotional time. Juanita is a new patient there and found a childhood friend who was one of our regular gals. Please pray with us for Juanita’s salvation. Just before going to visit, we had agreed that the day’s Bible lesson would be “the woman at the well”. We didn’t know, but God did, that a salvation message would be needed. We try to encourage these Christian ladies that God hasn’t forsaken them and to remain faithful and not give in to depression.

We would also ask you to pray with us for Sally. She lives with family and we try to stop by her home and sing and pray with her after visiting in the nursing home. Sally’s husband, was faithfully serving the Lord as a pastor until taken home to Heaven. Not long afterwards, Sally suffered a brain tumor and stroke and is now confined to her bed and has limited speech. Both Sally and Gordon were former students of Sam when teaching at the Bible School, years ago.

Pray for us as we have had several counseling opportunities this past month. It is exciting to see God working in lives. Pray for wisdom to know how to encourage and help in each situation.

In a couple of weeks we will be flying back to New York for a Missions Conference. While there, we will be able to visit with 3 more of our supporting churches, including a Christian Hunter’s Banquet. Please be praying for our travel as well as the meetings.

Continue to pray with us for the Mt Eldon Bible Conference coming up in July. Though Sam will not be available to speak this year, he has helped them organize the materials for the conference and we are praying for them as they prepare.

Continue to pray with us for the Alaskan trip to complete the exterior construction for the cabin for the radio station. (1)- Safety in travel and during construction for Sam and the Christian volunteers (2)-materials to be available (3)-construction to be completed before the men have to fly home (4)-Wisdom in using the funds available so they will be sufficient (5)-weather to be convenient for building.

Once again, thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts!
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Feb 2017 Grammer

February 2017
Dear Friends in Christ,
            Early this month, we had 3 snow storms hit, one right after another, leaving us with 37 inches of snow.  Just beautiful!  But not good driving weather.  After the snow, we had several days of very warm weather and though it made the snow disappear, it replaced it with mud! We did get out on the Navajo Reservation once this month and had to leave behind paved road and returned home with about a pound of clay and sand stuck to our feet.
            However, though not traveling out of town much, we have used the time to prepare for future ministry.  Each summer, the Western Navajo Bible Fellowship holds a week-long conference here in Flagstaff at a campground at the base of Mt. Eldon.  We have helped with this conference for several years now.  Though Sam won’t be able to be one of the English speakers this year, he is again preparing an outline for the speakers to follow.  This allows both English and Navajo sessions to follow the same study and also helps the speakers know what is to be covered for other speakers and avoids repetition on materials.   The leaders have chosen the topic to be the “Fruit of the Spirit” for this summer’s study.
In July, at the same time that the Mt. Eldon conference will be starting, Sam will be leaving Flagstaff to head for Alaska.  He will be driving to Seattle and taking the ferry to Ketchikan and then another ferry to the Prince of Wales Island.  He will be pulling a trailer so that he can take up needed tools and equipment for the work and also provide transportation to and from the site.  The cost of travel by ferries will be approximately $6,000 because of adding the trailer.
There are at present, 6 men that will be joining him for a week to install the septic tank and erect the exterior walls.  Please pray with us for safety and completion of the work.  We really don’t want the outside walls to be partially completed and then deteriorate by being exposed to the weather.
 Pray with us for the needed costs for the construction.  A local Christian man with a lumber business in the area has offered to supply the needed lumber and the septic is estimated at $6-7,000.  Pray also that the materials will be available during the same period that our workers are available.
Once again, thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts!
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

 In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer’s January 2017 letter

Jan. 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

            The family “secretary” was away for over 4 weeks attending the weddings of 2 grandkids, as well as our annual family get-together for Thanksgiving.  Thank you to those who were praying as we traveled and “yes” the weddings were a good family time. We are so pleased that the grandson and granddaughter both chose Believers to spend their lives with and now praying that these new homes will put Christ in the center and bring Him glory!

            We trust your holidays were full of joy and thankfulness for our wonderful Saviour and His work in your lives.  Many of you sent letters with your Christmas cards, bringing us up-to-date with your families.  In the way of Grammer family news, we are now awaiting grandchild #17 (Sam & Amber-3rd son) and great grandchild #5 (Faith and Drew Holton-a granddaughter).  During the trip we were able to meet 2 of our great grandchildren, Peter Chick and Oliver Holton.  It was a joy to finally be able to hold them and tell them they are loved; something we rarely get to do with so many miles between us.

Since we haven’t written for the past two months, I thought I’d get this one out a little bit earlier than normal for the month.

The Bible Doctrine classes are to begin again at the end of the month.  Hopefully everyone will be back from their breaks and on schedule again.  Please pray for these students.  There is nothing like knowing God’s Word to motivate a Christian’s growth.  Pray for faithful attendance and for more students.

Pray with us for opportunities to minister in the local native churches.  We have had several visitors in our home as folks came into town during their holiday breaks and shopping but now things are settling down to normal schedules.

The radio station project is still progressing.  This summer’s trip will hopefully see the septic tank installed (The cost for the septic is estimated at $6-7,000) and the exterior walls put up.  We need to get it all closed-in in one trip to avoid weather damage.  Then plans can be made to complete the interior in the future.

Sam would like to drive to Seattle and take the ferry to Ketchikan and then another ferry to the Prince of Wales Island.  This way, he can take up needed tools and equipment for the work and also provide transportation to and from the site.  The cost of travel by ferries will be approximately $4,500.

Pray with us for the workers needed as well as the costs. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact us.  We can put in the septic ourselves if we have the manpower.  As we mentioned before, the lumber has been donated by a local Christian man with a lumber business in the area which we are thankful for.

Once again, thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts!

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

 In Christ,

 

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam & Janet Grammer Nov 2016

Nov 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thanks for your prayers for the second trip to Alaska this summer.  The footers are now in place and the weather was good for the work.  However, while in Alaska, we found that a septic needed to be installed and while there, the inspector was brought out and steps taken to begin the process of getting the tank.  Instructions were given and we can put it in ourselves, but the cost (including shipping) is around $6-7,000.  Then we can begin on the exterior construction.

The contractor that we had hoped to use has asked us to keep looking for a contractor because of the distance from his business to the site.  He is a Believer and wants to help us get the station up and running and has offered to donate all of the needed lumber. Please continue to pray with us on this project for wisdom, as well as for the needed finances and the right contractor to use.

We just returned from a week of meetings on the Hualapai Reservation.  Some of these folks are children of former students of the Bible School classes Sam taught there years ago.  What a blessing to see their children being faithful, as well as their grandchildren.  Not only did we enjoy the fellowship with them, we also rejoice in the decisions made this past week.  Several made professions of faith in Christ and many more made decisions to be more faithful in their daily walk with our Lord.  They have a faithful pastor and wife that they truly appreciate and who is a good Bible teacher and we praise God for them.

We expect to be gone for several weeks during November and December.  We have a granddaughter getting married in early November and a grandson getting married in early December.  We also have our annual family get-together at Thanksgiving.  Hopefully we will both be home just before Christmas. We don’t expect to be able to get a monthly letter out while traveling so want to send out holiday greetings to you now.  Don’t let the gaiety of the season cause you to forget the reason we celebrate!

Once again, thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts!

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

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam and Janet Grammer Oct 2016

Oct. 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

A Christian contractor from Alaska has given us a fair bid on the building of the radio station building and was willing to adjust it so we could stay within our budget and not go into debt on the project. However, he suggested that it would be better to add 2 more supports to the foundation that has been laid and his suggestion made sense. It will require about a day to do it so another trip is planned to Alaska, thanks to the financial help of some of our Christian friends and supporters. Thank you. This trip will only be for a few days and by the time you get this letter, Sam should be in AK. Please pray for good weather so that the work can be completed in this short time. They hope to start work soon and have the exterior completed this winter. Pray also for safety as he travels and that he will make all the connections of the airlines and ferry schedules. We appreciate your prayers and help with this Christian Radio project.

Every Sunday this month, we have been scheduled to fill a pulpit on the Navajo Reservation. This requires a 1 ½ -3 hr. drive, depending on the church in need. One church, Dilkon, is presently without a pastor and a very small congregation. Pray with us for a full-time pastor for them.

In the fall of 1972, we left our home in Maryland, packing up our 3 daughters (at that time) and headed for Arizona to minister among the American Indian people. We are now starting our 45th year, and rejoice in what we’ve watched God do in lives over the years. Thank you for your continued help in putting us on this field of ministry.

We have been putting on many miles as we travel for ministry and God has kept us safe. We are also enjoying good health. Thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts!

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

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam & Janet Grammer Aug 2016

August 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our great grandson, Peter Chick was born last month and we asked prayer for him.  Thank you!  2 weeks after his birth, he was finally released from the hospital and is doing well.  We are now praying that he will accept Christ early in his life so that his life will bring glory to         God.  He may be young-but when is it too early to pray for them spiritually?

Sam safely made his trip to Alaska this month and is now home in Arizona.  He was able to talk with 3 different local contractors, asking and answering questions so that they all were clear on what was desired.  He left his plans with them to look at and get back to him with a         bid. This will be for the exterior construction, leaving the interior work for future work teams providing volunteer labor.  Pray with us for some fair and reasonable prices and wisdom as to who should do the work for us.

Almost every week-end we are ministering in different churches, filling the pulpits in churches without a pastor or for pastors that have to be away for the week-end.  Please pray with us with all the travel.  Our calendar is already filled for the month of Sept., as well as a week     of meetings in Oct.  We are also scheduled this coming week-end, to help celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary at Inscription House, on the Navajo Reservation.  Sam has been asked to officiate as this couple renews their wedding vows.

Last month was so busy that Janet wasn’t able to visit in the local nursing home with some of our Navajo ladies.  They started this visiting to encourage an elderly Christian lady from the church in Tuba City, who now resides there.  At this time, we have 3 ladies that we visit;         all Believers.  We read Scripture, pray and sing hymns together, as well as just listening to them and showing them love as Christian sisters.  A Navajo lady, Helen, speaks the language, so joins Janet to help overcome the language barrier.  This ministry is no sacrifice but a real joy as     we receive their love in return.  After such a long time between visits, the smile of recognition and joy when we were spotted warmed our hearts.

With fall just around the corner and schools starting, Janet’s piano students are starting to return to their piano.  Summer activities, VBS, Camps, vacations… made some of them a bit sporadic in showing up for lessons.  We are praying for some future pianists for the many             Navajo churches with no one to play for their services.  What a difference it makes to have someone playing a piano to help the congregation stay together and on the same key.

Thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts!

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

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer’s July 2016 Update

July 2016
Dear Friends in Christ,
About every 3-4 weeks, Janet goes to a local nursing home to visit one of the ladies from Tuba City.  Because of the age of this lady, she doesn’t speak much English, so Janet takes a Navajo Christian  (Helen) with her to translate.  Together we sing in Navajo and Helen reads the Scriptures in Navajo.  On this last visit, we found 2 other ladies that we knew that are now residents there and visited with them also.  One of them was more fluent in English, so Janet was able to read the Scriptures, though we still sang Navajo Hymns. One of them stated that she had to miss the last 3 Navajo Bible Studies and was praying that someone would come and worship and share God’s Word with her.  How nice to find that you are an answer to prayer!
Mesa View Baptist Church had their annual Camp Meeting, “Echo in the Pines”, this month in Echo Canyon on the Reservation, Sam was asked to teach the young people and Janet helped with the music.  They have a small block building that the adults were meeting in and a tarp and canopy set up for the children.  As we were finishing the first teaching session, the rain began and water started to accumulate on the tarp and canopy  and we had to shorten the session.  We successfully got the kids under a more reliable roof when we noticed that the canopy had collapsed.  In the evening session, the lesson was continued in the eating area; a log lean-to.  How surprising to find that several of the “wigglers” that seemed to be only disturbing the class-time, were actually listening and remembered what was taught earlier and able to answer questions during the review time.  A good reminder, teachers, that you don’t really know what God is doing in the hearts as you teach.  Just stay faithful!  It was also encouraging to have a mom tell us the next day that her son had enjoyed the class and was up until 1 A.M. talking about  it.
In the middle of July, we spent a week in Inscription House as Ts’ah BeeKin Church for their VBS where Sam taught the adult English speaking class.  The theme was “Family Focus” so Sam taught on the various roles in the home; husband, wife and children , as well as finances.  It was a good week with at least 4 professions of faith and many more decisions being made to make changes that will be pleasing to God.
The day that we arrived home from Inscription House, Sam taught once again at a Navajo Family Bible Camp held annually here in Flagstaff.  He had the English speaking class Sat. PM as well as both services on Sunday and again Monday AM.  We saw many familiar faces that we have worked with over the 44 years of ministering here among the Indian people, so it seemed like a family re-union with our Christian brothers and sisters.  This year’s focus was on the book of Revelation and the Doctrine of Future Events (Eschatology). Though the teaching was mostly for Christians, we know of 3 that made professions of faith during the classes.
July 30-August 9, Sam will be in Alaska.  Pray for safe traveling, as well some reasonable bids for the exterior construction for the radio station building.  It was suggested that it would be better to get a local contractor to do the initial building, due to the cost of travel and transporting the needed equipment, as well as lodging for workers while on the site.  We are  hoping that this can be completed this winter (after the summer fishing season is completed) and the interior work can be next summer’s project.
July 20 our 4th great grandchild was born:  Peter Parker Chick; 8 lbs.; 21”; parents-Hannah & Jonathan Chick. (Hannah is Faith’s daughter.)  The following day, Peter was transferred to Maine Medical Center due to breathing problems and is presently on a feeding tube with breathing aids to help him expel the liquid in his lungs.  We would appreciate your prayers for the Chick family at this time.
Thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts !

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

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April Letter from Grammer’s

Dear Friends in Christ,

So what do we do now that we are no longer pastoring?  Glad you asked.  It’s quite diversified and yet in so many ways similar to what we were doing when pastoring in a single church.

Many of our week-ends are busy with pulpit supply; mostly on the Navajo Reservation, but not exclusively.  Sometimes they are having special Sunday events and sometimes the pastor is sick or needs to be away from his pulpit.  We actually find this a bit more difficult when you only have one day to preach rather than able to follow a more extensive and intense study of a book or doctrine.

Each week, Sam is now teaching the next class in Theology at a local Bible School in a Navajo church that is now pastored by a former student from years ago when we were with the Southwestern School of Missions here in Flagstaff.  This semester, the class is not as full as last semester, but we are thankful for each one that desires to understand God’s Word and therefore know God more intimately.

We are also filling in our calendar with speaking and teaching opportunities:  fall conferences, annual camps, Mother’s Day, retirement celebration…

Our week days are often busy with unscheduled visitors wanting advice from God’s Word.  Since this often involves traveling a distance, we try to have something to feed them.  Add to that nursing home and hospital visits and Janet’s piano students…  We are just thankful for each opportunity to serve the Lord.

Another trip to Thorne Bay, Alaska is being planned for late July and beginning of August.  It has been suggested to us that the cost of travel and lodging and getting the equipment needed for building, would make it more sensible to get a local contractor to put up the outside construction for the Radio Station cabin.  The interior finishing could then be done with smaller groups of volunteers in the future.  This trip will be a scouting trip to find a local contractor that will understand what we want to accomplish and hopefully at an affordable cost.

We know that many of you pray with us for these needs, as well as help us financially.
Please pray for both of us as we minister to men and women, both in public and personally, as well as safety in travel.  Also pray with us about the progress on the Thorne Bay radio station project.  Thank you.

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam & Janet Grammer March 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

Last month, we shared with you about a Navajo Pastor, Albert, who we had visited in the hospital as he was dying.  He was on pain medication for several weeks (months) and is no longer suffering pain.  The Lord has taken him home.  His funeral was this last week-end but we were unable to attend as we were both home sick with the “flu”/  “bug”/ “virus”/?  What mixed emotions, as we rejoice yet weep with the family.

This last week, one of Janet’s piano students (a college student- who happens to be a grand-nephew of Albert) shared how he had only slept a couple of hours the night before as he had received news of the suicide of a young man he had gone to high school with.  A couple days later, he called with questions about God’s view of suicide as another young man from his high school days, one who was raised in a Christian home, also committed suicide.

Also, this week-end, we received news of the death of a young 27 yr old woman that we have ministered to in the past and had made a profession of faith in Christ.  A couple of years ago, she had left her family and fellowship with other Believers, to pursue a sinful life style. What a difference from the end of a life served for the Lord and one that focuses on personal desires.   Death of others does cause the living to think about their own life and death.   May we leave behind a legacy of following the Lord and encouraging others to do the same.  Our very purpose for life is to glorify God.

Now that Easter and spring have arrived, our schedule usually gets busier.  The printed materials for the Bible School classes have arrived and we expect to soon begin the studies.  We also have some meetings scheduled in various Indian churches to celebrate special days and encourage the local Believers by studying God’s Word together.  Please pray for God’s direction in all of our plans.

This coming summer, another trip to Thorne Bay, Alaska is being planned.  We would appreciate your prayers each step of the way and that God would use the radio station to spread the Word of God.  Pray also for wise use of the funds provided and for the future financial needs of building and running the station.

This short-term illness for us both has made us so thankful for the good health that God has given us over the years.  Thank you for your prayers and gifts that allow us to continue to minister in this way.

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

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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