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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Sam & Janet Grammer Feb 2016

February 2016
Dear Friends in Christ,

January ended with several deaths of elderly people that we knew.  Some were believers and others left us uncertain as to their relationship with the Lord.  Once again, we were aware of the difference it makes when you know the Lord as your Saviour, both in the one dying and in those left behind to mourn.
I Thes. 4:13 “…we sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”  We have seen families rejoicing that their loved one is finished with the suffering and know that they will see them again in Heaven.  What a gift to knowledge is to give to our family and friends.

We stood at the bedside of a Navajo believer who was on pain medication.  His family shared with us that as he drifted in and out of the conversation around him, he would start preaching and sharing the gospel message.  They said that he knew that some of the family were still “traditional” rather than Christian and even as he was dying, he was concerned about their relationship with Jesus Christ and wanted to see them accept God’s gift of salvation.  What a testimony!  Before we left, he asked Sam to give a short message and then Sam was able to speak personally to his nephew.  Wish we could say that this man accepted Christ but he stated that he was still undecided.  Pray for Albert as he spends his last few days on earth with his family.  What a blessing it would be for him to see another loved one come to Christ even this late in his life.

Sam is still available for pulpit supply on the different reservations here in Arizona and this month we were able to fellowship with a Navajo congregation as the pastor had to be away.  We always enjoy seeing friends that we have known for years and their children, now grown, carrying on the ministry.

We’ve also been busy this month with nursing home visits and hospital visits.  The month started off with definite winter weather but it soon warmed up and was more like spring weather.  This change in weather seems to affect the health of many and we’ve had various older ones that have been struggling as the virus went into pneumonia.  We have been spared personally but have found ourselves at the hospital visiting a bit more than usual.  It is not unusual for us to have freezes until the beginning of June, so we are hoping to get a bit more snow and the moisture it brings to our mountain desert before spring officially arrives.

We have also had several visitors in our home as folks come to Flagstaff to do business.  Many have to drive by our home and stop by for a visit and ask about various struggles that they have to deal with in their lives.  Pray that as we counsel and encourage others that we will stay true to God’s Word and not just give opinions or wisdom that is popularly accepted but contrary to truth.  One of the blessings of the slower winter months, is the freedom that we have in our schedules for just spending time in the Word of God, renewing our minds.

Thank you once again for your prayers and gifts to help us stay in the ministry.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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

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Sam & Janet Grammer Jan 2016

January 2016
Dear Friends in Christ,
During the holidays, we received many cards from you and many of them with personal notes. Due to the expense, we don’t send many cards other than within our family circle, so please don’t feel slighted if you didn’t get one from us. We do try to stay in touch with our monthly letters (e-mail when possible- to avoid postage) but enjoy the annual letters we receive during the holidays so that we can follow the events in various homes and churches. Thank you for each of them.
We also received several extra gifts during the holiday season and tried to acknowledge each one, for we are truly thankful for each one. We received a list of gifts from our office and after sending out thank yous, we discovered that the list was for the entire year and included some that were sent last January for last Christmas. If you got a “Thank You” and are trying to remember what you gave this year, it may be from last year. OOPS! J Thank you for including us in your giving this year.
Another treat during the holidays is phone calls and visits from people that we have had opportunity to minister to over the years. What an encouragement to see God still working in their lives and their growth as they submit to God’s Word!
The weather at this time of the year seems to affect our schedules as people are limited in getting around. You may have heard about the 31” of snow that fell in Flagstaff just a few weeks ago. (At our house, it was only 6-8 “ but in town, it was pretty deep.) It was beautiful, but glad that we didn’t have to travel much in it.
We enjoy this time and use it to catch up and do some “desk work”. Sam has been working on getting an outline for this coming summer’s Navajo Bible Conference here in Flagstaff. This year’s chosen subject was the book of Revelation, beginning with the Rapture of the Church. There are speakers in both Navajo and English and the outline allows both speakers to cover the same material for both groups. We only provide the outline and the speakers still have to study and prepare their own messages.
Classes for the Bible Institute are to begin soon for the spring semester, so studying is also being done for that ministry. We are thankful for each student that continued with the fall semester to completion. God’s Word is powerful and changes lives! We are anticipating another good semester.
Sam is also occupied with an on-line instruction in carpentry to aid in the building of the cabin to house the radio station in Thorne Bay, Alaska. Please continue to pray with us regarding workers and finances to get this project moving along. We do hope to go up this coming summer and make some progress on the building.
This month, we filled in for one of our missionaries that had to be away as his son underwent some serious surgery. We were sorry for the reason, but glad for the opportunity to be a help and serve the Lord with both the preaching and the music. We only had to travel about an hour, but the drop in altitude gave us a distinct drop in temperature which was a treat. (We all smile when we see people from down in the “valley” coming up the interstate and pull off so that they can sled, build snowmen and play in the snow along the highway. Altitude makes a difference!)
Thank you once again for your prayers and gifts to help us stay in the ministry.

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam & Janet Grammer Dec 2015

December 2015
Dear Friends in Christ,

Once again we are back in Arizona. We had a nice visit with our family in North Carolina with 3 of our daughters and their families, as well as “face-time” with Sam and Amber’s family in Alaska. This is an annual event that we look forward to each year. We can only do this because of your generosity in giving toward our ministry. Thank you all so much!

This year we drove back east rather than fly. We are also thankful that we had no problems with our truck. If you remember, early this year, we had to drive back for the memorial service for Sam’s Mom and included some meetings with some new churches in hopes of increasing our support level. At that time we had some engine problems and some of you were again generous in helping us out by putting us up and giving us rides as we struggled to find and fix the problem. We are so glad that it was fixed. Our truck puts on MANY miles in our ministry and we are hoping for many more before it needs to be replaced. It’s nice to not be making truck payments each month! Yet it is important for us to have reliable transportation to continue our work for the Lord.

The Sunday before we left for N. Carolina, we were asked to come to the Hualapai (“wall-a-pie”) Baptist Church in western Arizona. We have served at various times in this church over the years with Bible School Extension Classes, conferences and special meetings. It was a joy to see many of the children that we knew still being faithful, even though for some their parents are no longer with them. Some are getting ready to send their own children off to Bible College!

They had a special meal together between their SS time and service time, and a young girl asked if she could become a Christian. A special day and a good way to begin the Thanksgiving holiday!

We had to get a substitute teacher for the Bible School classes for the time we were away but back to teaching them once again. Please pray for the students to be consistent in their studies. This is more than another church service and requires them to put some time and effort into personal study and be ready for tests. Time spent studying God’s Word is never a waste of time and we are praying that it will result in spiritual growth that will be evident in their lives, their churches and in their community.

We know that many of you do pray for us, as you ask us about prayer requests that we have made and how God worked in answering them. We are also very aware that your giving is what pays our bills so that we can be free to serve and teach God’s Word. Thank you to each of you. You are truly partners in our service.

May this Christmas season find your homes with hearts full of gratitude and praise to our wonderful Heavenly Father! Because of His love for us, He became a man so that He could pay the death penalty and meet the need of all men, whether they appreciate it or accept it. The best Christmas gift ever!

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer’s November Letter

November 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we stood with the family beside the body of a brother in Christ who had just left us and is now with the Lord, we were reminded of another death last month. Last month, the man’s salvation was uncertain and his mother was the only one who seemed to be certain of her relationship with Christ. There was sorrow in both cases, but with the Believers, there was also a calm peace. Their father knew he would be leaving them and had already planned his funeral. He wanted no long eulogy because he said those attending would already know all about him. Instead, he wanted them to come to know his Saviour. Though we will miss this brother, there is rejoicing mixed with the sorrow. We trust that those of you reading this letter, understand and have the confidence of eternal life because of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

Fall hunt time once again! The planned hunt in British Columbia didn’t work out this year, but our Colorado hunt was just completed this past week-end. This year, we had 2 Christian teens from Flagstaff that went along to help with the horses and setting up the camp. There were a total of 6 hunters (counting Sam) but only 2 elk were taken because of the rain and hail. The animals had more sense than to come out in that weather and just found a safe place to wait it out. The men decided to cut the hunt short a few days and spend time with their wives that were “camping out” in a motel in a nearby town. They all seemed to enjoy the Bible Studies in I Thessalonians and we’re thankful for the time together.

On the way home from the hunt camp, our truck broke down in Tuba City. We’re thankful that it was in a town and not on the deserted long miles between camp and home. We are also thankful that a local man from Tuba was able to fix the truck so that we were able to get home that night. This man recognized Sam and as they talked, he admitted that he needed to be more faithful in attending the Church there in Tuba City. Maybe that’s why the Lord’s plan was for this break-down? How comforting to know that God controls all the details of our life.

Please continue to pray for the classes of the Bible Institute each Monday night on the Navajo Reservation, and for the students.

We are planning to travel to North Carolina again this year for Thanksgiving with our family. Please pray for safety as the family travels to spend time together. We don’t plan on sending out a letter during the month of November because of being away from home but will try to get another letter out early in December. We do appreciate your prayers and giving that allows us to remain serving the Lord here in Arizona. 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 October 2015

October 2015
Dear Friends in Christ,

The first class of the Bible Institute was started this month.  The pastor who was organizing this was healing from surgery on a detached retina, so we started a couple of weeks later than we had hoped, but definitely in God’s timing.  The first class had 11 students with a few more that are registered and we hope will join as the program progresses.  Each class is a total of 15 weeks, once a week.  Sam is teaching the class of Doctrine of Theology.  Please pray for the students to be faithful in attendance and study.

We do have a substitute teacher for these classes for when Sam will be unavailable.  Marlin G. was saved during our years of ministry in Tuba City and a student of the men’s Bible Classes taught there.  He then went on to attend and graduate from the Indian Bible College in Flagstaff.  It is an encouragement to see the next generation preparing to keep the ministry of God’s Word going.

As many of you know, fall time is hunting time for us.  Sam will be traveling to British Columbia to hunt with a group from the Tahltan (“tall-tan”) tribe in hopes of getting a stone sheep.  He will be home for a couple of days and then be packing up for our fall hunt camp.  This year we have 5 hunters from one family coming; father, 2 sons and 2 sons-in-law.  Pray for safety in travel and during the hunt, good weather (early snows are not uncommon) and especially for the evening Bible studies.  We are going to be studying the book of I Thessalonians this year.

Some have asked how Janet’s foot is doing.  She is making good progress but is impatient that the healing isn’t complete, though she has been told that it will take 6 months to a year for complete return to “normal”.  There is still a slight limp, but she is walking without assistance.  Thank you for your prayers in this matter.

Thank you for your help this past month, both in your giving and for your prayers.

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam & Janet Grammer Sept 2015

September 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,

God plans our schedule for us and often we travel on week-ends to minister in different Churches on the Navajo Reservation.  For a few weeks, we  found ourselves in Flagstaff and asked the Lord to provide opportunities to give out His Word.  Recently, a Navajo lady brought her mom to Flagstaff to see a family member that had been air-lifted to our local hospital overnight with a stroke.  They stopped for supper and we had time to visit and tell the older woman how salvation was freely offered her through faith in Christ.  Much was interpreted by her daughter who has been praying for the salvation of her parents and this stroke has intensified her concern.  The message was given, but as the younger lady said, “She doesn’t seem to understand the concept of her need yet.”  We are still praying for her salvation.  We were reminded that God  does hear  our prayers and He will answer, though not always as we expect Him to.  God brought the opportunity to give out His Word right here at our kitchen table.

Col 4:3  “Praying also for us that God would open unto us a door of utterance.  That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

We live in a city where folks from the Reservation often come for business, hospital visits, shopping, etc. and we never know when we will have surprise guests.  One day this past month, we had 17 show up for a meal (total of 19 at the table) .  They weren’t being rude.  Saw them in town and invited them and then hurried home to see what we could feed them!  We all laughed because this same family surprised us when we were living in Colorado almost 30 years ago, and we put them up overnight.  Thankfully, we had a gym at the Bible School where we were working, so plenty of room for them to spread out sleeping bags.  That time there were a total of 27 that joined our family of 8.  At times like these, you just  remember that God  is in control and will provide what is needed, then you enjoy the time and the memories it will make.  If they wait another 30 years, it may well be in glory with our Lord!  Thank you to those of you who opened their homes to our family of 8-sometimes without much notice.

Please continue to pray as we wait to hear more information regarding the Bible Institute program that Pastor Billy wants to begin in Navajo churches.  We are excited about this possibility and  praying that it will come about.

At present, Janet has 7 piano students.  6 of them are Navajos that attend churches in need of piano players and we are training with that in mind.  Most of them are already playing specials and offertories in the home church and hopefully, by the end of the year, we will have some of them ready to play for congregational singing as well.  The 7th student is a neighbor girl (10 yrs ?) from a Mormon family, so the teaching is not geared to how to use your music to serve God.  Please pray that this may be a door to talk to both the student and Mom about God.  Pray for the right words to say at the right time and to be ready to recognize whenever the Holy Spirit opens the door with this young life.

Thank you to each of you for your gifts that you send so faithfully, but especially for your prayers.  We know that many of you keep a list of our requests and pray with and for us throughout the month.

Thank you.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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

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Grammer’s July 2015 Update

Dear Friends in Christ,

Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”

A couple of weeks ago, we received word that one of our dear friends, Carl Filer, left this old world and is now with the Lord.  Carl and Esther have been behind us in prayer and support while we were still in Bible College preparing to serve the Lord in Arizona and have remained faithful all these years.  They had a dairy farm in New York and were an example of serving the Lord without the title of “pastor” or “missionary”, yet were in “full-time” service as they witnessed to neighbors and fellow farmers and lived a life that put God first in their decisions and activities.

This week, Heaven received another of God’s servants, Steve Fox.  Steve pastored an Indian church down in the Phoenix area and though he was not with our mission, he was a good friend with many of our missionaries and we feel the loss even as we rejoice.

Please pray for Steve’s wife, Treasa, as well as Carl’s wife, Esther, as these women face the changes  ahead and challenges of life alone after many years of marriage.  We are so thankful for these men and their faithful examples of serving our Lord.  For them, the work is over.  Pray for us to leave behind the same testimony of faithfulness.

We have been praying for a pastor for the First Baptist Church in Tuba City, as well as the Navajo Fellowship Baptist Church in Page.  The folks in Tuba City have voted on a man to come and he is to move in next month.  June 28 will be our last week-end of filling the pulpit for them before they have a full-time pastor once again.  Pray with us for other opportunities to preach and teach God’s Word.
The folks in Page are seriously considering a man at this time also, though we haven’t heard that he has formally accepted that position.  How exciting to watch God at work and see our prayers answered.  Thank you for praying with us.

We have submitted a materials list to a sawmill in Alaska and waiting to get a price list from them.  Pray with us for a reasonable cost and for the workers needed to continue building next summer.
This week, Daniel M. stopped by as he traveled home from Bible College for a visit before spending his summer working as a counselor at a Christian camp.   In his first letter to the church of  Thessalonica, Paul described them as his “crown of rejoicing” (2:19) because of their service to God.  What an encouragement to see God at work in Daniel’s life; a crown of rejoicing.
I Thes. 2:13 “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”

This week, Janet fell over a garden hose and fractured one of her ankle bones.  Thankfully, no surgery is required but she is now wearing a “walking boot” and using a walker as she heals.  Please pray for her as she heals and as she is forced to slow down and do more sitting.

We do serve a mighty God who is able to change lives.  Thank you for your prayers and financial help so that we can be fellow-servants in this ministry.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer’s Prayer Letter May 2015

May 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings from Arizona.  Yes, we are home once again after 6 weeks on the road.  We knew we were getting close to home when we say road-side sales for “fry-bread” and “roasted pinions” rather than “maple syrup”. After over 6,500 miles, it is good to be home.
Thank you for your prayers as we traveled.  Mom’s memorial service went well and we believe God was honored as the message of salvation in Christ was clearly presented. It was also nice to see family again.

We were able to visit several churches before we had to head home.  If we missed  your church this trip, maybe next time?  We just didn’t have enough time to see everyone.  Most of the churches we visited are already supporting churches, but have taken on a new pastor.  We wanted to become acquainted with these new leaders that we’ve been praying for.  We are also thankful for a new church that has voted to take us on for a monthly support.

As many of you know, we did have engine problems as we traveled.  It was an unexpected expense but we are thankful that we were able to solve the problems before we headed back across country.  Thank you to those of you who helped us get that taken care of.
We found a good bit of interest in the Alaskan radio project and are praying about a group of men that are interested in helping out next summer in getting the building up.  Please continue to pray with us to have the experienced workers, as well as the needed finances for the materials.  One couple helped us with the blueprints and materials list that we think is going to be quite beneficial.  They told us that they had always dreamed of helping a mission building project and never thought that God would let them do just that while sitting in their own home.  Amazing how God can use what He has given to us when we have the desire to be used.

It didn’t take long before we were once again busy.  We got home Sat. night, and by Mon. morning we were asked to make 2 hospital visits.  Less than two weeks passed and we had 2 groups of visitors that we prepared meals for and then a funeral to attend.  Thank you for helping financially so that we can be available to minister to these people no matter what day or time.

This is the time of the year for graduations and our family has 2 high school graduations (Caleb Holton and Emily Carmichael) and 1 Bible School graduation (Nathan Carmichael) this month. In August, our grand-daughter, Hannah Holton will become Mrs. Jonathan Chick.  It’s exciting to see the next generation moving on and praying that God will be honored in their lives and homes.

We are very aware of how blessed we are by you folks as you give and pray on our behalf. 

You are most appreciated, thank you.

Please let us know if you are getting a duplicate letter on your e-mail address so we can correct it.

In Christ,
Sam and Janet Grammer

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