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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Grammer’s Feb 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
We are sending this letter a couple of weeks late for a reason.  In mid-March, we will be driving back to the east coast for Sam’s mother’s memorial service. We also plan to visit a few of our supporting churches before returning to Arizona.  Since we will be on the road for a few weeks, the next letter that we send out will probably not be until the month of May.  We are hoping that the storms that have been hard on the east coast will have settled down and winter weather will not be a problem for the roads that we will be using.
Please do pray for us as we travel:
 
1-for safety
2-for good meetings
3- for Sam as he speaks at his mother’s service.
 
We were excited during the month of February to hear of an increase to our family!  On Feb 8, our 16th grandchild was born, Peter Charles Grammer (Parents-Sam and Amber).  Then 10 days later, on Feb 18, our second great-grandchild was born, Oliver Leonard Holton (Parents-Levi and Chelsea Holton/grandparents- our  daughter Faith& Andrew Holton).
We were also informed of a marriage being planned in August of one of our grand-daughters, but we’ll give her some time to share her own news before we give her name.  (I suspect that she has already done this, as she seems pretty excited about it.)
 
The past few weeks, we have found ourselves keeping quite busy.  We’ve had several visitors at the house.  While we were in Page, we were gone from our home so much that we had few visitors, but I think the news has gotten out that the Grammers are home again.
 
Sam has kept busy studying.  There have been many opportunities to preach and teach God’s Word, as well as help church leaders with counsel and encouragement.  The next couple of weeks, we will be helping a church that is presently without a pastor.  There seem to be more pulpits in need of pastors than men willing to fill them; men with serving hearts.  Pray with us that the Lord “will send more laborers into the harvest.” (Matt 9:37-38)
Plans are also being made for a trip to Alaska again this summer to make more progress on the building for the radio station.
 
Thank you for your prayers and Christmas gifts sent last month, along with your regular financial support.
 
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer
 
P.S.- I’ve noticed that our e-mail provider has changed their format and our emails are being designated as “Century Link”.  I  have included our name in the subject line so that hopefully we won’t have our monthly up-dates deleted because you don’t recognize the sender.  I’ll try to do this regularly so that we can keep in touch with you without having to change providers, since our prayer cards are printed with this address – and to avoid having you make changes when you want to send messages to us.

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Sam & Janet Grammer Jan 2015

Jan 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,

A few months ago, Sam’s Mom  had to be moved from her home on a Maryland farm, into a nursing home.  She never really enjoyed this move and seemed to struggle with colds and various viruses that she was now exposed to.  On Jan. 10, she finished this earthly life and entered Heaven. She was 95.  Since she had accepted Christ’s gift of salvation, we can only rejoice with her.  The family is planning a memorial service after the weather warms up, so we won’t be traveling back during the winter months.
During the holidays, we receive many letters from friends that we only hear from once a year.  I’m sure you have found that true also.  We enjoy hearing from you and knowing how God has been working in your lives over the past year.  We have also had some share with us that they pray for us often; sometimes weekly and sometimes even daily.  What an encouragement that is to us.

We can’t always share the things we deal with.  We often are asked for help as people experience marital and family problems, health problems, legal problems, financial problems…  These are personal for others and we don’t feel free to share them. Yet they are also a challenge to us.  We are not doctors, lawyers, or economists- but want to give Biblical counsel in dealing with life’s situations.   We need your prayers that we give Godly wisdom and not personal opinion.  We also need prayer that we don’t become overwhelmed by other’s burdens but recognize that God is the One they need for their strength.  This may be what your own pastor is going through and he surely needs your prayers also.

Also, this month, we were encouraged as we listened to a young Navajo man give a presentation of his ministry among college students in the Ukraine.  This man’s family attended the church while we were in Tuba City, so we knew him when he was a child.  We look back and remember his mother accepting Christ and his father returning to the Lord.  What a difference is made in a home when God is put first!  His father is now preaching in a Reservation church that is without a full-time pastor.
It is very difficult for the Navajo people to leave the security of the Reservation, or to send their children to another country to serve for even short periods.  Chuck has married a Ukrainian woman and they have made a long-term commitment to serve in her homeland.  It warms our hearts to see this young couple starting their ministry, as well as two other young men, Jeremiah and Tim, who are on a short term mission trip to teens in Florida.  It is rewarding to know that we had a part by ministering to their families when they were just children.  We need the next generation to step up and be willing to serve our wonderful Saviour.

Thank you for your prayers and Christmas gifts sent last month, along with your regular financial support.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer’s Christmas Letter 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,
We had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving time this year.  First, we were able to be with the Cedar Ridge Baptist Church for their Thanksgiving meal where Sam was asked to speak.
Janet played the piano for the special day.  At present, they have a piano but no pianist.  One of their young girls is taking lessons from Janet and we are praying that she can progress enough to play for the congregational singing.  She is now committed to playing a special number for them at least once a month.  Toahonnie is the granddaughter of the pastor, Paul Chief, who is also one of Sam’s former Bible School students.   It is a blessing to see the Lord using us over the years.
We were also able to travel to North Carolina to spend Thanksgiving week with 3 of our daughters and their families.  Our family lives so far away that we look forward to this annual time together and thankful that God provided once again so that we could be there.  We were also able to visit one of our supporting churches in NC, Five Forks Baptist Church.
Please continue to pray with us for Navajo Fellowship Baptist as they look for a full-time pastor and for a home for his family in Page.  We see one of these families every other week as they bring 2 of their children to Flagstaff (2 hrs travel each way) to continue their piano lessons.  Once again, the church has a piano but is in need of someone to play for the congregational singing.  Both Keanu and his sister, Aaliyah are doing well, playing at least once a month for a special number and hopefully will be able to meet this need.
Janet also has 2 piano students traveling every other week from Tuba City (1 ½ hr travel each way) and they are also playing a special in church once a month.  Please pray for these piano students to be able to serve the Lord with their music.
While in the grocery store a few weeks ago, we met a young man and his girlfriend, Marvin and Destiny.  Marvin was just a young toddler when we first met him and now he is talking of marriage and asked about pre-marital counseling.  We told him this would be great, but suggested that he first go to his pastor and make sure that the pastor would be in agreement with this arrangement.  We do not want our pastors to feel that they are being replaced, but rather want to help them in anyway that we can.
We are now quickly approaching the Christmas season.  Are you thrilled over the fact that our Creator became a man, fully understanding the suffering He would endure, just so that our sin would be paid for and we could once again be friends with God?  This is a good time of the year for us to reach out to our family and friends with this wonderful message.  How are you taking advantage of this season to share the Gospel message?
Thank you for your prayers and financial gifts this past month.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

P.S.- I’ve noticed that our e-mail provider has changed their format and our emails are being designated as “Century Link”.  I  have included our name in the subject line so that hopefully we won’t have our monthly up-dates deleted because you don’t recognize the sender.  I’ll try to do this regularly so that we can keep in touch with you without having to change providers, since our prayer cards are printed with this address – and to avoid having you make changes when you want to send messages to us.

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Grammer’s Fall Update 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,

We plan to be enjoying our annual family get together for Thanksgiving at the end of November, so we’ve decided to send October’s news out a bit late and include the month of November.

Our last day as Pastor at Navajo Fellowship Baptist Church in Page was very encouraging.  We were able to baptize a young mother that Sam lead to Christ a year ago.  She and her husband joined the church that same day.  We’ve watched them both grow and actively witnessing to others and bringing them to church with them.

We were also encouraged to have one of Janet’s piano students play the offertory  from the Hymnal.  He’s not quite ready for congregational singing, but playing from the Hymn book is more difficult than the easy arrangements that he was been playing so this was quite an accomplishment.  There is truly a need for pianists among our Indian churches and we are excited to see some of her students being used to minister in this way.

Please continue to pray with us for Navajo Fellowship Baptist as they look for a full-time pastor that can live right there in Page.  We want them to find the very man that God would have take that position.  So many of you in our supporting churches are also looking for pastors, so we have quite a list of churches that are included in this request as we pray.

Fall is also the season that we have our annual Fall Hunt Camp.  There were 5 hunters this year, which included a son-in-law and grandson, Nate & Nathan Carmichael.  In the past, we have had a camp with 3 generations in one family and this year the “generations” were our own!  This year’s camp-fire Bible Study was in the book of I Thessalonians.  We are thankful for a good time, safety in traveling and the hunt, as well as the 3 elk and bear that were taken.  It’s great to have so much fun while serving the Lord.

Thank you to each of you that helped us these past 2 months with financial gifts and especially with your prayers. You are appreciated.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Update from Grammer’s July 2014

June & July 2014
Dear Friends in Christ,

Did you notice that we are writing for 2 months this time? The schedule will have us traveling most of July and August and away from our desk. Please pray with us for safe travels.

As we write this, our young people are on the road to Jr. Camp in eastern AZ at Grand View Camp. This camp is run a by family that once served with our mission among the Navajo people until they left to start this camp. The kids have been going here for a few years now and we’ve been very pleased with their ministry. The responses of our campers have been great-both in the fun they have, and in the spiritual decisions that are made. One of our own Bible School men (Tyler) is using his summer to serve there as a counselor and trusting the Lord to meet his financial needs for this coming year’s school bill.

July 14-18 is scheduled for our VBS this year. Our theme is International Spy Academy as we teach the “agents in training” to be able to identify counterfeits to the One True God.

The day that we start our VBS is also the day that our other Bible School student (Daniel) leaves for a 2 week mission trip in the Philippines with a group from his Bible School, International Baptist College in Chandler, AZ.

After our VBS program, we will be leaving on a trip to visit 4 different churches; 2 are presently supporting churches and 2 are new churches to us. We will then be ending the trip with a visit with the missionaries under our board, Independent Baptist Indian Missions, for our annual Mission Conference. This year we are scheduled to be in Iowa.

A week after returning to AZ, Sam and some men will be taking a week to travel to Alaska to do some more work for the Radio Station in Thorne Bay. Each summer we see a little more progress on the property so that we have a building to house the ministry.

As you can see- a busy summer is planned for us. Please be praying with us for each opportunity that the Lord has provided for us to serve Him. We realize how important you are in our ministry and thank you.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

P.S.- I’ve noticed that our e-mail provider has changed their format and our emails are being designated as “Century Link”. I have included our name in the subject line so that hopefully we won’t have our monthly up-dates deleted because you don’t recognize the sender. I’ll try to do this regularly so that we can keep in touch with you without having to change providers, since our prayer cards are printed with this address – and to avoid having you make changes when you want to send messages to us. Let’s hope this works.

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May 2014 Letter from Sam & Janet Grammer

Dear Friends in Christ,

May is the month when we set aside a day for us to recognized our mothers. We had some visitors on this special day this year and one young lady, visiting with her mother, responded to the invitation for salvation while her mother responded to get some things right with God. Later in the day, one of our Dads was able to lead his son to Christ at home. This little guy (first grader) had been showing some real interest and asking questions in his class and when he went to his father with his questions, he accepted God’s gift of salvation. What a privilege to see the Holy Spirit work in hearts and be present at the birth of a new brother or sister in Christ! And what a great way to celebrate motherhood and birth.

This is also the month for graduations. We were asked to speak at a family celebration honoring 2 high school grads. While challenging them to make their lives count for Christ, several of the other people present responded to surrender to God’s control and leading in their lives. We’ve known many of these folks for years and have even taught their parents. These young people need to be bring glory to God with their lives as they prepare to take the leadership roles in their communities, homes and even in their local church.

Our home schooling families are also completing this year’s requirements. We’ve taken a field trip with them to the inside of the Glen Canyon Dam right there in Page, and now planning to take them on a trip to the Grand Canyon. This visit won’t be quite as local as the dam which only required a couple minutes of travel, but is still only about 1½ hrs. away. Should be a fun time – as well as instructive.

Thanks for praying for these families as they have had to make adjustments and sacrifices to accomplish this year’s work, as well as helping their older brothers with their school bills as they attended International Baptist College in Phoenix (and were even room-mates). We’ve been very pleased to watch both young men grow in their love for God and willing to serve Him. Thank you for praying with us for both of them, as well as for their families. Tyler is leaving this week to spend the summer as a counselor at a Bible camp in eastern Arizona and then in Canada as the camp staff relocates for 2 more weeks of camp there.

Daniel is going to be looking for a local job to help pay off his school debt so he can return in the fall. However, he will be taking a couple of weeks off work to join a mission team of 7 members from the College and Church in Phoenix, headed for the Philippines to do some village evangelism. Please pray for his financial needs, both for the trip and for Bible College.

We are also gearing up for our VBS program, as many of you are also doing. Please pray that we have the workers needed and that God will work in the hearts of workers and children alike. It is not unusual to see God work in families through these VBS programs as parents see the lives of their children change when they accept Christ.

Prayer is so very important in our ministry. Thank you to each of you for praying with us over the years. We also appreciate the financial support that helps us meet our obligations in this world. Thank you.

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer
PS. I’ve noticed that our e-mail provider has changed their format and our emails are being designated as “Century Link”. I have included our name in the subject line so that hopefully we won’t have our monthly up-dates deleted because you don’t recognize the sender. I’ll try to do this regularly so that we can keep in touch with you without having to change providers since our prayer cards are printed with this address – and to avoid having you make changes when you want to send messages to us. Let’s hope this

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April 2014 Update from Sam & Janet Grammer

April 2014
Dear Friends in Christ,

We’ve been hearing about the harsh winter and snow along the east coast, while we had a very dry winter.  I think you took our snow.  Living in a desert, we rely on the winter snows for much of our water supply.  With no snow during the first few months of the year, we weren’t overly dismayed with a snow in late April!  The forests are often closed in the spring because of fire danger, but this year, they have closed early.

Each Easter, we have a dinner at the church.  This year, following the meal, we had a Seder, or Jewish Passover demonstration.  This was presented by a missionary couple that minister to Jewish people, Ron & Pat Draper.  What a good reminder of Jesus, the Messiah, our Saviour.

Please remember our students as the school year will soon be over; only 3 more weeks.  Pray for the home schooling families as they try to finish off all their requirements for the year.  And don’t forget our Bible School students,  Daniel and Tyler, as they have papers due and final exams ahead.

When we pray for our Bible School students, we pray for the 2 young man from our church in Page, 2 of our grandsons, 1 grand daughter and several others that we know from our mission family and friends.  It is encouraging to us to see the next generation training and preparing to serve God.  But we are fully aware that this is not pleasing to the enemy and he’d like to stop them or distract them.  So we keep them in our prayers.

Also pray for the summer ministries that our young people will be involved in; camps and mission trips…  more opportunities to prepare and serve at the same time.  We are praying that souls will be won to Christ this summer as the marvelous message of salvation in Christ is proclaimed.

Many of you have been behind us with prayers and financial support for years.  We truly appreciate your faithfulness and recognize your partnership in our ministry.  Thank you.

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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March 2014 Letter from Sam & Janet Grammer

March 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

This past winter has been a very dry one for us. I think the winds have blown it all eastward as we are hearing of extra snowfalls along the east coast. This brings us into a dry spring with wildfire dangers running high. How thankful we are that God is in control of even the weather and we can trust Him for our safety.

 

For some time now, we have been dealing with a leaking roof at both the front and the back entrances of the church. These leaks have been serious enough to start to destroy the inside walls in the entrance ways. We’ve tried patching and re-sealing, but what was needed was to just replace the roofs over the entry ways. This month, the men took a few days and began the task. We now have new roofing over the back entry, which was the more severe. The sheet rock inside was also replaced but still needs the trim and painting to be completely finished. They had hoped to get them both done during the few days that were available, but found it more of a challenge than first thought. The front entrance still needs to be re-done, and then we will be ready for the annual rainy season in the desert. We are so thankful for men who knew what to do to repair this problem and were willing to take so much of their personal time to do it.

 

Thank you to those of you who have been praying with us for Keanu (pronounced “Key-ah-new“), who broke his wrist last month. He appears to be healing well and now has his cast off, wearing only a brace. It will still be a few more weeks before we’ll try to return to his piano lessons though.

 

This month, Keanu’s sister, Aaliyah (pronounced-“Ah-Leah“) broke her toe, so is now walking in a special boot. Keanu and his sister are home schooling for the first time this year. Both of our home-schooling families, the Hendersons and the Winlocks, each have an older son attending Bible College. It is so encouraging to see parents that are doing all they can to help their children grow in their knowledge of our Lord and use their lives to bring God glory. It is not easy and Satan is still the enemy of God’s children, especially when they want to serve Him. Please pray with us for these homes. Those of you that are involved in training your children at home, are very aware of the challenges and know more specifically how to be praying for them.

 

 

In Christ,

 

Sam & Janet Grammer

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February 2014 Update from Grammer’s

February 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

This month has been a busy month, but nothing exciting to write about. We’ve been staying busy with studying and preparation and ministering God’s Word. Please pray for us to be doing exactly what God plans and purposes for our lives.

 

We did have an answer to prayer during February, as one of our young boys (10 yrs old) hurt himself while riding a scooter. He broke two bones by his wrist and dislocated the wrist. The concern was the “growth plate” in his wrist, but right now it looks like all is going to heal up well. Please continue to pray with us for Keanu for complete healing in this wrist. (Keanu is also one of Janet’s piano students, so obviously we are taking a break in our lessons for a few weeks.)

 

Over a year ago, one of our ladies asked that Janet visit her sister-in-law in the hospital. As the Gospel message was shared, Sally became a sister in Christ! This past month, Sally went Home to the Lord and we were able to take part in her funeral. One of our former Bible School students that now pastors in the community that Sally lived, preached the funeral service and the entire family heard the message of salvation. During the graveside service, Sam again gave the salvation message and 3 responded that they wanted this gift from God! Sally’s family are not Christians but follow native beliefs, so this was a blessing that they agreed to a Christian funeral service. It is always a good reminder to us that death is awaiting each of us and we need to be diligently serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel message. We are so glad that Sally is now with the Lord and pray that her family might still be thinking about the truths that they heard and come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

In Christ,

 

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam & Janet Grammer’s December Letter

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you to each of you that has prayed for us and helped us financially during the year 2013.  God has been good to us.  We are enclosing a picture of our cast for this year’s Christmas play,  “THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS”.  We had several more that were involved behind the scenes with costumes,  props, prompting, publicity, refreshments … and of course the parents that made sure the kids were present for practices.   What a great opportunity to remind each of the kids what Christmas is really all about.

We trust you are using the season as a witnessing tool as you send out cards and gifts and greet your neighbors.  It’s more than a season of joy.  It is also a time to tell them of salvation-that wonderful gift from God who loves us more than we can ever comprehend.

As we prepare this letter for you, we are also preparing for a trip next week to visit our son Sam and his family in Alaska.  We were able to see several of the girls and their families during Thanksgiving and looking forward to see more of the family.  Please pray for us for safety and to enjoy our time away.

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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