Grammer’s November 2013 Letter

November 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,

This month tends to turn our thoughts to all our blessings and to give thanks.   Sometimes we are so busy looking at the problems in life and forget to see God’s hand of blessing.  We’d like to share some of those blessings that God has reminded us of.

It’s a bit earlier than normal for our monthly up-date letter-but that’s because we plan to be traveling when we would normally be sending this letter out.  It is the time of the year when we enjoy getting together with  our family and to celebrate the holidays.  For most of our children and grand-children, this is the only time of the year that we are able to be together, so this is a real treat for us.

Not only are we thankful for our physical family, but we are thankful for our church family.  To avoid embarrassment and to keep confidentiality, we can’t share specifics, but we are thankful for the way God has worked in lives and homes during this past year.  We have seen homes restored and relationships healed.  We have also seen spiritual growth in individual lives, as well as several trust Christ as Savior and then make public profession of faith in baptism.

Just this past week, a lady received God’s gift of salvation and told us that one of us had visited in her home during our “visitation” time.  She decided that she needed to come to our church after years of not attending church anywhere.  She attended a Wed. prayer meeting and then a morning worship service, where she yielded to Christ and became a believer.  What a blessing and encouragement.  We don’t always get a friendly reception when knocking on doors, but it is worth the effort to see a soul come to Christ!

Last year, one of our young men decided to go to Bible College for a year and this year chose to return and continue until graduation!  This is definitely an answered prayer.  A second young man had already been in Bible College but had decided to quit.  This summer, while working at a Christian camp, he realized the need for his people to hear the Word of God and is now back in school with the goal of being a pastor.  Another answered prayer and encouragement to us all as we watch him growing in his love for God.

This fall, two of our families withdrew their children from the public education system so that they could educate their own children with Christian curriculum.  This has meant sacrifice for each family and they have had their moments of challenge, but both parents and the 4 students are glad that this is the course they have chosen.

One of these moms is also the head librarian here in Page.  Recently Debbie received a state award for the after-school programs she has helped start in Page.  She traveled to Phoenix to receive the award at a ceremony that was attended by many state leaders and officials.  In her speech of acceptance, she praised God for any accomplishments in her life.  She was the only one to mention God and after returning to her seat, another lady, who has an important position in the state, leaned over and told her “thank you”.  She is also a believer and glad to know that she wasn’t alone in her faith and excited to hear God being praised publicly.

Pray for us through the coming month of December.  It is always a busy time with the extra activities of the holidays.  It also has great opportunities to share the Gospel message.  May our Christmas program, our caroling, our visiting, gifts and cards and even our Christmas decorations, all remind others that God came in the form of a human baby, so He could die for us on the cross to pay our sin penalty.  Now we can live with Him forever, free from sin.  There is no greater gift and Christmas is a wonderful time to tell others that they too can have this great joy!

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Grammer’s October 2013 Letter

October 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

The first hunt of this fall provided us with a spike bull elk, so our freezer is full. Thank you for praying with us. Please continue to pray as there is another hunt coming up and hopefully we will have even more meat so we can share with some families that could use it. God truly does provide for our needs-plus!

 

Our home-school families are staying up with their studies, in spite of some sickness and travel. If you have taken on this responsibility, you understand the challenges that they are facing. Sometimes, it’s Mom that struggles and sometimes the students; but they are convinced that this is what God wants them to do and are determined to not quit. We are praying with them for God to be glorified through it all. Please join us.

 

Another answer to prayer is some definite improvement in Janet’s leg. We’re a bit more careful now to stop, stretch and walk a bit as we travel. We knew we should be doing this, but now are reminded to be more faithful at it. Do pray for our health as we age. We would like to continue to serve until the Lord takes us Home.

 

This past month, Sam had the privilege of preaching the funeral service for Paul Johnson. Paul was a Navajo pastor for many years and spoke and preached in Navajo, though he also spoke English fluently. Paul had also worked for the coal mine and suffered from black lung disease, so when pneumonia and age became a problem, his body was unable to fight any longer. Yet Paul left behind a legacy of faithfulness and solid Biblical preaching. He had “fought the good fight and finished the course and kept the faith.” (II Tim.4:7) At the end of the service, there were at least 4 who responded to accept Christ as Savior. Paul would be glad to know that.

 

Also, this past month, one of our prayer supporters went Home to Glory. Addie has faithfully prayed for us for years and will be missed. She used to keep each of our letters so that she wouldn’t forget any of our requests in her daily prayers. We do appreciate each of you that pray with us each month. “Thank you” to those who are praying for us.

 

This week-end, Janet and some of our Navajo ladies are going to be at a Ladies’ Retreat and looking forward to a good time together with other women, teaching and encouraging them to be women of God. Please pray for safe traveling for all.

 

Also, this coming month, we have tickets to fly back to NC for a few days to spend Thanksgiving Day with our children and grandchildren. This is about the only time of the year that we get to spend time with our family and are thankful for God providing so we can join them. Pray for our travel and that we will encourage each other to be faithful serving our Lord.

 

 

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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August 2013 Letter from the Grammer’s

August 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

August is always a good month for the Grammer family. Each year we celebrate our anniversary and also Janet’s birthday. This year we celebrated 45 years of marriage. Janet’s birthday? Well-let’s just say it’s one more year than she was last year. 😉

 

We had 2 men that joined Sam for a trip to Alaska this month to do some more preparation for the Christian radio station that we want to see started in Thorne Bay. We were praying that all the materials would arrive on time and in good shape, and also that the weather would cooperate so that the foundation blocks could be completed. God heard our prayers and the job went smoothly and quickly-even giving enough time for the men to fish for some salmon to bring back home. Another step closer to seeing the radio station up and going.

 

At the moment, Sam is traveling back home to Arizona, catching the ferry from Ketchikan to Washington and then driving. The route takes him through Idaho where all the fires have been burning, so please pray for his safety on the roads throughout this coming week. Thanks.

 

Last week, a new area of ministry began in Page. Two of our families have chosen to withdraw their children from the public school system and educate them at home. In reality, they are educating together in one of the classrooms in the church. This way they will be supporting and encouraging each other and the students will have the sense of a classroom setting and hopefully commit themselves to the task before them. Please pray with us for these 3 students: Keanu (“key-ah-new”), Aaliyah (“ah-lee-ah”) and Alana, as well as their moms.

 

Both of these families also have an older son that are both now students at International Baptist College down in Chandler, AZ (Phoenix area). Daniel is a returning student and Tyler is a transfer student from BJU. We’ve been excited to see God working in both their lives and know that this is not an easy step for either of them. Please pray also for them in their studies and for the needed finances.

 

Thank you for your prayers and gifts that allow us to minister in the Southwest USA.

 

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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July 2013 Newsletter from Grammer’s

July 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,

Vacation Bible School at Navajo Fellowship Baptist Church for 2013 is now history.  Our theme for this year was “Kingdom Chronicles”, focusing on the spiritual warfare and putting on the Armor of God.  Our first night we had 22 students, but the rest of the week stayed pretty consistent between 37-39 in attendance.

Most of our workers worked at a job all day and then joined us for another 3-4 hours each night.  By Friday, we had a tired crew, but rather than complaints, we were hearing praising.  Yes-we had a good time together, but we also had 4 youths make professions of faith in Christ.  Now that was exciting!  This coming Sunday, we are planning on at least one baptism as the young man wants to make a public declaration of his salvation.

The morning after VBS, we got a phone call, asking Sam for help at a Camp Meeting (Bible Conference) on the Reservation, where the scheduled speaker was unable to come.  So it was a quick shower and 1 hour drive to arrive for another full day.  Physically tired from a full week, could he keep focused and be understood as he taught God’s Word?
Psalm 71:8 & 18  “Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all     the day.  (16) I will go in the strength of the Lord God:  I will make mention of thy     righteousness, even of thine only.”
What mighty God we serve!  As we accumulate more years, we become more aware of our need for His strength to serve Him and accomplish His work.
II Cor. 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God.”
II Cor 12:10 “…for when I am weak, then am I strong”

The Tuesday, following VBS, we had a visiting musical group from West Coast Baptist College.  We enjoyed the evening with good music, but also we want to encourage our young people to choose Christ-honoring schools for their college education.  Wherever God puts them in His plan, they need to have a good knowledge of His Word.  This month, a missionary with Home to Heaven at the age of 88.  A good reminder that we need to be preparing co-workers and replacements.  We’re not ready to quit!-just challenged to help others prepare that the work might continue.

In August, Sam will be traveling to Alaska, with 3 other men from Arizona, to do some more work in preparing the property in Thorne Bay for the radio station that we’d like to see established in that area.  Please pray for their safety and that much will be accomplished before they have to return home.  It’s the only “rainforest” in the USA, so pray also that they will have a few rainless days as they work.

Again-we thank you for your prayers and gifts that allow us to serve here in the Southwest.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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June 2013 Update from the Grammer’s

June 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

We are diligently preparing for this summer’s VBS program and it’s a pleasure to watch God working to meet each of the needs and workers for each position that needs filling. Our program this year is “Kingdom Chronicles”. It is a study of the battle between the Kingdom of Darkness and the Kingdom of Light and how we need to put on the armor of God and prepare for battle. Many of our people are very aware of this battle in their homes and personal lives and each battle differs as Satan attacks our weaknesses. We pray for them in their trials and our goal is to train them in God’s Word, which is His armor.

 

2 of our families are talking about removing their children from the public education system and starting home-schooling this coming fall. They hope to meet at the church and work together in this endeavor. This is a new challenge for them and they are looking at various curriculum and trying to prepare themselves. Please pray with us for these two families regarding what materials to use, how to schedule their days, how to adjust their budgets to include the added expenses… but especially how to encourage their children to live lives that are God-honoring.

 

We had 4 teen girls go to Christian camp this past week and they all seemed to enjoy themselves and have shared how God has challenged them in their personal lives. We have some jr. campers that are anticipating their turn at a week of camp that is planned the week just prior to our VBS. Pray for their safety and for God to work in their hearts as He sees the needs.

 

The plan is for Sam to have some teeth again this coming week. Pray that they will be a good fit. We are thankful that God has provided a dentist that is willing to take payments to pay for this final step. He has proven Himself so faithful-over and over again.

 

Thank you for your prayers each month, as well as the financial help you send to enable us to continue in this ministry.

 

In Christ,

Sam & Janet

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May Newsletter from Grammer’s

May 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,

Our letter is a week late this month as our “secretary” was out of town.  We had 2 grandchildren graduating from high school; one was home schooled and the second graduated from a Christian school. The Lord provided and Janet was able to fly back and surprise the graduates.  What a wonderful treat for her and what fun!  There were also 2 family birthdays that she was able to celebrate with them.  We don’t get much family time so it is always a special treat when we do.

We are making progress on Sam’s dental troubles.  The surgeries are over and work on the dentures has begun.  We are  hoping he will soon have enough teeth that he can graduate from soups.  We still have to pay for the dentures (around $2,000) but the 9 surgeries have been paid for.  God truly does provide for all our needs.  If you have had a part in meeting these bills, Thank you!!  Thank you also for the prayers.  Only one Sunday service had to be missed because of the dental work.

We are also thankful for recent decisions for salvation.  Just this past week-end, a young woman who has been attending services frequently with her family, prayed for salvation.

During the week, another young woman called and asked about our church.  At first, it seemed she was asking location and times of services, but it soon became apparent that she was trying to compare our doctrine with the doctrine she had been raised in.  After explaining how to receive God’s gift of salvation, she asked, “Can I do that right now?”  What a thrill! Her name is “Carol” and she asked us to pray for her and ask others to pray for her.  She is in a Mormon polygamist colony and being pressured to marry as she just turned 18.  She will definitely be facing opposition to her conversion. With no transport-ation, no job skills and no place to live, it will be difficult for her to break away and in need of prayer.

School is out and the summer has begun with various activities and programs.  Please continue to pray as we travel many miles each week to and from Page, as well as the miles we will be traveling with children going to camp-both for Jr week and Teen week.  The road situation means more miles and the cost of fuel is not getting any better, but God has faithfully been meeting the financial needs.  Thank you for your help in this area.
We are very aware of your part in our ministry and thank you for both your prayers and your gifts.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet

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Grammer’s April Newsletter

 
April 2013
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
 
The calendar says it’s spring!? But it’s a bit questionable. We had 12 degrees one night and then it was in the 60’s and no need for a jacket when walking outside. What fun guessing what to wear each day.
 
Last Sunday we had another baptism. A SS teacher used Easter Sunday to once again explain what it meant to accept Christ’s gift of salvation. At the end of class, she told her students to come talk with her if they had any questions or wanted to be saved. Her own son responded and the following day, in their home, she led her son to Christ! He seems to be quite aware of what happened and wanted to be baptized. What a privilege for any parent-especially one that has brought up his name for prayer for the past couple of years!
 
We have recently had new prayer cards printed and have sent a few to each supporting church. If you didn’t get one, but want one, please send us a note. Also let us know if you need more for your church.
 
Sam has completed his 9th oral surgery and presently has no bottom teeth. The surgeon has told him not to return until he’s had his dentures and then just for a check-up! We are so thankful that he still has good speech with only an occasional lisp for his “sh’s”. He also doesn’t have much swelling or discoloring so is still able to preach and teach.
 
God is good and we’re thankful that He never leaves or forsakes us. God provided a surgeon who gave us a 40% discount-but still the cost to this point was over $4,000. Just over $3,000 was given to help us with this financial need! Thank you to each of you that have helped us. We don’t know just what the dentures will cost but confident that God will continue to keep His promise to supply all our needs. Thank you so much to each of you who have been used by God in supplying. We are looking forward to the end of this “journey”.
 
We are very aware of your part in our ministry and thank you for both your prayers and your gifts.
 
In Christ,
Sam & Janet
  

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April Letter from Sam & Janet

 

The calendar says it’s spring!?  But it’s a bit questionable.  We had 12 degrees one night and then it was in the 60’s and no need for a jacket when walking outside.  What fun guessing what to wear each day.Last Sunday we had another baptism.  A SS teacher used Easter Sunday to once again explain what it meant to accept Christ’s gift of salvation.  At the end of class, she told her students to come talk with her if they had any questions or wanted to be saved.  Her own son responded and  the following day, in their home, she led her son to Christ!  He seems to be quite aware of what happened and wanted to be baptized.  What a privilege for any parent-especially one that has brought up his name for prayer for the past couple of years!We have recently had new prayer cards printed and have sent a few to each supporting church.  If you didn’t get one, but want one, please send us a note.  Also let us know if you need more for your church.

Sam has completed his 9th oral surgery and presently has no bottom teeth.  The surgeon has told him not to return until he’s had his dentures and then just for a check-up!  We are so thankful that he still has good speech with only an occasional  lisp for his “sh’s”.  He also doesn’t have much swelling or discoloring so is still able to preach and teach.

God is good and we’re thankful that He never leaves or forsakes us. God provided a surgeon who gave us a 40% discount-but still the cost to this point was over $4,000.  Just over $3,000 was given to help us with this financial need! Thank you to each of you that have helped us. We don’t know just what the dentures will cost but confident that God will continue to keep His promise to supply all our needs. Thank you so much to each of you who have been used by God in supplying. We are looking forward to the end of this “journey”.

We are very aware of your part in our ministry and thank you for both your prayers and your gifts.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet

 

 

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Grammer’s March Update

March 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,I had planned to write this letter last week but obviously, it didn’t get done.  Today I’m thankful that I haven’t already sent it out so I can include yesterday’s joy!Last Sunday, a young father asked about a dedication service for his daughter who is only a few weeks old.  This week, before the service, he and his wife were in the office to discuss it.  When asked if he knew the Lord as his Saviour, the father quickly admitted that he was born again 8 years ago.  However, the mother stated that she had never accepted Christ as her family was strong in their traditional beliefs.  The Gospel message was explained, a message so simple but so very important.  When asked if she would like to trust Christ, her response was YES!  The husband looked at her in surprise.  She then prayed to become a member of the family of Christ!  Less than 2 months old, this little baby was used by God to lead someone to Christ!

Also that morning, another young lady who was visiting for the Easter service with her sister, accepted Christ as Saviour.  Praise God!  We had prayed that God might see fit to work in hearts and save a soul during the holiday services and He gave us 2 new sisters in Christ!  Please pray with us for Mardisia and Sheila to grow in their knowledge and love for our Lord.

The closure of the main road into Page has affected our attendance.  A couple of ladies who live on the other side of the collapsed road have not been to church and we pray that they are finding another church to fellowship in.  At the same time, there are 2 families and some single ladies who live in Page but had been leaving on Sundays to attend church on the reservation.  Because of the increased travel time, they have started to join us on Sundays.  The young mother that was born again on Sunday is from one of these families and they have stated that they would like to make our church their new home church.  Even “bad” things are used by God to bring about His plan.

The latest report on this road is not  favorable to soon be traveling that shorter route.  They are finding the ground is still “very unstable and that it is a wonder that the entire mountainside didn’t slide into Marble Canyon.”  We are sorry that it occurred but thankful there were no tragedies as a result.

Plans are presently being made to make a trip in August to do the foundation for the building to house the radio station in Thorne Bay.  We have a used pickup and camper that we plan to take to Alaska for transporting building supplies and a place to sleep during the building process.  We will then leave the truck in Craig, AK,  for future construction trips.  However, the cost of taking this to Washington, transporting on the ferry to Ketchikan, then another ferry to Prince of Wales Island, the fuel while in Alaska and then a return flight home from Ketchikan to Phoenix is estimated around $3,000.  If you would like to have a part in meeting this need, it would be appreciated.  Please let us know.

There has been no progress in Sam’s dental trials.  We are on hold as they are giving time for the mouth to heal before moving on.  Thank you to those of you praying for this.  Please continue.
Thank you to each of you for your interest in our ministry and for your financial help and prayers!

In Christ,
Sam & Janet

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