March 2017 Steve DeFord

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Col. 1:16-17

Thank you for your continued prayer and support of the ministry among the native Americans. Forty years ago Mom and Dad packed up us boys and headed west to begin ministering among the Navajo. God has proven Himself faithful day after day.

During the past several weeks He has again blessed here at Hualapai Baptist Church. In February Evangelist Andy Gleiser and his family were with us for a week of special meetings. Brother Andy has been here a few times now. And we were again blessed by his ministry in the Word and in song. The highlight of the week was when one young man accepted Christ as his Saviour. Several gave testimony of how God used the messages in their lives and how they have appreciated watching Brother Andy grow in the ministry.

Please pray for another man who received Christ a couple of weeks ago. He has struggled with a number of issues during his life. We are hopeful he will be admitted to the Reformers Unanimous House in Rockford, Ill. He has a great desire to know God’s deliverance from addiction and oppression. We have many obstacles to overcome, but know God is able to bring him true deliverance.

A quick trip to the east coast gave me an opportunity to see our son, Josh, and to stop through Indianapolis and report to one of our supporting churches.

We are reminded that Christ created all things and He is in control of all things. This knowledge gives us the faith and courage to continue on for as many years as our precious Lord chooses to give us. And we look forward to taking that journey with your faithful prayers and support.

For God’s Glory,
Steve De Ford

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Steve De Ford July 2016

Lamentations 3:24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

Greetings from sunny Arizona!

We finished an unusually dry July with some much needed rain. But the late rain was just one of the many blessings we received from the Lord this past month.

Early in the month several of our juniors attended camp in the cool pines of northern Arizona. One of our youngsters received a scholarship from our church in order to be able to attend. Another one of our youngsters surrendered her life to Christ this year! All of them had a great week at the Bill Rice Ranch West Branch.

Later in the month we held VBS studying the life of Joseph. We averaged 49 youngsters each night; and best of all two young men were saved! Our church folk did a great job again this year running every aspect of Vacation Bible School.

As July 31st was the fifth Sunday of the month our youth group took on most of the responsibilities of our morning worship service. They made announcements, took up the offering, covered the nursery and Sunday School classes, as well as sang a special during the service. Then our youth leader, Cleve, preached the morning message.

Thank you for your continued prayer and support of our family and this ministry. It is truly our pleasure to serve our Lord and represent you here on the Hualapai Reservation!

For God’s Glory,
the Steve De Ford family

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The Steve De Ford family Nov 2015

Psalm 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

Dear Indian Missions Supporters,

December already! Winter is nearly here. With it comes all the festivities of Christmas and the New Year. But before we close out a year that has already moved too quickly, we would like to fill you in on the details of the last couple of months.

The first three days of October many of the missionaries of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission met for our annual Mission Retreat. This year Brother Marshal Yazzie, Steve’s parents, and the dear folks at the Baptist Indian Chapel on the Gila River Reservation hosted the event. Pastor Paul Hiscock was our key note speaker. All in attendance were encouraged by the various Sermon-n-Song messages that Pastor Paul presented. We were also knit in heart with the Don Stephens family as we learned their son and our dear friend, Todd, was hospitalized. Our Lord eventually graduated Todd home to heaven. Our prayers remain with the Stephens family.

Toward the end of the month the Hualapai Baptist Church had our Mission’s Conference. Ministries among the Chinese, off the coast of the mainland, and among the Jews of New York City were presented. While Pastor Ed Hannahs of Iowa challenged our church with faith promise giving.

We were counting our blessings in November as Sherry and Josh were able to travel to California twice to visit our son, Micah. The first trip was with our high school Juniors and Seniors for college days. Then the family went back to visit for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The church celebrated another Harvest Dinner and hosted one of its most beloved missionaries to Natives, Sam Grammar, for our monthly “Super Sunday”. We have seen several guests in our services lately. And now eagerly await the coming Christmas activities.

The family also eagerly awaits “the boys” return for an all-too-brief visit.

Thank you for all your prayers, and may you count all your blessings too, at this wonderful time of year!

For God’s Glory,

The Steve De Ford family

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Prayer Letter Steve and Sherry DeFord May 2015

SPRING 2015

1 Chronicles 16:4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to record, and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel:

Dear Praying Friends,

Praise the Lord for His working among the American Indian people! We are continually blessed and humbled to be called to this work. Thank you for all you do in helping to sustain this ministry through your prayers and financial contributions.

This past month we were encouraged to see the church nearly full Resurrection Sunday morning. We had a sun-rise service and very nice breakfast at 6:00 AM. It was well attended, but then even more came back for the regular Sunday School hour and Morning Worship Service. We didn’t hit a new record this year, however, 85 were in attendance.

Two weeks later our youth leader, his wife, and seven teens went to Youth Conference in Lancaster, CA. Every year we pray for the Lord to use this event in the lives of our young people. This year two of the teens made decisions to be obedient Christians.

On April 25th, our ladies took a trip to Flagstaff for the annual Ladies’ Retreat that the Bill Rice Ranch West Branch hosts. This year Sherry was asked to be the guest speaker. The church van was full and a few of the ladies drove on their own. The theme was “Oh,the Depth of His riches.” Steve drove the van and got to see first hand what a great time the ladies have whenever they get together.

Your prayers for the ministries of the Hualapai Baptist Church and the Independent Baptist Indian Mission are greatly appreciated. And thank you again for your generous support of our family!

For God’s Glory,

The Steve De Ford family

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Steve & Sherry DeFord Jan 2015

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

We want to thank all our ministry friends for partnering with us this past year through your faithful prayers and support. God blessed throughout the year, but the last two months were a special blessing as we were able to join Manny and Micah in Pensacola for Thanksgiving. Micah then traveled home with us and Manny came later for their Christmas vacation. Both are doing well in college and appreciate your prayers for them as they return to school and start in with second semester.

Hualapai Baptist has also had a joyous and busy Holiday season. Our young people enjoyed college days at West Coast Baptist College back in November. While our men continued to make progress on our building get some much needed cement poured.

December was a flurry of activity with all the group Christmas parties. Ninety-five people attended our Christmas program. And for the first time our congregation when caroling around the Peach Springs community.

Our family offers many thanks for all the cards, gifts, and special Christmas wishes we received. May your New Year be filled with our dear Lord’s presence as you yield to His Spirit each day.

For God’s Glory-Steve De Ford

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Steve DeFord’s Fall Update 2014

Dear Friends of Indian Missions,

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
     Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of the ministry.  The last two months have been full of opportunities here at Hualapai Baptist Church.
     Our ladies attended the Lancaster Baptist Church Ladies’ Retreat in September and were encouraged to pray for and seek Godly wisdom. They returned home refreshed and eager to share what they had learned. The following weekend our youth group went to a rally near Phoenix hosted by the West Branch of the Bill Rice Ranch. The key note speaker, Evangelist Chris Miller, followed the teens home and spoke for us the following day at our September Super Sunday. Then our family enjoyed  fellowship with brother Miller and his sons for the next few days in our home.
     We began the month of October with missionary Amie Richard who challenged us all with the enormous need in Thailand.
     One of the responsibilities that comes with being the director of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission is to try to help fill ministries that are without pastors or missionaries.  One such mission came to our attention earlier in the year in remote Northwest New Mexico.  Brother Cleve, my son Josh, and I went to visit the Star Lake Baptist Church October 12. This work has been without a pastor for several months. One of the local Navajo men is trying to hold together the work while a Colorado pastor assists in finding a full time pastor/missionary. Pray with us that the Lord would guide us to His will for this church.  Later that same week, my dad joined Josh and me on a quick trip to Utah for the graduation of Zachary Pike. He is the son of a member missionary who graduated from a Christian trade school. Zachary is looking forward to whatever the Lord may have in his future. If God has Native American missions in his future, we look forward to serving Zachary any way we can.
     A local Kingman pastor was the special guest speaker at our annual Harvest dinner the evening of the 17th of October.  We had a great turn out and  great fellowship around a full table and the Word of God.
     The last full week of the month we were blessed to have Dr. Bill Rice III with us for revival meetings. We had nearly 100 guests during the week. And three of our youth earned a free week of camp! The highlight of the week was a young lady gaining assurance of her Salvation and a man, who has struggled with alcohol for his entire adult life, being saved. Pray for Falcon as he seeks victory in his life.
     Finally, after weeks of attempts, Steve was able to have a Bible study at the Peach Springs jail. Two men came to the study. One gave a good testimony of his salvation years before. The second man was concerned that he could not give such a testimony and received Christ as his Savior. Please keep Skyhawk in prayer.
Thank you again for your partnership with us. We appreciate you all and covet your continued prayers!
For God’s Glory,
Steve De Ford
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