July 2013 Prayer Letter From Steve & Sherry DeFord

Proverbs 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD; and the fruit of the womb is His reward.

 

Greetings in our precious LORD’s name,

 

June was surely a month of BLESSING. Our children Micah and Joshua flew back to Tennessee to the Bill Rice Ranch to work again this summer. This makes Micah’s third summer and Joshua’s second. Although this summer they are on the operational staff, so they will be gone longer. It is a BLESSING to have them call and give reports of how many young people were saved each week. Keep the boys in your prayers. They return home August 3.

 

Melvin, a man Steve has been having Bible Studies with for over a year, began teaching a Sunday School class. We mention it often, but it is so true-God has BLESSED us with some great men. Melvin has grown tremendously over the last several months. Having more men in places of responsibility is essential for the church to ultimately be self sustaining.

 

It was a BLESSING also to see a good number of father’s out for Fathers’ Day. We missed a few who were our of town, but we were encouraged with a couple guests.

 

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Little Cutter made his appearance on the 14th making his daddy, Scott, a father again for the seventh time! Cutter and mother, Laurie both did great! Keep this family in your prayers also-Cutter’s next older brother is 13 so mom and dad feel like they are starting all over again, though they couldn’t be more BLESSED.

 

Sunday, June 30 was “Fifth Sunday” when our church is BLESSED to have the youth group take over the Sunday morning services. Our teen girls taught Sunday School classes and our boys lead in prayer, lead singing, and took up the offering. Our youth leader, Cleve, preached the morning service.

 

Steve was back in the pulpit Sunday night. On our way home from church we learned of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in the Yarnell fire. It wasn’t until the next morning we learned that our pastor friend also with the name Steve De Ford had a son who died in that fire. Our prayers go out to the De Fords in Montana, but even in our grief we are BLESSED to know Dustin is in the presence of God and His holy angels. We will meet again and share all eternity together!

 

For God’s Glory,

 

the Steve De Ford family

 

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June Newsletter Steve DeFord

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

This is the verse Steve’s high school History teacher often referenced when instructing on the importance of Christian education. We have finished another year of our homeschool co-op and our first two students have graduated. Chastity and our son, Immanuel, both graduated Sunday, May 26. Dr. Jerry Goddard of West Coast Baptist College gave our church family a challenge to trust God in every aspect of our lives. Please pray for Chastity as she plans to attend WCBC in the fall. Also keep Manny in your prayers as he has been accepted to Pensacola Christian College. We are pleased to see these young people being trained in God’s Word and not being “spoiled” through the philosophy and deceit of the world. Lord willing, we will have three students finish their homeschooling next spring. Pray our youths’ hearts do not stray over the summer break.

Finishing school was the highlight of May for our students, however, there is other news from the month.
Brother Cleve, our youth leader, took our teens to a youth activity at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Kingman about 45 miles away. After the service, he lead one of our young people to Christ. Please pray for Bryson. His mother has been attending our church for a couple of years and had a growing desire to see her children saved. Bryson has a brother and a sister who still need to come to Christ.
We had a record number of mothers attend our Mother’s Day service. Twenty-two moms received potted flowers from our church. The Mother’s Day crowd helped to boost our May average up from 72 last year to 74 this year! We are thankful for the continued growth we see at Hualapai Baptist Church.
Our church is needing to build a multi-purpose building for fellowships, Sunday School, homeschool co-op, and houseing short-term missionary teams. We’ve outgrown our current kitchen building which is quite old and needs too many repairs. The current plan is to build a metal building with a kitchen, gym, and classrooms. We know we will need to raise funds and get physical help to complete the project. If you or your church has a building team to help with concrete, electrical, plumbing, ect., we would love to hear from you! If you have gone through a similar project and can give us some pointers we would like to hear from you as well. We believe the Lord has the money and the muscle to get this project done. We really hope to see the building completed within the year.
For God’s Glory,
Steve De Ford
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May Newsletter Steve DeFord

Dear Friends,

 

Micah 6:8b What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 

The words of Joseph before Pharaoh “It is not in me.” is our theme for 2013 at Hualapai Baptist Church. Together with the words of Micah we have been challenged to humble ourselves before God every moment of every day. God has been blessing this attitude in His people.

 

April was a great month especially for our youth. Eight of our teens attended the annual youth conference at West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, CA. This conference is a highlight for them each year. The preaching was powerful and the breakout sessions were a great help to Steve and our Youth Leader who accompanied the teens to California. Please remember to pray for our youth. We are thankful that our two homeschool Seniors have been accepted to Christian college for the fall. Chastity will be attending West Coast, and our son, Manny, has been accepted to Pensacola Christian College.

 

Our ladies attended a one-day ladies retreat in Flagstaff, AZ. They came back with testimonies of how God used the services in their personal lives. We do not take for granted the resources we have in Bible colleges and camps. These ministries are a huge help in the church planting ministry to which the LORD has called us.

 

Our sending church in Indianapolis flew Sherry in to speak at their annual Ladies’ Conference. The theme was “Bringing every thought into captivity”. While in Indianapolis Sherry was also able to see her parents who drove over from Ohio. Before coming home, she was excited to go to North Carolina and visit with our daughter, Jackie, and her family including our little grandson, Nathan! It was a great trip for her, but Steve and the kids were very eager for her to get back home.

 

Our youngest son, Joshua, turned 16 on the fifteenth. Mom and Dad are trying to adjust to our “baby” driving. We are most blessed to have the family and ministry God has given. We truly are thankful for His goodness and humbled before our great God.

 

Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God! Thank you for your prayers and support.

 

For God’s Glory,

The Steve De Ford family

 

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Steve & Sherry’s March Report

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.

 

Your prayers were especially appreciated this past month. In addition to our regular church and homeschool co-op activities, we had a number special events.

 

Melvin, one of our young adults, taught his first adult Sunday School class the first Sunday of the month. It is always an encouragement to see more of our men taking on new challenges and trusting God to use them in His service.

 

Later in the month 13 of our men attended our annual Men’s Conference this year. Two of our sons also helped in the kitchen for this event. The day after we returned home Hualapai Baptist Church began our spring revival with Evangelist Chris Miller. Much prayer had gone into this revival and we are thankful for four souls that were saved. The alter was full every night. Since the meetings ended we have seen new faces in church regularly!

 

The ladies were blessed with an attendance of 18 in their monthly Ladies’ Meeting. Their attendance has increased so much they may need to start meeting in a different location.

 

We are celebrating Easter with a Sunrise Service and fellowship breakfast. Then, in our Sunday School hour, another one of our men, Raynard, will be teaching his first adult class. Because Resurrection Sunday falls on the fifth Sunday of the month, our youth group has the main responsibility for the service. Our youth leader will be preaching the morning service. And our youth will be leading singing, giving announcements, taking up the offering, and providing special music.

 

Our family continues to be a blessing to us. Our daughter, Jackie, and our son-in-law, Jon, are in North Carolina serving in their church. They continue to seek God’s will for their future ministry. Little Nathan is getting so big. Grandma Sherry is really excited because she gets to visit next month!

 

Drew is still in Atlanta. We appreciate your ongoing prayers for him. We desire to know that all our children are serving the Lord.

 

Molly will be finishing up home school next school year with our son, Micah. She continues to be a huge help to Sherry doing chores around the house.

 

Manny is on track to finish school in April. We are planning a graduation in May. We have included a recent photo of him. He has been accepted to Pensacola Christian College for the fall semester.

 

Micah and Josh are both looking forward finishing another school year and serving at the Bill Rice Ranch again this summer.

 

Thank you again for your continued prayer and support of this ministry. We are grateful for each and every one of you.

 

For God’s Glory,

Steven R. De Ford

Manny DeFord

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