Veldhuis September 2016

Dear Co-laborers in Christ,
Folded but unmailed updates as far back as June together with repeatedly delayed R&R of any sort or building and vehicle repairs bespeak the priority of Cocopah ministries over almost anything else in our lives. Thankfully, untimely correspondence on our part could not jeopardize your faithful enabling any more than it could detract from our gratitude.
Your grace and understanding in accepting these updates or e-mails as personal tokens of gratitude are doubly appreciated as that is how we view your truly sacrificial gifts and prayers!
Bless the Lord and each of you for the insurance coverage and advanced neuro / cardiac tests that easily surpassed new federal requirements and restored my C.D.L. just in time for Neighborhood Bible Time, June 12-17.
PTL for rewarding our N.B.T. evangelists and Heritage and Maranatha Baptist’s help with spiritually hungry natives of all ages despite closed doors at the tribal youth home and chaos in several families! How grateful we are for formally disinterested 13 year old, Jared’s profession of faith, as well as for Lilly, Tyler, and others’ assurance or rededication decisions. New contacts with Octavia’s 3 children and other grade schoolers swelled the ranks of Sunday school and Bro. Rick and Mary Francis Hastrich’s Wednesday King’s Kids club.
Spiritual victories, however, were not without great battles or casualties. Eighteen year olds Adolfo and Lyetha had to be taken home from the Bill Rice West Branch teen camp for misbehaving while 14 year old Tyrus spent the week in detention on drug charges. PRAY Tyrus will truly sell out to the Lord through rehabilitation in Nevada. PRAY Adolfo and Lyetha’s return to church will lead to true conversions for both of them.
All six West Branch junior campers surrendered different areas of their lives to the Lord during their July 5-9, 2016 camp week after earlier professions of faith here. BLESS the Lord for fruit and safety throughout the 300 mile trip there as well the 600 mile one to Apache Creek camp August, 1-5! Eric and Felipe, adult men, and I profited much from “Indian Week” with primarily Navajo preachers.
Pray for these Native evangelists’ time off work and their and our preparations for our annual camp meeting at our church, November 3-5, 2016. PRAY for true conversions or revival of Alex, Alexis, Arturo, Ashley, Bernice, Carlos, Daren, Darnel, Edward, George, Jessica, Laura, Lorie, Lydia S., Millie, Monique, Ricky, Tony, Wanda, and other Alvanez, Alvarez, Hayes, Phillips, Sereno, Soto, and Thomas family members.
PRAY also for remaining preparations for this fall’s most singular event to us: our daughter Lydia’s wedding to Jacob Jones, originally of Brawley, California. The wedding is at 3:00pm, October 15th at Faith Baptist Church here in Yuma. In the interim Lydia is staying with a couple from Jacob’s church in Gilbert, AZ. This allows her to help Jacob in his church’s bus ministry and to start her teaching job there prior to their wedding.
Time and work largely reversed the gains of Lydia’s April eye surgery and made teaching and driving more difficult. PRAY her neurologist and eye surgeon will correctly assess the roll of her cerebral palsy in this and determine the value of further surgery. P.T.L. the dangerous heart catheterization to monitor her Pulmonary Hypertension went well and showed cardio/pulmonary improvement. This was extremely encouraging in view of the termination of her therapy months ago and the difficulty keeping health insurance coverage for her enormously expensive daily meds.
Silas is also away from home, though living in Yuma while finishing his bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University and teaching welding at Arizona Western College. He still plays the piano for church and helps with church projects when his schedule permits. Pray for direction regarding a six month internship in robotic welding design near Chicago after his graduation from N.A.U., December 2016.
The Hastrichs added many of Silas and Lydia’s church responsibilities to their own, but cannot also monitor bus and van pickups. PRAY for Godly helpers from within the church and strength and wisdom for each of us.
Brother Rick and his wife Mary Francis will carry on Cocopah ministries here November 8-15 so Dawn can accompany me to Treasure Valley Baptist Church’s mission conference for the first time since Lydia and Silas were grade schoolers.
Your sacrifices and prayers for each of us and the needs mentioned are a lifeline and conduit of God’s blessings we never take for granted (Romans 15: 30).
BLESSINGS:
• Karen and several family members’ move back to the reservation and return to church.
• King’s Kids’ growth and excitement bringing cousins and friends to meetings.
• Successful repair of fuel pump and computer problems in our most used van and bus.
• Strength, safety, and provisions for summer’s grueling ministries.
• Better control of Dawn’s diabetes, vasculitis, and neck bone spur pain.
PRAYER REQUESTS:
• The mental, physical, and spiritual health of Ashley, Bernice, Edward, Ricky, Tony and abused foster children.
• Tyrus and his mother, Lorie’s detention needs and return to the Lord.
• Comfort for the Evanston, Phillips, and Thomas families over deaths this summer.
• Lasting fruit from our November 3-5, 2016 native camp meeting at our church.
• The Hastrichs’ work here during our November 9-13 mission conference in Boise, Idaho.

Gratefully and Prayerfully Yours,
Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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Veldhuis January 2016 Prayer Update

Dear Family and Friends In Christ,
Increasingly out of control and depraved national and world events point to our Lord’s soon return and stir us more than ever to labor to our fullest in His harvest.
“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain” (James 5:7).
The earth may be filled with the violence of our reservations (Gen. 6:13), but our sovereign God will surely give the increase for faithfully sowing and watering His gospel seed.
Your prayers for ongoing ministries ‘midst reconstruction from last Fall’s breathtaking downburst and subsequent sandstorms were as appreciated and fruitful as your almost unbelievable gifts. BLESS the Lord and each of you for sufficient physical progress on our building, parking, and vehicles to know the great blessing of spiritual fruit through our Nov. 3-6, 2015 Native revival.
Alexis, Daren, Edward, Ezequiel, Ricky, Toni, and Valerie were touched enough by the revival to help with days of fruit picking and endless church ministries. Many other Cocopah and Quechan natives heard the gospel through Christmas and New Year’s services and the personal distribution of fruit bags or gifts and treats to almost every Cocopah home.
To God be the glory for significant spiritual inroads into the lives of Ashley, Karen, Lorie, Lydia S., Tillie, and Tyrus as well as for renewed contacts with Alyetha, Arturo, George, Laura, Sarah, Wanda, and the many others exposed to the Living Water over Christmas.
PRAY for these and the many who recently moved or disappeared into foster care and society at large. Chauncey, Darnell, Gabriel. Joe, Matthew, Ralph, Raul, and both Andrews are professing Christians we can rarely contact. James is growing in prison as are Shirley, Daren, and young people from the 50 mile North and West Reservation circuit.
Huge Godsends toward vehicle needs miraculously caught up repairs sufficiently to pick up all three reservations simultaneously. This brings in more children without increasing the “annoyance time” of their long rides with adults. How grateful we are for the Hastrichs’ age- tailored King’s Kids ministries to young people from all three reservations.
Lydia’s work with these and other children in Sunday School nurtures them further while opening heart windows to unimaginable needs. Personal conversations on the bus with literally abandoned, abused, or horribly neglected children have turned hopeless, atheistic, unloved, or suicidal thoughts in Cocopah as young as eight into renewed trust in our loving Savior.
PRAY His light will shine through our church/“orphanage” ministries and “pull brands” of all ages from the humanly hopeless fires of despair. (Jude 23) PLEAD for our Lord’s deliverance from the wake of death and destruction normally accompanying this month’s annual casino profit sharing checks. Pray for His convicting, saving power on our Jan. 30 church-wide Bible study/craft day and February/March revivals at Heritage and Maranatha Baptist churches.
Endless miles’ mission driving on remote unlined or mud-covered county roads make your prayers for strength and safety that much more critical and precious. These in turn stir us and give grace to pray for the scattered homes we pass and the unprovoked opposition or hatred we often encounter.
We began house and property repairs from September’s storm last month at the expense of heartfelt Thank Yous for your staggering Christmas gifts and kindnesses. We owe you more than gratitude for your additional prayers for each of these blessings and petitions:
BLESSINGS:
· Return of some Thomas, Twist, Hayes, and Stevens family members to church.
· James B.’s growth in prison.
· Edward, Eric, Toni, and Ricky’s adult Bible studies and help with physical work.
· Enormous special gifts for church building and vehicle repairs.
PETITIONS:
· Lydia’s February 9, 2016 eye surgery after cancellation of her 12/29/15 date due to chronic bronchitis.
· Dawn’s evaluation of cardiac irregularities.
· Lori’s spiritual and physical needs and the best custody of her 4 children.
· Silas’ church ministries ‘midst full time work and university commitments.
· Salvation of Oriah, Phoenix, Caesar, Jasmine, Lena, Marcus, Rosie, Sage and other children.
· Summer Neighborhood Bible Time and camp preparations.
· Resurrection Sunday Plans.
· The Hastrichs, Dawn, Lydia, Silas, and Edward’s long battle with the flu.
Gratefully Yours In Christ,
Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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Veldhuis Fall 2015 Prayer Letter

Veldhuis Fall 2015 Prayer Letter

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,(and we beheld His glory: the glory of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth…And of His fullness have all we received and grace for grace. John 1:14-16
Our Lord’s miraculous protection and sustenance through the last several months’ seemingly uninterrupted challenges speak as much to His all-sufficient unmerited favor as they do to the vital role of your prayers in His Native work.

May a few highlights of the fruit of your sacrificial support of every sort do what words fail to do and reward you as you have us. THANK YOU for making the promise of Deuteronomy 33:25 a living reality to us”…as thy days, so shall thy strength be.”

PTL for rewarding Lydia’s months of respiratory therapy and almost zero salt intake with a safe heart cath, June 2. Slightly improved atrial pressure cleared her of cardiac contributions to her worsening shortness of breath. The pulmonary hypertension itself made helping at summer camps at over 2,000 feet elevation too risky, but confirmed her calling to Sunday School, Bible Time, and school teaching at our 200 ft level. PRAY for her strength keeping up with Bible club and school children as well as for her Nov. 20, 2015 evaluation of worsening nonparallel eye tracking. Visual problems jeopardize her driving.

BLESS our Lord for three young people and three adult professions of faith through Neighborhood Bible Time’s hundreds of miles’ daily driving, June 28-July 3! PRAY for Benicio, Eric, Joe, Lilly, Tyler, and others’ growth. Jessica moved to an unknown address far away and even locals are very difficult to find.
Benicio, Darnell, Eric, Edward, and Tyrus got a huge spiritual boost through Apache Creek Camp’s Native week, July 27-August 1. PRAY the week’s concentrated Bible teaching 500 miles away from reservation temptations will help deliver them from the apathy, drugs, immorality, or open opposition deeply entangling some of them in sin.
Individual Bible studies, Biblical rehab, and counseling are additional tools in discipling new believers. THANK the Lord for James B. and Raoul O’s conversions and victories in state prisons as well as Jessica H, Ricky, and Toni’s growth after rehab.

PRAY for similar repentance, conversions, or growth for Arturo, Ashley, Belinda, Daren, Delsie, Karen, Kelsey, Laura, Millie, Valerye, both Sarahs, and Victor through our Nov. 2-6 camp meeting with Native preachers.
P.T.L. for the phenomenal gifts and prayers that met immediate family needs and enabled us to complete thousands of dollars’ of church building and house repairs from a September 8th micro burst
just in time for our camp meeting! Ask the Lord for safety and His messages for evangelists travelling up to 500 miles each way.

To God be the glory for the immediate help responsible for my rescue from a near fatal heart attack working late in 106 degree weather, Sept. 26. How grateful we are for the prayers, angioplasty, stents, cardiac therapy, and exercises through which I quickly resumed all mission work (“at a slightly reduced pace”) with no heart damage.
The Hastrichs’ help preaching and carrying out visitation and other ministries undoubtedly contributed to Dawn’s improved overall health. Lydia’s substitute teaching and Silas’s full time university and work make us that much more grateful for the Hastrich’s help and your prayers for Dawn’s underlying vasculitis and diabetes.
Your prayers and oft- unrecognized sacrifices for the following blessings and requests are equally important and are appreciated far more than our rare letters suggest.

PRAISES:
· The return of Tyrus, Tyler, Lilly, and Lilah to their mother Lorie and aunt, Roxanna.
· Good September 12th youth conference in Phoenix with Bill Rice’s West Branch.

· Excellent follow-up through the Hastrich’s King’s Kids Club.

· Refreshing Pastor’s School at our sending church in Meridian, ID, Aug. 11-14.

· Blessed missions’ meetings in Oregon and Washington State, Aug.23-26 ‘15.

· Strength through our mission’s annual conference, Oct. 1-3.

· Travel expenses for our camp meeting evangelists and help from Arizona supporting churches.

PETITIONS:
· Fourteen year old Tyrus’ growth and deliverance from bitterness over his mother’s addictions.

· Ricky and Toni’s marital struggles in the face of huge mental and physical needs.

· Lydia’s teacher certification, full time job, and eye care.

· Silas’ overwhelming load and university expenses.

· Edward’s return to the Lord and health and disability needs.

· True conversions and/ or growth of uncommitted Alvanez, Barley, Hayes, Jim. Miller, Phillips, Serrano, Stevens, Thomas, and Twist family members through our camp meeting and December ministries.

· Each of our strength and health.

Your Co-laborers in Christ,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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May/June 2015 Veldhuis Prayer Letter

Dear Family and Friends in Christ,

Where we’ve grown accustomed to contending with thorns in the desert, we were shocked back to reality in the mission work by the deadly effects of thorns of worldliness on the Cocopah.

“…that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection” (Luke 8:14).

Opposition to gospel preaching was so brazen and fierce our final revival week that even the evangelist wondered if the time had come to “shake off the dust of our feet against them” and go to another tribe (Acts 13:51). Those who expressed themselves by not attending services chose the self-indulgent squandering of huge annual casino checks over the golden blessings of revival.

P.T.L. the substance abuse, seasonal sickness, imprisonments, new cars, “friends,” and apartments that sifted out many Natives pushed others back to the Lord! How thankful we are for the faithfulness of Autumn, Edward, Justice, Loren, Rickey, Toni, Tyrus and siblings to Bible clubs, studies and services after health and family crises and four weeks of back-to-back revival meetings.

The tribal death grip of Native pride, self-sufficiency, spiritism, substance abuse, and antagonism that confronts us daily makes each life giving conversion from the icy cold reservation tundra a true work of God. Every new birth and character transformation has become a miracle on the scope of “Aaron’s rod that budded” (Num. 17:8) to us.
Our Lord’s faithfulness to your prayers and enabling were the basis of joy unspeakable at the conversion of 62 year old Shirley, March 8, 2015. PRAY for this very frail lady’s health, growth, deliverance from alcoholism, and testimony to Mary and Millie, her unsaved peers.

Shirley’s neighbor, Cheryl, miraculously returned to church with two of her children and her boyfriend Stanford through our year’s work with Shirley. PRAY for others such as Alexis, Alyetha, Ashley, Belinda, Delsie, Jennifer, Jolie, Karen, Kayla, Kelsie, Lydia S., Roxanna, Valerye, and Wanda would be revived or genuinely saved through our May 23 ladies’ bake day and/or Bible studies.

THANK the Lord for the revival and stand of Jesse, Raul, James, and Jessica in our county and state prisons and the phenomenal growth of Ricky and Edward out of them. Their friend Kenny went the wrong way upon release, but by our Lord’s grace Ricky answered God’s call to preach! PRAY for Ricky and Toni’s health and marital well-being as well as for Edward’s employment needs as they begin their Christian service at the ages our first saved men passed away (forties and fifties).

PRAY for true conversion and/or consecration of nominal or lost adults and young people like both Andrews, both Angels, Cameron, Chauncey, Corey, Daren, Darnel, Ezequiel, Joe, Ralph, Thomas, Tim, Tyrus, and Victor through Bible Time, camp, and other summer ministries.

P.T.L. for the 2014 N.B.T. professions who still attend Bible club or Lydia’s Sunday School class! PRAY Benicio, Lilly, Justice, Loren, Marcus, Marriella, Molly, Tyler, Tylonna, and Tyrus will help us reach their many friends or relatives who moved or dropped out of church since last summer.

Lydia’s April lung function tests were far below normal though slightly improved over two years’ ago. Her Phoenix pulmonologist put her on an extremely low salt diet and three sessions of respiratory rehab per week prior to an upcoming heart catheterization June 2nd. Please PRAY the cath. will be uncomplicated and will disclose the status of her pulmonary hypertension clearly enough to show the best treatment plan.
Dawn’s meds are being changed and an unknown infection sought as possible contributors to her weakness and vasculitis flare. Your PRAYERS for her well-being are as appreciated as those for our Cocopah blessings or needs. You truly “strive together with us” (Romans 15:30) in this manner!

PRAISES:
· Richard and Mary-Francis Hastrich’s move to Yuma and assistance wherever needed.
· Return of Cheryl, Alyetha, Wanda, and others to church after long absences.
· Sufficient sacrificial Godsends to rebuild our 22 passenger bus and prepare our 66 passenger one for summer’s grueling schedule.
· Tires, heating, and A/C repairs for our most used van.
· Michael’s relief from back pain through cortisone shots and his unimaginably improved vision after cataract surgeries.

PETITIONS:
· Fruit in unreached or uncommitted ladies through their Bible study and Bake Day, May 23.
· True conversions and/or growth through Neighborhood Bible Time June 28-July 3 and
Native camp July 27-August 1.
· Very serious discipline problems at church with some foster children.
· Salvation of George, Joe, Arturo, Millie, Theodore, and other adults.

Your Servants In Christ,

Michael and Dawn Veldhuis

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Veldhuis January 2015

Dear Co-laborers in Christ,

Yuma’s third or fourth measurable rain of 2014 ushered in our nationally coveted winter temperatures in the seventies and assured the presence of Navajo evangelists from snow-covered northern Arizona at our November 3-5 revival meetings.

BLESS the Lord, each of you, and Heritage, Maranatha, and True Vine Baptist churches for the means and fruit of busing in capacity numbers of Cocopah for meals and convicting calls to true salvation and growth at each service. We saw no new converts but rejoice in the training of summer converts and the return to church of Wanda, George, and the Hayes, Stevens, and Thomas families through these meetings.

Dawn and Lydia further challenged unreached ladies and teen girls to salvation and growth through their Nov. 15th bake day and Bible study. These were also the goals of our Dec. 23 and 31st Christmas and New Year’s Eve services.

BLESS the Lord, each of you, and United Indian Missions near Phoenix for the citrus, gift packs, and winter clothes through which we got the gospel to the majority of our three reservations’ homes. Like the Athenians of Paul’s day blinded by the god of this world’s idolatry and superstition, “…some [Cocopah] mocked: and others said, we will hear thee again.” Through the grace of God and your prayers…“Howbeit, certain men clave unto him and believed…” (Acts 17:32-34)

Bible studies and sincere church participation are going well with Ashley, Darnell, Lydia S., Ricky, and others, though many are still unsaved or actually trying to scatter God’s flock.

Our most used vehicle for church meetings threw its’ rods right after the Nov. revival. This 1982 22-passenger bus was in good enough shape at 300,000 miles for Bro. Nam of Heritage Baptist to begin rebuilding it. THANKS for the gifts towards this huge project as well as the prayers that helped this brother get our 66-passenger bus home and repaired after breaking down on tribal land. PTL for enough drivers to shift passengers to our fifteen passenger vans and still have our Christmas service that night!

Inclement elements of Southwest Arizona Desert weather take a physical toll on us similar to that on vehicles and buildings. Dawn regained some strength through a stricter diet and more precise insulin dosages. PRAY however for a timely diagnosis of the tachycardia, skipped beats, and increased insulin needs which her doctors guess are due to an idiopathic infection or her vasculitis.

Lydia’s lung function tests worsened each of the last two years’ six month evaluations despite previously improved health in the desert as opposed to the mountains. PRAY her Phoenix pulmonologist will soon evaluate a new suspected cardiac component and halt the usual progression of pulmonary hypertension from oxygen support, to transplant, to respiratory failure and death. Lydia’s severe tachycardia simply feeding her dog or loading laundry illustrates why she’s made nonphysical ministries her primary mission contribution.

Silas, as a full-time Welding Department employee and student at our local junior college still picks up our third reservation route and helps with endless repairs. He and Lydia are praying about better career opportunities outside Yuma despite serving the Cocopah church as teachers, pianists, and ever-present monitors.

Their help getting out this update was delayed but not foiled by my last several months’ near inability to read or write as the result of the sudden growth of cataracts. Night driving is still safe but the haze of sunlight demands more prayer, assistance, or a substitute at other times.

Your PRAYERS for safe transportation to all ministries are as appreciated as they are for my eye surgeries Feb 12/’015 and March 9//’015. Treatment and further PRAYERS for the successful care of my July 2014 herniated disc and aggravated lumbar arthritis are enormous Godsends which will surely lead to His enabling (II Corinthians 9:8)

The prayers that brought salvation to forty year olds Nate and Marlin prior to their tragic deaths October and December, 2014 allowed us to comfort and give the gospel to their families despite pagan burial practices of others around them. GOD BLESS you for claiming the promise of His power through united prayer (Matthew 18:19) and praying with us for eternal life and growth through upcoming ministries rather than misery and death through the misuse of February’s annual casino checks.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

·      Ladies’ Tea Party and Bible Study, January 31.

·      Individual ladies, men’s, and jail Bible studies.

·      Lasting fruit through revival meetings at Heritage and Maranatha Baptist Churches Feb. 8-15 and March 31-April 4.

·      Our revival with Pastor Doyel of Emmanuel Baptist Mission March 22-25, 2015.

·      Salvation of Antonio, George, Millie, Shirley, and other adults.

·      Repentance and growth of both Angels, Daren, Jessica, Karen, Lori, Matthew, Roxanna, and the White and Alvanez children.

·      Obedience of true believers in baptism.

PRAISES:

·      Daren’s healing from a spinal infection.

·      Wisdom and provision for Christmas ministries beyond the enormous personal and vehicle needs.

·      Continued open doors reservation wide despite opposition by some individuals.

Gratefully Yours In Christ,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia and Silas

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March 2014 Update from the Veldhuis family

Veldhuis April 2014 Prayer Letter

Dear Prayer Partners in Christ,

Three Cocopah deaths, record numbers of prison Bible studies, and serious family health problems since our December letter multiplied the demands of Native labors and made your faithfulness that much more precious. [“…we had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead; who delivered us from so great a death and doth deliver…ye also helping together by prayer for us…”] (I Cor. 1:9-11)

Words cannot tell the unexpressed gratitude we owe our Lord and each of you for protection and provisions through life-threatening health crises for Dawn and Lydia. We apologize at how many precious gifts we failed to recognize in recent months, but assure you time has only endeared what overwhelming loads obscured.

Your December sacrifices enabled us to get the life-transforming gospel to more Cocopah and detainees than ever before-some for the last time. Adrian, Angel, Chris, Javier, and Rodrigo made wonderful professions of faith before disappearing in our penal system. PRAY we’ll soon add these men to weekly Bible studies with growing detainees, Bobby, Jesse, Jovanny, Mikhail, Ricky L., and Victor.

Other Cocopah heard the call to repentance and faith and passed into eternity without clear professions of faith. Sixty-two, fifty-eight, and twenty-four year olds Douglas, Irene, and Clarissa died January and February-all from years of substance abuse. PRAY for repentance and comfort of the Hayes, Sharkey, Thomas, and White families as even Clarissa’s professing Christian sisters turned to alcohol for solace. PRAY for their mother Alfreda and other adults such as Amanda, George, Millie, and Shirley’s conversions.

BLESS Him for protecting Dawn from permanent harm or injuries driving while we reigned in sugar levels near 500, severe weakness, and unexplained muscle wasting from runaway diabetes. Insulin injections and drastic diet changes normalized her sugar levels in weeks, but dangerously aggravated the edema associated with her vasculitis. PRAY for wisdom distinguishing and treating the relevant contributions of asthma, diabetes, and vasculitis to Dawn’s severe weakness and extreme edema.

PRAY that Yuma work ups of Lydia’s C.O.P.D., reactive airway disease, and pulmonary hypertension will permit an accurate annual assessment and treatment plan of her progressive lung disease. Phoenix pulmonologists and lung transplant specialists will make final decisions regarding her care in May.

PRAISES:

· Successful Tea Party and Ladies’ Bible study 3/29/14 for saved or otherwise unreached women.

· Major repairs on our largest bus.

· Detention center conversions and weekly Bible studies.

· Ability to restock dwindling Bible studies and tracts.

· All of Dawn’s recent medical bills will be paid by our reinstated low income medical insurance.

· Ricky S.’s full commitment to the Lord and superb witness to family and friends.

PRAYERS:

· Lydia’s current flu and pressing respiratory and dental needs.

· Dawn’s ongoing health needs and recovery of strength.

· Revival meetings at Maranatha Baptist Church, April 13-19, 2014.

· Michael’s deputation trip as far as Ohio and Florida April 13- mid May.

· The Hendersons, Dawn, Lydia, Silas, and Bro. Jason carrying on main ministries while Michael is away.

· Preparations and provisions for Neighborhood Bible Time, July 2014 and Christian camp later in the summer.

Sincerely in Christ,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia and Silas Veldhuis

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Veldhuis December 2013 Prayer Update

Veldhuis December 2013 Prayer Update

     Dear Family and Friends in Christ,

November’s first rain in months pushed the year’s total precipitation to two inches and brought a welcome reprieve from persistent 110 degree temperatures.  Citrus ripened and ushered in Christmas ministries early December when night time temperatures finally dipped below 40 degrees.  The Christmas mandate of teaching and baptizing all nations (Matt.28:19) could now be broadened to include:

·         Ladies’ Bible study and bake day for Cocopah at every spiritual level Dec. 7.
·         Church fruit picking, packing, and reservation wide distribution.
·         Reconnection with and ministry to spiritual and physical needs of foster children not allowed to attend other services.
·         Evangelistic Christmas program and services, December 22 and 25.
·         New Year’s Eve dedication service.
         The urgency of every Native ministry and the incalculable value of your prayers and sacrifices for them all is illustrated in the home going of two Cocopah men early this month.  Sixty-one year old George succumbed to long standing liver disease after only five months as a new creature in Christ.  Twenty-two year old Matthew heard the gospel here as an early teen but could not be followed up after moving to a distant Apache reservation. This is where he was tragically murdered weeks ago.  Your prayers for the Hayes and Phillips families would mean much to all of them.
     PRAY also for the salvation of Adrian, Alfreda, George L., Amanda, Millie, and Rodrigo as well as for the growth and victory over besetting sins of Alex, Angel, Ashley, Bernice, Bobby, Chris, Julia, Lorie, Lydia S., Ricky L., Robert, and Wanda.
     Each of these adults do individual Bible studies or attend services.  P.T.L. for Ricky S.’ phenomenal growth and testimony
Since his detention.  Pray that 40 year olds Daren and Robert H. will soon follow Ricky’s example and return to the Lord.
BLESS HIM beyond measure for drawing young people,  Angel S., Autumn, Damien, Gabriel, Gilbert, Kaya, Katie, Lilly, Nesha, Nemo, Thomas, Timothy, Tyler, and Tyrus back to church through our daughter Lydia’s Sunday school and choir ministries.
     What a blessing your prayers and sacrifices have been toward medical needs!  Silas’ hernia is stable without surgery.  Lydia’s oral surgery expenses are paid and her abscesses healed despite upper respiratory infections.  The balance of Dawn’s E.R. bill is shrinking- making way for dental work in Mexico. Thank the Lord for your prayers and His protection from any recurrent cardiac problems for me despite rare opportunities for significant rest.
     May God reward your labors in 2014 as you “strive together with (us) in your prayers to God for (us)” Romans 15:30.
PRAISES:
·         Souls saved and growing in detention.
·         Stevens and Alvanez children’s return to church.
·         Successful Ladies’ Bible studies as part of craft and bake days September 28th and December 7th.
·         New bus tire before it exploded 200 miles from home.
·         One half of our church A/C and heater repairs paid in four months!
PRAYERS:
·         Barley, Miller, Sereno, and Thomas young people’s return to the Lord.
·         Safety, wisdom, and eternal fruit through Christmas and ongoing ministries.
·         Direction concerning a spring revival and fall tent meeting.
·         Open doors for missions meetings before or after Temple Baptist’s conference April 23-27, 2014, Statesville, NC.
                                           Sincerely In Christ,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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Velduis May 2013 Prayer Letter

Dear Family and Friends in Christ,

The last few months’ opportunities and pleas for salvation or growth were so convicting one can only marvel and grieve as Jeremiah did at how a whole nation could “…reject the word of the Lord…and provoke [him] to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities” (Jeremiah 8:9, 19)

Yet this was the response as a whole to the most impassioned, Biblical invitations to true salvation and discipleship heard at our Native tent meeting and at Heritage and Maranatha Baptist’s revivals January through March, 2013.

The medicine man promises the “…peace, peace; when there is no peace”, but “…they have provoked [God] to anger with their graven images and strange vanities” (Jeremiah 8:11, 19). Cocopah traditions that promise “cleansing” through the sweat lodge or “Indian power” through the eagle or gourd dances, are as destructive a trust as faith in their annual casino/conference center income.

February profit-sharing checks were largely squandered on cars, entertainment, trips, and ungodly activities. None of four professing Christians gave God so much as a tithe. Others were distracted from our meetings, ending up hospitalized, fleeing the law, or destitute even of electricity. Harry’s unreached aunt perished in a careless car wreck.

Alex, Angelina, Ashley, Clarissa, Daren, Dillon, Harry, Hilda, Jesse, Julia, Kelsie, Matthew, Millie, Omar, Robert, Roxanna, and Wanda are among those enslaved by immorality, substance abuse, tradition, or violence. Some of these are also awaiting trial in our Yuma county detention center.

PRAY for true repentance and saving faith in our Lord for Cocopah on our reservations like we’ve in non-Indians in our detention center the past year.

How we BLESS our Lord for Eric, Mark, Ricky, Hubetha, and Janelle’s conversions in detention and growth thereafter through Bible studies at home, the detention center, or in state prison. PRAY as much for each person’s deliverance from the physical and emotional ravages of years of substance abuse as you do for their growth. Mark’s witness in detention saw Ricky saved months ago, Chris converted April 26, and Rudy professing faith in our Lord Jesus Christ May 1, 2013.

PRAY for wisdom and strength juggling the demands of two or three days a week prison ministries with the challenge of discipling Cocopah who have moved far away. Tri-weekly services, and at least three days a week vehicle, visitation, cactus, and family responsibilities, make heartfelt timely correspondence an almost unrealistic goal.

On the other hand, each obstacle to winning the lost reminds us of the incalculable value of the individual soul as well as of our Lord’s promised provisions for victory over “… the rulers of darkness…in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). Your prayers and support are more critical to breaking the adversary’s death grip on natives than we will know in this world.

Only our Lord could have overcome the tribal Chairwoman’s opposition to our March 11 -16 tent meeting and blessed with perfect weather, safety, and twelve Native or non-Indian preachers. The McIntyres from New York State and the Hendersons former missionaries to the Crow nation, helped us make the most of your support. Heritage, Maranatha, and True Vine Baptist churches’ help with housing, meals, music, and fuel unified all labors into a successful whole.

“Cocopah Revival” banners close to the tribal sweat lodge “Gathering Grounds” sign gave Cocopah a clear alternative to pagan creature worship (Romans 1:25). Four Gospel messages per day echoed from Brother Jason’s improvised sound system to within yards of the “Gathering Grounds” and to more homes than ever.

Bless the Lord for His encouragement of church people and visitors in attendance, but PRAY for eventual repentance and saving faith in the lost who heard the word. P.T.L. for the greater number of visitors and nominal “believers” who also heard similar gospel messages and challenges to growth at the Resurrection Day service, March 31 or the Ladies’ Bible study and craft day May 4.

How almost unbelievable and appreciated the Lord’s additional provisions were for tires and a fuel pump for our bus as well as for sandstorm repairs, property taxes, Lydia’s Bible college, Andrew R and Silas’ college, and major Dental work in Mexico for three of us. May our Lord richly bless you as you thank Him for His seen and unseen work as you PRAY for summer’s opportunities.

PRAISES:

· The many nominal, saved, or unsaved Cocopah exposed to the gospel and biblical precepts.

· Spiritual well-being and fair hearings and sentences for Claude, Eric, Hubetha, Janelle, and Mark.

· Jolie, Julia, and Wanda’s first steps of repentance at church or our local mission.

· Reconnection with Daren, Valerye, and the Thomas clan through the ladies craft day and other natives.

· Our daughter Lydia’s improved lung function test May 8 and college graduation May 11, 2013

· Lori’s successful heart valve replacement early May.

· Relocation and return of Lori’s children to services.

PETITIONS:

· Repentance and deliverance of almost all young adults from substance abuse and immorality.

· Return of the Golding, Sanchez, Sereno, and Twist young people to our Lord and church.

· Lasting Fruit to God’s glory through Neighborhood Bible Time, June 16-21 2013.

· Conversions and growth of young people through Calvary Navajo Youth Camp, July 22-27 2013.

· Spiritual and physical needs of saved and unsaved Betty and Millie, elderly ladies battling heart failure and arthritis.

· Alex, Arturo, Ashley, Clarissa, Delsie, Joshua, Karen, Kelsie, Laura, Loren, and Roxanna’s cold or lost states.

· Final preparations of vehicles and workers for summer ministries and weather.

 

Gratefully yours in Christ,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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