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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Brian & Louann Shannon’s Fall Update 2014

Dear Supporting Church Families & Friends,

“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!” (Ps 36:7a)  How excellent, indeed, is the lovingkindness of our Lord to us!  September and October were exciting times here, with all of the opportunities and blessings we received from Him!

We had a great time on the church trip during September, with our church family enjoying a couple of nights in San Diego, including a visit to the Creation Museum there!  The time of fellowship and touring were enjoyed by all!

It was a special blessing to have our dear friends, Pastor David Jones and his family, out for revival meetings at the church in Ak-Chin.  We enjoyed a great time of fellowship with this family, and the Lord used the preaching and special singing to work in lives.  We’re thankful for the visitors that came during this time as well.  Please pray for the work done through the revival to carry on in the hearts of the people!

We enjoyed the great privilege of baptizing 4 new Christians during the past two months.  What an exciting step for these dear people to take, following God’s instruction, even though it may “cost” them with some of their family and old friends!  Thank God He always gives back “abundantly more!”

What a great blessing we had to be invited to take part in the Missions Conference of Tucson Baptist Temple!  We are so thankful for the opportunity to present the ministry, to tell of other Native Americans who need to hear the gospel, and to enjoy a great time with this dear church family.  We went to be a blessing, and truly received the larger blessing from them!  We thank God for the friendships made, the encouraging messages heard, and fellowship He provided us through this meeting.

On last Friday night we had a Fall Festival at the Casa Grande church, with fun, food, games and candy!  A great time was had by all (though we are still debating whether the kids or adults enjoyed it the most, ha!)

We are eagerly anticipating (and already preparing for) the exciting Christmas season we always enjoy here with the various groups we are privileged to minister to.  We look forward, Lord willing, to providing toys to the kids at both churches and Bible club, as well as gifts for the dear ones in the nursing home.  Thank you for your prayers regarding this ministry!

Pray for Lilly, a junior in high school, who will be traveling to West Coast Baptist College this month to take part in their “College Days” weekend, as she seeks the Lord’s will for her future.  We are thankful to have just celebrated her 18th birthday (and thankful for the surprise party given for her by the kind people of Tucson Baptist Temple, where we were during her birthday!)  Our heart’s desire and prayer is that our children live their lives for God!  Our family is continually blessed, excited to be in the service of the King!  Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support!

Working together with you for HIM,

Brian & Louann Shannon & family

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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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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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Brian Shannon’s August 2014 Newsletter

July – August 2014

Dear Supporting Church Families & Friends,

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle…” How time does fly by, and what a busy, fast Summer we’ve experienced. We thank the Lord for His provision, safety, and the many opportunities we’ve been blessed with!

During July, I was privileged once again to travel to Virginia and take part in the youth camp that the Lord has allowed me to attend and preach for several years. This year was very exciting, as for the first time, I was able to take my family with me! What a great time of traveling across the country, seeing many things and many friends in a short amount of time! The camp was great, and time spent traveling with family was wonderful!

In August, we were blessed to attend the annual retreat of our mission board, Independent Baptist Indian Mission, Inc (IBIMI). The meeting this year was held at the church established by Dr. Glen Jaspers in Marshalltown, IA. The church (& the Jaspers) were such gracious hosts, and the mission family so enjoyed our time there. We’re thankful for this time to fellowship with the other missionaries serving with Native Americans. Bro. Jaspers has been such a friend to the Mission, and great personal friends of our family as well!

School is back in, at home and on the reservation. We pray the start of school will also provide new opportunity with the children’s Bible club in one particular village where “tribal programs” have shut us out over the past couple of months. Quite often, school season brings an increase in children’s attendance, and we pray this will be the case again this year. We appreciate your prayers for the Bible Club, as we seek His leading, and for our home school as well.

The past couple of months have brought tragedy to our area of the reservation, directly touching our church family. There was a 6 year old boy who occasionally attended different church services, day camp, etc.., who was attacked by killer bees while playing with some friends in the desert, and passed away from his injuries. His aunt is one of the most faithful people at the AkChin church. We appreciate your prayers for this family. Within a few days of this tragedy, a 36 year young lady who was saved at the church several years back, and who has family that is faithfully attending the church, passed away unexpectedly. Please pray for this family, including a sister and several nieces who have been drawn back to the Lord through her death. These have been 2 sad reminders of the truth that our lives are like a vapor, appearing for a little time, and then vanishing away. How important for everyone to make sure they’re ready, and then to be busy doing all we can, while we can!

On a brighter note, many from both churches have been saving up for many months in anticipation of our upcoming church trip in September. Lord willing, we will get away for a few days as a church family with a time of touring and fellowship. We appreciate your prayers for this special time.

Our family is continually blessed. We appreciate your prayers and support!

Working together with you for HIM,

Brian & Louann Shannon & family

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Steve & Sherry DeFord’s August 2014 Update

Dear Friends,

God has blessed us with a great summer! Thank you for your prayers for this ministry.

July was a very full month. Our juniors went to camp the first full week of the month at the Bill Rice Ranch West Branch. West Branch has not begun a regular schedule as of yet. However, we were invited to participate in a “work week” or practice run as the camp prepares for a regular schedule next summer.

With just one week in between we held Vacation Bible School. Three young men received Christ as their personal Saviour during the week. Attendance was excellent, and our church family did a terrific job hosting the community.

The week following VBS our teens went to camp. Our campers from both weeks really enjoyed camp and are looking forward to next summer already!

In the middle of the month, Sherry hosted another quilt class for the ladies at church. They have been learning a technique that helps them piece the quilts together much more quickly than traditional quilting. Everyone enjoys the fellowship. And Sherry presents a quilt themed devotional as well.

August had us overjoyed as our nearly all of our children were home together. Manny finished his traveling on ensemble, Josh ended his cowboy work in Tennessee, and our daughter Jackie’s family was able to join us for a week. There were a lot a trips back and forth to the airport, but grandma and grandpa were not complaining! We cherish the time we get with our little grandson, Nathan.

The men of the church got together and got more work done on the buildings in preparation for home school co-op to begin for the fall. It is a continual blessing to see the church facilities continue to improve each year. Plans are moving forward for our next BIG project-a fellowship hall/gymnasium building with much needed classroom space included. We will be writing more about this project in the months to come.

Sherry continues with jail visiting. And, as of August, Steve began taking some of the men to the jail for visitation. Unfortunately for the men, no one has come to the services yet. Please pray that the men in the jail will realize we have a great concern for them and their souls.

Co-op began the 25th of the month with 14 students. Again, I would ask for your prayers for each of our young people as they begin a new school year.

We will be taking our son, Micah, to Tennessee to begin Bible college Thursday, August 28. We are diving from home to Murfreesboro, helping him settle in, then traveling back home. We will put a lot of miles on the car between now and our expected return date September 6. I am grateful for the men of the church that will be filling in for me in our absence.

We want to take a moment and thank all those that have helped contribute to Sherry’s hospital expenses. Your gifts and your prayers are very much appreciated!

For God’s Glory-the Steve De Ford family

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DeFord’s July 2014

I Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Hello from the hot Southwest!

We have entered the warmest time of the year and are eagerly awaiting the annual monsoons that typically begin in late June or early July bringing some relief in the afternoons. We saw the first large rain clouds yesterday. There isn’t any rain yet in the forecast, but we hope that changes soon.

June was an eventful month in our home and at Hualapai Baptist Church. The month began with our Men’s fellowship meeting. We had a young man visiting from the Supai Reservation (Grand Canyon) and a new doctor from the clinic in Peach Springs attend. We finished a study on Jacob and will now turn our attention to Joseph.

Also in the first week of the month, the ladies got together for a quilt class that Sherry taught. Several got together to finish some projects and listen to a quilt-themed devotional. Sherry has been teaching some quilting methods to the ladies who attend. Later in the month, the ladies got back together for their monthly Ladies Bible Study. I am very thankful for a wife that is a partner in life and in ministry.

We celebrated Father’s Day with 8 dad’s in attendance. Each was recognized with a special gift and we had fellowship meal, too. On Wednesday of that week we had another fellowship after our prayer meeting with our Watermelon Wednesday! Our people really enjoy getting together for fellowship and for Bible study. We are so thankful for the people God has giving us in this work. Its a blessing to be a part of the desire for revival that exists among our congregation.

The highlight was seeing another soul come to know Christ as a result of the ladies jail visits this month. Sherry led a young lady to Christ who is the sister of the young lady I led to Christ at the hospital last month. We desire to see these ladies grow in their faith and see God give them victory in their lives.

The month finished at church with a Patriotic Sunday. We were encouraged by a missions presentation by the Pierce family who are serving with Armed Forces Baptist Mission. One of our own deacons who served in the Marines preached in our evening service wrapping up a very good day and month at church.

We also appreciate your faithful prayers for our family. Sherry has gotten her last CT scan. We are thankful that all tests have come back good so far.

Micah has graduated and been accepted to attend the first year of Bill Rice Bible Institute in Murfreesboro, TN. He got a job to help add to his savings for college expenses. Manny is currently traveling with an ensemble for Pensacola Christian College which also helps with college costs, however, both boys will need additional funds to finish this coming school year. Please pray with us about this financial need.

Thank you again for your prayers and financial support. Your love, prayers, and giving are appreciated as we serve the Lord here on the Hualapai Reservation.

For God’s Glory

The Steve De Ford family

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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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Letter from Baucom’s July 2014

June-July 2014

Dear Pastor & Church,

It is summertime once again. Along with that comes much activity that pulls people away from Church. Sports events, family gatherings and vacations. We are so thankful to have many people here that never give it a second thought on Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday as to whether they will come to Church or not. One native pastor here told me that it was very hard just to get folks to come to Church, let alone seeing them saved. If God be for us, who can be against us? Well, there are many things that line up to try to knock God’s people out. But God wants to bless and add to our Church more then we really realize. And we know that the Lord will always bless people who attend His House.

Needless to say, our attendance is down. But the ones that are here are here for the long haul. Each time I get up to preach I am as happy and excited to preach to 35-40 like I am preaching to 5,000! I thank God we have been enabled to remain. I remember Dr. Harold B. Slighter saying to his class years ago: He said when the day was finished he would unhook and go to the house. When morning came he would come back and hook up right where he had left off the previous day. I am glad to have sat under his ministry. I’m also glad to have been saved under my pastor’s ministry, Bobby L. Leonard. Brother Bobby will call me anywhere from 5-7 times a week. I sure wish every preacher boy had a pastor like my pastor.

Twenty-one years ago my wife, Elaine, entered the Academy as Supervisor. She has had 21 wonderful and fruitful years in the school. I believe she has been a wonderful teacher and great friend to the students and has given herself 100 percent. And she has loved it all the way. Truly her heart has been here with the school students. But due to Elaine’s age, health and stress levels, we feel it is time for her to retire from the classroom. As of June 19th., Elaine retired from the classroom of Garlow Line Baptist Academy. As to the future of the school we know of no one who would like to take it and run with it as of now. It has two young students, a brother and sister and one teenager that is homeschooling. She will do what she can to get them all either homeschooling or into another school.

Thanks again for remembering the Baucoms with your love, trust, prayers and financial help. The Lord has been merciful from all directions. This reminds me of how many ways I know how to tie a neck tie, which is no more than two. But back in 1999, two University of Cambridge researchers found 85 different ways to tie a tie, and this was the accepted amount of variations for a number of years. Recently, a team of researchers from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm used advanced mathematics and complex computer software to determine that there are, in fact, 177,147 different ways to tie a man’s tie. WOW!

This reminds me that when trouble comes upon us, we sometimes can only think of 1, 2 or 3 different ways that God could redeem us from the problem. However, because God is infinite and all-knowing, the number of ways in which He can bring us out of a troublesome situation are numberless! I said this to say that God has used so many different ways to tie up my ties that it’s beyond amazing. We have no idea which way He’ll use next. But He’ll do it again.

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Steve & Sherry DeFord May 2014

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. II Corinthians 9:15

Dear Praying friends,

Thank you for your faithfulness in remembering this ministry and us in your prayers the last couple of months! God, as always, has shown Himself merciful and gracious to us all along the way.

Our youth leader, Brother Cleve, took nine of our teens and one guest to the West Coast Baptist Youth Conference in early April. This was the first significant trip in our new church van! Everything ran well, and for the first time, everyone was able to travel together. Several of our young people made good decisions while there, and Brother Cleve continues to sense God using him to a greater degree in His service. We praise the LORD for his work in both our teens lives and the life of our teen leader!

Resurrection Sunday was unusually low in attendance. This has always been one of our highest attended service so we were a surprised by the turn out. Our teens had hung door hangers informing and inviting the community to attend. We did have a few visitors. And the services were a blessing beginning with a Sonrise service.

Another highlight of the month was the wedding of one of our deacons to our church treasurer! Melvin and Myndee are a sweet Christian couple. Both have grown tremendously over the past few years. They began courting recently, and it didn’t take them long to realize they were God’s will for each other! Steve was blessed to councel them and perform the ceremony. In addition to serving as deacon, Melvin also teaches our primary Sunday School class, and is enrolled in the institute class Steve teaches on Monday nights.

May began with a home school co-op field trip to the Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium west of Phoenix. Moms and dads of all our families but one were able to get the day off to attend along with us. Again, God gave safety to everyone traveling. While visiting the Zoo, one our moms got word that her brother had died in a traffic accident. It was a blessing over the next few days to see God’s grace again at work in this family’s life. The deceased was saved, and the funeral was a great testimony to the LORD! The family that had not been able to go to the zoo was occupied with another funeral. Again, the deceased was a child of God and the family is comforted in knowing he is in heaven.

We celebrated Mother’s Day with 19 mothers in the morning service! Each received a gift from the church and were honored as our special guests.

After Mother’s Day our attention turned to graduation. The last day of co-op was Thursday the 22nd. Two of our children finished their home-schooling. Molly will be assisting Sherry next school year with the young children. Micah graduated and will be among the first class of the Bill Rice Ranch Institute in Murfreesboro, TN this fall. Our graduation speaker was Pastor Stephen De Ford from Ekalaka, MT. Pastor De Ford’s son Dustin was one of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives a year ago in the Yarnell fire outside Prescott, AZ. The DeFords are distant relatives of ours and have been friends for several years. Everyone was moved by the testimony of this young man, and our home schoolers were encouraged to live their lives for the LORD.

Our son, Manny, began traveling in his college ensemble. He is really enjoying this summer ministry and has been able to meet up with some family members in the mid-west at the same time. We miss him, but we rejoice that he is doing what he loves and serving the LORD through singing.

God has been good to us in times of rejoicing and in times of grief, but He has been especially good in allowing us to see two new souls saved as a result of Sherry and Laurie’s (one of our church members) outreach into the local jail. Three have now been saved since they began this ministry a few months ago.

Thank you again, for your prayers for us and the ministry among the native American Indians here in Arizona. Thank you also for your continued, faithful support. We are fully aware of the essential part you have in seeing this ministry continue to go forward for our God!

For God’s Glory,
The Steve De Ford family

Steve De Ford
Director Independent Baptist Indian Mission
3880 Stockton Hill Rd. #103-438
Kingman, AZ 86409
Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things He hath done for you. I Samuel 12:24

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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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