Sondergaard June 2019

Dear praying family and friends

We wanted to thank you for praying for our many requests and update you on the events of the last couple weeks.

Thank you for praying for our Vacation Bible School. The Gospel was presented each night and the kids memorized several Bible verses. We highlighted the life of Jonah to illustrate the need of obeying God, turning from sin, and believing God. Naomi’s parents and sister and brother-in-law were visiting and were a tremendous help throughout the week. Although we had fewer kids this year, it seemed we had their attention better. Please continue praying that they would each put their faith in Jesus Christ.

For the last several months Ron and Diana Love have been here helping our church and one other church nearby. The Loves are burdened to equip Christians in effectively sharing the Gospel. Last Sunday, in the evening service, Ron again challenged our people to share the Gospel. Please pray that these truths would get such a grip on our church family that our community might see and experience the life-changing grace of the Lord Jesus. 

Also, that evening, a friend of Paul and Naomi’s (Jim Appel) shared his salvation testimony. Brother Appel helps churches with flooring and tile work and has been helping a church in Phoenix. While Brother Appel was sharing his testimony, a native man (John) came in. He is the son-in-law of Vida (one of the ladies who comes). He is recently out of prison and has struggles with drug addiction. John listened attentively to Brother Appel’s testimony. After the service John was about to leave when Brother Appel was able to take him aside and explain the Gospel more fully. John clearly recognized he was a sinner and on his way to Hell. Without being told what to say, John prayed confessing his sin (some specific) and put his faith in the Lord Jesus. Later he told Paul what had happened and expressed a desire to have a Bible study. Please pray that Paul would have wisdom in discipling John. And please pray for John: that God would gain victory in his life.  

Thank you for faithfully praying. We are seeing God answer your prayers! To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:25 

Paul and Naomi Sondergaard

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Sondergaard May 2019

Dear Family and Friends:

This morning my wife and I read Proverbs 18:10. The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.Praise the Lord for a place to run to daily for our safety, our needs, and our encouragement. Ministry Help: Recently, a church group from North Carolina visited while taking some young people on a senior trip. Since they came on a Wednesday,we took them to the reservation and passed out tracts and invitations to church. That night three adults (Rhonda, Christina, and Michael) came to the service. Fourteen children also came (several who had not come for a long time). During the service the young people from North Carolina led the kids’ program and their youth leader preached to the adults. It gave us a boost to have some help for the night as well as the continued results since. The following Wednesday night Rhonda came with her daughter and a man. Please pray for the salvation of the adults (Rhonda, Christina, and Michael) and for the children (Nevaeh, Alex, Bear, Brooklyn, Aleah, and several others). Neveah, Bear, Alex, and a few others have been coming since then.We have been blessed by having Ron and Diana Love here for several months offering short term help.God has given them a burden to help churches and they are leaving soon to help in another church.Ministry Needs: Please pray for one lady (Denny) who has been coming faithfully to Bible study. Naomi sat down with her at our house and gave her the plan of salvation. A couple weeks later,after the evening service she came to where Naomi was teaching the kids and expressed the struggle in her heart over salvation. Please pray that she will understand and believe the Good News. She had been coming faithfully and asked many questions but lately hasn’t been coming and seems distant. Please pray as Naomi tries to reach her and offer encouragement. Please pray for God’s wisdom as we consider the best option for the building we use for the kids programs and fellowships. It is an old modular that has been developing need for major repairs. We have been seeking counsel and it seems it may be better to put money toward replacement rather than repairing a modular of this age. In April we had a special offering and our people gave sacrificially. Ministry Blessings: It was a blessing to have so many ladies come to our Mother Daughter Banquet at the beginning of this month. Minnie and Key ara are girls who come regularly to church. Their adopted mom came for the first time. Please pray for Yolanda physical and spiritual needs. Nancy (Yolanda’s mom and Hattie’s sister) comes faithfully to ladies Bible study. Last Sunday she brought two grandsons who are 11 and 12. They were respectful, good listeners, and a delight to teach. Praise the Lord for children who will listen to God’s Word. When Naomi told them to invite friends, one of the boys said his friends were all lazy. That showed his character. Pray he will come to VBS! Their names are Hunner and Elias. Please pray as we prepare for Vacation Bible School June 3-6. Family Requests and Praises: Thank you for praying for Andrew for the last several months. Many have assured us of their prayers.Andrew’s specific praises:No genetic disorders found. UTI tests came back clear. God’s protection. Slow weight gain. Sweet smiles and responses to visual therapy. Andrew’s specific needs and prayer needs: Possible cranial band helmet to correct misalignment. Cortical visual impairment –he isn’t blind but his brain doesn’t connect with what he sees. Low muscle tone. Delayed development. Some feeding problems –swallowing and slow weight gain. Many of you have also been praying for Paul’s health. He has met with doctors and had several lung tests. Because of the breathing difficulty he was having, Paul has been avoiding nearly all paints and other harsh chemicals. In recent months Paul’s breathing has gradually cleared to where he is rarely having trouble breathing. We are praising God for answering prayer.

Praises: •Nathan prayed for salvation a few weeks ago. •New children coming to church•Tender hearts that respond to God’s Word•Protection of our church people with health needs –Mrs. Bev (skin rash healing), Patty (protection from a fall),and Rachel (healing from UTI). •Ron and Diana Love –a blessing to our ministry these last 7 months Prayer Requests: •Another couple to join us in the ministry here•Wisdom and provision in our modular building•Salvation and spiritual protection for our children•Vacation Bible School June 3rd–6th•Faithfulness of church people: Denny (lady), children.

All for Jesus, Paul and Naomi Sondergaard.

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Sondergaad March

Dear Family and Friends:
A verse that keeps coming to my mind lately is Colossians 1:18 “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” O that the Lord Jesus may be most important and have first place in everything! O that He might be exalted in church, in our homes, in my words, in my attitudes, in everything! Let us make preeminent the One who has purchased us with His own blood!


Since our last update, Andrew has had several tests with various specialists. We are still waiting for some of the results including one test to check for genetic disorders. Because of the repeated UTI infections and problems with reflux, Andrew is on a medicine for a year to prevent kidney damage. When we wrote last, he was having several spasms/seizures every day. The doctors put him on a medicine for that and it has now been about a month since his last seizure. He is slowly coming off the seizure medicine and is becoming much more alert. Even though Andrew is now five months old, he still has very little muscle control in his neck but is doing some exercises which should help. In the last two weeks, we are seeing little encouragements that show God is answering your prayers!


Please pray for Rachel, a lady in our church. She is the one whose leg was removed last year. This past week, she told us she was struggling spiritually and had returned to smoking. Beverly and Naomi were both able to encourage Rachel and pray with her. They reminded her of the truths of Ephesians 6 and showed her the victory we all can have every day. Since their talk, Rachel has again been coming to church with her sister Beverly.
Please also pray for Ida, a Native lady who has come to church off and on for many years. She called Naomi one night and said she was going to end her life. She has struggled with alcohol and drugs and was drinking that night. Later Ida then texted Naomi and said she was fine. Thankfully she did not commit suicide, but still needs the Lord’s help for victory over sin!
Please pray for Jimmy, Joni, and Alex – the three brothers who have been faithfully coming to church for a few years now. They have become a hindrance to teaching the other children and are openly disrespectful to authority and often mock the Bible lessons. Alex, the oldest of the boys, is being influenced by wrong friends and seems to enjoy stirring up the other children. After repeated warnings, we finally had to keep them away for about a month. We assured them we want them to come to church and want the best for each of these children. Please pray that God will work in their hearts. And pray that God would give us wisdom in teaching these children the honor our righteous and holy God deserves. We are planning a visit and give them some Bible lessons they can do at home.


This last week we had special meetings with Evangelist Glenn Jaspers. We were challenged from the book of First John. It was especially refreshing for us to be taught from God’s Word.


In the preaching and teaching part of our ministry Paul is preaching through Romans on Sunday nights. Sunday mornings he began a study through the Gospel of Mark and has just began a Sunday School series on Baptist Distinctives.

Praises:
• Little improvements in Andrew
• God providing our every need
• For the many who are praying for us
• Rachel and Beverly returning to church
• Denny: a lady who has been coming faithfully and desires to grow
• Visiting preachers: Glenn Jaspers, Troy Carlson (West Branch Camp), and Toru Marshall (NOW Ministries)
Prayer Requests:
• Another couple to join us in the ministry here
• Ladies Bible study
• Wisdom and provision in the modular replacement
• Salvation and spiritual protection for our children
• Andrew’s continued growth and development
• Opportunities to witness to Andrew’s caregivers and other patients
• Spiritual growth: Ida, Beverly, Rachel and many more
All for Jesus,
Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, Aletheia, and Andrew
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Sondergaard Update – Andrew is Home!

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

Thank you for praying for our family. We are so thankful for God’s grace for our every need. On Sunday, Andrew was discharged from the hospital. Monday morning we met with an ophthalmologist who could tell Andrew’s optic nerve and retina are normal. That was a big encouragement and answer to prayer since we wondered if he could even see. There is some delayed development which refers back to neurology.

At the hospital, the neurologists referred us to a geneticist to identify a possible genetic disorder. Also in the next two months Andrew has appointments with urologists, neurologists, a neurosurgeon, and a geneticist. Please pray for wisdom for each of the specialists he sees. Though we still have many questions, we see God’s moment by moment grace, and we are thankful for so many who pray.

Also, please pray for Ladies Bible study on Monday. Many ladies have been coming and this time in God’s Word has been such a help and encouragement.

All for Jesus,
Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
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Sondergaard’s Letter January 2019

Dear Family and Friends,
We are writing this letter from Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Andrew is now three months old and is on his third hospital stay. Thursday of this week, we had an appointment with a pediatric neurologist who had several concerns with Andrew. After an x-ray and evaluation, the doctor urged us to bring him to Phoenix Children’s. Since being admitted, Andrew has had blood tests, an MRI, a CT scan, an EEG, and a lumbar puncture (his third). The primary concern for now is his head and arching his back. At one point it was suggested he had craniosynostosis (which would mean major surgery). We are thankful that was ruled out and instead he has plagiocephaly (which can be helped with positioning). At this point, we still have many questions as we wait for the results from the many tests. A secondary concern is for his eyes (which seem to have limited vision). On Monday, he has an appointment with a pediatric ophthalmologist. We plan to give a quick update after this appointment.

While in the ER waiting for Andrew to have a lumbar puncture (which is very painful), Naomi and I were listening to a recent revival service at Ambassador Baptist College. Before the message someone sang:

I trust in God wherever I may be,
Upon the land, or on the rolling sea,
For come what may, from day to day,
May Heavenly Father watches over me.
I trust in God, I know He cares for me;
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea,
Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
My Heavenly Father watches over me.”

In the last several months I have often challenged the people here to trust God no matter what happens in life. Now God is giving us the opportunity to do that too.

In recent months, the children at church have been very disrespectful, making teaching difficult. Our hearts are often heavy and burdened with prayer. A couple weeks ago, one of the twins wrote on his water cup, “I hate my life.” We addressed it and he broke down crying and said, “But, It’s true.” Jimmy is only eight! We took the opportunity to show our love and remind him that God has a purpose for his life. As we show compassion may God make a difference in these lives (Jude 24).

One of the ladies who comes faithfully recently asked Naomi to counsel her granddaughter. Sicily, a teenager, was recently expelled from school for anger and disrespect. Naomi has met with her once so far and expects to begin meeting regularly as soon as possible. Sicily is not saved but is open to talking about God. Please pray that God would open her heart to receive Biblical truth.
Rachel (the one who had her leg amputated) shared her thankfulness that God didn’t heal her leg but instead God chose to heal her heart. Her face radiated joy when she told us she was reading all through the Bible for the first time in her life. What a blessing to see God’s people hungry for God’s Word!

Our church building is made of two connected buildings. The main building is where we have the auditorium, restrooms, one classroom, and the office. This building was nicely remodeled a few years ago by several of you. The other building is where we have a kitchen, a nursery, two classrooms, and a large open area which is used for a
fellowship hall and children’s ministry. This building is an older modular with a flat roof. In the last year or so the modular has been showing signs of needing some major repair or replacement. Besides structural and electrical issues, there are several major leaks in the roof. A leaking roof isn’t too much of a problem in Arizona, but two weeks ago it was raining on Sunday morning and several buckets were collecting rain water. Please pray with us as we seek the best option for this building.

All for Jesus,
Paul and Naomi, Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, Aletheia, and Andrew Sondergaard

Prayer requests:
• Bill and Darlene: a couple we met in town and gave them a Gospel tract and invited them to church
• Healing and wisdom for Andrew
• Spiritual protection for our children (the church kids often bring inappropriate words, gestures, and attitudes)
Praises:
• Ron and Diana Love (a retired couple) are here for the winter and have been a great blessing and help with the ministry
• We are so thankful for the Messicks and Loves who are graciously watching our children while we are in the hospital
• Many people who have been coming and responding to the messages (many first-time visitors or people who have not been to church for a very long timeFacebooktwittergoogle_plus

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Sondergaard November 2018

Dear Family and Friends:
“Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the Lord” Psalm 150:6. This month we have been reminded that every breath is a gift God gives that we might praise Him. A breath is such a simple gift that is easy to expect and take for granted. May the tests God has allowed our family to experience remind each of us to praise God. A breath: a simple yet wonderful gift. Don’t waste the gifts God gives you! Praise Him today!
Thankful for New Life & Growth
We are thankful for many of you who expressed love and concern while Andrew was in the hospital. You gave encouragement when our faith was challenged, and God answered your prayers! Andrew is now home after spending 14 days in isolation in the Flagstaff hospital Special Care Nursery. While in the hospital, Andrew was healed from his UTI infection and has steadily regained weight. Paul’s parents graciously took our children to their house while we were at the hospital. What a relief to know our children were in good hands!
Although Andrew is out of the hospital, we still need to have some issues checked out. He struggles feeding and often arches his back and neck. He also favors turning his head only one direction. In December he will retake a hearing test since he may have partial hearing limitation.
Thankful for God’s Work
Please pray as we get back in our responsibilities both at home and church. It has almost been a whole month since Naomi has taught the church children or homeschooled our own children. Naomi and Beverly are planning a ladies Bible study this coming Monday evening and Paul is back to preparing messages. Thankfully the Lord allowed Pastor’s hospital stay to be at a time when we could fill in and then the Messicks could fill in when we were gone. Most of all we are thankful for God giving our health back. We are reminded of the need for more laborers for the ministry here.
Thankful for God’s Care
Recently we asked for prayer for Paul as he deals with being out of breath. He was finally able to get in to a pulmonologist who discovered that Paul has pectus excavatum (which is a structural condition where his ribs press against his wind pipe and heart). It appears that his breathlessness is due to his wind pipe being pressed and partially closed. We are thankful that he doesn’t have a lung disease that could only get worse but instead has a condition that can be corrected. Paul is now waiting to get in to a doctor who can advise on treatment.
Thankful for Spiritual Reminders and New Visitors
God graciously reminds us of our need to live every day for Him. On hearing of the death of Missionary Charles Wesco in Cameroon, we were reminded of the urgent need to live every day for eternity. “Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last!”
For the past month, a Native American lady named Denise (Denni), has been coming faithfully to church. She expressed her thankfulness for our church and the preaching of the Word of God. She often brings her son Scotty or her grandson Hayden. Please pray for their salvation and her spiritual growth.
Andrew is 1 month old!
Andrew’s 1st Sunday back and first visit with Dave & Becky DeFord.
A sweet visit from Mrs. Bev’s 94-year-old brother Bob and his family.
Thankful for the beautiful fall colors in Flagstaff.
Praises:
• Care and healing for Andrew
• All of you for showering us with love and prayer through this time
• Protection for Patty (a widow in our church) who had a small fender bender
• Those who come faithful to every service
• Denise who brings her son and grandson regularly
• Adults and Children who hear God’s Word
• Provision through a job for Paul
Prayer Requests:
• Continued healing for Andrew – hearing tests and arching back/neck
• All the nurses, doctors, and staff who received Gospel tracts (about 40)
• One complete family to become a part of our church
• Rachel’s son, Simon showed interest in having a Bible study with Pastor
• Simon’s girlfriend, Markina, who comes to some of the Bible studies and church services – salvation
• Church children to learn respect and reverence for God, His Word, and His house and for us to walk in the Spirit as we minister to them
• Wisdom as Naomi starts to homeschool again
• Spiritual protection and growth for our children
• Full time financial support if that is God’s will
• Another couple to come and help in our ministry
All for Jesus,
Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, Aletheia, and Andrew
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Rimrock, AZ 86335
928.963.1605
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2406 Main Street, Keokuk, IA 52632
319.524.7278 * www.ibimi.com
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3

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Sondergaard October 2018

Dear Praying Friends and Family, 

Hospital visit: 

Since Andrew’s birth last Saturday, we have had some concerns: Andrew showed very little interest in eating, and he seemed to be in a constant deep sleep. On Monday, Naomi took him to the pediatrician who suggested we have him checked at the Flagstaff hospital. That evening we took Andrew up there where he went through several tests. After seeing some of his symptoms, the hospital staff decided to keep him over night to evaluate. During the night, Andrew stopped breathing for about 20 seconds. We are thankful this did not happen at home but he was able to receive immediate care. 

Diagnosis: 

We now know Andrew has UTI infection and the rhinovirus. His oxygen has been low so is receiving a low dose of oxygen and antibiotics for the infection. This morning, he had a spinal tap to test for meningitis. So far he does not seem to have meningitis (a big praise).

Tender Loving Care:

Andrew needs to be in the hospital for at least 2-3 weeks to clear his infections. The hospital staff has been a wonderful help and seem to be giving excellent care. We would ask you to pray for Andrew and our family throughout the next two or three weeks. 

While we realize many people have much more serious health needs than what we are facing, we also realize the very serious condition Andrew is in. It is hard to see such a little one attached to the medical equipment. Life is so fragile and a precious gift from God. Life, health, family: all these are precious gifts from God not to be wasted or taken for granted. We thank each of you for praying.

Praises:

*Andrew was hospitalized in time

*Pastor Messick is out of the hospital and planning on preaching Sunday morning.

*Paul’s parents are here to help watch our other children. 

Prayer Needs:

* Andrew’s health 

* Paul and Naomi – physical and spiritual strength

* Our church- people to fill in and help the Messicks as we are unable to teach. People’s spiritual growth

*Our children and family – strength day by day while Mommy is in the hospital with Andrew

* Pastor and Bev Messicks health and spiritual encouragement

 

All for Jesus

Paul and Naomi Sondergaard

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Sondergaard Update October 15, 2018

Dear Family and Friends, 
The last few weeks has been extra busy but we felt the need to get a quick note to you all to share a couple prayer requests with you.
 
First on our minds is the need to pray for Gary Messick (the pastor we are assisting). Over a week ago he was treated for pneumonia. When the antibiotics weren’t working, he ended up in the hospital and has been there since last Thursday night. We are thankful he got to the hospital when he did because the doctors found two blood clots in his lungs. The doctor said Pastor would not have made it if he hadn’t gotten to the hospital when he did. In addition to pneumonia and the blood clots, he has also been diagnosed with pleurisy. At this time the doctors are waiting for him to be able to be off oxygen before they can release him. Please pray for Beverly to experience an abundance of God’s grace and strength through this time. Also, please pray for Paul during the next several weeks as he fills in and takes care of services until Pastor can get back on his feet.
 
While all this was happening with Pastor, Andrew Joseph joined our family on Saturday morning. He was 8 pounds 9 ounces, and is a content little boy. Our other children can’t get enough of holding and touching him.
 
Rejoicing in Christ
Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
 

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Sondergaard August 2018

Dear Family and Friends:

First Peter 3:15 tells us to be “ready always.” These two words have the sense of readiness for action before the opportunity ever comes. Throughout this month, I have been challenged by the example of many people who were taking advantage of opportunities God gave them to share the Gospel. Oh, that God’s people would be “ready always” to tell others of the good news of Jesus Christ!
After a month of deputation travel, we returned home one week ago. God was gracious and allowed us to travel over 6000 miles without accidents or problems with our van. We saw God bless each meeting and use His Word in the hearts of many people. Along the way we had meetings in six churches (2 in Iowa, 3 in Indiana, and 1 in Missouri). We were also able to visit four solid churches for midweek services when we didn’t have scheduled meetings.

Our first meeting was on a Wednesday evening in Marshalltown, Iowa. The next day at church while Naomi was outside washing windows and Paul was repairing a door, we received several alerts on our phones for tornado warnings. Moments later we watched an EF3 tornado tear through town causing tremendous damage.
After visiting several churches in a short time, we were impressed by the creative ways people took advantage of opportunities to reach the world with the Gospel. One church had their Sunday morning service at the county fair (where many unsaved heard the Gospel). Another church has a group of people who meet every Tuesday morning to assemble Bibles that are shipped around the world. We were able to join them in assembling several hundred Spanish Gospel of Johns. Other churches used their opportunities with an addictions ministry, an outreach in the city park for children, and Bible studies held in homes each week. What a challenge to think of the opportunities God gives us every day to share the Gospel with others.

We praise the Lord for many of you we met for the first time. It felt like we met friends at each church. We were greatly encouraged when so many of you promised to pray as we serve the Lord here.
We are thankful for Pastor Gary and Bev Messick for their faithfulness while we were gone. Each week we were encouraged to hear how people were coming and being taught from God’s Word.
This past Sunday, Rachel was able to come to church for the first time since her leg amputation. She was in great spirits and gave testimony to how she has drawn closer to the Lord through the experience. She told how she is reading her Bible more now and is already in Ezekiel. Simon (her son), Marquina, and Kelley brought her (all of whom are unsaved).

The day after we left on our trip, one of the men in the church passed away. Bob and Patti have been a faithful part of the church for about three years. Thankfully he had a testimony of salvation and was a consistent example of serving the Lord. Please pray for this Saturday when we will be having a service for him.
Children fed the goats near one of the churches.

Praises:
• Safety and great meetings on our deputation trip
• The great encouragement and blessing so many were on our trip
• Several first-time visitors again lately
• God’s provision for our family in many ways
Prayer Requests:
• One complete family to become a part of our church
• Brendan and Danielle – faithfulness
• Rachel: continued healing, testimony before her family
• Spiritual protection and growth for our children
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Sondergaard July 2018

Dear Family and Friends:

“For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God” (Heb 6:7). Throughout the Bible, rain illustrates God giving or withholding blessing. We have had an unusually dry year and now face strict fire restrictions. We are thankful the late summer rains have begun giving much needed relief from extreme drought. More than a refreshing rain in a dry desert, we need God refreshing His people with His blessing. Oh, that God’s rains of revival might refresh our churches and homes!

Thank you for praying for our Vacation Bible School. This year the theme was on faith from the life of Noah. Paul finished the week with a chalk drawing illustrating Noah believing God’s faithful promise. Each night we had about 20 kids—some for the first time. Several responded to the Bible lessons.
After VBS, nine kids from the reservation went to Junior Camp at West Branch. We are thankful for the truths they heard and the responses from tender hearts. Three of the children raised their hands for salvation and others made decisions. One of the girls has faithfully come to church since then.

Thank you for praying for Brendon and Danielle. While they express a determination and excitement to be at church, they do need encouragement for faithfulness. After our trip, we hope to begin discipling this family. Danielle came to Bible study this week and asked some thoughtful questions.

We are very thankful Shea came to help us this summer. It has been a blessing to have her help with VBS, go with the kids to camp, and ride the church van when picking up on the reservation. She has been such a help to all of us and will be a great help to Mrs. Bev while we are gone on deputation. Please pray that God will provide for her needs at Ambassador Baptist College. On July 31, she will travel home to visit her family and then to Ambassador for her last year of college.

Please be in prayer as we plan on leaving early next week to visit several churches in the Midwest to share the burden and needs of the ministry here. We will be visiting churches in Iowa, Indiana, and Missouri. Please pray that we might be a blessing and help to each church we visit. We have a couple openings for Midweek services, so if you know of a church we can visit, please let us know.

Praises:
• Both children and adults who responded to Bible truths at VBS and Camp
• Several first-time visitors again lately
• Faithfulness of a new couple – Danielle and Brendan
• Good attendance and participation at Ladies Bible Study
• God’s provision for our family in many ways
• Two more churches scheduled in Indiana
Prayer Requests:
• One complete family to become a part of our church
• Rachel: more infection after her leg amputation
• Spiritual protection and growth for our children
• Deputation trip: July 16 through August 13

All for Jesus,
Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
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Sondergaard June 2018

Dear Family and Friends:
How much do you talk about salvation? Don’t forget “…it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…For therein is the righteousness of God revealed…” (Romans 1:16-17). May we never lose sight of what the Lord Jesus has done and will do because He went to the cross!
Please be in prayer for the ministry here this week. We will be having Vacation Bible School every night Monday through Thursday. The theme for this year is “Have Faith in God” and is based on the life of Noah.
Last week, we finished visiting every home on the Tunlii reservation to invite kids to VBS and invite adults to church. We had several good conversations and made several new contacts. Several ladies also showed interest in the Ladies Bible Study. Please pray for Jennifer, Shanday, Melissa (has a 4-year-old she wants to bring), Chris, Delores (Roman Catholic), Brooklyn, Aleah, Frank, Mary, Savannah, Stephen, and Monty. These are just some who received tracts and need salvation. Stephen was walking down the street, so we don’t have his address. He was recently released from prison and was able to hear the Gospel. Monty is a man in his 60’s who showed great interest in the Gospel. We plan on returning to his house after VBS. Many of the people we talked to are related to, or at least are friends with, some of our church members.
Next week, nine of our church kids will be going to West Branch for junior camp. Evangelists Tim Thompson and Troy Carlson will be preaching. Please pray that the kids will be tender to the preaching they hear. Every year some of them make decisions in response to the work God does in their hearts.
In the last two weeks we had a visit from all of Naomi’s family. They were a blessing and tremendous help in many ways: baking over 70 cookies for VBS, helping invite people to church, and making song and verse visuals for VBS. Naomi’s Aunt Pat and her grandparents (who are both in their 90’s) also came from California. The three of them are all unsaved (so please continue praying for their salvation). On Wednesday night they came to church and Paul gave a short message from Psalm 139 on the truth that we cannot hide from God. Paul sensed God leading while preaching and emphasized salvation in a way he had not planned. Afterward, Pat asked, “Don’t they ever talk about anything else?” She mentioned two other Baptist churches she’d been to this year and said, “They all say the same thing!” We are thankful for God allowing them to hear the Gospel again.
Please pray for Brendon and Danielle. They have two young boys. Here is a family who recently moved to the area and seem intent on coming to church. We are excited with the possibility that with some discipleship they seem ready to grow and become a faithful part of the church here. Please pray for them. While we anticipate what God can do, we also realize the destruction Satan will try to accomplish in their hearts.
In our last letter we asked for prayer for Rachel due to the removal of her foot. She did not heal properly and her leg to her knee was removed. When we visited her in the hospital she was very encouraged. She told how, when the pain was more than she could handle, she learned that by trusting the Lord, God gave her the peace she needed. She rejoiced in the strength and help she found in God. We left her with some good music and preaching on CD to help keep her mind on the Lord.
Praises:
• Good responses to tracts on the reservation
• First-time visitors: Frank & Susy, Brendon & Danielle, Cliff & Cheryl
Prayer Requests:
• One complete family to become a part of our church
• Rachel: complications with diabetes; foot removed and recovering.
• Sharon (and other ladies) to come to Ladies Bible Study
• Spiritual protection and growth for our children.
• VBS: June 18-21
• Junior Camp: June 25-30
• Deputation trip: July 16 through the beginning of August.
All for Jesus,
Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
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Sondergaards May 2018

Dear Family and Friends:

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

IBIMI Missions Retreat: Once every year our mission (IBIMI) meets together to share burdens and encourage one another. This year our church hosted the retreat. God had laid it on Pastor Messick’s heart to invite all our board members (see photo) including his sending pastor, Pastor Felber. Bill Rice III preached. Paul and Betty Hiscock presented their Sermon-in-Songs. And we enjoyed a train ride, a skit time, and lots of fellowship with one another.
Faithful Servants: We are thankful Pastor DeWayne Felber, though 91 years old, was able to come out for the retreat. It was through his faithful preaching for over forty years that God called many into full-time ministry – including the Messicks. Many sweet and tearful testimonies were shared praising God for the part Pastor Felber had in each of our lives. The retreat ended on April 7th and Pastor Felber returned home in Indiana on Monday, April 9th. On Wednesday night at his son’s church he shared how he was thankful the Lord allowed him to take the trip. The next morning, he was in the presence of the Lord Jesus. God’s timing was perfect. We’re thankful to have been a part of his last week here on earth.

The mission retreat was a special blessing to us as we saw our children interacting with missionaries and others who have served the Lord for so many years. It brought joy to our hearts that our children had so many examples of serving the Lord. Speaking of faithful servants, we just learned that on May 14th, Norman Johnston went home to be with the Lord. Brother Johnston was on our mission’s advisory board and led the mission’s department at Ambassador Baptist College. Paul took one of his classes when we were at Ambassador and he was a special blessing to our family.

Ladies Ministries: Near the end of April we had a mother/daughter banquet with the theme, “Be Still my Soul.” We invited several ladies to the banquet, but it was a great encouragement when some of the Native American ladies invited their own family and coworkers to the banquet. Often people respond to family and friends better, so we were encouraged to see the ladies serve the Lord in this way. Mrs. DeFord spoke on having a quiet time with God.

One of the ladies who came to the banquet expressed a desire to come to the Ladies Bible study. Because of her work schedule, she asked if we could move the Bible study an hour earlier. Pray that Sharon will start coming to Bible study as well as Sunday services!

Family Update: Recently, we began talking about purchasing homeschool curriculum for the upcoming school year. Looking at the cost, we hesitated. Naomi stopped at a garage sale and found boxes of Christian curriculum for 2nd through 6th grade. What a blessing to find several hundred dollars’ worth of needed books for only $50. Jehovah-Jireh – yes, God does provide!

Please pray as we prepare for a trip this summer. Lord willing, we will visit several churches in the Midwest to present the ministry. Knowing we would be gone for several weeks this summer we have been praying for help for the Messicks. Our prayer was for someone who could not only help with some of the responsibilities but also experience the unique challenges of ministry in the Southwest. Just over a month ago Brother Norman Johnston contacted the Mission and asked if any of the churches could use a student from Ambassador Baptist College. We were excited to see God answer a specific request. Please pray for Shea as she helps primarily with the ladies and kids this summer.Facebooktwittergoogle_plus

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