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
• Comfort and wisdom for Patti after Bob passed away

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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
Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, and Aletheia and baby __?

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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
Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, and Aletheia and baby __?

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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.

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Paul and Naomi Sondergaard Jan 2017

Dear Family and Friends:
Now that we are done with the first month of this new year, are you reaching any goals you may have made in January? So much can happen in a new year: we could grow in our faith, restore a relationship, Jesus Christ could return, a loved one could get saved, or even… We can make great plans, but if those plans rely on our own effort we miss out on pleasing God. Do you remember Hebrews 11:6? “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” This year may we please Him, believe in Him, and prepare to meet Him.
After our last letter we drove to California to spend Christmas with some of our family. To our great delight, Naomi’s Grandparents and Aunt Pat came with us to church both morning and evening. It was an answer to prayer to see some of our unsaved family hear the Gospel once again.
For the past week we have had the tremendous blessing of having a group from Iowa and Wyoming who helped us with work projects around church. These eight people built a shed, poured a 20X30 concrete slab, painted the fellowship hall, as well as some other needs we had. The shed is big enough for both storage and a classroom. We hope to eventually put a teen class here. The concrete slab is big enough for several picnic tables and will be helpful for fellowship meals as well as VBS activities. Eventually, we will need to put a roof over the concrete for shade. Our church will be greatly blessed for many years to come by the sacrificial love these folks showed as they served the Lord.
This past month Tri-City Baptist church of Forest City, North Carolina, has agreed to be our sending church. This is the church where we were members while Paul attended Ambassador Baptist College. We are thankful for Pastor Hollandsworth and the people there for being a great encouragement and help to us. We are thankful for the commitment they have taken to faithfully pray for us and the ministry here.
We are now having a ladies Bible study every two weeks. Naomi is teaching this study from 1Peter 3:4 on a “meek and quiet spirit” and from Titus 2 on the need to “teach the young women.” While the ladies at the Bible study are older, Naomi’s desire is to see them reach the many younger ladies in their lives. These ladies have a wonderful opportunity to disciple and witness to the ladies on the reservation. So many people have needs and hurts that only Jesus Christ can meet.
Please pray as we begin working with the teen girls. On February 9th Naomi is inviting the 5th through high school ladies to our home for a Bible study and activity. Even though it is nearly 70 degrees right now, she plans on a snow theme to teach the girls that God made them uniquely for His own glory (see Isaiah 43:7 and Revelation 4:11). Pray for the salvation of these young ladies and that they would choose to live for the Lord Jesus! Paul is in the process of preparing for a teen boys class. Please pray as he considers the right material, focus, and direction for this class.
Several years ago Paul was greatly influenced by a pastor who emphasized the need for worship that pleases God. Paul is taking some of those thoughts and is teaching on worship in the adult Sunday school class. This last Sunday we were challenged by the need to prepare for worship. From Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 we realized that we cannot assume worship takes place just because the church service began. Our hearts need to be

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