Jones May 2019

Dear Family and Friends,       

We want to thank you so much for your prayers and financial support these past few months!
    Due to Lydia’s health, we have limited ourselves to part time deputation.
    It has been a roller coaster ride these past few weeks, but through it all God has been good to us!
    You may have already heard some of the following news on social media, but for the ones who haven’t heard here is our  update for the last 3 months.
    During the month of February, Bro. Jacob travelled to New Mexico and all through Arizona to present the ministry. When not travelling, he stayed with Lydia at the Ronald McDonald Home in downtown Phoenix. He had the opportunity while driving on the Navajo reservation to see new sights and meet new Native pastors.
He went through both rain and snow during his trip, but was very thankful for God’s protection while travelling on the weekends!  
    We would like to thank the Aguilar Family, the Stenger Family, the Gifford Family, and the Wilbur Family for staying with Lydia while Bro. Jacob travelled.
    Throughout the week, Bro. Jacob cared for Lydia, set up future meetings, and worked on a sermon series on Proverbs for the teen curriculum. He and Lydia kept in contact with people from the Cocopah reservation via social media.
    We knew the month of March would be a challenge due to Lydia’s pregnancy complications and Samuel’s birth.    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.”Prov. 3:5-6    Through the challenges we experienced, God has tested our faith in Him.
     Bro. Jacob was able to present at 3  churches in Arizona and one in southern California. We would like to thank these churches for being extremely flexible and for allowing him to come and present.
    During the month of March, Lydia was suffering from preterm labor, shortness of breath, and high uterine fluid. The specialists told us that Samuel looked good and that they wanted Lydia to carry him to 37 weeks because she was stable.
    On March 27th, Lydia was admitted to the hospital and induced at 7 a.m. Bro. Jacob, Pastor and Mrs. Veldhuis, and Mrs. Wilbur were there. She was given Pitocin via I.V. and a catheter to help speed labor.
    Throughout the day, the contractions grew stronger and she was given an epidural. By that night, she was dilated to 10 cm. She contracted all night, but her water hadn’t broken so they broke it early the next morning.
    Lydia’s specialists had determined that a vaginal delivery was safest, and she labored throughout the day. However, the Dr. discovered that her pelvis was small and after hours of pushing,  Samuel wasn’t progressing through the birth canal. Her epidural also failed and the anesthesiologist didn’t realize it. She was finally rushed into an emergency c-section.
    Samuel Jacob Jones was born at 2:43 p.m. on March 28, 2019. He weighed 7 lbs 4 oz! We were so excited to finally see our baby boy face to face!!
    While recovering from the c-section, Lydia was monitored for blood clots and heart problems. After 4 days, she and Baby Samuel were cleared to go home.
    On March 30th, Lydia was discharged and she and Bro. Jacob were able to go home to their apartment in Yuma after 3 months of living at the Ronald McDonald Home. It was so exciting (and nerve wracking!) to take our baby boy home for the first time!!
    The next day, we noticed Lydia had severe leg swelling and shortness of breath. She was taken to the hospital in Yuma. There, they gave her IV diuretics. After 4 days, the Drs. found that she’d suffered heart failure during the c-section and had lost a lot of blood. Lydia lost 22 lbs of fluid and felt much better!
    Her heart is recovering extremely well, but her Drs. say she cannot travel for the next few months due to a high risk of blood clots.
    Due to Lydia’s health, and Jacob caring for she and Samuel, we feel that he should hold off on full time deputation until they are healthy enough to join him on the road.
    In the meantime, Jacob and Lydia will be working with Cocopah teens and adults doing discipleship, Bible clubs, Wednesday night teen class, and other activities.
    In April, the Jones family had a great time attending Resurrection Sunday as a family! Pastor Veldhuis spoke on the resurrection and there was plenty of food!
    Please continue praying for souls to be saved and continue praying for us as we minister to the Native Americans.
                 Future Ministry Goals     One of our main goals is to begin a couples class at Bethel Independent Baptist Church. Another is to start the H.O.P.E. addiction ministry. In the future, we also desire to plant a church on the Quechan reservation and establish other ministries as the Lord leads us to start in order to reach Natives for Christ. Please pray that God would begin working in hearts and opening doors in order to allow us to reach these goals.      Currently ,there are over 1.6 million Native Americans in the United States and 562 distinct sovereign tribes. Many of these tribes struggle with substance abuse and poverty and have no gospel witness. Please pray with us that God will send more laborers into the Native American field located right in our backyard. 

 Prayer Requests:
Salvations- Mariella, Satori, Ayla, Cayden, Airus, Sherry, Stanford, Sylvia, Mary, Joe, Jessie.
Spiritual Growth- Molly, Loren, Tyler, Lilly, Roxanna, Alex, Edward, Justice, Jasmine, Mya, Kayla, Vincent
Health: Lydia, Sherry with possible tumor; Mary, Edward, and  Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis with general health.Personal Needs:
     That more churches will take us on for support. As of now, we are at 51% of our support goal.
These next few months, we will be a little tight financially due to only being on part time deputation as well as the limitation of presenting to only nearby churches. Pray that the Lord will provide for our needs. 

Praises:
      On February 20th, God provided us a van for deputation and ministry activities. Thank you for your prayer and financial giving towards the van. 
Lydia and her safe delivery.
Samuel is in good health. 
Bro. Jacob safety while traveling.
The Lord has been so good towards our family.
Thank you for your prayers!

                        Sincerely In Christ,
Jacob and Lydia Jones Missionaries to the Native Americans
                     Cell: (928) 315- 5057
                     Email: jacobjones6064@gmail.com

II Corinthians 4:3-4
“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto. 
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Grammer April 2019

April 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,


We had a wonderful day yesterday on the Navajo Reservation.  Sam was the moderator for the ordination of 3 men from the Tuba City Baptist church; George Adson, Clifford Hyden and Alfred Hyden.  These 3 men have been leaders in the church for years and were a real blessing to us when we served there as interim pastor.  The church has several older folk that speak only Navajo and also younger adults that speak only English.  The schedule allowed for morning services in Navajo while the English SS was taught.  Then everyone switched rooms and the English worship service was held while the Navajo SS class was taught.  These men took turns preaching in their Navajo language.  The purpose for the ordination is to send them out to other Reservation churches to preach.  For 3 years, these men sat in Sam’s doctrine classes each Sunday afternoon for 2 hrs.  What a joy to see them putting to use the teaching and training.


This coming week-end, Janet is to speak at a ladies’ banquet on the Yavapai-Apache Reservation.  Pray for her as she travels and that is will be a help to the ladies as they spend time together in God’s Word.


Sam now has tickets to Thorne Bay from June 25-July 19. Please pray with us that the needed supplies will be ready for this summer’s projects and that we can continue to build and stay out of debt.  This summer we hope to see the skirting put on the foundation and the wood stove installed.  We have all that is needed to put in the stove, just needs to be done.  Once this is completed, workers can stay in the cabin and work on completion at any time of the year that is convenient for them. There are no volunteer work crews this summer, so pray for Sam to get much accomplished and maybe find some local Christian men to pitch in.


Our calendar between Christmas and Easter are usually pretty free and a good time to schedule annual check-ups, dental work, eyes, ears…   It’s easy to share with you scheduled events, but harder to share the ministry to individuals while visiting and counseling.  The personal struggles are not ours to share but we do appreciate your prayers for wisdom as we pray with them and try to encourage.  Thank you.


This past year, our old wood truck has been in the shop and for the first time, our yard was emptied of firewood.  God met our needs for the winter (our wood stove is our main heat source for the house) but it is now time to restock for the coming winter.  Pray for Sam as he travels up the mt. for our firewood and for safety as he cuts and loads up the truck.  It’s been a year and he needs to get back in shape for this type of labor.


We have plans to visit Sam jr.’s family in Alaska from May 28-June 4.  This is when we normally get out another letter so we don’t expect to send one out next month.  We don’t get to spend much time with our family and Sam’s family rarely gets to NC for the Thanksgiving family time.  Pray with us as we travel and for a good time together with Sam, Amber and the 3 boys (ages 2-7)


Thank you to each of you for your prayers for us and the ministry God has put us in.  You are a blessing to us.

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”


In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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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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De Ford Jan/Feb 2019

A blessed start to the New Year!
Dear family, friends, and faithful
prayer partners:
Like much of the rest of the country,
Arizona has been blanketed with snow.
While snow isn’t unusual here in Northern
Arizona and in the higher elevations across
the state, Phoenix and Tucson have even
gotten a few flakes this year. I personally
welcome it because we all know the triple
digits will be here soon enough. And there
really aren’t many sights in all the earth
more beautiful than the frosted Grand
Canyon.
With the new year came the
resumption of home school co-op. Sherry’s
load is much easier with only 2 students in
here kindergarten/first grade class. Both
Cutter and Shealtiel are doing very well.
Sherry is pleased with their progress.
We took a trip early in January to visit
and give a report to a supporting church in
Winnemucca, NV. We really enjoyed the
long weekend and fellowship with Grace
Baptist. The folks there have been a
blessing to us for many years. Along the
nine hour drive there and back Sherry and
I also enjoyed just being together and
visiting. It is rare for us to be able to spend
extended amounts of time together just
being a couple. God is so good and I thank
Him for giving me such a wonderful wife!
Since our last letter we have seen three
Hualapai receive Christ as Saviour! One of
our church members as been inviting and
bringing his sister, niece, and nephew to
service for a few weeks. They came a few
times together before all three of them
acknowledged their need of salvation, were
dealt with, and gloriously saved the last
Sunday in January!
Late last summer, Sherry took our son,
Micah to Fargo, ND where he began
preparing for the ministry at Master’s
Baptist College. It had been several years
since we had visited the ministry as a
family. Over the years the work has grown
and developed quite a lot. I was blessed to
be able to visit Micah and the college in
February-the best time of year to visit
Fargo-and see all that the Lord is doing
there. Please, continue to pray for Micah
and Josh as he continues his training at
Pensacola Christian College. Lord willing,
both will be graduating Spring of 2020.
It is not often that I report on what is
happening within the Independent Baptist
Indian Mission of which I am the director.
However, there are two prayer request I
want to bring to your attention. Our
newest missionaries, the Jacob Jones family
to the Cocopah, are expecting their first
child. Jacob’s wife, Lydia is the daughter of
one of our veteran missionaries. Lydia has
numerous health issues which complicate
her pregnancy. At 33 weeks baby Samuel is
doing well. Pray Lydian carries Samuel full
term with no complications.
The Sondergaard family serving
among the Yavapai-Apache had their fifth
child, Andrew, back in October. He was
born with some significant health issues.
While he is still being tested, he has been
diagnosed with plagiocephaly. He has
many appointments in the next couple
month with several specialists.
Please keep these two little ones in
prayer.
For God’s Glory,
the Steve De Ford family
CONTACT:
FIELD:
3880 Stockton Hill Rd.
Suite 103-438
Kingman, AZ 86409
928-757-5842
SUPPORT:
IBIMI
2406 Main St.
Keokuk, IA 52632
HOME OFFICE:
3880 Stockton Hill Rd.
Suite 103-438
Kingman, AZ 86409
928-200-2392
HOME CHURCH:
Burge Terrace Baptist
Church
9345 Brookville Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46239
317-862-6109
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

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Grammer Feb 2019

Feb 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

This month, we had to say some more “Good-byes”.  4 ladies that we have ministered to over the years are now Home with the Lord; Sally (from Black Mesa that we met years ago and has been a dear friend over the years), Thelma (from the nursing home where Janet has been visiting), Geraldine’s daughter (Geraldine is one of the Bible School students where Sam is teaching) and Rena (her husband Charlie died on New Year’s day-they were both faithful members of the church in Tuba City where we pastored a few years ago).

Yet God has balanced the “Good-byes” with several “Hellos” for this coming year as several babies are expected to make an appearance.  One of our missionary gals is expecting a baby boy in about a month.  One of Janet’s piano students is expecting early this summer and also some of our grandchildren are going to give us some more great grandchildren before the year is over.  Children are truly a gift from God and we thank Him for each new life.

 Each summer, Sam travels to Thorne Bay, Alaska to work on the radio station project. The exterior is finished but the interior is still waiting for completion.  Here are some of the things that we would like to accomplish this summer:
*wiring (already provided but needs installation)
*insulation ($3,000 needed)
*skirting to keep wild animals from making their home under the building
 (Approx. $500 needed)
*install wood stove (already provided but needs installation)
*footers for the extension that will include kitchen and bathroom
(Approx. $1500 needed)
Here are some things you can pray with us about:
*for the Alaska Power company to bring electric to the property
*finances to continue to keep this project debt-free
*volunteer work crews with the needed skills 
*reasonable air fares for self and workers

We do appreciate each of you that has prayed for us and supported our ministry over the years.  We are very aware that you are part of our ministry and thank God for each of you.  Thank you.


II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer   

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Jones February 2019

Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support these last few months. Currently, Jacob is on full time deputation. It’s been an exciting and busy time for us! There is a lot going on with the Jones family.
During the month of November, Jacob flew to Texas to present at 5 churches in southern Texas. He spent 2 and a half weeks staying with his parents in Beeville, TX. There, he presented at nearby churches. Jacob got to see and catch up with his parents.

On November 11th, Roxanna and Alex made the decision to dedicate their daughter, Miracle, to the Lord at Bethel Independent Baptist Church. On November 30th, Bro. Jacob and Mrs. Veldhuis (His mother in-law) planned a teen bonfire.They had hot dogs, chips, water, and roasted marshmallows. Jacob preached on “How To Be Born Again?” The teens listened but did not make a decision about salvation. Please keep them in your prayers.
In December, Jacob presented at 3 churches. Two churches were located in California and one church was in Arizona. Jacob and Lydia got to spend more time together and help out at their church (Cocopah Bethel Independent Baptist Church) in Yuma, AZ. On December 8th, they had an all church Christmas bake day. It went well and they had a good turn out. Mrs Veldhuis told a story on Jesus’ birth.

Pastor Veldhuis, Jacob, and a few church members helped pick fruit. They put about 15 pieces of fruit in each bag with a little bit of candy and a Gospel tract. The church handed out these bags on the reservation. Churches are not allowed to door knock but they are allowed to give out free bags of fruit.

All throughout the month, Jacob and Lydia went through discipleship with a couple of teens and adults. On the 31st, the church had a New Years celebration. This celebration included preaching, fireworks, games, and food. We had a fun time!

During the month of January, Jacob traveled throughout California presenting their ministry. He was able to present at 6 churches during that month! He had a wonderful time presenting and fellowshipping with pastors and others!

For the next few months, Jacob and Lydia will be living at the Ronald McDonald Home in Phoenix so that her doctors can keep a closer watch over Lydia and little Samuel. Lydia’s lung function has remained stable, although her pulmonary pressure has a higher risk of increasing as the pregnancy progresses. Please pray for God’s protection for she and Samuel as she has been experiencing some preterm contractions. Thankfully, they were able to be stopped each time before they progressed into labor.

Prayer Requests:
Salvations- Mariella, Satori, Ayla, Cayden, Airus, Sherry, Stanford, Sylvia, Mary, Joe, Jessie.
Spiritual Growth- Molly, Loren, Tyler, Lilly, Roxanna, Alex, Edward, Justice, Jasmine, Mya, Kayla, Vincent
Health: Lydia, Baby Samuel, Sherry with possible tumor; Mary, Edward, and Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis with general health.

Deputation Goals for 2019:

On July 29th, we started full time deputation. We have traveled over 15,000 miles on the road. As of now, we are at 48% of our support goal. These past few months have not been easy. Traveling 15,000 miles, dealing with car repairs, my father in-law’s cancer, and Lydia’s pregnancy complications with baby Samuel on the way are some of the trials we have faced. Despite all of this, God has been good to us. He has helped us emotionally, physically, and financially these past few months.

We want to thank you all for prayers for my family as well as those of you who send your monthly support. Continue to pray for us as we try to wrap things up on deputation. We are trusting that God will provide enough funds for us to stop deputation July 1st of this year. Please consider helping us reach our goal financially!

Future Ministry Goals

One of our main goals is to begin a couples class at Bethel Independent Baptist Church. Another is to start the H.O.P.E. addiction ministry. In the future, we also desire to plant a church on the Quechan reservation and establish other ministries as the Lord leads us to start in order to reach Natives for Christ. Please pray that God would begin working in hearts and opening doors in order to allow us to reach these goals.

Currently ,there are over 1.6 million Native Americans in the United States and 562 distinct sovereign tribes. Many of these tribes struggle with substance abuse and poverty and have no gospel witness. Please pray with us that God will send more laborers into the Native American field located right in our backyard.

Personal Needs:
That more churches will take us on for support. As of now, we are at 48% of our needed support.
That God will provide for a ministry vehicle or the money to purchase one. We are looking into purchasing a $3,500 to $4,000 car.

Sincerely In Christ,
Jacob and Lydia Jones Missionaries to the Native Americans
Cell: (928) 315- 5057
Email: jacobjones6064@gmail.com

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Sam & Janet Grammer Jan 2019

Jan 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

The Week-end before Christmas, Sam was privileged to preach at Inscription House at the T’saa Biiliin church and then enjoy their special Christmas dinner and program. The songs were arranged by one of their own members and they did a great job. It was a joy to be invited to join them.

Sam makes and repairs saddles and tack and has various Scripture verses on the walls of his workshop. Most of the cowboys that come in already know he is a preacher but the need for his help brings them in anyways. Sometimes doors are open and sometimes closed to tell them of the Gospel of salvation or even give them a free Bible to read. Just before Christmas, one cowboy prayed and accepted God’s gift of salvation. A good way to end the year!
( Pray for Alonzo to bring his family to church and grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. (I Pet. 3:18) So far, holiday activities, bad weather and now sickness, have kept them away.)

The first week of 2019 has been a bit more difficult. On Jan 1, a dear brother in Christ, one of the leaders of the church when we were pastoring in Tuba City, had a heart attack and left us. On Jan 3, another brother in Christ (from the church in Flagstaff where we attend when we are in town) was involved in a road accident and went Home to be with our Lord.

Then, on Jan 7, we went to the hospital to encourage a couple as the husband went into surgery. Later that day, we received a call from one of our daughters that our grandson was going into surgery. His left index finger had an encounter with a table saw and severed the bone at the joint. They were told at the hospital that the best hand-surgeon just “happened” to be in the hospital at that time! It took 4 hrs of surgery but Nate’s finger was re-attached and the joint wired . He will never bend that finger again, but should have feeling in it and is now on the road to recovery.

We can focus on the emotional and physical pain of each of these events, or we can rejoice: #1-Both Charlie and Bob had “fought the fight and finished the course and kept the faith” (II Tim. 4:7) and now enjoying the presence of God in Heaven!

#2-There were several that responded at Bob’s memorial that they wanted Christ as their Saviour! Death is always a reminder to the living that we need to be ready and use this life to praise God.
#3-We are thankful for modern technology and skilled Doctors that God uses to repair damaged bodies.

#4- Best of all-We have a God who was not surprised by these events, but had a plan for each of these men. He is fully in Control! A very good reminder as we enter a new year!

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
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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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