|May 2020 Prayer Letter|
|Dear Family and Friends,|
Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support these last few months. Currently, we are holding off on deputation until the summer time due to the COVID-19 virus. We are ministering to Natives by having online service, dropping off care packages, and encouraging them through social media. Lord willing, we will be able to come back to church and have church the way the Bible tells us to do. (Hebrews 10:25).
During the month of February, we were in the states of Texas, Florida, and Georgia. During the first week of February, Lydia and Samuel needed to stay home and rest a little bit while Jacob went to present in Texas for a week and a half. While preaching and presenting in southern Texas, he found that there was a church that was having their mission’s conference in the area. He decided to attend because he wanted to hear good preaching- not knowing that God was leading the pastor to have him as part of his conference! The church was very kind and giving and the Spirit of God was moving in hearts- including Jacob’s. After Texas, Jacob went home to be with his family and join in the 3 day Cocopah revival meeting. The guest speaker was Evanglist Joe Doyel from California. God was working in hearts! There was one salvation (Salvador) and a lady came to Pastor Veldhuis and told him that she needed to get a few things right with the Lord. Pastor Veldhuis prayed with her and she is on fire for the Lord! Her name is Lorie. Please pray that she stays close to God. This revival meeting was a huge encouragement for the Jones and Veldhuis families. After the revival meeting, Jacob was joined by Lydia and Samuel and drove back to Texas for a meeting and then drove to Florida for a meeting and to see Lydia’s extended family. After Florida, we presented at a church in Albany, GA. They were kind and down to earth. We loved that! The month of February was a great month for our family. One Cocopah got saved, another one gave her life to the Lord, we had a lot of generous givers, and we picked up 4 new supporting churches. God is so good!
During the month of March, Jacob traveled and presented at 5 churches in the state of Colorado. On March 1st, Jacob presented at two churches. One in Elizabeth, CO and the other in Gypsum, CO. On March 3rd- 5th, he attended a Home Church Planter’s conference in Englewood, CO. for the first time. He didn’t know many people, and it was a great opportunity to be able to meet new pastors and other church planters throughout the United States. It was encouraging to see pastor and indviduals giving thousands of dollars towards church planting works. The preaching was wonderful and convicting. It was just want he needed! As a result of the conference, we were able to pick up 4 supporters! After the conference, that following Sunday, Jacob presented at 2 other churches in Thornton, CO and Fowler, CO. Both churches were a blessing!
On March 9th, he was traveling back to Yuma. While he was travelling home, there was word on the news about the COVID-19 virus’ spread throughout the U.S. When he called Lydia, she told him that her doctor said she had to isolate. If she got the virus she would not survive. Jacob prayed for God’s direction and help in knowing what to do and how to handle this matter. A few days later, we got calls from churches that had to cancel with us due to the virus. Jacob prayed even more and after much consideration, decided that we will not be travelling until June. We had a few Bible clubs on the Cocopah North reservation and one on one discipleships during the middle of March.
By the end of March, we decided to just send out care packages and have online church livestreaming. We do not like this one bit but we were relieved to know that this was only going to go on for a short time.
On March 28th, we celebrated Samuel’s first birthday. We are so thankful that God gave us him. We had a fun time with him!
In April, we spent a lot of time together as a family. Jacob did a lot of studying and we sent out care packages to the members of the Cocopah church. Please pray for Bible believing churches throughout the world. Everyone in the world is being affected by the COVID-19 out break. We need to get the gospel out asap. People are fearful, struggling finacially, and have no hope after death. They need the Lord Jesus Christ! Let’s pray for one another and call friends and family to give them the gospel over the phone or via the internet. Our job in spreading the gospel does not ever stop! Lord willing, this virus will go away and churches will be able to meet together.
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 and Amon, Lorie and Salvador. Health: COVID-19 cases, Lydia, Baby Samuel, Sherry with possible tumor; Mary, Edward, and Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis with general health.Pray for Present Ministries* Bus
* Bible Clubs* Children’s
* Teen* Seniors* Soul Winning * DiscipleshipPray for Future Ministries * Bible studies on the Quechan reservation (Lord willing Oct. 2020) In a few weeks, I will be giving you all more of update on planting New Haven Baptist Church in Winterhaven, CA. Keep churches in your prayers daily please! Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” 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 would help us plant churches and that He 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 74% of our support goal. Thank you all who give and pray for our needs! Upcoming Events
2nd Highlands Baptist Church Boone, CO
3rd Fountain Independent Baptist Church Fountain, CO
7th Crystal River Baptist Church Carbondale, CO
14th Cross Road Baptist Church Buckeye, AZ
22nd- 26th Junior Camp week at West Branch in Williams, AZ
6th- 10th Teen Camp week at West Branch in Williams, AZ
12th Heaven View Baptist Church Arizona City, AZ
15th Faith Baptist Fellowship Church Villon, AR
19th Liberty Baptist Church Trenton, MO
22nd Lighthouse Baptist Church Rock Island, IL
26th Assurance Baptist Church Inglewood, OHWe want to thank you all for your prayers and financial support!Take Care and God Bless Sincerely In Christ,Jacob and Lydia Jones Missionaries to the Native AmericansCell: (928) 315- 5057Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgII 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.