June 2019 Dear Friends in Christ, This past May, Janet was invited to speak to the Ladies’ banquet at the Yavapai-Apache church in Camp Verde where 2 of our missionary families are working. There were about 20 ladies present and the topic was how to live a holy life and pleasing God. It was a good time and the ladies seemed to enjoy the fellowship and encouragement. The Dine Bible Institute classes are finished for this semester and we plan to start again this fall. It is a blessing to see some of the students using this training to minister among their own people. Just last week, we returned from a trip to Port Alsworth, Alaska for a week with Sam & Amber and our 3 grandsons (James-7, Peter-4 & Ira-2). It has been 4 years since we have been in their home and a short visit from them 2 years ago at the family Thanksgiving gathering. We don’t get to see much of our grandkids so this was a real treat. We use our credit card a lot (paid off each month to avoid interest) and had saved enough “air miles” to get the tickets. God is so good in providing our needs and even treats us to some of our “wants”. June 25-July 11, Sam will be flying to Alaska once again; this time to Thorne Bay Some have asked if this is near our son’s home. Sam & Amber live north of Anchorage and require another 1 ½-2 hr small plane flight to their community. Thorne Bay is a 3 hr. ferry ride from Ketchikan in the south-eastern part of the state. Same state- but it is a big state and the locations are far apart. We didn’t have any volunteer groups planned for this summer’s work, but God brought a Christian couple into our lives who plan on being in Thorne Bay this summer to visit family at the same time that Sam plans to be there and the man hopes to be able to help with the work planned for this summer. Amazing to watch God’s provision along the way. Pray with us for safe travels and that much will be accomplished this summer Some gifts sent this past month will help pay for this summer’s work. We are thankful that God has met each expense along the way so that we have been able to avoid debt. We are purchasing a large generator to power this project, since we are not getting a good response from the Alaska Power Company regarding electric coming to the property. The cost will be approximately $5,500. (We have to include the transportation costs of bringing it up on a barge to Thorne Bay.) Please pray with us about meeting this need. Sam will have a short break after arriving back in AZ before he has to speak at a Navajo family Camp; July 20-27. He will be taking the morning and evening sessions in the English language while others will be teaching the same material in the Navajo language. Many of the elderly still speak Navajo as their primary language but then many of the middle age and younger generation are more comfortable in English and may not even understand Navajo. Be praying with us as he prepares for this week Sometimes we share prayer requests and then have letters asking just how God worked in each situation. Thank you. It tells us that you are praying and also reminds us to mention how prayers are answered. We were recently asked how the missionary family is doing that were experiencing a difficult pregnancy. Jacob & Lydia Jones now have a healthy baby boy in their arms; Samuel. The recovery time was longer than hoped for because of Lydia’s health challenges and an unavoidable c-section. However, she was able to carry Samuel to full term and give birth to a healthy son -a definite answer to prayer! 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
My first four month post radiation cancer treatment labs May 31st found the prostate Specific Antigens less than one-half of what theyd been and in the middle of the normal range for a healthy man of my age. We couldn’t be more grateful for all the prayers and gifts responsible for the health and means to carry on all Cocopah ministries while covering medical expenses. PRAY for Godsends of strength, coworkers, vehicles, weather, receptive souls, and funds for summers numerous ministries. Pray Jacob, Lydia, and Samuels on and off deputation meetings while helping us will soon enable them to join us full time, and that until then Dawn and I will be able to safely handle and control the huge increase in van and bus riders and class sizes without our usual monitors. Your PRAYERS for our LORD’s true lasting fruit this summer as well as for Dawns vasculitis, Lydias pulmonary hypertension, and my remission through September 2019s next cancer evaluation are truly an invaluable and appreciated lifeline as you labor with us. Romans 15:30 Michael and Dawn
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
“Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God;” Psalm 147:1
Dear Ones in Him,
As we begin our 35th year of ministry with the Native Americans in Arizona, we thank God for this privilege, and we ask God daily to do His work in these precious folks lives. Many of you have been a vital part of this ministry from the beginning through your prayers and support, and we thank you for your faithfulness and for being a great encouragement!
We were blessed to have missionary Janet Grammer speak at our Mother/Daughter Banquet. She gave a very challenging and timely message on “Purity & Holiness” to the twenty in attendance.
Also in May, we enjoyed getting to know missionary candidate, Bethany Anglin, as she shared her calling to the island of Roatan, Honduras.
Ron & Diana Love from N.C. have been helping in various ways at the church for the last seven months. We appreciate Ron’s teaching on witnessing and soul-winning.
Recently, Gary had to have a small growth removed from his eyelid, and we are so thankful it was benign. Bev has battled dermatitis on her face for several months, being treated unsuccessfully with several medications. But, after getting in to see Kirt’s dermatologist it seems to be under control.
Many of you have been praying for the health needs of Paul, our Youth Pastor and their baby, Andrew. Here is a report from Paul and Naomi that will bring you up to date:
Andrew’s specific praises:
No genetic disorders found.
UTI tests came back clear.
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.
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.
We ask that you would continue to uphold little Andrew in prayer.
Other prayer requests:
*Simon, who has an alcohol problem, attends church occasionally with his mother, Rachel. Recently, he met
with Gary for a time of counseling and Bible study. He has agreed to continue meeting with Gary.
*Kelly, Simon’s cousin, also comes to church with Rachel. Her boyfriend, Marlon, is a professed atheist. Please
pray Kelly will accept the fact that there is danger in staying in a relationship with him, hoping she can change
him. Pray for Marlon’s salvation.
*For VBS the first week of June; that hearts will be touched and lives changed through the teaching of God’s Word.
Thank you again for standing faithfully with us in the work here with the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
We have had some interesting
times since we last wrote. We had the Independent Fellowship Of Native Baptist Churches
this past Easter Good Friday. This is the Native Baptist Churches within 100
miles of our Reservation. The attendance was around 100 natives from five
Churches. Native Churches are not many in number. If you have 35 on a Sunday
morning, that’s great. Sunday night & Wednesdays the crowd gets smaller.
BUT GOD….has sure done wonders for us with our little remnant.
We love to see natives
visit our Church. This month we had two male visitors. We were all so happy and welcoming them into
the services. We hoped they would be back.
They did come back the next Sunday. But in the mean time red flags were
going up all over the Church. I checked with police on the Reserve and back
issues of newspapers while a great big lump was rising up in my throat. One was a convicted pedophile charged with 3
counts of possessing, making and distributing child porn. And to think how much
we made over these two men being there. All week I worried how to handle it.
The last thing I would do being a white man is tell a native of this
Reservation that he was not welcome in our Church. I HAD LEARNED MY LESSON about
10 years ago. So I involved our men.
They could tell them and not bat an eye, and they did. He was very
polite once he saw I had the goods on him. Oh how our mother’s with children
were upset. The visitors left and we’re back to normal. Another lesson learned.
Do your home work before you make over new visitor!
Another surprise was our daughter Mary, her husband
Derek and our grandson Griffin came to visit us from Little Rock. Ten days of
romper room excitement! I could write a book here. It was the best thing that
has happened to us in a long, long time.
Our whole family together! We had
a blast!! Most likely it will be a very long time before we get them all
The rest of us are about
the same. The doctor gave me a good report apart from the Parkinson Disease. And also, the doctors can’t understand why my
strength is half of what it used to be. I get so weak every day. The
Neurologist said it’s due to the Parkinson and there’s nothing I can do about
it except stay active. Elaine’s surgery
for her hip is still upcoming. It’s not getting any better. Just waiting on the
doctor to call. She uses a cane more often now and continues to be active as
much as she can.
Let me say, our traveling
in a car to come down south is just not possible for now. We live, bloom and mostly
die where God plants us. The work load is as great as ever, but the physical
strength is less than half. The Parkinson’s has become a ruler in my life. I
have to consider it before I set out to do anything. I find myself weeping more
these days due to my ability or disability to go as I use to. As in anything,
we have our bad days and good days. But we keep moving forward. All else is
To our dear supporters, we
are indebted to you. Your faithfulness is so gracious and true. God love you.
Your prayers and financial support is soooo much appreciated. Thank you. Anytime
you’d like to call or text, please do. As cold waters
to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.Pr 25:25 Thank
you for loving me and Elaine the way you dear folk do.
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.
How good it is to freely appeal to our Lord’s eternal rewards when words fail and circumstances hinder our individually thanking and returning you the enormous blessing of your faithfulness this year.
“For God is not unrighteousness to forget your work and labor of love, which we have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Hebrews 6:10)
Your inquiries, prayers, gifts, and special provisions for my cancer treatments and Jacob and Lydia’s needs are fresh enough memories to view this update as a personal note of gratitude to each of you.
January 8, 2019 Yuma obstetricians and cardiopulmonary experts referred Lydia and Jacob to a Phoenix high risk perinatal clinic with the goal of getting Lydia to a potentially viable 26-week delivery of their firstborn son. Low oxygen Sats, potential heart failure, edema, and crippling weakness made carrying the baby much farther too risky, but God blessed her beyond our boldest prayers.
Countless prayers undoubtedly superintended the frequent ultrasounds, prenatal and cardiopulmonary care, E.R. visits, and hospitalizations that culminated in Samuel Jacob Jones’ delivery, March 28, 2019 at 7lbs 4oz. Despite initial food intolerance and reflux problems, Samuel’s four pound weight gain in as many weeks highlighted the toll his delivery had taken on Lydia. Twenty-nine hours of induced labor ending in a C-section left her hospitalized again a week later with life threatening edema and possible heart failure. THANK the LORD Lydia gradually recuperated enough this month to resume full time Cocopah work here with Jacob. PRAY for their remaining 50% support needs as Jacob canceled May meetings to be home. He will make occasional short deputation trips solo until Lydia and Samuel are able to accompany him.
Nine weeks of weekday focused prostate radiation treatments ran from Nov. 27, 2018 through Jan. 28, 2019 for me. Morning sessions allowed me to carry on all ministries in the afternoons and weekends with extra rest.
One blessing was their conclusion in time to attend Grace Baptist Church’s annual Bible Believer’s Conference in Corona, California, Jan. 28-30th. General exhaustion and other radiation side effects diminished steadily throughout February and permitted the resumption of cactus landscaping work and the initiation of serious vehicle, property, ministry, and staff preparations for summer’s opportune labors.
PRAY the first cancer follow-up evaluation, May 31, 2019, will clear me to focus fully on the grueling weeks ahead and that any additional or alternative treatments will be covered by my specified disease insurance policy. Kindly accept our late but heartfelt thanks for your enormous help to date!
Your prayers and enabling for Christmas, New Year, and ongoing winter Cocopah ministries undoubtedly contributed directly to the decreased mayhem of death, substance abuse, and violence normally accompanying their huge casino cash disbursements each February. Adult church attendance dropped as thousands of dollars were squandered on casinos and sinful pleasures, but junior and teen attendance increased despite having to combine their classes.
Young couples Alex and Roxanna, Loren and Martina, Stanford and Cheryl, and Vincent and Kayla either sent their children or attended occasionally until surrendering to substance abuse or the cares and pleasures of this world. PRAY for the unique spiritual and family needs of each couple and their combined 15 children as Satan’s attack on these first two generations of Cocopah believers is vicious and unending.
Thankfully, Lori returned to church after her release from prison and is doing her best to provide for her four children after their recent abandonment by their caretaker for an ungodly higher paying job. PRAY for Adolfo, Michael, and Tyrus’ true repentance and conversions in prison and family members’ needs at home.
P.T.L. for nearby Native and Hispanic adults to whom we devoted labors rejected by disinterested Alvanez, Hayes, May, Phillips, Serrano, Soto, and Thomas Cocopah families. What can compare to the privilege of leading 84 year old Joe H. to the Lord January 5, 2019 or of preaching and giving the gospel to neighbor families prior to their move in May.
PRAY for all of these souls as Mays and Phillips youth and a first time parent have miraculously resumed or begun young people’s or adult Bible studies and rallies. Your prayers and sacrificial gifts are the lifeline of winter and spring blessings as well as summer’s opportunities, as “ye strive together with us in your prayers to God for us.” Romans 15:30.
BLESSINGS: ● Jacob, Lydia, and Samuel’s 50% support level and fulltime work with us as of this past April. ● Gospel seed sown and grown through Maranatha’s revival with Evangelist Tim Green April 18-20th. ● Dawn and my first mission conference in some nine years with faithfully supporting Calvary Indian Baptist Church in eastern Oklahoma. ● Humbling special gifts for medical needs, vehicle maintenance, and larger repairs for summer ministries. ● Brother Carl Engstrom’s months’ help with church piano accompaniment and youth chorus lessons.
CHALLENGES: ● Salvation of 11 year-old Airus and comfort in her young father’s death. ● Restoration of Lydia’s health as well as that of the Hastrichs and the Wilburs. ● Strength for and fruit from Jacob and Lydia’s resumed North Cocopah Reservation Bible Club 25 miles away. ● Repentance and just sentences for Tyrus, Vincent, and Kayla as well as continued Biblical care for Kayla’s four children. ● God’s strength, safety, provision for, and truly eternal fruit through: ○ Bill Rice West Branch Junior and Teen Camps June 24-29 and July 8-12, 2019. ○ Neighborhood Bible Time (on our property), July 15-19, 2019. ○ Apache Creek Deaf and Youth Camp 600 miles away, July 22-29, 2019.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live is the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Greetings from the warming Arizona desert, and thank you for your continued prayer and financial support of this ministry. We are continually blessed, humbled, and amazed that the Lord would use us in His service. The working of Christ over the past two months among the Hualapai has been a joy to watch. We’ve seen four saved since our last letter. Both of the boys in Sherry’s class and two young men in our church services trusted Christ. Sherry led her kindergartner to the Lord during school. While Steve was blessed to lead her first grader to Christ during Sunday School on Resurrection Sunday. One of the young men who had been coming a couple of weeks was saved after the main worship service that same day. Back in March our home church flew us back to Indianapolis for a nice long weekend to get reacquainted and give an update on the ministry. We were able to be involved in several different aspects of the work. It seemed like everyone felt the need to feed us as if we hadn’t eaten for weeks! Thank you, Burge, for your warm hospitality. We were additionally blessed to be able to attend an Enrichment Retreat in Pensacola. Most of the conferences we are able to attend are either for men or ladies. Going together was great and we truly were> enriched! While we were away, our men attended the annual Men’s Retreat at Bill Rice Ranch West Branch. Brother Bill and Brother Wil Rice filled in for Steve on Sunday. Since returning home, we have begun a new discipleship class on Sunday afternoons prior to the evening service. Several new attenders have joined some of the “old timers” to learn more of God’s truths. Sherry took seven other ladies to the Ladies’ Spring Getaway in Flagstaff at the end of May. This is always a treat for her! We are ever thankful that Christ lives in us, loved us and gave Himself for us! For God’s Glory, Steve and Sherry De Ford
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.”