De Ford May/June 2022

May:June 2022 Update

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother:
Dear Ministry Partners and Praying Friends, May/June 2022

Thank you for keeping us in your prayers the last couple of months. Much has happened since our last letter including some special recognitions. We honored mothers in May and saw one salvation decision that day as well. Then we celebrated fathers in June with Faith Baptist Church’s missions team that had come out to assist with Vacation Bible School. We were invited to honor our local police department, where Steve serves as Chaplain, during National Police Week. He gave the invocation at a special assembly and Sherry’s class led the Star Spangled Banner.

We also saw the completion of another year of our home school co-op. This year was Sherry’s last year teaching in a regular class setting. She will still be assisting the mothers in the co-op with whatever needs they may have teaching their own children. The academic year ended with a field trip to Bearizona, a wildlife park in Williams, AZ.

Camp season has now begun. The ladies of the church enjoyed their annual “Getaway” at the Bill Rice Ranch West Branch. Mom (Becky) De Ford was the guest speaker. Mom came back to the house with Sherry after the event to spend a few days, but our visit was cut short as Sherry tested positive for COVID. A couple days later Steve also tested positive. We had avoided the virus up to that point, but we have now been fully vaccinated, boosted, and infected! A couple weeks later, our juniors went to “West Branch.” Praise the Lord two of our unchurched campers received Christ as Saviour. Since then ten teen girls have gone to camp. They had great time, and decisions for Christ were made. None of the boys went due to scheduling conflicts, however, they are registered to go later this summer.

As I mentioned above, one of our supporting churches (Faith Baptist of Morristown, IN) came out to help us with Vacation Bible School. We had a Wordless Book Theme this year which was new to our people. We averaged 33 with a high attendance of 42 children. Several children were dealt with for salvation, and one boy was saved. While the missions team was here the men installed a new driveway for us. After 14 years we can now pull onto our property with a relatively smooth ride! Two culverts were installed to help during the monsoon season.

Thank you to all those who prayed for and contributed to our vehicle need. A generous $10,000 matching gift was offered that helped us raise enough money to purchase a 2005 motor home for our furlough this fall. We still hope to raise enough for a dependable vehicle to pull along, but we are grateful to have the essential part accomplished. Our goal was between $30,000 and $40,000 for both vehicles. Over $25,000 has come in so far. We are eager to see nearly all of our supporting churches east of the Mississippi River in the coming months. By the end of this trip we will have reported to all of our eastern supporters within the last two years. For those of you in the west, we hope to see you all soon as well.

For God’s Glory,
the Steve De Ford family

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Grammer June 2022

June 2022

Dear Friends in Christ,
For 3 weeks, we were privileged to travel to the Navajo Reservation for Sunday services with the folks at Kayenta while their pastor and wife were away.  This is about 2 ½ hrs from our home in Flagstaff and you have to add an hour because we are not on daylight savings time and they are. So it was an early morning for us each week-but we enjoyed our time with them.  Thank you for praying with us.

On our last Sunday with them, on our way home, we got a call from a neighbor and found that another wildfire was burning in our area and evacuations were in the making.  AGAIN!! (Remember that in April we had to evacuate because of the “Tunnel Fire”.)  2 more wildfires started and the wind blew them in the same direction as the “Pipeline Fire” but after a few days these were brought under control, though we can still see smoke in some areas on the mts.  This means much of the forage on the mts. has been burned off and there is a great danger of flash floods when our summer monsoon (rainy) season begins.  So many of you knew of these dangers and sent us texts and messages letting us know you were praying for us.  Thank you so much!  God protected our home and neighborhood  and gave us peace during this turbulent period.  Please continue to pray with us through the rainy monsoon season that is now beginning.

As we mentioned before, Sam is to fly to Alaska June 28-July 13 to get supplies ready for the work crews coming up in July and early August.  Please pray with us that this radio station can soon be broadcasting.  

Once he arrives back home, he has only a few days (July 17-23) before he is to teach the English sessions ( 2 times each day) at the Navajo Family Bible Camp which is held annually here in Flagstaff.

In August, we hope he can make a second trip to Thorne Bay, Alaska to close things up for the winter.  At present, tickets for this trip have not yet been purchases.  Pray with us for this second trip and that air fares will  be reasonable. 

You are an important part in our ministry- in financial support and especially in praying for us. Thank you so much!

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

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Messick May 2022

 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! 

how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.” 

Romans 11:33

Dear Ones In Christ,

God’s wisdom is the only way to get through this life successfully. When we ask for God’s wisdom, what we’re saying is that we recognize the fact we can’t do life on our own and that we need God’s help and perfect guidance. How thankful we are that He readily makes it available to us. Our prayer is that we make it a priority to gain as much of His wisdom as we can.

APRIL – Easter Sunday was a very special day, starting with Pastor Mike Smith’s power-point on Christ’s resurrection, then a time of food and fellowship at the noon meal, followed by The Lord’s Supper.

It was a great blessing for Bev to be able to go back to Indiana in April for five days to visit her ninety-four-year-old sister, Jeanne, (her last remaining sibling) and several other family members, as well. Their time together was brief, but very precious. 

MAY – We started the month with our annual Mother/Daughter Banquet, with Sue Smith sharing a very timely message from God’s Word, on “Patterns for Living” to the 22 in attendance. The meal and games were enjoyed by all. 

Kirt and Elida and the boys, Joseph and Micah, came up to be with us at our Mother’s Day service, and we also celebrated Micah’s twelfth birthday.

Larry and Bianca had faithfully attended our church as teenagers and also after they were married. The Lord blessed them with three daughters and they continued to bring them to church. Nine years ago, at the age of thirty-two, Larry contracted MS. His was a long, difficult struggle, but he always kept a very positive attitude through it all. On May 13th, Larry went home to be with Jesus. Gary spoke at his funeral, giving a clear message of salvation. One family member, Edwina, raised her hand for salvation. Gary was able to speak with her afterward, and we want to make a follow-up visit with her.

It has been a blessing to have several visitors in our church services, some who are continuing to attend, including Joe, who came at the invitation of a neighbor. After the service, he shared that, during the invitation, he had prayed and trusted Jesus as his Savior. Please pray for Joe’s spiritual growth.

Last Sunday, Ramona and Albert came to services for the first time. They are the grandmother and father of two little girls who have been coming to church for several months now. Please pray for their salvation and that they will continue to come to services.

We also enjoyed having our grandson, Joseph, with us for a few days and were able to celebrate his thirteenth birthday while he was here.

Update on the modular replacement: We are in the process of finding a draftsman who can draw up plans to submit to a structural engineer to design footing requirements.

PRAISES

*Joe’s salvation

*New folk coming to church

PRAYER REQUESTS

*Wisdom from the Lord in making right choices in replacement of the 

church modular

*Joe’s spiritual growth

*Siritual needs of Edwina

Thank you so much for your prayers, phone visits and sacrificial support. What a blessing you are! We thank God….

In His Service,

Gary and Bev Messick

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Grammer May 2022

May 2022
Dear Friends in Christ,
May & June are the months for graduations.  Northern Arizona University is located in Flagstaff so we have college and high schoolers graduating.  Just today we received an invitation from one of Janet’s former piano students and the pictures show a young man rather than the child that we knew.  Makes us aware of the years passing!
The final class for the spring semester of the Northern Arizona School of the Bible (held at Ponderosa Baptist Church here in Flagstaff) was this past week.  It has  been a real blessing to have a part in this ministry and hopefully the students will grow from the teaching.
The last Sunday of May and the first 2 Sundays in June, we are scheduled to be on the Navajo Reservation filling in for a pastor who will be away.  This is about 2 ½ hrs away so we will be leaving early each Sunday morning.  The Navajo Reservation, being government land, is on daylight savings time while the rest of the state of Arizona is not.  This means we will have to leave an hour earlier to be there in time for services.  Pray for traveling safety (especially for the last week-end in May which is also Memorial Day week-end.)
June 28-July 13, Sam will be in Alaska to continue to work on the Thorne Bay Christian Radio Station project.   We have 2 volunteer work crews that are planning to use their vacation time to help with the construction.  
Here is a list of requests that you can be praying with us about:
1-safety in travel and in the work  
2-good progress so we can soon be on the air
3-electric to be brought to the site 
(This will be cheaper than a generator and also increase the broadcasting hours.
4-for the teams who need to take time off from their employment- that the scheduling will work
(1 volunteer crew had to back out because of scheduling-in case you noticed that there are only 2 teams  rather than the 3 mentioned last month)
5-for the families left behind
6-direction in finding the man God would have to maintain the station and keep it on the air
We do have a young couple that are praying about taking on this ministry.  Pray with us for Micah & Rachael  and their 2 small boys to know God’s leading.  (Micah is considering  visiting Thorne Bay this summer.) 
7-SOULS TO BE WON TO CHRIST and Believers to grow in the Lord through the teaching 
(Yes- this is the same list that we gave you the past couple of letters but we’d like to add another one.)
8-for the needed building supplies to be available while the workers are in Alaska. 
 We have been having difficulty finding cedar siding for the building.  The cedar is needed because of the  rainy climate in that area but not available just yet.
This trip will be to get things ready for the work teams and be sure the supplies are on site. The Navajo Family Bible Camp is held annually here in Flagstaff and this year is July 17-23.  Sam has been asked to teach the English Bible sessions throughout the week, so be returning in time for camp.  At present, we have not booked the tickets for his return to Thorne Bay in August.
As you can see-a busy summer is planned and we surely do appreciate knowing that our brothers & sisters in Christ are behind us in prayer, as well as financially.  Thank you for having a part in this ministry!

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

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Jones May 2022

Dear Friends & Family,
Thank you all for your prayers and in faithfully supporting the work God has called us to. The last few months have been a little challenging for my family and I, but they have reminded us to trust God more and lean not on our own understandings. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all the ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

During the first week of February,  I contracted COVID and quarantined for 2 weeks. It was not fun. We did not cancel any of our services. I just asked that anyone showing symptoms of sickness stay home. During those two weeks, I was able to bring in a few preachers to come fill in for me. On February 22nd, I was able to go out visiting and minister to a few folks. Every Wednesday, my family and I have the priviledge to minister to the Cocopah teens. God is working on these Cocopah teens. Please pray that they will surrender to the Lord’s will.
During the last month, we have had several opportunities to counsel and encourage a few Cocopah families as well.
On, Saturday, Feburary 26th, my family and I took 5 teenagers from the Quechan side out door knocking with us. I was excited to see them out and about passing out Gospel tracts to their own people! 
During the month of March, we were able to have a Bible study with one of our teenagers who is called to preach. His name is Justin. He is 13 years old. He comes from a home that wants nothing to do with God in their home. Please pray for this young man and his family. We have a Native Grandmother who comes to our church every Thursday with her grandkids named Ms. Bernita. She only comes Thursdays because she is the piano player at the Quechan Nazarene. She is in her 70s and grew up Nazarene her whole life. She has said to me that she loves our church and if there was someone to play the piano for her over there, she would gladly start coming to our church every Sunday. Almost everyone who attends our church is Nazarene or grew up Nazarene most of their lives. They are coming to our church because the kids love learning the Bible in my wife’s class and they love how welcoming we are. Almost all of the 12-16 adults that attend our church have their doctrines mixed with the Nazarene theology and/ or Native spirit worship. I have been teaching them about Salvation, Eternal security, abiding in Christ and the local church. In the next few months, I am going to teach on the idea of Spiritual warfare. Please pray that God will open their eyes to the truth. We have had several come to myself and my wife with questions. 
During the month of April, we had our largest attendance at New Haven Baptist Church. There were 41 in attendance! This was on Sunday, April 17th for our Resurrection/ Anniversary Sunday. It was a great day as we looked back at our first ever service via video. We started NHBC with 5 first time visitors, a few local pastors, and friends from other churches.
God also gave my wife and I the opportunity to witness to a lady and help her receive medical care due to Cellulitis. She was in the hospital, but when she recovered both she and her grandson attended service!
My family and I are rejoicing over the fact that the Lord has allowed us to serve on the reservations.
     Some of you might be wondering why we are late sending out our May prayer letter. Back in February, after months of prayer, God led my family and I to leave Faith Baptist Church as our sending church in Yuma, AZ. 
We love  Faith Baptist Church and we are indebted to them for all the years of ministering to us personally and loving us! 
For the last few months, we have been in prayer for a new sending church.
     On May 8th, True Light Baptist Church in Los Lunas, NM voted to be our new sending church. We are now under the leadership of Pastor Matthew Wootan. Pastor Wootan has been serving the Lord for over 25 years and we have known each other for almost 20 years. 


Thank you all again for your love,  prayers, and financial support! 

Prayer Requests:
Salvation: Many are confused by dreams and seeing spirits. Please pray that they will come to know the truth. Ivan: new contact with questions. 

Spiritual growth: Teenagers Justice, Airus, and Jazmyn (for wisdom with life’s circumstances and for strength to live for Christ on the reservation. Justin (teenager who is called to preach.) Jonathan (teenage boy), Julie (new convert who has mixed Catholic/ New Age theology). The Golding family, the Straws family, the Ramirez family, and the Robinson family.

Upcoming Events:
Mother’s Day on May 8th, Teen Revival on May 14th, Neighborhood Bible Time on June 12th- 17th, Jr. Camp on June 20th- 24th, Teen Camp on July 11th- 15th and Vacation Bible School on July 21st- 23rd. 

Personal Prayer Requests:
Lydia’s lungs, Samuel’s future, my in law’s health (Pastor Mike and Dawn Veldhuis), wisdom, dissernment, and for us to keep our eyes on Jesus. 

Sincerely,
The Jones Family
(928) 315-5057
Colossians 1:18

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Grammer April 2022

April 2022
Dear Friends in Christ,
As we write this, we have just returned to our home from being evacuated for 5 nights due to a wild fire in our area.  Many of you saw it on the news and we had several calls, texts, messages… asking how we were doing and telling us that you were praying for us.  Thank You!!  Our property was safe with no damage and we got an unexpected vacation and break from routine.  The church in Flagstaff, where we attend when in town, put us in a nice hotel room for the nights we were away.  This was a blessing to us personally and hopefully a testimony to friends and neighbors of God taking care of our needs and using His people. (Burned 30+homes, 24+ outbuildings, 21,000+acres  but our property was not damaged! )

The Easter Teleconference went well.  Thank you again for your prayers.  Sam gave the message in English during the morning service and a Navajo pastor (Leroy Nez) used the evening service time to give the message in the Navajo language.  Plans are being made for this summer’s Navajo Family Bible Camp to be held in Flagstaff.  Pray as the outlines are being put together-they have asked Sam to do it again this year, as well as give the messages in English while the same outlines will be given in the Navajo language by Navajo pastors.  Many Navajo churches are still hesitant to meet in person as their reservation was hit hard with the COVID virus.  Pray for courage for them to once again meet together.

We spent 2 weeks filling in for a pastor in Show Low, AZ who was recovering from surgery. His recovery was going so well that he decided to begin preaching again earlier than first planned. We will be on the Navajo Reservation the last Sun. of May and first 2 weeks of June as another pastor will be away from home.  Please pray for us to be a blessing and for safety as we travel. 

July & August will be busy as we have 3 work teams coming to Alaska to help with the Thorne Bay Christian Radio project.
Please continue to Pray for the list we gave you last month:
1-safety in travel and in the work  
2-good progress so we can soon be on the air
3-electric to be brought to the site 
(This will be cheaper than a generator and also increase the broadcasting hours.
4-for the teams who need to take time off from their employment- that the scheduling will work
5-for the families left behind
6-direction in finding the man God would have to maintain the station and keep it on the air
7-SOULS TO BE WON TO CHRIST and Believers to grow in the Lord through the teaching 
We have had a response from a young family with 2 small children that want to visit the area and see if this is where the Lord would have them serve.  We want the man that God would have serve there and ask you to pray with us and for this family. (Micah & Rachael)

Last month, we mentioned a need for repairs to the roof on our home in Flagstaff.  God met this need and we were pleased that the cost was MUCH less than originally estimated.  Your prayers were answered and we thank you and our Father who kept His promises and met our needs.

We are still in our spring semester of the Northern Arizona School of the Bible.  Pray for our students and that the teaching would be clear and helpful to them.

Thank you to each of you that have helped us financially, but especially those who are behind us in prayer!  We appreciate you and thank God for you!
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer 

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Messick March 2022

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 
Dear Ones in Him, 
As we reflect back on the month of March, we have so many blessings to share with you. At the beginning of the month, we were privileged to have Brother Glen & Mary Jaspers here for a couple of days, during which Brother Jaspers shared with us very timely messages from God’s Word in the Sunday morning and evening services.
Two weeks later, Brother Bill and Mary Rice were with us overnight and we were blessed again with a Wednesday night message by Brother Rice.
For several months we have asked for your prayers on behalf of Gary’s brother, Jack. He had been battling cancer for several months and was placed in hospice. We all have prayed for many years for His salvation. On March 11th, Gary flew to Chicago to be with Jack for the weekend. While there, Gary began, once again sharing the gospel, and there, lying in his bed, Jack understood his need of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, prayed for the forgiveness of sin, and trusted Christ as Savior. On March 29th, God graciously took him to his heavenly home. Though we will miss him greatly, it is a such a comfort to know we will one day all be together again! Please uphold Jack’s wife, Cindy in your prayers.
When Gary called from Chicago to tell Bev of Jack’s salvation, she also had great news to share, because that morning God gave her the privilege of leading Sinai to a saving knowledge of Christ. You may remember we have asked for prayer for Bob and his three children who had been taken away from him due to false accusations. The children were returned to him about two months ago. Sinai is Bob’s nine-year-old daughter.
More good news! A week later, Naomi had the joy of leading, Robert, Bob’s 6-year-old son, to the Lord! 
In our last letter, we mentioned that Paul has been counseling with Bob and sharing a video series on godly parenting. Bob has been amazed at what he is learning. We have seen evidence of him putting it in to practice, and we see a positive change in the children. Please pray for the salvation of his eleven-year-old daughter, Sacred. What a joy it is to witness the hand of God working in hearts!
Thank you for praying and thank you for your support. We are truly encouraged to see God’s answers to your faithful prayers! May God bless you.

Prayer Requests:

*Cyrus’s spiritual growth 

*Simon – spiritual needs, alcohol addiction 

*To glorify God in all we do 

*Jack’s wife, Cindy – comfort

Praises:*Salvation of Jack, Sinai, Robert *For God’s abundant grace

In Christ’s Love,Gary & Bev

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Grammer March 2022

March 2022
Dear Friends in Christ,

The winter months are often a bit slower and let us get caught up with things that we have had to put off, as well as prepare lessons and messages that will be used in the months ahead. However, spring has officially started and things are picking up and the calendar is becoming full again.

Every week-end in April, we will be traveling to help out a church that is 2 ½ hours from our home.  Their pastor is having serious surgery this week and will be recovering during that time. Please pray for pastor Quintana as he recovers and for our travel.  Pray that the messages will be a help to the people and just what the Lord would have shared during this time.

Pray also for the teleconference with the Navajo Bible Conference during the Easter week-end.  There will be messages in both English (Sam) and again in Navajo by a Navajo pastor.

We still have classes each Monday night at the Northern Arizona School of the Bible, here in Flagstaff.  Since Sam has 2 classes to teach each week, please pray this month as we come back each week from a full week-end.  Pray also for the students to really benefit from these classes as they grow in their knowledge of God.

July & August, plans are now being made for 3 different work teams to help us progress on the Alaskan Radio Station project. 
Pray:
1-safety in travel and in the work  
2-good progress so we can soon be on the air
3-electric to be brought to the site 
(This will be cheaper than a generator and also increase the broadcasting hours.
4-for the teams who need to take time off from their employment-that the scheduling will work
5-for the families left behind
6-direction in finding the man God would have to maintain the station and keep it on the air
7-SOULS TO BE WON TO CHRIST and Believers to grow in the Lord through the teaching

So far, we have been able to stay out of debt in this project.  Thank you to each of you that have contributed financially and in physical labor and especially in prayer.  By only spending a few weeks each summer, the progress has seemed slow to us.  Pray with us for the Lord’s timing in seeing this desire fulfilled.

{We also have some needed roof repairs on our house.  This is beyond re-roofing but rather changing the slope of the roof and needs someone with experience.  A local contractor gave us an estimate that is quite high- so if anyone with this ability would like to help us out, please contact us and we can better explain the problem.  Thanks}

Thank you to each of you that have helped us financially, but especially those who are behind us in prayer!  We appreciate you and thank God for you!

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

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Jones March 2022

Dear Praying Friends & Supporting Churches, This year, it has already been a huge blessing to see some of our church attendees grow in the Word. We have several families and van children coming on a weekly basis. Praise the Lord for that!!  The first reason for this letter is to let you know that New Haven Baptist Church is doing well with a core group attending! The second reason for writing this letter is to ask for financial help to help keep our church going. We are still a new church plant, and our people are still getting to know us and learning to give. We receive monthly support from churches and friends and we receive just enough for our personal needs and our monthly church bills. However, we do not receive enough for our end of the year bills like Auto insurance for the church van, property insurance, and other surprises like plumbing and sewer issues. We need $4,460 ASAP to help with these costs:State Taxes $260Auto insurance $1,000Property insurance $1,600Bathroom Repairs $700Registering the church in California $1,000(New Haven Baptist Church was Registered in Arizona last year because we had no property in California when we started the church. Since we now own a property in California, we have no choice but to Register in California.) If you cannot help by giving, then please keep us in your prayers! We love you all! Sincerely,The Jones Family Missionaries to the Native Americans Colossians 1:18
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De Ford Jan/Feb 2022

Jan:Feb 2022

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Dear friends and family, Jan/Feb 2022 We are confident that our Lord will not only perform His good work in you all and us personally, but also

as it pertains to His church! This year has certainly gotten off to a great start for us at the Hualapai Baptist Church. In recent days, COVID restrictions have been lifted and we are back to “code green!” The human loss and toll on everyone has been enormous. We remain grateful to God Who sustains and strengthens us through every challenge.

As a result of lifted restrictions, HBC’s jail and juvenile home ministries have resumed. Brother Raynard has met with the male inmates on a few occasions already, while Sherry and Laurie have been in to see the ladies once so far. During that visit last week, only one young lady came out to hear the Bible study Laurie had prepared. However, that inmate did accept Christ as her Saviour! The ladies are looking forward to their next visit tomorrow night. Brother Scott will have his second service at the juvenile home tomorrow, too!

Sherry is just about to finish up a second round of “Women of the Word” studies. She along with four other women meet on Monday nights to learn how to effectively study the Bible. This marks the second time Sherry has gone through this particular study. All the ladies that have participated gain valuable tools and skills to help them rightly divide the Word of God.

Steve and Brother Melvin have been asked to minister during several funerals the last couple months. Steve has preached two services sharing the gospel each time. Melvin has been asked to preach two different services also presenting the gospel while encouraging the family members. It has been rewarding to see God open up doors for Brother Melvin who has been serving as a deacon for a number of years now. He has also taken on the teaching responsibilities of the teen Sunday school class since we were able to resume Sunday school last year.

One of the advisory board members of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission, Evangelist Glen Jaspers, was with us for a full day of services on January 30. Brother Jaspers and his wife, Mary, have been dear friends for many years. We were encouraged and strengthened by their ministry among us. They have been wintering here in Arizona the last couple years increasing their involvement among our IBIMI missionaries. We are blessed to have them regularly available to assist in the various ministries around the state.

Another highlight was the opportunity to assist the West Branch of the Bill Rice Ranch. Last year we helped hang much of the drywall for the new Rasmussen Crossing. In February we returned to finish the taping and mudding. The building is well on the way to receiving the permits needed for summer camp.

We have seen a return to our pre-COVID numbers the last couple weeks. The larger crowds (around 70) have lifted our spirits! The singing is more robust, and the testimonies have been an encouragement to everyone. Over the last three Sunday mornings, we have seen three significant decisions: February 13 a young lady accepted Christ, February 20 a young mother gained assurance of salvation, and just yesterday a young man accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour!

Other good news, we resumed our monthly Super Sunday Schedule. During the entire COVID outbreak I think we had only had two Super Sundays, while the one scheduled for January did have to be canceled due to another spike in cases resulting in a code red-the most severe. By February we had dropped to code green- completely open-Praise the LORD! Again, the spirits were high as we met for an early 8:00 AM service, shared breakfast at 9:00, met for Sunday school at 10:00 followed by the worship service at 11:00.

Thank you to those who have contributed to our vehicle fund. So far $13,022.25 has come in for this need. We hope to raise $40,000 in order to purchase a small RV and towable vehicle to facilitate a furlough this fall. Also, if you are a supporting church in the midwest or east and have not heard from me yet to schedule a meeting for this fall, please reach out to me. I may not have your current contact information. My number is (928) 200-2392.

For God’s Glory,
the Steve De Ford family

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Grammer Feb 2022

February 2022
Dear Friends in Christ
Are you enjoying your winter season?  Here in our area, we have had a cold (-1 yesterday when we got up but warmed up to 4 this morning!) and a dry winter.   We are so thankful for how abundantly God has provided the firewood that we use to heat our home!  

Job 38:22-“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?…”

 At 7,000 ft above sea level, we are in a high mt. desert- and summer monsoons (rainy season from mid-July to mid-Sept.) and winter snow is how we replenish our water supply. Every few years, we get a winter with heavy snowfall and we are ready for it.  The past few summers and winters have been really dry.  This past week, we got a few inches of snow but otherwise, it has been dry. The winter weather does affect our ministry.  Because of the cold and possible snowy roads in the high country, few meetings are scheduled until the weather warms up.  However, our ministry hasn’t stopped, but rather has concentrated on more one-to-one serving.  

Both of us have been able to help neighbors that have needed rides to medical appointments. This gives us good opportunities to talk to them privately about the Lord.  They have professed to know Christ as Saviour, but need encouragement to trust God through these physical struggles.

We have also had several phone sessions with Christians that are facing difficulties and crisis in their lives and we have been able to pray with them and give them Scripture to help and encourage them.  Pray with us that our counsel will not be human wisdom but rather God’s guidance. 

We are also using this slower period for preparation time.  The Northern Arizona School of the Bible is to begin the spring semester on March 7.  Sam will be teaching Basic Bible Doctrines II and New Testament Survey II.  They will also be providing a class on Bible Study Methods.  Pray with us for the students that attend; that these classes will be a real help in their daily walk.

We are still waiting to hear that the Dine Bible School is going to begin again.  Pray with us for the Lord’s leading and wisdom for the pastor to know when to start again.  We know some of the students are eager to get back into class again.

Please continue to pray with us as plans are even now in progress for the Easter teleconference with the Navajo Bible Conference.

Plans are being made for this summer’s work on the radio station project in Thorne Bay, Alaska.  We are still praying for electric to be brought to the property, as this lack will restrict the time for broadcasting.  We also need to pray for the Lord’s leading as to the right man to move to the area and maintain the radio programming.

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

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Jones Feb 2022

February 2022 Prayer Letter
Dear Family and Friends,
The past few months have been busy but blessed! We thank you all for your continued prayers for us!     In the month of November, we have seen 1 young man answer the call to preach and we were able to have 4 visitors at New Haven Baptist Church! We were also able to begin Bible studies with 2 young men and an adult lady.          At the end of the month, we had a Thanksgiving Meal to help us to get to know each other as a church and to encourage those without family nearby.     In the month of December, we hosted/attended a week long Native Revival. Pastor Saunders from Mt. Powell Baptist Church preached and his church family brought special music for 2 days of revival at New Haven Baptist Church. We were able to have a meal after each service, and a Quechan lady was kind enough to make Native Tacos and Stew!     We then attended a 3 day revival at my father in law’s church (Cocopah Bethel Baptist Church) where we had special music from other churches, 3 Native preachers, and food. Everyone had a great time!           We had a special group come down from Lodi, CA (Big Valley Bible Baptist Church )  that brought special gift boxes for the Christmas party scheduled for the end of December. They were gauged towards boys and girls of each age range. We are so thankful for their willingness to come down! Not only did they bring the boxes, they also assisted in passing out Tracts, helping to clean the church, and providing nursery toys! We were blessed that week!    On Sunday, December 19th, we had our New Haven Christmas party and all of the children were able to get a box! On December the 22nd, we had our Cocopah Christmas party and were able to give out the rest of the Christmas boxes.     In January, we had a high attendance of 28! Then towards the middle of the month, we had a few in our church contract Covid. We sanitized, cleaned, and kept the church doors open for services for the ones who did not have Covid. Towards the end of January, I contracted Covid and my wife had a stomach bug.     Thankfully, Bro. Ronnie Henderson and his wife were able to fill in the pulpit for me and Pastor Tom McConkey of Liberty Baptist Church in Yuma, AZ filled in for me on a Thursday night when I was down. Praise the Lord it only lasted a few days with no lasting complications!     Some are asking how we are ministering to New Haven and Cocopah Bethel Baptist Church. Our current schedule is on Sundays we do Sunday School & Sunday Morning Service from 10 a.m. to noon at New Haven Baptist Church in Winterhaven, CA.     Then at 5 p.m., we help pick up a van route for the Cocopah church. Then at 6 p.m. we assist Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis in any way possible during the Evening Service.On Wednesdays, we help pick up a van route and lead the Cocopah Teen Class. On Thursdays, we have our 6:30 p.m. Mid-week Service.     Please pray for us and our church as we move forward. Thank you! 
God Bless!

Prayer Requests:
Salvations: Quechan reservation, Ayla, A.J., Denisia, Marley, Airus, Jerry,  Jalen, Felix, Phoenix, Evan, Richard and his younger brother, Darrell, Vaughn and his family

Spiritual Growth: Justin (called to preach) Loren, Tyler, Lilly, Roxanna, & Alex, Justice, Jazmyn, Mya, Kayla, Vincent, Ammon and Jonathan 

Health: Lydia, Samuel, & Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis with general health, Alivia (5 year old girl at New Haven) Gastrointestinal appointments and heart issues, Jonathan (12 years old) with heart issues.

Personal: Wisdom, strength, Samuel’s future, health, and pray for us to reach our goal  of 100% support. 

Ministries: Visitation, Cocopah Teen Ministry, van ministry, children’s ministry and New Haven Baptist Church.

Thank you all again for your prayers and your sacrificial giving!
                        Sincerely In Christ,
            Jacob, Lydia, and Samuel Jones
        Missionaries to the Native Americans
                     Cell: (928) 315- 5057
                     Email: jacobjones6064@gmail.com
2 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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