Jones Family January 2021


Dear Friends In Christ,
Here is an update on the building project: 
We have been able to raise $23,090! Praise the Lord!! We can see the Lord at work and we are excited! This week has been awesome! We have received over $14,000 from churches and individuals! We recently discovered that we will need to do some repairs to the building before we have a grand opening. We need to do a little bit of electrical work, some dry walling, and a few other things. The building inspector said there will be repairs that need to be done on the building, but over all it’s in great shape. Our first priority is to purchase the property. Every Saturday night, we will be giving an update on what has been given during the week and how close we are to our goal. Thank you all who have given financially and are praying for us!
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Intro…
As some of you know, we are currently working with the Cocopah Native Americans. Our goal was to have a church started in Winterhaven, CA bordering the Quechan reservation in October 2020. We want to reach Winterhaven,CA and the Quechan reservation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Winterhaven, CA and the reservation combined have a population of between 5,000 to 10,000. The Quechan Tribe are very traditional.The elemental Quechan beliefs involve a spiritual power derived from special dreams and a continuing interaction with souls of the dead. It is our job to introduce to them the true and living God.   Lord willing, our goal is to have the grand opening of New Haven Baptist Church on February 14, 2021. However, we do not have a location in which to meet. The building shown below is owned by an independent Church of Christ. In March of this year, I (Brother Jacob) was in Winterhaven looking at the cost of renting a building for the future church plant in the area. I came upon this church building and asked the members how much they would charge for us to rent it once a week. They said they are not interested in renting it out, but they were interested in selling the building to a church. In June, I asked if 60,000 would be a fair amount. They dropped the price to $40,000 and now they dropped the price to  $35,000. The Church of Christ only has 3 members at their church. We are asking churches to help us in purchasing this building. If 100 churches give $370 each, we would be able to raise the funds. If 200 churches give $185 each, we would be able to raise the funds. If you would like to give, you could make the check out to New Haven Baptist Church and send by mail: 513 East Country Club Drive Apt D, Yuma, AZ 85365 or through PayPal newhavenbaptistwinterhaven@gmail.com We appreciate your prayers and your sacrificial giving!Sincerely,
The Jones Family Missionaries to the Native Americans 

Cell: (928) 315- 5057
Email: jacobjones6064@gmail.com
Web: newhavenbaptistwinterhaven.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.”

4921 East Winterhaven Drive, Winterhaven, CA 92283
Building Cost: $35,000
Closing Cost: $2,000
Total: $37,000
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Deford Nov/Dec 2020

Nov:Dec 2020

ADDRESSES:
IBIMI HOME OFFICE:

IBIMI
3880 Stockton Hill Rd. Suite 103-438 Kingman, AZ 86409

IBIMI FINANCE OFFICE:

IBIMI
2406 Main St. Keokuk, IA 52632

SENDING CHURCH:

Burge Terrace Baptist 9345 Brookville Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46239

PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE:

Steve De Ford
3880 Stockton Hill Rd. Suite 103-438 Kingman, AZ 86409

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

Dear Friends, Family, and Prayer Partners,

Thank you for your prayer and financial support over the past year. Here in northern Arizona we rejoice in the Lord’s working among us! Amid on again off again reservation shut downs, many of our planned year-end ministries did go forward.

Brother Andy Gleiser ministered among us for a week of special meetings the first week of November. We are grateful that we were able to hold the meetings in person. The reservation was on lock down during Thanksgiving and the first three weeks of December. But just before we went on lockdown we were able to have our annual testimony and praise service. The challenges of the year made everyone much more aware of God’s presence all along.

Not knowing what the situation would be for Christmas, Steve planned a simple program for the preceding Sunday. Praise the Lord, we were able to come out of lockdown and meet face to face! Though our celebrations were more scaled down, we were again very aware of the great blessing it was to be together (in person) worshipping the Lord.

We were personally encouraged by a visit from our son, Micah, his wife, Rachael, and our newest grandson, Ray. Sherry had been able to help Rachael at their home in Fargo, ND, however, this was Steve and Molly’s first time to meet sweet baby Ray. Then, the week before Christmas, our son, Josh was able to come home for several days. This past semester he has been studying remotely in Texas while working for a political consulting firm. He is now back in Texas preparing to return to Pensacola for the spring semester. He has two more classes to finish up his degree. Lord willing, he will be marching in May!

As we finish another trip around the sun and begin another, our prayer for you is that you experience every blessing the Lord has planned for you, and trust you will rejoice with us for His marvelous work among us!

For God’s Glory,
The Steven R. De Ford family

(Missionaries among the American Indians)

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Jones

Dear Friends In Christ,
Here is an update on the building project: 
We have been able to raise $9,280! Praise the Lord!! We can see the Lord at work and we are excited! This week, we were able to hire an independent building inspector to look at the building before we go further with our offer to purchase. He mentioned that the structure of the building is good, but that one part of the building needs another 4 ton AC unit and possibly some insulation. This means that a little work needs to get done before we have our grand opening. Our first priority is to purchase the property. Every Saturday night, we will be giving an update on what has been given during the week and how close we are to our goal. Thank you all who have given financially and are praying for us!
Feel free to share this with your friends. Thank you!


Intro…
As some of you know, we are currently working with the Cocopah Native Americans. Our goal was to have a church started in Winterhaven, CA bordering the Quechan reservation in October 2020. We want to reach Winterhaven,CA and the Quechan reservation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Winterhaven, CA and the reservation combined have a population of between 5,000 to 10,000. The Quechan Tribe are very traditional.The elemental Quechan beliefs involve a spiritual power derived from special dreams and a continuing interaction with souls of the dead. It is our job to introduce to them the true and living God.   Lord willing, our goal is to have the grand opening of New Haven Baptist Church on February 14, 2021. However, we do not have a location in which to meet. The building shown below is owned by an independent Church of Christ. In March of this year, I (Brother Jacob) was in Winterhaven looking at the cost of renting a building for the future church plant in the area. I came upon this church building and asked the members how much they would charge for us to rent it once a week. They said they are not interested in renting it out, but they were interested in selling the building to a church. In June, I asked if 60,000 would be a fair amount. They dropped the price to $40,000 and now they dropped the price to  $35,000. The Church of Christ only has 3 members at their church. We are asking churches to help us in purchasing this building. If 100 churches give $370 each, we would be able to raise the funds. If 200 churches give $185 each, we would be able to raise the funds. If you would like to give, you could make the check out to New Haven Baptist Church and send by mail: 513 East Country Club Drive Apt D, Yuma, AZ 85365 or through PayPal newhavenbaptistwinterhaven@gmail.com We appreciate your prayers and your sacrificial giving!Sincerely,
The Jones Family Missionaries to the Native Americans 

Cell: (928) 315- 5057
Email: jacobjones6064@gmail.com
Web: newhavenbaptistwinterhaven.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.”

4921 East Winterhaven Drive, Winterhaven, CA 92283
Building Cost: $35,000
Closing Cost: $2,000
Total: $37,000
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Grammer December 2020


Dear Friends in Christ,
This is about the time of the month that we send our monthly letters out (both by e-mail or postal service) but realize that many of you won’t get this until after Christmas.  Hopefully, your holidays were filled with joy; not just from all the extra activities and family gatherings, but because of the joy that comes when we recognize  & appreciate God’s precious gift to us!

Our annual family holidays are really during the Thanksgiving season and it was a treat to see so many of our family members (4 generations!).  What a blessing to see God working in the lives of the younger generations.  Many of them have gone on to Bible College and we pray for them to know just where God wants them to serve in His plan for their lives.   God is so faithful! Thank you for praying for us during our travels.
This past month, we were able to fill in for a missionary that had to be away for the week-end.  It is a small church that still meets in their home.  Because of the COVID scare, as well as the newness of the new church, no-one came for the morning service, but we had 9 children show up for the afternoon Children’s church.  We were thankful for the opportunity to minister again and praying the lock-downs and curfews will soon be lifted so Believers can once again enjoy the fellowship that they are now missing.  Please pray with us for this.
After 35 years of trying to get a Mt. Big Horn Sheep tag, Sam finally got one this year!!  The season began on Dec. 11 and he was able to hunt for one day.   The week-end of the 13th, he preached and the very next day, he was out hunting again and God provided a very nice ram.  We are thankful for a beautiful trophy and especially for the meat.  God always provides what we need and often more then we need!  This was truly an answer to prayer!

(Vince Lopez from Colorado, has hunted with Sam for many years and was a big help-especially when packing the meat out to the truck!!)
During our trip, we were able to visit in 2 churches that are planning on sending volunteer work teams next summer to work on the Thorne Bay radio station site.  Please continue to pray with us that electric will be available on the property by the time we are ready to begin broadcasting.  A generator is being used during the construction, but will limit broadcasting hours because of the cost of fuel.
{A young man from Flagstaff that worked with the team this summer in Alaska, just lost his father this past week.  Recovering from back surgery, blood clots caused a cardiac arrest and they were unable to resuscitate him. Please pray with us for the Carder family during this time.  Will is presently a sr. in high school and plans to attend Bible College this fall to prepare for ministry.}
Since the nursing homes have been closed to visitors, one of our Navajo ladies died (non-COVID related but rather age-related) and another was admitted to the hospital today after testing positive and exhibiting symptoms of COVID.  She can’t stay in the Home at present because of her symptoms, so they have had to take her to the hospital until she can test negative.  Sometimes, Janet is able to visit on the phone with them but some are hesitant to talk on the phone.  This is a trying time for all, but especially for those with mental deterioration that don’t understand that they are not being ignored, but restricted because of governmental regulations.  Pray for the elderly; both in our area, as well as those around you.  Stay in touch as you can and pray for them.
We are both doing well and no problems personally with this virus so far.  Thank you for each of you that have stayed in touch and are praying for us.  
Pray as we have contact with Believers from the reservations, that we can encourage them to stay faithful and not become discouraged at this time.

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

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Veldhuis December 2020

Dear Family and Friends In Christ,

Through your prayers and the saving grace of our Lord’s Incarnation we were privileged to give the Gospel to families of the 7 Cocopah that passed away since our August letter and comfort believers with the assurance that “to be absent from the body [is] to be present with the Lord.” (II Corinthians 5:8)

P.T.L. at least five of the seven 29-84 year olds who went home had trusted Him as their Savior before passing unexpectedly from Covid-19 complications of pre-existing illnesses.

The exposure to the Gospel of our Tribal Chairwoman at several of these funerals was a paradoxical blessing, as she had kept all three reservations closed to any group meetings since May, 2020. PRAY our much more congenial relationship will be a stepping stone to Ms. Sherri’s conversion to Christ and the full reopening of the Cocopah Nation in God’s perfect timing.

She currently welcomes reservation-wide distribution of school and food packs, clothing, DVD messages and Bible activities, studies, and contests but limits in person services to Natives living in Yuma. How grateful we are for your enormous provisions for our 1,000 souls’ homebound needs and your enabling us to also livestream three weekly services to them and distant Cocopah!

Covid outbreaks here and in the Navajo Nation far away forced the cancellation of our annual November Native revival and further broadened our Christmas ministries here. Rather than bus large numbers to church meetings, we will take the Gospel to every receptive home through irresistible, individual Christmas gifts, fruit, and a beautiful prerecorded Christmas story.

The replayable story transitions powerfully into a clear explanation of the Gospel and an invitation to personally trust and receive God’s unspeakable gift as Savior. Only the Lord knows the untold cost of these recordings by a South Carolina supporter or the part your prayers and sacrifices will play in “delivering souls from the kingdom of darkness…into the kingdom of His dear son.” (Col. 1:15)

We humbly ask the One “that ministereth seed to the sow

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DeFord October 2020

Sept/Oct Prayer Letter

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1

We are so please to report that after seven months, we were able to begin in-person services Sunday, October 11. We are currently using Zoom to broadcast the services as well. Sunday mornings we are seeing about 50 folks attending in-person split sessions with several other devices tuning in online. Since beginning in-person services, we’ve also had mens’ and ladies’ Bible studies. After a long Spring and Summer there is enthusiasm and optimism going forward. Praise the Lord!

New Family Addition!

Tuesday, Sept 22 we welcomed David “Ray” De Ford into the world. Six months after the Lord took Dad home to Glory, He gave our son, Micah, and his wife, Rachael, their first born son whom they named after Dad. Sherry was blessed to be in North Dakota two weeks for the birth.

After she returned home, Steve traveled to Washington state to be in a missions conference with the Orting Community Baptist Church. Introducing a new congregation to Hualapai Baptist Church and the ministry of IBIMI was another Fall high light.

For God’s Glory,
The Steve De Ford family

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Jones November 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

      We want to thank you all for your prayers and financial support these last few months. We hope you are all doing well!

These last few months, Brother Jacob has been traveling to raise support. Our support level is at 82%. We are praising God for his goodness towards us.

During the months of August, September and October, Brother Jacob has traveled to 9 states and has the opportunity to present at 23 churches. All the churches were a huge blessing! Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, Bro. Jacob has been doing Bible studies through Facebook and our YouTube channel for the Cocopah Teens and the Quechan people. We have a few watching but pray that more will do so. Lydia has been writing letters, contacting people, mailing out devotionals and gospel materials to the Cocopah ladies who are struggling at this time. We are hoping and praying that the reservations will reopen soon. There are a lot of Cocopah contacting us asking about church and if we would pick them up for service. We are not able to pick up anyone for church until the COVID-19 cases on the reservation go down in numbers. This has been heavy on our hearts. Please… pray that they will reopen soon! Also, pray for us that we would be at 100% support by the end of this year. For the ones who do not support us, we would ask you to pray about doing so. For those who are unable to support, thank you for being our warriors in prayer!

God Bless!

Prayer Requests:

Salvations: Mariella, Satori, Ayla, Jay, Denisa, Marley, Aris, Jerry,  Jalen, Felix, Phoenix, Even, Richard and his younger brother, Darrell, Von and his family, Izadiah, Mitchell, Miracle, Laila, Millie, Rosie, Jazmine  and Cheryl

Spiritual Growth: Molly, Loren, Tyler, Lilly, Roxanna, & Alex, Justice, Jazmyn, Mya, Kayla, Vincent and Ammon

Specific Prayer Requests: Kayla, Vincent, Desiree, Elena and their families as they continue their spiritual and physical recoveries in Phoenix. The kids and teens who are struggling with home life. Pray also for comfort for the Thomas family with the homegoing of one of our oldest and most faithful Cocopah church members.

Health: Lydia, Samuel, & Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis with general health. Pray for the Cocopah families who have gotten the COVID- 19 that they will recover soon. 

Personal: Wisdom, health, protections, traveling safety and to reach our goal  of 100% in support by the end of the year.

Ministries: Visitation, care package ministry, online Bible studies and pray for the new online Bible study with the Quechan people.

Thank you all again for your prayers and your sacrificial giving!

                        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 October-November 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,
In just the past couple of weeks, we have slowly seen some of the reservations opening up so that our missionaries and pastors can resume Sunday services.  However, the Navajo Reservation, which is closest to us, is still enforcing daily curfews and week-end lock-downs.  Between the curfews and lock-downs, the residents are free to travel to town for business and supplies.  Many of them stop by for saddle & leather work, counseling and just for a visit.  This has given us many opportunities to talk about our Lord and give the Gospel message.  Pray with us to use these opportunities and for the Holy Spirit to work in hearts, for He knows each need far better than we do.
We are still waiting for the Dine Bible Institute to begin classes once again.  Maybe in the spring semester…?  Pray with us.  We know the Lord’s timing isn’t always ours and we are trying to be patient.  We do still have contact with various students and they seem eager to get back to their studies.
We are both doing well and God has seen fit to keep us safe from the COVID virus so far.  We do try to be wise but still not let it dictate our lives.  Please continue to pray with us for good health.
This past week-end, Sam was able to preach at a local church here in Flagstaff as the pastor was away.  It was good to be used this way once again in spite of the present conditions.  We miss the opportunities to serve in this manner, but trusting God to use us as He sees best.
We plan to spend some time with our family in the east during the month of November for our annual family Thanksgiving gathering.  Pray with us for safety as we travel.  We look forward to this time each year with kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and thankful that God has given us this special time each year.  Notice that this letter is for both October and November as we travel.  We will try to catch up with you again in December, so don’t be concerned or feel forgotten next month. 
Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support.  God has met all our needs and we appreciate your willingness to be used by Him.

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

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Dear Family and Friends:
“…His compassion fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” Lamentations 3:22-23. I am thankful our God is full of compassion. Even when life is overwhelming, we can expect to begin a new day with a new measure of God’s compassion.

Although the last several months have been challenging for the church, we have seen adult attendance nearly double for all services. There are also a few children coming with their parent or grandparent. God is also allowing us other times to minister to these people. Please pray for

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Grammar September 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,
The reservations are still shut down to non-residents.  Each tribe makes their own regulations, but generally, only outsiders delivering water, food and supplies are allowed access.  The Navajo reservation, which is the closest to us, has 84% of the state’s COVID cases.  This has caused them to impose curfews each night and “lock-downs” each week-end, discouraging even neighbors and family from visiting with each other. (To be caught outside your home during these hours could result in fines or jail time.)  Local pastors are prohibited from holding services among their people and Christians are missing the fellowship with each other and worshiping together.  Some are resorting to telephone and internet contacts, but still miss the personal contact of meeting together.


Once the curfews are lifted in the mornings, folks are free to leave the reservation and often come to Flagstaff for supplies and visits.  Though the Lord has restricted our former ministry with meetings, we still have frequent opportunities to witness and counsel on a personal individual basis as different ones stop by our home or call on the phone.  Our outreach methods may have changed, but God still is in control and accomplishing His purpose and we have seen God working in hearts during this stressful time.  


Though we are presently unable to have classes at the Dine Bible Institute, the local pastor is considering the possibility of having classes via tele-conferencing .  We still have contact with some of last semester’s students and they seem eager to begin their studies once again.  Pray with us as decisions and plans are made.


The physical problem, that prohibited Sam from going to Alaska this summer, required a surgical procedure (out-patient) which was taken care of this month.  Recovery went well and the Dr. was pleased with the outcome.   Thank you for your prayers for us in our health, as well as our ministry.


Once again, please pray with us about the radio station project in Alaska.  Pray the building would be completed soon, so that the station can begin to broadcast.  Pray that we can get electric to the property at Thorne Bay, as the cost of generator power would limit air time.  Also pray with us for the right man to keep the station running once the station is ready for broadcasting.


We truly do appreciate you folks.  Your prayers are definitely a part of our ministry!  We also appreciate the financial support you send to help us continue.  Even in this difficult time for our country, you have been faithful-Thank you!!

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

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DeFord August 2020

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of this ministry! The last two months have been busy ones even though the reservation continues to observe a stay at home order. In July our juniors and teens were able to attend camp in Williams, AZ. The tribe allowed them special permission to be away from home for which we were grateful! One of our missionaries home on furlough was also able to stop in and give a report from the field. Another highlight was the ladies’ getaway in Williams. Sherry was a guest speaker this year. She was blessed and humbled to hear the impact the lessons had on ladies lives.

In August we traveled to Indiana and Ohio to visit family and attend the memorial service for Steve’s dad. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our family. One of the many blessings we received was having all but one of our children and their spouses present! Now we are back home and school has begun again. We have added another Zoom meeting to our weekly church schedule and eagerly await the day we can meet in person.

For God’s Glory, the Steve De Ford family

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Grammer August 2020


Dear Friends in Christ,
In our last letter, we shared our plans for the month.  Much of the month, was planned to be in Thorne Bay, Alaska working on the radio station project.  Those were our plans, but God’s plan was different and His plan is always the best.  
After getting the COVID -19 test that is now required for travel to Alaska 72 hrs before departure flight, Sam’s trip (Results were negative) had to be cancelled.  Some health problems came up that the Dr. wanted checked out and then a worker that we expected cancelled his trip.  Things worked out according to God’s plans.  The health problem is being taken care of and the other volunteers arrived and much was accomplished on the building project.  Once again, technology was very helpful and our phone was busy as we kept contact with the workers and directed them from afar. This ministry is progressing on God’s time table.  Please continue to pray with us for it to be ready to be on the air and continue to pray that electric will be brought to the property so that that we won’t need of a generator for power, which will limit air time.
While at home, wondering why God closed the door this year for Sam’s travel, a call and then a visit came from a Navajo man in need of spiritual help and counsel in his life.  We were reminded to be thankful and trust God to use us as He will, even if it is different than our plans.
The reservations are still closed to outsiders, so our travel there is still on hold but our ministry is now based out of our home more with phone calls and visits.  Satan can’t stop God from working in the hearts of men! 
We are still uncertain when Bible school classes will begin again, since the reservations are wary of outsiders and have strict curfews set for their people. Pray with us to know when these can start once again.
We are very aware that we are not in this ministry alone.  Again, we thank you for your part in providing so we can continue to minister here in Arizona. God has been good in meeting all our needs and He has used you to accomplish it.



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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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