Sondergaard June 2020

Dear Family and Friends:
A verse I read the other day that encouraged me says, “…my heart trusted in him, and I am helped…” Psalm 28:7. It is interesting to consider how David found God to be his help after he learned to trust. During this time of needing God’s help, may we learn to trust our God.

We are still having services available for people to listen in their cars. About half come in and half stay in their cars. Even though it has been well over 100 degrees people are still faithfully coming. The reservation recently has had several who have contracted the virus. For now, the reservation is under curfew and some lockdown. Several people are quarantined. Please pray for protection for our people: both physically and spiritually. Not only do they face the danger of disease. They also face the danger of failing to look to God during this time.

Last Sunday, Dr. Alton Beal preached for us in both the morning and evening services. Brother Beal came to Arizona to preach for the teen camp at West Branch this week. It was encouraging to hear preaching on salvation and on trusting the Lord: both topics the people needed to hear. We are always excited to see our people hear good Bible preaching.

The ladies have been meeting every other Thursday for Bible Study. Sometimes we do it on Zoom when there is a lockdown, but thankfully we have been able to meet at church. God is good! All who have come express their thankfulness to hear God’s Word at church and in the Bible study. Lately the ladies have been more faithful to the Sunday services.

Because of the disease going around we had to temporarily stop services for the children. Please pray for wisdom when to start up again. One little girl sometimes comes and sits in the car with her grandma. Today after church she came and gave Mrs. Messick and Naomi a great big hug. We have not seen the other children since the sickness started and are anxious to get our children and the Native children back into the regular services with children’s classes.

Praise the Lord for our youngest son’s physical growth. Andrew is 21 months old and has developmental delays. There is no diagnosis yet, but he is holding his head up, rolling over, and lifting himself up on his arms and toes. The milestones are little “inch” stones. He responds to our voice and smiles and has the sweetest little laugh. God has placed him in our life to show more patience and love one to another. His Way is perfect!

Dropping off Dr. Beal and his daughter Karis for Camp

Special baby birds at our house. A picture of God’s care and our trust!

Praises:

  • Being able to preach God’s Word
  • Being able to sing to the Lord
  • More people coming faithfully to church
  • God’s financial provision for our family and for the church
  • Andrew’s physical growth
  • Protection of our children Prayer Requests:
  • Sondergaard
    Spiritual protection and revival
  • Another couple to join us in the ministry here
  • Salvation and spiritual protection for our children
  • Native American adults and children to be saved and follow Jesus
  • For our church people to choose to be faithful and come to church
  • Rachel’s son coming home in two weeks: pray for salvation and spiritual growth.
  • Wisdom with the modular – to repair or replace All for Jesus, Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
    Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, Aletheia, and Andrew
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Messick June 2020

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the 

LORD.” Psalm 31:24

Dear Fellow-Laborers,

We thank God daily for His care for us and our loved ones. Although we are somewhat limited during this time of uncertainty, it is a privilege to serve the Lord on our reservation and in our community and it will be such a blessing when we can once again gather without restrictions.

You may have heard that Arizona is a hot spot right now; yes, the temperatures, but also the rising number of cases of Covid 19. There are several new cases on our Reservation. The Tribal leaders have extended the lockdown/curfew until August 1st due to the new cases and the death of two men on from the virus.

You probably have heard of the terrible brush fires in our state. The Bush Fire is the largest, so far covering 193,000 acres. Though it isn’t too close to us, we have experienced quite a bit of smoke from it.

Those are the “negatives” we have to report. Now for the “positives!”

*Most of our church folk continue to faithfully attend services; some listening in their vehicles, others safe distancing inside the church.

*Another blessing is that we are once again having our Sunday evening service and Wednesday evening Bible study/prayer time.

*Our ladies are thankful we have been able to resume our ladies Bible study, with Naomi teaching at

church instead of on Zoom. 

*So thankful God has provided ways for us to continue sharing His Word and encouraging one another.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Salvation of those on the Yavapai-Apache Nation

*Bev’s nephews, Bart and Eric, suffering with cancer

*That God might use these uncertain times to bring revival around the world

*Another couple to help in the ministry here

*The replacement of the modular.

Thank you for praying with us and for us. Praying God will keep you safe and well.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev

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De Ford Family May/June 2020

Micah De Ford receives BA in Church Ministries

Micah received his bachelor of arts degree from Master’s Baptist College Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Fargo, ND.

We were blessed to travel to Fargo to witness Micah receive his bachelor’s degree. Persevering through an MS diagnosis and three different institutions, Micah has now completed all requirements. He is seeking, along with his wife Rachael, where the Lord may have them serve. Also, please pray for little David Ray De Ford due September 17 and named after my dad who graduated to heaven in April.

LADY SAVED!

Sherry and I were able to lead one young lady to Christ for whom we have been praying and ministering to for some time via Zoom in May.

COUPLE SAVED!

We received a call in June asking if we would give counsel to newly weds. In our first meeting, both tearfully received Christ!

PLEASE, PRAY!

We are eager to continue disciplining these recent converts. And providing counsel to the newly weds and their blended family.

May:June 2020

Tribe remains under “Stay at Home” order.

The Corona virus has hit our reservations especially hard. The Hualapai Tribe has extended their restrictions. We are still meeting via Zoom, but are eager to resume face to face meetings.

Road trip to Indy

Steve helped move Manny to Indianapolis in May. He took an unsaved friend along to help with the driving. Steve has been witnessing to this man for a few years. He had more great opportunities to discuss salvation but as yet this friend is still outside the fold. Pray for “M”.

Molly

Molly has been diagnosed with glaucoma and is undergoing more testing. Pray the doctor will prescribe an effective treatment.

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Grammer June 2020 Newsletter

June 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,

Once again this letter will be short.  We are still staying close to home-but not in isolation or quarantine.  Our county has allowed “non-essential” businesses to open back up but requiring masks when in public for all over the age of 2.  However, we have 21 Indian reservations in Arizona and many of them are still pretty locked up with curfews each night and “lock-downs” each week-end.  It does seem that our Indian folk are being hit the hardest with this virus.  Pray with us that we will soon have a decrease in deaths and the reservations will open back up.  
During this time of stress, people need to have a personal relationship with Christ to sustain them.  How thankful we are for technology today that some of our missionaries are able to use to continue to teach and preach. It has been exciting to hear some of them share how they are able to lead others to Christ-even using technology when they can’t be physically together.  God’s plan won’t be hindered!
Various ones have called to see how we are doing and thankfully, we can tell them that we are well and God has met all our needs.  Some of the calls show that they, themselves, are struggling and they need encouragement and prayer.  Thank you for continuing to support us so that we can continue to have access to emails and phone calls.  It may seem minor to you but it is important to our ministry-especially at this time.
The trip to Alaska is still planned.  We have volunteers coming from Virginia and N. Carolina with possibly a young man from Arizona considering joining in the construction.  Pray with us for safety as they travel, safety in the work, and a good time of fellowshipping as they spend time in God’s Word together.
Though this letter doesn’t have a lot of new news, we did want you to know how good God has been to us. Thank you to each of you for your prayers and financial support.

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Messick May 2020

May 2020

How excellent is They loving kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings.” Psalm 36:7 

Dear Ones in Him,

During the uncertain times we face right now with the coronavirus and the unrest in our country, we find great encouragement in the verse above.  We are safe with our God. Other religions or “faiths” operate on fear, but we who have trusted Christ as our Savior, rest in His love for us and His kindness to us. How wonderful to know that, because He is faithful, we can trust Him through difficult times and always!

This year has brought other difficulties our way. In January, our dear brother-in-law, Glen Jordan, went to be with the Lord. In March, David DeFord, our very special friend and founder of our mission board, went to his heavenly home after contracting the coronavirus. Then on May 21, Bev’s 96 year-old brother, Bob Wright, went to be with his Savior. Bob was a wonderful brother who faithfully served the Lord until He was called Home. Though we sorely miss them, it is a great comfort to know we will once again be reunited with them in Heaven. 

We mentioned in our last letter that we have been able to have drive-in services using a radio transmitter. We have now begun giving our folk the option of listening to the service in their car or coming inside the modular where we have folding chairs spaced a safe distance apart. Because another tribal member has contracted the virus, the Tribal Chairman has extended their stay-at-home order closure of the Reservation to non-members through the month of June. That limits our being allowed on the Reservation at this time. 

The first Thursday in June, Naomi will be resuming the ladies Bible study, using the same options as we have for church services.

PRAISES:

*For the good health of our loved ones and our church family

*For the good attendance at services despite the limitations

*For our faithful supporters

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Salvation of those on the Yavapai-Apache Nation

*Bev’s nephews, Bart and Eric, suffering with cancer

*That God might use these uncertain times to bring revival around the world

*Another couple to help in the ministry here

Thank you for praying for us and God’s work here. God bless you all.

In His Service,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Grammer May 2020

May 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,

Slowly, the state of Arizona is beginning to relax on their restrictions and things are starting to “open up” once again.  However, the Indian Reservations are moving slower as they seem to have been hit a bit harder during these difficult times.  We personally do know individuals that have lost family members to this virus.  Many of the younger adults go to the larger cities to shop and do business and bring it back home to family members that have lower immunities.  Many of the Reservation leaders are setting up strict restrictions for people traveling to and from their reservations to try to protect their people.

Though our “scheduled” ministry opportunities are not what they were, we are still able to have contact on the internet and by phone.  We have had some call checking that we are doing well and sharing their own personal struggles during this time.  We try to encourage them as well as pray with them for their specific problems.

We are still praying that the plans for going to Alaska in August will still come about and our volunteer workers will still be able to travel.  Pray with us for the travel plans, the safety as they build and for much to be accomplished so the station may be up and operating more quickly.

We realize that many are struggling financially at this time and we are thankful that God is meeting our needs. Thank you to those of you who have been faithfully supporting us financially and prayerfully.  Your giving allows us to have the internet and phone service that keeps us available to continue to  serve.  You are appreciated and important to our ministry.

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Jones Family May 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. These last two months have been different for all of us! We all have had to make changes and with those changes struggles have come our way. I would not be sending out this letter without praying about it. During the month of March, our support level dropped 20%, in April our support level dropped 32%, and now in May, our promised support level dropped 53%. I know we all have had to cut back, but at the same time God’s work needs to go on! We are in need of financial help. If you can give, we would greatly appreciate it! If not, we understand. We love you all! 

Here are some prayer requests we have at the moment:

*Pray that the reservations will reopen. Praise the Lord, there are no cases of Coronavirus on the Cocopah reservation. 

* Pray for the kids and teens in our church. A lot of them are getting into trouble. A lot of them do not have someone to love them. We only get to see them for a few minutes each week. We give them care packages and tracts, but they need that social interaction with us. 5 minutes a week is not enough. 

* Pray for a Cocopah lady named Elena we’ve been able to reach through online ministries who is living away from here. Her fiance has liver issues and they are both battling to stay sober. 

* Pray for a Cocopah lady named Desiree who reached out over our church Facebook page for Bible studies via correspondence

* Pray for our online services. We are doing everything by the way of the internet. President Trump declared churches to be essential and our Constitution gives us the right to worship freely, but on the reservations, they are a sovereign nation and it’s the Tribe’s call on us having service. On Monday, June 1st, the Cocopah leaders will be deciding on if they should reopen in June or postpone the opening. Please pray that they will reopen. As I mentioned before, there are no cases of Coronavirus on the Cocopah reservation at this time. 

*Pray for us financially. We were at 74% promised support. Our support level went down by 53% this month. If you would like to help, you can send support directly to us or to our Mission’s finance office. (Both are listed below)

Thank you so much for your continued prayer for us and for your generosity!
In Christ, 
Jacob, Lydia, and Samuel Jones

Colossians 1:18 “And he the head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

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Veldhuis May 2020 Prayer Letter

Dear Family and Friends in Christ,
Federal and local “shutdowns” or quotas on meeting sizes impose static limitations on Biblical missions, but could never

alter the eternal truth that “ it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” ( I Corinthians 1:21 b) How grateful we are for our Lord’s eternal fruit through the undiminished prayers and support as well as the providential

timing of our February 10-12 revival with Pastor Joe Doyel just prior to the shutdown and the disbursement of the huge annual Cocopah Casino checks.

To God be the glory for blessing the preaching to natives from all three reservations with a more reverential overall atmosphere and the glorious salvation of 45 year old Salvador and rededication of his girlfriend Lorie the final night! Both of them are growing through Bible studies and work around the church, which we trust will soon lead to his baptism and their marriage or relocation.

The baptistry/ fellowship hall section of our building was marvellously expanded through a group from the E. Free Church of Gaylord, Michigan’s whirlwind construction of a gorgeous 14X24 storage shed, February25- March 4. Though time did not permit sightseeing, they were blessed to attend our Native services and contributed further to saving souls from the ravages of the February 15 casino windfall and the third world culture they’d witnessed firsthand.

Massive Navajo Covid 19 outbreaks miles away accentuated the prudence of the closure of all Cocopah reservations and schools in early April. This meant delivering Resurrection Sunday lessons and treat packs to homes (at a six foot distance), airing video Bible studies and stories , and live streaming church services until at least May 17th. P.T.L. even saved Cocopah who’ve moved far away have profited from these new ministries!

Miraculously, North Cocopah Reservation Bible clubs grew under the watchful eyes of tribal police to where parents began also sending children to our Sunday and Wednesday services 25 miles away. All are excited about ending the “shutdown” and resuming services, while some (saved on the other two more Godless reservations years ago) are talking of driving their children to church.

Help with the North Rez. church rides would be invaluable, as we are picking up all three reservations separately as well as keeping attendees far apart until the Covid crisis clears. Jacob and Dawn are taking turns with this route despite Dawn and Lydia’s extremely high health risks, but Jacob will soon be flying East for rescheduled deputation meetings.

Lydia and 14 month old Samuel, currently fighting their own tooth abscess and ear infection, appreciate your prayers for healing and strength laboring with us throughout Jacob’s absence. PRAY for additional helpers here if his mission meetings conflict with fluctuating dates for summer camps or Neighborhood Bible time.

Other than his ear problem, Samuel led the way health wise outgrowing his neck contracture without further therapy and learning to walk. Lydia fights food intolerances and cardiopulmonary weakness daily, but along with Jacob, Samuel, Dawn, and myself has so far experienced no Covid 19 problems. The Lord’s further grace toward year round ministries soon followed in the form of readily passed extensive C.D.L. physicals.

April/May 105 degree cloudless, windy days signalled the end of our two week 80 degree spring and initiated preparations for summer ministries. Gifts the magnitude of our sending church’s new HVAC system for our house together with your provisions for new Covid 19 labors, Michael’s glaucoma meds, vehicle tires, church lawn care, salvage bus restoration, and all camp and N.B.T. deposits can only begin to be thanked by promising our best possible stewardship.

We sincerely ask our gracious God to multiply and return each blessing to you as you further labor with us in prayer for:

PRAISES:

  • ●  All Cocopah contacts still eager to resume services.
  • ●  Strength and safety for new ministries and unavoidable social interactions.
  • ●  Jacob and Lydia’s 75% support level and remaining rescheduled 2020 meetings.
  • ●  Michael’s good March P.S.A. numbers and six month extension of re-evaluation. PETITIONS:

IBIMI ‘s future following our founder’s April Covid 19 death.
Comfort or the Thomas family after 45 year old Junior’s death.
Safety and eternal fruit through tentative camp and Neighborhood Bible Time dates of July 6-10, July 12-17, July 20-24, and July 27- August 1.
Safe resumption and fruitful operation of all church pickups and ministries.
Golding, Phillips, Sereno, Soto, Thomas, and White households’ salvation or repentance.
69 year old Millie’s salvation and she and 70 year old Faye’s enormous health needs.
Repentance, salvation, and growth of cold teens, Ammon, Cezar, Justice, Lilly, Satori, and Tyler

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Messick April 2020

APRIL 2020

For where two or three are gathered together in myname, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt. 18:20

Dear Ones in Christ,

We trust all is well with you during this unusual period in our world. Since our last letter, Gary purchased a transmitter enabling us to hold drive-in services in our church parking lot. As we called our church folk to let them know we would have church in our cars, the message coming through their radio, we thought of the above scripture and wondered if it would be just two or three gathering, but to our surprise and great joy as we have met this way the last three Sundays in April, we had around thirty-five attend each service! Due to the rise in temperature, we have begun meeting at 9:00 instead of 10:00 am.

Like us, I’m sure you miss the close fellowship with friends and family, especially grandkids! You can imagine our delight when, on the second Sunday, who should drive all the way from Phoenix to attend our services, but Kirt, Elida, Joseph & Micah!  It was so good to see them again, even if we did have to keep our distance, and believe me, that wasn’t easy! 

It is a great blessing that Naomi has been able to teach our ladies Bible study on Zoom.  It was so good to be in God’s Word together and fellowship, and even see each other “face to face” again! 

We are looking forward to seeing how God will work and bless the ministry when we are able to resume normal services. 

We are so grateful to the Lord for your faithful prayers on our behalf and the support that makes it possible to continue the ministry. 

PRAISES:

*Healing of the DeFord family from the virus

*For the technology to be able to have drive-in services

*For Baby Andrew’s continued progress 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Salvation of those on the Yavapai-Apache Nation

*Bev’s nephew, Eric, suffering with brain cancer

*That God might use these uncertain times to bring revival around the world

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Jones May 2020

May 2020 Prayer Letter 
Dear Family and Friends,
     Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support these last few months. Currently, we are holding off on deputation until the summer time due to the COVID-19 virus. We are ministering to Natives by having online service, dropping off care packages, and encouraging them through social media. Lord willing, we will be able to come back to church and have church the way the Bible tells us to do. (Hebrews 10:25).

     During the month of February, we were in the states of Texas, Florida, and Georgia. During the first week of February, Lydia and Samuel needed to stay home and rest a little bit while Jacob went to present in Texas for a week and a half. While preaching and presenting in southern Texas, he found that there was a church that was having their mission’s conference in the area. He decided to attend because he wanted to hear good preaching- not knowing that God was leading the pastor to have him as part of his conference! The church was very kind and giving and the Spirit of God was moving in hearts- including Jacob’s. After Texas, Jacob went home to be with his family and join in the 3 day Cocopah revival meeting. The guest speaker was Evanglist Joe Doyel from California. God was working in hearts! There was one salvation (Salvador) and a lady came to Pastor Veldhuis and told him that she needed to get a few things right with the Lord. Pastor Veldhuis prayed with her and she is on fire for the Lord! Her name is Lorie. Please pray that she stays close to God. This revival meeting was a huge encouragement for the Jones and Veldhuis families. After the revival meeting, Jacob was joined by Lydia and Samuel and drove back to Texas for a meeting and then drove to Florida for a meeting and to see Lydia’s extended family. After Florida, we presented at a church in Albany, GA. They were kind and down to earth. We loved that! The month of February was a great month for our family. One Cocopah got saved, another one gave her life to the Lord, we had a lot of generous givers, and we picked up 4 new supporting churches. God is so good! 

During the month of March, Jacob traveled and presented at 5 churches in the state of Colorado. On March 1st, Jacob presented at two churches. One in Elizabeth, CO and the other in Gypsum, CO. On March 3rd- 5th, he attended a Home Church Planter’s conference in Englewood, CO. for the first time. He didn’t know many people, and it was a great opportunity to be able to meet new pastors and other church planters throughout the United States. It was encouraging to see pastor and indviduals giving thousands of dollars towards church planting works. The preaching was wonderful and convicting. It was just want he needed! As a result of the conference, we were able to pick up 4 supporters! After the conference, that following Sunday, Jacob presented at 2 other churches in Thornton, CO and Fowler, CO. Both churches were a blessing!

On March 9th, he was traveling back to Yuma. While he was travelling home, there was word on the news about the COVID-19 virus’ spread throughout the U.S. When he called Lydia, she told him that her doctor said she had to isolate. If she got the virus she would not survive. Jacob prayed for God’s direction and help in knowing  what to do and how to handle this matter. A few days later, we got calls from churches that had to cancel with us due to the virus. Jacob prayed even more and after much consideration, decided that we will not be travelling until June. We had a few Bible clubs on the Cocopah North reservation and one on one discipleships during the middle of March.
By the end of March, we decided to just send out care packages and have online church livestreaming. We do not like this one bit but we were relieved to know that this was only going to go on for a short time. 
On March 28th, we celebrated Samuel’s first birthday. We are so thankful that God gave us him. We had a fun time with him!
In April, we spent a lot of time together as a family. Jacob did a lot of studying and we sent out care packages to the members of the Cocopah church. Please pray for Bible believing churches throughout the world. Everyone in the world is being affected by the COVID-19 out break. We need to get the gospel out asap. People are fearful, struggling finacially, and have no hope after death. They need the Lord Jesus Christ! Let’s pray for one another and call friends and family to give them the gospel over the phone or via the internet. Our job in spreading the gospel does not ever stop! Lord willing, this virus will go away and churches will be able to meet together. 

Prayer Requests:     Salvations- Mariella, Satori, Ayla, Cayden, Airus, Sherry, Stanford, Sylvia, Mary, Joe, Jessie.Spiritual Growth- Molly, Loren, Tyler, Lilly, Roxanna, Alex, Edward, Justice, Jasmine, Mya, Kayla, Vincent and Amon, Lorie and Salvador. Health: COVID-19 cases, Lydia, Baby Samuel, Sherry with possible tumor; Mary, Edward, and  Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis with general health.Pray for Present Ministries* Bus
* Bible Clubs* Children’s
* Teen* Seniors* Soul Winning * DiscipleshipPray for Future Ministries * Bible studies on the Quechan reservation (Lord willing Oct. 2020) In a few weeks, I will be giving you all more of update on planting New Haven Baptist Church in Winterhaven, CA. Keep churches in your prayers daily please! Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”  Currently, there are over 1.6 million Native Americans in the United States and 562 distinct, sovereign tribes. Many of these tribes struggle with substance abuse and poverty and have no Gospel witness. Please pray with us that God would help us plant churches and that He will send more laborers into the Native American field located right in our backyard.
 Personal Needs That more churches will take us on for support. As of now, we are at 74% of our support goal.  Thank you all who give and pray for our needs! Upcoming Events 

Lord willing…June
2nd Highlands Baptist Church Boone, CO
3rd Fountain Independent Baptist Church Fountain, CO
7th Crystal River Baptist Church Carbondale, CO
14th Cross Road Baptist Church Buckeye, AZ
22nd- 26th Junior Camp week at West Branch in Williams, AZ

July 
6th- 10th Teen Camp week at West Branch in Williams, AZ
12th Heaven View Baptist Church Arizona City, AZ
15th Faith Baptist Fellowship Church Villon, AR
19th Liberty Baptist Church Trenton, MO
22nd Lighthouse Baptist Church Rock Island, IL
26th Assurance Baptist Church Inglewood, OHWe want to thank you all for your prayers  and financial support!Take Care and God Bless Sincerely In Christ,Jacob and Lydia Jones Missionaries to the Native AmericansCell: (928) 315- 5057Email: jacobjones6064@gmail.comII 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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