Sam & Janet Grammer’s December Letter

CIMG4600November 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you to each of you that has prayed for us and helped us financially during the year 2013.  God has been good to us.  We are enclosing a picture of our cast for this year’s Christmas play,  “THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS”.  We had several more that were involved behind the scenes with costumes,  props, prompting, publicity, refreshments … and of course the parents that made sure the kids were present for practices.   What a great opportunity to remind each of the kids what Christmas is really all about.

We trust you are using the season as a witnessing tool as you send out cards and gifts and greet your neighbors.  It’s more than a season of joy.  It is also a time to tell them of salvation-that wonderful gift from God who loves us more than we can ever comprehend.

As we prepare this letter for you, we are also preparing for a trip next week to visit our son Sam and his family in Alaska.  We were able to see several of the girls and their families during Thanksgiving and looking forward to see more of the family.  Please pray for us for safety and to enjoy our time away.

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Veldhuis December 2013 Prayer Update

Veldhuis December 2013 Prayer Update

     Dear Family and Friends in Christ,

November’s first rain in months pushed the year’s total precipitation to two inches and brought a welcome reprieve from persistent 110 degree temperatures.  Citrus ripened and ushered in Christmas ministries early December when night time temperatures finally dipped below 40 degrees.  The Christmas mandate of teaching and baptizing all nations (Matt.28:19) could now be broadened to include:

·         Ladies’ Bible study and bake day for Cocopah at every spiritual level Dec. 7.
·         Church fruit picking, packing, and reservation wide distribution.
·         Reconnection with and ministry to spiritual and physical needs of foster children not allowed to attend other services.
·         Evangelistic Christmas program and services, December 22 and 25.
·         New Year’s Eve dedication service.
         The urgency of every Native ministry and the incalculable value of your prayers and sacrifices for them all is illustrated in the home going of two Cocopah men early this month.  Sixty-one year old George succumbed to long standing liver disease after only five months as a new creature in Christ.  Twenty-two year old Matthew heard the gospel here as an early teen but could not be followed up after moving to a distant Apache reservation. This is where he was tragically murdered weeks ago.  Your prayers for the Hayes and Phillips families would mean much to all of them.
     PRAY also for the salvation of Adrian, Alfreda, George L., Amanda, Millie, and Rodrigo as well as for the growth and victory over besetting sins of Alex, Angel, Ashley, Bernice, Bobby, Chris, Julia, Lorie, Lydia S., Ricky L., Robert, and Wanda.
     Each of these adults do individual Bible studies or attend services.  P.T.L. for Ricky S.’ phenomenal growth and testimony
Since his detention.  Pray that 40 year olds Daren and Robert H. will soon follow Ricky’s example and return to the Lord.
BLESS HIM beyond measure for drawing young people,  Angel S., Autumn, Damien, Gabriel, Gilbert, Kaya, Katie, Lilly, Nesha, Nemo, Thomas, Timothy, Tyler, and Tyrus back to church through our daughter Lydia’s Sunday school and choir ministries.
     What a blessing your prayers and sacrifices have been toward medical needs!  Silas’ hernia is stable without surgery.  Lydia’s oral surgery expenses are paid and her abscesses healed despite upper respiratory infections.  The balance of Dawn’s E.R. bill is shrinking- making way for dental work in Mexico. Thank the Lord for your prayers and His protection from any recurrent cardiac problems for me despite rare opportunities for significant rest.
     May God reward your labors in 2014 as you “strive together with (us) in your prayers to God for (us)” Romans 15:30.
PRAISES:
·         Souls saved and growing in detention.
·         Stevens and Alvanez children’s return to church.
·         Successful Ladies’ Bible studies as part of craft and bake days September 28th and December 7th.
·         New bus tire before it exploded 200 miles from home.
·         One half of our church A/C and heater repairs paid in four months!
PRAYERS:
·         Barley, Miller, Sereno, and Thomas young people’s return to the Lord.
·         Safety, wisdom, and eternal fruit through Christmas and ongoing ministries.
·         Direction concerning a spring revival and fall tent meeting.
·         Open doors for missions meetings before or after Temple Baptist’s conference April 23-27, 2014, Statesville, NC.
                                           Sincerely In Christ,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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Grammer’s November 2013 Letter

November 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,

This month tends to turn our thoughts to all our blessings and to give thanks.   Sometimes we are so busy looking at the problems in life and forget to see God’s hand of blessing.  We’d like to share some of those blessings that God has reminded us of.

It’s a bit earlier than normal for our monthly up-date letter-but that’s because we plan to be traveling when we would normally be sending this letter out.  It is the time of the year when we enjoy getting together with  our family and to celebrate the holidays.  For most of our children and grand-children, this is the only time of the year that we are able to be together, so this is a real treat for us.

Not only are we thankful for our physical family, but we are thankful for our church family.  To avoid embarrassment and to keep confidentiality, we can’t share specifics, but we are thankful for the way God has worked in lives and homes during this past year.  We have seen homes restored and relationships healed.  We have also seen spiritual growth in individual lives, as well as several trust Christ as Savior and then make public profession of faith in baptism.

Just this past week, a lady received God’s gift of salvation and told us that one of us had visited in her home during our “visitation” time.  She decided that she needed to come to our church after years of not attending church anywhere.  She attended a Wed. prayer meeting and then a morning worship service, where she yielded to Christ and became a believer.  What a blessing and encouragement.  We don’t always get a friendly reception when knocking on doors, but it is worth the effort to see a soul come to Christ!

Last year, one of our young men decided to go to Bible College for a year and this year chose to return and continue until graduation!  This is definitely an answered prayer.  A second young man had already been in Bible College but had decided to quit.  This summer, while working at a Christian camp, he realized the need for his people to hear the Word of God and is now back in school with the goal of being a pastor.  Another answered prayer and encouragement to us all as we watch him growing in his love for God.

This fall, two of our families withdrew their children from the public education system so that they could educate their own children with Christian curriculum.  This has meant sacrifice for each family and they have had their moments of challenge, but both parents and the 4 students are glad that this is the course they have chosen.

One of these moms is also the head librarian here in Page.  Recently Debbie received a state award for the after-school programs she has helped start in Page.  She traveled to Phoenix to receive the award at a ceremony that was attended by many state leaders and officials.  In her speech of acceptance, she praised God for any accomplishments in her life.  She was the only one to mention God and after returning to her seat, another lady, who has an important position in the state, leaned over and told her “thank you”.  She is also a believer and glad to know that she wasn’t alone in her faith and excited to hear God being praised publicly.

Pray for us through the coming month of December.  It is always a busy time with the extra activities of the holidays.  It also has great opportunities to share the Gospel message.  May our Christmas program, our caroling, our visiting, gifts and cards and even our Christmas decorations, all remind others that God came in the form of a human baby, so He could die for us on the cross to pay our sin penalty.  Now we can live with Him forever, free from sin.  There is no greater gift and Christmas is a wonderful time to tell others that they too can have this great joy!

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Baucom’s October 2013 Newsletter

September  2013

 

Dear Friends Of The Baucoms,

 

It’s that time of the year again when we enjoy celebrating our anniversaries together.  The Church got together and gave Elaine & I a celebration of our 40th Wedding Anniversary.  They had invited many of our friends as well.  We knew they were going to do this, but we had no idea how many people they invited.  Oh, the congratulations  and gifts were too good!  We were so blessed.  And then it was the entering into our 26th. year of being here on the Reservation as their pastor.  To God be all the Glory!

 

By the time you get this News Letter we will be into our Fall Revival with our pastor, Brother Bobby Leonard.  He and Larry Langston will arrive on Saturday, October the 5th. and stay with us through October 9th.

Our people sure look forward to this meeting with Brother Leonard.

 

The Church is doing well. Our attendance is averaging around 35-40 each Sunday.  With summer ended we expect to see more folks come as vacations and summer fun comes to pert near a halt! Praise God!  We are amazed at the visitors that are coming.  Seems just about every week someone new shows up. And most of the time it’s not the folks that we have visited, but those that we forgot about visiting.

 

Our family is doing good.  We are in contact with them quite often.  Melissa & Pat are attending our Church now and Mary & Derek in Little Rock are busy as can be with their Church.  It’s John that burdens our heart.  He’s still away from the Lord.  He is as sweet and gentle to us as he can be.  Our prayer is that the Lord will bring him back soon.  Everyday my heart weeps for our son.  You know as a parent that you’d give your right arm, right leg or even your life if that would bring your child back to God.  Please, please keep our son John near your prayer closet :'(

 

Many thanks again to you and your faithfulness to our ministry here.  Apart from your help with prayers and financial support,  our lives would be more complicated.  We thank God for your gracious partnership with and for us.

 

We Gladly Remain As His Servants,

Tommy & Elaine

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October 2013 Letter from Steve & Sherry

Dear Praying Friends and Ministry Partners,

  Romans 10:14-15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
  We have wrapped up a great summer of ministry on the Hualapai Indian Reservation here in Northwestern Arizona. Our home church youth group came out to help us with backyard Bible club and VBS early in July. The girls in the group taught the Bible clubs each morning while the boys helped us paint the church. They also put in some fruit and nut trees at our house. We are looking forward to many great harvest in years to come. The VBS was well attended and two young people accepted Christ as Savior!
  We want to clear up any lingering misunderstandings regarding the home-going of Dustin De Ford. Dusting was one of the 19 firefighters lost in the devastating fire near Prescott, AZ. His family are friends of ours and there was much confusion because Dustin’s dad, Stephen, is a Baptist pastor in Montana. Many thought we had lost our son in the fire. Please, continue to pray with us for the Stephen De Ford family in the loss of their son.
  In August, we attended our annual IBIMI conference. This year Brother Gary Messick hosted the meeting at the work in Verde Valley, AZ. It seemed God had a special meeting planned for us as circumstances prevented most of our plans from happening. We were encouraged by many of our men to continue for the Lord in the ministries in which He has placed us. God also brought Brother Garry Locklear and his wife Sheril to visit with us. The Locklears are Lumbee Indians from Fairview, NC and travel all over the US supporting Indian missions through preaching, building, and a ministry of encouragement to missionaries. They were a blessing to our entire mission family! Sherry and I also celebrated our 25th anniversary. The mission family surprised us with a beautiful cake and many cards. A couple of weeks later, Paul and Betty Hiscock were with us for a crash course on music! They brought our a Christmas program for our church to begin working on and walked us through it step by step. We loved our time of fellowship with them. And look forward to their next trip west!
  September brought us back to the beginning of another year of home school co-op. I also drove to Pensacola, FL to take our son Immanuel to college. Sherry had a hard time letting him go, but Manny is adjusting very well to college life.
  We did have the sad duty of removing one of our families from the membership roll. Please keep Danny and Ruth in your prayers. Satan has gotten a hold of this couple and is trying very hard to destroy them. They had been members of our co-op as well, so their children are back in public school. We are grieving over this family and pray they return to us quickly.
  Now, we look forward to fall and all the ministry opportunities that await this wonderful time of year. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of this ministry. We are truly grateful for your part in the Lord’s work among the Hualapai!
For God’s Glory,
The Steve De Ford family
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August 2013 Newsletter from Brian & Louann Shannon

July-August 2013

 

Dear Supporting Church Families & Friends,

 

“… Is it well with thee?… And she answered, It is well.” Greetings from Southern AZ. I am very thankful to be able to answer that in our lives “it is well!” We never know what may “fall upon a day,” but I do “know that my redeemer liveth” and that He will never leave nor forsake us! What an encouragement our Lord and His Word are!

 

Our busy Summer season is finally winding down… which leads to the next busy season! “Back to school” usually means “back to Bible Club” too, for the kids on the reservation, and we look forward to that ministry being recharged in the coming days. Please continue praying for the children and the Bible Club ministry!

 

We are thankful for the opportunities we were blessed with during the past two months. In July, I had the opportunity to visit and preach once again with Bro. Dale Vance and his youth campmeeting in Virginia. This meeting is always a blessing and encouragement in my own life, and I pray it is in the lives of the many young people that attend as well! It is always encouraging to take part in the good fellowship with friends!

 

We were also blessed to attend the annual retreat of our mission board, Independent Baptist Indian Mission, Inc. It was hosted by veteran missionaries Gary & Bev Messick in Camp Verde, AZ. This meeting is always a great time of fellowship with our fellow Native missionary families. Please remember to pray for the entire Mission family of missionaries and their respective fields, and pray that the Lord would send more laborers into His fields of Native America!

 

We continue to be blessed with permission to meet monthly in the Nation’s nursing care facility. Attendance has been great the past few months, and we always so enjoy getting to have a service there with those dear folk. We appreciate your prayers for the elderly of the Nation, for their physical and spiritual needs.

 

We enjoyed a great visit by one of our longtime friends, Tom & Elaine Baucom, missionaries on the Six Nations Reservation in Ontario, Canada. They were out for our Mission Board retreat, and spent some time with us after. We so enjoyed the preaching, singing and great fellowship with this dear family. We are grateful for the many wonderful friends God has given us along this journey!

 

As many of you know and were praying for, my dad had prostate cancer surgery in August. We are very grateful for how the Lord has helped throughout the process. His grace and peace are always super-sufficient and ever present! We are thankful that the surgery was successful, recovery is progressing, and Dad is doing good. Please continue to pray for his recovery over the next few weeks. We are thankful that his cancer was found in its early stages, and was treated successfully!

 

Our family is continually blessed. Lilly (10th), Rebecca (3rd) and Brandon (1st) are all back to school now. Please pray for them, and Louann as she helps them in their homeschooling! Benjamin (3 years) is still deciding which classes he will be attending this year, but enjoys sampling the classrooms of each of his siblings! Thanks again so much for all of your faithful prayers and support, which have a huge part in making the ministry here possible!

 

Working together with you for HIM,

 

Brian & Louann Shannon & family

 

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August 2013 Letter from the Grammer’s

August 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

August is always a good month for the Grammer family. Each year we celebrate our anniversary and also Janet’s birthday. This year we celebrated 45 years of marriage. Janet’s birthday? Well-let’s just say it’s one more year than she was last year. 😉

 

We had 2 men that joined Sam for a trip to Alaska this month to do some more preparation for the Christian radio station that we want to see started in Thorne Bay. We were praying that all the materials would arrive on time and in good shape, and also that the weather would cooperate so that the foundation blocks could be completed. God heard our prayers and the job went smoothly and quickly-even giving enough time for the men to fish for some salmon to bring back home. Another step closer to seeing the radio station up and going.

 

At the moment, Sam is traveling back home to Arizona, catching the ferry from Ketchikan to Washington and then driving. The route takes him through Idaho where all the fires have been burning, so please pray for his safety on the roads throughout this coming week. Thanks.

 

Last week, a new area of ministry began in Page. Two of our families have chosen to withdraw their children from the public school system and educate them at home. In reality, they are educating together in one of the classrooms in the church. This way they will be supporting and encouraging each other and the students will have the sense of a classroom setting and hopefully commit themselves to the task before them. Please pray with us for these 3 students: Keanu (“key-ah-new”), Aaliyah (“ah-lee-ah”) and Alana, as well as their moms.

 

Both of these families also have an older son that are both now students at International Baptist College down in Chandler, AZ (Phoenix area). Daniel is a returning student and Tyler is a transfer student from BJU. We’ve been excited to see God working in both their lives and know that this is not an easy step for either of them. Please pray also for them in their studies and for the needed finances.

 

Thank you for your prayers and gifts that allow us to minister in the Southwest USA.

 

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Messick’s July Update

Dear Praying Friends,

 

“Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God.” Psalm 147:1

 

 

The first half of 2013 has already come and gone. It has been a very busy six months since we started the remodeling on the church building. Reviewing our January letter and the list of repairs, etc. that needed to be done, we are rejoicing and are truly “singing praises unto our God” in being able to mark so many of them “finished!”

 

*All windows need to be replaced with energy-efficient windows – DONE

*Roof has to be replaced – DONE

*Vaulted trusses will be put in area to be used for auditorium – DONE

*Interior walls removed where auditorium will be located – DONE

*New plumbing in the restrooms and hot water lines run – DONE

*New heating/cooling in the building to replace inefficient wall heaters – DONE

*New or added insulation in building as needed

*Double-entry doors to be the new main entrance – DONE

*Paneling on exterior of building is no longer available, so we plan to stucco the building to

match future building plans

*Leaks repaired and roof recoated on modular building – DONE

*The electric company has finally changed the meter and rate from commercial to house of

worship rate – DONE – we haven’t received a bill under this new rate, and trust this will be a

great savings

 

Several churches and individuals have donated time, materials, and funds that have moved us to this point. How thankful we are to have this help. We know this is no small sacrifice on their part and we appreciate each one so much.

 

Recently, the remodeling had pretty much come to a stand-still due to a lack of funds and help. Our church had prayed that the Lord would provide in His time and in His way. A few days later, a businessman contacted us and said God had laid it on his heart to send a sizable gift to help with the work on the church. This was so unexpected, and we are just overwhelmed. God is building His building at Living Waters Baptist Church and using His people to accomplish this great task We are rejoicing in all He is allowing to be done!

 

UPCOMING PROJECTS:

*Insulation – cost $2,257.00 – includes heat block and radiant barrier

*Drywall the new auditorium

*Stucco outside of building

*Painting and carpeting

*110 ft. ditch has to be dug for the gas line to be laid

 

 

Please remember these projects in prayer. Gary is working almost every day on the remodeling, doing most of the work on his own now. Our church men help as they can.

 

Those of you who received our May letter might remember we asked that you pray for comfort for the loved ones in the loss of Kathy, a fifty-two-year-old woman who was found beaten to death on the Reservation. She had attended our services a few times and was a friend to several in the church. Toward the end of June, the man who was suspected of the murder was found stabbed to death and his body dismembered. It was a retaliation crime, and the young man who committed it was high on meth. We’re praying this will be a real wake-up call as so many lives, both on and off the reservation, have been affected by these horrific acts.

 

We are thankful to the Lord for several new families and individuals who are attending services on a regular basis from the surrounding community as well as the reservation. And we rejoice that one of our dear ladies, who had strayed from the Lord and was living in sin, has come back to the Lord and turned her life around. A great answer to many prayers! Another praise is that nine-year-old Anamea accepted Jesus as her personal Savior in June.

 

Several of you may have received our prayer request on behalf of our seven-year-old granddaughter, MaKayla, who had been having seizure-like symptoms. Test results revealed that she is having partial complex seizures. The medication she is taking is doing well in controlling them. Thank you to each one who has been praying for her; please continue!

 

 

Prayer requests:

 

*Funds are still needed to finish the church remodeling

*Physical needs would be met for Larry, a young husband and father of three in our church,

recently diagnosed with MS

*MaKayla’s health needs

*Preparations for upcoming IBIMI missions retreat being held in August at our church

 

Thank you to each of you for your love, concern and support for the ministry here. May God bless you.

 

In Christ,

 

Gary & Bev Messick

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July 2013 Newsletter from Baucom’s

 

Dear Friends Of The Baucoms,

 

We sure hoped to have had more to report concerning people being saved!  But, we sure have had many visitors.  The Church folks are about as happy as they have been in a long, long time.  Now that summer is here, it sure is a task to keep them steady. It’s heart breaking when we come to Church each Sunday and see folks just working out in their yards as if it was a weekday.  But one day that’s all going to change.

 

Lately we have put two of our men teaching Sunday School classes: Bill is teaching the adults and Earl, our song leader is teaching our teenagers.  They are doing a great job.  The Bible School material from Brother Robert Carlson’s Church is really helping these men.

 

We did have an outstanding Graduation Service for one of our young ladies in our Academy, Michelle Johnson.  Michelle has never known anything but our Church Sunday School and Christian School education.  She has been and is an outstanding young lady.  The Sunday evening of the graduation brought out the largest crowd we have had in many years with over 65 people in attendance.  We were all surprised.  After the banquet there was hardly anything left on the counters except a little bit of salad. But everyone got filled to the max.  It was a lovely evening.

 

Your faithfulness to our ministry here is commendable and very much appreciated.  We hope we can visit you and your Church soon.  If you are planning a special service and would like us to attend, please let us know.

 

We remain full speed ahead, encouraged, excited and expecting Jesus any day.

 

Yours For The Harvest,

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July 2013 Newsletter from Grammer’s

July 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,

Vacation Bible School at Navajo Fellowship Baptist Church for 2013 is now history.  Our theme for this year was “Kingdom Chronicles”, focusing on the spiritual warfare and putting on the Armor of God.  Our first night we had 22 students, but the rest of the week stayed pretty consistent between 37-39 in attendance.

Most of our workers worked at a job all day and then joined us for another 3-4 hours each night.  By Friday, we had a tired crew, but rather than complaints, we were hearing praising.  Yes-we had a good time together, but we also had 4 youths make professions of faith in Christ.  Now that was exciting!  This coming Sunday, we are planning on at least one baptism as the young man wants to make a public declaration of his salvation.

The morning after VBS, we got a phone call, asking Sam for help at a Camp Meeting (Bible Conference) on the Reservation, where the scheduled speaker was unable to come.  So it was a quick shower and 1 hour drive to arrive for another full day.  Physically tired from a full week, could he keep focused and be understood as he taught God’s Word?
Psalm 71:8 & 18  “Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all     the day.  (16) I will go in the strength of the Lord God:  I will make mention of thy     righteousness, even of thine only.”
What mighty God we serve!  As we accumulate more years, we become more aware of our need for His strength to serve Him and accomplish His work.
II Cor. 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God.”
II Cor 12:10 “…for when I am weak, then am I strong”

The Tuesday, following VBS, we had a visiting musical group from West Coast Baptist College.  We enjoyed the evening with good music, but also we want to encourage our young people to choose Christ-honoring schools for their college education.  Wherever God puts them in His plan, they need to have a good knowledge of His Word.  This month, a missionary with Home to Heaven at the age of 88.  A good reminder that we need to be preparing co-workers and replacements.  We’re not ready to quit!-just challenged to help others prepare that the work might continue.

In August, Sam will be traveling to Alaska, with 3 other men from Arizona, to do some more work in preparing the property in Thorne Bay for the radio station that we’d like to see established in that area.  Please pray for their safety and that much will be accomplished before they have to return home.  It’s the only “rainforest” in the USA, so pray also that they will have a few rainless days as they work.

Again-we thank you for your prayers and gifts that allow us to serve here in the Southwest.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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May-June 2013 Brian & Louann Shannon

May-June 2013

 

Dear Supporting Church Families & Friends,

 

“Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” I Sam 12:24 We are amazed again at how many great things the Lord has done for us, and it truly is our reasonable service to yield ourselves completely to Him!

 

What great (& busy) months May & June were! We are very thankful for the visitors (and faithful also) who came out for special services on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. So much hope for the next generation rest with this generation of parents who so desperately need to know the Lord personally and share Him daily with their children. May we all be faithful parents/grandparents, etc… in sharing Him with them!

 

The biggest event of the past two months (and year) was our 4th annual Summer Day Camp on the reservation. We had several workers come from out of town before and/or during the camp and help with the work. Evangelist Dale Vance and his family came out again this year, as Bro. Dale preached for the camp. Alaina Pettit from Sweet Springs Baptist in Alabama came out again and worked hard before and during the camp, as did Bro. Ronnie Henderson and his wife (from Montana)! Several of our own folk also joined in the work, and it was all greatly appreciated. We certainly needed all the help, as the Lord blessed us with the largest camp yet. Attendance each day averaged 90 (previous year highs were in the mid-60’s!). We were blessed to meet many new people from the reservation, see some familiar faces back, along with the faithful as well! The Lord blessed us with a great time of good singing, food, fun games and crafts, and wonderful Bible-based messages. There were 5 people who asked the Lord to save them during the camp, and a lot of other help received by all from salvation assurances, to rededications of lives, etc… We are very thankful for all the Lord did during the 4 days of camp. It was a very expensive, exhausting effort by all involved, and The Lord blessed greatly! Two of the biggest blessings personally from the camp were: receiving a letter from a young couple, recently saved and married, who were expressing their gratitude for their salvation, for the camp, and for all the Lord was doing for them through the church and camp, and; a young boy telling his mom before the final service “I’ve been praying I would win (that) prize at church tomorrow night,” (all of us were unaware of this prayer, but God wasn’t) and this young boy’s name was drawn from probably over 100 entries for that specific prize! What a great thing the Lord did for this little boy and his mother! I’m so thankful we serve a prayer-answering God who is just as concerned for everyone in the world! Thanks be to God for the great camp, and thank you very much to those who contributed to the expense. If you would like to contribute to the camp expenses, please mark the gift with “Day Camp.”

 

We were blessed to have Pastor Darrell Roe and Heaven’s View Baptist Church spend many hot hours laboring on the reservation to help work on the bath house project, which is very near completion. We are so thankful for these dear friends! Thank you to those who have given and prayed for this project. Your continued prayers are greatly appreciated!

 

We were blessed to celebrate Brandon’s 6th birthday in May, as well as his K5 graduation! I’m thankful for my family, and we cherish your prayers for us! We were also blessed with a great vacation for a few days at the end of June, for which we are very grateful!

 

Working together with you for HIM,

 

Brian & Louann Shannon & family

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July 2013 Prayer Letter From Steve & Sherry DeFord

Proverbs 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD; and the fruit of the womb is His reward.

 

Greetings in our precious LORD’s name,

 

June was surely a month of BLESSING. Our children Micah and Joshua flew back to Tennessee to the Bill Rice Ranch to work again this summer. This makes Micah’s third summer and Joshua’s second. Although this summer they are on the operational staff, so they will be gone longer. It is a BLESSING to have them call and give reports of how many young people were saved each week. Keep the boys in your prayers. They return home August 3.

 

Melvin, a man Steve has been having Bible Studies with for over a year, began teaching a Sunday School class. We mention it often, but it is so true-God has BLESSED us with some great men. Melvin has grown tremendously over the last several months. Having more men in places of responsibility is essential for the church to ultimately be self sustaining.

 

It was a BLESSING also to see a good number of father’s out for Fathers’ Day. We missed a few who were our of town, but we were encouraged with a couple guests.

 

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Little Cutter made his appearance on the 14th making his daddy, Scott, a father again for the seventh time! Cutter and mother, Laurie both did great! Keep this family in your prayers also-Cutter’s next older brother is 13 so mom and dad feel like they are starting all over again, though they couldn’t be more BLESSED.

 

Sunday, June 30 was “Fifth Sunday” when our church is BLESSED to have the youth group take over the Sunday morning services. Our teen girls taught Sunday School classes and our boys lead in prayer, lead singing, and took up the offering. Our youth leader, Cleve, preached the morning service.

 

Steve was back in the pulpit Sunday night. On our way home from church we learned of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in the Yarnell fire. It wasn’t until the next morning we learned that our pastor friend also with the name Steve De Ford had a son who died in that fire. Our prayers go out to the De Fords in Montana, but even in our grief we are BLESSED to know Dustin is in the presence of God and His holy angels. We will meet again and share all eternity together!

 

For God’s Glory,

 

the Steve De Ford family

 

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