Grammer March 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,


Last week, we attended a memorial service for our mission founder and former director, David DeFord.  It was a great day. We reminisced over the ways Dave was a blessing to us as well as enjoying visiting with many of our missionaries,  that we haven’t seen in a long time, and hear how God has been working among the various tribes.  After the message, there was a “live mike” as various ones shared.  One young man said he had only met Dave once, but Dave’s ministry to his in-laws was used in his own personal life and led him to Christ.  Another lady shared that she was raised in a Christian home and wanted to thank each missionary for bringing the Gospel message to her people.  She told us that she was praying for several of us by name because she had seen God using us.  Yes-it was an encouraging day!


As we mentioned last month, a local church in Flagstaff, started the Northern Arizona School of the Bible here in town and Sam has been helping with the teaching. We still haven’t heard anything about the Dine Bible Institute restarting on the Navajo Reservation, but the area is still in “lock-down”-though we are hearing rumors of this opening back up soon.  Please pray with us for these classes in God’s Word. 


We were scheduled to fill in for a missionary on the Hopi Reservation the last 2 Sundays of this month.  However, their tribe is now starting a “lock-down” over the week-ends, so the church there has decided to meet on Friday afternoons, rather than Sundays when they are restricted from moving about.  Last week, we went for services, but spring break had many of the families off the reservation and no one came.  We were told that they would be back this coming week, so we are praying they will be available to fellowship together this coming week.  This is a difficult area and people are not in consistent in attending.  It has made us more conscious about praying for this ministry and that the missionary family would not become discouraged.


Please continue to pray for our elderly folk that are isolated in the nursing homes.  We pray for the individuals that we know personally.  Don’t forget to pray those in your area that are restricted from loved ones and in need of Christian fellowship.


We have heard from one work team that is planning to come to Thorne Bay, Alaska in August to work on the Radio project and the construction of the building.  We are still waiting for travel dates from another possible work team and then will get travel dates so Sam can get there ahead of the workers and have the supplies that are needed available.  Continue to pray with us regarding the electric, as well as safety and good progress in the work.


What a comfort to know that God is in control of everything in our lives.  Thank you so much for your prayers and your part in our ministry.  We are very much aware that you are important to our work here and often pray for various churches and individuals that have helped us over the years to be able to serve where God has placed us.  Thank you.

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

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sondergaard March 2021

Dear Family and Friends:
“Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word!” This past year, God’s people have been tested to see where we put our trust. Thinking of recent events, it is almost as if God is prying our hands off what we often trust: health, freedom, our finances. One by one it is as if God is asking, “Do you love Me more than these?” Would you be content if all you had was your walk with God? Are you holding onto the Lord as tightly as other things? I am thankful for God’s promise: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” 2Tim 1:7. Recently someone shared with me the verse, Isaiah 26:3 – “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee”. No wonder many of God’s people do not experience perfect peace: their mind is not stayed on the Lord.

Here at Living Waters Baptist Church, God continues to give opportunities to encourage these people. Many of our people have lost loved ones or face discouraging physical and spiritual needs. We look to God for the right words to encourage and point them to Christ. Martha: grieving the loss of her husband. Cyrus: losing his grandma and his mother having health needs. He is questioning why God allows it and is struggling with depression. Rachel: physical needs and her son’s spiritual needs. Bob: wife just died. Please pray for

wisdom in ministering to this family. Lynn: facing health/spiritual needs.

In recent months, we have seen strong attendance to the services. We are encouraged to see a desire to be in church. Paul has been able to invite several of his coworkers to church. Several express a desire to come although their work schedule often prevents it.

As a church we are supporting one missionary to Mexico and another to Native Americans. This year the church chose to raise their monthly support. A missionary to Israel just came and presented the ministry as well. We are excited to see the people grow in faith as they take part in missions.

Ruthanne and Hannah holding a shofar at the display table from the missionary to Israel.

Andrew enjoying his new swing!

Family praises:
• We have seen God answer prayer for Paul’s mom in giving her

strength and healing. She is doing so much better, and we are thankful for what God has done in her life.

• Andrew has received two pieces of equipment that is helping in his mobility. His wheelchair helps him sit up in church and helps when we go places. His stander helps develop his bones and should limit improper hip alignment. Andrew is now beginning to crawl and pull himself up on things. He is now almost 21⁄2. Every day he is doing things that never seemed possible. His smiles are sweet, and he brings much joy to our home.

• In January, we attended the wedding for one of Paul’s brothers. It was a blessing to be part of a Christ-honoring wedding that was testimony to several unsaved people.

Praises:

  • Andrew’s new equipment and development
  • God’s provision to give more to missions
  • God providing funds toward the modular building
  • We are now having Sunday School again after stopping for a year
    Prayer Requests:
  • Those who have stopped coming to church
  • Wisdom for our old modular building
  • Personal and church revival

All for Jesus, Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, Aletheia, and Andrew

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De Ford Jan/Feb 2021

Dear Prayer Partners,
Thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support of this
ministry. We are blessed to witness God’s faithfulness on a daily
basis as He provides for and expands the work among the
Hualapai Nation. In-person church and school have resumed in
the new year. Church attendance in person as well as on Zoom is
returning to pre-COVID levels.
The Hualapai Baptist Church approved the new budget for 2021
including supporting 17 missionaries and hosting a missions
conference in the fall. We were encouraged as a church to hear
the treasurer’s report and see how the Lord had provided
throughout 2020 and even increased our balance over the coarse
of the year.
Our family was able to present the ministry in another Arizona
church as we hope to regain some of the financial support we
have lost since returning to the States twelve years ago. Also,
please be in prayer regarding medical expenses that both Steve
and Sherry have incurred over the past year.
For God’s Glory,
The Steve De Ford family

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Grammer February 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
We are still healthy and thankful that God has spared us from this virus.  Early this next month, we are planning on attending a memorial service for our founder and former director of our mission.  Though he will be missed, he was already struggling with health issues that are now over.  It has been a blessing to see how God has provided for the needs of his wife; emotionally as well as her living situation.  God still keeps His promises. 
A local church in Flagstaff, Ponderosa Baptist, started a Bible School this month called Northern Arizona School of the Bible.  There are approximately a dozen students that are enrolled and attend in person- plus some others that are taking the course on line (even some out of country).  Sam is helping with some of the teaching, when the pastor is unable to be present each week.  This semester, 3 courses are available:  New Testament Survey, Life of Christ and New Testament Church.  
At this time, the Dine Bible Institute on the Navajo Reservation hasn’t been able to return to classes yet.  Some of the churches are starting to meet once again, but generally, the Reservation is still shut down each evening and week-end and don’t want outsiders visiting.  Please continue to pray that this will soon change as many of them are really anxious to be together with other Believers once again.
This coming month, we are scheduled to help out a missionary on the Hopi reservation who needs to be away to visit with some of their supporters.  Pray for their traveling safety and for us as we minister while they are away.
The nursing homes are still closed.  Each week, Janet drives by and leaves a little gift to remind the ladies that they have not been abandoned.  She includes a monthly devotional booklet to try to encourage them to continue with daily devotions. One of the ladies has returned to her family for care because the cost was too much for them and at this point, her restrictions are not insurmountable.  It will be an adjustment for all as each of them will have to release a bit of their independence.  We are praying for them, as well as another lady whose family is seeking financial help to continue her stay there.
We have had some cold temperatures this winter and a couple of good snowstorms (which are badly needed for our water supply).  Yet God has met all our needs and we have plenty of firewood to keep us warm, as well as running water and electricity.  We know that this has been a challenging winter for some of you and trust you are all back up and running-and ready for spring! 
Plans are being made for this summer’s work in Thorne Bay, Alaska.  Please continue to Pray with us that travel will not be a problem for our work teams as well as safety and progress in the construction.  Also, continue to pray with us about the electric need.  At this point, we have heard nothing but hopefully will have some answers by the time the construction is completed and we will be ready to broadcast.  We are eager to start looking for a missionary to man the station and get it on the air!
In spite of the restrictions this pandemic is creating, God is still using us.  There have been changes, with more “one-on-one” opportunities rather than public teaching and preaching.  How comforting to know that God is in control and has a purpose for it all and we are able to still being used to serve Him. Thank you for continuing to pray and financially support us so that we can still minister.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Messick FEBRUARY 2021

For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

Dear Ones in Him,

Despite the continued inconveniences and restrictions due to covid, we were blessed to have special speakers at church in February. Evangelist Glen Jaspers and his wife, Mary, have ministered many times over the years at our church, as well as several Native American churches here in Az. Brother Glen is soon to be 89 years old and still going strong! His Sunday morning and evening messages were a great blessing. It is always a joy to have them stay with us in our home for a few days. 

For many years we have had a burden for the people of Israel. Recently, we learned of a couple the Lord has called to go there as missionaries. So it was another great blessing to have them present their ministry. Rather than jeopardize their getting visas, we aren’t giving their names, but we are so thankful they have answered the call to go. 

In our Christmas letter we mentioned Gary, a young man who is coming faithfully to services with his mother and grandmother. Another young man, Daylen, has begun attending with his grandmother. It isn’t a matter of him coming to please grandma, he reminds her when it is time for church! 

On March 8, we are looking forward to finally being able to resume Sunday School classes.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Rachel – Bells palsy and healing of wound on her toe

*Janda – salvation, deliverance from addictions

*Simon – Spiritual needs

*God’s leading and timing to supply a couple to take our place

*Many cases of covid on our reservation 

*That we will have wisdom as to when to resume our bus ministry

PRAISES:

*Rachel’s wound on her toe is almost completely healed

*Covid cases are down our reservation

*We can begin Sunday School again

As mentioned in the above scripture, we want our lives to always glorify our Heavenly Father, and we are thankful for health and strength to continue serving Him.

We are overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness to us through His family. It is an amazing gift. Thank you to each one who prays for us and have supported this ministry, (for some of you it has been for many years!) God bless you.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Jones February 2021

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, Jacob has been traveling to raise support. Our support level is at 95%. We are praising God for His goodness towards us.

During the months of November, December, and January, Jacob travelled to 4 states and had the opportunity to present at 6 churches. These churches were a huge blessing!
As the month of January ends, we are officially done with full time deputation! It was a fun and rewarding experience, but now it’s time to get to work.
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, 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, and mailing out devotionals and Gospel materials to the Cocopah ladies. Please pray for several who have relapsed into substance abuse.
We are hoping and praying that the Reservations will reopen soon. There are a lot of Cocopah contacting us about church requesting that we pick them up for service. Unfortunately, we are not able to pick up anyone for church until the COVID-19 cases on the reservation go down. This has been heavy on our hearts. Please continue to pray with us that they will reopen soon!
Also, keep our new church plant (New Haven Baptist Church Quechan in Winterhaven, California) in your prayers!
We want to specifically thank everyone who gave towards our building fund! We were able to raise over $50,000 for the purchase of the building and repairs. Praise the Lord! In two weeks, we should own a building!!! We can’t wait to see how the Lord uses this new church to reach the lost for Jesus Christ!
While starting this new work, we will continue working with the Cocopah Teens and assisting Pastor Veldhuis as well as having a Sunday afternoon service for the New Haven church plant.
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, A.J., Denisia, Marley, Airus, Jerry,  Jalen, Felix, Phoenix, Evan, Richard and his younger brother, Darrell, Vaughn and his family, Izadiah, Mitchell, Miracle, Lilah,  Millie, Rosie, Jazmyn,  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 their home lives. Also pray 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 COVID- 19 that they will recover soon. 

Personal: Wisdom, strength, Samuel’s future, health, helpers to come and help us with the repairs on our new building, and for us to reach our goal  of 100% support. 

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, Lydia, and Samuel Jones
        Missionaries to the Native Americans

                     Cell: (928) 315- 5057

                     Email: jacobjones6064@gmail.com

Colossians 1:18

“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 January 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,
First- thank you to those who sent us cards, pictures and annual family letters over the past several weeks.  We don’t send out many Christmas cards due to the postage, but really appreciate those that send to us-especially the letters and pictures to keep us in touch.
We live at 7,000 ft. above sea level with a high mountain desert climate.  Our water supply relies much on the winter snows.  It is not unusual for things to be dry but the year 2020 was the driest on record.  Our summer rainy season (“monsoons”) were missing and we had little snow (occasional “dusting”), so we were really pleased when a snowstorm arrived this week-end!    The roads were bad enough that Sunday services were online only and they even cancelled school.  We are so thankful for a warm, dry home but can empathize with our reservation brothers and sisters that miss the face-to-face fellowship with other Believers.
We have seen an increase in visitors in our home.  It’s ironic to have them come, give us a big hug and then sit on the other side of the room and put on a face mask.  As we’ve mentioned before, our ministry is now more one-on-one than in public services.  However, opportunities for Sam to preach have been slowly increasing; once this month and 2 scheduled for March.  God is in control and we want to be ready to serve as He decides.  Pray
We have also had visitors that come to get leatherwork done.  We have several Bible verses on the walls and Sam looks for ways to talk to them about the Lord.  Sometimes they are glad to talk and other times, not so glad and even irritated. Some have opened their hearts to the Lord while others walk away, but we have been faithful and pray for the Holy Spirit do His work.
The hospitals and nursing homes are still closed.  This past year, one lady that Janet would visit, is now with the Lord while another Christian lady was moved into a home.  Phone calls are still an option, but often these ladies feel forgotten by family and friends and don’t understand the isolation.  Hopefully this ministry will open up once again soon. Pray
Some have inquired about the Thorne Bay radio station in Alaska.  Plans are being made for this summer with 2 and possibly 3 volunteer crews hoping to come.  Much progress was made this past summer on the main building and footers set for the extension which will house the kitchen and bathroom. (rooms needing plumbing)  Pray with us that travel will not be a problem for our work teams as well as safety and progress in the construction.
Please continue to pray with us regarding the electric situation.  It would be thousands of $/s for us to put in the electric poles ourselves and then it would be our personal responsibility to maintain and repair if there are any power outages. There are some other residents in the area that are trying to convince the power company that it would be profitable for them to bring in the electric lines but so far, no positive response.  The option is generators that are being used during construction.  The fuel costs limit how long they are used and will therefore limit broadcast hours.
We have also been asked how COVID is affecting us personally.  We are still healthy.  Thank you for the prayers.  We don’t want to be careless, but neither do we want to live our lives in fear.  How great to be able to trust God through all of this. Much of the sickness and deaths are located in the large city areas, as many people are in close contact with each other. However, the reservations are also heavily hit, especially the Navajo nation.  Their isolation seems to make them less resistant to viruses, colds, flues… and the strong family ties bring the diseases into their homes.  When water and electric are not available, they become even more vulnerable.  When you have to haul water, why do you want to wash your hands more frequently?  
Thank you for your part in our ministry;  both  prayers and financial gifts.  You are a part of 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 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!
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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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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