This month has been a very dry month for our area. Though we are considered “high mountain desert”, we usually have a monsoon season at this time bringing us much needed water. The lack of water has caused several wild fires throughout the state. One of them was just north of Flagstaff and some of you saw it in the news. (This one was called the “Museum Fire” because it was close to the Northern Arizona Museum.) We are thankful that our home was never in danger-thank you to those of you who were praying for us during this time. The folks living in town appreciate the drier summer months because of the threat of flash floods in town as a result of the fire. It is good that God is in control of even the rains.
We are still waiting for the fall classes to begin for the Dine Bible Institute on the Navajo Reservation. Until then, we are using the time to get some things done around our home; including getting our winter supply of firewood down off the mountain. After a busy spring, this slower pace for the summer has been a blessing.
We filled in for a local pastor that had to be away on 2 different Sundays this month and at present we are scheduled to fill in for another pastor later this fall. Much of our ministry this summer has been un-scheduled contacts as we have been able to share the message of the Gospel with visitors and neighbors. Please pray with us that the Holy Spirit will guide what we say and which Scriptures we use and that hearts would be open to submitting to Christ and accept His gift of salvation.
Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.” In Christ, Sam & Janet Grammer
July 2019 Dear Friends in Christ, June was a month of travel for us. We were able to visit Sam Jr.’s family in Alaska for a week and get to better know those 3 grandsons (7, 4 & 2 years old). After 1 ½ weeks at home, Janet flew back east to spend a couple of weeks with some of the girls as they had a surprise birthday party for our oldest daughter, Faith.
While Janet was gone, Sam flew back to Alaska to Thorne Bay to work some more on the radio station project. This is normally a very wet part of our country, but this summer, they are experiencing a drought so rain did not hinder any building projects this year. The resulting heat was not comfortable but the planned projects of putting a skirting around the building and installing the wood stove were completed.
Another week at home to rest up and Sam was the English teacher for the Bible classes at the Western Navajo Bible Fellowship annual Family Conference here in Flagstaff. This conference began on a Sunday through the following Saturday; with Bible classes in the morning and again in the evening.
The director of the conference had some severe health issues a few days before the conference began so another Navajo man stepped in to do the leadership responsibilities for the week.
A Navajo pastor was to teach the evening classes taught in Navajo and his son, another Navajo pastor, was to teach the morning classes in Navajo. However, their wife & mother died the week before and her funeral was on Monday and they weren’t able to join us until Wednesday. Again, another Navajo teacher had to fill in for them both with little time to prepare.
Some of you may have seen on the news the wildfires that are a result of the dry weather. Our yearly monsoons were slow in starting this year and a campfire got out of control and caused some concern for the citizens of Flagstaff. This fire started on the first day, Sunday , but thankfully, they were able to continue their program, in spite of a warning to be prepared to evacuate. Some of the older folks were complaining about all the smoke causing difficult breathing. (The rains began on Tuesday, which was a great help in getting the fire under control.)
In spite of all the troubles, God was good and this year’s conference was a blessing. We are always encouraged to see folks that that are still being faithful and serving the Lord. We enjoy meeting folks we have ministered to over the years as former Bible school students, campers, VBS kids, people where we’ve pastored or worked with in Conferences and Camp meetings. It is good to see how God is still working in lives.
We have also filled in for a pastor for a Sunday when he had to be away and have some more scheduled for the next few months. Please pray as the Lord opens doors to give out His Word for wisdom as the messages are prepared.
You folks are truly a blessing to us. It is your prayers that help us continue to serve the Lord, as well as the financial support that you send so that we can pay bills. Thank you! II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.” In Christ, Sam & Janet Grammer
Happy to be
‘home’ in Arizona, although it is the middle of “monsoon” season which brings
humidity, dust storms, wind, high temps and rain. Love it!
We arrived in Chandler
July 2 and found a very nice RV spot for the next six months. We both have routine doctor apppointments to
catch up on. Praise the Lord for
good health during our travels.
One of the many
blessings we received was promises of prayer for more laborers in the Native
American fields. The opportunity to
speak in S S classes and worship services made this possible. We were priviledged to visit in several of
our supporting churches as well as churches we’ve been familiar with over the
Two of our
grandchildren will be getting married within a year. Micah will be married in November to Rachael
Holder from the U P of MI. We were happy
to meet her in Fargo, ND where Micah is in college. Next July Brenna will be marrying Drew Turner
from Birmingham AL area. Both will be
graduating from PCC. They will be
married here in Mesa. That will make a
total of five ‘grands’ married.
Good to be in our
IBIMI churches for services and to be of assistance when needed
Safety in almost
14,000 miles of travel (coast to coast
and border to border)
supporting churches and individuals
Many opportunities to
tell of the need there is for dedicated workers in the Indian fields
The Lord’s continued
Opportunities to explain
the need for the Gospel message to be preached on reservations.
Pray with us for the
Lord’s direction in whatever He chooses for us in the future. We are
aware we won’t be able to travel as we do now for any great length of
time. We are planning through January 2020 – July 2020 if the
Lord would lead.
IBIMI annual retreat
Aug. 1-3 in Albuquerque. Plan to do
survey work on NM reservations near Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
June 2019 Dear Friends in Christ, This past May, Janet was invited to speak to the Ladies’ banquet at the Yavapai-Apache church in Camp Verde where 2 of our missionary families are working. There were about 20 ladies present and the topic was how to live a holy life and pleasing God. It was a good time and the ladies seemed to enjoy the fellowship and encouragement. The Dine Bible Institute classes are finished for this semester and we plan to start again this fall. It is a blessing to see some of the students using this training to minister among their own people. Just last week, we returned from a trip to Port Alsworth, Alaska for a week with Sam & Amber and our 3 grandsons (James-7, Peter-4 & Ira-2). It has been 4 years since we have been in their home and a short visit from them 2 years ago at the family Thanksgiving gathering. We don’t get to see much of our grandkids so this was a real treat. We use our credit card a lot (paid off each month to avoid interest) and had saved enough “air miles” to get the tickets. God is so good in providing our needs and even treats us to some of our “wants”. June 25-July 11, Sam will be flying to Alaska once again; this time to Thorne Bay Some have asked if this is near our son’s home. Sam & Amber live north of Anchorage and require another 1 ½-2 hr small plane flight to their community. Thorne Bay is a 3 hr. ferry ride from Ketchikan in the south-eastern part of the state. Same state- but it is a big state and the locations are far apart. We didn’t have any volunteer groups planned for this summer’s work, but God brought a Christian couple into our lives who plan on being in Thorne Bay this summer to visit family at the same time that Sam plans to be there and the man hopes to be able to help with the work planned for this summer. Amazing to watch God’s provision along the way. Pray with us for safe travels and that much will be accomplished this summer Some gifts sent this past month will help pay for this summer’s work. We are thankful that God has met each expense along the way so that we have been able to avoid debt. We are purchasing a large generator to power this project, since we are not getting a good response from the Alaska Power Company regarding electric coming to the property. The cost will be approximately $5,500. (We have to include the transportation costs of bringing it up on a barge to Thorne Bay.) Please pray with us about meeting this need. Sam will have a short break after arriving back in AZ before he has to speak at a Navajo family Camp; July 20-27. He will be taking the morning and evening sessions in the English language while others will be teaching the same material in the Navajo language. Many of the elderly still speak Navajo as their primary language but then many of the middle age and younger generation are more comfortable in English and may not even understand Navajo. Be praying with us as he prepares for this week Sometimes we share prayer requests and then have letters asking just how God worked in each situation. Thank you. It tells us that you are praying and also reminds us to mention how prayers are answered. We were recently asked how the missionary family is doing that were experiencing a difficult pregnancy. Jacob & Lydia Jones now have a healthy baby boy in their arms; Samuel. The recovery time was longer than hoped for because of Lydia’s health challenges and an unavoidable c-section. However, she was able to carry Samuel to full term and give birth to a healthy son -a definite answer to prayer! Thank you to each of you for your prayers for us and the ministry God has put us in. You are a blessing to us. II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.” In Christ, Sam & Janet Grammer
My first four month post radiation cancer treatment labs May 31st found the prostate Specific Antigens less than one-half of what theyd been and in the middle of the normal range for a healthy man of my age. We couldn’t be more grateful for all the prayers and gifts responsible for the health and means to carry on all Cocopah ministries while covering medical expenses. PRAY for Godsends of strength, coworkers, vehicles, weather, receptive souls, and funds for summers numerous ministries. Pray Jacob, Lydia, and Samuels on and off deputation meetings while helping us will soon enable them to join us full time, and that until then Dawn and I will be able to safely handle and control the huge increase in van and bus riders and class sizes without our usual monitors. Your PRAYERS for our LORD’s true lasting fruit this summer as well as for Dawns vasculitis, Lydias pulmonary hypertension, and my remission through September 2019s next cancer evaluation are truly an invaluable and appreciated lifeline as you labor with us. Romans 15:30 Michael and Dawn
We wanted to thank you for praying for our many requests and update you on the events of the last couple weeks.
Thank you for praying for our Vacation Bible School. The Gospel was presented each night and the kids memorized several Bible verses. We highlighted the life of Jonah to illustrate the need of obeying God, turning from sin, and believing God. Naomi’s parents and sister and brother-in-law were visiting and were a tremendous help throughout the week. Although we had fewer kids this year, it seemed we had their attention better. Please continue praying that they would each put their faith in Jesus Christ.
For the last several months Ron and Diana Love have been here helping our church and one other church nearby. The Loves are burdened to equip Christians in effectively sharing the Gospel. Last Sunday, in the evening service, Ron again challenged our people to share the Gospel. Please pray that these truths would get such a grip on our church family that our community might see and experience the life-changing grace of the Lord Jesus.
Also, that evening, a friend of Paul and Naomi’s (Jim Appel) shared his salvation testimony. Brother Appel helps churches with flooring and tile work and has been helping a church in Phoenix. While Brother Appel was sharing his testimony, a native man (John) came in. He is the son-in-law of Vida (one of the ladies who comes). He is recently out of prison and has struggles with drug addiction. John listened attentively to Brother Appel’s testimony. After the service John was about to leave when Brother Appel was able to take him aside and explain the Gospel more fully. John clearly recognized he was a sinner and on his way to Hell. Without being told what to say, John prayed confessing his sin (some specific) and put his faith in the Lord Jesus. Later he told Paul what had happened and expressed a desire to have a Bible study. Please pray that Paul would have wisdom in discipling John. And please pray for John: that God would gain victory in his life.
Thank you for faithfully praying. We are seeing God answer your prayers! To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:25
“Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God;” Psalm 147:1
Dear Ones in Him,
As we begin our 35th year of ministry with the Native Americans in Arizona, we thank God for this privilege, and we ask God daily to do His work in these precious folks lives. Many of you have been a vital part of this ministry from the beginning through your prayers and support, and we thank you for your faithfulness and for being a great encouragement!
We were blessed to have missionary Janet Grammer speak at our Mother/Daughter Banquet. She gave a very challenging and timely message on “Purity & Holiness” to the twenty in attendance.
Also in May, we enjoyed getting to know missionary candidate, Bethany Anglin, as she shared her calling to the island of Roatan, Honduras.
Ron & Diana Love from N.C. have been helping in various ways at the church for the last seven months. We appreciate Ron’s teaching on witnessing and soul-winning.
Recently, Gary had to have a small growth removed from his eyelid, and we are so thankful it was benign. Bev has battled dermatitis on her face for several months, being treated unsuccessfully with several medications. But, after getting in to see Kirt’s dermatologist it seems to be under control.
Many of you have been praying for the health needs of Paul, our Youth Pastor and their baby, Andrew. Here is a report from Paul and Naomi that will bring you up to date:
Andrew’s specific praises:
No genetic disorders found.
UTI tests came back clear.
Slow weight gain.
Sweet smiles and responses to visual therapy.
Andrew’s specific needs and prayer needs:
Possible cranial band helmet to correct misalignment.
Cortical visual impairment – he isn’t blind but his brain doesn’t connect with what he sees.
Low muscle tone.
Some feeding problems – swallowing and slow weight gain.
Many of you have also been praying for Paul’s health. He has met with doctors and had several lung tests.Because of the breathing difficulty he was having, Paul has been avoiding nearly all paints and other harsh chemicals. In recent months Paul’s breathing has gradually cleared to where he is rarely having trouble breathing. We are praising God for answering prayer.
We ask that you would continue to uphold little Andrew in prayer.
Other prayer requests:
*Simon, who has an alcohol problem, attends church occasionally with his mother, Rachel. Recently, he met
with Gary for a time of counseling and Bible study. He has agreed to continue meeting with Gary.
*Kelly, Simon’s cousin, also comes to church with Rachel. Her boyfriend, Marlon, is a professed atheist. Please
pray Kelly will accept the fact that there is danger in staying in a relationship with him, hoping she can change
him. Pray for Marlon’s salvation.
*For VBS the first week of June; that hearts will be touched and lives changed through the teaching of God’s Word.
Thank you again for standing faithfully with us in the work here with the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
We have had some interesting
times since we last wrote. We had the Independent Fellowship Of Native Baptist Churches
this past Easter Good Friday. This is the Native Baptist Churches within 100
miles of our Reservation. The attendance was around 100 natives from five
Churches. Native Churches are not many in number. If you have 35 on a Sunday
morning, that’s great. Sunday night & Wednesdays the crowd gets smaller.
BUT GOD….has sure done wonders for us with our little remnant.
We love to see natives
visit our Church. This month we had two male visitors. We were all so happy and welcoming them into
the services. We hoped they would be back.
They did come back the next Sunday. But in the mean time red flags were
going up all over the Church. I checked with police on the Reserve and back
issues of newspapers while a great big lump was rising up in my throat. One was a convicted pedophile charged with 3
counts of possessing, making and distributing child porn. And to think how much
we made over these two men being there. All week I worried how to handle it.
The last thing I would do being a white man is tell a native of this
Reservation that he was not welcome in our Church. I HAD LEARNED MY LESSON about
10 years ago. So I involved our men.
They could tell them and not bat an eye, and they did. He was very
polite once he saw I had the goods on him. Oh how our mother’s with children
were upset. The visitors left and we’re back to normal. Another lesson learned.
Do your home work before you make over new visitor!
Another surprise was our daughter Mary, her husband
Derek and our grandson Griffin came to visit us from Little Rock. Ten days of
romper room excitement! I could write a book here. It was the best thing that
has happened to us in a long, long time.
Our whole family together! We had
a blast!! Most likely it will be a very long time before we get them all
The rest of us are about
the same. The doctor gave me a good report apart from the Parkinson Disease. And also, the doctors can’t understand why my
strength is half of what it used to be. I get so weak every day. The
Neurologist said it’s due to the Parkinson and there’s nothing I can do about
it except stay active. Elaine’s surgery
for her hip is still upcoming. It’s not getting any better. Just waiting on the
doctor to call. She uses a cane more often now and continues to be active as
much as she can.
Let me say, our traveling
in a car to come down south is just not possible for now. We live, bloom and mostly
die where God plants us. The work load is as great as ever, but the physical
strength is less than half. The Parkinson’s has become a ruler in my life. I
have to consider it before I set out to do anything. I find myself weeping more
these days due to my ability or disability to go as I use to. As in anything,
we have our bad days and good days. But we keep moving forward. All else is
To our dear supporters, we
are indebted to you. Your faithfulness is so gracious and true. God love you.
Your prayers and financial support is soooo much appreciated. Thank you. Anytime
you’d like to call or text, please do. As cold waters
to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.Pr 25:25 Thank
you for loving me and Elaine the way you dear folk do.
This morning my wife and I read Proverbs 18:10. The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.Praise the Lord for a place to run to daily for our safety, our needs, and our encouragement. Ministry Help: Recently, a church group from North Carolina visited while taking some young people on a senior trip. Since they came on a Wednesday,we took them to the reservation and passed out tracts and invitations to church. That night three adults (Rhonda, Christina, and Michael) came to the service. Fourteen children also came (several who had not come for a long time). During the service the young people from North Carolina led the kids’ program and their youth leader preached to the adults. It gave us a boost to have some help for the night as well as the continued results since. The following Wednesday night Rhonda came with her daughter and a man. Please pray for the salvation of the adults (Rhonda, Christina, and Michael) and for the children (Nevaeh, Alex, Bear, Brooklyn, Aleah, and several others). Neveah, Bear, Alex, and a few others have been coming since then.We have been blessed by having Ron and Diana Love here for several months offering short term help.God has given them a burden to help churches and they are leaving soon to help in another church.Ministry Needs: Please pray for one lady (Denny) who has been coming faithfully to Bible study. Naomi sat down with her at our house and gave her the plan of salvation. A couple weeks later,after the evening service she came to where Naomi was teaching the kids and expressed the struggle in her heart over salvation. Please pray that she will understand and believe the Good News. She had been coming faithfully and asked many questions but lately hasn’t been coming and seems distant. Please pray as Naomi tries to reach her and offer encouragement. Please pray for God’s wisdom as we consider the best option for the building we use for the kids programs and fellowships. It is an old modular that has been developing need for major repairs. We have been seeking counsel and it seems it may be better to put money toward replacement rather than repairing a modular of this age. In April we had a special offering and our people gave sacrificially. Ministry Blessings: It was a blessing to have so many ladies come to our Mother Daughter Banquet at the beginning of this month. Minnie and Key ara are girls who come regularly to church. Their adopted mom came for the first time. Please pray for Yolanda physical and spiritual needs. Nancy (Yolanda’s mom and Hattie’s sister) comes faithfully to ladies Bible study. Last Sunday she brought two grandsons who are 11 and 12. They were respectful, good listeners, and a delight to teach. Praise the Lord for children who will listen to God’s Word. When Naomi told them to invite friends, one of the boys said his friends were all lazy. That showed his character. Pray he will come to VBS! Their names are Hunner and Elias. Please pray as we prepare for Vacation Bible School June 3-6. Family Requests and Praises: Thank you for praying for Andrew for the last several months. Many have assured us of their prayers.Andrew’s specific praises:No genetic disorders found. UTI tests came back clear. God’s protection. Slow weight gain. Sweet smiles and responses to visual therapy. Andrew’s specific needs and prayer needs: Possible cranial band helmet to correct misalignment. Cortical visual impairment –he isn’t blind but his brain doesn’t connect with what he sees. Low muscle tone. Delayed development. Some feeding problems –swallowing and slow weight gain. Many of you have also been praying for Paul’s health. He has met with doctors and had several lung tests. Because of the breathing difficulty he was having, Paul has been avoiding nearly all paints and other harsh chemicals. In recent months Paul’s breathing has gradually cleared to where he is rarely having trouble breathing. We are praising God for answering prayer.
Praises: •Nathan prayed for salvation a few weeks ago. •New children coming to church•Tender hearts that respond to God’s Word•Protection of our church people with health needs –Mrs. Bev (skin rash healing), Patty (protection from a fall),and Rachel (healing from UTI). •Ron and Diana Love –a blessing to our ministry these last 7 months Prayer Requests: •Another couple to join us in the ministry here•Wisdom and provision in our modular building•Salvation and spiritual protection for our children•Vacation Bible School June 3rd–6th•Faithfulness of church people: Denny (lady), children.