Grammer May 2018

May  2018
Dear Friends in Christ,
We had a special treat this month when 2 of our grandkids flew in for a visit.  Emily (20) had a layover in AZ for a couple of days as she was traveling to AK for a summer job.  She brought her cousin, Isaac (11), with her for an extra week’s visit.  Both of them enjoyed a trip into the Supai Canyon before Emily had to leave.  Isaac joined us the next week-end as we had meetings on the Navajo Reservation.  It was a joy to watch him help some of the men set up for the morning service, without being asked.  Later that evening, we were told that we needed to bring him back out when he grew up.  They really enjoyed him and he seemed to also enjoy the time with them.
Ps. 72:18 “Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come.”
Grandparents-We still have a ministry, even in our later years, as we encourage the next generation that we have a great God worthy of serving.
Our calendar is filling up for the summer as camps, VBS programs and conferences are being scheduled.  One week-end, we had 3 different invitations to take part in their programs but had to sadly decline 2 of them and stay with the first invitation.  It is good to see God using us in His plan. We PRAY for more workers and were glad to watch 2 young couples join our mission group this past spring.  Even if you don’t carry the title of pastor or missionary, you have a role in God’s plan’ a place of service.  Ask Him how He wants to use you.
Before our next monthly letter, a trip is being planned to AK.  Sam and our mission director, Steve DeFord, are to take a 10 day trip to Thorne Bay to deliver a pick-up truck.  We have a volunteer group that are to come in mid-Aug, but by that time, the salmon will be running and that will greatly increase ferry and airline fees.  By traveling in June, we can take advantage of the lower rates.  We are driving and taking the ferries and then returning by plane.  PRAISE:  A large portion of the estimated costs for this trip have been supplied by various Indian men that want to see this radio station up and broadcasting.  This has been an encouragement to us as we see God supplying.  PRAY for wisdom while traveling that we don’t exceed estimated costs.  Also, PRAY for safety in travel; on the roads, in the water and in the air.
Continue to PRAY with us for Helen, Janet’s visitation partner and interpreter in the local nursing home.  She has continuing physical challenges, but also a determination to be used by God until He takes her home.  She has been a good example of faithfulness-in spite of hardships.
I Cor. 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; forasmuch as  ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Thank you for your prayers and gifts in this ministry that God has allowed us to have part in.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer    

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DeFord May 2018

Dear Prayer Warriors,                                                              May 2018 update


   We are in Arizona now for about six weeks and will be able to get out an update on the last three months. It has been filled with travels and much activity.


   Our annual IBIMI Retreat in Camp Verde at Living Waters Baptist Church was a highlight as well as probably the best attended. Only two of our families were unable to attend. We were blessed by the preaching of Dr. Bill Rice III, encouragement from several long time Advisory Board members and recognition of Mission families with 25+ years of service.


We were all encouraged with the introduction and acceptance of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Jones (Lydia) as missionaries working with Veldhuis’s on the Cocopah Reservation near Yuma. Lydia is their daughter and obviously is well acquainted with the work there. This new family along with Paul and Naomi Sondergaard working with Messicks on the Yavapai/Apache Reservation are working on their deputation process throughout this summer and beyond. They are setting up meetings to present their respective areas of ministry. If you would like to be of help in any way in facilitating their needs, contact should be made with Steve DeFord, Director, or by contacting us. These two couples are a definite answer to prayers for younger families joining in reaching the Indian fields of the Southwest.


   While we were in Camp Verde for the retreat we stayed through the month of April at Living Waters and attended their services plus had the privilege of Becky speaking at their Mother/Daughter Banquet and David preaching the last Sunday of April.


   Four days following the retreat we received word that our Pastor, Dr. DeWayne Felber had passed to his heavenly home. He was one of those in attendance at the retreat. We were so glad to have been there with him and share in his last missions trip. We drove to Indianapolis along with Messicks to the funeral and returned back to Arizona within a week.


   May 4 we left Arizona and drove to Pensacola for our granddaughter Kara’s graduation. She is the 4th one of our ‘grands’ to graduate Bible college. She is to be married June 21 in Arizona and Papaw will be doing the service.


   Our plans for summer are incomplete at this time, but we would like to visit with Becky’s sister in Washington and visit with friends in Wyoming and Colorado before returning to Arizona in the Fall.


   We want to thank each of you who pray for us. We are so thankful for those who stand with us financially as well. We are enjoying the ministry the Lord has for us now in our later years. It is beyond our imagination at times to see what the Lord is doing. He is the God of the Impossible.



Safety in many miles of travel

Two new Mission families

Good health for both of us



Open doors to share the need for more workers

Travel safety

Dental and Dr. appts while in Az.


In His love and ours,

Dave and Becky DeFord II Cor. 4:3


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Sondergaards May 2018

Dear Family and Friends:

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; I Timothy 1:12

IBIMI Missions Retreat: Once every year our mission (IBIMI) meets together to share burdens and encourage one another. This year our church hosted the retreat. God had laid it on Pastor Messick’s heart to invite all our board members (see photo) including his sending pastor, Pastor Felber. Bill Rice III preached. Paul and Betty Hiscock presented their Sermon-in-Songs. And we enjoyed a train ride, a skit time, and lots of fellowship with one another.
Faithful Servants: We are thankful Pastor DeWayne Felber, though 91 years old, was able to come out for the retreat. It was through his faithful preaching for over forty years that God called many into full-time ministry – including the Messicks. Many sweet and tearful testimonies were shared praising God for the part Pastor Felber had in each of our lives. The retreat ended on April 7th and Pastor Felber returned home in Indiana on Monday, April 9th. On Wednesday night at his son’s church he shared how he was thankful the Lord allowed him to take the trip. The next morning, he was in the presence of the Lord Jesus. God’s timing was perfect. We’re thankful to have been a part of his last week here on earth.

The mission retreat was a special blessing to us as we saw our children interacting with missionaries and others who have served the Lord for so many years. It brought joy to our hearts that our children had so many examples of serving the Lord. Speaking of faithful servants, we just learned that on May 14th, Norman Johnston went home to be with the Lord. Brother Johnston was on our mission’s advisory board and led the mission’s department at Ambassador Baptist College. Paul took one of his classes when we were at Ambassador and he was a special blessing to our family.

Ladies Ministries: Near the end of April we had a mother/daughter banquet with the theme, “Be Still my Soul.” We invited several ladies to the banquet, but it was a great encouragement when some of the Native American ladies invited their own family and coworkers to the banquet. Often people respond to family and friends better, so we were encouraged to see the ladies serve the Lord in this way. Mrs. DeFord spoke on having a quiet time with God.

One of the ladies who came to the banquet expressed a desire to come to the Ladies Bible study. Because of her work schedule, she asked if we could move the Bible study an hour earlier. Pray that Sharon will start coming to Bible study as well as Sunday services!

Family Update: Recently, we began talking about purchasing homeschool curriculum for the upcoming school year. Looking at the cost, we hesitated. Naomi stopped at a garage sale and found boxes of Christian curriculum for 2nd through 6th grade. What a blessing to find several hundred dollars’ worth of needed books for only $50. Jehovah-Jireh – yes, God does provide!

Please pray as we prepare for a trip this summer. Lord willing, we will visit several churches in the Midwest to present the ministry. Knowing we would be gone for several weeks this summer we have been praying for help for the Messicks. Our prayer was for someone who could not only help with some of the responsibilities but also experience the unique challenges of ministry in the Southwest. Just over a month ago Brother Norman Johnston contacted the Mission and asked if any of the churches could use a student from Ambassador Baptist College. We were excited to see God answer a specific request. Please pray for Shea as she helps primarily with the ladies and kids this summer.

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Grammer April 2018

April  2018
Dear Friends in Christ,
At the beginning of the month, we had our annual mission retreat.  It is always a good time of fellowship as we see friends and hear how God has been working in their ministry on the various reservations.  This year, we decided to say thank you to those on our advisory board.  One man was a former pastor for 3 of our missionaries, as well as others that are now serving in different ministries.  One week later, we received word that this man went Home to Heaven.  He was in his 90’s and had lived a life that was an encouragement to so many Christians.  It was a challenge to all of us to be faithful in letting God use us.  We are so glad that as a group, we took the time to say thank you.

Please continue to pray for Janet’s visitation partner, Helen.  She has had more physical problems, then surgery and now 6 weeks of rehab and therapy in another nursing home in Flagstaff.  We can see God’s hand in bringing Mary along to translate.  He brought her alongside Helen to observe and now will have the opportunity to be more active.  She is excited about helping and being used by God.

We are still waiting to hear if the Alaska Power company will set up power lines to make electric accessible to the radio station property.  Please continue to pray and we will share as we hear more information.  Sam is planning a trip  in mid-August as we have a volunteer work crew coming from NC to work more on the building in Thorne Bay.  We appreciate your prayers for this outreach.

One week-end this month, we were on the reservation, filling in for a Navajo pastor that had to be away.  We have known some of these people for many years (some since they were campers at our summer “On the Hoof” Bible camp).  We always enjoy spending time with them in the Word.

Sam had a birthday this past month and his students in his Sunday Bible School class surprised him with cake and song.  We thought you would enjoy the enclosed pictures; one with the ladies and one with the men.

Thank you to each of you that have a part in our ministry by giving and prayer .

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


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Messick April 2018

APRIL 2018

Dear Praying Family and Friends,

RETREAT – The first week in April our church hosted the annual IBIMI Retreat. This year we wanted to honor the older members of our advisory board. Those who could come were DeWayne Felber, Glen Jaspers, Paul Hiscock, Bud Wells, Bill Rice and Jerry Tetreau. It was a very special time as each missionary shared with these men how they had been an encouragement and help to them in their ministry over the years. We are thankful to have had this time of fellowship. With missionary families, the advisory board members and wives, attendance totaled around forty-eight. An added blessing was having Pastor Felber and long-time friend, Harry Stone, stay in our home during that time.


But we were reminded once again how swiftly life can change. Pastor and Harry flew home on Monday, and we received word that the Lord chose to take Pastor Felber home to be with Him three days later. Needless to say, we were shocked and saddened. There are times when we have to say to the Lord, “We don’t understand, but we choose to trust You in this too,” David and Becky DeFord, who were also here at the time, invited us to ride back to Indiana for the funeral. The service was a wonderful tribute to Pastor Felber’s love for the Lord and we are so thankful we could attend. What a blessing it was to know Pastor over these years and to see his faithfulness and desire to serve the Lord up to the last day of his life.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BANQUET – Our Mother/Daughter Banquet was held earlier than normal, as we asked Becky DeFord to be our guest speaker and they would only be in the area until the first of May. Twenty-one ladies and girls came out for a blessing-filled evening. Becky’s message on “Be Still and Know That I Am God,” was very timely, reminding us that in the midst of all the “noise” in our busy lives, we need to be still, spend time with the Lord, and let God speak to our hearts.

WEST BRANCH LADIES SPRING GETAWAY – Naomi and Bev were the only ladies able to attend the meeting hosted by Northland Baptist Church in Flagstaff. It truly was a refreshing getaway with about 175 other ladies.


*For the privilege of being under the teaching of Pastor Felber for ten years before

we came to the mission field

*For recent visitors at Sunday services

*For many opportunities to fellowship and be refreshed and challenged in our walk

with the Lord.


*The health of our Youth Pastor, Paul Sondergaard

*Complete healing for Rachel, who had a toe removed due to diabetes

*Modular replacement – Gary was finally able to speak to the man in charge of Pod Space and was told a modular like the one the road crew is renting would run about $80,000 to purchase. It would seem this is not an option, so please pray for God’s leading, as our present modular is in very bad condition.

We thank God for each of you who have a part in God’s ministry here through your prayers and/or support.  Asking you to pray for us as we seek to magnify the Lord.

Love in Him,

Gary & Bev

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Grammer March 2018

March  2018
Dear Friends in Christ,

March has been a busy month.  A lot of changes to our plans each day, so we’re glad that God is in control and is even interested in scheduling what we do each day.  Just trust Him and don’t stress out over unexpected changes!

Sam’s classes are going well each Sunday evening and 2 new students have joined us.  Learning God’s Word and the doctrines of Scripture always help us grow.  We praise God for the students who are transferring their knowledge into daily life.  Some of the men are now preaching at a new church in Coppermine on the Navajo reservation. Pastor Billy is talking about starting even another church on the reservation.  Pray for the Lord’s direction in these plans.

Janet and Helen are back on schedule with the nursing home visits.  When Helen’s health slowed her down, Janet had another Navajo lady help with the translating.  Mary enjoyed it so much that she asked if she can keep going with us. We’re so pleased with her response as we want to encourage Mary that she can serve the Lord.  This will also be a help whenever Helen is feeling challenged with her physical struggles and not able to join us.  Please pray with us for both Helen and Mary.

We heard from some of the folks in Alaska and ask you to continue to pray with us that the Alaska Power Company will decide to put in power lines to our property for the radio station.  It would be very expensive for us to pay for this access.   Some of the neighbors are talking about approaching  Alaska Power about their desire for electric and hoping the Company will put in the lines.  It’s in God’s hands.

A couple of Janet’s piano students are being encouraged to play in their local churches for the congregational singing.  She has encouraged them to play special offertory songs to help them adjust to playing publicly but some are still timid about becoming more involved.  This is an answer to prayer to see them willing to serve the Lord in this area of need.  Pray with us for willing hearts to serve.

Thank you to each of you that pray for us and give so that we can remain in our ministry among the American Indian people.

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

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Messick March 2018

MARCH 2018

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.”

1 Thessalonians 1:2

Dear Praying Friends,

In March, we enjoyed a wonderful visit from Bev’s sister-in-law, niece and great niece, Marilyn Wright, Sharilyn DeCrastos and Emily Blaikie all from Indiana. Having family make the long trip out this way means so much to us.


We are grateful for your continued prayers as April holds several opportunities of service. We are looking forward to things He will do this next month.

*Easter will be a special service, as we remember the great sacrifice Christ made on the cross,

bearing the punishment for our sins, then rising from the grave, giving us the hope of eternal life

with Him.

*April 4th -7th our church will host the IBIMI annual Retreat. It will be great to gather with our

fellow- missionaries and some of the advisory board members for a time of fellowship.

*Our Mother/Daughter Banquet will be held on April 21st.

We ask that you would continue to pray for:

*Our Youth Pastor’s health

*Our modular replacement

*The Junior Church Children


It is a great encouragement to know that you are praying for us. May the Lord bless you for being a blessing!

Love in Christ,

Gary & Bev

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Baucom March 2018

March 2018,


Dear Precious Friends Of Tommy & Elaine Baucom,


First, I greatly apologize for being so long in writing. That’s not my style. The reason is I have been sick and continue to not be completely out of the woods yet! Stress, depression and anxiety was killing me. My doctor kept asking me to take a 2-3 month medical leave and let our men keep things going at the Church. I asked him who was supposed to pay for this. No answer except trust the Lord. Well, it happened. Our pastor friend in Deland, Florida headed up putting it altogether along with a some of his preacher friends. They gave us several options of places to go. We chose North Carolina, our home Church, Tabernacle, Pastor Bobby Leonard. We actually stayed about 25 miles out in the country in a home fully furnished and provided by a dear pastor friend from Wilmington NC. Our home Church provided a van along with two other families in our Church that allowed us to use their vehicles as well. Meals upon meals they provided. And then our pastor, Brother Bobby Leonard, He could not do enough for us. So gracious! I don’t know why God would even look upon a dead dog as I.


It was total bliss. No one bothered us, no cell service, no satellite hook-up, no computer or internet, nothing except one Christian radio station and total peace and quite. My wife and I spent hours each day praying, reading, watching the birds and drawing closer to God and one another. We went there to do nothing but rest and relax. You know how hard that is to do? We feel we have accomplished so much concerning our health. But we still are not out of the woods. I still have an MRI and a schedule with a Neurologist here in Canada soon.


Thanks for being patient with us. Also, my wife has had an MRI and a biopsy concerning a mass they have found in the lower part of her body. Praise the Lord, the doctor saw the mass as a fibroid and said not to worry about it for now.


Our son-in-law Pat, Melissa’s husband is not fairing well. It seems like the chemo is not helping. He’s considering just stopping it all or not…for now his blood count is too low for chemo.


Our son John is continuing to be a blessing to the Church. He is involved in everything possible. The folks are amazed that he has become such a servant wanting to help everybody. Pray for him a wife. He wants his own family.


The Church is doing well. Our people have been behind us 100 percent. They kept things moving as well as could be with all the snow and cold weather and then sickness. John says it sounded like a hospital during Church. I have a schedule on the back that gives you an idea how they helped out. We are so glad to be back home and back in the saddle.  


Preachers, don’t wait until you are burned out. Take some time off. Elaine & I have given ourselves totally unto to the work here for 30 years without furlong. Don’t do this, Come apart before you come apart.

We will keep you up to date with the results of our test.   THANK YOU DEARLY FOR YOUR LOVE, PRAYERS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.   Our Cell: 905-308-6734   Our Email:

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Messick February 2018

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
Dear Friends and Supporters,
February came and went so quickly, but was filled with many things to share with you.
Gary was asked to preach the funeral of an elderly Apache man.  It was one of those difficult funerals, not knowing the man or his spiritual condition, but Gary was privileged to have the opportunity in the message to present the gospel to family and friends.
Our Valentine’s banquet went well.  We had 12 in attendance, we expected 18, but the flu is bad out here right now, as it seems to be all over the country.  It was a great evening; lots of fun and a wonderful message on God’s great love. 
One great blessing was a visit from Bev’s 94 year old brother, Bob and niece, Joan, from Indiana.  It was a very special time of reminiscing and catching up on our lives.  Their love for the Lord and desire to be used of Him is a great challenge and encouragement to us.
We have a number of prayer requests that we would appreciate you remembering. 
*Our youth Pastor’s health – Paul Sondergaard – He continues to experience breathing problems. Tests have revealed high levels of lead and iron in his system. Though Paul has never smoked, he does work around chemicals and much dust as he remodels and paints trailers. The doctor has begun a treatment to detoxify his body.
*A second vehicle – We have been picking up around 20 children in our 15 passenger van; definitely not a good situation. We have a neighbor who is a mechanic and he is watching for a good used van or mini bus for us.  God knows our need and the best way to fill that need, so we’re
just waiting for His timing.
*Church piano –  Another situation to share with you is that mice have done much damage to the piano at church.  We paid $400.00 two years ago to have much of the felt replaced. We started noticing problems again, and the piano tuner found the mice had been busy again.  This time it was $500.00 to repair.  Please pray that we may have solved the mouse problem!  
UPDATE: After sharing the problem with our church folk, one couple said the have a practically new Yamaha electric piano they would like to donate to the church.  Jehovah Jireh!!  Now we can use the new one for duets and as an organ!
*Our modular – This is where the children’s ministries are held and it is in very bad condition.We have mentioned in earlier prayer requests how the highway road crew that is expanding the road in front of our church, is renting a five section modular they are using as their office, about a mile from the church. When they are finished with it, the company will haul it back down to Phoenix. Gary has contacted the company to see if they might be interested in selling it rather than pulling it back down to the Valley. We are awaiting a final answer.  God provided our church property in a miraculous way, and we know that He can replace the modular, as well.
*Church Children – Your prayers would be appreciated concerning our Junior Church kids.  We have some older children who have caused some problems. Please pray for wisdom in how best to work with them, and for their salvation. 
Thank you again for your faithful prayers and support.
Knowing you are lifting us up in prayer means everything to us.  God bless you.
In Christ,
Gary & Bev 
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Dave and Becky DeFord March 2018

Dear Prayer Warriors,                                                            Mar 2018 update


   We are enjoying the warmth and sunshine of Florida until later this month when we make our way back to the warmth and sunshine of Arizona.


   We’ve had a wonderful time visiting with three of our ‘grands’ in college here and seeing the activities they are involved with on campus. The services in the Crown Centre on Sundays are especially nice being with them as well as one of the young ladies from Hualapai Baptist attending here. We’ve had opportunity to visit with dear friends from Indiana vacationing here for the past three weeks.


   Our plan for the remainder of March is to visit several of the surrounding churches in this area as we have done before in other areas. Our goal being to acquaint the pastors and congregations of the ever present need for Gospel preaching churches on the reservations of the Southwest. As the Lord gives opportunity to speak we are excited to do so.


   As April approaches we plan to make our way to Arizona in time for Easter and our annual IBIMI Missions Retreat this year on the Yavapai Apache Reservation in Camp Verde. Gary and Bev Messick are hosting this year and we look forward to seeing a large majority of our missionary families plus some of the evangelists, pastors and winter laborers that have been such a great part of our lives and ministry.


   Early May we plan to return to Pensacola for the graduation of our granddaughter Kara. She will have her elementary education degree and anticipating a June wedding.

We return to Mesa after graduation, do some doctor visits, attend the wedding then make plans for summer and fall. We have several options, but will see where the Lord directs.


   We are very thankful for the health and stamina the Lord has given us and do not take it for granted. We are well aware of age and physical limitations, but are so grateful the Lord still has ministry and service for us.                                                                                                         


   Thank you to so many who sent cards, called and sent gifts for Christmas even though we have no permanent address. (Note temporary in letterhead)

In His love and ours,

Dave and Becky DeFord II Cor. 4:3

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