David & Becky DeFord’s May 2016 Update

Dear Prayer Partners,                                                                       May 2016 update

 

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.” Psalm 119:111

There are many wonderful rejoicings to relay with this update letter.

 

To begin with we were excited to be asked to be a part of celebrating 20 years of the Tohono O’Odham Baptist Church building. We have watched this ministry grow steadily under the leadership of Pastor Jay Shannon. There were five of our IBIMI missionary pastors present at the service.

 

Pastor Marshall Yazzie is well rested after a brief time off. He is preaching each week and planning VBS this June 20 through 24. We look forward to this ministry with Faith Baptist Church from Morristown, Indiana.

 

David has finished a series of Sunday School lessons on Spiritual Gifts and has begun a series teaching basic doctrines of Christian Responsibilities. The Lord has used His Word to prompt two adults to request baptism. It is a real blessing to see these two respond to the Lord’s leading in their life.

 

Becky has been alternating with Debbie Yazzie teaching Sunday School and Children’s Church. We are seeing the Lord working in one young boy especially as he is realizing what sin is and that God hates it. He asks questions and knows that we all have sinned. Pray with us that we can soon see this sweet one born into an eternal life with the Lord.

 

Living in east Mesa, we are in close proximity to hospitals and rehabilitation centers which makes it easy for us to visit folks coming in from three reservations where we have ministered. It is a blessing for us to be able to pray with these patients and also be an encouragment to them as they always are to us. Praise the Lord for where He has us located.

 

Please remember to pray for the two adults desiring baptism, the young boy realizing he is a sinner, plus the ones we had on our prayer request list in the last update letter.

 

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April Letter from Grammer’s

Dear Friends in Christ,

So what do we do now that we are no longer pastoring?  Glad you asked.  It’s quite diversified and yet in so many ways similar to what we were doing when pastoring in a single church.

Many of our week-ends are busy with pulpit supply; mostly on the Navajo Reservation, but not exclusively.  Sometimes they are having special Sunday events and sometimes the pastor is sick or needs to be away from his pulpit.  We actually find this a bit more difficult when you only have one day to preach rather than able to follow a more extensive and intense study of a book or doctrine.

Each week, Sam is now teaching the next class in Theology at a local Bible School in a Navajo church that is now pastored by a former student from years ago when we were with the Southwestern School of Missions here in Flagstaff.  This semester, the class is not as full as last semester, but we are thankful for each one that desires to understand God’s Word and therefore know God more intimately.

We are also filling in our calendar with speaking and teaching opportunities:  fall conferences, annual camps, Mother’s Day, retirement celebration…

Our week days are often busy with unscheduled visitors wanting advice from God’s Word.  Since this often involves traveling a distance, we try to have something to feed them.  Add to that nursing home and hospital visits and Janet’s piano students…  We are just thankful for each opportunity to serve the Lord.

Another trip to Thorne Bay, Alaska is being planned for late July and beginning of August.  It has been suggested to us that the cost of travel and lodging and getting the equipment needed for building, would make it more sensible to get a local contractor to put up the outside construction for the Radio Station cabin.  The interior finishing could then be done with smaller groups of volunteers in the future.  This trip will be a scouting trip to find a local contractor that will understand what we want to accomplish and hopefully at an affordable cost.

We know that many of you pray with us for these needs, as well as help us financially.
Please pray for both of us as we minister to men and women, both in public and personally, as well as safety in travel.  Also pray with us about the progress on the Thorne Bay radio station project.  Thank you.

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam & Janet Grammer March 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

Last month, we shared with you about a Navajo Pastor, Albert, who we had visited in the hospital as he was dying.  He was on pain medication for several weeks (months) and is no longer suffering pain.  The Lord has taken him home.  His funeral was this last week-end but we were unable to attend as we were both home sick with the “flu”/  “bug”/ “virus”/?  What mixed emotions, as we rejoice yet weep with the family.

This last week, one of Janet’s piano students (a college student- who happens to be a grand-nephew of Albert) shared how he had only slept a couple of hours the night before as he had received news of the suicide of a young man he had gone to high school with.  A couple days later, he called with questions about God’s view of suicide as another young man from his high school days, one who was raised in a Christian home, also committed suicide.

Also, this week-end, we received news of the death of a young 27 yr old woman that we have ministered to in the past and had made a profession of faith in Christ.  A couple of years ago, she had left her family and fellowship with other Believers, to pursue a sinful life style. What a difference from the end of a life served for the Lord and one that focuses on personal desires.   Death of others does cause the living to think about their own life and death.   May we leave behind a legacy of following the Lord and encouraging others to do the same.  Our very purpose for life is to glorify God.

Now that Easter and spring have arrived, our schedule usually gets busier.  The printed materials for the Bible School classes have arrived and we expect to soon begin the studies.  We also have some meetings scheduled in various Indian churches to celebrate special days and encourage the local Believers by studying God’s Word together.  Please pray for God’s direction in all of our plans.

This coming summer, another trip to Thorne Bay, Alaska is being planned.  We would appreciate your prayers each step of the way and that God would use the radio station to spread the Word of God.  Pray also for wise use of the funds provided and for the future financial needs of building and running the station.

This short-term illness for us both has made us so thankful for the good health that God has given us over the years.  Thank you for your prayers and gifts that allow us to continue to minister in this way.

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

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam & Janet Grammer Feb 2016

February 2016
Dear Friends in Christ,

January ended with several deaths of elderly people that we knew.  Some were believers and others left us uncertain as to their relationship with the Lord.  Once again, we were aware of the difference it makes when you know the Lord as your Saviour, both in the one dying and in those left behind to mourn.
I Thes. 4:13 “…we sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”  We have seen families rejoicing that their loved one is finished with the suffering and know that they will see them again in Heaven.  What a gift to knowledge is to give to our family and friends.

We stood at the bedside of a Navajo believer who was on pain medication.  His family shared with us that as he drifted in and out of the conversation around him, he would start preaching and sharing the gospel message.  They said that he knew that some of the family were still “traditional” rather than Christian and even as he was dying, he was concerned about their relationship with Jesus Christ and wanted to see them accept God’s gift of salvation.  What a testimony!  Before we left, he asked Sam to give a short message and then Sam was able to speak personally to his nephew.  Wish we could say that this man accepted Christ but he stated that he was still undecided.  Pray for Albert as he spends his last few days on earth with his family.  What a blessing it would be for him to see another loved one come to Christ even this late in his life.

Sam is still available for pulpit supply on the different reservations here in Arizona and this month we were able to fellowship with a Navajo congregation as the pastor had to be away.  We always enjoy seeing friends that we have known for years and their children, now grown, carrying on the ministry.

We’ve also been busy this month with nursing home visits and hospital visits.  The month started off with definite winter weather but it soon warmed up and was more like spring weather.  This change in weather seems to affect the health of many and we’ve had various older ones that have been struggling as the virus went into pneumonia.  We have been spared personally but have found ourselves at the hospital visiting a bit more than usual.  It is not unusual for us to have freezes until the beginning of June, so we are hoping to get a bit more snow and the moisture it brings to our mountain desert before spring officially arrives.

We have also had several visitors in our home as folks come to Flagstaff to do business.  Many have to drive by our home and stop by for a visit and ask about various struggles that they have to deal with in their lives.  Pray that as we counsel and encourage others that we will stay true to God’s Word and not just give opinions or wisdom that is popularly accepted but contrary to truth.  One of the blessings of the slower winter months, is the freedom that we have in our schedules for just spending time in the Word of God, renewing our minds.

Thank you once again for your prayers and gifts to help us stay in the ministry.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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

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David & Becky DeFord January 2016

Dear Prayer Partners,
January 2016 we celebrate 39 years of ministry with the Native American folks. We are overwhelmed at the opportunities the Lord has extended to us as a family with three sons in earlier years of ministry. He continues to extend ministry opportunities to the two of us, although not as rigorous and numerous. We are grateful for all He provides for us and for the partnership many of you reading this have had with us. Some have been our partners for all the 39 years.
One of the blessings of the last few months of 2015 have been filling the pulpit through the month of December for Pastor Yazzie. He needed a rest from the responsibilities of the church for a time. He is back in his pulpit now and doing much better after the rest. He has also added a Sunday afternoon service in addition to the regular morning worship and Sunday School classes.
We are looking forward to being with Messicks in February for their Sweetheart Banquet. It is always a blessing to be with Messicks and the church family there. We are also looking forward to visiting with the Sondergaard family. IBIMI’s newest missionary family the Lord has called to help Messicks in the Camp Verde area.
Please remember Kay Z., Brian J., Jim and Nancy M. in prayer. There are various needs in these individual lives as the Lord is fully aware. We need to be faithful in bringing these dear folks before the Lord.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who remembered us with calls, cards, letters, and gifts this Christmastime. We appreciate so much hearing from you. Many dear friends reminded us of their prayers for us in ministry needs. You are encouraging to us and we are grateful.
In His love and ours,
Dave and Becky DeFord

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Veldhuis January 2016 Prayer Update

Dear Family and Friends In Christ,
Increasingly out of control and depraved national and world events point to our Lord’s soon return and stir us more than ever to labor to our fullest in His harvest.
“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain” (James 5:7).
The earth may be filled with the violence of our reservations (Gen. 6:13), but our sovereign God will surely give the increase for faithfully sowing and watering His gospel seed.
Your prayers for ongoing ministries ‘midst reconstruction from last Fall’s breathtaking downburst and subsequent sandstorms were as appreciated and fruitful as your almost unbelievable gifts. BLESS the Lord and each of you for sufficient physical progress on our building, parking, and vehicles to know the great blessing of spiritual fruit through our Nov. 3-6, 2015 Native revival.
Alexis, Daren, Edward, Ezequiel, Ricky, Toni, and Valerie were touched enough by the revival to help with days of fruit picking and endless church ministries. Many other Cocopah and Quechan natives heard the gospel through Christmas and New Year’s services and the personal distribution of fruit bags or gifts and treats to almost every Cocopah home.
To God be the glory for significant spiritual inroads into the lives of Ashley, Karen, Lorie, Lydia S., Tillie, and Tyrus as well as for renewed contacts with Alyetha, Arturo, George, Laura, Sarah, Wanda, and the many others exposed to the Living Water over Christmas.
PRAY for these and the many who recently moved or disappeared into foster care and society at large. Chauncey, Darnell, Gabriel. Joe, Matthew, Ralph, Raul, and both Andrews are professing Christians we can rarely contact. James is growing in prison as are Shirley, Daren, and young people from the 50 mile North and West Reservation circuit.
Huge Godsends toward vehicle needs miraculously caught up repairs sufficiently to pick up all three reservations simultaneously. This brings in more children without increasing the “annoyance time” of their long rides with adults. How grateful we are for the Hastrichs’ age- tailored King’s Kids ministries to young people from all three reservations.
Lydia’s work with these and other children in Sunday School nurtures them further while opening heart windows to unimaginable needs. Personal conversations on the bus with literally abandoned, abused, or horribly neglected children have turned hopeless, atheistic, unloved, or suicidal thoughts in Cocopah as young as eight into renewed trust in our loving Savior.
PRAY His light will shine through our church/“orphanage” ministries and “pull brands” of all ages from the humanly hopeless fires of despair. (Jude 23) PLEAD for our Lord’s deliverance from the wake of death and destruction normally accompanying this month’s annual casino profit sharing checks. Pray for His convicting, saving power on our Jan. 30 church-wide Bible study/craft day and February/March revivals at Heritage and Maranatha Baptist churches.
Endless miles’ mission driving on remote unlined or mud-covered county roads make your prayers for strength and safety that much more critical and precious. These in turn stir us and give grace to pray for the scattered homes we pass and the unprovoked opposition or hatred we often encounter.
We began house and property repairs from September’s storm last month at the expense of heartfelt Thank Yous for your staggering Christmas gifts and kindnesses. We owe you more than gratitude for your additional prayers for each of these blessings and petitions:
BLESSINGS:
· Return of some Thomas, Twist, Hayes, and Stevens family members to church.
· James B.’s growth in prison.
· Edward, Eric, Toni, and Ricky’s adult Bible studies and help with physical work.
· Enormous special gifts for church building and vehicle repairs.
PETITIONS:
· Lydia’s February 9, 2016 eye surgery after cancellation of her 12/29/15 date due to chronic bronchitis.
· Dawn’s evaluation of cardiac irregularities.
· Lori’s spiritual and physical needs and the best custody of her 4 children.
· Silas’ church ministries ‘midst full time work and university commitments.
· Salvation of Oriah, Phoenix, Caesar, Jasmine, Lena, Marcus, Rosie, Sage and other children.
· Summer Neighborhood Bible Time and camp preparations.
· Resurrection Sunday Plans.
· The Hastrichs, Dawn, Lydia, Silas, and Edward’s long battle with the flu.
Gratefully Yours In Christ,
Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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Sam & Janet Grammer Jan 2016

January 2016
Dear Friends in Christ,
During the holidays, we received many cards from you and many of them with personal notes. Due to the expense, we don’t send many cards other than within our family circle, so please don’t feel slighted if you didn’t get one from us. We do try to stay in touch with our monthly letters (e-mail when possible- to avoid postage) but enjoy the annual letters we receive during the holidays so that we can follow the events in various homes and churches. Thank you for each of them.
We also received several extra gifts during the holiday season and tried to acknowledge each one, for we are truly thankful for each one. We received a list of gifts from our office and after sending out thank yous, we discovered that the list was for the entire year and included some that were sent last January for last Christmas. If you got a “Thank You” and are trying to remember what you gave this year, it may be from last year. OOPS! J Thank you for including us in your giving this year.
Another treat during the holidays is phone calls and visits from people that we have had opportunity to minister to over the years. What an encouragement to see God still working in their lives and their growth as they submit to God’s Word!
The weather at this time of the year seems to affect our schedules as people are limited in getting around. You may have heard about the 31” of snow that fell in Flagstaff just a few weeks ago. (At our house, it was only 6-8 “ but in town, it was pretty deep.) It was beautiful, but glad that we didn’t have to travel much in it.
We enjoy this time and use it to catch up and do some “desk work”. Sam has been working on getting an outline for this coming summer’s Navajo Bible Conference here in Flagstaff. This year’s chosen subject was the book of Revelation, beginning with the Rapture of the Church. There are speakers in both Navajo and English and the outline allows both speakers to cover the same material for both groups. We only provide the outline and the speakers still have to study and prepare their own messages.
Classes for the Bible Institute are to begin soon for the spring semester, so studying is also being done for that ministry. We are thankful for each student that continued with the fall semester to completion. God’s Word is powerful and changes lives! We are anticipating another good semester.
Sam is also occupied with an on-line instruction in carpentry to aid in the building of the cabin to house the radio station in Thorne Bay, Alaska. Please continue to pray with us regarding workers and finances to get this project moving along. We do hope to go up this coming summer and make some progress on the building.
This month, we filled in for one of our missionaries that had to be away as his son underwent some serious surgery. We were sorry for the reason, but glad for the opportunity to be a help and serve the Lord with both the preaching and the music. We only had to travel about an hour, but the drop in altitude gave us a distinct drop in temperature which was a treat. (We all smile when we see people from down in the “valley” coming up the interstate and pull off so that they can sled, build snowmen and play in the snow along the highway. Altitude makes a difference!)
Thank you once again for your prayers and gifts to help us stay in the ministry.

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Sam & Janet Grammer Dec 2015

December 2015
Dear Friends in Christ,

Once again we are back in Arizona. We had a nice visit with our family in North Carolina with 3 of our daughters and their families, as well as “face-time” with Sam and Amber’s family in Alaska. This is an annual event that we look forward to each year. We can only do this because of your generosity in giving toward our ministry. Thank you all so much!

This year we drove back east rather than fly. We are also thankful that we had no problems with our truck. If you remember, early this year, we had to drive back for the memorial service for Sam’s Mom and included some meetings with some new churches in hopes of increasing our support level. At that time we had some engine problems and some of you were again generous in helping us out by putting us up and giving us rides as we struggled to find and fix the problem. We are so glad that it was fixed. Our truck puts on MANY miles in our ministry and we are hoping for many more before it needs to be replaced. It’s nice to not be making truck payments each month! Yet it is important for us to have reliable transportation to continue our work for the Lord.

The Sunday before we left for N. Carolina, we were asked to come to the Hualapai (“wall-a-pie”) Baptist Church in western Arizona. We have served at various times in this church over the years with Bible School Extension Classes, conferences and special meetings. It was a joy to see many of the children that we knew still being faithful, even though for some their parents are no longer with them. Some are getting ready to send their own children off to Bible College!

They had a special meal together between their SS time and service time, and a young girl asked if she could become a Christian. A special day and a good way to begin the Thanksgiving holiday!

We had to get a substitute teacher for the Bible School classes for the time we were away but back to teaching them once again. Please pray for the students to be consistent in their studies. This is more than another church service and requires them to put some time and effort into personal study and be ready for tests. Time spent studying God’s Word is never a waste of time and we are praying that it will result in spiritual growth that will be evident in their lives, their churches and in their community.

We know that many of you do pray for us, as you ask us about prayer requests that we have made and how God worked in answering them. We are also very aware that your giving is what pays our bills so that we can be free to serve and teach God’s Word. Thank you to each of you. You are truly partners in our service.

May this Christmas season find your homes with hearts full of gratitude and praise to our wonderful Heavenly Father! Because of His love for us, He became a man so that He could pay the death penalty and meet the need of all men, whether they appreciate it or accept it. The best Christmas gift ever!

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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The Steve De Ford family Nov 2015

Psalm 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

Dear Indian Missions Supporters,

December already! Winter is nearly here. With it comes all the festivities of Christmas and the New Year. But before we close out a year that has already moved too quickly, we would like to fill you in on the details of the last couple of months.

The first three days of October many of the missionaries of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission met for our annual Mission Retreat. This year Brother Marshal Yazzie, Steve’s parents, and the dear folks at the Baptist Indian Chapel on the Gila River Reservation hosted the event. Pastor Paul Hiscock was our key note speaker. All in attendance were encouraged by the various Sermon-n-Song messages that Pastor Paul presented. We were also knit in heart with the Don Stephens family as we learned their son and our dear friend, Todd, was hospitalized. Our Lord eventually graduated Todd home to heaven. Our prayers remain with the Stephens family.

Toward the end of the month the Hualapai Baptist Church had our Mission’s Conference. Ministries among the Chinese, off the coast of the mainland, and among the Jews of New York City were presented. While Pastor Ed Hannahs of Iowa challenged our church with faith promise giving.

We were counting our blessings in November as Sherry and Josh were able to travel to California twice to visit our son, Micah. The first trip was with our high school Juniors and Seniors for college days. Then the family went back to visit for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The church celebrated another Harvest Dinner and hosted one of its most beloved missionaries to Natives, Sam Grammar, for our monthly “Super Sunday”. We have seen several guests in our services lately. And now eagerly await the coming Christmas activities.

The family also eagerly awaits “the boys” return for an all-too-brief visit.

Thank you for all your prayers, and may you count all your blessings too, at this wonderful time of year!

For God’s Glory,

The Steve De Ford family

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Grammer’s November Letter

November 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we stood with the family beside the body of a brother in Christ who had just left us and is now with the Lord, we were reminded of another death last month. Last month, the man’s salvation was uncertain and his mother was the only one who seemed to be certain of her relationship with Christ. There was sorrow in both cases, but with the Believers, there was also a calm peace. Their father knew he would be leaving them and had already planned his funeral. He wanted no long eulogy because he said those attending would already know all about him. Instead, he wanted them to come to know his Saviour. Though we will miss this brother, there is rejoicing mixed with the sorrow. We trust that those of you reading this letter, understand and have the confidence of eternal life because of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

Fall hunt time once again! The planned hunt in British Columbia didn’t work out this year, but our Colorado hunt was just completed this past week-end. This year, we had 2 Christian teens from Flagstaff that went along to help with the horses and setting up the camp. There were a total of 6 hunters (counting Sam) but only 2 elk were taken because of the rain and hail. The animals had more sense than to come out in that weather and just found a safe place to wait it out. The men decided to cut the hunt short a few days and spend time with their wives that were “camping out” in a motel in a nearby town. They all seemed to enjoy the Bible Studies in I Thessalonians and we’re thankful for the time together.

On the way home from the hunt camp, our truck broke down in Tuba City. We’re thankful that it was in a town and not on the deserted long miles between camp and home. We are also thankful that a local man from Tuba was able to fix the truck so that we were able to get home that night. This man recognized Sam and as they talked, he admitted that he needed to be more faithful in attending the Church there in Tuba City. Maybe that’s why the Lord’s plan was for this break-down? How comforting to know that God controls all the details of our life.

Please continue to pray for the classes of the Bible Institute each Monday night on the Navajo Reservation, and for the students.

We are planning to travel to North Carolina again this year for Thanksgiving with our family. Please pray for safety as the family travels to spend time together. We don’t plan on sending out a letter during the month of November because of being away from home but will try to get another letter out early in December. We do appreciate your prayers and giving that allows us to remain serving the Lord here in Arizona. Thank you.

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

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Veldhuis Fall 2015 Prayer Letter

Veldhuis Fall 2015 Prayer Letter

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,(and we beheld His glory: the glory of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth…And of His fullness have all we received and grace for grace. John 1:14-16
Our Lord’s miraculous protection and sustenance through the last several months’ seemingly uninterrupted challenges speak as much to His all-sufficient unmerited favor as they do to the vital role of your prayers in His Native work.

May a few highlights of the fruit of your sacrificial support of every sort do what words fail to do and reward you as you have us. THANK YOU for making the promise of Deuteronomy 33:25 a living reality to us”…as thy days, so shall thy strength be.”

PTL for rewarding Lydia’s months of respiratory therapy and almost zero salt intake with a safe heart cath, June 2. Slightly improved atrial pressure cleared her of cardiac contributions to her worsening shortness of breath. The pulmonary hypertension itself made helping at summer camps at over 2,000 feet elevation too risky, but confirmed her calling to Sunday School, Bible Time, and school teaching at our 200 ft level. PRAY for her strength keeping up with Bible club and school children as well as for her Nov. 20, 2015 evaluation of worsening nonparallel eye tracking. Visual problems jeopardize her driving.

BLESS our Lord for three young people and three adult professions of faith through Neighborhood Bible Time’s hundreds of miles’ daily driving, June 28-July 3! PRAY for Benicio, Eric, Joe, Lilly, Tyler, and others’ growth. Jessica moved to an unknown address far away and even locals are very difficult to find.
Benicio, Darnell, Eric, Edward, and Tyrus got a huge spiritual boost through Apache Creek Camp’s Native week, July 27-August 1. PRAY the week’s concentrated Bible teaching 500 miles away from reservation temptations will help deliver them from the apathy, drugs, immorality, or open opposition deeply entangling some of them in sin.
Individual Bible studies, Biblical rehab, and counseling are additional tools in discipling new believers. THANK the Lord for James B. and Raoul O’s conversions and victories in state prisons as well as Jessica H, Ricky, and Toni’s growth after rehab.

PRAY for similar repentance, conversions, or growth for Arturo, Ashley, Belinda, Daren, Delsie, Karen, Kelsey, Laura, Millie, Valerye, both Sarahs, and Victor through our Nov. 2-6 camp meeting with Native preachers.
P.T.L. for the phenomenal gifts and prayers that met immediate family needs and enabled us to complete thousands of dollars’ of church building and house repairs from a September 8th micro burst
just in time for our camp meeting! Ask the Lord for safety and His messages for evangelists travelling up to 500 miles each way.

To God be the glory for the immediate help responsible for my rescue from a near fatal heart attack working late in 106 degree weather, Sept. 26. How grateful we are for the prayers, angioplasty, stents, cardiac therapy, and exercises through which I quickly resumed all mission work (“at a slightly reduced pace”) with no heart damage.
The Hastrichs’ help preaching and carrying out visitation and other ministries undoubtedly contributed to Dawn’s improved overall health. Lydia’s substitute teaching and Silas’s full time university and work make us that much more grateful for the Hastrich’s help and your prayers for Dawn’s underlying vasculitis and diabetes.
Your prayers and oft- unrecognized sacrifices for the following blessings and requests are equally important and are appreciated far more than our rare letters suggest.

PRAISES:
· The return of Tyrus, Tyler, Lilly, and Lilah to their mother Lorie and aunt, Roxanna.
· Good September 12th youth conference in Phoenix with Bill Rice’s West Branch.

· Excellent follow-up through the Hastrich’s King’s Kids Club.

· Refreshing Pastor’s School at our sending church in Meridian, ID, Aug. 11-14.

· Blessed missions’ meetings in Oregon and Washington State, Aug.23-26 ‘15.

· Strength through our mission’s annual conference, Oct. 1-3.

· Travel expenses for our camp meeting evangelists and help from Arizona supporting churches.

PETITIONS:
· Fourteen year old Tyrus’ growth and deliverance from bitterness over his mother’s addictions.

· Ricky and Toni’s marital struggles in the face of huge mental and physical needs.

· Lydia’s teacher certification, full time job, and eye care.

· Silas’ overwhelming load and university expenses.

· Edward’s return to the Lord and health and disability needs.

· True conversions and/ or growth of uncommitted Alvanez, Barley, Hayes, Jim. Miller, Phillips, Serrano, Stevens, Thomas, and Twist family members through our camp meeting and December ministries.

· Each of our strength and health.

Your Co-laborers in Christ,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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