Dave and Becky DeFord February 2017 Update

Dear Prayer Warriors, February 2017 update

So much has transpired in the last two months that it is difficult to know where to begin this update. It makes us realize all the more how we much we depend and rely daily on your prayers. We know there are many of you individually and corporately as a church family pray for us on a regular basis. There is no way we can ever convey our gratefulness to you in a satisfactory manner. Please know that we don’t take for granted the prayers offered on our behalf. We’ve seen the Lord answer your prayers for health, safety, ministry among numerous other requests. It is because of this we will attempt to relay a portion of His working in specifically these three areas.

On Dec. 19, we traveled to Steve and Sherry’s near Kingman for Christmas and to house and pet sit for them as they left the 20th and traveled to the Midwest for Christmas to be with Sherry’s family. On Saturday, Christmas Eve, David became very sick, shaking uncontrollably and eventually vomiting and having diarrhea. This did not subside. After calling 9-1-1 and praying they would arrive quickly, because we were 25 mile from the hospital in Kingman, they were in the house within 10 minutes. (Prayer!) He was transported to the hospital and spent the next 5 days there undergoing numerous tests without a definite explanation other than something had blocked his gall bladder causing his liver to react by driving his bilirubin number to 4, normal being 1. He was jaundiced and extremely weak. This in turn caused atrial fibrilation in the heart.

Having 4 dogs including our two, to care for at Steve and Sherry’s it was necessary to return to the house. The night he was admitted it had turned cold and rainy. Being in a hurry to get inside the hospital I did not pay close attention to where I had parked other than recalling it was under a light. One of the EMTs that had transported David was still in the ER. She suspicioned my dilemma and asked if I knew where I had parked. Admitting to her I didn’t even know what side of the hospital I had parked. After asking a couple of questions she had an idea where to look and walked me all the way to the truck in the cold and rain. Because of the driving conditions it took somewhat longer to get back to the house, but I was confident David was being cared for and knew God was completely in control. (Prayer!)

When we got back home we were able to see our regular PCP and she instructed us to go to our local hospital ER. This was due as a result to an EKG that was done in her office. We were there for 3 -4 hours and after a Diltiazem interveinous drip returned home. (Prayer!) In the following weeks we have found that whatever was in the gall bladder has passed and no longer a problem, liver function is good and after a heart ablation the atrial fibrilation has not been a problem and some prescription meds have been suspended. Again Prayer!

In our last letter November 2016 we asked prayer for several folks. Included in that list was Brian Jackson. This is Lela Jackson’s son. Those of you who have visited the Chapel will probably remember these two. The Lord saw fit to take Brian home January 27. He was a blessing to watch in his spiritual growth. The last six to nine months he was in church faithfully if he was not hospitalized. He had had one leg amputated below the knee and had several bouts with infection. Please remember Brian’s family in prayer. The funeral will be Saturday Feb. 4. Marshall will be doing the church service and David will be doing the graveside service.

Another event that is coming up is the February 25 wedding of J. Ray Cooper and Liz Black. We are having pre-marital classes with them and are excited to know they both love the Lord and are wanting to serve Him in their life together.

Also on schedule for February and March are demolition and remodel at the Chapel. The mobile home we bought when first coming to Arizona has served several families well for these 40 years, but has come to the end of service. It will be taken apart and sold for scrap. The garage on the Chapel property will be given a new facelift and roof. The garage will be used for storage and will be painted to match the church building.

We realize this update has been lengthy, but felt it necessary to have you aware of how important your prayers are to all those standing with you in reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ. Sometimes the details of an experience drive home the need to be in constant prayer.

When the Lord brings someone or some particular need to mind that’s the time to pray.

Prayer Requests: Praises:

Jackson family The many clear answers to prayer

Wedding Feb 25 Physical grow and spiritual growth at the Chapel

Safety for work crews while remodeling


In all the activity over the holidays we received so many Christmas cards and Get Well wishes and we want to thank everyone who sent gifts and well wishes, We tried to do this individually, but we may have missed some unintentionally.

In His love and ours,

Dave and Becky DeFord

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Gary & Bev Messick Jan 2017

Dear Praying Friends,

January has been a very cold, snowy month, even here in this “desert” state! Pastor Bud and Connie Wells and Don, Leslie & Cameron Otto from Wyoming, Don & Patty Beebout & Greg Sommar from Iowa, came to help with a work project at the church. They were delayed a couple of days due to bad weather.  However, like the faithful postman, they let neither rain, sleet, nor snow keep them from working! And they saw all of that!

One project they have worked on was to move the old storage shed and begin building a new one. The work on it is progressing well as of this writing. They have also poured a concrete slab for a covered shelter, which will be used for serving snacks during VBS and for other outside activities.

The wives have kept busy, too. They painted the modular inside, helped make decorations for our Valentines Banquet coming up on the 13th, as well as helping prepare meals for those hard-working men.

There is no way we can every repay these dear friends for their labor of love, but we do so appreciate them giving of their time, energy, and funds in order to see this come to fruition.

We are so thankful for the generosity of our church folk who have been giving once a month to the church building fund, and for others who have sent love gifts, making these renovations possible.

Earlier in the month, Gary had the privilege of speaking to three Awana groups at Maranatha Baptist Church in Peoria, AZ. Since Gary was involved with Awana many years ago, it was a blessing to see the good work that continues through this program.

Would you pray with us that God would continue to work in the hearts and lives of the folk on the Yavapai-Apache Reservation? Our desire is to see our mission go forth and lives changed for God’s glory.

Thank you for your support and encouragement. God bless you.

In His Service,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Paul and Naomi Sondergaard Jan 2017

Dear Family and Friends:
Now that we are done with the first month of this new year, are you reaching any goals you may have made in January? So much can happen in a new year: we could grow in our faith, restore a relationship, Jesus Christ could return, a loved one could get saved, or even… We can make great plans, but if those plans rely on our own effort we miss out on pleasing God. Do you remember Hebrews 11:6? “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” This year may we please Him, believe in Him, and prepare to meet Him.
After our last letter we drove to California to spend Christmas with some of our family. To our great delight, Naomi’s Grandparents and Aunt Pat came with us to church both morning and evening. It was an answer to prayer to see some of our unsaved family hear the Gospel once again.
For the past week we have had the tremendous blessing of having a group from Iowa and Wyoming who helped us with work projects around church. These eight people built a shed, poured a 20X30 concrete slab, painted the fellowship hall, as well as some other needs we had. The shed is big enough for both storage and a classroom. We hope to eventually put a teen class here. The concrete slab is big enough for several picnic tables and will be helpful for fellowship meals as well as VBS activities. Eventually, we will need to put a roof over the concrete for shade. Our church will be greatly blessed for many years to come by the sacrificial love these folks showed as they served the Lord.
This past month Tri-City Baptist church of Forest City, North Carolina, has agreed to be our sending church. This is the church where we were members while Paul attended Ambassador Baptist College. We are thankful for Pastor Hollandsworth and the people there for being a great encouragement and help to us. We are thankful for the commitment they have taken to faithfully pray for us and the ministry here.
We are now having a ladies Bible study every two weeks. Naomi is teaching this study from 1Peter 3:4 on a “meek and quiet spirit” and from Titus 2 on the need to “teach the young women.” While the ladies at the Bible study are older, Naomi’s desire is to see them reach the many younger ladies in their lives. These ladies have a wonderful opportunity to disciple and witness to the ladies on the reservation. So many people have needs and hurts that only Jesus Christ can meet.
Please pray as we begin working with the teen girls. On February 9th Naomi is inviting the 5th through high school ladies to our home for a Bible study and activity. Even though it is nearly 70 degrees right now, she plans on a snow theme to teach the girls that God made them uniquely for His own glory (see Isaiah 43:7 and Revelation 4:11). Pray for the salvation of these young ladies and that they would choose to live for the Lord Jesus! Paul is in the process of preparing for a teen boys class. Please pray as he considers the right material, focus, and direction for this class.
Several years ago Paul was greatly influenced by a pastor who emphasized the need for worship that pleases God. Paul is taking some of those thoughts and is teaching on worship in the adult Sunday school class. This last Sunday we were challenged by the need to prepare for worship. From Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 we realized that we cannot assume worship takes place just because the church service began. Our hearts need to be

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Grammer’s January 2017 letter

Jan. 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

            The family “secretary” was away for over 4 weeks attending the weddings of 2 grandkids, as well as our annual family get-together for Thanksgiving.  Thank you to those who were praying as we traveled and “yes” the weddings were a good family time. We are so pleased that the grandson and granddaughter both chose Believers to spend their lives with and now praying that these new homes will put Christ in the center and bring Him glory!

            We trust your holidays were full of joy and thankfulness for our wonderful Saviour and His work in your lives.  Many of you sent letters with your Christmas cards, bringing us up-to-date with your families.  In the way of Grammer family news, we are now awaiting grandchild #17 (Sam & Amber-3rd son) and great grandchild #5 (Faith and Drew Holton-a granddaughter).  During the trip we were able to meet 2 of our great grandchildren, Peter Chick and Oliver Holton.  It was a joy to finally be able to hold them and tell them they are loved; something we rarely get to do with so many miles between us.

Since we haven’t written for the past two months, I thought I’d get this one out a little bit earlier than normal for the month.

The Bible Doctrine classes are to begin again at the end of the month.  Hopefully everyone will be back from their breaks and on schedule again.  Please pray for these students.  There is nothing like knowing God’s Word to motivate a Christian’s growth.  Pray for faithful attendance and for more students.

Pray with us for opportunities to minister in the local native churches.  We have had several visitors in our home as folks came into town during their holiday breaks and shopping but now things are settling down to normal schedules.

The radio station project is still progressing.  This summer’s trip will hopefully see the septic tank installed (The cost for the septic is estimated at $6-7,000) and the exterior walls put up.  We need to get it all closed-in in one trip to avoid weather damage.  Then plans can be made to complete the interior in the future.

Sam would like to drive to Seattle and take the ferry to Ketchikan and then another ferry to the Prince of Wales Island.  This way, he can take up needed tools and equipment for the work and also provide transportation to and from the site.  The cost of travel by ferries will be approximately $4,500.

Pray with us for the workers needed as well as the costs. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact us.  We can put in the septic ourselves if we have the manpower.  As we mentioned before, the lumber has been donated by a local Christian man with a lumber business in the area which we are thankful for.

Once again, thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts!

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

 In Christ,


Sam & Janet Grammer

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Veldhuis update Jan 2017

    Veldhuis Christmas 2016 Prayer Letter   Dear Praying Friends and Family,      Uninterrupted fields of fruits and vegetables in every stage of cultivation, growth, and harvest fill the miles between reservations and remind us not only of our need for diligence and patience in the winning of souls, but also of our utter dependence on your provisions and prayers to realize our Lord’s full harvest. “Ye strive together with us in your prayers to God for us” (Romans15:30).      Indeed our deepest prayer and desire is that no Cocopah we encounter ever pass from this life with the cry, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20).      Thus the “Fall break” from summer’s grueling load was gladly devoted to the follow up of camp and Bible Time decisions and endless overtime hours of landscaping work and church vehicle repairs preparing individuals and resources for our Nov. 3-5, 2016 Native revival meetings. Only the privilege and joy of leading 19 year old Adolfo to the Lord the final night could surpass our gratitude for God’s providence in allowing us to give Lydia to His service in her marriage to Jacob Jones a few days earlier.      Jacob and Lydia resumed their bus ministry and jobs in Gilbert, AZ east of Phoenix while Jacob pursues further Bible training and seeks God’s direction for their future with Lydia’s health problems.    Silas finished his B.B.A. degree in Industrial Technology Management in December and began a six month payed internship in robotic welding with Miller Corp. near Chicago IL on January 9th, 2017. He redeemed himself for leaving us without a pianist by fabricating strategic bus parts before departing.      Bless the Lord and each of you for rewarding months of searching junk yards and aftermarket, or antique part sources for sufficient parts to complete initial repairs on our 22 passenger bus yesterday. P.T.L. for safety using our three times larger bus on treacherous roads for fruit picking, larger Christmas pickups, and witnessing through the distribution of over 200 bags of citrus fruit. Some 60 individual gift bags and tracts were either handed out in person or at our Christmas party.      Thank you for enabling us to call others to salvation and growth through December 21, 25, and 31 special services. PRAY these labors will lead to true conversions and discipleship through ongoing ministries and revival meetings here with Pastor Joe Doyel of L.A.’s Emmanuel Baptist Mission, February 6-9, 2017.      Ever increasing demands from seemingly undiminished needs took a toll beyond vehicles on our health and correspondence. Dawn’s bronchitis prevented her from accompanying me to Treasure Valley Baptist Church’s mission conference. P.T.L. I could still drive the 1,000 mile trip to our sending church solo Nov. 9-13 and receive their enormous gifts for current church building, bus, and yard light projects.      A subsequent major tear of my left shoulder cuff has prevented a full night’s sleep since then and ruled out writing the individual notes we usually add to our letters. We personally appreciate and know of each of your prayers and gifts and are that much more grateful for your remembering these past blessings and future challenges.   Praises:
  • Newly painted functional bus awaiting only a paid differential exchange.
  • Christmas gifts for plumbing, flooring and yard lights.
  • Personal gifts for house repairs, medicine, and dental work in Mexico.
  • Winter visitors, Michael and Rebecca Wilber’s, help wherever needed while in Yuma.
  • 19 year old Adolfo’s profession of faith.
  • The Hastrich’s fruitful Kings Kids ministry and multiple other labors.
  • Physical therapy and assisted care for 45 year old Daren with recurrent crippling back infections.
  • True repentance, conversions, revival, and baptisms of Hart, Hayes, Sereno, Thomas, and Twist family members.
  • Michael’s February 23, 2017 shoulder surgery.
  • Lorie’s fair sentencing and return to the Lord.
  • Revival of Alex and Roxanna, Lorie’s sister, and better care of Lorie’s four 3-15 year old children.
  • No Cocopah deaths from misused casino profit sharing in mid-February.
  • Pray for Silas’ safety and direction during his internship in Carol Stream, IL, a suburb of Chicago.
  • Lasting, eternal fruit to God alone’s glory through our February 6-9 revival with Pastor Doyel.
  • The Hastrichs’ health needs and each of our strength and safety.
                                                                        Gratefully Yours In Christ,                    Michael and Dawn Veldhuis
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Sondergaard’s update Jan 2017

Dear Family and Friends:
Recently I heard someone say, “Many would be a god but only God would be a man.” Isn’t it amazing that people intent on celebrating Christmas go through life serving self while overlooking the One called God with Us? Imagine celebrating the birth of the Servant of All while being consumed with self. This Christmas as we exchange gifts, let us not forget the greatest Gift. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” 2Cor 8:9.
In our last letter we asked you to pray for our church ladies Christmas party. Mrs. Beverly gave a devotional and prepared a wonderful meal, while Naomi organized some games to bring everyone together and smile. Being an informal time, Naomi was able to get to know some of the ladies. This is an important part of the ministry which is often neglected because of the busyness of Sundays. We don’t often get to sit down and talk without children running around!
Thank you for also praying for our Christmas program. What a blessing to offer the Gospel to a full auditorium. Pastor Messick closed with a needed challenge to many of the parents and grandparents on the importance of the Bible in the home and life. Though not a typical Christmas message, the Gospel was clearly presented. Sadly, most of the kid’s families do not come regularly, so Pastor’s heart was burdened for these people and their homes.
As we begin a new year please pray for God’s wisdom. Three to five of the kids that come on the church van are twelve to thirteen years old. When the kids here reach their teen years they often stop coming to church. Without stable homes and a losing interest in Sunday class times for the younger kids, church often isn’t important to them anymore. God is giving us a burden to maintain a ministry to them through their teen years. Please pray that God would show us how to most effectively work with these older ones.
Prayer requests:
 Wisdom in teaching and preaching
 One complete family to be added to the church
 Salvation of our children and the children at church
 Wisdom for how best to reach the older kids
 God’s provision this year!
 God’s protection this month
 God’s plan is perfect
We praise the Lord for each of you and depend on your faithful prayer for us. Merry Christmas to all of you and have a blessed New Year with Christ first in everything!
All for Jesus,
Paul and Naomi Sondergaard
Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, and Aletheia

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Messick update Dec 2016

Dear Ones in Christ,
A Christmas card we received stated it so well:
“JESUS is – The Lamb of God, to die for our sins.
The Prince of Peace, to change out hearts.
The Good Shepherd, to guide our lives.”
Our prayer is that each one reading this might know Jesus Christ in this way.

We sent our last semi-annual newsletter in August. Events since then were:
*Sept. 4 – Celebrating the birth of precious little Aletheia Joy, born to the family of Paul & Naomi
Sondergaard, our Youth Pastor & wife.
*Great visits in Sept., Oct., & Nov., from several friends and family members from Indiana.
*In Oct., we attended the annual IBIMI board meeting in Yuma and also the wedding of Lydia Veldhuis,
daughter of fellow-missionaries Mike & Dawn Veldhuis.
*Nov. 14 was a special day of remembrance. It was twenty years ago on Nov. 2 we were privileged to have a
part in the Lord’s beginning Yavapai- Apache Baptist Church (now Living Waters Baptist Church.) What a
blessing to review pictures of the Lord’s working during those years up to the present. We enjoyed wonderful
time of food and fellowship after the service with over 40 in attendance.
*Dec. has been a busy month with the ladies Christmas party at our home. It was a fun-filled evening with
nine ladies attending.
*The children’s Christmas play was held on Dec. 18th. It was based on the story of the candy cane and how it
represents Christ. Naomi did a wonderful job putting together the play and the children did their parts well.
We were thrilled to have several of the children’s family members attend. A blessing was seeing, after the
message, that God had worked in the hearts of parents.

*Kirt, Elida, Joseph (7) and Micah (6) still live in Glendale, AZ. Kirt is doing well after his triple bypass
surgery last January. So thankful for God’s healing in his behalf. Kirt continues his work as composite
artist for the Phoenix Police Dept. Thinking ahead to retirement years, they have developed their own coffee
business, ROYAL SOLITUDE COFFEE, a product of Elida’s family plantation in El Salvador. Elida is busy
with that, but mainly taking good care of her family. Both boys were involved in flag football this fall.
Joseph is taking guitar lessons, and Micah would also like to begin lessons. They are such fun and are
growing so fast!
*JD, Jenny, Jake (20), Zac (18), Hunter (15), and MaKayla (10) still reside in Conway, Arkansas. Having
just completed their third year of ministry at Grace Baptist Church, they are very busy, but enjoy the work
there. Jake & Zac are both attending Central Baptist College. Jake is a Junior and Zac is a Freshman.
The year seems to be going well for them. Jenny continues to homeschool Hunter, & MaKayla. Hunter’s
favorite pastime is playing basketball on a homeschool team. MaKayla loves drawing and crafts. Our
grandchildren are a tremendous blessing from the Lord!

We are so looking forward to Christmas with our family Dec. 28-31. We haven’t seen Jenny’s family since June, so needless to say, we are counting the days!

As we end this 2016 and launch into a new year, our desire is that in all we do God would receive glory, and that we would see fruit from God’s working in us and through us. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Love in Him,
Gary & Beverly Messick

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Sam & Janet Grammer Nov 2016

Nov 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thanks for your prayers for the second trip to Alaska this summer.  The footers are now in place and the weather was good for the work.  However, while in Alaska, we found that a septic needed to be installed and while there, the inspector was brought out and steps taken to begin the process of getting the tank.  Instructions were given and we can put it in ourselves, but the cost (including shipping) is around $6-7,000.  Then we can begin on the exterior construction.

The contractor that we had hoped to use has asked us to keep looking for a contractor because of the distance from his business to the site.  He is a Believer and wants to help us get the station up and running and has offered to donate all of the needed lumber. Please continue to pray with us on this project for wisdom, as well as for the needed finances and the right contractor to use.

We just returned from a week of meetings on the Hualapai Reservation.  Some of these folks are children of former students of the Bible School classes Sam taught there years ago.  What a blessing to see their children being faithful, as well as their grandchildren.  Not only did we enjoy the fellowship with them, we also rejoice in the decisions made this past week.  Several made professions of faith in Christ and many more made decisions to be more faithful in their daily walk with our Lord.  They have a faithful pastor and wife that they truly appreciate and who is a good Bible teacher and we praise God for them.

We expect to be gone for several weeks during November and December.  We have a granddaughter getting married in early November and a grandson getting married in early December.  We also have our annual family get-together at Thanksgiving.  Hopefully we will both be home just before Christmas. We don’t expect to be able to get a monthly letter out while traveling so want to send out holiday greetings to you now.  Don’t let the gaiety of the season cause you to forget the reason we celebrate!

Once again, thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts!

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

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Messick’s September 2016


Dear Ones in Him,

2 Peter 3:18 encourages us to “Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
It is our desire to daily see spiritual progress in our lives and in the lives of those we minister to. We know this can only happen as we draw from His strength and yield ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Fall is here and with it has come milder temperatures. This is what we have been looking forward to since April!! No more triple digits!

It has been a blessing to have recent visits from Hoosier friends, some we’ve known for years, some new to us. We enjoyed getting better acquainted with Cal & Kendra Kripe and Al & Mary Kripe from Goshen, IN. Though we had never before met Linda Jack and Sandra Day from Greenfield, IN., after being with them a short while, we felt as though we’d always known them. We appreciated the fact that all these folk took time from their vacations to stop by and desired to see the Reservation and church and to learn more of the ministry here. And it’s always good to have a visit from former Hoosiers – David & Becky DeFord. The friendships God has granted to us rejoice our hearts and make us smile!

Our congregation has grown since we last wrote. Paul & Naomi Sondergaard blessed us with another baby girl to love and enjoy. Aletheia Joy was born on September 4th – their fourth child born on the 4th! She is precious, just like her two sisters and brother. Thanking the Lord for a safe delivery and asking the Lord’s blessing on her life.

In our last letter, we had asked for prayer for a young father who is incarcerated due to wrong choices brought on by drug addiction. He seems to be doing well and is having Bible studies with other inmates. Please continue to uphold him in prayer, that through this time in prison he will be delivered from his addiction and turn His life over to the Lord.

We would also ask prayers for another man who was indirectly involved in the murder/dismemberment of a man on the Reservation. He is facing several years in prison. Pray that He, too, will come to the Lord and be freed from his alcohol addiction.

We want to thank those who have sent gifts toward the church landscaping. We are grateful for the obvious way the Lord has provided through you, but more funds are needed for this and for materials for a storage building project. There is a group planning to come at the end of January to help with this job.

Also, we are so thankful for your faithful prayers. You have had a part in what God is doing here and we could not continue without the prayers and support of God’s people. We count it an honor to serve where God has placed us, and we count it an honor to serve with you.

In Christ,
Gary & Bev

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Veldhuis September 2016

Dear Co-laborers in Christ,
Folded but unmailed updates as far back as June together with repeatedly delayed R&R of any sort or building and vehicle repairs bespeak the priority of Cocopah ministries over almost anything else in our lives. Thankfully, untimely correspondence on our part could not jeopardize your faithful enabling any more than it could detract from our gratitude.
Your grace and understanding in accepting these updates or e-mails as personal tokens of gratitude are doubly appreciated as that is how we view your truly sacrificial gifts and prayers!
Bless the Lord and each of you for the insurance coverage and advanced neuro / cardiac tests that easily surpassed new federal requirements and restored my C.D.L. just in time for Neighborhood Bible Time, June 12-17.
PTL for rewarding our N.B.T. evangelists and Heritage and Maranatha Baptist’s help with spiritually hungry natives of all ages despite closed doors at the tribal youth home and chaos in several families! How grateful we are for formally disinterested 13 year old, Jared’s profession of faith, as well as for Lilly, Tyler, and others’ assurance or rededication decisions. New contacts with Octavia’s 3 children and other grade schoolers swelled the ranks of Sunday school and Bro. Rick and Mary Francis Hastrich’s Wednesday King’s Kids club.
Spiritual victories, however, were not without great battles or casualties. Eighteen year olds Adolfo and Lyetha had to be taken home from the Bill Rice West Branch teen camp for misbehaving while 14 year old Tyrus spent the week in detention on drug charges. PRAY Tyrus will truly sell out to the Lord through rehabilitation in Nevada. PRAY Adolfo and Lyetha’s return to church will lead to true conversions for both of them.
All six West Branch junior campers surrendered different areas of their lives to the Lord during their July 5-9, 2016 camp week after earlier professions of faith here. BLESS the Lord for fruit and safety throughout the 300 mile trip there as well the 600 mile one to Apache Creek camp August, 1-5! Eric and Felipe, adult men, and I profited much from “Indian Week” with primarily Navajo preachers.
Pray for these Native evangelists’ time off work and their and our preparations for our annual camp meeting at our church, November 3-5, 2016. PRAY for true conversions or revival of Alex, Alexis, Arturo, Ashley, Bernice, Carlos, Daren, Darnel, Edward, George, Jessica, Laura, Lorie, Lydia S., Millie, Monique, Ricky, Tony, Wanda, and other Alvanez, Alvarez, Hayes, Phillips, Sereno, Soto, and Thomas family members.
PRAY also for remaining preparations for this fall’s most singular event to us: our daughter Lydia’s wedding to Jacob Jones, originally of Brawley, California. The wedding is at 3:00pm, October 15th at Faith Baptist Church here in Yuma. In the interim Lydia is staying with a couple from Jacob’s church in Gilbert, AZ. This allows her to help Jacob in his church’s bus ministry and to start her teaching job there prior to their wedding.
Time and work largely reversed the gains of Lydia’s April eye surgery and made teaching and driving more difficult. PRAY her neurologist and eye surgeon will correctly assess the roll of her cerebral palsy in this and determine the value of further surgery. P.T.L. the dangerous heart catheterization to monitor her Pulmonary Hypertension went well and showed cardio/pulmonary improvement. This was extremely encouraging in view of the termination of her therapy months ago and the difficulty keeping health insurance coverage for her enormously expensive daily meds.
Silas is also away from home, though living in Yuma while finishing his bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University and teaching welding at Arizona Western College. He still plays the piano for church and helps with church projects when his schedule permits. Pray for direction regarding a six month internship in robotic welding design near Chicago after his graduation from N.A.U., December 2016.
The Hastrichs added many of Silas and Lydia’s church responsibilities to their own, but cannot also monitor bus and van pickups. PRAY for Godly helpers from within the church and strength and wisdom for each of us.
Brother Rick and his wife Mary Francis will carry on Cocopah ministries here November 8-15 so Dawn can accompany me to Treasure Valley Baptist Church’s mission conference for the first time since Lydia and Silas were grade schoolers.
Your sacrifices and prayers for each of us and the needs mentioned are a lifeline and conduit of God’s blessings we never take for granted (Romans 15: 30).
• Karen and several family members’ move back to the reservation and return to church.
• King’s Kids’ growth and excitement bringing cousins and friends to meetings.
• Successful repair of fuel pump and computer problems in our most used van and bus.
• Strength, safety, and provisions for summer’s grueling ministries.
• Better control of Dawn’s diabetes, vasculitis, and neck bone spur pain.
• The mental, physical, and spiritual health of Ashley, Bernice, Edward, Ricky, Tony and abused foster children.
• Tyrus and his mother, Lorie’s detention needs and return to the Lord.
• Comfort for the Evanston, Phillips, and Thomas families over deaths this summer.
• Lasting fruit from our November 3-5, 2016 native camp meeting at our church.
• The Hastrichs’ work here during our November 9-13 mission conference in Boise, Idaho.

Gratefully and Prayerfully Yours,
Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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Sam and Janet Grammer Oct 2016

Oct. 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

A Christian contractor from Alaska has given us a fair bid on the building of the radio station building and was willing to adjust it so we could stay within our budget and not go into debt on the project. However, he suggested that it would be better to add 2 more supports to the foundation that has been laid and his suggestion made sense. It will require about a day to do it so another trip is planned to Alaska, thanks to the financial help of some of our Christian friends and supporters. Thank you. This trip will only be for a few days and by the time you get this letter, Sam should be in AK. Please pray for good weather so that the work can be completed in this short time. They hope to start work soon and have the exterior completed this winter. Pray also for safety as he travels and that he will make all the connections of the airlines and ferry schedules. We appreciate your prayers and help with this Christian Radio project.

Every Sunday this month, we have been scheduled to fill a pulpit on the Navajo Reservation. This requires a 1 ½ -3 hr. drive, depending on the church in need. One church, Dilkon, is presently without a pastor and a very small congregation. Pray with us for a full-time pastor for them.

In the fall of 1972, we left our home in Maryland, packing up our 3 daughters (at that time) and headed for Arizona to minister among the American Indian people. We are now starting our 45th year, and rejoice in what we’ve watched God do in lives over the years. Thank you for your continued help in putting us on this field of ministry.

We have been putting on many miles as we travel for ministry and God has kept us safe. We are also enjoying good health. Thank you for your prayers, as well as your gifts!

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

In Christ,

Sam & Janet Grammer

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