Grammer April 2020

April 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,

Are you Trembling or Trusting?  Panic and fear are contagious but as Christians we can trust our Heavenly Father.  Nothing takes Him by surprise.  He has a plan for each of us, He is able to carry it out and He has a purpose for good (Rom. 8:28).  

In last month’s letter, we told you that our mission founder and former director, Dave DeFord had the virus, as well as his wife, his son, his son’s wife and their 2 daughters.  All have now recovered. However, Dave’s recovery was into the arms of Jesus!  We are so thankful for his testimony and ministry over the years and rejoice that He is now in Heaven.  Please do pray with us for his family as they adjust to life without him.

All of this has made changes to our ministry here in Arizona.  Local nursing homes are still are prohibiting visitors.  The Easter services on the Navajo Reservation were cancelled and presently no-one is scheduling meetings.  Also the annual Navajo Family Bible Conference held here in Flagstaff in early summer has been cancelled.  

The Navajo nation has been hit rather hard and the past couple of week-ends, they have gone into total lock-down from Friday night until early Monday morning with tribal police and the National Guard manning roadblocks.  If caught out of your home, it demands 30 days incarceration or $1,000 fine!  It may be a while before this area is open for us to visit-or for visitors from there to come to us. 

Thankfully, we still have contact through the phone and internet and are able to encourage and counsel some.  Thank you for helping us financially so that we can pay our bills and have these services available to us. 

Pray with us that things will start opening back up before the scheduled trip to Alaska in August to work on the radio station.

We are all experiencing difficulties and changes right now.  As Christians, we need to obey those in authority and take sensible precautions, but beyond that, don’t fear but trust in our loving Heavenly Father to work out His plan.

Thank you for your financial gifts and support in our ministry-especially your prayers. 

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer March 2020

March 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
Is. 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:  because he trusteth in thee.  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” Also,  in Philippians we are told to not be full of care for anything but to take it to God in prayer and He will give us unbelievable peace. (Phil. 4:6-7)  As the world around us responds with fear and panic, we can have peace as we trust God.  We trust that He has a plan and that He is in control.
We do not trust that He will withhold all difficulties from our lives but will be with us through them.  Last Thurs., Dave DeFord, our mission founder and former mission director was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and tested positive with COVID-19.  Pray with us for the family as they can’t even stand at his side through this, yet we know that God never leaves us alone and is there for him.  What peace can be found by trusting God!
Several of our family and friends have been checking up on us.  We are doing well and were stocked up before this “social distancing” began:  full pantry and freezer (and even tp on hand!-though eggs are a bit hard to find).  We haven’t had many visitors though one family came to town for medical appointments and ate in our home as restaurants are closing their doors temporarily. Another spent the night as he was passing through on his way home.  Internet and phone seem to be the method of reaching out and ministering  these days.
Nursing homes are prohibiting visitors.  Praying with one dear lady over the phone, she told us that her family had forgotten her.  We reassured her that they hadn’t forgotten but no visitors were allowed.  She most likely won’t remember what was said or understand the effect this virus is having all over the country, but for now our visitation is by phone.  Remember to keep in contact with your elderly family and friends during this time and pray with and for them.
Last fall, we helped a missionary family on the Hopi reservation when they had to be away.  A little girl was born to their family this past month and they wanted to get away for a couple of weeks as a family and we agreed to fill in again for them.  This is a small group (2-3) meeting in their home and then Kid’s church in the afternoon (6-7?).  We are traveling to Hopi land each week-end for the last 3 weeks of this month.  Pray for this missionary family (Andy & Nancy) as they work among the Hopi people. 
We were scheduled to be on the Navajo reservation for Easter services but not sure whether this will come about.  This is a much larger group and we aren’t sure when the state will decided to lift their restrictions.  Once again, it is good to know that God is in control-even of our scheduling.
We realize that many of you are having services via the internet these days. Thank you for your prayers for us and know that we often pray for you.  Thank you for your financial gifts and support in our ministry. 

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

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Jones March 2020

Dear family and friends,

As you all know, the Corona virus outbreak is happening in America and the world. I also know that this viral outbreak has affected every church in some way. It might be affecting fellowship gatherings, causing low church attendance, dealing with health problems in your church, and people fearing the unknown.  As we deal with these things, we all need to remember that God is in control. We need to remember that we are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight. (Heb. 11:1; Romans 1:17). This is a time we need not to doubt God but need to all be doing our part in helping with this situation. We need to pray for one another, encourage one another, help one another and trust God with everything that is going on. I love this verse, Proverbs 16:20 “He that handles a matter wisely shall find good; and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.” Reading this verse helped me with my judgement in making this decision. Due to this virus and the safety of my family (especially my wife who has a low immune system) I believe that it is best for my family and I to hold off with deputation for now until the summer. Lord willing, the heat in the summer will help slow down the spread of this virus. We are now 72% supported. Praise the Lord! At this time, I am planning to spend more time with my family, studying the Bible more, helping the members of our Cocopah church, and doing more one on one Bible studies. Keep us in your prayers as we pray for you all. Take Care and God Bless You AllSincerely, The Jones family Missionaries to the Native AmericansCol. 1:18(928) 315-5057
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Grammer Feb 2020

Feb 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,

Some of you have asked how the modular system is working out with the Dine Bible Institute where Sam teaches.  It  appears to be working out well.  Because so many lessons are scheduled for one day, it is important that no class days are missed.  

One of the students had to miss a class because of a witness opportunity! A man from a family that follows traditional Navajo beliefs was quite sick and is now much better.  However, while sick, he heard Jack give the gospel message and accepted Christ.  He invited Jack to attend a gathering to share the message with his extended family.  We have been praying for this student and hope to hear a good report this week-end as the next class is scheduled.  

Plans are now being made for this summer’s work in Thorne Bay, Alaska for the radio station for late July and August.  Please continue to pray with us that the power company will put in power lines to the property.  If not, a generator will need to be used.  After the initial cost, there will be the cost of fuel to keep it running and will restrict the amount of time on the air.

We had an answer to prayer this past month.  Janet’s hearing aids are close to needing replacement and the cost given to us was almost $6,000.   A Christian friend showed us a sale in his newspaper that we were able to take advantage of if we drove to Prescott (1 ½ hrs away from Flagstaff) and dealt with another company.  This saved us $4,000! 

At present, Janet has no piano students but stays busy as she visits some of the elderly ladies that we have ministered to in the past and that are presently living in Flagstaff in nursing homes.   She also does child-care for a local ladies’ Bible study.    

Thank you to each of you for your prayers on our behalf as we serve here among the tribes.  We are very aware of your part in our ministry and you are appreciated!   Thank you also to each of you that help us financially.

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

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer Jan 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

Lam. 3:22-23 “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” For 365 days of 2019, God has been faithful! Since He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, we can expect His mercies and faithfulness for 2020. God is good!

The Dine Bible Institute in Tuba City began the spring semester this month on the 11th. Again, we are using the modular system with classes beginning at 9:00 A M until 4:00 P M with a break for lunch. When you live 1-2+ hours away, it is worth it. Pray they can stay focused for the long day (two 3 hr sessions is long for both teacher and students).

Janet still visits some elderly Christian ladies here in Flagstaff. She is able to visit in one home weekly, as the language isn’t a problem, but Helen goes along once a month to the other home. Some of the ladies have passed on, so there is presently only one that we visit at this second home. Phoebe is suffering from alzheimer’s but seems encouraged to just have visitors. Helen reads from her Navajo Bible and then a few hymns are sung from the Navajo hymnal. (Janet can sing in Navajo but not speak it.) Phoebe often joins in the singing from memory. She doesn’t read anymore, so needs someone to read the Scriptures to her.

We are making plans for the summer work on the Thorne Bay radio project in Alaska. Pray with us for the right men to help us this summer; for men with construction skills so it will be done right-as well as volunteers to help with the physical labor. It’s exciting to see God meet the needs and we are eager to see the station on the air.

The winter months are slower due to the cold and weather, so we use the time to catch up on tasks that get overlooked during the busier times of the year. The break is truly a blessing as we prepare for the busyness ahead. This includes annual appointments such as the Dr. and eye and ear check-ups. The reports are good. Thank you for your prayers. We desire to minister as long as God allows us to stay strong and healthy.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer

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Veldhuis February 2020 Prayer Letter

Dear Colaborers In Christ,
Remnants of food midst strewn trash greeted me one typical bus cleanup day with broken, stolen, or willfully defaced
interior vehicle components and sadly gave entrance to ungodly questions as to whether in fact we were wasting our lives
casting precious gospel pearls before swine (Matt. 7:6).
Two hours later, however, the resounding reproof of these thoughts silenced the adversary without a word by the
rearview mirror panorama of 3 to38 year old natives illumined by the glorious gospel of Christ or willing to be ridiculed for
considering it.
The challenges of befriending and reaching Cocopah souls of every age and locale are more than rivalled by our
gratitude for your enabling and our Lord’s grace in entrusting us with the eternal well being of spiritually destitute and
physically hungry individuals.
No update could adequately thank you for the unprecedented gifts behind virtual miracles in the desert this winter or
for your grace in forgiving our infrequent notes. Still you will gather how sacrificial and greatly appreciated they were
without mentioning a person or amount by contemplating the scope of provisions for:
● Fuel and gratuities for four Navajo evangelists and families in their 200-600 mile drives for our November 7-9,
2019 revival.
● Dealership electrical repairs after van headlights failed during youth night pickups.
● New batteries, tires, paint, lettering, and various repairs on a donated 66 passenger bus.
● Picking and distribution of dozens of Christmas fruit and gift bags through special services and otherwise
forbidden door to door visitation.
● Replace drums and airbrake lines and repair spring and airbrake systems of the 92 Bluebird bus.
● Cocopah youth ministry needs and gift packages for boarding school students and a young woman in rehab.
● Retaining wall materials, gravel,overhead door, and equipment for church storage garage project.
The Physical and spiritual demands of these and other incessant operational needs on top of ongoing ministries make
your prayers for strength, wisdom, safety, and helpers that much more critical. We so appreciate your remembering
Jacob, Lydia, and Samuel’s health and intense deputation work all 2020, Dawn and my additional teen work and the
immediate challenges of:
● Cocopah Revival, February 10-12, 2020 with Pastor Joe Doyel of Emmanuel Baptist Mission, L.A., CA.
● Current extensive physical for annual C.D.L. renewal.
● Construction of our church garage, Feb. 25-March 4, 2020 with the Evangelical Free Church team from Gaylord,
● Michael’s cancer re-evaluation and possible hormone treatment after persistent high P.S.A. levels.
● Revival with Evangelist Tim Green at Maranatha Baptist Church in Yuma, April 9-11.
December and January alcohol related deaths of Shirley (60+) and Tanessa (35) almost overwhelmed us with the
urgency of winning and discipling natives at all costs. Shirley was saved three years ago, but we are unsure of Tanessa
though she came to Bible clubs as a child and did Bible studies in jail. She also saw her 17 year old daughter Taliah
gloriously converted at camp last summer.
Your praises and petitions for current blessings and needs are thus as important and appreciated as your countless
sacrifices are.
● Heritage, Maranatha, and True Vine Baptist churches’ help with our most powerful November revival to date.
● Taliah’s spiritual growth and successful first semester of out of state boarding school .
● Daren’s stroke recovery at home and his younger brother, Jesse’s return to church.
● The North Reservation Bible Club’s enthusiastic participation and spiritual growth.
● Tyrus’ Bible studies and sincere repentance before beginning his long sentence in federal prison.
● Samuel’s diminished neck muscle contractures and misshapen head through therapy and custom headgear.
● Spiritual, moral, and substance abuse needs of couples: Alex and Roxanna, Cheryl and Stanford, Kayla and
Vincent, Lorie and Salvadore, and Loren and Martina.
● Comfort for the Huck and Phillips families after recent deaths.
● True conversions and deliverance from immorality, substance abuse, or life threatening health needs of Lilly,
Roxanna, Salvadore, Millie, Tyler, and Mitchel.
● Personal health, strength, wisdom, God’s power, and eternal fruit at His direction and to His glory.
● New adult Bible studies with Daren, Darnel, Jesse, and Lorie.
● Safety and control of bus and van pa

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The De Fords December 2019

But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. -Galatians 4:4
Thank you to everyone who sent cards and gifts as well as our faithful supports throughout the year. As we reflect on the challenges and blessings of 2019 we are reminded that God works all things to our benefit according to His time. We eagerly await what He has for 2020.

November happenings: We began the month of November with our annual harvest dinner. Isaiah Nuno, assistant pastor of Northland Baptist, was our guest speaker. Many of our folks have known Isaiah since his days on staff at the Bill Rice Ranch West
Branch in Williams, AZ.

For our family, the really big event of the month or, more accurately the year, was our son Micah’s wedding. We all met up in Fargo, ND for a few busy, yet fun-filled days. Steve was honored to officiate the ceremony.

Another annual high-light was our testimony and praise service. We are always encouraged to hear how God has worked in lives of our folk over the past year!

December events: As usual the month of December was full of celebration. Each of our Sunday School classes had their parties, and our teens held an afterglow. Our church was asked back to carol and present a Christmas pageant for the community tree lighting. Both the ladies and mens groups enjoyed their respective Christmas parties. And our homeschool co-op sang for our elderly and a local nursing home before having their party. The church Christmas celebrations culminated in the children’s presentation of the Christmas program. Sherry worked with them for two months to put together a wonderful service.

Manny and his wife Abbie were able tovisit for the week before Christmas allowing us all to hear Manny preach again. Sherry and Abbie decorated cookies and the rest of us really enjoyed eating them! Then, on Christmas Eve, Molly, Josh, Sherry and Steve
took one of our Christian college graduates from the reservation and road the Polar Express. This has been on our bucket list for quite a while. And it didn’t disappoint!

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Sondergaard December 2019

Dear Praying Friends & Family,
Merry Christmas! We trust you had a blessed time with your family and friends.

Family Gatherings:
During Thanksgiving we spent time with Paul’s family in California with his family. For Christmas, Naomi’s parents drove from Wisconsin for a visit.

Blessings and Prayer Needs:
We had a simple Christmas service this year. The children played bells, sang two specials, and quoted Isaiah 53:5-6. The theme of the program was “Wise Men still seek Him.” Our desire is that each one would truly seek the Lord Jesus above all else.

This past Sunday, we had 11 children in Junior Church! It seemed most were misbehaving and not listening during Naomi’s lesson on Joshua and Caleb. But, after the lesson they kept asking thoughtful questions on Heaven, Hell, salvation, and sin.

Alex wondered if he was really saved since he still does wrong things. After the service, Naomi talked to him about his salvation. He said he is saved so Naomi then explained forgiveness of sin and living for the Lord. Please pray that the children would have tender hearts to God’s truth.

Please pray for Martha, an elderly lady in the church. Her husband Carl just passed away. We were able to visit Carl in the hospital and pray with him shortly before he died. What a reminder to live for Jesus and knowing for sure where your loved ones will spend eternity.

Please pray for deliverance from the control of sin. Many of the people here are held in Satan’s grip. John (the man Paul had been helping with Scripture) came to church with his family. We were excited to see them all come but then saddened as they left a few minutes later when they couldn’t control their 4-year-old. Simon (Rachel’s son) has been coming and was showing interest in spiritual things. But this week he got together with his girl friend and after drinking was arrested for breaking his parole. Many of the children who come reveal they too are starting down the same path of destruction. Please pray that God would gain victory in hearts as we strive to proclaim the life-changing truths of the Word of God.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
A simple “thank you” can barely express our gratitude for your notes of love, your financial support, and especially your prayer. Many of you pray for us daily, and we get to see God answer your prayer!
God bless,
Love, Paul & Naomi, Ruthanne, Nathan, Hannah, Aletheia, and Andrew Sondergaard

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The Jones family February 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

We want to thank everyone so much for their prayers and financial support these last few months! Thankfully, my family and I were able to travel together! We were able to present at churches in the states of New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California and Louisiana. It’s been very busy these last few months. Thank you again for all your prayers. We have seen God meet with us at many of these meetings.

During the month of November, we had meetings in Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana.

On November 1st- 3rd, we got to attend a Mission’s conference in Catalina, AZ as a family. The people were very kind and generous. It was a fun and exciting conference! We thoroughly enjoyed it.

On November 7th- 9th, we had our annual Native revival at our church. We had Navajo preachers travel down from the Gallup, NM area to preach for us! It was a time for all of us to get our focus back on God. Living in this world, it’s easy to lose focus on our job as Christians. We had a great turn out! A few people came to church that normally do not come. Praise the Lord!

From November 9th- 25th, Jacob went alone to present at churches in Texas, Louisiana, and northern Arizona while Lydia and Samuel stayed behind due to the elevation where the meetings were held. Praise the Lord God protected Jacob on the road!

On November 29th, we had a teen bonfire at the church. We had pizza, drinks, & marshmallows to roast. Lydia told a Bible story and Bro. Jacob gave an application. We had 9 teenagers that attended this event. Everyone had a great time! Please, keep these teens in your prayers. These kids are raising themselves. Many of their parents are alcoholics! Some get beaten and most are neglected and left to fend for themselves. It is our job to show them the love of Christ!

During the month of December, we took a break from traveling and spend the month focusing on the Cocopah tribe. We did Bible clubs, individual discipleship, Teen class, and helped host a churchChristmas party.
On December 5th, we had a Bible club and a few kids came to Brother Jacob and asked him if there really is a God. Brother Jacob explained that there is a God and He has a son who came to earth for us. He went through the Romans Road with them, but the kids said that they were not ready to pray yet. So, we are praying that they will understand salvation and come to know Christ. The kids that come to the Bible club love it and are faithful in attendance. Their excitement is such an encouragement to us!

On December 22nd, we had a Christmas party for the whole church! We had about 45 Cocopah people come. Pastor Veldhuis told the Christmas story and gave a invitation. After a meal, everyone who attended got a Christmas bag with candy, fruit, a toy, and a gospel tract. Everyone had a great time! It blessed our hearts to see these kids open these gifts because we know that a lot of these kids get nothing for Christmas.

In January, we presented at churches in New Mexico & California.
On January 9th, we had a conference in Deming, NM and were greatly encouraged by our time there! On the 12th, Jacob was able to present the ministry in Temecula,CA. From the 19th-26th, we were able to present at 6 more churches throughout California.
On 27th, our family came down with respiratory infections. Jacob drove back to Yuma to drop Lydia & Samuel off so they could recover. Lydia’s parents are watching over them while Jacob continues to meetings in Texas. Lydia and Samuel will rejoin him in 2 weeks. Please pray for our health to recover!

Prayer Requests:

Salvations- Mariella, Satori, Ayla, Cayden, Airus, Sherry, Stanford, Sylvia, Mary, Joe, Jessie.

Spiritual Growth- Molly, Loren, Tyler, Lilly, Roxanna, Alex, Edward, Justice, Jasmine, Mya, Kayla, Vincent and Amon.

Health: Lydia, Baby Samuel, Sherry with possible tumor; Mary, Edward, and Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis with general health.

Pray for Present Ministries

* Bus
* Bible Clubs

* Children’s
* Teen

* Seniors

* Soul Winning

* Discipleship

Pray for Future Ministries

* Bible studies on the Quechan reservation (Lord willing Oct. 2020)

Currently, there are over 1.6 million Native Americans in the United States and 562 distinct, sovereign tribes. Many of these tribes struggle with substance abuse and poverty and have no Gospel witness. Please pray with us that God would help us plant churches and that He will send more laborers into the Native American field located right in our backyard.

Personal Needs

That more churches will take us on for support. As of now, we are at 50% of our support goal. We lost a little bit of our support due to churches and individuals having a lack of funds.

Thank you all who give and pray for our needs!

Upcoming Events

2nd-Marion Baptist Church in Marion, TX
5th- Grace Baptist Church in Porter, TX
9th- Grace Baptist Church in Iowa Park, TX
16th- Cornerstone Baptist Church in Orange, TX & Grace Baptist Church in Sulphur, LA
20th- Vision Baptist Church in Cumming, GA
23rd- Pine Bluff Baptist Church in Albany, GA

1st Bible Believers Baptist Church Elizabeth, CO & First Baptist Church Gypsum, CO
3rd- 5th First Baptist Church in Englewood, CO
8th- Horizon Baptist Church in Thornton, CO & Pitkin Avenue Baptist Church in Fowler, CO
15th-18th: West Coast Baptist Church in Oceanside, CA
19th- 22nd: Valley Bible Baptist Church in Espanola, NM
25th- 29th: Gateway Baptist Church in Dewey, AZ

1st-Northland Baptist Church in Flagstaff, AZ
3rd-5th Calvary Baptist Church in Muleshoe, TX
8th Littlefield Independent Baptist Church in Littlefield, TX
19th- Blessed Hope Baptist Church in tenino, WA & Orting Community Baptist Church in Orting, WA
29th- May 3rd Faithway Baptist Church in Belington, WV

We want to thank you all for your prayers and financial support!

Take Care and God Bless

Sincerely In Christ,

Jacob and Lydia Jones Missionaries to the Native Americans

Cell: (928) 315- 5057


II Corinthians 4:3-4

“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto.

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