Steve DeFord’s Fall Update 2014

Dear Friends of Indian Missions,

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
     Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of the ministry.  The last two months have been full of opportunities here at Hualapai Baptist Church.
     Our ladies attended the Lancaster Baptist Church Ladies’ Retreat in September and were encouraged to pray for and seek Godly wisdom. They returned home refreshed and eager to share what they had learned. The following weekend our youth group went to a rally near Phoenix hosted by the West Branch of the Bill Rice Ranch. The key note speaker, Evangelist Chris Miller, followed the teens home and spoke for us the following day at our September Super Sunday. Then our family enjoyed  fellowship with brother Miller and his sons for the next few days in our home.
     We began the month of October with missionary Amie Richard who challenged us all with the enormous need in Thailand.
     One of the responsibilities that comes with being the director of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission is to try to help fill ministries that are without pastors or missionaries.  One such mission came to our attention earlier in the year in remote Northwest New Mexico.  Brother Cleve, my son Josh, and I went to visit the Star Lake Baptist Church October 12. This work has been without a pastor for several months. One of the local Navajo men is trying to hold together the work while a Colorado pastor assists in finding a full time pastor/missionary. Pray with us that the Lord would guide us to His will for this church.  Later that same week, my dad joined Josh and me on a quick trip to Utah for the graduation of Zachary Pike. He is the son of a member missionary who graduated from a Christian trade school. Zachary is looking forward to whatever the Lord may have in his future. If God has Native American missions in his future, we look forward to serving Zachary any way we can.
     A local Kingman pastor was the special guest speaker at our annual Harvest dinner the evening of the 17th of October.  We had a great turn out and  great fellowship around a full table and the Word of God.
     The last full week of the month we were blessed to have Dr. Bill Rice III with us for revival meetings. We had nearly 100 guests during the week. And three of our youth earned a free week of camp! The highlight of the week was a young lady gaining assurance of her Salvation and a man, who has struggled with alcohol for his entire adult life, being saved. Pray for Falcon as he seeks victory in his life.
     Finally, after weeks of attempts, Steve was able to have a Bible study at the Peach Springs jail. Two men came to the study. One gave a good testimony of his salvation years before. The second man was concerned that he could not give such a testimony and received Christ as his Savior. Please keep Skyhawk in prayer.
Thank you again for your partnership with us. We appreciate you all and covet your continued prayers!
For God’s Glory,
Steve De Ford
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Veldhuis October 2014 Update

Dear Co-laborers in Christ,

The passing of our prayer warrior father and five more Cocopah since our April 2014 update multiplied the demands of ongoing labors while gripping us with the urgency of using every possible summer ministry to reach survivors with the gospel.

“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…”(II Cor.4:3-4)

Our daughter, Lydia, put her burden this way: “I grew up with the Native Americans with whom my parents work but never dreamed of standing over the coffin of my 24 year old childhood friend. We drifted apart as teens when she and her sister had chosen different paths than mine.

I went to shake Alfreda, her 59 year old nominally Christian mother’s hand, but she gave me a hug and sobbed on my shoulder. One month later, “I walked by Alfreda’s casket to comfort the family and to show her grandchildren in my Sunday School class a better path of life.”

Within a matter of days, 13 and 17 year olds Tyrus and Alyetha saw their relatives seek comfort in the alcohol that had just killed his uncle and her mother.

The ease of drug abuse and distribution by early teens led us to add a much longer North Reservation/ California bus route, driven by Silas, to our existing ones to disciple remote Natives.

Your PRAYERS for the well-being and growth of our struggling young people Angel, Autumn, Benicio, Cylas, Gabriel, Gilbert, Justice, Katie, Kaya, Lilly, Loren, Marriella, Molly, Mariah, Aria, Tyler, and Tyrus are as vital as your sadly unrecognized sacrifices for us this summer. We sincerely pray a glimpse of our Lord’s fruit will return His blessings to you.

PRAISES:

  • Dawn’s clearance of lung or cardiovascular as causes of her weakness.
  • Uncomplicated September 29 removal of tumor from Lydia’s chest found to be benign.
  • Gospel messages to Natives at funerals who might never hear it otherwise.
  • The Henderson’s and our family’s enabling my April/May deputation trip.
  • Our family’s ability to drive to Grandpa Veldhuis’ Arkansas funeral in June
  • Repairs of vehicles and our prophet’s chamber in time for Neighborhood Bible Time.
  • Professions of faith by juniors Cylas, Lilly, Tyler, and teens Benicio and Julia through NBT July 6-11th.
  • 12 young people making it 500 miles safely to camp after engine repairs from a runaway vehicle halfway there.
  • Professions at Indian camp from our 11 and 15 year olds Autumn and Gabriel G. as well as natives from elsewhere.
  • September 27ths Bill Rice Youth Rally in Phoenix as a follow-up of summer decisions.
  • Fruitful jail Bible studies with Brandon, Kenneth, Enrique, Demetrius, Jessica and Oscar among others.

PETITIONS:

  • Provisions for and saving grace through our Nov. 3-5 tent revival with Native evangelists and Arizona churches.
  • Conversions of Millie, Mary, Shirley, and other seniors who have heard but not believed the gospel.
  • Daren’s healing from a spinal infection and he and his five adult siblings’ revival.
  • Determination of the etiology and best care for Dawn’s weakness.
  • Lydia’s strength for daily activities and ministries through her emphysema, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension.
  • Wisdom winning unreached souls through Christmas ministries.
  • My healing from a back injury sustained in July.

 

Yours For Forgotten Peoples,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis 

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Brian Shannon’s August 2014 Newsletter

July – August 2014

Dear Supporting Church Families & Friends,

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle…” How time does fly by, and what a busy, fast Summer we’ve experienced. We thank the Lord for His provision, safety, and the many opportunities we’ve been blessed with!

During July, I was privileged once again to travel to Virginia and take part in the youth camp that the Lord has allowed me to attend and preach for several years. This year was very exciting, as for the first time, I was able to take my family with me! What a great time of traveling across the country, seeing many things and many friends in a short amount of time! The camp was great, and time spent traveling with family was wonderful!

In August, we were blessed to attend the annual retreat of our mission board, Independent Baptist Indian Mission, Inc (IBIMI). The meeting this year was held at the church established by Dr. Glen Jaspers in Marshalltown, IA. The church (& the Jaspers) were such gracious hosts, and the mission family so enjoyed our time there. We’re thankful for this time to fellowship with the other missionaries serving with Native Americans. Bro. Jaspers has been such a friend to the Mission, and great personal friends of our family as well!

School is back in, at home and on the reservation. We pray the start of school will also provide new opportunity with the children’s Bible club in one particular village where “tribal programs” have shut us out over the past couple of months. Quite often, school season brings an increase in children’s attendance, and we pray this will be the case again this year. We appreciate your prayers for the Bible Club, as we seek His leading, and for our home school as well.

The past couple of months have brought tragedy to our area of the reservation, directly touching our church family. There was a 6 year old boy who occasionally attended different church services, day camp, etc.., who was attacked by killer bees while playing with some friends in the desert, and passed away from his injuries. His aunt is one of the most faithful people at the AkChin church. We appreciate your prayers for this family. Within a few days of this tragedy, a 36 year young lady who was saved at the church several years back, and who has family that is faithfully attending the church, passed away unexpectedly. Please pray for this family, including a sister and several nieces who have been drawn back to the Lord through her death. These have been 2 sad reminders of the truth that our lives are like a vapor, appearing for a little time, and then vanishing away. How important for everyone to make sure they’re ready, and then to be busy doing all we can, while we can!

On a brighter note, many from both churches have been saving up for many months in anticipation of our upcoming church trip in September. Lord willing, we will get away for a few days as a church family with a time of touring and fellowship. We appreciate your prayers for this special time.

Our family is continually blessed. We appreciate your prayers and support!

Working together with you for HIM,


Brian & Louann Shannon & family

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Steve & Sherry DeFord’s August 2014 Update

Dear Friends,

God has blessed us with a great summer! Thank you for your prayers for this ministry.

July was a very full month. Our juniors went to camp the first full week of the month at the Bill Rice Ranch West Branch. West Branch has not begun a regular schedule as of yet. However, we were invited to participate in a “work week” or practice run as the camp prepares for a regular schedule next summer.

With just one week in between we held Vacation Bible School. Three young men received Christ as their personal Saviour during the week. Attendance was excellent, and our church family did a terrific job hosting the community.

The week following VBS our teens went to camp. Our campers from both weeks really enjoyed camp and are looking forward to next summer already!

In the middle of the month, Sherry hosted another quilt class for the ladies at church. They have been learning a technique that helps them piece the quilts together much more quickly than traditional quilting. Everyone enjoys the fellowship. And Sherry presents a quilt themed devotional as well.

August had us overjoyed as our nearly all of our children were home together. Manny finished his traveling on ensemble, Josh ended his cowboy work in Tennessee, and our daughter Jackie’s family was able to join us for a week. There were a lot a trips back and forth to the airport, but grandma and grandpa were not complaining! We cherish the time we get with our little grandson, Nathan.

The men of the church got together and got more work done on the buildings in preparation for home school co-op to begin for the fall. It is a continual blessing to see the church facilities continue to improve each year. Plans are moving forward for our next BIG project-a fellowship hall/gymnasium building with much needed classroom space included. We will be writing more about this project in the months to come.

Sherry continues with jail visiting. And, as of August, Steve began taking some of the men to the jail for visitation. Unfortunately for the men, no one has come to the services yet. Please pray that the men in the jail will realize we have a great concern for them and their souls.

Co-op began the 25th of the month with 14 students. Again, I would ask for your prayers for each of our young people as they begin a new school year.

We will be taking our son, Micah, to Tennessee to begin Bible college Thursday, August 28. We are diving from home to Murfreesboro, helping him settle in, then traveling back home. We will put a lot of miles on the car between now and our expected return date September 6. I am grateful for the men of the church that will be filling in for me in our absence.

We want to take a moment and thank all those that have helped contribute to Sherry’s hospital expenses. Your gifts and your prayers are very much appreciated!

For God’s Glory-the Steve De Ford family

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Baucom’s April 2014 Letter

Dear Pastor & Church,

Good News! Our son-in-law, Pat has accepted the Lord as his Saviour. This means so much to The Baucom family and our Church here as well. Pat has been a blessing to all of us. It surely is a shot in the arm, especially in this long, cold and dark winter. They both have been a blessing to our Church. Melissa has started playing the organ and singing specials. We will be baptizing Pat as soon as the weather breaks. What a joy to have someone that has been saved and wants to follow the Lord in Believers baptism. Pat comes from a family of Catholics and was so afraid and skeptical to loose his Catholic teachings for so long. But through prayer and patience the Lord convinced Pat to come.

Our attendance had dropped off some due to the harsh winter and sickness. But business has started to pick up due to better weather and Spring in the air. Just this past Sunday we had 39 in attendance. Elaine is still faithful with the Academy. That too has taken it’s toll with sick children.

And, And, And,…. let me tell you about our first grandbaby! It is due to arrive on September 5, Lord Willing, to Mary & Derek Ingle who live ten thousand miles away from us. Just kidding. They live in Arkansas; that seems like 10,000 miles away. ☹ A further note concerning our son John. He was in a wreck which totaled his car. A lady was not paying attention and slammed into him from the rear. He’s ok, but shaken somewhat. We are so excited about the movement the Lord has taken in his life. Thank you for praying. Please don’t forget him.

Well, not much more we can comment on except it’s been the coldest winter we have had here in our past 26 years. And it’s still cold today in April! I sure hope someone invites us down south to visit their sunny Church. We would love it. ☺ Again, we say “Thank You” for your love and continued support for the Baucom Family. The Lord miraculously supplies our needs through friends, loved ones and Churches like you.

Praise the Lord! Thank you so kindly.

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March 2014 Update from the Veldhuis family

Veldhuis April 2014 Prayer Letter

Dear Prayer Partners in Christ,

Three Cocopah deaths, record numbers of prison Bible studies, and serious family health problems since our December letter multiplied the demands of Native labors and made your faithfulness that much more precious. [“…we had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead; who delivered us from so great a death and doth deliver…ye also helping together by prayer for us…”] (I Cor. 1:9-11)

Words cannot tell the unexpressed gratitude we owe our Lord and each of you for protection and provisions through life-threatening health crises for Dawn and Lydia. We apologize at how many precious gifts we failed to recognize in recent months, but assure you time has only endeared what overwhelming loads obscured.

Your December sacrifices enabled us to get the life-transforming gospel to more Cocopah and detainees than ever before-some for the last time. Adrian, Angel, Chris, Javier, and Rodrigo made wonderful professions of faith before disappearing in our penal system. PRAY we’ll soon add these men to weekly Bible studies with growing detainees, Bobby, Jesse, Jovanny, Mikhail, Ricky L., and Victor.

Other Cocopah heard the call to repentance and faith and passed into eternity without clear professions of faith. Sixty-two, fifty-eight, and twenty-four year olds Douglas, Irene, and Clarissa died January and February-all from years of substance abuse. PRAY for repentance and comfort of the Hayes, Sharkey, Thomas, and White families as even Clarissa’s professing Christian sisters turned to alcohol for solace. PRAY for their mother Alfreda and other adults such as Amanda, George, Millie, and Shirley’s conversions.

BLESS Him for protecting Dawn from permanent harm or injuries driving while we reigned in sugar levels near 500, severe weakness, and unexplained muscle wasting from runaway diabetes. Insulin injections and drastic diet changes normalized her sugar levels in weeks, but dangerously aggravated the edema associated with her vasculitis. PRAY for wisdom distinguishing and treating the relevant contributions of asthma, diabetes, and vasculitis to Dawn’s severe weakness and extreme edema.

PRAY that Yuma work ups of Lydia’s C.O.P.D., reactive airway disease, and pulmonary hypertension will permit an accurate annual assessment and treatment plan of her progressive lung disease. Phoenix pulmonologists and lung transplant specialists will make final decisions regarding her care in May.

PRAISES:

· Successful Tea Party and Ladies’ Bible study 3/29/14 for saved or otherwise unreached women.

· Major repairs on our largest bus.

· Detention center conversions and weekly Bible studies.

· Ability to restock dwindling Bible studies and tracts.

· All of Dawn’s recent medical bills will be paid by our reinstated low income medical insurance.

· Ricky S.’s full commitment to the Lord and superb witness to family and friends.

PRAYERS:

· Lydia’s current flu and pressing respiratory and dental needs.

· Dawn’s ongoing health needs and recovery of strength.

· Revival meetings at Maranatha Baptist Church, April 13-19, 2014.

· Michael’s deputation trip as far as Ohio and Florida April 13- mid May.

· The Hendersons, Dawn, Lydia, Silas, and Bro. Jason carrying on main ministries while Michael is away.

· Preparations and provisions for Neighborhood Bible Time, July 2014 and Christian camp later in the summer.

Sincerely in Christ,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia and Silas Veldhuis

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April 2014 Letter from David and Becky DeFord

Dear Prayer Partners,

In February we were able to visit with Gary and Beverly Messick at Living Waters Baptist Church. It was so good to see Gary much improved health wise and to visit with their church family briefly. Their new building is progressing. It will be such a blessing to this church family to have the new facilities finished and in use.

The Ladies Bible study at Ferguson Memorial continues to be a blessing. Attendance has maintained steady and it is such a joy to hear the ladies’ comments about Job’s trials at the ’ash pile’, then relate the study to their own personal lives. Applying Scripture to everyday life is more than reading and studying, they are learning it is doing.

March was filled with traveling. It was a blessing to fill in for Steve and Sherry while they took some well deserved time for Spring Break. The Hualapai Baptist Church is a very loving and caring church family. They are truly a blessing. We were able to attend Thursday and Friday nights of their revival services with the Adrian Burden family. David preached the next Sunday a.m. and p.m. and the following Wednesday night. Sherry invited Becky to go with her and another lady from the church to the Tribal jail on Friday. Two in-mates were there that evening. After the devotion was given from Daniel 1:8 around the theme of “Making Wise Choices”, one of the ladies asked the Lord to save her and to help her make wise choices in her life. Please pray for Piceeta Walema as she is released and returns to her family. Pray she will have a real desire to attend church and grow. She faces many obstacles and temptations.

While at Peach Springs David had opportunity to attend the Men’s Conference at Bill Rice West Branch with Steve and the men from Hualapai Baptist. Following the conference Evangelist Bill Rice III and his wife, Mary spent the weekend with Steve and Sherry. We all had a good visit together.

Please remember to keep Pastor Steve Fox and Treasa in prayer. His voice is weak, although he is able to preach short messages along with Neil Price who has been voted as Associate Pastor.

Prayer Requests: Neighbors, Pastor Steve Fox, Gilson Wash Baptist Church, Baptist Indian Chapel, Travel in April and May (from one end of the state to the other) new Christian Piceeta Walema.

Praises: Safety and continuing good health, Opportunities to preach and witness

In His love and ours, David and Becky

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March 2014 Letter from Sam & Janet Grammer

March 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

This past winter has been a very dry one for us. I think the winds have blown it all eastward as we are hearing of extra snowfalls along the east coast. This brings us into a dry spring with wildfire dangers running high. How thankful we are that God is in control of even the weather and we can trust Him for our safety.

 

For some time now, we have been dealing with a leaking roof at both the front and the back entrances of the church. These leaks have been serious enough to start to destroy the inside walls in the entrance ways. We’ve tried patching and re-sealing, but what was needed was to just replace the roofs over the entry ways. This month, the men took a few days and began the task. We now have new roofing over the back entry, which was the more severe. The sheet rock inside was also replaced but still needs the trim and painting to be completely finished. They had hoped to get them both done during the few days that were available, but found it more of a challenge than first thought. The front entrance still needs to be re-done, and then we will be ready for the annual rainy season in the desert. We are so thankful for men who knew what to do to repair this problem and were willing to take so much of their personal time to do it.

 

Thank you to those of you who have been praying with us for Keanu (pronounced “Key-ah-new“), who broke his wrist last month. He appears to be healing well and now has his cast off, wearing only a brace. It will still be a few more weeks before we’ll try to return to his piano lessons though.

 

This month, Keanu’s sister, Aaliyah (pronounced-“Ah-Leah“) broke her toe, so is now walking in a special boot. Keanu and his sister are home schooling for the first time this year. Both of our home-schooling families, the Hendersons and the Winlocks, each have an older son attending Bible College. It is so encouraging to see parents that are doing all they can to help their children grow in their knowledge of our Lord and use their lives to bring God glory. It is not easy and Satan is still the enemy of God’s children, especially when they want to serve Him. Please pray with us for these homes. Those of you that are involved in training your children at home, are very aware of the challenges and know more specifically how to be praying for them.

 

 

In Christ,

 

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Jan/Feb 2014 Letter from Brian & Louann Shannon

January – February 2014

 

Dear Supporting Church Families & Friends,

 

“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!” (Ps36:7a) Greetings from the Tohono O’Odham Nation. We have had such a great start to the new year, and are continually amazed by, and thankful for His excellent lovingkindness.

 

January brought our annual “Bible Reader’s Supper,” going to eat with 7 people who read their Bibles from cover to cover in 2013. May we all be faithful students of His Word throughout this year! I’ve never regretted one minute of time spent reading His Word! May our personal prayer and Bible reading times be of utmost importance to all of us this year!

 

We were blessed to have a visit from Evangelist Glen Jaspers and his dear wife Mary for several different services. Bro. Glen does such a great job of preaching, and Mrs. Mary always works with the kids, teaching stories and songs. They also travel to several other reservation ministries in AZ, preaching and doing some physical work as well. What a blessing they have been to the Independent Baptist Mission Inc in general, and to our family specifically. We thank God for such great friends!

 

The Bible Clubs in Cockleburr continue to be well attended. We recently completed a long series on the 10 Commandments, with many of the children having them memorized, and able to make application in their own lives! Thank you for your continued prayers for the Bible Club ministry in this village.

 

The Nursing Home ministry is also such a blessing. Before one recent service, one of the residents began singing aloud one of the hymns we generally sing together (our first “special” sung by a resident)! We are excited for the increased opportunities to serve there this year, having received permission to have more than the 12 services per year we’ve been having! Thank you for your prayers for this ministry as well!

 

The people of the AkChin church seem to be growing in desire and heart for the Lord, and we are so thankful for this. Several are like sponges, soaking up everything the Lord has for them, asking questions after church, etc…! The messages lately have focused on having a personal burden for lost individuals, friends and family. Each person in the church has asked the Lord for an overwhelming burden to see at least one specific person saved. Pray for their continued growth, and for other souls to be saved as well. We’ve had several visitors lately, and are praying they return and allow the Lord to meet their need!

 

To encourage Christian fellowship and growth, we have scheduled “family fun night” for one Friday every month this year for the church family to get together and play games, snack and enjoy each other’s company. The first two have been well attended and enjoyed by all. We pray an even closer bond to each other the Lord will result!

 

Our family was especially blessed and privileged to take part in two missions conferences during the month of February. What a great time of preaching, meeting other missionaries, and spending time with dear pastor friends and their church families. We are very grateful for how the Lord sends just the right people by at just the right time in our lives, and for the friendships He blesses us with!

 

“Saving the best for the last,” we are thrilled to tell of three pre-teen young people who accepted Christ as their Savior during the past two months. It is always exciting to see the increase after a season of planting and watering! Pray for Alma, Michaela and SarahAnn!

 

Our family remains continually blessed and eternally grateful for all the Lord does for us! Thank you too, so much, for your faithful prayers and support!

 

Working together with you for HIM,

 

Brian & Louann Shannon & family

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February 2014 Update from Grammer’s

February 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

This month has been a busy month, but nothing exciting to write about. We’ve been staying busy with studying and preparation and ministering God’s Word. Please pray for us to be doing exactly what God plans and purposes for our lives.

 

We did have an answer to prayer during February, as one of our young boys (10 yrs old) hurt himself while riding a scooter. He broke two bones by his wrist and dislocated the wrist. The concern was the “growth plate” in his wrist, but right now it looks like all is going to heal up well. Please continue to pray with us for Keanu for complete healing in this wrist. (Keanu is also one of Janet’s piano students, so obviously we are taking a break in our lessons for a few weeks.)

 

Over a year ago, one of our ladies asked that Janet visit her sister-in-law in the hospital. As the Gospel message was shared, Sally became a sister in Christ! This past month, Sally went Home to the Lord and we were able to take part in her funeral. One of our former Bible School students that now pastors in the community that Sally lived, preached the funeral service and the entire family heard the message of salvation. During the graveside service, Sam again gave the salvation message and 3 responded that they wanted this gift from God! Sally’s family are not Christians but follow native beliefs, so this was a blessing that they agreed to a Christian funeral service. It is always a good reminder to us that death is awaiting each of us and we need to be diligently serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel message. We are so glad that Sally is now with the Lord and pray that her family might still be thinking about the truths that they heard and come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

In Christ,

 

Sam & Janet Grammer

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Feb 2014 Newsletter from Steve and Sherry DeFord

Dear Praying Friends,

 

We are amazed to think we are already into March. February was a good month for us here in Arizona. The church, family, and mission are all doing well.

 

Several of our families from church attended the annual Marriage and Family conference Bill Rice Ranch West Branch sponsored in Phoenix. We have had a very good turn out the past few years for this event. And this year was no different. We all enjoy staying together in a local hotel and the preaching is always a blessing! Sherry and Laurie began a new jail ministry in the local Peach Springs jail. They had three ladies in attendance their first time together on February 21. Steve took Micah and two of our men to the West Branch camp site to do a drywall project the last weekend of the month. Raynard is a drywall hanger and he led the project. Cleve serves our church as a deacon and is a great worker. The four men were able to finish the project and a little extra work for which the Ranch seemed to be extremely grateful. West Branch is one of the ministries our congregation supports through our missions program.

 

The kids that are still home are making good progress on their schooling. Molly and Micah are both looking forward to graduating this spring. Manny is doing well in college and is looking forward to traveling in an ensemble this summer.

 

We keep hearing good reports from all our member missionaries within the Independent Baptist Indian Mission. If you are not familiar with the ministry of the mission, I encourage you to visit our website and read the reports from the other men. The address is www.ibimi.com with links to each family and their respective ministry.

 

Thank you for your support of our family and the ministry among the Hualapai. May our Lord continue to bless you as you faithfully serve Him!

 

For God’s Glory,

The Steve De Ford family

 

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Steve & Sherry DeFord’s

Phil. 4:17b …I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

 

Dear Friends,

 

Thank you all so much for your generosity this past month. God has been both gracious and generous toward us. Not only is our finical need continually met, but God blessed us with His continual presence, comfort, and empowerment.

 

After some wonderful family time, we again said good-bye to our son Immanuel who is back at college. We enjoyed every minute with Manny while he was home, knowing that we would not get him back till August. We are excited for him to have made a traveling ensemble for the summer, but will miss his smile, singing, and humor for several months. While he was home, we got word from the college that he had made the Dean’s list for first semester! He is adjusting very well, and we couldn’t be more pleased.

 

Our daughter, Jackie, called us January 18 to inform us that we would be grandparents again. However, by the afternoon of the 20th she lost her second pregnancy in as many months. We were all heartbroken and thank you for the many prayers you said on our behalf. Our dear folks here at Hualapai Baptist Church paid for Sherry to fly back to North Carolina to be with Jackie while she recovers from emergency surgery. We have been overwhelmed to see God work in our behalf. In the middle of lost, He has given great peace. We can only praise Him for all His goodness. Our little grandson, Nathan, is more precious to us than ever! Please keep Jon and Jackie in your prayers as they continue to grieve and trust God with their future.

 

The church continues to be a blessing to us. Steve began Institute classes again this semester. This year we have five of our men studying Bible Doctrines. They have gotten off to a good start, and Steve is encouraged by their eagerness to learn. Our home-school co-op families have been doing most of their educating at home rather than at the church this year. This has allowed Steve to help Sherry teach the kindergarten and first grade. We have enjoyed spending our days together in the ministry.

 

Molly, Micah, and Josh are progressing well in school, too. To say our children are a blessing seems too simplistic. We are thankful for each of them and the work they put forth in the ministry.

 

Continue to pray that souls would be saved, Christians discipled, and fruit would abound…to your account!

 

For God’s Glory,

The Steve De Ford family

 

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