Velduis May 2013 Prayer Letter

Dear Family and Friends in Christ,

The last few months’ opportunities and pleas for salvation or growth were so convicting one can only marvel and grieve as Jeremiah did at how a whole nation could “…reject the word of the Lord…and provoke [him] to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities” (Jeremiah 8:9, 19)

Yet this was the response as a whole to the most impassioned, Biblical invitations to true salvation and discipleship heard at our Native tent meeting and at Heritage and Maranatha Baptist’s revivals January through March, 2013.

The medicine man promises the “…peace, peace; when there is no peace”, but “…they have provoked [God] to anger with their graven images and strange vanities” (Jeremiah 8:11, 19). Cocopah traditions that promise “cleansing” through the sweat lodge or “Indian power” through the eagle or gourd dances, are as destructive a trust as faith in their annual casino/conference center income.

February profit-sharing checks were largely squandered on cars, entertainment, trips, and ungodly activities. None of four professing Christians gave God so much as a tithe. Others were distracted from our meetings, ending up hospitalized, fleeing the law, or destitute even of electricity. Harry’s unreached aunt perished in a careless car wreck.

Alex, Angelina, Ashley, Clarissa, Daren, Dillon, Harry, Hilda, Jesse, Julia, Kelsie, Matthew, Millie, Omar, Robert, Roxanna, and Wanda are among those enslaved by immorality, substance abuse, tradition, or violence. Some of these are also awaiting trial in our Yuma county detention center.

PRAY for true repentance and saving faith in our Lord for Cocopah on our reservations like we’ve in non-Indians in our detention center the past year.

How we BLESS our Lord for Eric, Mark, Ricky, Hubetha, and Janelle’s conversions in detention and growth thereafter through Bible studies at home, the detention center, or in state prison. PRAY as much for each person’s deliverance from the physical and emotional ravages of years of substance abuse as you do for their growth. Mark’s witness in detention saw Ricky saved months ago, Chris converted April 26, and Rudy professing faith in our Lord Jesus Christ May 1, 2013.

PRAY for wisdom and strength juggling the demands of two or three days a week prison ministries with the challenge of discipling Cocopah who have moved far away. Tri-weekly services, and at least three days a week vehicle, visitation, cactus, and family responsibilities, make heartfelt timely correspondence an almost unrealistic goal.

On the other hand, each obstacle to winning the lost reminds us of the incalculable value of the individual soul as well as of our Lord’s promised provisions for victory over “… the rulers of darkness…in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). Your prayers and support are more critical to breaking the adversary’s death grip on natives than we will know in this world.

Only our Lord could have overcome the tribal Chairwoman’s opposition to our March 11 -16 tent meeting and blessed with perfect weather, safety, and twelve Native or non-Indian preachers. The McIntyres from New York State and the Hendersons former missionaries to the Crow nation, helped us make the most of your support. Heritage, Maranatha, and True Vine Baptist churches’ help with housing, meals, music, and fuel unified all labors into a successful whole.

“Cocopah Revival” banners close to the tribal sweat lodge “Gathering Grounds” sign gave Cocopah a clear alternative to pagan creature worship (Romans 1:25). Four Gospel messages per day echoed from Brother Jason’s improvised sound system to within yards of the “Gathering Grounds” and to more homes than ever.

Bless the Lord for His encouragement of church people and visitors in attendance, but PRAY for eventual repentance and saving faith in the lost who heard the word. P.T.L. for the greater number of visitors and nominal “believers” who also heard similar gospel messages and challenges to growth at the Resurrection Day service, March 31 or the Ladies’ Bible study and craft day May 4.

How almost unbelievable and appreciated the Lord’s additional provisions were for tires and a fuel pump for our bus as well as for sandstorm repairs, property taxes, Lydia’s Bible college, Andrew R and Silas’ college, and major Dental work in Mexico for three of us. May our Lord richly bless you as you thank Him for His seen and unseen work as you PRAY for summer’s opportunities.

PRAISES:

· The many nominal, saved, or unsaved Cocopah exposed to the gospel and biblical precepts.

· Spiritual well-being and fair hearings and sentences for Claude, Eric, Hubetha, Janelle, and Mark.

· Jolie, Julia, and Wanda’s first steps of repentance at church or our local mission.

· Reconnection with Daren, Valerye, and the Thomas clan through the ladies craft day and other natives.

· Our daughter Lydia’s improved lung function test May 8 and college graduation May 11, 2013

· Lori’s successful heart valve replacement early May.

· Relocation and return of Lori’s children to services.

PETITIONS:

· Repentance and deliverance of almost all young adults from substance abuse and immorality.

· Return of the Golding, Sanchez, Sereno, and Twist young people to our Lord and church.

· Lasting Fruit to God’s glory through Neighborhood Bible Time, June 16-21 2013.

· Conversions and growth of young people through Calvary Navajo Youth Camp, July 22-27 2013.

· Spiritual and physical needs of saved and unsaved Betty and Millie, elderly ladies battling heart failure and arthritis.

· Alex, Arturo, Ashley, Clarissa, Delsie, Joshua, Karen, Kelsie, Laura, Loren, and Roxanna’s cold or lost states.

· Final preparations of vehicles and workers for summer ministries and weather.

 

Gratefully yours in Christ,

Michael, Dawn, Lydia, and Silas Veldhuis

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May Newsletter Steve DeFord

Dear Friends,

 

Micah 6:8b What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 

The words of Joseph before Pharaoh “It is not in me.” is our theme for 2013 at Hualapai Baptist Church. Together with the words of Micah we have been challenged to humble ourselves before God every moment of every day. God has been blessing this attitude in His people.

 

April was a great month especially for our youth. Eight of our teens attended the annual youth conference at West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, CA. This conference is a highlight for them each year. The preaching was powerful and the breakout sessions were a great help to Steve and our Youth Leader who accompanied the teens to California. Please remember to pray for our youth. We are thankful that our two homeschool Seniors have been accepted to Christian college for the fall. Chastity will be attending West Coast, and our son, Manny, has been accepted to Pensacola Christian College.

 

Our ladies attended a one-day ladies retreat in Flagstaff, AZ. They came back with testimonies of how God used the services in their personal lives. We do not take for granted the resources we have in Bible colleges and camps. These ministries are a huge help in the church planting ministry to which the LORD has called us.

 

Our sending church in Indianapolis flew Sherry in to speak at their annual Ladies’ Conference. The theme was “Bringing every thought into captivity”. While in Indianapolis Sherry was also able to see her parents who drove over from Ohio. Before coming home, she was excited to go to North Carolina and visit with our daughter, Jackie, and her family including our little grandson, Nathan! It was a great trip for her, but Steve and the kids were very eager for her to get back home.

 

Our youngest son, Joshua, turned 16 on the fifteenth. Mom and Dad are trying to adjust to our “baby” driving. We are most blessed to have the family and ministry God has given. We truly are thankful for His goodness and humbled before our great God.

 

Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God! Thank you for your prayers and support.

 

For God’s Glory,

The Steve De Ford family

 

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May Newsletter Messick’s

Dear Fellow-laborers in Christ,

 

Already we are in to May! The year seems to be flying by, partly due to the busyness that goes with the church remodeling.

 

April held many blessings, both spiritually and materially. Here are a few:

 

Several visitors last month in our church services, some from the surrounding community. Among the visitors were:

*Pastor Mark & Caryn Felber and children from Whiteland, Ind. We enjoyed their time

with us so much, and we were richly blessed to have not only Pastor Mark preach in the

Sunday morning service, but then the whole family gave a wonderful concert for our evening

service. It was a great week, but it went much too quickly.

 

*Jim & Karol Lindsay from Newport, Tenn. took time from their vacation trip to stop by for a

short visit, and to help Gary with the electrical project. Their help was appreciated so much.

 

Beautiful used kitchen cabinets were donated to the church by Dave and Becky DeFord. What an improvement they have made in our the kitchen!

 

Prayer requests:

 

*Funds are still needed to finish the church remodeling

*Physical needs would be met for Larry, a young husband and father of three in our church recently

diagnosed with MS

*Comfort in the loss of Kathy, a fifty-two year-old woman who was found beaten to death on the

Reservation. She had attended our services a few times and was a friend to several in the church

 

Thank you to each of you for your love, concern and support of the ministry here. May God bless you.

 

In His service,

 

Gary & Bev Messick

 

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Grammer’s April Newsletter

 
April 2013
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
 
The calendar says it’s spring!? But it’s a bit questionable. We had 12 degrees one night and then it was in the 60’s and no need for a jacket when walking outside. What fun guessing what to wear each day.
 
Last Sunday we had another baptism. A SS teacher used Easter Sunday to once again explain what it meant to accept Christ’s gift of salvation. At the end of class, she told her students to come talk with her if they had any questions or wanted to be saved. Her own son responded and the following day, in their home, she led her son to Christ! He seems to be quite aware of what happened and wanted to be baptized. What a privilege for any parent-especially one that has brought up his name for prayer for the past couple of years!
 
We have recently had new prayer cards printed and have sent a few to each supporting church. If you didn’t get one, but want one, please send us a note. Also let us know if you need more for your church.
 
Sam has completed his 9th oral surgery and presently has no bottom teeth. The surgeon has told him not to return until he’s had his dentures and then just for a check-up! We are so thankful that he still has good speech with only an occasional lisp for his “sh’s”. He also doesn’t have much swelling or discoloring so is still able to preach and teach.
 
God is good and we’re thankful that He never leaves or forsakes us. God provided a surgeon who gave us a 40% discount-but still the cost to this point was over $4,000. Just over $3,000 was given to help us with this financial need! Thank you to each of you that have helped us. We don’t know just what the dentures will cost but confident that God will continue to keep His promise to supply all our needs. Thank you so much to each of you who have been used by God in supplying. We are looking forward to the end of this “journey”.
 
We are very aware of your part in our ministry and thank you for both your prayers and your gifts.
 
In Christ,
Sam & Janet
  

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March-April Newsletter Brian Shannon

 

Dear Supporting Church Families & Friends,

 

“…they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:…” Luke 24:5-6

 
Hallelujah! He’s alive! I’m so thankful to be serving a living God! I pray we celebrate His
resurrection every day by submitting ourselves to His will. We are thankful for the great time He
gave us as we celebrated with our church families here during the special resurrection celebration
time!
 

Thank you for your prayers for Louann as she recovered from her surgery. We are very thankful for
the Lord’s healing! She is feeling much better now!
 
We were blessed with several visitors during the past two months, for whom we are very grateful.
These visitors included dear friend and supporting pastor Terry Bunch and his family from East TN,
who came and preached (and sang) in both churches; a young lady, Emylee Parks, from a supporting
church near Pittsburgh, PA, came out for a week and took part in teaching the children at each service, serving in the ministry, etc…; the Waddells, another family from the same church near Pittsburgh stopped by for a visit; and the Billy Ford family from East TN also came out on a survey trip, seeking the Lord’s will for their lives as they surrender to full time mission work for Him! (Please pray for this dear family as they soon begin the deputation process.) We are very thankful for those the Lord sent our way over the past few months, with just the encouragement each of our family needed!

 

We are thankful that Lilly was blessed to attend a regional youth conference in Tucson, and was also
blessed to travel to the West Coast Baptist College youth conference with another church family that’s part of our mission board, Pastor Steve Deford! We are thankful for good friends willing to take her, and for the Lord making provision for her to attend these great meetings. Please pray for Lilly, as she desires to serve the Lord with her life! I’m weary of seeing teenagers, with so much potential, waste their lives on “riotous living.” I’m thankful for Lilly, and pray the Lord will use her greatly as she yields her life to Him!

 

We were blessed with two wonderful church trips during the past month. 3 men from the reservation

churches, along with 6 from sister churches, were able to hike down into the Grand Canyon for a four

day camping “men’s retreat.” What a great time of seeing the sights and fellowshipping together!

We were then blessed to take a group of 23 from both churches here on a 3 day Grand Canyon &

Sedona trip. For many, this was their first vacation! We enjoyed each other’s company and seeing

the wonderful sights of our Lord’s creation!

 

April brought some strong winds that blew the roof off of the reservation church in Ak-Chin, and

damaged the roof of the Sunday school building as well! We are thankful for the Lord’s protection

during this time, and that the damage wasn’t as bad as could have been. We are also thankful for

insurance, and a new roof has been put on the building now! God always knows just what we need,

and when!

 

A current study of the 10 commandments led us recently through the commandment concerning

adultery. Within a week of hearing this message, a young couple in Ak-Chin who have both been

saved surrendered to the Lord’s command and were married! We praise God for their obedience to

His Word and their desire to grow and serve him! Please pray for this young couple and their infant

son as they begin pursuing a Christian home!

 

Rebecca celebrated her 8th birthday this past month! Wow, they grow up so quickly. Time is fleeting,

we must love and serve while we can! The rest of the family here at home is doing good. Everyone

eagerly anticipates the school year ending in May! Thank you for your continued prayers for our

family and the ministry and people here in Southern AZ!

 

Working together with you for HIM,

Brian & Louann Shannon & family

 

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April Prayer Letter From David DeFord

Dear Praying Partners First quarter 2013

With gratefulness in our hearts we write at the close of the first quarter of the year. We are grateful for the Lord’s blessing and hand

of guidance and undeniable intervening in our lives and ministry. There is so much to relate at this ;me it is difficult to know where

to begin. This is a feeble a=empt at capturing the majority of what we have experienced recently.

While we have been slowly working at remodeling and upda;ng our kitchen David had rou;ne lab work done. Our doctor noted he

was showing signs of anemia. A colonoscopy was ordered and aAer reviewing the results it was determined he had a 4 cm mass

located in the ileo cecal sec;on of his bowel. Pathology reports have determined it to be benign. It does need to be surgically removed

however. This is scheduled for April 3. We realize this le=er will not reach some of you un;l aAer the surgery, but we felt it

important to get a le=er out now. We will be sure to follow up recovery news and thank you in advance of prayers in David’s behalf.

February 10 Becky woke up to prepare breakfast with severe pain in her leA leg. Throughout the following 7 weeks, it was determined

through an MRI that she had a ruptured disc in the lower lumbar region and it was pressing against the scia;c nerve. Late in

March she received an epidural which has relieved the pain substan;ally. It’s good that we rotate through these ’bumps in the road’

at separate ;mes. That is definitely the Lord’s hand in our life and ministry.

Dr. Glen and Mary Jaspers were in the West ministering in several of our Indian churches. They are such a blessing and encouragement

to everyone and we all look forward to having them among the IBIMI mission family. They are able to communicate needs of

the various works throughout their travels and ministering. It is not uncommon to see Dr. Glen involving himself in some of the

physical work of building and planning. We thank the Lord for their friendship and fellowship.

The ladies at Ferguson Memorial have completed crochet and kniFng mee;ngs and look forward to beginning

sewing. Work schedules conflict many ;mes with mee;ngs, but we have been able to work

around that some;mes small in number but enjoying the ;me spent with each other nonetheless. We are

thankful to our friends at Fairbanks Bap;st Church for their giAs of machines and supplies for a very prac-

;cal side of ministering and teaching.

We have a new door of opportunity for neighborhood ministry on our street. A neighborhood block

watch is forming and we’ve been able to be in contact with several of our close neighbors. We would ask

that you pray for next door neighbors Jim and Nancy. Most importantly for their salva;on and secondly

for their physical needs. He suffered a broken back and she has had three falls in the last month. As the

Lord reminds you pray as well for Bob and Sue. He is paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a

wheel chair. Living in a 55+ community we come in contact with a number of physically needy people and

an unreal number of complacent and spiritually needy. They have a life;me in a par;cular mindset that is

res;ng in a religious system, not in a personal rela;onship with the Lord Jesus.

We love you each and everyone and cannot express our thankfulness to you in proper terms for your prayers and support on our

behalf. May God richly bless you as you serve Him in your area.

Contact us by phone 480-980-5633, e-mail (David) ddeford@ibimi.com or (Becky) bdeford@ibimi.com

In His love and ours, Dave and Becky DeFord

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April Letter from Sam & Janet

 

The calendar says it’s spring!?  But it’s a bit questionable.  We had 12 degrees one night and then it was in the 60’s and no need for a jacket when walking outside.  What fun guessing what to wear each day.Last Sunday we had another baptism.  A SS teacher used Easter Sunday to once again explain what it meant to accept Christ’s gift of salvation.  At the end of class, she told her students to come talk with her if they had any questions or wanted to be saved.  Her own son responded and  the following day, in their home, she led her son to Christ!  He seems to be quite aware of what happened and wanted to be baptized.  What a privilege for any parent-especially one that has brought up his name for prayer for the past couple of years!We have recently had new prayer cards printed and have sent a few to each supporting church.  If you didn’t get one, but want one, please send us a note.  Also let us know if you need more for your church.

Sam has completed his 9th oral surgery and presently has no bottom teeth.  The surgeon has told him not to return until he’s had his dentures and then just for a check-up!  We are so thankful that he still has good speech with only an occasional  lisp for his “sh’s”.  He also doesn’t have much swelling or discoloring so is still able to preach and teach.

God is good and we’re thankful that He never leaves or forsakes us. God provided a surgeon who gave us a 40% discount-but still the cost to this point was over $4,000.  Just over $3,000 was given to help us with this financial need! Thank you to each of you that have helped us. We don’t know just what the dentures will cost but confident that God will continue to keep His promise to supply all our needs. Thank you so much to each of you who have been used by God in supplying. We are looking forward to the end of this “journey”.

We are very aware of your part in our ministry and thank you for both your prayers and your gifts.

In Christ,
Sam & Janet

 

 

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Grammer’s March Update

March 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,I had planned to write this letter last week but obviously, it didn’t get done.  Today I’m thankful that I haven’t already sent it out so I can include yesterday’s joy!Last Sunday, a young father asked about a dedication service for his daughter who is only a few weeks old.  This week, before the service, he and his wife were in the office to discuss it.  When asked if he knew the Lord as his Saviour, the father quickly admitted that he was born again 8 years ago.  However, the mother stated that she had never accepted Christ as her family was strong in their traditional beliefs.  The Gospel message was explained, a message so simple but so very important.  When asked if she would like to trust Christ, her response was YES!  The husband looked at her in surprise.  She then prayed to become a member of the family of Christ!  Less than 2 months old, this little baby was used by God to lead someone to Christ!

Also that morning, another young lady who was visiting for the Easter service with her sister, accepted Christ as Saviour.  Praise God!  We had prayed that God might see fit to work in hearts and save a soul during the holiday services and He gave us 2 new sisters in Christ!  Please pray with us for Mardisia and Sheila to grow in their knowledge and love for our Lord.

The closure of the main road into Page has affected our attendance.  A couple of ladies who live on the other side of the collapsed road have not been to church and we pray that they are finding another church to fellowship in.  At the same time, there are 2 families and some single ladies who live in Page but had been leaving on Sundays to attend church on the reservation.  Because of the increased travel time, they have started to join us on Sundays.  The young mother that was born again on Sunday is from one of these families and they have stated that they would like to make our church their new home church.  Even “bad” things are used by God to bring about His plan.

The latest report on this road is not  favorable to soon be traveling that shorter route.  They are finding the ground is still “very unstable and that it is a wonder that the entire mountainside didn’t slide into Marble Canyon.”  We are sorry that it occurred but thankful there were no tragedies as a result.

Plans are presently being made to make a trip in August to do the foundation for the building to house the radio station in Thorne Bay.  We have a used pickup and camper that we plan to take to Alaska for transporting building supplies and a place to sleep during the building process.  We will then leave the truck in Craig, AK,  for future construction trips.  However, the cost of taking this to Washington, transporting on the ferry to Ketchikan, then another ferry to Prince of Wales Island, the fuel while in Alaska and then a return flight home from Ketchikan to Phoenix is estimated around $3,000.  If you would like to have a part in meeting this need, it would be appreciated.  Please let us know.

There has been no progress in Sam’s dental trials.  We are on hold as they are giving time for the mouth to heal before moving on.  Thank you to those of you praying for this.  Please continue.
Thank you to each of you for your interest in our ministry and for your financial help and prayers!

In Christ,
Sam & Janet

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Steve & Sherry’s March Report

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.

 

Your prayers were especially appreciated this past month. In addition to our regular church and homeschool co-op activities, we had a number special events.

 

Melvin, one of our young adults, taught his first adult Sunday School class the first Sunday of the month. It is always an encouragement to see more of our men taking on new challenges and trusting God to use them in His service.

 

Later in the month 13 of our men attended our annual Men’s Conference this year. Two of our sons also helped in the kitchen for this event. The day after we returned home Hualapai Baptist Church began our spring revival with Evangelist Chris Miller. Much prayer had gone into this revival and we are thankful for four souls that were saved. The alter was full every night. Since the meetings ended we have seen new faces in church regularly!

 

The ladies were blessed with an attendance of 18 in their monthly Ladies’ Meeting. Their attendance has increased so much they may need to start meeting in a different location.

 

We are celebrating Easter with a Sunrise Service and fellowship breakfast. Then, in our Sunday School hour, another one of our men, Raynard, will be teaching his first adult class. Because Resurrection Sunday falls on the fifth Sunday of the month, our youth group has the main responsibility for the service. Our youth leader will be preaching the morning service. And our youth will be leading singing, giving announcements, taking up the offering, and providing special music.

 

Our family continues to be a blessing to us. Our daughter, Jackie, and our son-in-law, Jon, are in North Carolina serving in their church. They continue to seek God’s will for their future ministry. Little Nathan is getting so big. Grandma Sherry is really excited because she gets to visit next month!

 

Drew is still in Atlanta. We appreciate your ongoing prayers for him. We desire to know that all our children are serving the Lord.

 

Molly will be finishing up home school next school year with our son, Micah. She continues to be a huge help to Sherry doing chores around the house.

 

Manny is on track to finish school in April. We are planning a graduation in May. We have included a recent photo of him. He has been accepted to Pensacola Christian College for the fall semester.

 

Micah and Josh are both looking forward finishing another school year and serving at the Bill Rice Ranch again this summer.

 

Thank you again for your continued prayer and support of this ministry. We are grateful for each and every one of you.

 

For God’s Glory,

Steven R. De Ford

Manny DeFord

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