Messick October 2021

OCTOBER 2021

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High..”

                                                                                                                                          Psalm 92:1

Dear Ones in Him,

Recently we have been blessed by visits from missionaries, friends and family.

*It was a joy to have Gordon & Ruby Garcia in our home and to share their ministry with our

 church.  They have faithfully served as missionaries on the Tohono O’otham Reservation for

 many years.

*Another special  event was having our grandson, Micah with us for a week while on his fall

 break from school.

*Marty & Logan Roembke and their four children are missionaries on the Menominee

 Reservation in Wisconsin. Since our church supports their ministry, they came to report on

 the work, and spent several days with us.

*It was good to have Tim and Kathy Shubert, from Muncie, IN. attend our services while on

 vacation in AZ.

The Lord has impressed on us that we are at the stage in our life where we need to sell our home and downsize, so we are busy getting it ready to put on the market.  Please pray with us that it will sell quickly, and for the Lord’s leading as to where we should relocate.  We would like to stay in the Rimrock area, but are trusting the Lord for His guidance.

You may remember in our March news letter that we asked you to pray for Bob, as his wife had just died from a drug overdose, leaving him with three children to raise alone.  Bob is Anglo, his wife and children , Native Americans. He has faithfully come to church with his children for over a year.  The grandmother is taking him to court to try to have the children taken away from him.  The trial date is November 29th.  Please pray that God’s will be done in this situation.

PRAISES:

*for the generous unexpected donation towards the modular replacement 

*for the good health and protection of our family, friends, and church family

*for God’s abundant provision of our daily needs

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Bob – get back custody of his children

*Simon – Spiritual needs, alcohol addiction

*God’s leading and timing to supply a couple to take our place

*God’s provision of funds and for wisdom in the modular replacement

We are truly humbled by your faithfulness in prayer and support these many years. Wishing you a blessed thanksgiving.

In His love,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick August 2021

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” II Chronicles16:9a

Dear Ones In Christ,

The last two weekends in July, we were blessed to be able to attend retreats. The first was a Native American missionary & pastors retreat in Flagstaff, and the second was the annual retreat of our own mission board, IBIMI. We were encouraged and challenged by the great messages we heard, the wonderful fellowship, and fun activities that were planned. We came away refreshed and with our “batteries recharged!” 

Thank you for praying for Gary concerning his recent health issues. We are so thankful that his MRI came back clear, other than arthritis at the base of his neck. He is having fewer dizzy spells and headaches. Also, Bev’s double vision has been helped with prism lenses.

August 1st, Bev came down with all the symptoms of covid. After two trips to Urgent Care and later to her doctor, swab tests and a blood test all came back negative. All three doctors who saw her felt sure it was covid. It must have been just a nasty virus, as it took  over a month to get rid of the cough and regain her energy.

Paul & Naomi’s family (our Youth Pastor & wife) are just getting over the covid, and there has been a spike on our reservation.

Also in August, it was a blessing to have Evangelist Glenn Stevenson share God’s Word at our morning and evening services. We appreciate so much Brother Mike Smith filling the pulpit when Gary & Paul were under the weather.

Our church family remains faithful, and it is always encouraging to see new faces, as well. A father and his adult son and daughter are now attending services regularly, and two couples have come to church recently after being invited by some our church folk. We’re praying they will have the desire to be consistently under the teaching of God’s Word.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Bob – single-parenting 

*Simon – Spiritual needs, alcohol addiction

*Comfort for the families in the tragic deaths, just three weeks apart, of three young

men on our reservation

*God’s leading and timing to supply a couple to take our place 

*God’s provision of funds and for wisdom in the modular replacement

Thank you for your continued prayers for us and Living Waters Baptist Church. Your prayers and support mean more to us than you can know. God bless and keep you in His loving care.

In His service,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick APRIL 2021

But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the LORD GOD, that I may declare all Thy works.” Psalm 73:28

Dear Friends and Family,

April 4th, Easter Sunday, was a very special day. The Lord blessed us with a cool, sunny morning to have our Sunday School hour out under the canopy. Both it and the Morning Worship hour was well attended. Afterward, we were able to have our first church meal together since covid. This was followed by observing the Lord’s Supper. 

On April 11th, Gary was preaching in the evening service. He complained of a bad headache and, though he knew what he wanted to say, he began to have difficulty getting the words out, and had to stop several times. He went to emergency the next day and they found he had had a TIA. We thank the Lord for his goodness to us in that he has suffered no residual effects from it!! We would appreciate your remembering him in prayer, and Bev also as she is struggling with double vision since having cataract surgery. 

Some of you may not know that we live on top of a mesa and have a very steep hill to descend. One Sunday morning, driving the church van, we had reached the cross road at the bottom of the hill and came up to the stop sign, but we didn’t obey it!! We had no brakes! Gary quickly turned the corner just behind a car that had just passed in front of us! After pumping the brakes several times, we were able to continue on to church. A new master cylinder took care of the problem. I must say, we were definitely wide-awake the rest of the day!! So thankful for God’s protection.

Upcoming events we are looking forward to in May will be:

*The Mother/Daughter Banquet

*A visit from our sister-in-law, her daughter and husband – Marilyn Wright, Rick & Sharilyn DeCrastos 

*A trip to Arkansas to attend our grandson, Hunter’s, graduation

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Bob – struggling with single-parenting his three children after the passing of his wife 

*Simon – Spiritual needs

*God’s leading and timing to supply a couple to take our place 

*That God would supply the extra funds for the modular replacement as building material

costs have skyrocketed, as well as wisdom in knowing what type of structure would be best

*Safety in our travels

Thank you for bringing these needs before the Father, and for your faithful support of this ministry.

May God bless you for being a blessing!

Love in Christ,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick June 2020

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the 

LORD.” Psalm 31:24

Dear Fellow-Laborers,

We thank God daily for His care for us and our loved ones. Although we are somewhat limited during this time of uncertainty, it is a privilege to serve the Lord on our reservation and in our community and it will be such a blessing when we can once again gather without restrictions.

You may have heard that Arizona is a hot spot right now; yes, the temperatures, but also the rising number of cases of Covid 19. There are several new cases on our Reservation. The Tribal leaders have extended the lockdown/curfew until August 1st due to the new cases and the death of two men on from the virus.

You probably have heard of the terrible brush fires in our state. The Bush Fire is the largest, so far covering 193,000 acres. Though it isn’t too close to us, we have experienced quite a bit of smoke from it.

Those are the “negatives” we have to report. Now for the “positives!”

*Most of our church folk continue to faithfully attend services; some listening in their vehicles, others safe distancing inside the church.

*Another blessing is that we are once again having our Sunday evening service and Wednesday evening Bible study/prayer time.

*Our ladies are thankful we have been able to resume our ladies Bible study, with Naomi teaching at

church instead of on Zoom. 

*So thankful God has provided ways for us to continue sharing His Word and encouraging one another.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Salvation of those on the Yavapai-Apache Nation

*Bev’s nephews, Bart and Eric, suffering with cancer

*That God might use these uncertain times to bring revival around the world

*Another couple to help in the ministry here

*The replacement of the modular.

Thank you for praying with us and for us. Praying God will keep you safe and well.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev

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Messick May 2020

May 2020

How excellent is They loving kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings.” Psalm 36:7 

Dear Ones in Him,

During the uncertain times we face right now with the coronavirus and the unrest in our country, we find great encouragement in the verse above.  We are safe with our God. Other religions or “faiths” operate on fear, but we who have trusted Christ as our Savior, rest in His love for us and His kindness to us. How wonderful to know that, because He is faithful, we can trust Him through difficult times and always!

This year has brought other difficulties our way. In January, our dear brother-in-law, Glen Jordan, went to be with the Lord. In March, David DeFord, our very special friend and founder of our mission board, went to his heavenly home after contracting the coronavirus. Then on May 21, Bev’s 96 year-old brother, Bob Wright, went to be with his Savior. Bob was a wonderful brother who faithfully served the Lord until He was called Home. Though we sorely miss them, it is a great comfort to know we will once again be reunited with them in Heaven. 

We mentioned in our last letter that we have been able to have drive-in services using a radio transmitter. We have now begun giving our folk the option of listening to the service in their car or coming inside the modular where we have folding chairs spaced a safe distance apart. Because another tribal member has contracted the virus, the Tribal Chairman has extended their stay-at-home order closure of the Reservation to non-members through the month of June. That limits our being allowed on the Reservation at this time. 

The first Thursday in June, Naomi will be resuming the ladies Bible study, using the same options as we have for church services.

PRAISES:

*For the good health of our loved ones and our church family

*For the good attendance at services despite the limitations

*For our faithful supporters

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Salvation of those on the Yavapai-Apache Nation

*Bev’s nephews, Bart and Eric, suffering with cancer

*That God might use these uncertain times to bring revival around the world

*Another couple to help in the ministry here

Thank you for praying for us and God’s work here. God bless you all.

In His Service,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick April 2020

APRIL 2020

For where two or three are gathered together in myname, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt. 18:20

Dear Ones in Christ,

We trust all is well with you during this unusual period in our world. Since our last letter, Gary purchased a transmitter enabling us to hold drive-in services in our church parking lot. As we called our church folk to let them know we would have church in our cars, the message coming through their radio, we thought of the above scripture and wondered if it would be just two or three gathering, but to our surprise and great joy as we have met this way the last three Sundays in April, we had around thirty-five attend each service! Due to the rise in temperature, we have begun meeting at 9:00 instead of 10:00 am.

Like us, I’m sure you miss the close fellowship with friends and family, especially grandkids! You can imagine our delight when, on the second Sunday, who should drive all the way from Phoenix to attend our services, but Kirt, Elida, Joseph & Micah!  It was so good to see them again, even if we did have to keep our distance, and believe me, that wasn’t easy! 

It is a great blessing that Naomi has been able to teach our ladies Bible study on Zoom.  It was so good to be in God’s Word together and fellowship, and even see each other “face to face” again! 

We are looking forward to seeing how God will work and bless the ministry when we are able to resume normal services. 

We are so grateful to the Lord for your faithful prayers on our behalf and the support that makes it possible to continue the ministry. 

PRAISES:

*Healing of the DeFord family from the virus

*For the technology to be able to have drive-in services

*For Baby Andrew’s continued progress 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Salvation of those on the Yavapai-Apache Nation

*Bev’s nephew, Eric, suffering with brain cancer

*That God might use these uncertain times to bring revival around the world

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Messick Sept 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped:

therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” Psalm 28:7

Dear Ones in Him,

We thank you for allowing us to be your missionaries to the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Recently Bob, a man from the Reservation, came to church with his two little girls, Sacred and Danai. The next week they were back and Bob’s little son, Robert was with them. It is a blessing to see a parent coming with their children, not just sending them on the church van. We are not sure where they are spiritually so we ask that you pray that their spiritual needs would be met.

Gary had two surgeries in September, one to repair a hernia and the other was to remove a spot on his upper arm. The surgeon felt it could be a melanoma and cut quite deep. We praise the Lord it proved to be benign, but he did say it was caused by exposure to the sun.

We have mentioned the deteriorating condition of the modular ceilings. Gary & Paul tore out the ceiling in two areas and found mold. After treating it and putting paneling on one of the openings, Paul then coated the roof again. But a few days later we received heavy rains and the water poured in again and the paneling began to bulge. We would so appreciate your continued prayers about the modular replacement.

This month we were privileged to have the Marty Roembke family with us to share their ministry with the Menominee Tribe in Wisconsin.

We would ask for your prayers concerning an extended trip we will be making in October. We were supposed to make this trip for our 50th wedding anniversay four years ago, but have not been able to work it out until now. The start of our trip will be to attend the wedding of our Grandson, Jake Tyson and his fiancee, Jessica, who will be married on October 12, in Conway, AR. We are excited for both of them and welcome Jessica into our family!

From there we will be doing some sight-seeing and attend Bev’s family reunion in Indiana. Please pray for Paul & Naomi as they carry the extra load while we are away. We are thankful for men who will be helping Paul with some of the preaching services during that time. 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Simon and John in Rehab
  • Andrew’s continued progress
  • Wisdom concerning the modular replacement

*Salvation: Tony’s family, Kelly’s family, Marlon, Simon

*Spiritual Growth: Alex, Joni, Jimmy

Thank you for your part in holding us up in prayer and financial support. Your prayers are vital to this work.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick May 2019

MAY 2019

Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God;” Psalm 147:1

Dear Ones in Him,

As we begin our 35th year of ministry with the Native Americans in Arizona, we thank God for this privilege, and we ask God daily to do His work in these precious folks lives. Many of you have been a vital part of this ministry from the beginning through your prayers and support, and we thank you for your faithfulness and for being a great encouragement! 

We were blessed to have missionary Janet Grammer speak at our Mother/Daughter Banquet. She gave a very challenging and timely message on “Purity & Holiness” to the twenty in attendance. 

Also in May, we enjoyed getting to know missionary candidate, Bethany Anglin, as she shared her calling to the island of Roatan, Honduras. 

Ron & Diana Love from N.C. have been helping in various ways at the church for the last seven months. We appreciate Ron’s teaching on witnessing and soul-winning.

Recently, Gary had to have a small growth removed from his eyelid, and we are so thankful it was benign. Bev has battled dermatitis on her face for several months, being treated unsuccessfully with several medications. But, after getting in to see Kirt’s dermatologist it seems to be under control. 

Many of you have been praying for the health needs of Paul, our Youth Pastor and their baby, Andrew. Here is a report from Paul and Naomi that will bring you up to date: 

Andrew’s specific praises:

  • No genetic disorders found.
  • UTI tests came back clear.
  • God’s protection.
  • Slow weight gain.
  • Sweet smiles and responses to visual therapy.

Andrew’s specific needs and prayer needs:

  • Possible cranial band helmet to correct misalignment.
  • Cortical visual impairment – he isn’t blind but his brain doesn’t connect with what he sees.
  • Low muscle tone.
  • Delayed development.
  • Some feeding problems – swallowing and slow weight gain. 

Many of you have also been praying for Paul’s health. He has met with doctors and had several lung tests. Because of the breathing difficulty he was having, Paul has been avoiding nearly all paints and other harsh chemicals. In recent months Paul’s breathing has gradually cleared to where he is rarely having trouble breathing. We are praising God for answering prayer. 

We ask that you would continue to uphold little Andrew in prayer. 

Other prayer requests: 

*Simon, who has an alcohol problem, attends church occasionally with his mother, Rachel. Recently, he met

with Gary for a time of counseling and Bible study. He has agreed to continue meeting with Gary.

*Kelly, Simon’s cousin, also comes to church with Rachel. Her boyfriend, Marlon, is a professed atheist. Please

pray Kelly will accept the fact that there is danger in staying in a relationship with him, hoping she can change

him. Pray for Marlon’s salvation. 

*For VBS the first week of June; that hearts will be touched and lives changed through the teaching of God’s Word.

Thank you again for standing faithfully with us in the work here with the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick March 2019

FEBRUARY & MARCH 2019

Dear Ones in Him,

Once again we need to apologize for being late with our monthly letter. For the last month or so we both have battled bronchitis and colds, and fell behind with our office work.

Our annual Valentines Banquet went well with twenty-four in attendance. Brother Troy Carlson brought a very timely message and the meal and games were enjoyed by all.

February brought us more rain and snow than usual. You may have heard that the Flagstaff area received close to four feet of snow one weekend. During that time, we had snow here totaling ten inches, but not all at once. That’s the most we’ve see here. The only way for us to get in or out is to cross the creek below us. What with the melt off from ours and the snow up north, the creek flooded over its banks. Some folk living near its banks had up to three feet of water in their homes. Despite the problems and inconvenience, living in this arid state, we are so thankful for the added moisture. 

Our revival services were the first week in March. Brother Glen & Mary Jaspers traveled from their home in Illinois to minister to us, and his preaching through the book of I John was a great blessing. They have such a heart for the Native American works and our people love them. It was great to have Brother Bud and Connie Wells here during that time, as well. What a wonderful time of fellowship!

Also in March, we enjoyed a visit from relatives of Bev’s from Indiana, Jeff & Karen Hummel and sons, Nathan & Peter. They used this vacation time to come help with work projects at the church and here at home. We are so thankful for all their hard work and for our special time together.

Another blessing was having Brother Bill Rice & Mary and Brother Wil Rice & Sena and their son, Weston for an overnight stay. Brother Wil brought a challenging message for our Wednesday evening service.

UPDATES:

ANDREW BABY 

Paul & Naomi’s baby is now five months old and has had to make yet another trip to the hospital for tests. We awaiting the results , and would ask that you continue to keep this little one in your prayers. 

MODULAR REPLACEMENT

Our old modular has served us well, but to put more money into it would be a poor use of God’s money. I mentioned in our last letter the possibility of putting up a metal building to replace the modular. We met with a contractor who has helped us in the past and found the cost to be prohibitive. After counseling with Evangelist Glen Jaspers and Pastor Bud Wells, who have been a tremendous help in the past, we believe it would be a better use of the Lord’s funds to go with a frame building, which would be a third of the cost of a metal building. Our church presently has $28,000.00 in the modular replacement account, and will have a special building fund offering on April 7th to add to that.

We need a building that would house three classrooms, a nursery, kitchen, one bathroom, space large enough to set up ten round tables for fellowships, where the children’s ministry, baptisms & funerals would be held. We covet your prayers for God’s direction in this need.

Our heart-felt thanks to you for faithfully standing with us in the work here through your prayer and financial support. God bless you.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick NOVEMBER 2018

NOVEMBER 2018

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto

him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”

                                                                                                                                                                Psalm 95:2,3

Dear Ones in Christ,

We do come before our great God with thankful hearts realizing how He keeps us in His loving care and has met so many needs. Gary continues doing well recovering from the bloodclots and is able to carry on his normal duties.

Paul & Naomi’s baby Andrew, now six weeks old, is gaining weight and doing much better. We are so thankful for your prayers for both Gary and Andrew.

Recent blessings were a visit from Bev’s brother, Bob, his son and wife, Max and Lea, from Indiana. We enjoyed such a sweet time of fellowship and reminiscing. Though almost 95 years old, Bob continues to serve the Lord among the folk in his assisted living facility through Bibles studies, prayer and encouragement.

Another great blessing was our annual Thanksgiving Candlelight Service. It is a time when our folk share their testimony and praise to our wonderful Heavenly Father for his abundant blessing.

Things are getting busy as we begin working on the ladies Christmas party, the children’s Christmas party and the Christmas program.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*Our youth pastor, Paul’s health, and baby Andrew

*For the much needed modular replacement

*That parents of our Jr. Ch. children would see their need to attend with their children, not just

send them to church

 

May God bless each of you for your faithful prayers and support of the ministry here.

In His service,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick SEPTEMBER 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018

And my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.” Jer. 31:14b

Giving praise to God for all His goodness means laying aside our temptation to complain. How could we when we see His handiwork all around us; the beautiful mountains that surround us, the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, the wildlife that wanders across our property from time to time, but most of all His life-changing work in hearts. Though these changes don’t come as quickly as we’d like, God is faithful.

After the “busyness” of this summer, September slowed down a bit. Some months we have more to report than other months, but things are going well at church. Your prayers for Rachel’s healing after her amputation surgery have been answered. Her son, his girlfriend and a niece have been bringing her to services. Please pray for the salvation of the three coming with her.

We have begun a church choir. On our first Sunday singing together, seven ladies and two men joined us, including Rachel in her wheelchair. What a blessing!

We are anxiously awaiting the soon arrival of Paul & Naomi’s fifth child. HE is due on October 8th.

Would you please pray with us about the following?

  • The salvation of Rachel’s niece, son and his girlfriend.

  • The health needs of Paul, our youth pastor. The safe arrival of Paul & Naomi’s baby.

  • Strength for the day.

  • That each of us would stay close to the Lord and grow in our walk with Him.

  • That we would show our love for Him as we serve Him.

  • The much needed modular replacement.

  • Healing for fellow-missionary, Brian Shannon, badly injured in a motorcycle accident.

We feel so privileged to serve here, and we thank you for your help in making this possible. Your prayers are crucial.

Love in Christ,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick August 2018

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Psalm 100:2

Reading this verse brought to mind three little guys in our Junior Church. They are seven year old identical twins and their nine year old brother. These boys can be rascals at times, but they love to sing. You can clearly hear their voices in our congregational singing of the hymns on Sundays. Recently, they sang a special on Sunday morning. They were very nervous and almost backed out at the last minute, but took courage and did very well. Our prayer is that they will want to use the talent God has given them, and their love of music, to glorify their Heavenly Father.

We are so thankful to have Paul & Naomi and the children back! The Lord gave them a good trip, safety over the many miles, and were blessed by the many new friends they made while sharing their ministry. Please pray with us concerning their needed financial support.

We want to thank you for praying for Rachel’s healing after having to undergo leg amputation just below the knee due to diabetes. She has gone through eight surgeries, months of therapy and hadn’t been able to attend church since February. It was a joy have to her back in services with her niece, her son, and his girlfriend. Please pray there will be no more infection and that she can soon be fitted for her prosthesis. Rachel has been a wonderful testimony to the hospital staff during her hospital stays.

We thank you for your prayers on behalf of our family also. The sudden tragic loss of our great-niece, Amanda, her husband, and young daughter has been a great sorrow, but we have experienced God’s comfort during this time. We pray that He will cause good to come from this senseless tragedy.

A last prayer request is that you would again pray for funds for a replacement of the old modular unit where our children’s church meets. There are very bad leaks in some areas with sagging ceilings. We know God already has a replacement in mind, we just need to know what direction to take.

Thank you so much for standing with us. We are here because you are there praying, and because of your faithful support of the Lord’s work here among the dear Yavapai-Apache folk.

In Christ’s love,

Gary & Bev

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