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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Messick July 2018

JULY 2018

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” Psalm 63:1

Greetings from not-quite-so dry Arizona!

Yes, we are so grateful that the refreshing monsoon rains have finally arrived. We have been in severe drought conditions for several months, so we are praying we might see some more thirst-quenching showers for our parched land.

The Lord has also been faithful to send a refreshing shower of blessings. We mentioned in our last letter that Shea Dobish, a student at Ambassador Baptist College, came to fulfill her eight weeks of internship. We are so thankful to the Lord for bringing her out our way. What a tremendous help she has been, and her sweet fellowship was an added bonus! We’re asking God to bless her abundantly for her servant’s heart and to guide her in her future plans.

Paul and Naomi and children are in the Midwest for a short time of deputation work. They report that meetings have gone well, and that they have met some very nice folk along the way. Please pray for their support needs and for safety in their travels.

July had five Sundays, so our church hosted the 5th Sunday fellowship night. There were two other churches in attendance totaling around 50. We were blessed to have Dr. Charles Serrett from Ambassador speak for the service.

July was not without some sadness. First, Bob Mell, one of our faithful, passed away quite unexpectedly. Please remember his wife, Patty during this time.

Then, we would appreciate your prayers in behalf of Bev’s family in the tragic loss of her great-niece, Amanda, her husband, and eight-year old daughter. Our hearts are heavy, but it is a great comfort to know they loved the Lord and are safe in His loving arms.

We are grateful for your faithful support of the work here and would ask that you remember to pray for the above mentioned requests and for us all throughout this month.

In His Service,

Gary & Bev

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Messick May 2018

MAY 2018

Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you.” (I Samuel 12:24)

Dear Ones in Him,

The month of May was another busy one, but filled with blessings from the Lord, as well as some unexpected events!

SPECIAL EVENTS:

We are so thankful that God provided the funds, allowing us to attend the graduation from Bible college of our grandson, Jake Tyson. This is JD and Jenny’s oldest son. We were able to spend five days with them and to make some wonderful memories as a family. Another special event occurred during that time. It happened to be Mother’s Day weekend, and for the first time in twenty-five years, Bev and Jenny got to spend it together!

Still more family fun!… Kirt & Elida’s sons, Joseph and Micah, turned nine and eight years old, and we enjoyed having them with us for a couple of days. Our six grandchildren bring much joy to our lives!

Now for the UNEXPECTED EVENTS:

Gary was walking in our driveway near the house, he happened to look down, and not two ft. from him was a rattlesnake! He grabbed a hoe, killed it, skinned it and the skin is hanging on our wall!!

A couple of mornings later, he got up with much pain in his back and lower abdomen. A trip to emergency revealed he had a kidney stone. After it was passed, he felt fine, but decided those are two experiences he doesn’t care to repeat!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

On June 5th, a student of Ambassador Bible College, Shea Dobish from Lanark, Ill., will be coming to do her summer internship. We are thankful to have her help while the Sondergaards are away for a time of deputation. Please pray for their safety and for the Lord’s guidance in raising needed support.

Your prayers would be much appreciated as we prepare for VBS June 18th – 21st .

Then our young people will head for Camp on June 25th at West Branch located at Williams, AZ. God knows the spiritual needs of each young person at VBS and camp. Please pray that through these programs hearts will be changed and Christians strengthened in their walk with the Lord.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Besides the ones mentioned above, we would covet your prayers for:

*The Sondergaards as they schedule deputation meetings, and for Paul’s health

*Rachel, who attends our church, as she had to have her leg removed below the knee

*That we would keep on serving the Lord with joy, with all our hearts and energy

Thank you for the great encouragement you are to us, your prayers and support of this ministry.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick April 2018

APRIL 2018

Dear Praying Family and Friends,

RETREAT – The first week in April our church hosted the annual IBIMI Retreat. This year we wanted to honor the older members of our advisory board. Those who could come were DeWayne Felber, Glen Jaspers, Paul Hiscock, Bud Wells, Bill Rice and Jerry Tetreau. It was a very special time as each missionary shared with these men how they had been an encouragement and help to them in their ministry over the years. We are thankful to have had this time of fellowship. With missionary families, the advisory board members and wives, attendance totaled around forty-eight. An added blessing was having Pastor Felber and long-time friend, Harry Stone, stay in our home during that time.

 

But we were reminded once again how swiftly life can change. Pastor and Harry flew home on Monday, and we received word that the Lord chose to take Pastor Felber home to be with Him three days later. Needless to say, we were shocked and saddened. There are times when we have to say to the Lord, “We don’t understand, but we choose to trust You in this too,” David and Becky DeFord, who were also here at the time, invited us to ride back to Indiana for the funeral. The service was a wonderful tribute to Pastor Felber’s love for the Lord and we are so thankful we could attend. What a blessing it was to know Pastor over these years and to see his faithfulness and desire to serve the Lord up to the last day of his life.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BANQUET – Our Mother/Daughter Banquet was held earlier than normal, as we asked Becky DeFord to be our guest speaker and they would only be in the area until the first of May. Twenty-one ladies and girls came out for a blessing-filled evening. Becky’s message on “Be Still and Know That I Am God,” was very timely, reminding us that in the midst of all the “noise” in our busy lives, we need to be still, spend time with the Lord, and let God speak to our hearts.

WEST BRANCH LADIES SPRING GETAWAY – Naomi and Bev were the only ladies able to attend the meeting hosted by Northland Baptist Church in Flagstaff. It truly was a refreshing getaway with about 175 other ladies.

PRAISES:

*For the privilege of being under the teaching of Pastor Felber for ten years before

we came to the mission field

*For recent visitors at Sunday services

*For many opportunities to fellowship and be refreshed and challenged in our walk

with the Lord.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

*The health of our Youth Pastor, Paul Sondergaard

*Complete healing for Rachel, who had a toe removed due to diabetes

*Modular replacement – Gary was finally able to speak to the man in charge of Pod Space and was told a modular like the one the road crew is renting would run about $80,000 to purchase. It would seem this is not an option, so please pray for God’s leading, as our present modular is in very bad condition.

We thank God for each of you who have a part in God’s ministry here through your prayers and/or support.  Asking you to pray for us as we seek to magnify the Lord.

Love in Him,

Gary & Bev

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Messick March 2018

MARCH 2018

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.”

1 Thessalonians 1:2

Dear Praying Friends,

In March, we enjoyed a wonderful visit from Bev’s sister-in-law, niece and great niece, Marilyn Wright, Sharilyn DeCrastos and Emily Blaikie all from Indiana. Having family make the long trip out this way means so much to us.

 

We are grateful for your continued prayers as April holds several opportunities of service. We are looking forward to things He will do this next month.

*Easter will be a special service, as we remember the great sacrifice Christ made on the cross,

bearing the punishment for our sins, then rising from the grave, giving us the hope of eternal life

with Him.

*April 4th -7th our church will host the IBIMI annual Retreat. It will be great to gather with our

fellow- missionaries and some of the advisory board members for a time of fellowship.

*Our Mother/Daughter Banquet will be held on April 21st.

We ask that you would continue to pray for:

*Our Youth Pastor’s health

*Our modular replacement

*The Junior Church Children

 

It is a great encouragement to know that you are praying for us. May the Lord bless you for being a blessing!

Love in Christ,

Gary & Bev

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Messick February 2018

FEBRUARY 2018
 
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
 
Dear Friends and Supporters,
 
February came and went so quickly, but was filled with many things to share with you.
 
Gary was asked to preach the funeral of an elderly Apache man.  It was one of those difficult funerals, not knowing the man or his spiritual condition, but Gary was privileged to have the opportunity in the message to present the gospel to family and friends.
 
Our Valentine’s banquet went well.  We had 12 in attendance, we expected 18, but the flu is bad out here right now, as it seems to be all over the country.  It was a great evening; lots of fun and a wonderful message on God’s great love. 
 
One great blessing was a visit from Bev’s 94 year old brother, Bob and niece, Joan, from Indiana.  It was a very special time of reminiscing and catching up on our lives.  Their love for the Lord and desire to be used of Him is a great challenge and encouragement to us.
 
We have a number of prayer requests that we would appreciate you remembering. 
 
*Our youth Pastor’s health – Paul Sondergaard – He continues to experience breathing problems. Tests have revealed high levels of lead and iron in his system. Though Paul has never smoked, he does work around chemicals and much dust as he remodels and paints trailers. The doctor has begun a treatment to detoxify his body.
 
*A second vehicle – We have been picking up around 20 children in our 15 passenger van; definitely not a good situation. We have a neighbor who is a mechanic and he is watching for a good used van or mini bus for us.  God knows our need and the best way to fill that need, so we’re
just waiting for His timing.
 
*Church piano –  Another situation to share with you is that mice have done much damage to the piano at church.  We paid $400.00 two years ago to have much of the felt replaced. We started noticing problems again, and the piano tuner found the mice had been busy again.  This time it was $500.00 to repair.  Please pray that we may have solved the mouse problem!  
UPDATE: After sharing the problem with our church folk, one couple said the have a practically new Yamaha electric piano they would like to donate to the church.  Jehovah Jireh!!  Now we can use the new one for duets and as an organ!
 
*Our modular – This is where the children’s ministries are held and it is in very bad condition.We have mentioned in earlier prayer requests how the highway road crew that is expanding the road in front of our church, is renting a five section modular they are using as their office, about a mile from the church. When they are finished with it, the company will haul it back down to Phoenix. Gary has contacted the company to see if they might be interested in selling it rather than pulling it back down to the Valley. We are awaiting a final answer.  God provided our church property in a miraculous way, and we know that He can replace the modular, as well.
 
*Church Children – Your prayers would be appreciated concerning our Junior Church kids.  We have some older children who have caused some problems. Please pray for wisdom in how best to work with them, and for their salvation. 
 
Thank you again for your faithful prayers and support.
Knowing you are lifting us up in prayer means everything to us.  God bless you.
 
In Christ,
 
Gary & Bev 
 
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Messick January 2018

JANUARY 2018

Happy is He that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” Psalm 146: 5

Dear Friends and Family,

In our Christmas letter, we were looking forward to the ladies Christmas party, the Christmas play and our family Christmas.

Nine ladies enjoyed a great evening at the party hosted by Naomi, and her devotions were a blessing and challenge.

The children did well presenting the Christmas play “The Christmas Story,” and we were pleased to have several visitors in attendance.

How we loved our Christmas celebration with our kids, grandkids and Gary’s brother, Jack. We’re so thankful for every minute we have together, but the only downside was that the time passed much too quickly!

God continues to use people to bless His work at Living Waters Baptist Church. Once again, Don & Patty Beebout from Shariton, Ia. spent a few days of their time to help with work projects. You may recall that last January a building was erected that is a combination teen boy’s classroom and storage shed. While Beebouts were here, the men were able to get the electrical wiring run, insulation and drywall hung. Patty helped Naomi & Bev organize another storage area, decorate for the Valentine’s Banquet, and even get some decorations made for VBS. We also enjoyed a lot of good fellowship with these dear folk. Praying God will richly bless them for their labors.

Prayer Requests:

*Parents to not just send their children to church, but have a desire to come with them

*Our Valentine’s Banquet

*Salvation of several children and adults

*Need for another van or mini bus as we are consistently running 15 to 20 children on Sunday and Wednesday evenings

 

We thank you for your faithful prayers on our behalf. Our Lord is so loving and faithful to meet our every need. May He find us all “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

In Him,

Gary & Bev

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Gary & Bev Messick Oct 2017

Dear Ones in Christ,

Two years ago, in celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary, our children gave us funds toward a trip to Washington, DC to tour our capital and see the Vietnam Memorial. It took two years to work it out, but we left on Sept. 21. We wanted to report to the three churches that had sent out workers to help with our church remodeling. We arrived at Marshalltown, IA. on the 23rd planning to report to Fellowship Baptist in the evening service on the 24th, but learned that Bev.’s sister, Janet, was near death. Pastor Hannahs graciously let us report during the Sunday School hour so that we could leave for Indiana after the morning service.

We are so thankful for the precious time with Janet before she went to be with Jesus on the 28th. Bev and her eight siblings have always been very close, and Janet will be greatly missed. But it is such a comfort to know our separation is only temporary.

What we saw as a random choice for a date for our trip back east, we realized was clearly orchestrated by God. At the same time, we learned that Bev’s sister-in-law, Bernice was in critical condition. We cancelled our trip to DC, which allowed us more time to be near her and visit with family. As of this writing, we are thankful to still have Bernice with us. We would appreciate you prayers for her and brother Bob during this difficult time.

While there, it was a blessing to report to First Baptist Church in Goshen, IN. and then First Baptist Church in Wayland, MO.

On our return trip we were so thankful to spend a few days with JD and Jenny’s family – our Arkansas kids.

We arrived home safely on Nov. 1st after traveling over 6,000 miles. We are so very grateful for the many acts of love and kindness shown us along the way.

We can’t begin to thank Paul and Naomi enough for efficiently carrying on the work in our absence. Not only were our “regulars” faithful in attendance, but they saw some new folk attending services, as well.

Many have asked about Paul’s health and we are including an update from him.

Thank you so much for your prayers and thoughtfulness for me these past three months. As you know near the end of summer I began experiencing shortness of breath and congestion. It got to where I was out of breath every day and often could only get through simple tasks with great effort. Needless to say, I was very concerned and sought some medical help. I had an x-ray (which showed some inflammation), a pulmonary function test (which showed decreased lung capacity), some blood work (which ruled out heart problems or blood clots), and I had a CT scan (which ruled out COPD). I was also taking several supplements to help with inflammation and lung health. And I changed my diet to avoid dairy (which tends to cause congestion) and limited gluten (which can cause inflammation.) The next step was to get a referral to a pulmonologist to determine the exact cause and prescribe a treatment. It was frustrating knowing I needed to see the doctor, but the referrals were never sent. As we waited and kept calling the doctor’s office, I gradually began feeling better. And now today I feel almost normal with just an occasional feeling of breathlessness. In a couple weeks I have an appointment to see a doctor. Although I don’t feel I really need to go, I am hoping to get some advice on prevention and maintenance of lung health. Thinking back over the experience I think perhaps I had some inflammation or a virus in my lungs which gradually cleared out. Having an experience like this reminded me that I cannot take good health for granted. And it taught me to depend on God’s people to pray. So many of you have never met me – yet you prayed – and God answered your prayer!

All for Jesus,

Paul Sondergaard

We appreciate each of your prayers and how much you have encouraged us in the ministry over the years. God bless you.

Serving Christ with you,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Gary & Bev Messick Sept 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.”

Psalm 146:5

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are so blessed! You may recall from our last letter that the highway road crew graded the back of the church property so that it would drain properly during heavy rains,all at no charge.

The driveway is fairly steep and it is hard to get good traction without throwing gravel. Again, Gary talked to the supervisor of the road crew and asked if it would be possible to get some of the grindings from the old asphalt, as it packs down much better than gravel. Within a couple of days they brought out seven loads and graded and packed it down. Praise the Lord!

And, once again, they would accept no payment or gifts, saying they just like to a be of help to the community. God just continues to provide and meet needs in very unexpected ways!

We would appreciate your continued prayer about the possibility of acquiring the modular the highway crew is presently using as their office, when they are finished with it in about a year. As we mentioned in our last letter, our modular is in very bad condition and definitely needs to be replaced. Gary has made contact with the company that is leasing it to the highway department, but we are still needing more information. God knows our need, and we are trusting Him to supply in His time and in His way.

Concerning the health problem of Paul, our Youth Pastor. After several tests, some things have been ruled out, for which we are most thankful, but we still don’t have a definite answer to his breathing difficulty. He is waiting to get an appointment scheduled with a pulmonary doctor. Please keep Paul and family in your prayers.

Recently, a mother from the Reservation, came to services with her two-year old daughter, and last Sunday, Mary from, Camp Verde, saw our church sign and decided to visit. She now wants to bring her ninety-year old friend.

We will be making a trip back east the last of September to visit family, and would appreciate your prayers for safety in travel, and for Paul & Naomi as they “hold down the fort!”

Thank you for your concern, prayers, and support on our behalf. God bless you.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev

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Messick July 2017

JUNE 2017

Dear Ones in Him,

June has been a month filled with many opportunities of service:

VBS God blessed us with a great Vacation Bible School this year. We averaged about 26 young people for the week. Paul & Naomi put together such a good program, the theme: “Riding the Gospel Trail.” When fellow-missionary, Sam Grammer learned we were having a Western theme, he volunteered to bring two of his horses the last night, so the kids could each have a ride. Needless to say, it was the highlight of the week and the kids were thrilled; many had never been on a horse before. We so appreciate Sam and Janet making the final night very special.

Pastor Tim Larkly and Ruth Ann were a tremendous help with skits, missionary stories, etc. We just couldn’t have done it without them. An added blessing was that several folk from the Greenfield Ind. area had donated prizes that were earned by the children throughout the week. We so appreciate Dawn and Linda Jack making the long trip out to bring these.

But the greatest blessing was the six young people who accepted Christ as personal Savior during that week! Thank you for praying for us and please rejoice with us at the answered prayer.

CHURCH CAMPThere were five of our kids from the Reservation that were able to attend camp at West Branch Camp the last week of June. It was a delight to see God work in hearts and to hear of some of the decisions that were made, including the salvation of one of our boys!

Please keep these seven young in your prayers, as they grow in their new walk with the Lord.

GOD’S PROVISION

You may recall that with the help of several volunteers a new storage shed was built at church in January and a cement slab poured for outdoor activities. The slab was used for game time during VBS. That area has always had a drainage problem and the ground needed to be sloped away from the slab as water would gather there during heavy rains. It would have taken much dirt and a long time for Gary to correct this with his tractor. The State is doing an extensive widening project on the highway that runs in front of the church. Gary stopped one morning and talked to the supervisor of the road project and asked if they might have some extra dirt he could use for filler at our church. The man said they really didn’t have enough for their job, but he’d come and see what Gary needed. After meeting with Gary on the property, he said he could have one of the men come over with a grader after work and start leveling that back area. A few days later, Gary went to the church and saw the job site foreman with a surveyor surveying the back of the lot. He spent the morning staking that area and then after work he sent the grader over and a water truck to keep down the dust, and spent over two hours leveling that area. Gary offered to pay them, but they refused, saying they like to help with projects in the community. We are so thankful to the supervisor of the road project for helping us with this need.

It is amazing how God gives us what we need, exactly when we need it, and often in most unexpected ways!!

Thank you, once again, for your concern, prayers and support in the ministry here. God bless you.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev

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Messick May 2017

Dear Ones in Christ,

Moment by moment I’m kept in His love; Moment by moment I’ve life from above; Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine; Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.”

Thinking on the words of this beloved hymn is a great comfort as we are reminded that we have life from above and that we are kept in His love, but it also challenges us to ask, “Does my life display, moment by moment, the fact that I am His?

We’ve had several visitors in our services recently, even a man who had walked about fifteen miles on his way to Camp Verde. He knocked on the door during the children’s Sunday School asking for water and ended up going to adult Sunday school and staying for Morning Worship. Though he had only stopped by to have his great physical need for water met, we pray that through the preaching of the Word he will come to know the Living Water.

The theme for our Mother/Daughter Banquet this year was “Making Melody in Your Heart to the Lord.” Mrs. Sue Smith brought a very timely message on music that is honoring to the Lord, to the twenty-seven ladies and girls in attendance. Bev was thankful that our daughter-in-law, Elida, was also able to come.

Another blessing for our ladies is that Naomi is having a bi-weekly ladies Bible study on “Beauty from the Heart.” Several ladies are coming faithfully and response has been good.

Yet another blessing to share was having two young men from Ambassador College teach our children’s church one Wednesday evening, and then minister to us on the following Sunday evening through message and song. They are seeking God’s direction in where He would have them serve when they graduate.

We want to thank you for your prayers and support for us and the ministry here. Each of us needs God’s leadership and grace moment by moment!

Love in Him,

Gary & Bev Messick

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