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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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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