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


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.


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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April 2017 Messick’s

Dear ones in Christ,

“God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He’s so good to Me!”

The words of this chorus so well describe all that God has done and continues to do at Living Waters Baptist Church. In March we saw many times the goodness of our Great God!

*God in His goodness has brought new folk out to services.
One Sunday, a couple walked over a mile to church with three little boys. After services, while
Bev was teaching the children’s church, Naomi had the joy of leading the lady to a saving
knowledge of Christ, Paul counseled with the man, and Gary lead a teen boy to Christ! What a
blessing to see God working in hearts. Naomi has started an in-home Bible study with the lady.

A lady from the San Carlos Reservation has come to our reservation to care for her sister who
recently had back surgery. She drove by on a Saturday, and saw the church and has been
faithfully coming to services since and is bringing her sister, as well!

*God in His goodness blesses us with sweet times of fellowship.
Evangelist Bill Rice spoke at our church for a Sunday night service, and we enjoyed having he
and his wife, Mary, stay overnight at our home.

It was so good to also have Bev’s nephews and their wives, Allen & Terri Collier and Steve and
Becky Delph from Indiana visit us for a week.

Another time of fellowship was spent with our fellow IBIMI missionaries at our annual mission
retreat, held this year in San Diego, CA. What a blessing to hear reports from each missionary as
to how God has been working in their ministries, to share praises as well as prayer requests.

*And again, we are so thankful that God in His goodness sent Paul & Naomi as
fellow-laborers in the work here.
Paul is teaching adult Sunday School class and preaching one Sunday am service and one
Sunday pm service each month, and he and Naomi have the kids class on Wednesday nights.
Naomi is teaching the the teen girls’ class, and her twice – monthly Bible study lessons have been
a great blessing to the ladies.

Pray as Bev and Naomi will be taking several ladies to the West Branch Spring Getaway later in April
For the spiritual growth of the two recently saved
For Paul & Naomi as they make plans to go out for a time of deputation

Your praying and giving have been a huge encouragement to us. Thank you for coming alongside; we are grateful for you and to you!

In Him,
Gary & Bev

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Feb 2017 Messick

Dear Ones in Him,

Recently, Naomi, our Youth Pastor’s wife, sang a special in our Morning Worship Service titled, “No Time for the King of Kings.” The words of the first verse and chorus are:

“Is the Christ crowded out of your busy life,
with the toiling that each day brings?
with the strain and the stress of the cares that press,
You’ve no time for the King of Kings.
No time for the King of Kings,
No time for the King of Kings;
Yet for business and pleasure you always find time,
But no time for the King of Kings.”

This was such a good reminder that it is easy to be distracted by the busyness of the day, and must ask God to keep our focus on Him rather than the “good things” that need to be accomplished. Yes, those “good things” need to be done, but not at the cost of time with our Lord. Balancing those is always important. Please pray that we would keep priorities where they need to be in our personal walks with Him.

The end of January and month of February was one of those extra busy times. As we mentioned in our last letter, we were so blessed as God sent volunteer workers – Pastor Bud & Connie Wells and Don, Leslie & Cameron Otto from Wyoming; and Don & Patty Beebout and Greg Sommar from Iowa to help construct a 12 X 16 ft. building that will be divided for use as a teen boys’ classroom and for storage. The 20 X 30 ft. cement slab they poured will be used for VBS and fellowship activities. We praise God for these dear folk and for His provision, allowing this to become a reality! The building has inside work to be finished, and a roof will need to be added to the slab for shelter.

Naomi has started a teen girls’ Sunday School class, and she hosted a party to launch it. Bev helped, and the girls really had a good time. Would you join us in praying for wisdom for Naomi, and for the spiritual needs of these girls, that they would desire to please and glorify God in their walk with Him. Paul wants to begin a teen boys class soon.

Next came our Valentine’s Banquet with twenty-one in attendance. Pastor Randy Miller of Northland Baptist Church in Flagstaff brought a very timely and challenging message, there were fun games, good fellowship, and a great time was enjoyed by all.

*Salvation – Leanne, Michael, Cicily, Darrel, Kito
*Teen Classes
*Several needing victory over addictions

We consider it a privilege to serve our God at Living Waters Baptist Church; He has been so good and kind! Thank you for praying for the work here.

Love in Him,
Gary & Bev

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Gary & Bev Messick Jan 2017

Dear Praying Friends,

January has been a very cold, snowy month, even here in this “desert” state! Pastor Bud and Connie Wells and Don, Leslie & Cameron Otto from Wyoming, Don & Patty Beebout & Greg Sommar from Iowa, came to help with a work project at the church. They were delayed a couple of days due to bad weather.  However, like the faithful postman, they let neither rain, sleet, nor snow keep them from working! And they saw all of that!

One project they have worked on was to move the old storage shed and begin building a new one. The work on it is progressing well as of this writing. They have also poured a concrete slab for a covered shelter, which will be used for serving snacks during VBS and for other outside activities.

The wives have kept busy, too. They painted the modular inside, helped make decorations for our Valentines Banquet coming up on the 13th, as well as helping prepare meals for those hard-working men.

There is no way we can every repay these dear friends for their labor of love, but we do so appreciate them giving of their time, energy, and funds in order to see this come to fruition.

We are so thankful for the generosity of our church folk who have been giving once a month to the church building fund, and for others who have sent love gifts, making these renovations possible.

Earlier in the month, Gary had the privilege of speaking to three Awana groups at Maranatha Baptist Church in Peoria, AZ. Since Gary was involved with Awana many years ago, it was a blessing to see the good work that continues through this program.

Would you pray with us that God would continue to work in the hearts and lives of the folk on the Yavapai-Apache Reservation? Our desire is to see our mission go forth and lives changed for God’s glory.

Thank you for your support and encouragement. God bless you.

In His Service,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick update Dec 2016

Dear Ones in Christ,
A Christmas card we received stated it so well:
“JESUS is – The Lamb of God, to die for our sins.
The Prince of Peace, to change out hearts.
The Good Shepherd, to guide our lives.”
Our prayer is that each one reading this might know Jesus Christ in this way.

We sent our last semi-annual newsletter in August. Events since then were:
*Sept. 4 – Celebrating the birth of precious little Aletheia Joy, born to the family of Paul & Naomi
Sondergaard, our Youth Pastor & wife.
*Great visits in Sept., Oct., & Nov., from several friends and family members from Indiana.
*In Oct., we attended the annual IBIMI board meeting in Yuma and also the wedding of Lydia Veldhuis,
daughter of fellow-missionaries Mike & Dawn Veldhuis.
*Nov. 14 was a special day of remembrance. It was twenty years ago on Nov. 2 we were privileged to have a
part in the Lord’s beginning Yavapai- Apache Baptist Church (now Living Waters Baptist Church.) What a
blessing to review pictures of the Lord’s working during those years up to the present. We enjoyed wonderful
time of food and fellowship after the service with over 40 in attendance.
*Dec. has been a busy month with the ladies Christmas party at our home. It was a fun-filled evening with
nine ladies attending.
*The children’s Christmas play was held on Dec. 18th. It was based on the story of the candy cane and how it
represents Christ. Naomi did a wonderful job putting together the play and the children did their parts well.
We were thrilled to have several of the children’s family members attend. A blessing was seeing, after the
message, that God had worked in the hearts of parents.

*Kirt, Elida, Joseph (7) and Micah (6) still live in Glendale, AZ. Kirt is doing well after his triple bypass
surgery last January. So thankful for God’s healing in his behalf. Kirt continues his work as composite
artist for the Phoenix Police Dept. Thinking ahead to retirement years, they have developed their own coffee
business, ROYAL SOLITUDE COFFEE, a product of Elida’s family plantation in El Salvador. Elida is busy
with that, but mainly taking good care of her family. Both boys were involved in flag football this fall.
Joseph is taking guitar lessons, and Micah would also like to begin lessons. They are such fun and are
growing so fast!
*JD, Jenny, Jake (20), Zac (18), Hunter (15), and MaKayla (10) still reside in Conway, Arkansas. Having
just completed their third year of ministry at Grace Baptist Church, they are very busy, but enjoy the work
there. Jake & Zac are both attending Central Baptist College. Jake is a Junior and Zac is a Freshman.
The year seems to be going well for them. Jenny continues to homeschool Hunter, & MaKayla. Hunter’s
favorite pastime is playing basketball on a homeschool team. MaKayla loves drawing and crafts. Our
grandchildren are a tremendous blessing from the Lord!

We are so looking forward to Christmas with our family Dec. 28-31. We haven’t seen Jenny’s family since June, so needless to say, we are counting the days!

As we end this 2016 and launch into a new year, our desire is that in all we do God would receive glory, and that we would see fruit from God’s working in us and through us. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Love in Him,
Gary & Beverly Messick

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Messick’s September 2016


Dear Ones in Him,

2 Peter 3:18 encourages us to “Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
It is our desire to daily see spiritual progress in our lives and in the lives of those we minister to. We know this can only happen as we draw from His strength and yield ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Fall is here and with it has come milder temperatures. This is what we have been looking forward to since April!! No more triple digits!

It has been a blessing to have recent visits from Hoosier friends, some we’ve known for years, some new to us. We enjoyed getting better acquainted with Cal & Kendra Kripe and Al & Mary Kripe from Goshen, IN. Though we had never before met Linda Jack and Sandra Day from Greenfield, IN., after being with them a short while, we felt as though we’d always known them. We appreciated the fact that all these folk took time from their vacations to stop by and desired to see the Reservation and church and to learn more of the ministry here. And it’s always good to have a visit from former Hoosiers – David & Becky DeFord. The friendships God has granted to us rejoice our hearts and make us smile!

Our congregation has grown since we last wrote. Paul & Naomi Sondergaard blessed us with another baby girl to love and enjoy. Aletheia Joy was born on September 4th – their fourth child born on the 4th! She is precious, just like her two sisters and brother. Thanking the Lord for a safe delivery and asking the Lord’s blessing on her life.

In our last letter, we had asked for prayer for a young father who is incarcerated due to wrong choices brought on by drug addiction. He seems to be doing well and is having Bible studies with other inmates. Please continue to uphold him in prayer, that through this time in prison he will be delivered from his addiction and turn His life over to the Lord.

We would also ask prayers for another man who was indirectly involved in the murder/dismemberment of a man on the Reservation. He is facing several years in prison. Pray that He, too, will come to the Lord and be freed from his alcohol addiction.

We want to thank those who have sent gifts toward the church landscaping. We are grateful for the obvious way the Lord has provided through you, but more funds are needed for this and for materials for a storage building project. There is a group planning to come at the end of January to help with this job.

Also, we are so thankful for your faithful prayers. You have had a part in what God is doing here and we could not continue without the prayers and support of God’s people. We count it an honor to serve where God has placed us, and we count it an honor to serve with you.

In Christ,
Gary & Bev

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Gary & Bev Messick August 2016

Dear Ones in Him,

As we begin our thirty-second year serving among the Native Americans of Arizona the years have been full of blessings and challenges and experiences that have stretched us in our walk with Christ, and it has been a wonderful privilege to be a part of God’s work here.

The first half of 2016 has flown by and our semi-annual newsletter is overdue! You may recall that in January we asked for your prayers as our son, Kirt, went through triple bypass surgery. So thankful to God for answering those prayers as Kirt is back to work full-time and doing well.

In May, Naomi and Bev gave a Mother/Daughter tea at church.They were hoping that fifteen to twenty might attend, but were thrilled to have thirty-six there! Mrs. Sue Smith brought a wonderful message reminding us that our Heavenly Father cares about us and we can “cast all our cares on Him.”

Also in May, our hearts were saddened at the passing of Bev’s dear sister, Betty. Though we miss her greatly, we rejoice in the knowledge that she is with her Savior and our separation is only temporary.

July saw six of our junior age at West Branch church camp. Four of the six made the life-changing decision to trust Christ as personal Savior. We rejoice in the salvation of five of our young people this year, and are looking forward to a baptism service later this month. Please pray for spiritual growth in these young lives.

We just ended a great four days of VBS with an average of twenty-four children. What a blessing to hear the children in the Sunday morning service share the Bible verses they had memorized, as well as the songs they had learned throughout the week. Naomi did a wonderful job putting this all together.

It is exciting to see our church growing, and are anxiously awaiting yet another new “member’s” arrival! Paul & Naomi are expecting their fourth little one the end of August. Please pray all will go well.

We would covet your prayers for a father who, through wrong choices brought on by drug addiction, will be spending several years in prison. His daughter attends Junior Church regularly.

Included are some pictures of the Mother/Daughter tea and of VBS.

We are grateful for your interest in this ministry and we thank the Lord for each one of you who continues to pray for us.

God bless you,
Gary & Bev Messick

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Messick’s June 2016 letter

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Dear Ones in Him,

In our last monthly letter, we asked that you pray about several prayer requests. We would like to share with you how God heard and answered in wonderful ways!

We had mentioned health needs for our son, Kirt, and grandson, Zachary. We are so thankful to report that both are doing much better now.

Another request was for the children removed from their home to due to their mother’s alcohol abuse. Mom is now out of rehab and the children are back home. Please continue to pray for this mother’s salvation and that she will begin coming to church with her children.

We also asked for safety in travel. You may recall we were to drive to Arkansas to attend Zachary’s graduation on June 3. On Saturday, May 28th, we were in a town forty-five miles from JD & Jenny’s home and our starter went out. Being a holiday weekend, many businesses were closed. A young man saw our hood up and stopped by to help. We learned he was a pastor and has a Christian friend who is a mobile mechanic. He called him for us and the starter was replaced in a short time, but when they started it, it still had a problem – it sounded as though the flywheel had been damaged and needed to be replaced. We were able to drive it to the mechanic’s home, JD & Jenny picked up us and our luggage and took us to their home.

The next morning, we were saddened to receive word that Bev’s sister, Betty, had passed away. We were planning to go to Indiana to see her after the graduation, as she had been in poor health. The mechanic was able to get our car up and running on Wednesday morning and we left for Indiana. We thought we would be attending Zachary’s graduation on Friday, but God another special “graduation service” for us to attend. Betty was a wonderful, godly sister and dearly loved her Savior. It was hard to lose yet another sibling, but it is such a comfort to know it isn’t goodbye. Heaven just gets sweeter.

The two weeks we were in Indiana gave us to opportunity to see many relatives, friends, and to visit some of our supporting churches. But our car problems were not over. During those two weeks, we again had problems with the starter, brakes, and some transmission issues. But in every instance, we saw God’s protective hand. He always brought along help at just the right time, we were never left stranded in the middle of nowhere! We are so thankful to those who helped by giving us rides, housing, and even with financial gifts to help cover some of the expenses. We saw so many blessings during difficult times.

Our Youth Pastor and wife, Paul & Naomi Sondergaard, did a tremendous job handling the church services while we were away – another huge blessing! We appreciate Brother David DeFord bringing the Father’s Day message during that time. We will have to say, it is good to be home!
Please pray for:
*the lady who recently attempted to take her own life
*the mother now home from rehab
*our young people going to camp
*preparations for VBS in Aug.

*And please pray for us as we strive to see lives changed for God’s glory. We are greatly encouraged, knowing that there are friends like you who take interest in what we are doing. Thank you for praying.

In Christ,
Gary & Bev

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Gary & Bev Messick’s December 2013 letter




For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given!!”Isaiah 9:6


I don’t know about you, but I am in mild shock that we are already heading into Christmas.

Too often, the “busyness” of this season can rob us of joy. But the words of Isaiah give us

reason to rejoice. The promised Son has been given! We must remember to keep our focus

on the One Who gives true joy, the Lord Jesus Christ.


Every day is a gift from God. As we reflect back over this year, we are amazed at how full

our days have been.. full of blessings, challenges, sadness and experiences that have

“stretched “ us in our walks with Christ.


Sadness – You may recall that Bev’s sister, Vivian passed away in February, and her sister,

Mary in May. But many of you who received our semi-annual letter in July may not know

that we also lost her brother, Barney, the last of July. Through this time of sadness, God has faithfully met needs. Knowing they are with Him and that we will be with them again one

day has brought great comfort.


Challenge – In October, Gary was hospitalized with a heart problem. After undergoing

cardiac cauterization, he is doing well. God, of course, knew that Gary was headed for

a trial of faith as He allowed sickness. God’s timing is always perfect, though I’ll admit that

we don’t always understand at the time. I’m so glad that God knows and sees what is best

for us! Gary’s last check-up was very good. He can now go back to his normal routine as

his strength allows. Truly, an answer to many prayers!


Blessings – Blessings have come in many forms:

*We are always thrilled to see a child come to Christ, but for an adult, they often have

“baggage” they must lay aside. We were reminded of this recently. One Sunday in Nov.,

ten-year-old Zach stayed after class and wanted to talk with Mrs. Bev. He shared that he

was worried, had been struggling with fears, and that he knew he needed to be saved. After

hearing the gospel, Zach prayed and trusted Christ as his Savior. He pointed to his heart and

said, “I feel better here.” At the same time, Gary was in the auditorium talking with Anita, an

older lady who had visited that Sunday for the first time. She stated that she had needs in her

life. As Gary shared the gospel with her, she said she wasn’t ready to be saved, because she

had bitterness against another person and wasn’t willing to give it up. Please pray for Zach’s

spiritual growth, and that Anita will give this over to God and allow Him to meet her needs.

*Another blessing has been the many folk who have given of their time and energy to help on

the church remodeling throughout this year. Because of Gary’s illness, it has had to be laid

aside temporarily. You have been a blessing in this process, as well. While you may not have pounded nails, hung drywall or dug ditches with us this year, you have given us a hand

nonetheless, some financially, some through your prayers.


*And yet another blessing came when the business that did our heating/cooling at church, gave

us a slightly-used gas furnace for the modular. This will be a tremendous help in lowering our electric bill.


Our Family –

Kirt and Elida, with their sons, Joseph (4) and Micah (3), still reside in Glendale, AZ. Kirt

continues his forensic work with the Phx. Police Department. Elida is a wonderful Mommy

to their lively little guys. We are able to get together frequently, and those are always fun

times Grandpa & Grandma look forward to!


Our “Kansas Kids” are now “Arkansas Kids!” Recently, a pastor friend in Conway, AR.

passed away unexpectedly. The church asked JD to become their new pastor. After much

prayer, they felt this was God’s will. It was with mixed feelings they left the folk at Lakin,

where they had ministered for eight years, and began serving at Grace Baptist on December 1.

Their new flock have made them feel most welcome. The difficult part is that we only see

them once or twice a year, and we’re now 1,220 miles apart instead of 815 miles, but knowing

this is where God wants them, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Their children are growing

so quickly! It is hard to believe that Jake is now 17, Zachary is 15, Hunter is 12, and MaKayla

is 7. Jenny keeps very busy as pastor’s wife, Mom, and teacher to her four. We miss them so

much and cherish the times we have together. The Lord willing, all our family will be

gathering at our home to celebrate Christmas the early part of January.


Bev is busy preparing for the ladies Christmas party at our home, and also the children’s Christmas play which will be on the 22nd.


We would appreciate your prayers concerning the church remodeling. Projects that need to be completed as funds become available:

*Stucco outside of remodeled building – estimate $5,000.00

*Painting of both buildings

*Interior painting,

*Carpeting and flooring – estimate $6,000.00


Wishing you a joyous Christmas with your loved ones, and a blessed 2014.


Love in Christ,


Gary & Bev Messick

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