Dear Prayer Warriors, Sept 2017 update
We are in Central Indiana until mid October when our plan is to travel to Kentucky, Tennessee, visiting friends, and eventually into North Carolina by the end of October. We are excited to have opportunity to be a part of Ambassador Baptist College’s Mission Conference. During this month of September we will be taking part in Thompson Road Baptist’s Faith Promise Conference the week of the 24th. They have been faithful prayer and financial supporters for 30+ years.
We keep in contact with Pastor Yazzie and the work at the Chapel. Good news on their behalf is a gift of $5000 to aid in the purchase of a church van. This will greatly help in picking up children and aiding those without transportation to and from services.
June was spent mostly visiting our supporting churches and family we hadn’t seen in months and years. It was a refreshing time and we enjoyed the hospitality of each and every one that we visited.
The month of July we took advantage of cooler temperatures to the North and traveled the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Our goal was to explore the numerous reservations in those states. We went through several areas and reservations of Ojibwa and Chippewa. Ever present on these reservations and designated lands is a casino which produces some economical benefits for the people, but we did not find Bible preaching/teaching churches that would provide for their spiritual needs. To say there are none would be an assumption because some areas are not accessible to non-Indian travel.
Two mishaps along the way included a flat tire on the 5th wheel due to construction debris on the road and replacing the front bumper on the truck because a picnic table at a campground jumped in front of us.
After the northern leg of our trip we traveled back to Indiana through Iowa and Illinois. We will be headed back to Arizona from the Ambassador Mission’s Conference for the months of November, December and January.
Please be in prayer for a young couple in Indiana who have expressed their desire to follow the Lord’s leading in ministry opportunities with the Indians. This is an answer to many praying for more workers. Praise the Lord.
In His love and ours,
Dave and Becky DeFord