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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