|August 2020 Prayer Letter|
|Dear Family and Friends,|
We want to thank you all for your prayers and financial support these last few months. We hope you are all doing well! Currently, Jacob is traveling to churches to help raise support. He is also doing online Bible studies for the Cocopah teenagers and for the Quechan people near Winterhaven, CA. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Cocopah and the Quechan reservations are closed to outsiders. We are only allowed to drop off care packages to the Cocopah people, and the Quechan are completely shut down for the time being. We are doing all of our services online through Facebook and our YouTube channel. Lord willing, we will be able to go back to having in person services very soon. During the month of May, we were learning a lot about how to record videos and playing and posting them on social media. We had gotten permission from the tribe to be able to make visits on the Cocopah reservation while it was still closed. We gave our church attendees bread, Chick tracts, devotionals, Bibles, and helped some with groceries. At the end of May, we looked at our support level and saw that more than 50% of our supporting churches had not sent their support for the previous two months. We sent an email to our contact list and asked if they could help us financially. We had great responses! We want to thank the Lord first for moving in many of your hearts to give! Secondly, we want to thank you all for giving and praying for us! We were able to pay our bills and put money away for emergencies. Thank you!
During the month of June, Jacob was able to get back on the deputation road. He went to the state of Colorado and got to preach and present at 5 churches. Towards the end of the month, we had two new churches pick us up for support! Praise the Lord! When Jacob was not traveling, he would visit the Cocopah people with Pastor Veldhuis. Lydia was able to encourage the Cocopah girls to live for God and counsel. She was also able to send a few of them devotional books and Bibles. We continued throughout the whole month with online Teen and Ladies’ Bible studies. The Lord is still working in hearts!
During the month of July, we have continued our Bible studies online, visited the Cocopah people, written letters to a few of them, and headed out care packages with Gospel materials. The people seem to enjoy when we come visit them and drop off the care packages. After the second week of July, Jacob got back on the road. He had the opportunity to present and preach at 10 churches. While he was traveling, Jacob continued to have Teens For Christ Class online on Tuesdays and he started an online Quechan Bible study on Thursday, July 16th. He sent out invites through the postal service to tune in every Thursday for New Haven Bible Study- Quechan. We have had 4 Quechan people watch the service! We are rejoicing over that!!! Please continue to pray for the media ministry. Lord willing, very soon we will to able to meet together and have church! We had one new church take us on that month for support as well! Praise the Lord!
Salvations- Mariella, Satori, Ayla, Cayden, Airus, Sherry, Stanford, Sylvia, Mary, Joe, Jessie.
Spiritual Growth- Molly, Loren, Tyler, Lilly, Roxanna, Alex, Edward, Justice, Jasmine, Mya, Kayla, Vincent
Health: Lydia, Baby Samuel, Sherry with possible tumor; Mary, Edward, and Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis with general health. Pray for the Cocopah families realize the need for Christ, for protection with this virus and to stay out of trouble
Personal: Wisdom, health, protections, traveling safety and raise the funds we need to be full-time on the field. Our support level is 76%! Praise the Lord! We’re praying that we will the at a 100% by the end of the year.
Ministries: Reopening of the reservations, visitation, care package ministry, online Bible studies and pray for the new online Bible study with the Quechan people.
Thank you all again for your prayers and your sacrificial giving!
Sincerely In Christ,
Jacob and Lydia Jones Missionaries to the Native Americans
Cell: (928) 315- 5057
II Corinthians 4:3-4
“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto.