DeFord August 2022

July:August 2022

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us:

and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. I John 1:3 Gamyu [gam yū] That’s hello or welcome in Hualapai,

These update letters give us a wonderful opportunity to share with all our prayer partners what the Lord has been doing here among the Hualapai and through the ministries of the Hualapai Baptist Church and the Independent Baptist Indian Mission, Inc. And you can have true fellowship right along with us.

A unique fellowship opportunity that we have developed at the church is our “Super Sunday.” About once a month, we move our evening service up to 8:00 AM. We follow the early service with a fellowship breakfast. The church provides pancakes and coffee while everybody else provides various breakfast side dishes. Sunday school, which is usually at 9:00 AM is moved back to 10:00 and our morning worship service is at 11:00 AM. Often, we schedule Super Sundays on holiday weekends allowing our members more ways to celebrate whatever the given holiday may be.

We have often written about our monthly men’s fellowships and the ladies’ Bible studies. These special times give us more ways to fellowship around God’s Word in addition to our regular service times. Other special summer services are our three fellowship Wednesdays. Through the summer months, we schedule our annual Watermelon Wednesday which, as the name implies, is prayer meeting followed by watermelon. The second aptly named special service is our Prayer/Pie/and Praise night. And third is the much anticipated “Sundaes on Wednesday” when we finish the regular prayer meeting service with an ice cream social.

I hope that by describing some of our unique times together as a church you can sense a closer fellowship with us. Your prayer and financial support of this ministry help us provide fun and exciting times around God’s Word in fellowship with God’s people.

The Lord has certainly given us an increase theses last couple months. Five souls received Christ as Saviour through the ministries of the church. Another young man was led to Christ on a Sunday afternoon by his father-in-law after attending Hualapai Baptist in the morning. This young man has been coming for a few months off and on, so we were all thrilled to hear of his receiving Jesus as his Savior. One other Sunday morning, one of our Sunday School teachers missed their class. When the family arrived for the morning worship service they reported that just as they were about to walk out the door, a nephew called. He wanted to know how he could know he was on his way to heaven. This family was able to lead him to Christ over the phone! We are eager to begin a new level of fellowship with these new believers knowing that our fellowship in Christ will never end.

Thank you for your fellowship with us through your prayers and financial support. For God’s Glory,

Steve De Ford

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