Steve & Sherry DeFord’s

Phil. 4:17b …I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

 

Dear Friends,

 

Thank you all so much for your generosity this past month. God has been both gracious and generous toward us. Not only is our finical need continually met, but God blessed us with His continual presence, comfort, and empowerment.

 

After some wonderful family time, we again said good-bye to our son Immanuel who is back at college. We enjoyed every minute with Manny while he was home, knowing that we would not get him back till August. We are excited for him to have made a traveling ensemble for the summer, but will miss his smile, singing, and humor for several months. While he was home, we got word from the college that he had made the Dean’s list for first semester! He is adjusting very well, and we couldn’t be more pleased.

 

Our daughter, Jackie, called us January 18 to inform us that we would be grandparents again. However, by the afternoon of the 20th she lost her second pregnancy in as many months. We were all heartbroken and thank you for the many prayers you said on our behalf. Our dear folks here at Hualapai Baptist Church paid for Sherry to fly back to North Carolina to be with Jackie while she recovers from emergency surgery. We have been overwhelmed to see God work in our behalf. In the middle of lost, He has given great peace. We can only praise Him for all His goodness. Our little grandson, Nathan, is more precious to us than ever! Please keep Jon and Jackie in your prayers as they continue to grieve and trust God with their future.

 

The church continues to be a blessing to us. Steve began Institute classes again this semester. This year we have five of our men studying Bible Doctrines. They have gotten off to a good start, and Steve is encouraged by their eagerness to learn. Our home-school co-op families have been doing most of their educating at home rather than at the church this year. This has allowed Steve to help Sherry teach the kindergarten and first grade. We have enjoyed spending our days together in the ministry.

 

Molly, Micah, and Josh are progressing well in school, too. To say our children are a blessing seems too simplistic. We are thankful for each of them and the work they put forth in the ministry.

 

Continue to pray that souls would be saved, Christians discipled, and fruit would abound…to your account!

 

For God’s Glory,

The Steve De Ford family

 

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