DeFord March/April 2021

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. 2 Cor. 9:15
And thank you for your faithful prayers and support of the ministry among the Native Americans! March and April were filled with ministry
opportunities, travel, and various celebrations. Early in March, our youngest son, Josh hosted his Senior Graphic Design show at
Pensacola Christian College. He was thrilled with all the out of town guests that came to congratulate and encourage him. We are
looking forward to his graduation in May.
We are so grateful the reservation in opening up more and more. Not only are we holding in person services, but in March we had our
first wedding in quite a while. The groom is the man I mentioned in our last letter who was saved during marriage counseling. That same
day was the anniversary of Steve’s Dad’s graduation to Glory! We held a memorial service for him at Bill Rice Ranch West Branch a
couple of weeks earlier. Our family was greatly encouraged by the outpouring of support by all those in attendance. Dr. Bill Rice III
preached a message about John the Baptist that blessed us beyond words!
Two days later Steve returned to West Branch with our largest group ever to attend men’s retreat. Several first time attenders discovered
why the rest of the men look forward to this event every spring.
Resurrection Sunday brought the largest attendance since meeting back in person. We also had our first breakfast at church in over a
year. Serving the meal was different than usual to facilitate covid protocols, but everyone enjoyed the fellowship. We look forward to
getting back to our monthly “Super Sundays” including breakfast once restrictions are lifted.
The following Sunday after the evening service we had a special fellowship time to celebrate our oldest church member turning 90! Rose
has been in Hualapai Baptist Church since she was a young girl. Her life has been a miracle since she survived a car wreck a few years
ago. Her recovery has been as remarkable as it has been complete.
Another April blessing was the Brady Rochester family ministering to us in music and Word. We had scheduled this talented family last
year, but they had to cancel their trip during the pandemic. Meeting and worshiping with them was another joy of being back in person
for services.
But the greatest blessing of all to share with you is what happened the last day of April. Our church had been praying for a woman to be
saved for the last few years. This same woman approached one of our men and asked him to visit her dying husband. Arrangements
were made and Raynard and Lisa made the visit April 30. As Raynard presented the gospel Lisa prayed and it became very clear that the
woman we had prayed for for those years was very ready to receive Christ as her Saviour. By the time the visit was over she was saved
along with her husband, a nephew and his girlfriend-four precious names written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life!
All of these gifts are ours through the rich grace given us through the Lord Jesus Christ! Thank you for allowing yourself to be used of
Him to make these blessings a reality.
For God’s Glory,
The Steve De Ford family

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De Ford Jan/Feb 2021

Dear Prayer Partners,
Thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support of this
ministry. We are blessed to witness God’s faithfulness on a daily
basis as He provides for and expands the work among the
Hualapai Nation. In-person church and school have resumed in
the new year. Church attendance in person as well as on Zoom is
returning to pre-COVID levels.
The Hualapai Baptist Church approved the new budget for 2021
including supporting 17 missionaries and hosting a missions
conference in the fall. We were encouraged as a church to hear
the treasurer’s report and see how the Lord had provided
throughout 2020 and even increased our balance over the coarse
of the year.
Our family was able to present the ministry in another Arizona
church as we hope to regain some of the financial support we
have lost since returning to the States twelve years ago. Also,
please be in prayer regarding medical expenses that both Steve
and Sherry have incurred over the past year.
For God’s Glory,
The Steve De Ford family

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Deford Nov/Dec 2020

Nov:Dec 2020

ADDRESSES:
IBIMI HOME OFFICE:

IBIMI
3880 Stockton Hill Rd. Suite 103-438 Kingman, AZ 86409

IBIMI FINANCE OFFICE:

IBIMI
2406 Main St. Keokuk, IA 52632

SENDING CHURCH:

Burge Terrace Baptist 9345 Brookville Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46239

PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE:

Steve De Ford
3880 Stockton Hill Rd. Suite 103-438 Kingman, AZ 86409

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

Dear Friends, Family, and Prayer Partners,

Thank you for your prayer and financial support over the past year. Here in northern Arizona we rejoice in the Lord’s working among us! Amid on again off again reservation shut downs, many of our planned year-end ministries did go forward.

Brother Andy Gleiser ministered among us for a week of special meetings the first week of November. We are grateful that we were able to hold the meetings in person. The reservation was on lock down during Thanksgiving and the first three weeks of December. But just before we went on lockdown we were able to have our annual testimony and praise service. The challenges of the year made everyone much more aware of God’s presence all along.

Not knowing what the situation would be for Christmas, Steve planned a simple program for the preceding Sunday. Praise the Lord, we were able to come out of lockdown and meet face to face! Though our celebrations were more scaled down, we were again very aware of the great blessing it was to be together (in person) worshipping the Lord.

We were personally encouraged by a visit from our son, Micah, his wife, Rachael, and our newest grandson, Ray. Sherry had been able to help Rachael at their home in Fargo, ND, however, this was Steve and Molly’s first time to meet sweet baby Ray. Then, the week before Christmas, our son, Josh was able to come home for several days. This past semester he has been studying remotely in Texas while working for a political consulting firm. He is now back in Texas preparing to return to Pensacola for the spring semester. He has two more classes to finish up his degree. Lord willing, he will be marching in May!

As we finish another trip around the sun and begin another, our prayer for you is that you experience every blessing the Lord has planned for you, and trust you will rejoice with us for His marvelous work among us!

For God’s Glory,
The Steven R. De Ford family

(Missionaries among the American Indians)

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DeFord October 2020

Sept/Oct Prayer Letter

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1

We are so please to report that after seven months, we were able to begin in-person services Sunday, October 11. We are currently using Zoom to broadcast the services as well. Sunday mornings we are seeing about 50 folks attending in-person split sessions with several other devices tuning in online. Since beginning in-person services, we’ve also had mens’ and ladies’ Bible studies. After a long Spring and Summer there is enthusiasm and optimism going forward. Praise the Lord!

New Family Addition!

Tuesday, Sept 22 we welcomed David “Ray” De Ford into the world. Six months after the Lord took Dad home to Glory, He gave our son, Micah, and his wife, Rachael, their first born son whom they named after Dad. Sherry was blessed to be in North Dakota two weeks for the birth.

After she returned home, Steve traveled to Washington state to be in a missions conference with the Orting Community Baptist Church. Introducing a new congregation to Hualapai Baptist Church and the ministry of IBIMI was another Fall high light.

For God’s Glory,
The Steve De Ford family

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De Ford Family May/June 2020

Micah De Ford receives BA in Church Ministries

Micah received his bachelor of arts degree from Master’s Baptist College Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Fargo, ND.

We were blessed to travel to Fargo to witness Micah receive his bachelor’s degree. Persevering through an MS diagnosis and three different institutions, Micah has now completed all requirements. He is seeking, along with his wife Rachael, where the Lord may have them serve. Also, please pray for little David Ray De Ford due September 17 and named after my dad who graduated to heaven in April.

LADY SAVED!

Sherry and I were able to lead one young lady to Christ for whom we have been praying and ministering to for some time via Zoom in May.

COUPLE SAVED!

We received a call in June asking if we would give counsel to newly weds. In our first meeting, both tearfully received Christ!

PLEASE, PRAY!

We are eager to continue disciplining these recent converts. And providing counsel to the newly weds and their blended family.

May:June 2020

Tribe remains under “Stay at Home” order.

The Corona virus has hit our reservations especially hard. The Hualapai Tribe has extended their restrictions. We are still meeting via Zoom, but are eager to resume face to face meetings.

Road trip to Indy

Steve helped move Manny to Indianapolis in May. He took an unsaved friend along to help with the driving. Steve has been witnessing to this man for a few years. He had more great opportunities to discuss salvation but as yet this friend is still outside the fold. Pray for “M”.

Molly

Molly has been diagnosed with glaucoma and is undergoing more testing. Pray the doctor will prescribe an effective treatment.

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The De Fords December 2019

But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. -Galatians 4:4
Thank you to everyone who sent cards and gifts as well as our faithful supports throughout the year. As we reflect on the challenges and blessings of 2019 we are reminded that God works all things to our benefit according to His time. We eagerly await what He has for 2020.

November happenings: We began the month of November with our annual harvest dinner. Isaiah Nuno, assistant pastor of Northland Baptist, was our guest speaker. Many of our folks have known Isaiah since his days on staff at the Bill Rice Ranch West
Branch in Williams, AZ.

For our family, the really big event of the month or, more accurately the year, was our son Micah’s wedding. We all met up in Fargo, ND for a few busy, yet fun-filled days. Steve was honored to officiate the ceremony.

Another annual high-light was our testimony and praise service. We are always encouraged to hear how God has worked in lives of our folk over the past year!

December events: As usual the month of December was full of celebration. Each of our Sunday School classes had their parties, and our teens held an afterglow. Our church was asked back to carol and present a Christmas pageant for the community tree lighting. Both the ladies and mens groups enjoyed their respective Christmas parties. And our homeschool co-op sang for our elderly and a local nursing home before having their party. The church Christmas celebrations culminated in the children’s presentation of the Christmas program. Sherry worked with them for two months to put together a wonderful service.

Manny and his wife Abbie were able tovisit for the week before Christmas allowing us all to hear Manny preach again. Sherry and Abbie decorated cookies and the rest of us really enjoyed eating them! Then, on Christmas Eve, Molly, Josh, Sherry and Steve
took one of our Christian college graduates from the reservation and road the Polar Express. This has been on our bucket list for quite a while. And it didn’t disappoint!Facebooktwitter

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DeFord October 2019

Dear Prayer Partners, Sept/Oct 2019


Thank you for your continued support of this ministry. We can sense the prayers of God’s people as we serve among the Hualapai. The last two months have been very productive. Our teens participated in the AZ Regional Youth Conference early in September and came home with the single day second place trophy! While one of the other native works
represented by IBIMI got first place in the summer long competition.

Hualapai Baptist Church held its biannual missions conference with ministries among American Indians and the Jews in Israel. Later we voted to take on two new missionaries. Following missions conference, five of our
ladies packed up for an overnight trip to a ladies retreat hosted by a Navajo church ministry in eastern Arizona.

During the month of September we saw two decisions for assurance of salvation. October didn’t slow down with a full month of regular church activities and a few special events as well. Sherry taught a quilt class with 6 ladies attending. The event filled up so quickly that another quilt class has been scheduled for November. Steve was able to represent IBIMI during the missions conference at the Campus Church and Pensacola Christian College. While there he also was able to visit our son, Josh, who is a second semester Junior at PCC.

Pastor Irvinson Jones spoke in both services that last Sunday of the month. Brother Jones was the former pastor of Hualapai Baptist. The church was blessed by his ministry among us. His return was a reminder to us of God’s faithfulness to our dear congregation through the years.
HBC recognized us during pastor appreciation month with a very nice gift. We love our church family so much and appreciate their love for us.

We were thrilled to see one youngster come to salvation this month. She has been faithful to church coming with the family that originally invited her.

In family news, Steve’s extended family met to celebrate the life of his late aunt who graduated to heaven earlier this year. Steve had not seen some of the family since before we were married 31 years ago. Despite the circumstances it was a pleasant reunion.

For God’s Glory, the Steve De Ford family

I Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you.

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Steve De Ford March/April 2019

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live is the flesh I live by the faith of the
Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Greetings from the warming Arizona desert, and thank you for your continued prayer and financial support of this ministry. We are continually blessed, humbled, and amazed that the Lord would use us in His service. The working of Christ over the past two months among the Hualapai has been a joy to watch. We’ve seen four saved since our last letter. Both of the boys in Sherry’s class and two young men in our church services trusted Christ. Sherry led her kindergartner to the Lord during school. While Steve was blessed to lead her first grader to Christ during Sunday School on Resurrection Sunday. One of the young men who had been coming a couple of weeks was saved after the main worship service that same day. Back in March our home church flew us back to Indianapolis for a nice long weekend to get reacquainted and give an update on the ministry. We were able to be involved in several different aspects of the work. It seemed like everyone felt the need to feed us as if we hadn’t eaten for weeks! Thank you, Burge, for your warm hospitality. We were additionally blessed to be able to attend an Enrichment Retreat in Pensacola. Most of the conferences we are able to attend are either for men or ladies. Going together was great and we truly were> enriched! While we were away, our men attended the annual Men’s Retreat at Bill Rice Ranch West Branch. Brother Bill and Brother Wil Rice filled in for Steve on Sunday. Since returning home, we have begun a new discipleship class on Sunday afternoons prior to the evening service. Several new attenders have joined some of the “old timers” to learn more of God’s truths. Sherry took seven other ladies to the Ladies’ Spring Getaway in Flagstaff at the end of May. This is always a treat for her! We are ever thankful that Christ lives in us, loved us and gave Himself for us!
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De Ford Jan/Feb 2019

A blessed start to the New Year!
Dear family, friends, and faithful
prayer partners:
Like much of the rest of the country,
Arizona has been blanketed with snow.
While snow isn’t unusual here in Northern
Arizona and in the higher elevations across
the state, Phoenix and Tucson have even
gotten a few flakes this year. I personally
welcome it because we all know the triple
digits will be here soon enough. And there
really aren’t many sights in all the earth
more beautiful than the frosted Grand
Canyon.
With the new year came the
resumption of home school co-op. Sherry’s
load is much easier with only 2 students in
here kindergarten/first grade class. Both
Cutter and Shealtiel are doing very well.
Sherry is pleased with their progress.
We took a trip early in January to visit
and give a report to a supporting church in
Winnemucca, NV. We really enjoyed the
long weekend and fellowship with Grace
Baptist. The folks there have been a
blessing to us for many years. Along the
nine hour drive there and back Sherry and
I also enjoyed just being together and
visiting. It is rare for us to be able to spend
extended amounts of time together just
being a couple. God is so good and I thank
Him for giving me such a wonderful wife!
Since our last letter we have seen three
Hualapai receive Christ as Saviour! One of
our church members as been inviting and
bringing his sister, niece, and nephew to
service for a few weeks. They came a few
times together before all three of them
acknowledged their need of salvation, were
dealt with, and gloriously saved the last
Sunday in January!
Late last summer, Sherry took our son,
Micah to Fargo, ND where he began
preparing for the ministry at Master’s
Baptist College. It had been several years
since we had visited the ministry as a
family. Over the years the work has grown
and developed quite a lot. I was blessed to
be able to visit Micah and the college in
February-the best time of year to visit
Fargo-and see all that the Lord is doing
there. Please, continue to pray for Micah
and Josh as he continues his training at
Pensacola Christian College. Lord willing,
both will be graduating Spring of 2020.
It is not often that I report on what is
happening within the Independent Baptist
Indian Mission of which I am the director.
However, there are two prayer request I
want to bring to your attention. Our
newest missionaries, the Jacob Jones family
to the Cocopah, are expecting their first
child. Jacob’s wife, Lydia is the daughter of
one of our veteran missionaries. Lydia has
numerous health issues which complicate
her pregnancy. At 33 weeks baby Samuel is
doing well. Pray Lydian carries Samuel full
term with no complications.
The Sondergaard family serving
among the Yavapai-Apache had their fifth
child, Andrew, back in October. He was
born with some significant health issues.
While he is still being tested, he has been
diagnosed with plagiocephaly. He has
many appointments in the next couple
month with several specialists.
Please keep these two little ones in
prayer.
For God’s Glory,
the Steve De Ford family
CONTACT:
FIELD:
3880 Stockton Hill Rd.
Suite 103-438
Kingman, AZ 86409
928-757-5842
SUPPORT:
IBIMI
2406 Main St.
Keokuk, IA 52632
HOME OFFICE:
3880 Stockton Hill Rd.
Suite 103-438
Kingman, AZ 86409
928-200-2392
HOME CHURCH:
Burge Terrace Baptist
Church
9345 Brookville Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46239
317-862-6109
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

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