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!

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Grammer December 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

We have just returned from 3 weeks away from home.  We left for our annual family get-together for Thanksgiving with our family.  The table was set for 26 with 4 generations present, (2 were just over 2 months old).  We stayed a week longer so we could be there for the wedding of a grand-daughter (the 7th grand-child to be married).  It was great seeing the family once again and hearing how God has been working in their lives and using them.  But after sleeping in 6 different beds, comfortable though they were, the one at home fits the best!

This Sat. is the final class for the Dine Bible Institute for this semester.  The modular system was used this fall so that all the material was covered in 3 Saturdays, rather than 15 Sundays. This greatly reduced the travel for the students.  It seems to be more acceptable to all, but we’ll see when tests are graded to assess how effective this method is.

While traveling, we visited with some men that have helped us in the past with the Thorne Bay project in Alaska.  There is some interest about helping once again, either this summer or next.  Please pray for workers, as well as finances as this project progresses.  We’re getting eager to have the radio station on the air.  God is in control and has a plan which includes the timing, so we rejoice as we watch the progress.

While we were away from home, 2 ft. of snow fell in Flagstaff. This is a blessing as our water supply is replenished with the winter snows and we had an extra dry summer this year. Between the snow and strong winds, some branches broke off around the house-but no real damage was done to our home. God has been good and protected our home over the years as we travel.  He has also provided neighbors that watch while we are gone.  This year, one lady brought in our mail and daily started a fire in the wood stove to keep pipes from freezing.

With the Christmas season upon us, we use the opportunity to share with others the Gospel message.  Please pray with us as we share Gospel tracts with cards and Christmas goodies, that other Believers will remember what God has done for us and that the unsaved will realize their need for God’s gift of salvation.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”

In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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David DeFord November 2019

Dear Prayer Warriors, Oct /Nov 2019 update

We are sending this letter from Arizona to update you, our faithful praying friends and family, of the answers to prayer and the blessings in our life and ministry.

Since our last update letter we have based in Chandler attending the Chapel for services. David had one of the services due to Pastor Marshall being sick. It is always good to be in their services to worship and fellowship with those believers. Many of you who have visited the Chapel will remember Lela Jackson. She will be 87 in January and is faithful to every service that she is able to attend.

In October we moved to Bapchule on the church property for ten days. On October 12 we held a memorial service for Kathy Noyes, Becky’s sister that went home to be with the Lord August.

It was a joyous celebration of her life. She had lived on the church property working in the IBIMI office for about three years. Her four children from Washington, Colorado, and California were there as well as our sons and their families. It was an emotional time sharing happy as well as sad memories.

From the Chapel we moved to Williams, AZ. and attended the West Branch Advisory Board meeting. It was encouraging to see the strides West Branch is making in completing the facilities there. Many Indian young people have attended the camp and several saved because of
this ministry. We enjoyed a round trip venture to the Grand Canyon one afternoon via the train from Williams provided by West Branch.

After returning to Williams we moved our home to Camp Verde and Living Waters Baptist Church to minister with Paul and Naomi Sondergaard while Pastor Gary and Beverly were traveling. It was a blessing to help in a morning service, a Wednesday prayer service and a Sunday evening service. Other opportunities there were helping in the children’s services.

While in Camp Verde we were grateful to have repair work done on our AC. It is cooler there, but over 100 degrees is still pretty warm without proper working air. The repairs also included work on the furnace. It was gratifying to find two very capable repairmen just three miles from the church where we had our home parked. The end of October we moved back to Chandler and have continued to attend the services at the Chapel.

November 14 we flew to Fargo, ND to attend our grandson Micah’s wedding to Rachael Holden. It was a beautiful wedding and was good to see Steve and Sherry and their family. We were blessed while there to stay in the home of Pastor Mike Felber and his wife Cindy. It was a great time of fellowshipping with them while in Fargo.

Back to home in Chandler on the 16th in time to celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary on the 19th. What blessed memories these years hold, including our three sons, two daughters-in -law, nine grandchildren, two grand son-in-laws, two grand daughters-in-law, and one great grandson,
along with the 43 years the Lord has given us to serve Him in ministry. This summer we will have a wedding of another one of our granddaughters. We are so blessed!!

Good to be in our IBIMI churches for services and to be of assistance when needed
Safety in travel
Great annual IBIMI retreat and board meeting in Albuquerque including survey trip to a Pueblo
reservation north of Albuquerque.
The Lord’s continued guidance and blessings
Successful cateract surgeries for both of us.

Opportunities to explain the need for more missionaries going to reservations.
Pray with us for the Lord’s direction in whatever He chooses for us in the future. We are aware we won’t be able to travel as we do now for any great length of time.

We are planning through January 2020 – July 2020 should the Lord lead. Thanksgiving dinner and service Nov 24 at the Chapel Christmas programs in all our mission churches
and Becky’s second cataract surgery Dec. 2.

In His love and ours,
Dave and Becky

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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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Grammer October 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,
As we mentioned last month, our schedule is quite busy through November.  Each week-end, we are traveling to various reservations (Hopi, Navajo & Yavapai-Apache) for meetings and then we will be traveling back to spend Thanksgiving with our family and also a wedding of our grand-daughter, Emily.  Our letters for the next couple of months won’t be as regular because of being on the road, so don’t feel that you have been forgotten if you don’t hear from us in Nov.  Please do be praying for us as we travel and as Sam teaches and preaches. 
Janet is still visiting the elderly that are in Homes here in Flagstaff.  Helen goes with her to translate into the Navajo language.  It is difficult for Helen because of her personal physical challenges but she is a great help and wants to use her life to serve the Lord.  Pray for them as they visit and encourage these women.  As they were singing Navajo hymns, suddenly another voice joined in.  When the song was finished, the lady clearly stated, “I am a full-blooded Navajo and I am a Christian!” How wonderful to hear such a strong declaration of belonging to Christ!  She was invited to join us each time we visit.
Due to a funeral of a Christian brother, the class for the Dine Bible Institute was postponed.  The next class is scheduled for Nov 3.  They are going to try “modular” classes this year to help those who have to travel a distance to class.  These will be 6 hrs long, so Sam will need prayer for his voice to hold out and the students to be able to focus for this extended period of time. Sam was the speaker for their evangelistic services and it was good to see God once again working in hearts and using us. (One lady who lives down the highway a bit, had come to town for gas and heard about the meetings so joined us and came back the next day for more and is now planning on joining the Institute for more study.)
Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.
II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Sondergaard October 2019

Dear Family and Friends:
“…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 How we need the power of Christ in our home and church! But when we depend on our own strength, God’s power is missing. Jesus Christ must be preeminent!

We thank you for helping us bring these many needs to the throne of grace:
Needs of Salvation:
Please pray for Naomi’s grandpa, Frank Bird, who is 96. As far as we know, he has not accepted Christ as his Saviour. He has heard the Gospel many times. Pray that he would respond to God working in his heart.

Also, please pray for the children who come to Living Waters Baptist Church. Almost all of them come from broken, unsaved homes. Pray that they will turn to Christ. Please pray for wisdom as we teach the life-changing truth of the Gospel.

Needs of Health:
Jack and Sharon, a couple who recently moved into the area have been coming regularly. Sharon’s daughter, husband, and two sweet little girls (Adelynn and Riley) visited several Sundays ago. Two weeks ago, the parents, Tyler and Danielle, were hit by a semi truck. Tyler is in a medically induced coma and on DNR (do not resuscitate). He will be taken off life support Thursday (Oct 17). Danielle is badly injured and in much pain. Thankfully, the girls (age 6 and 8) were not in the car. Please pray for healing, comfort, and God’s strength.
One of the Native American ladies, Vida, has been having many healthy needs. Please pray for her and for her family who are unsaved and causing lots of stress.

Needs of Spiritual Growth:
Please pray for John. A Native American man who made a profession of salvation earlier this summer. He came to church for the first time this past Sunday! Praise the Lord. He brought Jennifer and their two boys (Jonathon and Angel). Sadly, she did not stay in the service because the youngest boy would not listen. Paul has been challenging John with Bible truths. John expresses a disire to follow God.
Please pray for Denny, a Native American lady. She stopped by our house a few days ago just to sit and talk with Naomi. Naomi encouraged her in the things of the Lord and prayed with her. We are not completely sure if she is saved but the door is open!

Thank you for your prayers! God is the only One who can change these lives!

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Messick Sept 2019


The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped:

therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” Psalm 28:7

Dear Ones in Him,

We thank you for allowing us to be your missionaries to the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Recently Bob, a man from the Reservation, came to church with his two little girls, Sacred and Danai. The next week they were back and Bob’s little son, Robert was with them. It is a blessing to see a parent coming with their children, not just sending them on the church van. We are not sure where they are spiritually so we ask that you pray that their spiritual needs would be met.

Gary had two surgeries in September, one to repair a hernia and the other was to remove a spot on his upper arm. The surgeon felt it could be a melanoma and cut quite deep. We praise the Lord it proved to be benign, but he did say it was caused by exposure to the sun.

We have mentioned the deteriorating condition of the modular ceilings. Gary & Paul tore out the ceiling in two areas and found mold. After treating it and putting paneling on one of the openings, Paul then coated the roof again. But a few days later we received heavy rains and the water poured in again and the paneling began to bulge. We would so appreciate your continued prayers about the modular replacement.

This month we were privileged to have the Marty Roembke family with us to share their ministry with the Menominee Tribe in Wisconsin.

We would ask for your prayers concerning an extended trip we will be making in October. We were supposed to make this trip for our 50th wedding anniversay four years ago, but have not been able to work it out until now. The start of our trip will be to attend the wedding of our Grandson, Jake Tyson and his fiancee, Jessica, who will be married on October 12, in Conway, AR. We are excited for both of them and welcome Jessica into our family!

From there we will be doing some sight-seeing and attend Bev’s family reunion in Indiana. Please pray for Paul & Naomi as they carry the extra load while we are away. We are thankful for men who will be helping Paul with some of the preaching services during that time. 


  • Simon and John in Rehab
  • Andrew’s continued progress
  • Wisdom concerning the modular replacement

*Salvation: Tony’s family, Kelly’s family, Marlon, Simon

*Spiritual Growth: Alex, Joni, Jimmy

Thank you for your part in holding us up in prayer and financial support. Your prayers are vital to this work.

In Christ,

Gary & Bev Messick

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Grammer September 2019

Sept. 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

Our calendar is really full for the week-ends from now until well into November.   We will be on the Hopi Reservation, as well as the Navajo Reservation and the Yavapai-Apache Reservation. 

A missionary on the Hopi reservation will be traveling on the west coast and has asked us to fill in for them while they are away.  This is a small ministry and held in their home.  We went up for a Sunday service recently to meet the folks and be introduced to them.  The morning service is small and in the afternoon, they hold “Kids’ Church”  which varies greatly in size. Since this is a good 2 hour trip, we will go up on Sat. nights and return home Mon. mornings.

The Hopi Reservation in located on 3 large mesas and is surrounded by the Navajo Reservation.  As they have increased in population, the Hopi people have asked the federal government to increase their land size which is now occupied by the Navajo.  The Navajo are reluctant to give up land that their families have lived on for generations.  This has created some conflict that has been going on for years. 

The Hopi are not eager to have strangers among them so this ministry is a real challenge.  We have worked with Hope people before, but this is our first time to actually minister on their reservation.  Please pray for the missionary couple (Andrew & Nancy Magnarella) as they travel and as they try to reach this community with the Gospel message.  Pray for us also as travel back and forth and fill in for these pastors on the 3 Reservations.

This past week, Janet was visiting a friend in an Assisted living Home when another resident rolled her wheelchair up and joined them.  She was able to talk to her about salvation and the woman replied that she had never heard of it before and would have to think about it.  A tract was left so please pray that Jeannie will read the verses and realize her need for Christ as Savior.  It also gave an opportunity to encourage the friend and remind her that God has a reason for putting her in this home and possibly it is to witness to the others that she is now living with.   

Thank you for praying for Helen.  She has been able to visit with the elderly with Janet.  It is a challenge for her to maneuver but Janet is grateful for her help with the visits. 

Also, this week-end, the Dine Bible Institute will be starting their fall semester.  They are going to try a new schedule using modular classes rather than weekly classes on Sunday evenings.  The first modular class will be this Saturday for 6 hrs.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Grammer August 2019

August 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

This month has been a very dry month for our area.  Though we are considered “high mountain desert”, we usually have a monsoon season at this time bringing us much needed water.  The lack of water has caused several wild fires throughout the state.  One of them was just north of Flagstaff and some of you saw it in the news. (This one was called the “Museum Fire” because it was close to the Northern Arizona Museum.)   We are thankful that our home was never in danger-thank you to those of you who were praying for us during this time.  The folks living in town appreciate the drier summer months because of the threat of flash floods in town as a result of the fire.  It is good that God is in control of even the rains.

We are still waiting for the fall classes to begin for the Dine Bible Institute on the Navajo Reservation.  Until then, we are using the time to get some things done around our home; including getting our winter supply of firewood down off the mountain.  After a busy spring, this slower pace for the summer has been a blessing.

We filled in for a local pastor that had to be away on 2 different Sundays this month and at present we are scheduled to fill in for another pastor later this fall.  Much of our ministry this summer has been un-scheduled contacts as we have been able to share the message of the Gospel with visitors and neighbors.  Please pray with us that the Holy Spirit will guide what we say and which Scriptures we use and that hearts would be open to submitting to Christ and accept His gift of salvation.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers and gifts that make our ministry here possible.

II Cor. 2:11 “Ye also helping together by prayer for us.”
In Christ,
Sam & Janet Grammer  

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Jones July 2019

Dear Family and Friends,       We want to thank you so much for your prayers and financial support these past few months! We had quite a few special financial gifts given to us. We want to thank you all!
    Thankfully, my family and I were able to travel to a few churches together. Mostly during the month of June. We have been to churches in the states of Arizona, California & Texas. 
    It’s be fun and busy these last few months. Thank you again for all your prayers! We have seen God do some amazing things because of your faithful intercession!
    You may have already heard some of the following news on social media, but for the ones who haven’t heard here is our update for the last 3 months.
    During the month of May, my wife and I spent most of our time trying to help our son get a schedule down. It has not been easy. Most of you parents know and have experienced this. We started Bible clubs on the North Reservation again. It has been a blast!! The few kids we have love learning Bible stories, having contests, & singing Christian songs! We have been going through discipleship with 6 teenagers and 2 adults as well- usually once a week. Towards the end of May, I had an opportunity to preach and present at a missions conference in Flagstaff, Arizona.
     In June, My family and I traveled to Texas for two weeks of the month. I got the opportunity to preach and present at 6 churches. It was a new experience for us traveling with a newborn son! During one church service, I was able to present the gospel to 2 young adults that both got saved! Praise the Lord!
     When we returned home after travelling, we had Bible clubs, Discipleship, Teen Frito Bowl Night, Junior Camp week (West Branch in William’s, Arizona) as well as presenting our work to a church in Queen Creek, Arizona. It was a long and busy month for us, but to God be the glory, We got to witness many Cocopah kids make awesome decisions for the Lord at Junior camp!
      During the month of July, we had Teen Camp (West Branch in Willams, Arizona). It was a blessing to see the kids get involved and have a fun time at camp. The next week, we had Neighborhood Bible Time. During that week, we saw 4 salvations! A special request to pray for Emon. He is a 13 year old who just got saved during NBT. He has shown a different spirit since his salvation. Please pray that he will continue to grow in his new faith. 
 The following week, we were able to present at a Missions conference in Corona, California. The people there were kind and loving towards us. Please continue praying for souls to be saved and for us as we minister to the Native Americans.
Up Coming Events:

Independent Baptist Indian Mission Inc. Conference 1st- 3rd
Presenting at 3 churches in New Mexico
Bro. Jacob’s ordination service 23rd

West Branch Youth Conference 7th
Presenting at 5 churches in the states of West Virginia, Ohio and New York.

Capture the Flag Teen Activity
Presenting at 4 churches in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and New Mexico. 

Bible clubs & Discipleship classes that we do on a regular basisFuture Ministry Goals:     One of our main goals is to help assist Pastor Veldhuis at  Cocopah Bethel Independent Baptist Church. In the future, we also desire to plant a church on the Quechan reservation and establish other ministries as the Lord leads us to start in order to reach Natives for Christ. Please pray that God would begin working in hearts and would open doors in order to allow us to reach these goals.     Currently ,there are over 1.6 million Native Americans in the United States and 562 distinct sovereign tribes. Many of these tribes struggle with substance abuse and poverty and have no gospel witness. Please pray with us that God will send more laborers into the Native American field located right in our backyard.
 Prayer Requests:
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, Sherry with possible tumor; Mary, Edward, and  Bro. and Mrs. Veldhuis with general health.Personal Needs:
     That more churches will take us on for support. As of now, we are at 51% of our support goal.
Pray that the Lord will provide for our needs. 

      In June, I had the opportunity to lead two young adults to Christ while my family and I visited a church on our way to a church in the evening where I was going to preach! God has given us a healthy baby boy (Samuel), He has helped in healing my wife after her c- section, protected us while on the road, and provided for our every need, He has answered our prayers with the kids and teens in making Spiritual decisions for the Lord and He has given us meetings for the next couple months! God is so good!
Thank you for all your prayers and financial giving towards our work!

                        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.
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