THE GREAT WORK BEFORE US
For those of us who claim the name of Christ as our Savior…what is the great work before us? “The proclamation of the Gospel, with its life-saving principles, to every nation and kindred and tongue and people. Let no one remain in idleness because he can not do the same class of work that the most experienced of God’s servants are doing. Because you can not be in the highest place, will you do nothing? Because you have not five talents, will you put your one talent in a napkin and hide it in the earth? Because you can not work for the multitude, will you refuse to work for individuals? Do the smaller duties waiting for you. Use your talents, be they ever so few. God has certainly given you a work to do for Him. And in all you do, keep the Lord Jesus ever before you. Do all to the glory of His name.”
These words are found in a compilation titled: “An Appeal for Self-supporting Laborers to Enter Unworked Fields,” (page 21) which was given to us at the recent ASI Convention. They among so many other thoughts (that we have shared below), have helped to sustain us during this past month. And, what a month of surprises this last month has been!
Just one week before our family left to attend the national ASI Convention in Houston, we were notified by the hotel where we held weekly church services on the reservation that as of that day they would no longer be honoring our contract to rent the conference room. This meant the very next Sabbath, (our first Sabbath away in a very long time) the church would have no where to meet, and we wouldn’t be there to help since we would be in Houston. This news came as a shock to us…but it didn’t end up being the last surprise.
Despite the twists and turns we have experienced in the work here on the reservation, we see God’s hand guiding the work and allowing it to move forward in some miraculous ways! We know though that the enemy of souls will try to do all he can to divert people on this reservation (and all over the world) from coming to know Jesus as their Savior. But, we take comfort, because our God is stronger than any enemy.
As we have continued to try to heed the council above, to work with the few talents God has given us, He is beginning to bring others into the work in this area to help spread the load and hasten His harvest! Will you be another to come when you are called? If not to the Navajo reservation, then wherever the Lord has planted you? The time is short, and He is calling us all to the fields: “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2
We are praying now, that your heart will be softened and answer His call to partner in the work quickly, as time will not allow us as Christians to wait much longer. The doors are open now to work with our Savior in the labor for souls; but the time is coming soon when they will no longer remain open. “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” John 9:4
What will you say to your Savior when He returns, and asks what talents you have to show from your commitment here in this world…will you have buried your light, or will you have a record of fellow believers by your side to show for your efforts? We pray for both you and for ourselves, that it will be the latter!
Thank you for your continued support of this small, but growing outreach on the Navajo Reservation, we have felt your encouragement and it has helped us to continue going in the work the Lord has laid before our family.
In His Service, Tony and Darah Varga
TRAIL OF HOPE
Top Photo: Trail of Hope Truck and Trailer still in Monument Valley. / Bottom two photos: Inside view during the cleanup process. / Top middle two pictures: Bill and Tony doing a final check before the trailer was hauled to Window Rock. / Arriving in Window Rock!
Where to begin? A few months ago we met a couple who came to help out with healthy cooking classes in our area. Over the following months as we got to know this couple, we found out that they used to be a part of a project called: Trail of Hope. This was a converted semi-truck that drove all over the reservation to share a message of health and healing through programs and education on diet and healthy living. We also found out that this truck and trailer was currently not in use and that the program had been discontinued years ago. We began discussing with our new friends the possibility of using the trailer to hold church services in; in our area. But, quickly, we let the idea fade, as we already had a rented conference room where we had been comfortably (sometimes God has to disturb our comfort to grow our faith) meeting for the last year. We determined there was no real pressing need to make any move, anytime soon. But…the Lord had other plans.
Long story short, after unexpectedly loosing our rented conference room (with no prior notice) we began to scramble for ideas on where to hold church services. Then the idea for the Trail of Hope truck came back to us. We contacted our friends; our local pastor; and ran it through the proper channels, and everyone seemed to approve the idea. We made plans to travel to Monument Valley (about a 150 miles away) to pick up the trailer. The only problem was we didn’t know if it would even run (or make the trip back), or what condition we would find it in. Upon arriving and checking out the trailer and truck, we were this time pleasantly surprised to find that it seemed to fit our needs (though still in need of some TLC).
Tony, Jax and our friend Bill spent most of the evening until around midnight unloading the building materials that had been stored in the bus for other projects, and in the morning got up early to start work on checking out the tires and checking for any other signs that would indicate it might cause trouble on the drive home. Then we began heading back to Window Rock. Only, about thirty minutes into the drive we started experiencing engine troubles. We pulled over to let the engine reset, and continued on. We knew the devil did not want this bus to get back to Window Rock to bless the congregation there! The old truck stopped on us about four more times, but each time we prayed along with others praying for the trip, and God was faithful to get it going again!
Once we got it back, we began the work of giving it a thorough cleaning so we could hopefully begin holding church in it. Only, we soon got another big surprise. We had parked the trailer on the land we had always been told was our church property. We left it there while we cleaned it, and finally it was ready. One day before we were prepared to hold services in the trailer, we were scheduled to meet a woman to conduct a cultural study on the church property. On the Navajo Nation before you can build on property you have to get the land surveyed to ensure their are no artifacts or historical findings that would prevent you from developing the land. This was just one of the steps we needed to get done before moving ahead with plans to build on the land a more permeant church home. And, this is where we ran into another challenge.
During the cultural survey the woman reviewed our land purchase agreement that had the map of the layout of our three acres. After reviewing our map, she informs us that she had not surveyed the right land. That in fact, where we had parked the bus, and where we had thought (for the last year) was our land, was not in fact the church’s property at all. She then walked us over to a far corner of the property and began to show us according to the map where she believed our land actually was. Needless to say, we did not have worship in the trailer last week. We went back to temporarily worshipping at our family’s single wide trailer.
We are currently in the process of hiring someone to come out to the land to re-mark the land boundaries. We are praying to have this process done by the end of this week, so that we could possibly move the truck onto our rightful land and begin holding services there. We leave this coming Sunday for a three week visit to family on the East coast, so we are praying hard to find a place for the congregation in Window Rock to worship while we are away and until we can begin building a permanent church structure! Will you pray with us that God's children in our corner of the reservation will soon be able to stop wondering and have a permanent church home for the glory and honor of God? We will soon be in need of missionary volunteers who are willing to come to the reservation and help in putting up a fence on the property; developing/clearing the land; and Lord willing to build a new church structure on the property. Please contact us if you or your church group would like to schedule an upcoming mission trip.
EVANGELISM IN CHINLE...
Recently, we had an exciting opportunity to travel to a neighboring church about 1.5 hours away (3 hours round trip drive) to take several of our church members to an Amazing Facts evangelism series being held there. The speaker for the series was Wyatt Allen. Though we could not make it every night, we were able to attend about a week of the month-long seminar. All three ladies that attended from our Window Rock group were extremely blessed by the Biblical truths being taught each night. We are already praying that next year we will be able to host (in Window Rock) an evangelism series similar to this one; so that more people in the Navajo Nation’s capital can hear this last day message shared in their area! If you are interested in requesting Wyatt, or one of the other Amazing Facts evangelists to come and speak at your church or maybe to attend a seminar near you; (they travel all over the country), you can check out Wyatt and the other speaker's schedules here: http://www.prophecyseminars.com/
Ladies from the Window Rock church plant pose with Wyatt Allen while attending the revival in Chinle, AZ.
BIBLE WORKERS COMING!
Orlando Hernandez and Hanna Crosby (soon to be Hernandez), will be coming to Window Rock at the end of September to join the team here part-time (and part time at a neighboring church) to help us follow-up on Bible study leads in the area.
No sooner had we felt a sense of confirmation from the Lord that He wanted us to go and pick up the Trail of Hope truck, that we received a call telling us that there was a young couple interested in coming to our area to help out with Bible study leads! This is a long-standing hope and prayer of ours that others would come and help in the work here, especially a qualified Bible worker. So, needless to say, we are thrilled to announce two of our latest additions to the work in Window Rock: Orlando and Hanna Hernandez. We are excited for them to come and join us; and with their help, Lord willing, we will all be better able to focus on the work of training local Navajo people with the Everlasting Gospel!
ASI Convention; and an Audio Bible for Marsha
Our son Jackson, watching the booth at ASI, where among sharing the work of ATGO Ministries, he sold hand made soaps to help raise monies for the work on the Navajo Reservation.
Thank you for those of you who helped ATGO Ministries to be able to attend the recent national ASI convention. We had many people come to our booth and were able to share what God has been doing in this area of the Navajo reservation. One of the highlights of our time there was receiving an audio Bible from the AWR booth for a lady in our Bible study class who is blind. Upon returning home, we called Marsha to let her know we did find an audio Bible for her, and her response was touching. She was so very excited to be able to now at least hear God’s words being spoken! We are praying she will continue to grow even more in her faith with the help of her new audio Bible. There were many other divine appointments at the convention that we pray we will be able to share with you as they continue to develop and come to fruition!
ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE?
“To those who are looking for a place where they may work in the Lord’s vineyard, come over and help us. Come prepared to practice self-denial, determined that you will not fail nor be discouraged. We can not pay your passage, nor can we give you large wages. We can not carry you financially or spiritually; but if you will come to do a work for the Master, if you are willing to visit and labor for souls where they are, come, and we will co-operate with you as long as you co-operate with God.”1“Helpers are needed who have some means, who can engage in some employment and sustain themselves and not draw upon the [church] for their support.”2 “Let such workers go…where truth was presented years ago and the work has not been followed up. True, it will require self-denial to leave the churches where [you] have assembled to worship. But, if Jesus, the precious Savior, had studied His own pleasure and convenience, as many who profess to be His followers do today, He would never have left the mansions of bliss, His heavenly home, and come to our world, all seared and marred with the curse…”3
Though these words above were spoken over 100 years ago, they apply to all of us today. We too are calling for individuals to come; only this time to the Navajo Reservation. We need people who would be able to help in short-term and possibly long-term capacities with a variety of skill sets, and who are willing to be self-supporting in the work. If you are interested and feel the call to come: please take a look at our current needs (health outreach, church building and land development, and evangelism are a few areas) on our website: www.atgoministries.org, and fill out an application stating your skills and where you think you could best fulfill a need for the people on the reservation. 1-3: From the compilation: “An Appeal for Self-supporting Laborers to Enter Unworked Fields” 1: page 26 2: page 27 3: page 29
PRAISES & PRAYER REQUESTS:
Prayers for a quick solution as to where the local church plant can continue to hold worship services.
Prayers requested for a young couple coming to do part-time Bible work in the Window Rock area, that the Lord keep them encouraged and strong for the work He is leading them to.
Prayers requested that we will be able to have the land ready to hold an evangelism series in Window Rock in 2018.
Prayers requested for missionaries willing to come and help develop the church property, and build a church home for the group in Window Rock.
Praises to God for helping us get the Trail of Hope bus safely to Window Rock and ready for services (once we have a place to park it!)
Praising God for Marsha's Audio Bible, and a continued and active Bible Study group.
Philippians 4:6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God...
Church building project: estimated costs for the entire project around $30,000-$40,000.
Upcoming Health Fairs and possible speaker coming to host a seminar to help strengthen families in our area.
Volunteers to come and help with building the church and developing the property.
To share the message of salvation with Native people groups using health outreach aimed at improving physical and emotional wellbeing.
To help Native people groups know Jesus by teaching from the Word of God.
To equip indigenous peoples to reach their own with the Gospel and to prepare them for Jesus' second coming.
How To Donate: would you like to help us keep this outreach going? You can donate towards any of our current needs. All donations received will be used towards our most pressing needs in the order God is leading us to fulfill them. There are no overhead ministry costs, as we all work on a volunteer basis. We are hoping to apply to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the future. However, we are able to provide tax deductible receipts for many donations, contact us directly if you need a receipt for tax purposes on your donation. Support can be mailed to: ATGO Ministries PO Box 3173 Window Rock, AZ, 86515 You can also contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-275-3180.
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A Lethal White Gets a Second Chance
This was my first time ever hearing the term "lethal white," and our first lethal white ever rescued and adopted out. Dolly, as we named her was found roaming at a local storage unit by some friends of ours. They called us and asked if we could find her home. All we were told before picking her up was that she was believed to be deaf. As it turns out, poor Dolly had a few more challenges in life other than her complete deafness (which was confirmed at her vet visit after rescue). Dolly is what is known as a lethal white, a somewhat debatable term, but basically it is a puppy born carrying 2 copies of the merle gene. This combination often causes partial or complete blindness, deafness, among other birth defects. Sadly, this leads to many of these animals being euthanized upon birth by breeders because they are not seen as marketable. We are praising God that Dolly was brought to us, where we could see that she was better than marketable--she was a sweet creature created by our amazing Creator...and because He loves all His creatures, she was worthy to be loved! Dolly is now on her way to a rescue in Montana for this specific type of dog. Sunny Tails Rescue is a sister ministry to ATGO Ministries, and a labor of love for our son, Jackson. Sunny Tails has rescued 49 dogs and cats.
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