PLACING IT ALL IN HIS HANDS
Several months ago I felt the Lord was calling us to try Him and trust Him alone for all of our needs for the ministry here on the reservation. In January I decided to try an experiment, we would forgo sending out our monthly newsletter for a few months, and place all of our needs in prayer to God alone instead, trusting that He is the same God today as He was during the days when missionaries didn’t have mass emailing (or even mailing) capabilities. I knew He could provide everything we could possibly need if we just asked—and He has, and more!
He never failed the Hudson Taylors, or the George Muellers in their day, how could He fail us today; especially since He tells us in His Word that He “is the same yesterday, today and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8)
What a great blessing it is to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8) God’s Word never fails us, and even more He promises to never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
Since we last wrote in January, the Lord sent us a willing, consecrated, short-term Bible worker; placed an unexpected check for $2500 in our hands (enough to help support the Bible worker for a few months!); and most importantly God has sent us the encouragement and given us the strength to keep pressing forward.
God has been to us our everything—provider, encourager, and ever present help. He has been so very merciful to us personally and in the work here on the reservation. We have certainly faced our discouragements from loosing some of our more faithful members in the small church plant here (we continue to pray for our missing members) to set backs in getting the land prepared for a permanent church structure; but God continues to show us how to persevere and to simply do what He asks of us, and to leave the rest (all of the rest) in His capable hands.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:12-14
God has already told us in this world we will face tribulation, but to take cheer (and to persevere) we serve the One who has overcome the world! (John 16:33) We are trusting His Word, and standing on His promises to hold fast and continue to work for Him (while the day allows: John 9:4) until the day when He comes for ALL those who have chosen to believe in Him!
We want to thank you for supporting the work and efforts on the Navajo reservation, and pray the Lord blesses you for having a heart for His special Navajo followers.
In His service, Tony and Darah
One Man's Contribution
The check for $2500 we told you about above was an amazing testimony of God's provision. While traveling out of state, I attended a small church where I spoke to the church about the needs on the reservation. After speaking, the older gentleman who I had been sitting behind for the earlier part of the service (and strangely who I had sat next to in Sabbath School) turned around after the service had continued and placed something in my hand. Miguel had just moved to Window Rock to join the work before I left for this trip, and we had been praying about how to support him and his efforts so he could Bible work full time in the area. The service continued, and the man said nothing else until it ended. I had seen that he had given me a check but had not looked to see how much it was written for. Then he turned to me with tears in his eyes and said I came today to church with a burden on my heart, you see my wife died two months ago. At the time she passed she left an insurance policy, and I have been praying about giving a portion of it as an offering. I didn't know what God wanted me to do with it...until now. After hearing about the needs of the Navajo I knew that God was telling me to give this to you. I thanked the man for his heart to share and gave my condolences for his wife's passing, and then asked if I could pray with him. We hugged and then I noticed the service had ended. I headed to the parking lot and as I got in my car I pulled the check back out of my Bible. I said a prayer first and thanked the Lord for the man, and prayed for his heart to be comforted. Then I looked at the check and realized the man had given $2500! I sat amazed at God's provisions just when we need them, then prayed another prayer of thanks. God is a God of many miracles, and His provisions never fail!
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
We recently found a home for our donated Signs of the Times sharing box. We couldn't have been happier when our Bible worker Miguel informed us that he had spoken with the local grocery store, Baashas, and they were open to us placing the box in the main entrance to the store! God already blessed us with the box for free, and free magazines to restock the box, and now God has blessed us with a great location. Every time we go to replenish the magazines the box is almost empty! Please help us pray that God's message of love and hope and Biblical truths will make it into the hands of those thirsting for more knowledge of Him, and that through these magazines people can come to a saving relationship with Jesus.
Bible Study in the Navajo Capital
A Call for Bible Workers
Miguel and Effie at the first class Miguel taught on natural methods of healing. Effie is learning to apply a charcoal poultice.
Miguel's last day on the reservation, he taught a class on how to live healthier lives at the Senior Citizen Center before they were served lunch.
Miguel helped in numerous ways at the local church plant in Window Rock. Always making sure he arrived early to turn the generator and propane heaters on to make sure the trailer was warm before people arrived. This day Miguel preached the sermon and was leading the congregation in prayer.
Over the last many months we have had the privilege to work with Miguel Nunez, our second short-term Bible worker. During his time with us he helped to continue Bible studies which were already in progress, and held several healthy living classes, including one at the local senior citizen center. God has called Miguel onto other work, but we remain grateful for all his help, which allowed us to focus on the specifics of getting the church property setup, and planning for several volunteer groups who are coming this summer to help out.
We continue to have need for a dedicated Bible worker (or two who could go out two by two as the Biblical model suggests), who is committed to studying, nurturing and discipling God's children here on the reservation. An ideal person or persons for this would be someone who has a deep desire to share God’s Word with others and is able to do outreach independently or within a group. If this is you, and God is drawing you to share His Word on the Navajo reservation, please contact us.
ARE YOU BEING CALLED? Are you being called to come to the Navajo Reservation to give of your time and talents? Is God calling you to share with His children here? “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.”2 “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.”3 “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…”4
Though these words above were spoken over 100 years ago, they apply to all of us today. The call is still being sounded 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 pray about the following needs and if God is calling you to come?
#1, #2 and #3: from the book: An Appeal for Self-Supporting Laborers to Enter Unworked Fields: A Call to Finish the Work; pages 26; 27-28; 29 (in respective order)
Church Fence Half-way Complete!
We are praising God for His many provisions! He brought us for the second year in a row, a group of high school students and teachers from Weimar Academy in California. The group came at the beginning of April and worked for a week to begin fencing the three acre church property. Though the group was only able in the time they had to finish two sides of the property, they did a great job, and now we have all the materials to finish the work.
We are praying and seeking God's guidance for a few skilled hands to come out hopefully in the month of May, or possibly a team of willing hands to help finish the remaining two sides. If you are skilled in putting up chain link fence and God is leading you to help the work on the reservation, we would love to hear from you!
Possible Temporary Church Trailer
Lately, our work on the Navajo Reservation has taken a slightly different path. In the last three months the Lord sent us another Bible worker, who helped to free our time for more work on getting the infrastructure for the church property setup. God has also sent numerous other volunteers to get things started for a permanent church building.
When we first began our work here on the Navajo Reservation, our goal was simple. Reach God’s Navajo children with the Everlasting Gospel. Our goal today remains the same. Now we see that a permanent church building would benefit these efforts to share with the community around us.
We are still holding services weekly in the converted semi-truck that came to us from Monument Valley mission last year. Though, this has been a huge blessing, it has had some challenges. Some weeks we have close to 15 people attending services, and the trailers maximum capacity is around 25 people comfortably. There is also no facility to hold our weekly fellowship meals. We currently meet at various church members homes. With an evangelism series coming in a few months we have seen and reasoned that a larger building for worship would be a good thing. Though, we have also realized that a permanent structure requiring laying a foundation and building from the ground up just wouldn’t be ready prior to our summer evangelism series. But, God always has the plan!
Recently, Tony and Emilio, another part time Bible worker for the church, were talking to a man from the neighboring Mormon church. Somehow in conversation it came up that they had three mobile trailers that they no longer wanted on their property. Then the man offered to donate them to our church! Long story short, we are now waiting on one signature to come from Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City, and Lord willing one of those trailers will be moved onto the empty three acre property for the growing church plant!!
Will you help us pray for open hearts at their headquarters and a quick decision so we can begin to refurbish the trailer and have it ready by our summer evangelism series. We trust the Lord will lead more people to His church in Window Rock and want to be ready for the harvest!
(Top) Trail of Hope trailer where the local church plant has now met since last September (before meeting here we met in a rented conference room and our homes). (Bottom) The modular building that the Mormon church would like to donate.
Mountainview Mission Trip
The Lord has connected us recently with the Mountain View Japanese Seventh-Day Adventist Church in California to partner and prepare for their mission trip to our area. The group will be helping us to hold a health fair, several flea market outreach days and two nights of condensed depression recovery seminars.
We are already seeing God's provisions for this group. We thought since the group was coming the week of July 4, which is an eventful time in the capital of the reservation, it would be great to rent a larger facility and a place more centrally located for this health fair. God worked a miracle to open the way for us to rent three conference rooms at the Navajo Nation Museum. The Museum included the entire front outside area for our use for free, and took off the price of one of the conference rooms to make it possible for us to be there!
We were even told the day we went to pay the deposit for the rooms that the manager who had originally agreed to our rental had been informed that he was not supposed to book any facility rentals for the entire month of June on into the first week of July when we will be there. But, he said that he explained to his manager that he had already agreed to our rental and couldn't change it, and she agreed to let our reservation stand! God is good All the time!! This was great confirmation for us that God wanted us to be there to share His health message and the everlasting Gospel to His children that day. Please help us pray for this group as they are still enlisting more volunteers that God will lead who He needs for these outreach efforts.
A sad reminder...as Jackson and I (Darah) were walking into the Navajo Museum to pay the deposit for the facility rental, a man was lying beside the Hogan on the property. We checked to make sure he that he was passed out and not injured in someway; checked his breathing; then took this photo on my phone in to the manager to let him know where the man was lying so they could keep a watch out for his safety. Sadly, this is an all to common sight on the reservation and surrounding towns, and more confirmation of the need to continue the health fairs which provide alcohol awareness (as well as help to provide depression and spiritual counseling to help address the root causes of addictions) at our booths and to encourage people to connect with AA groups in the area.
Evangelism Series Coming in July!
In July the church plant in Window Rock will be hosting Amazing Facts evangelist, Wyatt Allen and his team. They will be with us for a month long series of tent meetings. Wyatt came last summer to our sister church in Chinle, AZ. During those meetings we carpooled several of our members there to hear the messages. It is truly a miracle and a blessing that they have agreed to come back again to share in our area of the Navajo Nation's capital town of Window Rock.
Wyatt does an great job explaining prophecy for these last days we are living in. You can watch Wyatt's testimony here on youtube: https://youtu.be/r9nPMJiD-hc. Jesus is coming soon and we want our Navajo brothers and sisters to know God's truths found in His Word and to be ready for His return. Please help us pray that we will have the church property ready for their arrival, as we need to have electricity and water ready on the land for their equipment and RV's. We are also praying that the donated Mormon church trailer will come through before the month-long series, so we will have somewhere to meet when the Lord brings more precious souls to worship with us.
Build and Restore
During the time of our summer evangelism series we had been planning to host a group from Build and Restore. This group had originally planned to begin laying the foundation for the new church building, but with unexpected delays in getting other infrastructure and permits for the land, we are delaying the foundation until Spring of next year, Lord willing. Instead the group will be helping in Chinle and hopefully in our area with various maintenance projects to help us be sustainable through another winter possibly in our small Trail of Hope trailer, or working on the donated trailer if it comes through in time. We know God has the perfect plan in all things and are trusting His way for whatever work and help the group can provide! We are continually amazed at all of God's willing servants who have a heart for the Navajo people, and are beyond thankful for all the help reaching precious souls in this area.
PRAISES & PRAYER REQUESTS:
Praising God for sending unexpected funds of $500 the same week our Bible worker Miguel arrived in Window Rock, and another $2500 a few weeks later!
Praising God for the group from Weimar who came to help start the fence in April.
Prayers needed for summer evangelism team and for many souls to attend.
Prayers needed for the utilities (electric, water, and gas) to be installed soon on the church property.
Prayers for Bible workers who can work as a team in this area sharing the Everlasting Gospel, and permanent housing solutions in the area for all volunteers.
Prayers for our missing members, to be reached and to be able to attend the summer evangelism series.
Philippians 4:6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God...
Donations needed to continue the church building project (currently we have around $35,000 to start the work, but estimate the entire project to cost more)
Volunteers to help finish the fencing around the church property.
More volunteers to come and help the Mountain View group with a July 2 Health Fair that will be preceeding the summer evangelism series. (Consecrated Doctors, Nurses, and health workers needed)
Bible workers and other consecrated volunteers who have the means to be self-supporting and who desire to see more people on the Navajo reservation come to health, healing and salvation.
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 able to provide tax deductible receipts for some donations (specifically, if they are donated to the local church plant needs), 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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SUNNY TAILS RESCUES OVER 100 ANIMALS!
Sky, puppy on the left; was found along a mountain rode eating a deer that had been hit by a car. We picked her up while transporting the ducks, she was starved and very thin. Maxine and Connie (two dogs in back of car) were found in a pack of 8 dogs at a local gas station on transport day. These two were the only females in the group and were glad to be pulled out of the lively pack for a calm ride to their new home! One of the three ducks taken to their new home (below).
Recently, Jackson's small dog ministry passed its 100 animals rescued mark! He was very excited to see how God has led to help the strays here on the reservation find safe and happy homes. Oddly though our last transport of animals was not only dogs (which is mostly what we rescue because of the stray dog problem here), but this time it was Willy, Nilly and Milly; three ducks that had been pets but were no longer wanted by their owner, and were going to be offered to a neighbor for boiling and eating. Jackson found out about them and we offered to take them to a rescue with a pond where they could continue to live. Along the way on transport day for the ducks we came across three other stray dogs that now all have homes! It seems God cares for even the "sparrows" in His mission field here! It makes me think if God uses a young boy to care for these animals how much more will He use to reach His children on the Navajo reservation, and around the world!
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