Thursday, October 27, 2011

Summer Mission Opportunities

Recently, we have had several people/churches show interest and inquire about coming on a mission trip this summer.  Of course, summer is our busiest time of the whole year, and we already have several weeks booked for 2012.

So, I thought I would post the weeks that we still have available for groups to come.  Remember this is only for the summer.  We welcome groups all year long.

May 26-June 1

July 14- July 20

July 28- August 3

If you have any questions about scheduling a trip or know for sure that you want to, please don't hesitate to call or send us an email


P.S. We had 7 children "adopted" for Christmas yesterday!  Please pass the word along to anyone you think might be interested!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child?

I hope your answer is "YES!" 

After a couple of weeks of rest and relaxation, we are extremely busy preparing for the next couple of months.  Of course, you know that two of the biggest holidays of the year are fast approaching- Thanksgiving and Christmas.  For many people, these holidays are fun and anticipated for a great deal of the year.  However, for others, it's a hard time especially here on the reservation.  For many people living here, there is no hope or anything to look forward to.  A great deal of people don't know Jesus and having nothing to celebrate.  For them, it is also hard to be thankful when they don't have enough money to feed their family a Thanksgiving meal. 

So, we are planning two really huge outreach events that we could really use some help with.  These events are meant to meet physical needs, with the hope that we will be able to share Christ and the greatest need of all will be met.

The first event is going to be a Community Thanksgiving Meal.  We literally plan to invite the entire community of Sacaton to this meal.  We also plan to have a Thanksgiving meal in the village of Cockelburr as well. 

Ways that you can be involved with this outreach 
1. Pray that we will have the opportunity many times to share Christ with those that attend, that they will have receptive hearts, and their lives will be changed forever.
2. If you live locally, donate food items to be cooked or cook the food yourself and come join us!
3. Donate money for food to be purchased.

The other huge outreach that we are doing is for Christmas.  We are asking that you prayerfully consider adopting a child or family for this Christmas season.  We have identified several children/families that need assistance with Christmas this year.  We have already begun to pass out forms to the families for them to fill out with all the necessary information.  We know for sure that we have at least 50 children that need to be "adopted" this Christmas but more than likely there are close to 100 children that need "adopted".

If you choose to "adopt" a child or family for this Christmas season, you will receive information about the child or family such as name, gender, age, interest, etc.  The most important thing that you can do for the child/family is to pray for them.  We ask that you would commit to praying for them daily.  We also ask that you would help their parents in buying a couple of presents for them.  We are leaving the amount you spend and the number of presents up to you and what you feel comfortable with.  If you live locally, you can buy the presents and drop them off at First Pima Baptist Church in Sacaton.  If you do not live close, you can send the amount of money you would like to spend on the child/family and we will buy the presents for you.  Another option is to buy the presents yourself and ship them to us.  The deadline for presents and/or money to be received by is December 9.

We plan to have a Christmas service in each village that we work with so that the true meaning of Christmas is heard and taught.  Please be in prayer for this as well.

Here are just a couple of the sweet faces that need to be "adopted" this Christmas:

If you feel that God is leading you to be involved with either of these outreach events, please send an email to and let us know.

If you would like to donate financially to these events, checks can be made to Live Love Ministries.  Our address is PO Box 2237, Sacaton, AZ 85147.  Please include a note specifying how you would like the funds to be used. 

We want to thank you for your prayers and for partnering with us in ministering to the Native Americans of the Gila River and Tohono O'odham nations. 


P.S. If you could pray for my health it would greatly be appreciated.  I'm having some issues with an ulcer that is bringing lots of discomfort.  Thanks! :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Great News to Share

Hello Friends and Family!  It's been quite a while since we have updated, but that doesn't mean that there hasn't been anything going on.  Actually, we've had several things take place; it's just been hard to get to the computer to update.

First, one of the students in our youth group gave her life to the Lord last Sunday morning.  She has been coming since we first started the youth group in February.  When Eric and I first met Darien, we could tell that God was going to use her one day in a big way.  We had been praying for her to accept Christ since that time.  Praise God she did last Sunday!  I think Eric and I were probably as excited as she was.  In the next couple of weeks, Eric will hopefully have the opportunity to baptize her.  Please continue to pray for Darien as she is starting her new life in Christ and also for her as she parents her sweet baby boy!

Darien is the one on the right.  (I couldn't find a pic of just her.)

Also, Eric had the privilege of baptizing Darien's aunt, Terrie on Sunday night.  This is also Doug's sister. 

Sorry- this picture is hard to see, but it was truly a great night!

The last thing I'll share for today is that we received a Budget truck load of "goodness" from Kentucky on Friday.  Edgewood Baptist Church from Hopkinsville brought a group out this summer on a mission trip.  While they were here, they did a VBS in ChuiChu during the day and a revival at Casa Blanca at night.   I believe that God really worked in their lives that week.  We got a phone call from their associate pastor, Brad Hall, about a month ago saying that he had 27 pews, a pulpit, a communion table, etc. that he would like to get to Casa Blanca Baptist Church.  Of course, we were thrilled, as was the church family.  We would like to say a huge thank you to their church and a special thank you to the sweet couple that drove the truck out here.  All the pews and accessories (if that's ok to say) went to Casa Blanca except 11 of the pews that went to First Pima Baptist Church to put under the ramada.  They will use those for the revival they are having that starts tomorrow.  Also, in the truck were tons of blankets that we will pass out this winter as it turns cooler to families that do not have heat.  New Bethel Baptist Church in Eddyville also sent tons of backpacks that we will pass out to those children who are in need.  Once again, thank you so much to all the churches and families that contributed to this project.  We know there are probably lots that we don't even know about that contributed, but we want you to know that we truly thank you.  Here are just a couple of pics:

This was donated to take to the kids at ChuiChu

Here are the pews set up in the ramada

   Thanks again to everyone for praying for us and for the ministry that is going on here in AZ!