Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Christmas in the Villages Sponsorship!!!

Wow!  It's hard to believe that it is almost time for Christmas! 

We are, once again, going to try to provide Christmas for several families on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, the Gila River Reservation, and to new refugee families living in Phoenix!!  Last year was such a huge success, and we want to thank those that participated.  Out of all the things (activities, events, etc) that we have done since living here, this is are favorite thing to do hands down.  It is such a joy to see a child's face light up when they see that someone cared enough about them to get them specific presents that they need!
So Sweet!

We are once again sponsoring children from 3 villages on the Tohono O'odham Reservation:  Chuichu, Cockleburr, and Kohatk, and we will also have several children that need sponsorships in  Sacaton!!  We are adding several families this year from Phoenix!!! The families are originally from Congo (the country our daughter is from) and are new to the United States, as they have just moved here in 2014 as refugees.  We are expecting to be able to provide Christmas (with your help of course) to 150-200 children.  For many of these children, the presents that they get through this ministry will be the only presents that they receive. 
Isn't she just precious?

Please do not miss out on this opportunity to be involved in a child's life this Christmas!!!!!

Here's what you need to do to get involved:

1. Contact us either by email (liveloveaz@gmail.com) or on facebook or by phone to let us know how many children you would like to provide Christmas for. Please pass this along to your church, small group, youth group, etc.  We have at least 150 kids that we need to provide for.

2. After we hear from you, we will email you a list of things you should know specific to the child. We have already passed out forms for the families to fill out.  You will know specific details such as age of the child, size of clothes and shoes, specific interests or toys that the child likes, and anything they are in need of.

3. Then you may either shop and buy the presents or send us the money that you would like to put forth for the presents.  We give this option because we know that everyone is different in how they like to do things.  We know that some people love to actually pick out the presents themselves (it feels more real this way and like they are apart of your family), but we also know that some people live across the country and prefer not to spend the money on shipping the presents to us.  Although the majority of people chose to actually buy the presents and send them last year, we still had about 20 that chose to just send the money and let us do the buying.  This is completely up to you and your family/church/Sunday school class/small group.  Either way you choose will be appreciated!!!

4. We don't really give a certain amount of money that you have to spend, but we ask that you at least get the child some clothes and at least one thing that is fun or that they are interested in.  I would say the majority of people spend around $50 per child.  If you want to do more, that is fine. We just ask that you don't go overboard.  Most children will have brothers and sisters and we don't want one child to have an Xbox and the other child to get a book.  Does that make sense?

Also, it seems silly to have to say this, but please make sure the presents that you send are NEW.  Our goal in providing the children Christmas presents is not just so they have something to open up on Christmas morning.  Our goal is to share Christ with them and their families. We make contact with many families during this Christmas ministry that we otherwise would not be able to.  If we give them hand-me-downs or used presents for Christmas, the message we send is that they are not worth our best.  We want them to feel like they are apart of our family.  We want them to know that they are valued and loved.  We want them to know that God sent his best- His Son Jesus to earth in the form of a human to be born and live and ultimately die for us and them.  We want them to understand that the reason we love them and buy them presents for Christmas is because of the overflow of love we have for them because of the love God has for us.  We want them to know Jesus too!!!

5. The deadline for sending us money or presents is Saturday, December 6.  This means that we need them at our house by this date. Please do not mail them on this date.   We need at least a week to sort through all the presents, purchase those that have sent the money, wrap the presents, etc. before we hand them out.   Our address is: PO Box 2237, Sacaton, AZ 85147.  If you would like to use UPS or FedEx please get in contact with us for our physical address.

6. Please fill free to send cards or letters to the child as well.  You don't have to do this, but I think the child and family would enjoy it.

7. Several people asked last year if they could also send something that could be for the whole family to enjoy.  Of course you can!  This is not something that you have to do, but feel free if you would like.

After all the presents are in and sorted and wrapped, we will have a special service in each of the villages/locations the week of December 15-19.  Each village/location will have their own night.  This year we are going to have a church service to share the true meaning of Chrismas, and then pass out the presents to each child.  I promise to take lots of pictures and try to capture what it was like to be there.
*****You may choose to send the presents to us wrapped or unwrapped this year. If you choose to wrap them, please include a list of items that the child will receive.  This will help us when we sort them into families to make sure each child in the family gets about the equal amount and quality.  Also, when labeling presents, please just write the child's name.  It is not necessary to write who the present is from.*****

 If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us. 

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing God be glorified through you this Christmas!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Video of Mission Week

Click the link below to watch a video of Puryear Baptist Church's mission team with First Pima Baptist Youth. 


These two teams partnered together as one for the very first Mission Week!!  They served in Chuichu and Cockleburr.  The video highlights everything that took place during the week.  A special thanks goes to Lisa Brannon for putting it all together.  Please take some time to watch how the youth of First Pima got involved in serving others this summer!!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Reflection of the Summer

Wow!  What an amazing summer of missions!  So many things took place this summer, and God worked in countless ways; it's hard to even know where to begin. 

This is the beginning of the second week since our summer has officially been "over", and I am still processing all that God has done.  It's simply just amazing!!  I think I can go on record and say that it was the best one yet!

Let's take a moment to look at the numbers.  Sometimes that helps to put things into perspective.

5 = number of mission teams
First Missionary in Cockleburr
= number of Vacation Bible Schools
Chuichu VBS
1 = number of youth mission weeks (the first one ever!)
Haili was saved and baptized during youth mission week
18 = number of days spent working on the new fellowship hall
The beginning of summer

What it looks like now!
4 = number of Back to School Bash Events

Giving school supplies to each child
1 = number of Women's Ministry Events

@ First Pima
18 = number of animals that were vaccinated by Dr. Badger (able to build several new relationships with this ministry)

5 = number of grocery trips made to feed everyone :)

Notice Santos and Titus- our 2 biggest helpers :)
4 = number of Congolese refugee families served

Provided basic necessities to this sweet family
104 = the number of volunteers that came out to serve this summer

1400 = total number of hours Eric and I worked in 8 weeks!

28 = total number of people that surrendered their life to Christ!!

16 = total number of those that were baptized!!




Ailysa and Joycelynn









Isn't that amazing???? 
Please join us in praying for those that are just beginning their new walk with Christ:
  • Teresa     
  • Linda                                                 
  • Sage
  • Patricia      
  • Trevino           
  • Ailysa
  • Daniel                          
  • Xylina                                             
  • Joycelynn
  • Joshua                              
  • Crystal  A.                                        
  • Mikayla
  • Khalil                                 
  • Miranda                              
  • Brianna
  • Haili                                                         
  • Crystal  W.                                    
  • Marie
  • Marchelle                                                   
  • Diana                                                 
  • Rochelle
  • Joe                                                               
  • Mary                                                 
  • Moses
  • Joanie                                                           
  • Renny                                                
  • Elgin
  • Sandra

We want to give a special thanks to all the mission teams that came out this summer and served!!  First Missionary Baptist Church, Puryear Baptist Church, Hardin Baptist Church, First Baptist Mayfield, and First Baptist Fredonia- we love you all and appreciate your partnership with us!!!  Thanks for all your hard work and helping to make this an absolutely incredible summer!!   We look forward to see all that God is going to do with the relationships that were built!!
I said earlier that our summer is over, but we actually have one more team coming in 2 weeks!  We are looking forward to Walnut Memorial Baptist Church coming out to serve.  Can't wait to see how God is going to use them too!!
Thanks for continuing to pray for us and the ministry here in AZ!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

God is at Work!!!

It is so hard to put into words all that God is doing on the Gila River and Tohono O'odham Reservations!!  It is too much to write and explain all in one blog post, but I would like to give you all a brief update.

Just last week, we had a mission team from Hardin Baptist Church in Hardin, KY come out to help.  We were able to do 2 different Kids Camps since it was spring break here- 1 in the village of Cockleburr and 1 at First Pima in Sacaton. 

It was the largest Kids Camp event we have ever had in Sacaton.  Kids just kept coming!!  Every night there were more kids than the night before :)  The last night we had a total of 109!!!  Out of that number, at least 85 do not attend church regularly or at all.  It is so awesome to think that every single child that attended last week was able to hear the Gospel and know that Jesus loves them and died for them!!  We are so thankful for the opportunity to love and teach them, and we pray that they would continue to come to First Pima so that they can learn more and eventually surrender their lives to Him!!

Not only was First Pima great, but so was Cockleburr!!  We had about 20-25 children attend Kids Camp there.  And let me tell you- those kids know the Fruit of the Spirit!!  It is so encouraging to see how far they have come over the past 3 years.  Please continue to pray for the children there, especially the older ones.  Many of them are very close to surrendering their lives to Christ!

But the most encouraging thing of all, is that God is raising up a group of men in that village that love Him and want to follow Him!!  It literally brings me to tears.  I look back over the past 3 years and think of the times that we were frustrated and wanted to give up, and then I thank God for giving us the strength to keep going.  You guys- it's just so hard for me to describe it to you.  It's just awesome to see the change taking place.

Two of the men, Lawrence and Tyler, decided to be obedient to the Lord and follow him in baptism.  They know and understand that baptism does not save them.  They know it is publicly showing to the world that they follow Christ and that they are new creations.  In a village where not a lot of other people are following Jesus, it would have been easy to say no.  But these men- they were ready to step up and be the first in the village!  Do you realize the significance of that?  They were the very first people to EVER be baptized in the village!!!  It leaves me speechless.

Here is a short video of the baptism so that you all can rejoice and praise the Lord with us for all that He is doing!!

We want to say thanks so much to our supporters!  You all are awesome, and you are truly making a difference in the Kingdom of God!!  We could not be here and do what we do without your support!!
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