We will never forget the first time we came to North Valley Assembly of God! We had only just pulled up to the parking lot when a woman met us weeping and saying how much she was expecting God to work a miracle in her life that night. There is such an expectancy for the Lord at this church, and He so faithfully comes! Pastor Scott Thurber truly is a watchman, shepherd and uncompromising proclaimer of the full council and Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is always an honor to come and share in ministry here. The Lord so faithfully came and ministered the true meaning of Christmas… to receive the free gift of salvation, draw ever closer to Jesus Christ and not get too consumed or busy where opportunities are lost to share the Gospel. We had our giveaways and saw so many that we love… it was truly a blessed day! In the evening we were able to share at Mountain of Life Pentecostal Church. Precious people and we were rejoicing with them at all the provisions of God in their life. God is so good!
The heart of a three year old… “If Jesus’ Birthday is tomorrow, why all the gifts around the tree”…
Pastor Don and Suzanne Tjiema, not only are wonderful friends and sincere ministers of the gospel… but Pastor is an amazing cook! We lovingly call him “enchilada man” because he always makes us his specialty, chicken enchilada casserole with homemade salsa. We have so many dear friends here, it was a wonderful fellowship with each other and the Lord!
Last night we were at First Southern Baptist Church in Holbrook, AZ. We were first greeted by Scarlet, the new senior pastor’s doberman, showing her teeth, which we later realized it was her smiling, desiring to give kisses. It is always a joy to see Eric Luhmann who is always so gracious to help us with our sound equipment. Last night he blessed our ministry with 400 copies of the gospel of John to distribute as needed. We had a wonderful time last night honoring Who this season is really about. These pictures are the precious people who received gifts. They were so blessed by them. Their new pastor was sharing with us how the Lord is building up their church and Daisy, their secretary, met us with praise reports on the faithfulness of the Lord in answered prayer. The Lord is so good!
There was at least one new name written down in Glory last night! Praise the Lord!! We asked who didn’t have a Bible because we have a bunch that were donated by Pastor Jim and Jeannine Cavalieri. We were able to give away 16 gift wrapped Bibles to these sweet people at the Holbrook Mission. The woman that submitted her life to Christ was one that received a Bible. There was a part of the concert that she opened her new Bible and the Lord immediately started talking to her about something so specific, she raised her hand and asked to share the scripture with all of us. A gentleman approached us at the end that shared that his father, grandfather and uncle were all Pentecostal preachers. He was the oldest of 8 and didn’t want to live for God then. He said, this is why he has experienced this lifestyle, but now he has given his life to following God. He said he doesn’t cry, but tears wouldn’t stop as we sang for them. The Lord was ministering! There are more stories I could share but just wanted to share a couple, all to say that the Lord did a huge work last night. The people were so blessed to receive blankets, Bibles, a handmade pillowcase, hand cross-stitched ornaments, candy, Beanie Babies and yo-yo’s. We even had one the the homeless want to give us an offering… Reminded me of the widow’s mite in scripture that pleased the Lord more than any of the others because she gave all she had. We had a beautiful cake and flowers presented as well. We got to pray with a lady for healing and hear so many testimonies of God’s grace! It was such a wonderful night in the Lord!!!
There are hardly enough words to describe what took place last night! The Lord gave Pam the desire of her heart as we were able to come back out West for a Christmas tour with gifts for everyone… These are the children at the Native American Christian School. Their eyes got so big when they came in for chapel and saw gifts everywhere! We always do some form of interactive, fun song. The children and staff really got into the 12 Days of Christmas! They loved the candy, as the video shows… The children and staff were blessed beyond comprehension when we started handing out the Christmas Shoe Boxes!! It truly was a night we will always remember as we were able to share the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, remember and honor Who this season is really about, as well as bless those who may have never had a Christmas present. The love of Jesus Christ was so present and tangible, it truly was a “Christmas to Remember”!
Santa’s Sleigh is emptying out… Pam is pulling in the reigns! So excited for tonight as we will be giving away the shoebox gifts and soccer balls donated by Bruce and Lucinda Anderson at Alpha and Omega Christian Bookstore, countless toys such as Beanie Babies and yo-yo’s from Karen Grosteffon and beautiful handmade pillowcases for the children by Carol Krenzer McCulloch and all gift wrapped by Marianne Himmelsbach. Cannot wait to see the faces of these children and workers at the Native American Christian Academy here in Sun Valley, AZ!