January 10, 2014
Greetings from Arizona Reservation Ministries!
Once again, our Prayer Calendar ran out before another
could be sent. However, we are thankful for the activities
that have caused the delay. To those of you who use that
Calendar to pray for us, thank you! We are incredibly
grateful for the gift of your prayers! Just this past
weekend, I was blessed to share with Desert Christian
Fellowship in Phoenix, challenging them, Lord willing,
with the most powerful weapon God has placed at our
disposal…Prayer. An email received a few days later
revealed that others are sharing a similar challenge. The
state of humanity is clearly deteriorating. God’s People
have such an awesome responsibility! Prayer is our
greatest weapon, no matter the situation. We see the
miraculous answers to prayer on a regular basis. Clearly,
this ministry, and those serving within it are in the Lord’s
hands…and His Hands are more than capable of caring
for all of us. Again, thank you for praying!
Our Christmas Stocking and Fleece Blanket project held
both the typical, and the miraculous. We typically head
as a team to the Phoenix area for a day prior to stuffing
stockings to purchase whatever we are still lacking. We
cover even this in prayer as we are never quite certain of
the exact amounts needed of each item. While a group
was helping me process our “year-end” mailing, Faye led
in stuffing the stockings with our Church Bus team and
helpers from First Christian in Phoenix. This group
stuffed all of those stockings that were intended for
children/teens who regularly attend their Church Bus.
These stockings had their names attached. The bin of
the WalMart to
teens who would show up during distribution. The next
morning we were to stuff these stockings. When the lid
was removed from the bin, 65 hand-stitched stockings
were laying where the previous night so few had been.
That was a miracle! Our best estimate is that over 550
stockings were distributed! Those who counted the fleece
blankets showed concern because it was clear that there
were less than 400 packed and ready for distribution, yet
on our final day of handing out the stockings and
blankets, there were blankets left over. That was a
miracle too! In addition to some left-over blankets were
toys, toothbrushes and more. We were able to take these
items to the Tribe’s Wellness Center for their Christmas
events. This organization is a tremendous resource for
the Reservation as they teach parenting classes, drug and
alcohol rehab, classes for special-needs adults and so
much more. Still, things remained! An Apache
Evangelist took those items to a church that was planning
Christmas distribution in its area. As always, the gifts
contributed to ARM are blessed and multiplied, reaching
Once again, I had the honor of serving the members of
the Church of Calvary as they had their Christmas dinner
and party in our Globe church. Dale attended as a guest
and also helped with serving. I love the opportunity of
quietly serving, and visiting with those both the Lord and
we love so dearly!
Our ARM Team Christmas party was held in our home.
There are now twelve ARM team members. They, along
with two sisters of Team members, and nine staff kids ate,
played, and visited for the evening. As grandparents,
having four of our grandkids among the staff kids was
such a blessing. Watching our four and five others from
ten years old down to our Edward, (who turned two the
19 ), was such fun! The laughter as we unwrapped “white
elephant” gifts, played with the children and more
created a memorable evening. As we get older, we deeply
enjoy the visits with those our age God has provided for
our team, but the promise of younger team members with
their youthful energy is an extra blessing!
As mentioned above, there are now twelve on the ARM
Team. As God continues to lead this ministry, He is also
faithful to provide those we need to serve alongside us.
During December, Faye and I visited with a couple who
have been volunteering on the Church Bus for over a year.
Along with Nia’s mother, they have also prepared Apache
meals for some of our visiting work teams. (That means,
some of you have already met them!) Mike and Nia have
joined the ARM Team! They have two little boys who are
so precious to us all. Nia has already taught the Bible
lesson on the Church Bus. Mike and Nia have taught at
Sunday School classes on the Reservation, and have
relationships with several of the Church Bus kids who
attend these churches. Mike’s turn to teach is coming up,
when he and Bill will have a “guys week”, teaching the
‘One Way’ to heaven.
The addition of this couple to the Church Bus Team
allows me to step back from regularly serving on the
Church Bus. As difficult as this decision was, we know it
is right. There are now six Church Bus Team members,
four from San Carlos. I can’t help but visit at least once in
each neighborhood each month as these kids and teens
are too precious, but I am praying to get caught up on
office and development projects that, until now, have
been getting further and further behind. Please pray not
only for wisdom with these tasks, but also for
opportunities to travel to share about ARM and San
Carlos during 2014. If your church, Bible Study or other
group would like a visit, please feel free to call or email us
to make arrangements. As one of my “hats” is the Work
Group coordinator/Work Group cook, scheduling is
challenging, but sharing is important, too.
We already have several groups planning to join in shortterm ministry in 2014! Please pray for these groups that
will join us from Arizona to New Jersey, from middleschool aged through senior citizens. There are still weeks
that we could use your assistance! Please pray about
bringing a group to help us! We are also in contact with a
young couple that is preparing to join us for the summer
to complete their Bible College internships. We will need
several interns! Please pray for this need as well.
As a new year begins, we were also humbled by the gifts
that arrived so that we were able to purchase a nearlynew 15-passenger van! It was used already to help with
Stocking distribution, and yesterday served as our mobile
ministry center because Grandpa Bill (our usual Church
Bus Driver) is out with bronchitis. We are thankful for
Greg Conrad as he is filling in as driver while also helping
with the completion of the
Church of Calvary’s new
sanctuary. Funds received
prior to the close of 2014
through the Arizona Tax
Credit Program and also
from our out-of-state
partners has allowed us
to pay off all ARM debt
besides our property in
addition to the new van!
Thanks so very much to
Aunt Jenna, Jasmine and Andi
those who gave so
sacrificially to allow these prayers to be answered!
We are still in great need of a new church Bus. Dale is
watching auctions and others who have buses. Please
pray for our current Church Bus to continue to run and
for wisdom with the retrofit when a new one arrives. Our
family van was eight years old and had over 150,000 miles.
We were blessed to purchase a newer vehicle before more
repairs and breakdowns occurred on the one that served
us well for so long. Faye’s family, Mike and Nia’s family,
and Jon and Linda’s family all need reliable vans. Each
has a vehicle that truly needs replaced. Please continue
to pray for the vehicle needs of ARM and ARM Team
Of course, having our own four children, spouses and
grand kids with us is always something to celebrate!
Christmas was no exception. Ephraim, our son-in-love,
was still deployed in Japan. He will, Lord willing, head
home in February. His two sons were with their mom,
but we were excited to have a few days to visit with them
over their Christmas break. The rest of the family
gathered on Christmas Eve to share our traditions. Dale
read the Christmas Story, we all shared a prayer request
and something we praise God for then had candlelight
communion and prayer time. Each year there are special
memories of this time. I am truly thankful that our kids
and grandkids know Jesus Christ’s love intimately! To
those of you who gave special gifts so that this season of
celebrating could be extra special, we send our deepest
“thanks.” Our Christmas was wonderful. We pray yours
was as well.
Dale and Diana
Uncle Justin and Andi
The Dale Lawrence Family and
Arizona Reservation Ministries
16 -Please pray for the parents who typically join us on
the Church Bus on Thursdays. Pray for wisdom as God
sends people of ALL ages to hear the Gospel!
17 -Pray for the health of the ARM team. Pray for those
who are sick to get well and those who are well to stay
18 -Please pray for the funds so Dale and I can take an
evening to rest together.
19 -Please pray for us as we represent ARM and San
Carlos at Grace Church in Mesa this morning.
20 -Please pray for the couple from Prescott who are
helping Greg and Donna finish some projects in our Work
21 -Please pray for the families of Labumba. This is STILL
such a spiritually dark neighborhood.
22 -Please pray for our godsons, Ryan and Bob, and for
their mom to make the best decisions for them and their
23 -Please pray for Shelby, Lydell and the other teen
moms who are trying to make a better life for their young
24 -Please pray for Nia, and her team as they mentor
these young mothers, and for the wisdom and resources
they need to do it well.
25 -Pray for the prayer journey today with guests from
Desert Christian Fellowship in Phoenix.
26 -Please pray for the groups the Lord will send to work
alongside us in 2014. Many are on the calendar, but many
more are needed.
27 -Praise God for His miraculous provision! Homes,
and church, children’s and youth ministry and much
more continue because His children faithfully share!
28 -Please pray for Fernando, Eric, Chris, Raymos,
Daniel, David, Chopper, Ronald, Corrine, Sherry,
Virgilene, LeRoy, Simon and the others who faithfully
serve as leaders in Reservation churches.
29 -Please pray for the children of San Carlos to remain
safe, warm, well-fed and loved.
30 -Pray for the electric company who clearly exploits
and neglects those of San Carlos. Pray for wisdom as the
truth of this is revealed to authorities who can help.
31 -Please keep Dale in prayer as his fibromyalgia
continues to create pain-filled days and nights, especially
as he continues to do construction in the cold
1 -Please, please pray for the Church Bus to keep rolling
until the Lord provides a new bus and we can retrofit it
2 -Please pray for the Lord to provide that bus very soon.
3 -Pray for Jon as he is undergoing medical tests, and
thank God that Linda’s test results have been good.
(Please pray that continues)
4 -Pray for the recipients of the four homes under
construction to be able to move in as our spring work
groups begin soon.
5 -Pray that the Church of Calvary is able to worship in
their new sanctuary soon.
6 -Join us in thanking God for four years of service with
our Children’s Minister, Faye Hinton!
7 -Pray for members of the Church of Calvary to
volunteer to teach, especially children, so that Faye can
have a healthy balance of ministry/family.
8 -Please pray for the families of San Carlos that always
run out of food before the end of the month. Pray for the
Lord to provide jobs soon!
9 -Pray for safety for families as they try to keep warm
with a space heater and for no house fires this year!
10 -Please pray for the lessons taught on the Church Bus
to be shared regularly within the families of these
11 -Pray for the many tasks needed to multiply the
message of this ministry. Pray for wisdom, opportunities,
and new partners.
12 -Pray for State and Federal leaders to have the
opportunity to visit and see first-hand what life on this
Reservation is truly like.
13 -Please pray for ARM Team’s family members to
choose Christ, too.
14 -Pray for all of us as we intentionally work on healthy
15 -Pray for the new group from Yuma AZ who will be
serving with us this weekend!
16 -Please pray for the funding and logistics so that a
group of women can attend the Joyce Meyer Conference
this weekend again.
17 -Please pray for the ARM Team to each spend time
daily with the Lord for HIS leading and encouraging.
18 -Pray for Jacque and Ephraim as he returns home from
deployment and for wisdom as his new orders unfold.
19 -Pray for Isaac, Joe, Jasmine, Andi, Morgan and
Edward…our grand children, to all grow into mighty
warriors for the Lord.
20 -Please pray for Justin as he works as a firefighter here
in Globe and continues his college education.
21 -Please keep Jenna in prayer as she has moved into a
new home, received a promotion at work, and continues
22 -Please pray for the Prayer Journeys today with people
from Phoenix, and for the women attending the Joyce
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