Arizona reservation lawrence family update, july 2013
Greetings from Arizona Reservation Ministries!
As each short-term ministry team has arrived, they
have built upon the physical, emotional and spiritual blessings
of the groups that preceded them. Their first evening, we
hold an orientation which focuses on the fact that although
we are all human beings who are created in the image of
God, because of our various cultures, we are different…and
“different” is not bad. Typically, the
morning after they arrive, they then
join in a prayer journey, so that
prior to meeting and working
alongside Apache brothers and
sisters, their eyes have been opened
a bit; allowing more connections,
more fruit. (In addition to these
prayer journeys for visiting groups, I
am also blessed to host typically one
more each week for visitors from the Phoenix area.) God is
also the one doing the scheduling, allowing breaks when we
need them, and help that is so necessary. In 2012, a group
from New Mexico went to assist a different ministry in
Arizona. They shared that the experience was less than
positive, but at that ministry, they
connected with a man who was
clearly walking by faith, and an
encouragement to them. That man
was our former cook’s, and
bookkeeper’s son, Charles Lucero.
Charles told this group about
ARM, and the impact this ministry
has on the Reservation. So, this
past May, 37 joined us for a week
of huge blessings. Because this was
a larger group, we were able to
hold Family Fun Days in each of our four neighborhoods the
week after Memorial Day! Stories from those events are
many, and wonderful. One little girl played a game over and
over; the prize, if she could win, was a Bible. She won four
that afternoon. When asked why she had won so many, she
replied that her sisters needed Bibles too, but were too shy
to play the game. A daddy was prompted to play the same
game by his daughter. When he won a Bible for his family, his
little girl told him, “Now, Daddy, you have a Bible and need
to take us to church.” More stories unfolded, so please pray
for all of those that joined in on those afternoons, receiving
not only 750 hotdogs, but more importantly, the One whose
Hope is everlasting.
We are now helping to build a
new sanctuary for a Bible-based,
Apache-led church. Church of
Calvary is growing rapidly. Her
pastor attended our Pastor
Appreciation Banquet in
October. At the close of that
banquet, he and Dale were
discussing what God was doing.
Pastor Chris needed a new
building. ARM needed a wise location to use walls that were
not able to become homes soon enough and sitting in the
sun. In May, Eastern
House assisted men
from this church in
digging the footers
for this new building.
The week we had 37
here was the perfect time to erect walls and hoist up the
trusses after building a floor. More recent groups have been
able to roof, wrap and paint the outside, and get the majority
of a huge stage and altar completed. Many, many years ago,
Dale designed and began construction of a chapel at the
boarding school where we served. As the beginnings
unfolded then, it was quite clear that Satan was going to do
whatever it took to derail that project. God won then…and
God will win again. As this Apache church is being
completed, a hammer slid down the roof and hit Dale in the
back of the head. A young volunteer fell out of her bunk bed
at our work group dorm, breaking her shoulder. We ask that
you would pray for this project’s completion, for safety for all
who will work on it, for the unity that is evident as ARM
team/visiting volunteers/Church of Calvary members work
side-by-side on this structure. Truly, it is a little glimpse of
As this group of 37
labored, they also
did what they were
doing; cooking for
had planned their
menu; I had bought
their food, showed them around the kitchen…and then was
able to enjoy those afternoons with families and friends at the
Family Fun Days. Marcus will be leaving us soon. He has
completed his two years at the nearby junior college and will
be heading to ASU to work further to become a dentist. We
are all going to miss Marcus and his wife, April, a lot. By
watching as the NM team fixed their own meals, and knowing
Marcus, our breakfast cook, will be leaving soon, we are
seriously considering asking groups in the future to prepare
their own breakfasts. As with the NM group, we can
purchase food, etc., but not needing to add this to the other
tasks on my list would be wonderful.
We had hired an Apache woman to
cook dinners. She discovered that she
would earn more money by not
working, and so I’ve continued to cook
for our groups. It really is fun, and
sharing with them is always a blessing.
As always, we simply ask that you
would pray for us to have wisdom, and
for us to welcome those the Lord
sends, should He choose to send full-
Dale Lawrence Family Update
8435 South Six Shooter Canyon Road
Globe AZ 85501
July 5, 2013
There are some people that have recently approached us
about joining ARM. Almost all are from off of the
reservation. If they are being sent by the Lord, then we want
to welcome them. If, however, God truly does want us to
staff this ministry with Natives, we need your prayers for
both wisdom and for the finances ARM needs in order to pay
We know that part of keeping a team strong includes praying
together, sharing together, and playing together. There were
over 25 of us who headed down to the Phoenix area for
pizza and bowling in the past month. Passing babies and kids
so others could bowl is part of having young families on our
team. Watching as young men do stunts that could only lead
them to high scores is part of the fun, too. We are so
grateful for those the Lord has brought, and again ask that
you would continue to pray for them, and for those God is
sending. Mike and Guy were able to join us, but are busy
working as San Carlos Firefighters as their full-time positions.
Macaiah was able to be home for the arrival of his beautiful
baby girl. The Red Cross arranged for him to leave his
Marine training for ten days. Unfortunately, Macailee did not
arrive until near the end of those ten days. Please keep Mac,
Ernestine and Macailee in prayer as this young family sacrifices
much for the safety of this country.
Our home is once again filled. Jessi,
our niece, continues to work on her
college classes and help us with our
Children’s and Youth Ministries. We
picked up Elizabeth at the airport on
of June. She’ll head back to
college in northern California on July
. Patience arrived the 27th
are such a blessing as their faith and
energy are shared with us all. Please pray for Dale. He
shared the prayer request in church that he is the only man in
a house filled with women.
We are excited and appreciative of United Christian Youth
Camp and Prescott Christian Church for their generous gift
of providing for Lynell, our Church Bus minister, and Amber,
a former intern, to take five Apache young women to church
camp at the end of July! Please pray for them and the life-
changing events they will experience in just a few weeks.
As always, we are incredibly grateful to those who personally
carry our burdens. We received generous gifts since our last
Update that allowed us to get the majority of our medical
bills completely paid. Another gift paid for the repair on our
van. Yet another helped to catch up our finances as a direct
answer to our prayers as well. Thanks to all of you who
prayed about those needs, and to those who sacrificially gave
so that we could focus on ministry instead of our bank
account. Ephraim, our son-in-law, will be deployed once
again the beginning of August. Jenna’s surgery is scheduled
on her wrist/hand July 8th
. Jon and Linda’s 4-year-old
daughter, Andi, has a small break on her foot, their3-year-old
daughter, Morgan, will undergo general surgery on July 12th
for two root canals and six fillings on her teeth. Jon and
Linda are working hard in their respective fields within ARM.
Jon works tirelessly alongside Dale and the groups, primarily
on Church of Calvary’s new sanctuary as temperatures top
100 degrees. Afternoons, Linda is assisting Faye, Lynell, Bill,
me and now our interns on the Church Bus. Justin continues
to fight wildland fires across the country as a Globe Hotshot.
Our hearts break for the family and friends of the 19
Hotshots from Prescott, AZ who perished in a wildfire there.
Thank you to those who have sent messages and prayed both
for our Justin, and for these brave men who recently
perished. With the long and physically draining tasks, Dale
has persevered, but is in pain. In other words, we continue
to need your prayers. Thank you for your partnership. We
are dependent upon our Lord…and the partnerships He has
blessed us with.
As always, we thank God for you!
Dale and Diana
Marcus and Andi
The Dale Lawrence Family and Arizona
8th: Please pray for Jenna as she undergoes her third surgery to
repair a wrist/hand injury at work.
9th: Please pray for the group that joins us this week from 1st
Christian; Roseburg OR.
10th: Pray for our backpack stuffing today!
11th: Please pray for Bill’s son, Sean as he has surgery this week. Bill
and Jean are in CO with him.
12th: Pray for Jon, Linda and Morgan as she undergoes surgery
13th: Please pray for the couple that are visiting this week and
learning more about ARM.
14th: Pray for the group from New Hope Community Church,
Gilbert AZ helping us this week.
15th: This is Backpack Week! Pray for all of those needing school
supplies to receive them.
16th: Pray for the details! God knows who wants the “Spiderman”
17th: Praise for those who sacrificially gave for our Backpack
18th: Please pray for our interns who are such a precious gift to this
19th: Pray for Elizabeth as she flies home today and for Patience as
she heads home as well.
20th: Please pray for the group of girls heading to camp today.
21st: Pray for Dale and me as we join my mom and stepdad on a
22nd: Please pray for the Church Bus team as they continue to “roll”
without Lynell and me.
23rd: Please pray for Lynell as she celebrates her birthday by
mentoring campers today.
24th: Please pray for our Godsons; Bob and Ryan and their mom,
25th: Please pray for the Back-to-School event in Bylas, as well as
any held in San Carlos.
26th: Pray for safety as the church campers return home today.
27th: Please pray for Candice and Blue as they celebrate their
wedding anniversary today.
28th: Pray for Faye and Mike as they celebrate their wedding
29th: Please keep ARM and staff vehicles in prayer. We honestly
need replacements now.
30th: Please pray for the Church of Calvary; both her construction
and members as this Body of Believers grows.
31st: Pray for Miracle Church as their month-long revival/camp ends
1st: Please pray for Bill Cook as he celebrates his birthday
2nd: Please pray hard for today as Lord willing, we hold another
3rd: Please pray for wisdom as we interview new team members.
4th: Please pray for Jon, Linda and family as they continue to serve
through ARM and stand firm in spiritual battles.
5th: Please keep Justin and his crew, as well as the other Hotshots in
prayer as this fire season unfolds.
6th: Please pray for Jacque, Ephraim, Isaac and Joe as they begin
another season with Ephraim deployed across the globe.
7th: Pray for Ephraim’s safety as he serves our country through the
8th: Please keep Katerina, Shelby, Marie, and others in prayer as
they decide to attend boarding school in another state.
9th: Please pray for Board Member and friend, Inez Dan as she
recuperates with a broken knee.
10th: Please pray for the children and teens as school resumed for
another year on the 1st/5th (depending upon the school.)
11th: Praise God for 22 years on the mission field today!
12th: Praise God for 35 years of marriage today.
13th: Please pray for Jenna as she celebrates her 23rd birthday today.
14th: Please keep Dale’s health in prayer. He perseveres in spite of
15th: Please pray for our granddaughter, Andi as she turns 5 today.
16th: Pray for Dale as he celebrates his birthday today.
17th: Please pray for our visitors from Georgia this weekend.
18th: Pray for Jayce, Blue and Candice’s son, as he celebrates his first
19th: Please keep Macaiah, Ernestine and Macailee in prayer;
specifically that they can be reunited soon.
20th: Please pray for the neighborhoods of Labumba and Seven-Mile;
two that are most dangerous.
21st: Please pray for Central Christian Church in Globe to grow as
God brings young families to worship with us.
22nd: Please pray for the Amor crew who also serve on the San
Carlos Apache Reservation and our friendships with them.
23rd: Pray for our granddaughter, Jasmine as she turns 7 today.
24th: Please keep ARM’s and each team member’s finances in prayer.
25th: Pray for wisdom for each of us as God continues to lead us.
26th: Pray for the residents and staff of the tribe’s assisted living
27th: Please pray for Grandma Laura as she fights Stage Four ovarian
28th: Pray for Tuggie as he battles Stage Four colorectal cancer.
29th: Please keep Fernando, Ronald, Raymos, Erick, Daniel, Chris,
Ned, Corrine, Faye, and the others who faithfully fill the pulpits of
churches on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.
30th: Please, please pray for our state and federal leaders to truly
grasp the difficulties of Native Nations.
1st: Please pray for the agency responsible for the majority of
electricity on the Reservation. Their lack of compassion is
2nd: Please pray for the churches who have visited us in the past few
months to begin to support us as God leads.
3rd: Please pray for an opportunity for our team to again have a day
of fun together soon.
4th: Please pray for ARM’s many projects; laborers and funding as
“work group season” has slowed down.
5th: Pray for Faye and Mike’s son, Uriyan as he celebrates his 5th
birthday today and has started Head Start.
6th: Please pray for the prayer journey with church leaders from a
partner church sometime soon.
7th: Please pray for our retaining walls as the cracks continue to
grow, dirt displaced often.
8th: Please keep my mother in prayer as she celebrates her birthday.
9th: Please pray for my stepdad as he bravely battles Alzheimer’s.
10th: Please pray for my grandmother as she faces heaven.
11th: Pray for all ARM team members as we love and pray for our
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ARIZONA RESERVATION MINISTRIES
P.O. Box 2393
Globe AZ 85502
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