During our recent vacation around the Navajo Nation we visited the missionaries at Crownpoint and Hogback, New Mexico, Montezuma Creek, Utah, Kayenta and Many Farms, Arizona. We had the opportunity to worship with the congregations at Bluff, Utah and Kayenta, Arizona.
While at Crownpoint visiting Edison and Dorris Gruber we had the opportunity to see Edison’s new trailer. Edison was able to purchase the trailer with the help of Sue and Marvin Thompson, members of the Clarendon church of Christ. Edison said it was a big help on the recent Navajo summer encampment.
Later we visited with Phillip and Irita James in Hogback Arizona. Phillip is recovery from eye surgery. This was very serious since he cannot see out of the other eye. He is doing well but will need cataract surgery on the same eye when it heals. Please remember him and Irita in your prayers.
Phillip was showing off his new laptop PC that the Mount Vernon church of Christ in
Prescott, Arizona helped purchase. He was very appreciative of their efforts and the efforts of Larry Miller of the Mount Vernon congregation. He also gave us a tour of his facilities and discussed his upcoming plans. One of his projects is finding a church that will help him with the church’s summer vacation bible school.
Later at Cortez, Colorado we had dinner with Marsha and Jim Beavers, members of the Cortez church of Christ. Jim serves as an elder there. The Cortez congregation supports the work at Hogback and Shiprock. We discussed the Cortez congregation’s past works and future plans for growing the work on the reservation. It is very encouraging to see other congregations working hard to help the Navajo congregations and their missionaries.
Our next stop took us to Bluff, Utah where we worshipped with Ray and Oleta Whaley. Ray, through the help of his son-in-law and his relatives, has been able to plant a new congregation there. We enjoyed worshipping with them, the singing was great. It is a
good thing to see a new congregation of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
After the morning services at Bluff, Oleta and Ray invited us to eat lunch with them back at Montezuma Creek. Oleta’s cooking was great and we enjoyed the visit and tour of the facilities at Montezuma Creek. Ray has reworked the flooring throughout the church building and is working on completing a new bunk house. He hopes to use the bunk house to host visiting congregations helping with VBS efforts in Montezuma Creek.
That evening we worshipped with the church at Kayenta, Arizona. We also had the opportunity to discuss the work there with Josh Austin, the preacher and missionary at Kayenta. Josh told us that he was conducting 8 different Bible studies. Josh also introduced us to Ryan Begay. Ryan is very interested in becoming a missionary and working on the Navajo reservation. Josh hopes that within a year to have him ready to attend Bear Valley Bible Institute and become the third Navajo man to graduate from there.
While at Kayenta we were able to witness the baptism of Shirley Carrol of Many Farms, Arizona. Ray Begay and his wife Bernie were instrumental in bringing her to Christ. Ben had to bring her to Kayenta because they do not have a baptistry at Many Farms. Ben is the missionary at the Many Farms, Arizona. We also had a good visit with Ben and Bernie. Ben informed us about the problems they had had that day with the church building’s air conditioner. Many Farms, Arizona is not a place to be without an air conditioner. Upon returning from our vacation the Clarendon church of Christ Mission Committee sent Ben a check for a new air conditioner from the donations made by the Mangum church of Christ.
All in all it was very encouraging to see the work been done on the Navajo Nation by these men and their families on behalf of Christ. They continue to work and have success inspite of several hinderances to their work. It greatly helps them, their families and our Navajo brothers and sisters in Christ when we do what we can to support them. Please continue to remember them all in your prayers.