There are over 550 children, teens and adults that were blessed because of the generosity of so many this past Christmas! Toys, toiletries and more were tucked inside hand-stiched stockings. A hand-tied fleece blanket also went home with SO MANY! To those who stiched, those who tied, those that shopped, and those who sent funds for this immense project, “thank you!”
Tucked within each stocking was a flyer. “What’s So Great about Christmas?” Jesus! Please pray that homes were changed; more by the message of that flyer than the contents of those stockings. The Christmas season has again passed, but the gift of Jesus Christ is accepted year-round.
Thank you for your help both for Christmas, and for eternity!
2013 Tax Credit flyer (please review and plan now to help us in 2014)
We are incredibly grateful to those that participated in Arizona’s Tax Credit Program! Because ARM serves the “working poor” within the State of Arizona (by building homes, providing food, clothing and more), we are blessed to participate in this program. Over $10,000. was provided through YOU, our Arizona Partners. Thank you!
We are also deeply thankful for the generosity of many from across the US that sent in their year-end gifts! With the funds from those in Arizona and from across the US, ARM’s debt (except for our land payment) is completely paid! The majority of the cost to build a home for a family on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, or a church sanctuary there is covered by our Short-Term Ministry Teams…BUT, when they aren’t here, the costs still are. Having that paid is a huge answer to prayer!
We were also blessed to purchase a nearly-new 15-passenger van!
We were humbled by those gifts, and thank God for each of you! Thank you!
As the Church Bus lessons have unfolded this summer, a spiritual “line” was drawn in the sand. The children of San Carlos KNOW that Jesus loves them, and that His offer of forgiveness and adoption depends upon their choice to accept Him. Many permission slips were dispersed, but only three had returned. We proceeded in faith…not only not knowing who would be baptized, but even if there would be enough water. GOD is the miracle-worker, and GOD worked miracles on August 17th as THIRTY children turned out, some with families as co-celebrators, to make their public profession of faith in ample water in the river. Please join us in praising God and in praying for these new babes in Christ!
We are not quite finished…but a project that is so much larger than us has been unfolding here in the desert of Arizona. God blessed this ministry with 45 acres that borders the National Forest when we were looking at just 3-5 acres. As the economy slowed, the County told us we needed a permanent access to that property over the Pinal Creek. This creek runs dry for most of the year, but during summer monsoons, or when winter rains melt the snow on the mountains above us, currents of deep water would wash our culverts away, making access impossible by vehicle. The LORD provided precious people from New Jersey to California to help haul rock in the summer sun, form enormous concrete pillars, create a bridge from railroad cars and then place them by crane…and so much more! We are humbled by the laborers and those who financially have sacrificed on this project. God is Good…and God alone could orchestrate this. When excavation required softball-sized rocks for the baskets, that’s what the rented backhoe revealed from our hillside. When we needed dirt with few rocks to create the access on each side, that’s what we found. The following phase required large rocks and boulders. Guess what we found? One church, unsolicited, provided the generous “seed money” that began what our area newspaper called “The Mother of all Entrances.” There are so many stories of GOD’s Might! Please join us in praying for the remaining funds to finish. A six-foot deep, three foot-wide trench must be dug in the creek bed which will then need to contain 50′ of rock-filled baskets to keep the water from undercutting the abutments. More rock. More labors. More expense…More prayers.
Arizona Reservation Ministries
8435 South Six Shooter Canyon Road
Globe, AZ 85501
Arizona Reservation Ministries exists to provide God’s ARMs around the Reservation. Currently serving on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in ways only God could orchestrate, those “arms” are providing a hug for children, shooting basketballs with youth, building homes, distributing clothing and food to impoverished families and sharing God’s hope through the Gospel with all ages. Established upon the principal found in Exodus 17 where God’s people need the assistance of others, ARM has chosen the servant position of Aaron, holding up the needs of our Apache brothers and sisters as the Lord leads. Those who partner with us—financially, prayerfully, or physically, are likewise upholding those in God’s family who live in tremendous poverty (“Hur”). That leaves the “Moses” position: Native Christians are more than capable of representing Christ on their Reservation. With their limited funds, etc., we are simply called to “hold up their ARMs.” We’re grateful that you’re taking the time to read about us, and acknowledge that our deepest need is your prayers.