Bloom Newsletter – January 2007

Dear praying friends,

We sure enjoyed all the Christmas cards and letters again this year. We do not do a Christmas picture anymore now that there are no children at home – maybe we should start sending pictures of our adorable grandchildren. Speaking of which, we are happy to report that there are two more on the way. Rex and Shawna and James and Eryn are both expecting late summer. We had a wonderful time together over Christmas – we all met at Davey’s in Des Moines, Iowa. We got stranded on the way home in Tucumcari NM for nearly two days but made it home safely.

We are still short of staff but God gives grace to carry on. A young lady from California is coming in a couple of weeks so that will help and Doug and Jeanne Crabb are planning to come for the month of March. We still could use more short term help – even for a week or two – especially in the area of maintenance or in the bus barn. Keep praying that we won’t get sick – especially the three bus drivers. Also pray for Ranson Tom’s back, that he won’t experience too much pain. He is to have surgery at some point.

We had a nice group of students from Cedarville University here Jan 1 – 6. They did some really special chapel times for our students. Then on Jan 12 a kids choir from Korea came by and did a wonderful program for us. We expect several more groups throughout the spring. These are always an encouragement and blessing to us and the students. Pray that students will respond to the gospel message presented.

We are progressing nicely with the career development center plans. We are researching buildings and getting quotes at present. A group from Littleton, Co. is planning to come in early June to erect it. We will probably offer classes in the fall of 2008. We still need teachers for this program. Auto shop and wood shop.

Ruth and the ladies are ministering to about 20 Navajo ladies through the weekly craft class. Pray for solid relationships to be built and that many will then come to the ladies conference scheduled for Jan 26 and 27. Ruth is also getting the hang of her new job as bookkeeper and actually enjoying it most of the time. Thanks for praying for her in this.

Our new computer lab is finished and a great learning center for our students. We have 15 pretty good computers but need about 10 more to be fully equipped. Thanks to all the youth groups and others that worked and gave to see this project accomplished. You can see pictures of it and many other mission happenings at

Thank you for your prayers and faithful support of the mission work. It seems several adult Navajos are close to salvation so we are encouraged.

John & Ruth Bloom

The Rest of the Story

Well–we took off down the road believing that the car was fixed. All was well for about eighty miles. The roads were even clear for most of them. But then, the old problem came back–I guess you’d call it missing. Occasional at first, and then more untilinstead of just missing, it was completely gone. Fortunately a patrolman showed up almost instantly, took us back to Holly, CO where we waited for Ken Madgwick (our rescuer more than once) to tow us back to his house. He loaned us a pickup, and once more the next day we were on our way. We got home at about 1:30 am last night, and are thanking God for safety and good friends. So here we are back to the business of teaching. Pray for us as we hit the road running (and not missing!)
Love, Barbara Valdois (for us both)