Dear praying friends,
Here it is already late August and we have started another school year. We have 80 students enrolled for the new year. We have two new teachers (Kelli Wilson in 1st grade and Solomon Sun in 4th grade). Please pray that they will get off to a good start and impact their students for Christ. So far they are doing well. Our bus driving situation has improved as we have four certified drivers this year. We run two routes morning and evening so we each just have to drive once a day. Pray for safety on the bus routes. We are thankful for Ranson Tom who keeps the busses running smoothly. Pray we will have a good year and that students will come to Christ through the hearing of the Word each day.
We had a great summer here at the mission with 7 work groups coming. Our major focus was to get our new shop building up which was accomplished. See picture.
There is still much work to be done but at least the frame, sides and roof are done. This will house our auto shop program slated to start fall 2008. We still need a teacher for that program. The youth groups also painted several houses in the community and did many other fix up projects. They ministered to about 25 families in the community with Bible clubs for the kids – the adults always listen in. Several adults expressed interest in the gospel – we plan follow-up contact with them.
We still do not have a maintenance man and that is such a big need. Would you pray that God would supply that need soon. It’s been over two years now and things do deteriorate. The youth groups really help but it seems to us that we need someone full time. Do you know someone who could serve the Lord in that way? We also could use another high school teacher – especially someone who could coach BB.
On a personal note – we now have two new grandchildren. Rex and Shawna had a boy on July 4th – Miles Alexander. James and Eryn had a girl on Aug 13 – Autumn Sophia. We are excited to see them in the coming months. We travel to Kansas over Labor Day and to Seattle WA area Sept 13-15. I enjoyed sharing the work of Immanuel Mission in Asheville NC this summer. I had to attend a conference in Columbia SC for ACSI certification, so took the opportunity to visit friends and the assembly in Asheville. Johnny is back at Emmaus Bible College for a second year. He worked at Kansas Bible Camp most of the summer.
We appreciate your partnership in the work of the gospel among the Navajo people. We are very much in need of your prayer support. Thanks also to those who support us financially. We praise God for His faithful provision. We are starting our 20th year here at Immanuel Mission and are encouraged that God is working both in us and through us.
John & Ruth Bloom
Dear Friends and Family,
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! It has been so exciting to see God provide for all my needs this summer and I have every confidence in His continued provision.
I got to work at Kansas Bible Camp again this summer for six weeks; jr. high, high school and girls jr. high and high school. It was encouraging to be working with young people who love the Lord and are using their gifts to serve Him. I’m referring to the counselors and staff in particular but many campers were an encouragement as well. Probably the greatest excitement was girls’ high school camp. The Lord wanted to do a different thing and worked all kinds of hindrances to get His will done. When my co-director and morning speaker had to cancel two days before, my sister, Alice Page stepped up and we got to see God direct the camp instead of us. There was such a confidence in Him that week as I was forced to trust Him fully and yet found Him fully trustworthy. I really need to do that more often, but it is pretty scary to only be able to see one step ahead instead of the path down the road.
Now I am back at Immanuel Mission and am enjoying teaching music and math once again. I drive the bus only once each day but we’ve managed to have an adventure a week so far. The first day of school we broke down and waited about 40 minutes for help but we were right next to a wind mill so had fun playing in the water while we waited. Then the next week we had heavy rains and couldn’t get through the wash as it was flowing with waves. The ten kids who live on the other side of the wash went back with Lorena Herbert and me in her 4-wheel drive truck at 6:00 but it was still rushing. We waited around for about an hour. The two oldest kids waded across when none of us adults was watching (their grandma was on the other side waiting with us). Then another high school boy came by with his Artic Cat 4-wheeler. He went across easily but water was up to the top of the tires. Grandma ok’d it so we sent the remaining kids across with him 3 at a time starting with the oldest. There were no mishaps but as he was coming back after the final two, his mom drove up in the truck and was a little upset that he was driving across. I assured her what a hero he was, then skedaddled with Lorena.
Oh, one other thing. The Wednesday night before school started, I drove into a ditch where the road had washed away in front of me. I didn’t see it as it was 11:00 at night. Almost immediately a truck came along and gave me a ride to the Mission, then John Bloom took me back and we worked for three hours getting my car out. It is still at the shop but even before the deductible is due, the Lord sent me a check for double that amount. I’m reminded again how nice it is here. I walk to work, to church, to friends’ homes, etc. I went to town with Becky Knopf this weekend in her car and we both enjoyed the company. The only real negative is that I haven’t been able to say, “Take my car!” to neighbors who’ve also been having car difficulties.
You’ve probably heard from others that Kelli Wilson is here teaching first grade and Solomon Sun is teaching fourth grade. Solomon has a wife Sarah, who loves to sing and has been a great addition to our Sunday morning worship team. They have an almost three year old daughter, Eden, who is a delight for all of us aunties and grandmas who are missing our own desperately. Keep praying for a maintenance man and consider if you might want to come for a week or a month to help out in that capacity.
I need to write more often so I can give you more instances of God’s faithfulness. I would love to hear from any of you. I know we all have great testimonies of God’s goodness in our lives. I’ve been so appreciating how God has a plan for each of us and nothing happens by chance. Disappointments are just as much a part of His will as successes. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him”