We, Susan and Jim Price, left our family and church family in St. Louis, Missouri and arrived here at Immanuel Mission on August 1 st , 2013. Our chapel’s youth group had just returned that June from spending a week ministering here, and during the follow-up announcement to our church it was mentioned that a kindergarten teacher and a maintenance man were needed for the next school year. Just as soon as we heard that, we both knew that was exactly what the Lord wanted us to do, but we didn’t know the Lord had spoken to each of us until after the meeting. Imagine our joy when we compared notes and discovered that the Lord was clearly telling both of us to go serve Him at Immanuel Mission!

Although our main responsibilities at this time are teaching kindergarten and handling building maintenance, we have both actively sought the Lord’s direction in pursuing other ways of serving the Lord and His people. We enjoy ministering in areas such as leading Bible studies, teaching at the mission church, distributing and grading Emmaus correspondence Bible courses, and mentoring young people. Through the use of puppets and other visual aids Susan gets to daily enjoy the privilege of presenting the gospel of our loving God to her kindergartners. We can only imagine how the Lord will use His Word in their lives, maybe even being the one the Lord uses to reach their families with the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Sometimes we are asked how we were able to adjust to living out here in the middle of the high desert of Arizona, so far from stores, doctors, post office, etc. That adjustment came easier than we expected, because the Lord gives us all the grace we need to serve Him. This is just as true for those living elsewhere as it is for us here at the mission. It encourages us when we hear how other saints are serving the Lord where they live and work. Please pray for us, that the Lord would be pleased to keep using us here, and that we would be faithful to Him in our lives and service for Him.

Jim & Susan Price

In Loving Fellowship

Frosting cookies, making burlap wreaths, and painting pumpkins are some of the things you would see at our Moms and Munchkins meetings. Also, smiling faces, laughter, and a lot of encouraging love are what I enjoy the most. The Mission moms, Sheree Wedel, Brie Bielecki, myself, and other mothers in our community, have started our second year of Moms and Munchkins.

We felt a need to start a moms group in our community after hearing so many mothers say how lonely it could be and wanted a gathering for mothers to join together. Sweetwater can be an isolating home for young mothers being with their young children all day, everyday without good play dates. We wanted to start a mom’s group centered on the Lord and a safe place for mothers and children to go.

We meet monthly for treats, crafts, and a time to listen to the Lord’s teachings. God has been faithful. Last year on the very first meeting, not a single guest came. We were discouraged, but still believed that eventually women would come. We now have fifteen ladies coming consistently and about five more mothers that come when they can. We are so thankful that we can serve as mothers to other mothers in our community.

Please pray for all mothers of Sweetwater. Pray for more mothers to see the positive impact of the Lord in each other and for more new believing mothers. Pray for new women to come and that they would be open to hearing God’s word. Our scripture focus this year is Philippians 4.8

“Finally, brothers (sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

All of us Mission mothers are so thankful for all that Moms and Munchkins has allowed us to do in God’s service. It is truly a joy to celebrate the beauty and grace of mothers and building each other up in Christ.

Sarah Sun