We are thrilled to be having in-person school this year. We currently have 47 students in pre-K through 8th grade. The echoes of laughter and shrieks on the playground and greetings and footsteps in the halls harmonize with the voices of teachers sharing Truth and students quoting Scripture. We daily participate in singing songs to the Lord. Please pray for our new teachers that bring a young energy but are also learning as they go. If you want to see short videos and pictures of our students, go to Immanuel Mission School Facebook page. Oh, I am also enjoying chasing the kids during recess with my new hip. Thanks for your prayers. Anne Denny
Hello there! We are the Lee family: Nate, Dedra, Peyten(12), Hunter(10) Aiden(6) and Tavis(2). Our family has been serving here at Immanuel Mission Chapel and School for the last five years with Kids Sunday School and Art class, running the small thrift store (Dedra) and Computer/IT (Nate). I (Dedra) am a former student and graduate from here. It’s always been a dream of mine to come back and help the church and school. God gave me and my family the opportunity back in 2018. We have been so blessed by the multiple works we have been a part of here in Sweetwater and Immanuel Mission. We have been learning to rely on God more and more to supply our needs, especially during this time of the pandemic. We thank you for your support and prayers of Immanuel Mission church, school, staff and students. Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is Faithful.
Editor’s note: Please consider ”adopting” a Navajo family or worker. We would like them to be connected and have the same prayer support that those of us who were sent from around the US enjoy and appreciate. AD
Hi everyone, my name is Tamara Clyde. I’m the teacher’s aid for the Kindergarten class of seven students. I was a former student at Immanuel Mission. My mom (Brenda Johnson) is the librarian, and my brother (Thomuel Clyde) is the bus mechanic.
Tamara with one of her students. Thomuel with a bus he maintains.
Sometimes in our lives the Lord asks us to wait on Him, actually more times than we would probably prefer. At least that has been the case for us. However there are also times when the Lord says loud and clear, “GO!”
We would like to reintroduce ourselves, my name is Liz Skillen and I followed the Lord’s calling to Immanuel Mission in fall of 2009. I served as a single woman on the mission for four years until Ryan and I got married in 2013. We stayed at Immanuel Mission and served the Lord together, our oldest daughter was born, then the Lord called us to be used in my home state of Missouri in 2015.
We have had many years of thinking about the mission and praying for them daily. We had been trying to come out for a visit but the Lord always seemed to close doors or ask us to wait.
At the end of September 2021 we really felt the Lord calling us to visit the mission. We came and it seemed like God was just undeniably getting our attention that He wanted us to come back. Of course as typical humans, we felt like we had to overthink all the details. How would we sell our house? Ryan is a Physical Therapist who loves ministering to others on the job, how would he do that out here? What about our 3 daughters and their friends and family? In typical God fashion, He took care of every detail so quickly and clearly that we could not sit back any longer. Our house had a contract after one day on the market. Ryan was offered a PT position at the Indian Health hospital. Our daughters fell so much in love with the reservation that they were excited to move forward and follow the Lord.
So here we are. We moved at the very end of November. Our 3 daughters are attending classes at the school and are growing daily. I am working one-on-one with students in the special–ed program. We are excited for all the opportunities the Lord continues to present to share His love and minister to others. Thank you for your prayers, support, and love for the mission and those serving. The Lord is so good. His timing is perfect and I thank Him daily that when He says “Go” we can trust Him.
We weren’t planning on getting married for another year or so, but when we were informed of the need for more staff we decided it was time to tie the knot and step into missions together. We arrived here early in December from Kansas where John was working as house staff at a boys foster home and Brynne was a daycare teacher and working towards a psychology degree. Here at Immanuel, John is mainly doing custodial work and Brynne is teaching the first grade class. We’re so thankful God changed our plans and opened this door for us.
I am finishing up my final school year as the preschool teacher at Immanuel Mission. While it’s been a challenging 3 years of establishing a program due to ever-changing Covid restrictions, we have been able to serve 20 different preschoolers in our community during this time. From the classroom to the home to the classroom again, the preschool program has continued to address children’s academic, social-emotional, and spiritual needs.
As I head back to Oklahoma this summer to continue my graduate studies in education, I will miss these children and this program. I will miss my little bodyguard who punches anyone else who tries to hold my hand. I will miss hearing “Hey, Moffitt!” yelled across the playground. I will even miss the dinosaur obsession that takes over the classroom no matter what else I try to interest preschool boys in. But most of all I will miss talking about the character of God and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross with these little souls.
Please pray for the preschool program going forward. Tiffany Hosteen is planning to take over the program in the fall; she is doing an amazing job as my co-teacher this year! I look forward to seeing how the Lord will use what I started long after I’m gone. “Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
He came to us with Valley Bible Church in California this past summer and heard the call for a 4th and 5th grade teacher. The Lord brought him to teach this year. It has been a growing experience but God has provided and we appreciate that He sent us the best man for the job.
Here I am on the ‘past tense’ side of our class restaurant, praising God for how it turned out. I always fight worrying about it, and at the last moment, I fling myself on God and let Him do it His own way. [Wisdom in action, huh?]
This year, we tried something that worked well: People paid for what they wanted when they first came in and were given tokens. The tokens were then redeemed at various places around the edge of the gym. We had tablecloths and flowers (and salt) on all the tables, which were in the central area of the gym, so it still had the feel of a restaurant, but the kitchen itself was not a ZOO!
The sweetly superb Sarah Sun sang ‘saintly’ songs, serenading ‘supping’ spectators throughout the evening. Anne Denny was our cashier, Miss Kelly was at the dessert table, Mr. V was at the Mutton Stew & Frybread table, Melissa baked Pizza, Mrs V. grilled burgers, Miss MEgan started the Navajo Tacos/Burgers on their way, Kathy served 120 drinks, the staff baked cherry pies, helped with set-up and tear-down, and Flash made a short DVD of it all. Everyone here helped. God brought in $700! You can look at a video about it on the Mission website: www.immanuelmission.org
None of it was ready to go at 6 P.M. when we opened our doors [!!!!!], but one great thing about Navajos is that the same character trait in them that brings frozen hamburger patties and frybread dough into the kitchen at 5:50 P.M. [!!!!!] is also willing to patiently wait around for the food to be cooked – with out so much as a single complaint. When will I ever remember that?
At 7 o’clock, the frybread crew in the kitchen, having served their time, merrily waved good-bye. At first, I panicked. Then I began scrambling through the busy restaurant, approaching every Navajo woman I knew, begging her to come to the kitchen and pat out frybread. Three of them gazed up at me, mouths full, and nodded “OK”, and the restaurant continued. Thank you for your support in prayer!
We have 1 month left of school. It amazes me how God brings us through year after year. It’s a delight to Him, but it ‘floors’ me. The Valdois’ and MEgan are leaving I.M., that’s 3/5 of the Jr. High/High school faculty AND 2/4 of the bus drivers! Help! Come! Drive! Teach! Pray on, if nothing else! [I’m talking to you]
THANK YOU for being a part of the work out here where “God is with us”
Because HE is, Miss Becky Knopf
The first week of March, a group of Emmaus Bible College students came down. They were a great group to have. They did various things around the mission. Two students helped out in the school and one, Alyssa, was in my classroom. I remember being in college and rearing to start teaching, so the week Alyssa was here, I let her teach and do all my work!!! It was great! It actually turned out to be a blessing because I had to leave Wednesday afternoon to go as a chaperone on the state basketball trip. Alyssa was able to take over my classroom as the sub while I was gone. It is so neat to see the Lord supply a solution even before the problem arises.
By the way, our basketball teams did great. The girls got 5th place and the boys got 4th. There were a couple of really, really close games that were heart-wrenching. But overall it was a great trip.
On Saint Patrick’s day, Ruth Bloom, our bookkeeper and close friend was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. They thought it was appendicitis, but when they went in they found something totally different. Even though I’ve had it explained to me, I don’t think I can tell you exactly what they found, but they patched her up. Later that night around 3am, they had to go back in for another emergency surgery. There was internal bleeding and they took out a quart and a half of blood from her abdomen. Praise the Lord that she is back home and doing wonderfully. She is still mending and getting her strength back. Ruth is such a testament to the Lord’s power.
Over spring break, I accompanied Megan Thurston and her four dogs to their home in Ocean Shores, Washington. It was my first time to see the Pacific Ocean (although I didn’t really see it until Thursday because of the clouds and rain.) It was a great trip, even though it was wet, and cold, and rainy the entire time (expect an hour or two!)
A major prayer request: We are losing three teachers and two bus drivers this year. We need a Jr. High teacher, and two high school teachers. It will be neat to see how the Lord provides for this need. Please partner with us in prayer as we ask that he will send the right people at just the right time. Let us know if you are interested of filling some need out here or know of anybody who would be interested. Thanks again for your prayers.
In first grade we have been learning about Jesus. He came to earth as a baby, grew up to be a man, died on the cross. But he isn’t still dead: he arose and now is in heaven. Today we learned about how one day Jesus will be coming back to take all of his friends and followers back to heaven with him. Lord—how I am looking forward to that day! But I am also reminded to pray that my students and their families will understand their need for a savior before He returns.