Can You Hear That?

BAM! BAM! THUMP! BAM! Strum, strum, strum, plink, plink, strum, BAM!  These are typical noises you hear each day in my new music room.  I wish there was audio in our newsletters but you would probably hit the mute button as fast as you could find it so it’s just as well.  I am having a great time teaching music again this year and especially love having my own room with a door that locks.  The elementary grades get to come once a week to sing, play the bells, keep rhythm with sticks and look longingly at the pianos, guitars and trap set that I reserve for the upper grades.  Then I get the older girls and boys for an hour each day while their counterparts are in PE.  We can already accompany many praise songs on both the guitar and piano but our solos leave something to be desired.  My goal for the students is that some day they will be able to use these skills to build up the local church in worship and enhance their own personal worship to the Lord.  I’m thankful that the Lord appreciates a joyful noise but I don’t think we need to remain at the noisy gong, clanging cymbal stage in our musical development.

Anne Denny

Bloom Newsletter – August 2007

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
 

September News from Anne

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”

Anne Denny
Immanuel Mission

Bloom Newsletter – April 2007

Dear praying friends,

I see that I haven’t written a newsletter since late January. We have been very busy but also I’ve been just a bit lazy in not communicating with you. Please forgive me. We so appreciate those who pray and support the work here. We are near the end of another school year (three weeks left) and have been sustained by your prayers and concern for us.

I have traveled more than usual this spring: Dubuque, IA for Christian Ministries Seminar (where good contacts were made for next year), Sante Fe for administrators conference, Kansas and MO for spring break, Phoenix for 7/8 trip, and Rehoboth for Native American Schools Conference. Next week Ruth and I take the 11/12 grade to Washington, D.C. and NYC for their end of year trip. This all takes lots of planning and usually involves a lot of driving. We did break down in Phoenix but God worked amazingly to keep us safe and we were able to get the bus fixed without major inconvenience.

We have done well in the sports area. Our girls BB team won its fourth league championship. The boys took fourth place. Our girls and guys teamed up with some other schools to win the all star VB and BB games this past weekend. We are now playing co-ed softball in PE and having an in house tournament with good competition.

We have had a wet winter and spring so the desert is as green as I’ve ever seen it. We are expecting more rain this week.

One of our former students who has been coming to Ruth’s craft class trusted the Lord this spring which is very exciting. Pray for Bernelda Begay that she would stay true to the Lord and that her mother Francis will trust the Lord soon. We will have a youth group minister in their home this summer.

We have had three youth groups and several couples here this spring helping us out. They have been a great help and encouragement. We have eight youth groups scheduled for the summer. The main project this summer will be to erect a 40×80 metal building which will house our vo-tech program. The building has been ordered and paid for. We still need several thousand dollars for the cement.

We have 7 seniors and 9 eighth graders graduating on May 12. Pray for all the preparations and that the program will speak to the parents and community about the Lord. Four of the seniors are professing believers.

We have two teachers planning to come next year. Solomon Sun and his wife Sarah will come to teach 4th grade. Kelli Wilson is coming to teach 1st grade. Solomon and Kelli are both graduates of Emmaus. Darrel Valdois finally got his bus drivers certification so we are looking pretty good for next year. We still are in desperate need of a maintenance man

Ruth has grown to enjoy her job as bookkeeper which is a major answer to prayer.

Again, thank you for praying for the work here. What a joy to have 89 children (and by extension about 45 homes) under the sound of the gospel each day.

John & Ruth Bloom

News from Anne

Dear Friends,

I thank the Lord that you are joining us in the work He is doing here at Immanuel Mission. I shared recently at a Ladies Missionary Conference in Fullerton, California. The Lord gave me the story about the demon-possessed boy that the disciples weren’t able to help. In Mark 9:29 Jesus says, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.” It feels like much of the work we are involved in here at Immanuel Mission is like that demon possessed boy. There is so much we cannot do without the help of your prayers. I’m so encouraged that we are not alone in this work.

We saw one of our women who comes regularly to our craft class trust the Lord this winter and then within a few weeks her faith was shaken and we despaired of her continuing in her new walk with the Lord. But He is faithful and she is coming again and slowly trusting us and, I hope, the Lord more and more. Another woman has begun coming to church with her mother and we see her also drawing closer to saving faith in the Lord Jesus. Since Valentine’s Day, a whole new group has started coming each week to our craft class. These are Lorena Herbert’s sisters and nieces. We’ve been praying for Lorena’s family for years and her nieces attended or attend our school. We would be thrilled if the Lord chooses this year to be the time He saves Lorena’s family. Keep praying.

The rest of the year will go by in a blur I am sure. We are a month away from the Academic Meet that we participate in with three other mission schools. I am in charge of the event and don’t have Debbie Nininger to help me this year so pray that I’ll find someone else or that God will provide time and energy to do it myself. That seems to be how He has provided for us this year—not with permanent staff but with extra energy and short term helpers that have been a great encouragement. The day after the Meet is over, I go with the Blooms and the 11 th and 12th graders on a week long trip to NYC and DC. I am excited to go with them but will need to prepare for a substitute for my 4th graders while I am gone. I have some who are praying about subbing for me, but don’t have it locked in yet. Darrel Valdois is now driving the bus so we are thanking the Lord for that. It is kind of fun to look back over the year and see how God has provided for us just at the right time and just the right amount. We’ve seen him fill jar after jar of oil and make the flour last until the next rain time and time again.

I am thankful that the Lord has let us be hungry this year so that He could fill us and we would more clearly know it was from Him. Continue to pray about staff for next year. There are several that are praying and planning to come. John Bloom knows more than I about the specifics in that area. It is looking like I will get to go back to upper grades music and math. I took a week off of consumer math with my 11th and 12 th graders and did Driver’s Ed. for a week. That was fun. Two have gotten their driver’s licenses and two plan to soon. Three aren’t 18 so will need to finish the process with a parent. Ok, now I’m just rambling.

Talk to you later,

Anne Denny

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 http://www.drewnels.net.

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)

Christmas Letter from Anne

“Hey!  Unto you a Child is born!”Do you also need to be reminded?  Isn’t it easy to get caught up in the tyranny of the urgent?  Life has gone by at a pretty frantic pace these past few months.  I know many of you pray for us here at Immanuel Mission and already know that we are low on staff this year.  We lost several close friends who have moved on to other ministries.  The Lord has provided teachers, but a “first-year” can never quite fill all the gaps left by someone who had been here for years.  I continually find new ways to miss the Niningers and the Douglases as we prepare for each outreach and think, “Well, Leona (Dave, Jerry, Debbie) always did that.”

I’ve been teaching 4th grade again, and enjoy the kids.  I teach one hour a day of high school math and love that.  Each morning I drive the bus and average 2-3 times a week in the afternoon.  I love the children but am not as eager for snow as I once was.  I’m not the best (read adequate) at getting up a canyon road in the dark when it is slippery.

We were busting out of the library last night at our ladies get together.  About 25 of us decorated cookies for Christmas.  There were several good conversations about the Lord as we sat together enjoying sugar and each other.  I so love these people and long for them to commit to Christ.  Their lives would be so much better with the Savior.  This is something I shared with the high school kids recently:

Today is the day of salvation.  I’ve heard sermons encouraging people to trust Christ today because they don’t know what tomorrow may bring.  There are stories of people who left a Gospel meeting and were killed in a car accident on the way home.  I don’t think most of us believe we will die tonight even though we know it could happen.  The reason for the urgency of turning to Christ is more like this quote from the movie, When Harry Met Sally.   Harry runs to the New Years Eve party to find Sally and proclaim his love for her:  “It’s not because I’m lonely and it’s not because it’s New Years Eve, I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”  That is why we are so eager for others to trust Christ today.  It’s not because they might die tonight or He may return before they choose Him.  It’s because when you know what abundant life with Jesus is like—full of love, joy, and peace—you want it to start as soon as possible.

Praise the Lord for coming to us; for wooing us and drawing us to Himself.  Isn’t He good?  I can’t help but rejoice that He chose me.  And I want everyone I love to know Him too.  Enjoy Him today and live happily ever after.

Merry Christmas,

Anne Denny

C.F.A.P. – Community Financial Assistance Program

Often neighbors will come to the Mission to ask for our help.  Many of them ask for money, others for a ride back to their home.  Some will ask to borrow our vehicle to go to town for appointments or family parties.  Still others will ask us to help them with physical labor.  We ask our Heavenly Father for wisdom to know how we can continue to meet the needs in our community.

We have an idea that we hope will help them and us too.  We plan to call it Community Financial Assistance Program. This program will be open to those who are in need of money.  They can weave Navajo rugs to receive the money they need instead of getting money from one of us without earning it.  They usually say they want to borrow money but mostly they don’t pay it back.

This program can work with your support.  I would like to ask if you would like to buy a Navajo rug.  You can order it from our program.  I would oversee the weaving of the rugs.  Each person would be paid for the work they complete.  I would keep in touch with you and mail it to you when it is finished.  We want to teach our community that they also can give to others as we give to them.

Here are a couple of things I’d like to share with you.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.  I say, time to give and a time to get.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:1 – NIV)

“Solomon had conducted an exhaustive survey of all the activities, employments, and pursuits that God has given to man to occupy his time.”  (Believers Bible Commentary on Ecclesiastes 3:10)

Lorena Herbert

Thanks For The Wonderful School Supplies

We want to give you who donated school supplies a big THANKS for the wonderful things you sent. We especially liked the atomic classroom clocks that have their time automatically set to the second.. A signal from somewhere in Colorado resets them each night. We got all the supplies we needed. Things that weren’t sent in boxes were purchased with money that some folks sent to fill in the gaps. We are very grateful for your support. We don’t want for anything at this time and have what we will need for the rest of the year. We are praising the Lord and thanking you, His servants.

Ruth Bloom