Thank you for your prayers and support. We continue working with Native Pastors, mentoring, coaching and communicating. God is good as He continues to direct our lives and meet the needs.
A church roof project brought Mel to Anthony, Texas this winter. Seven people worked on this project with him. There were three men from Pine Dale, New Mexico and one from Farmington, New Mexico. Brian and Sara Lee and family came from Minot, North Dakota. The weather was great, the people wonderful and the project was accomplished for the glory of God! During this time Mel also preached five times in Pine Dale, New Mexico.
The project in Anthony was not without its difficulty however! The old equipment being used had to be replaced to finish the job! A new 2011 sprayer was purchased in Albuquerque for $3100. About $20,000 of painting equipment was included which was a real blessing! We need to raise about $4500.00 to get expenses back. Thank you your prayers in consideration of this need.
It was a tough winter. Mel spent five days in the hospital with pneumonia and bronchitis. He has been on strong antibiotics but is out of the hospital recuperating after many tests and treatments.
Please Pray for Brian and Sara Lee. They lost their oldest child who was 4 years old. He was handicapped and deformed but lived 4 years longer than the doctors had thought. Mel is officiating at the funeral at 1st A/G in Minot.
Thank you for your giving. We have been able to help with the transportation and fixing of vehicles for native pastors because of it. Pray with us for these Native Pastors and their ministries. God bless you!
Sincerely in Christ,
Mel and Corliss Erickson
We are asking the Lord to bless you for your prayers and your supportive part in our ministry to the Native Americans. We are so thankful for good health and traveling protection through the past months. Our lives are filled with ministry and family.
We have been a part of outreaches to the reservations and doing projects for Native Pastors and Congregations. Helping with providing transportation and meeting financial needs for many Native Pastors and Congregations is one of the most interesting things we get to do. We have been a part of camps and taking training to be able to help them in their ministry.
You can pray for us because it is hard to schedule services to help raise funds. Churches only seem to have missionaries on Sunday mornings. It does not make it feasible to travel hundreds of miles for one service. We have to plan our schedule around possible mission services. We still need money to come in so we can continue ministering to Native People. The requests we get from working with them are for counseling, PRAYER, needs of transportation, LP gas for churches and their residence. There are many projects that need to be accomplished; new sanctuaries, upgrade sound equipment, computers, power screens, projections systems etc.
It is very interesting to go from building to working with the pastors as a mentor or a ministry coach. Also it is not our vision that needs to be accomplished. It is about theirs so they can reach the goals that they have set. It is all about winning people to Christ.
Thank you again for your prayers and support. We need you to stand with us so that we can do what God has called us to do. Finances have been on a decline over the past couple years. We need your help to turn that trend around. Thank you and God bless you.
Sincerely In Christ
Mel and Corliss Erickson