Thank you Friend for your support during this past month. March was a very busy month for us. We have been on the road for four weeks speaking and presenting our ministry in mission conventions, in services of supporting churches and meeting with pastors of supporting churches. It is always a joy to meet with those who have given faithfully and sacrificially into our ministry.
We put on many miles as we drove to the East coast and back. This entailed many states…from North Dakota to Minnesota to Wisconsin to Illinois to Indiana to Ohio to Pennsylvania to Maryland to Virginia and back through Iowa and into Minneapolis to spend Easter with our daughter Lynelle and her family.
Now we are looking forward to summer ministry on the reservations, outreaches and projects. We have been and continue to be in touch with Native pastors across the nation.
Thank you for your prayers for continued good health & strength, for miracles from God in situations impossible with man and wisdom & guidance from God. We are thankful for your prayers for safety and good weather as we travel. We appreciate your financial support as you give into this ministry. May God bless you.
Thank you for your support and prayers the last couple months. We have been doing double duty working with our Native Pastors and being Interim Pastor at the Turtle Mountain Worship Center A/G at Belcourt, ND for the past five months. It has been one of the most trying times of our ministry. However, along with that is has been very fulfilling! We have had to deal with situations that we never thought we would have to deal with.
The Lord has helped us get things replaced for the Belcourt church that have walked away through the years. They now have hymnals, new keyboard, a PA system, Overhead Projection, new computers, a freezer for the food pantry, a pallet jack, Sunday School materials and literature. There are re-keyed locks throughout the building. The church van has been repaired and is useable. A newly elected Native Pastor is now on board.
Thank you to the Youth Dept. of the Assemblies of God and individuals that have stepped forward to help making it possible to accomplish this. Thank you also to the North Dakota District of the A/G for their support and finances.
Thank You very much for your prayers and support. Everything we are encountering is not over yet. We continue to need your prayers and support. We are Praising God for the Salvations.
We need to buy a van for a church on a reservation in Montana that is seeing God move mightily. We have several reservation churches that are not able to buy fuel and insurance for their churches. With your help we would like to be able to help them. God Bless you and thank you.
Sincerely In Christ
Mel and Corliss
Thank you for your financial support and your prayers for our ministry to the Indian Reservations and with Native pastors in 2012. It has been a full and exciting year of ministry unto the Lord. We have experienced the shock of illness followed by the joy of God’s restoration to health by His healing hand. We have rejoiced with the privilege of working with many of our Native Pastors across the US. We are ending the year as interim pastors of the Turtle Mountain Worship Center on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation at Belcourt, ND.
In 2012 we helped six Native Pastors obtain vehicles; from 15 passenger vans to mini vans and a car. We already were able to provide a van in 2013. With your help we were able to assist churches on reservations pay for gas to heat their churches. Native pastors on 9 different reservations were able to do outreaches to the needy and elderly by giving turkeys and hams over the holidays and pray with many of those people for the needs that they had. People told us that we made their Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays because of what they were given that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.
Going back to pastoring after 25 years has been very interesting. The decade of the ‘90’s was filled with Outreaches and building churches on reservations. That continued into the next decade as Special Projects Coordinator across the United States. I can’t begin to tell you in this letter all that has happened in the last 6 months. However, we are praising God for the good attendance and offerings that have been coming in from the Native People on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. There have been some very difficult and challenging times along with the good. We have been able to get things for the church that were needed desperately…PA system, hymnals, tires and rims for van, a keyboard for the church, literature etc. But best of all we have seen people accept Christ as their Savior. Praise God for people like you who are willing to give and to pray.
We pray for God’s Blessing for you in 2013. Thank you in advance for helping us work with and help Native churches and pastors. Thanks again and God Bless You!
Mel had his follow up with his doctor and got a great report, Praise the Lord. Please continue to pray as he continues to recuperate from the surgery.
Mel and Corliss are serving as interim pastors at the Turtle Mountain Church for the next 3 – 4 months.