December 2014 Newsletter

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Thank you for your prayers and support through the past year and years. We are now on year 48 of working as Missionaries to the Native People of our Land. Thank you for helping us through the years.

We went on our first true two week vacation of our entire ministry. We have had working vacations but not one like this.   We have now been in all 50 states of the U.S. We have just returned from Hawaii. We were at Honolulu on the Island of Oahu. We spent eight wonderful days there. We toured the Island both by bus and from a helicopter. What a sight it was. Temperature was 81 every day and 70 every night. What a difference from North Dakota.

What a great God we serve who created all this for us to see. We went on several other tours and spent only about 6 hours at the beach! We waited until we are going to be 70 and been married for 47 years come December 30th to do this.

God has been good throughout the past year. We have had the privilege of working with many Native Pastors; bringing vehicles to them, with outreaches, in coaching, mentoring and helping them with whatever their needs were and then seeing lives change by the power of God.

We do not know what a new year holds. Things are changing very fast. Things in our country are not the same as they used to be! Only one thing is for sure… JESUS NEVER CHANGES AND HE DOES NOT FAIL. We must continue to put HIM first or other things will become idols to us and we will serve them rather than God! Having HIM in CONTROL OF OUR LIVES is very important!

2014 is about past. People like you help us end the year in the black through your Financial Support. As US missionaries we thank you for your prayers and care of our ministry needs and for helping us end 2014 in the black! Thanks again and God Bless You as we enter this CHRISTMAS Season and the NEW YEAR.

Sincerely In Christ

Mel and Corliss Erickson

Sept Thank you

Dear Friends

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

 

April 2014 Newsletter

It is a great day to say HE IS ALIVE.  Praise God we serve a risen Savior, Healer, Baptizer and Coming King!

Thank you for your support and prayers.  God has been great to meet our needs and give us health.  Working with Native Pastors, coaching them and praying with them for situations on the reservations keeps us busy.  We were able to help in purchasing propane gas for church buildings and Native pastor’s homes during this cold winter. It is spring and still only 30 degrees!  We also had the privilege of delivering three more vehicles to pastors working with Native people.

We have driven over 12,000 miles since the first of the year working with Native Pastors and reservations.  We are lining up teams to do outreaches, work on reservation churches and grounds, build new buildings and do ministering on the reservations as well.

These grandparents are also kept busy with the family activities of 3 natural born children, 3 adopted children, 23 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Graduations, football games, basketball games, softball games, musicals, birthdays, anniversaries and plays are all events that keep us in touch with what is happening in their lives!

Thank you again for your PRAYERS and SUPPORT.  This is your ministry! Thank you for allowing us to be your missionaries.  We need your help to do what God has called us to do.  God Bless You!!!!!

March Thank you

Thank you for your support and prayers during the past two months.  January and February have been busy months for us. Mel has traveled over 10,000 miles in the last two months.  We are praising God for what has been accomplished.

We have been working with Native pastors and churches helping to meet needs and coaching with the Native pastors.  We have helped in getting three vehicles for use in ministry.  The cost of LP gas for heating the churches and pastors homes went up at a fast rate.  We have purchased over a thousand gallons of LP gas.  They had to put it on a credit card or pay cash.  With the unemployment and cash flow on the reservations they were not able to do either.  So we stepped in and helped.  Now we need to raise the funds to pay for it.  Thank you to the ones who have stepped up and helped but we are only about 30 % of the way to paying for it.  Thank you for your prayers and help!!!!

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.  There is much to accomplish in these days.  We have many miles to travel in the next two months.  Pray for us as we minister to Native People.

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.  Your financial support is appreciated as you give into this ministry.

May God bless you!!!!

December 2013

Dear Friends

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

As the Jewish people looked and waited for a Messiah over 2000 years ago today we look and wait for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ as king and ruler of all nations!  Then He came as a baby…to bring us salvation.  Today He will come as King and reign forever giving us eternal life!  It is exciting!  We pray that each of you have your hearts ready and proclaim His soon return!

2013 has been a year to remember.  Many people have accepted Christ as their personal Savior.  We have led individuals to Christ on airplanes, in parking lots, in church services, at the YMCA, through outreaches and in personal witnessing.  It has been a great year.  We have been a part of remodeling church buildings and parsonages.  We helped purchase vans to provide transportation to church services and camps for youth and adults.  We worked with native pastors and did some interim pastoring.  Many things have been accomplished for His Kingdom. We’re thankful for His goodness and the souls who have come to Christ.

This year is coming to the end. Funds are needed to help finish paying for what has been accomplished.    Our 2013 income is down by a large amount.  Will you pray with us for a financial miracle by the end of this year? Thank you for your faithfulness and for being a part of our ministry.

May the Lord Richly Bless You as we go into 2014!

Sincerely, In Christ

Mel and Corliss Erickson