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

Fall 2013

Dear Friends,

Once again, thank you to the individuals and all the churches who make ministry to Native Americans their ministry by financial giving and prayer support. As your US Missionary, we appreciate you!

ImageAfter being interim pastors of the Turtle Mountain Worship Center for a time, it became the focus of many remodeling projects. The interior of the church was painted, new doors & windows were put in, a new sound system was installed, a keyboard purchased and a projection system. Of 20 church building projects the Belcourt church was the first church building project coordinated by Mel in 1994 and was built with all volunteer help.  Pastor Curtis Patinaud is now the pastor.  God is moving as only He can!  Outreach Teams on reservations including Turtle Mountain, have reported some 700 decisions for Christ this summer!  Praise the Lord!

Mel & I traveled to the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana early last spring to deliver a van to Pastor Jessen & his wife for their church.  The youth were so excited and said it was an answer to their prayers as they were able to go to camp.  This fall they received a handicapped accessible van from us, which they needed! Attendance has increased and they have also moved into a new church building.Continue to pray for the native pastors and churchImage 1es with whom we work.  Pastor Tim Brown on the White Earth Reservation has multiple funerals in his church every month.  Many prayers have been extended for the needs there!

Several thousand dollars are needed yet to finish paying the expenses of the summer of which you may be a part.  Thank you again and God bless you!

 

Your US Missionaries,

Mel & Corliss Erickson

 

 

PS  Our book “Living the Call” Vol. I & II is available for purchase for Christmas.  You may call or e-mail us or go to our website @ dakotame.com to order.

September Thank you

Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your ministry for the Lord!  Projects and Outreaches have been part of a busy summer!  Over 700 decisions have been made for Christ!  Painting has been done in church buildings, doors have been replaced and new windows put in!  Praise the Lord!  Two vans were purchased providing transportation for Indian people to get to church and to camps. A big thank you to those who made this possible! It has been a great time working with our Native Pastors across the country.

In August we attended the General Council of the Assemblies of God in Orlando Florida, a US Missions seminar and the Influence Conference.  What a great spiritual uplifting and inspirational time this was.  God’s Spirit moved mightily in the sessions and services. Information was portrayed with excellence.  Thousands attended even though Florida was very hot and humid.  We were thankful to get back to the north central part of the country even though heat and humidity followed us!

We need several thousand dollars yet to finish paying the expenses of the summer.  Thank you for your giving, your prayers and your support.  God Bless!!!

Mel & Corliss