Film made by Ashley Maddox of Missionary Films
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A week or so after the fair was over, we got a call for the Fort Defiance chapter house saying that we had won a 2nd place prize for our float! We couldn’t believe it. What a joy and a delight to engage with the community by spreading the word about a chance for women to gather together to hear of the Good News of Jesus Christ!
There are two women’s events happening in tandem this Friday and Saturday. Please join us in praying for them both:
- Equip-to-Arise is a women’s leadership event happening Friday, Oct 5. Lifeway staff from Nashville are co-teaching workshops with Navajo women on various topics relevant to the locals’ need. Pray that the older women could be empowered to teach what is beautiful and lead younger women towards love (Titus 2:3-4)
- This Saturday, October 6, Beth Moore and the Living Proof Live team will come back to Chinle, AZ for the second time. They came in 2016, and around 3,000 Native women attended. This year we are anticipating the Wild Cat Den in Chinle to be packed out with 7,000 Native women. Over the last year, 13 teams of Native women have been meeting to pray and prepare for this event. Tribes we anticipate being there include: Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Hualapai, White Mountain Apache, San Carlos Apache, Tohono O’odham, Pima, Tewa, and Oklahoma Natives. We are trusting God for generations of Native families to know Christ because of proclaiming of the gospel at this event Saturday.
Sending off Leander
Last month we said “good-bye” to a friend who’s leaving the Navajo Nation to join the Marines. Leander got to know us through various Bible studies, moved in with us for a time, and stayed around our mission as a volunteer. He lived with us for a while before Zoe was born, he has spent many other nights in our guest room after having a difficult night with family or roommates. We’ve stayed up talking about his story, his struggles, his dreams and broken heart. DH has discipled him in the Scriptures as well as coaching him through ideas of Biblical masculinity. At times he could be found in the kitchen, too, with Emily who would counsel him while she did the dishes. Through all the time we spent together with him, he has grown very dear to us.
During a small fare-well party, a few of the missionaries here at WIM were toasting to Leander with sparkling grape juice and the whole Henry family attended. Our middle son, Josiah, though he tends to be more reserved, raised his cup and said, at the verge of tears, “I like you so much that I want a bye-bye hug.” The next day, DH drove with Leander to drop him off in Gallup on his way to Bootcamp. Please pray that God connect Leander to a community of believers to walk with him during the upcoming months.
- Emily is expecting our 4th child – a big surprise for our family (Due on May 3). She has been suffering from almost constant morning sickness, which impacts a lot of her duties with homeschooling the kids, managing the home, and her various ministry roles. Pray that the Lord would bear her gently through this season (Is. 40:11)
- Pray for Leander Nozie, who left for boot camp a week ago. He is a young believer – please join us in praying that he finds Christian friendship, that his faith doesn’t waiver under the pressures and hardships that come in boot camp.
- Please continue to pray for DH’s left ear — that the nerves effected by the acoustic neuroma would be healed, according to the great mercy of our God.
DH and Emily Henry
Early one morning DH went to the local grocery store to get some eggs when he met a man who was selling a bag full of new merchandise. He thought it was interesting that the man was selling a bunch of items that could be found at a Christian book store – particularly eye catching was the brand new hat with I JOHN 1:9 written across the front. When DH went to the Mission’s office for morning prayer he heard the unfortunate news that the Christian bookstore on our campus had been robbed and all the hats were missing! DH went to the gas station and found the man who was selling the stolen hat and took a selfie with him (Notice the wad of cash in the man’s hand). In situations like these, justice is elusive and the police sheriff didn’t seem to think that they would find the guilty party even though DH had a photo of a suspect and the license plate of his car. Please pray for justice to be served.
Update on DH’s Acoustic Neuroma
According to the most recent MRI scans, the benign tumor is still hanging out on DH’s cochlear nerve. Ever since he had his second MRI, there has been more pressure to decide which treatment option to take, in more ways than one. When DH’s Ear-Nose-and-Throat doctor (ENT) examined them, he said that though the tumor looks like it has grown (1mm in width and 1mm in length), its growth appears minimal and falls within the margin of error; a millimeter plus or minus could simply be a discrepancy caused by a difference in head position. The ENT continues to suggest that the best plan of action is to monitoring the tumor’s growth every 6 months (a fairly costly option, since each February, when DH goes in for the MRI, we would be responsible to pay close to four thousand dollars out of pocket). However, the Neurotologist, whose job it is to remove acoustic neuromas, and with whom DH has had multiple phone conversations, without hesitation said that it looks like the tumor has grown and will only continue to do so. He has told us that if DH were his younger brother, he would tell him there’s no point in holding off on the surgery to remove the tumor, it will have to be done eventually and the complications and risks that come with the tumor and its removal grow in number as the tumor grows in size. So therein lies the pressure, some of his health providers have tried to impress on DH the need to wait, other providers have expressed the benefits of acting right away. Even within the surgical option, there’s a question as to what type of surgical approach to take: the one that has a 5% chance of keeping the hearing on his left side but could threaten his facial nerve or the one that will certainly wipe out his stereo hearing but will protect his facial nerve. All the while, DH has begun to experience a mild but continuous headache whenever he’s on his feet. One of the doctors has posited that the tumor might already be negatively effecting DH’s balance nerve on the left side and his brain is having to work extra hard to try to keep up with it. Choosing among these medical options seems so difficult since each option comes with its own set of risks. Please continue to pray for wisdom and plead with the Lord to preserve DH’s hearing.
Counseling & Discipleship
One of the most satisfying things Emily gets to experience is working with women who are hungry for the Lord and eager to grow. Right now, Emily is meeting with two different women for counseling. She delights to walk with them through their individual journeys and struggles. Recently, one of these ladies told Emily that she has been meeting other women who are dealing with the same struggle she has and that she has been able to pass on the things she’s been learning in their sessions. Emily’s counseling sessions often take on a discipleship feel, as her client has started talking more about her faith. She believes in God and understands the message of the Gospel, but she still has many questions and lacks a solid theological foundation. Just a few weeks ago she began attending our Sunday night Bible study! Please pray for her continued healing in counseling and continued growth in discipleship with Christ.
The other young woman who Emily is meeting with has also started coming to the Bible study and is applying God’s Word to her life in ways she never has before.
Please be praying for our Sunday night Bible study. We are going through Gospel Transformation and it is fostering such an authentic environment among those attending. We’d love to see it grow and see people come who don’t know Christ or are new Christians.
Navajo Nation Fair & Parade
This week thousands of people from all over the Navajo Nation and beyond will come to Window Rock for the Navajo Nation Fair and Parade. Since we’ve lived here, we have only ever been spectators, but this Saturday Emily and around 30 other women will dawn matching pink t-shirts and ride on a float promoting the up-coming Living Proof Live (LPL) event. On October 6, 2018, Beth Moore and her team will come to Chinle, AZ for the second time to lead a one-day evangelistic event. Emily has had a big role over the last year gathering Native women to both prepare for the event and establish more opportunities for women’s ministry. Teams of women across the Nation have been meeting on a monthly basis for prayer and sometimes weekly Bible studies. We will also have a booth set up on the Fair Grounds on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week to promote the LPL event and get women registered. Please pray that generations of Native women and their families will know Jesus because of these events.
In June we had the privilege of spending almost two weeks at a family’s sheep camp. We grew in our understanding of the Navajo ranching culture, and advanced in Navajo language acquisition. This video is especially geared towards kids, but is helpful to anyone interested in learning some Diné Bizaad.
Our kids have been greatly impacted by the life we lead as missionaries. While staying with the Chee family near Leupp, AZ, they made fantastic memories joining in on all the activity that took place each day. They grew to love riding horses, chasing goats, feeding sheep, receiving roping lessons, and watering the cattle.
We have learned so much about Diné history this summer as the people have celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1868. We have much more to learn, but please enjoy this video where we share just some of what we have come to understand about about The Long Walk.
Here’s a short video about our family and the mission field we are honored to serve on.