“That hope is found in the person of Jesus Christ”

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A Trophy, A Toast and an Announcement

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement regarding the float Emily and a group of around 35 women designed and decorated for the Navajo Nation Parade. The group gathered at 6 am on Saturday, Sept 8 and joined into the parade line-up at 8 am. We walked three miles down Highway 264 while hundreds of thousands of onlookers saw our smiling, cheerful team of ladies in pink shirts walking with a flower clad float. We joyfully handed out close to 1000 invitations to this weekend’s Living Proof Live event. Some have said that the Navajo Nation Fair draws 100,000 people. We took the opportunity to not only have a float in the parade, but set up a booth at the fairgrounds for three days. During that time, over 240 women registered for the Beth Moore event, our volunteers were able to engage in 200 conversations with women about the Lord and we gave away Bibles, Navajo gospel tracts, devotionals, and even fun makeup!

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.

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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.

An Announcement:

  • 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.

In Christ,
DH and Emily Henry

Crime And (No) Punishment

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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

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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

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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.

Positive Feedback

I (Emily) am counseling two women right now. Just this week in both sessions, they shared with me how they have encountered other women who are going through similar struggles to their own. They both said how grateful they were to be in Christian counseling because they have been able to pass on the things they’ve learned. It’s not very often in ministry, or many lines of work, that we get to see the fruit of our labor or get to hear of the benefits that others are receiving because of our hard work. As a mom of young children, missionary and homeschooling parent, I don’t count on a lot of accolades. I trust that God sees what we do in secret. Anyway, I have been so blessed by the feedback I’ve received from these ladies. It’s nice to know that what I’m doing is helping.
It means the world to us to have churches and individuals supporting us so that I can not only minister to a couple of ladies during afternoon counseling sessions while my kids nap, but so that the work I am doing can be multiplied in their lives to other women on the reservation who are hurting and in need of healing.

Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches

A young man who comes from a broken family regularly spends time at our house. He helps out with various house projects from time to time, occasionally he volunteers to mow the lawn (which is mostly weeds), but he can almost always be found in the living room playing the guitar and engaging with our children. Our youngest child likes to show him her new “tricks” like running or jumping, and the older two enjoy telling him stories about lizards they have found, books they read or movies they’ve watched recently. Emily feeds him breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending on the time of day he’s here at our house. He has an open invitation to stay in our guest room anytime he needs to, or even wants to. We laugh hysterically together over silly YouTube videos. We sing worship songs together. We study the Bible together. We’ve spoken hard truths to him in love. It’s nothing glamorous, but healing happens through the ordinary work of hospitality.
You see, he didn’t grow up in a home that had a mom and dad who were committed to each other or to Jesus Christ. He never saw kingdom values being played out in the home and like so many in today’s society never experienced family devotions, but he gets to see it here. In our imperfect home he gets to see us struggle to figure out proper discipline for our kids, he shares family meals around the table, he helps do the dishes, and gets to sit in on family devotions. He gets to see us in our most natural environment which means he sees us sin and sees us “with our sweat pants on” – stressed and struggling, busy with the messiness of life. This is also healing. So often in vocational ministry there is pressure to keep up appearances, or the idea that the best ministry is big and flashy with lots of numbers. But today when Emily made a turkey and cheese sandwich and served up a meal for our friend right alongside our own children, beautiful Gospel work was happening. This young man loves the Lord, in spite of many hurts and hangups and we delight in the opportunity to walk through life with him and disciple him in the Lord.
Because of the prayers and financial support we receive, we get to walk closely with this young man through the ups and downs of life. We have watched him grow tremendously in the time that we have known him.

Cattle Auction Day

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.

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Daniel and Genevieve Chee have beautiful hearts for Jesus and ministering to their people. They daily serve and minister to their neighbors by hauling water to families in their area who rely on gravity flow water systems. On Sundays and Wednesdays Daniel Chee faithfully preaches the Bible and prays fervently for the Gospel to be made known. 

 

Diné Bikéyah & The Long Walk

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.