The First Snow

God amazed us with His kindness when we arrived at Western Indian Ministries on November 3, around 4:30 PM — this is a permanent move, we’re not just visiting. The five and a half hour drive felt more like ten hours because we were all so excited to get to our new home. Phinehas and Josiah were hyper with excitement and well — so were we!

We awoke this morning to see the first snowfall of the year, and it snowed off and on throughout the day. Having spent the last three years in Phoenix (where there hasn’t been a measurable snowfall since 1985), it was a wonderful sight to behold.

The dormant community garden outside our dining room window.

The dormant community garden outside our dining room window.

We've been introduced to the wonders of the pellet stove! The thing works and we are very thankful for that!

We’ve been introduced to the wonders of the pellet stove. The thing Works and we are very thankful for that!

The snow dusted view from our front door.

The snow dusted view from our front door. (Odie, our neighbor’s Rez-dog, can be seen on the front step of our shared porch. He seemed comfortable outside in the snow.)

We’re Moving to Window Rock!

Elders at Fellowship of Grace commissioned us on Oct 25.

Elders at Fellowship of Grace commissioned us on Oct 25.

We reached 101% of our monthly support goal and Western Indian Ministries has given us approval to move to Window Rock! Saying goodbye can be bitter-sweet. In our case, we are sad to leave our two church families in Phoenix and be without the many perks and conveniences of living in a big city. On the other hand, we are excited to move to Window Rock and begin the work God has been preparing us for over the years.

Thank you for partnering with us – we wouldn’t be able to do this without you. We are humbled by the privilege, sobered by the position we’ve been invited into, and expectant of what God is going to do.

Our gracious hosts Jim and Katy Bailey at Cloudhaven.

Our gracious hosts Jim and Katy Bailey at Cloudhaven.

This week we enjoyed a time of needed rest and reflection at Cloudhaven, and visited churches in Tucson and Alamogordo on the way. Lord willing, after one more church visit in El Paso, TX, we will head north to Window Rock. We hope to be there this Tuesday, November 3rd!

When we arrive we will focus on settling into our new home, establish a language learning schedule, solidify our job descriptions, and continue in earnest prayer for the Lord’s anointing on this ministry.

Please join us in praying…

  • sacrifice of PRAISE for God’s abundant provision (Heb 13:15)
  • For added courage and wisdom as we transition. (Joshua 1:9Eccl 7:8-11)
  • hedge of protection over our children, marriage and intimacy with Christ (Psalm 91Job 1:10)
  • That we would devote ourselves to prayer and the Word (Col 4:2Acts 6:4)
In Christ,
DH, Emily, Phinehas and Josiah

PS – Please take a moment to update your contact info here – we’ll be sending out a newsletter soon in the mail.

State of Emergencies

The Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency twice in the last two months. Please join us in praying for this beloved people.

On August 8, 2015 the Navajo Nation declared a state of emergency because of the Gold King Mine heavy metals spill in the Animas River, affecting the San Juan River. Navajo Nation President Begay is attempting to address not just this problem, but many others. On September 21, 2015 the Navajo Nation declared another state of emergency because of four suicides within six weeks in Montezuma Creek, UT. These were the first suicides in this community in ten years. Click here for one blogger’s thoughtful insight into the problem of suicide among Native Americans.

It recently hit me that the Navajo Nation could be in a constant state of emergency, and our burden for the people grows stronger with every story we hear. Of course, we know we cannot solve their struggles, but we do know the One who can heal their hearts, and He is moving us with compassion.

“…A House Of Prayer For All The Nations…”

All four gospels record Jesus cleansing the temple — this was no madman’s outburst of anger but a premeditated purging of prejudice. Religious leaders of his day had begun to use the eastern wing of the temple, which was called “the Court of the Gentiles,” for trade and commerce rather than reserving it for a place that other nations might come and pray. Therefore zeal for God’s house consumed our Lord. He is still in the business of making room for all the nations. Inside of all of us, in the place where we should show hospitality to those who are different or minorities, our old nature runs out of room. Last week, at our denomination’s regional leadership meeting (a.k.a. Presbytery), it seemed like our Lord continued this work in us, not wielding a whip but convicting our hearts by His Spirit. He helped us realize the need to purposefully make room for Hispanic and Indigenous leadership to thrive in our churches. In this environment, as DH shared with the pastors and leaders about the opportunity and needs on the Navajo reservation he was met with tremendous encouragement. The Southwest Presbytery, and especially the missions committee, wants to come behind our outreach on the reservation. We are grateful for the way God has made room in your heart for us and for the Navajo.


We are more excited than ever to move up to Window Rock to begin outreach. In a recent trip to Northern Arizona, we dropped by WIM’s campus for a visit. We met members of a language development team, UniSkript, and had an encouraging visit with the mission’s director. The photo above was taken from the hill overlooking Window Rock — our boys love the view from up there. Phinehas, especially, expressed interest in moving there and climbing up to the prayer tower.

 

Please ask the Lord to…

  • bless DH’s second fundraising trip to Seattle next week, Oct. 7th-12th, increasing our partnership there (Phil 4:16)
  • enable us to seek God’s kingdom and make Himself our delight, while He adds the remaining $1,632/month, even by our desired date of Oct 13th (Lk. 12:31Ps.37:4)
  • bring His grace to the Navajo people through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the gospel and give them hope (I Peter 1:13)

 

In Christ,

DH and Emily Henry

At this point we have raised $6,448/month, 81% of our total monthly need. We still have $1,632/mo left to raise before we can move to Window Rock. 
Our pastor, Bill Phillips, has been behind us in our ministry to Native America from the moment he first learned of that passion in us. This photo was taken at Presbytery, in it he is praying for Phinehas to recover from a bad case of strep.

74%!

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It is a blessing to see God’s faithfulness through the Body of Christ. We are so thankful for every single person who is represented in this chart! We have been raising support since March and God has already supplied 74% of our monthly need. Please continue to pray with us that we could reach 100% so we can get to the field, even this month. Our original goal was to be able to be in Window Rock this week for the Navajo Nation Fair. Turns out that God’s timing was different from ours and we are trusting Him with when we are able to move — our times are in His hands. We still need $2,147/month in order to be fully funded.

Thank you so much, all of you who have been supporting us in prayer and finances! We couldn’t do this without you. We wanted you to see the house we will be living in once we get to Window Rock. It is centrally located on WIM’s campus, right across the driveway from Hilltop Christian School, which makes the school playground our front yard. The side yard (under the large tree) is where the community garden is!! I (Emily) am very excited about this, because I’ll be able to learn how to garden in the high desert, without being in charge of a huge garden all by myself.

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We will be living in the main side of the house, on the left. The garage has been converted into an apartment and another missionary family lives in that apartment. Under the huge tree on the left is the community garden.

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DH assembled the slide on the right last summer. We heard that the kindergarteners are not allowed to use it, because it’s too high and fast!

“…Appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation…”

In Acts 17:27, Paul spoke of how God controls when and where we live, ultimately that we should seek Him. In a similar manner, David prays, “my times are in your hand.” (Psalm 31:15) Samuel Rutherford, the great seventeenth century Scottish Puritan put it this way:

“The Great Master Gardener, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in a wonderful providence, with his own hand, planted me here, where by his grace, in this part of his vineyard, I grow; and here I will abide till the great Master of the vineyard think fit to transplant me.”

As Emily and I arrived back in Phoenix to finish our time of raising up supporters, these expressions help focus our attention back on the fact that God is sovereign over where we are and how long it takes to get to where He has called us and that should drive us to Him. Seeking Him in prayer will not only bring us to the desired end but will bring fruitfulness in the mean-time.

Thank you for your prayers for us this summer. God has encouraged us and provided for our needs! Specifically, we’ve been blessed to find times in the Word and a place to stay here in the valley — with one of our supporters and one of Emily’s mentors from her Navigator days (see photo below). And we praise the Lord for bringing us safely back to Phoenix last week after 86 days, over 7,000 miles of travel, 113 appointments along the way, and lots of great times as a family.

Please continue praying…

•    that we would be spiritually healthy in the final stretch of fundraising, (Jn 6:27)

•    that we would be driven by vision rather than fear or budget (Josh. 1:9)

•    for full funding in time to move to Window Rock by their Labor Day celebration (Lk. 14:28 & 2 Tim. 4:9)

Greg and Sue Jones have graciously opened their home to us while we finish up our support raising. Thanks, you guys!

Greg and Sue Jones have graciously opened their home to us while we finish up our support raising. Thanks, you guys!

June Photo Highlights

From Phoenix to the East coast we have met with so many dear friends and family members. Thank you all for making time to sit down with us, share a meal or a cup of coffee and hear about our ministry vision. This has been such an exciting trip for us and we look forward to seeing more and more of God’s provision as we head northward to Norfolk, where DH is from and up to DC before we begin making our way back west again.

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Nomads, Missionaries, and the Henrys

We are hitting the road soon for our epic fundraising adventure! Prayers are much appreciated. 6700+ miles, 130+ hours of driving, and countless meals and conversations with dear friends and family along the way.

We are hitting the road soon for our epic fundraising adventure! Prayers are much appreciated. 6700+ miles, 130+ hours of driving, and countless meals and conversations with dear friends and family along the way.

On June 2nd, Lord willing, we will embark on one of the grandest adventures we have had yet as a family. Trusting God for our full support as missionaries means we have the joy and privilege of meeting face-to-face with friends (new and old), family, and church leadership to share about our calling and vision for ministry. This is exciting!

One might ask, “Are your kids coming with you?” Yep …sure are. Two kids, ages 3 1/2 and almost 2. We are fully stocked with dollar-store toys, audio books, a flexible attitude, and above all the grace of God!

It might go without saying, but we are writing to ask you to pray for our family, and there are specific things we’d like to ask. At our fundraising school, back in March, we committed to be spiritually healthy, vision driven, and fully funded. With those three things in mind, would you pray that we would be…

Spiritually Healthy:

  • That we would be faithful to start our days with prayer, continue throughout the day, and as we meet with people (Ps. 5:3; Lk. 18:1; Neh 1:4; 2:5)
  • For our intimacy with the Lord, that we might find a place and time to get alone with Lord each day. (Matt. 6:6)
  • For rest and times to recuperate (we have some margin built in, but this is still a big need — Ex. 20:9-11)

Vision Driven:

  • That our decisions about ministry, finances and family would ultimately maximize fruitfulness in God’s kingdom (Prov. 3:6; Matt. 6:33; Jn. 15:8)
Fully Funded:
  • That we would be full funding by Sept 1, 2015 (Neh. 2:6)
In Christ,
DH & Emily Henry