First of all, thank you for all the prayers. They are appreciated. I am very humbled by so many responses.
I will try to make this as short as possible. There will be more coming about the work accomplished at Siloam. We had a good week disrupted with the funeral of a dear friend and lady of the church who is enjoying what those who know Christ will see, and she definitely did know Him.
Concerning the reports of my illness in AZ, we are still here and hope to come home Friday. I want to give an update.
I was battling a physical issue before I left that I have had since I was a teen. I was doing well and nearly over it when something happened Sunday afternoon. On Monday, I said I need to go to Urgent Care or the ER. In today's world, I thought Urgent Care would work quicker. They said I had pneumonia which didn’t surprise me because I have had it before, and there were symptoms I recognized. The next day, my O2 was still in the 80’s, which is low, so off to ER we went. We are in Prescott with family planning to do some vacationing before heading back to Ohio. Well, that’s not working.
While sitting in the waiting room I was talking to God and I said to Him, “God you have touched me before and with all these people praying for me. If you want to, You can do it again, but if not, that’s OK." And folks I’m glad we can come to a place we mean that.
They ran more tests than I had in HS. Pretty soon, they came and took us away and said, wait for it, wait for it..."You don’t have pneumonia, but you have the flu." The regular flu. IMAGINE THAT! GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!
We left to get meds for the flu and meds to help clear my lungs. I am on 2 liters of oxygen. Today I am, at last count, 93 percent at time off my O2. Yea God!
Last night, I slept on my right side for at least 2 hours. Guess where the pneumonia was found? Yep, right side. I slept on my back for several hours. I don’t sleep on my back because it made me cough. God touched me is what I get from this.
Now about the flu. I got to thinking about this. The first test I had for the flu was on Monday, and that test come back negative for A & B.
OK, I will wrap it up for now, but I want to tell you about one coughing situation. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through it because it was so bad, and this was before all the tests.
There is more for another time, but for now, I know God's in control. You might ask what I was thinking when I wasn’t sure the next breath was coming? The same thing I live by every day. God is in control.
The latest news is that Satan is now trying to work on Pam physically.
Be encouraged and please keep Pam and I in your prayers.
Again I thank you all and thanks be to God for you. We love you all.
In His service,
Greetings and Merry Christmas to you all from Beautiful Hands Ministries. My prayer and hope is that this year we get closer and more personal with the reason for the season.
Greetings from our house to yours. We have heard it said, and most of us have said it, it has been a different year. No matter your occupation, your age, or anything else that defines you, it has been over a year of wondering what is next. I assure you, nothing has caught the Father by surprise, or wondering what to do next. I know He is in control.
We still have some work to do on the project at Siloam before we enter into phase II. We decided before we start the addition, we should upgrade and repair anything on the existing church building that needed it so we don’t have to go back later to complete those items. The present church building needs to have new windows, two egress security doors, and electric conduit from the back of the building to front of the building placed in the attic. We also need to check all the old wiring in the attic, and then blow insulation into the attic for better temperature control. We are now discovering the shingles may need replaced as well. The windows that are there will be removed and we will frame in a smaller horizontal style window for light, fresh air, and more security. The conduit will give a place to pull in wiring in the future, if needed so we can proceed to add insulation sooner than later.
Siloam Indian Church has been there over a hundred years and during that time they have gained respect for their participation in the community while sharing the truth and love of Christ. Steve and Debbie Cartwright have pastored there for many years and have become a part of the community offering their gifts and talents to help the Pima people. One example, Steve started a guitar ministry a few years ago that has now reached into other communities and churches because of some of his students taking what he taught them to their church.
They have now moved into a double-wide on the church property (pictured above and below) so they can offer more to the community, and to the church. They will not have to drive an hour one way to the church four times a week to do ministry.
Siloam has always been a special place and since the ministry, and the church have been there for over one hundred years, we don’t think God is finished with it yet.
I have been blessed with supporters that have continued through the Covid situation, and we have banked your investment, sending Steve and Debbie money to help some of the people have food to eat, helped purchase a projector they needed for service, and trying to prepare for the day the restrictions are lifted.
The restrictions are beginning to loosen and we can now begin again to help make a difference in reaching people for Christ. On July 23rd, I will go to Arizona to work with Steve to begin to put action to our many months of talks to start the project again. I may take one day and do some site work excavation around the church and their new double wide.
We will also be working with a team from Capital City Church arriving July 29th going to our Tucson churches as well as the Siloam Indian Church. They will be helping with children’s ministries, bringing a puppet team helping to encourage the Arizona Project and Siloam Indian Church. I will be reviewing our church buildings in Tucson to see if we need some structural work done on them.
Please keep all of us and our families in prayer. Pam will not be able to go with me this time and they, as well as I, wish that wasn’t so. I have a lot to do in a short time and I also believe the timing of this ministry team is of God so I am anxious to see what God has planned.
I hope this next week to get back to updating the web site, BeautifulHandsMinistries.com, as well.
Please check it out.
Thank you again for your prayers and support,
In His service,
Pam and Tom
Greetings to each of you.
The first item is I am calling for anyone who believes in prayer to keep or put us on your list. I will be saying more at another time or you may detect what we need as we begin doing more online.
The Lord is doing some exciting things at Siloam, and I want to give you a taste.
Relationships are hard to explain but to watch what happens between people when they come on one of the teams is so exciting. Some people talk about when two worlds collide only when it is a bad thing, but when true friendships are built from the same experience, it is a God thing.
Until the next time, we covet and thank you for your prayers, financial support, trust, and friendship.
P.S. Steve and Debbie Cartwright have more exciting news to share about Siloam below.
March 2020 Cartwright Chronicle: Opportunity
The word of the year 2020 so far is OPPORTUNITY-we can sense that God is doing something BIG.
Why? Because of exciting possibilities and seemingly impossible odds - the perfect situation for God's glory to be seen!
In recent discussions about us hoping to rent a home nearer to the reservation, the church members said they would prefer us to live at the church property and voted to make the invitation official. This would provide extra security during the church remodeling project as well as open up a number of ministry possibilities for the church (men's and women's small groups, music ministries, community health initiatives and counseling/grief ministries, to name a few).
We've made contact with the District 6 representative to tribal council and he has been very supportive of the idea. And financially, actually buying a mobile home would pay for itself in 4-5 years, considering the costs of rentals in the area and the fact that we are looking for longer-term.
That's where a miracle becomes a necessity. The American Indian Field has a project account called "AIF Housing replacement or purchase" (310-31718), but no funds in that account right now. Estimates of the cost range from $50,000 to $80,000. WILL YOU PRAY as we seek God's miraculous provision for us?
Over the past year, we've had a number of supporters who have discontinued giving for various reasons. Additionally, increases in medical insurance premiums, housing costs and utilities make the monthly support needs even higher. We've calculated that another $1000 in monthly support would meet all monthly expenses. We're asking God to provide 20 people who would pledge new monthly support of $50 per month (or increase their current support by that much.) It sounds big to us, but we know it's easy for God. He knows who He wants to partner with us to make another 16 months on the field possible. We ask that you pray with us for this need-which is truly an opportunity to see God's glory revealed in marvelous ways.
Write or call us if you want to help. You can also donate or pledge online at www.wgm.org/missionary/cartwright
Also pray for a short (3 week) trip to Ohio and Indiana this April/May. Steve will be visiting supporters and sharing in some churches from April 22 to May 10; Debbie will join him during that last week, shortly after completing her fiscal year-end procedures as treasurer. Here is the schedule as it stands right now (come see us if you're in the area):
Thank you for your prayers,
Steve and Debbie Cartwright
Hello to you all.
I am happy to report we had a great work team with us in Arizona on the Gila River reservation working on the Siloam church. We got a lot of work done, but most of all we made some good relationships with some of the church people who come in to work with us, and some who brought in great food.
It was a joy for me to have the team from Ohio come and meet some of my dear friends at the church and to experience their hospitality. They brought in delicious food, which we enjoyed so much. I especially love red chili stew and fry bread.
We were able to put in a new floor, base around the new floor, new doors on the two bathrooms, and two new vanities. We also was able to put in 13 new lights in the sanctuary. You can see in the pictures below the united effort between the church and the team.
We had a few challenges along the way, such as two vans that decided to act up, or shut down might be a better word, but the Lord helped us through that as well.
Thanks to the church people who stopped in to help and the team who took vacation and paid their own expenses to come and work. It was a great week. Busy, but great!
I hope you enjoy the pictures. If you would like to contribute to the ministry, you can do so securely through the website. We had some extra expenses for this project, so we do appreciate the people who have been supporting Beautiful Hands Ministries.
In His service,
Just in case you didn't want to cook and you wanted to help a good cause tonight! We'd love to see you.
I remember my first experience with a decorated saguaro cactus and the beauty of the lights on them. I thought you might like to see how they looked.
I have been blessed to hear the Christmas story all my life but it wasn’t until I accepted the Christ Child that the story gave me hope. My wish for all who read this is to see the real reason we celebrate.
Merry Christmas! You are loved.
Tom and Pam
Greetings to you today!
I first want to thank all who liked Beautiful Hands Ministries on Facebook. My prayer and hope is for the website and the Facebook site to be a helpful and encouraging few moments in your life. I felt God's leading to establish a non-profit corporation several years ago, but I didn't know what to name it. You can see the rest of that story on the website.
When I gave my heart to Christ 52 years ago, I knew I must follow God's direction and commit to making ministry my focus. This first book is to help people hear through the examples of life how God wants to work with people of all situations to show His love. I suggested In Sickness and in Health: a Love Story for a stocking stuffer because it touches lives in many common challenges. The title would suggest it is only about a husband and wife committed to each other, whatever comes, but there is another unmistakable fact. The love of God that is the core of their hope is also the basis for the "Love Story". I love because He is love. Many celebrate this most blessed time of the year in only the materialistic sense, with giving and getting gifts as the basis for the reason for the season. I prefer the Biblical approach to the season since I have dreams of what I want to see each day, but no vision of assurance without the hope that comes from the Creator Himself. My hope, love, and future are in the love of God. The "Love Story" is also how the love of God brought us through the tough times. It is about how we can learn to trust God in difficult times.
I have discovered that I like to tell stories to illustrate a point. I know from experience that pain is pain. I have experienced physical pain and emotional pain, and no matter which one it is, it still hurts. So if I can tell a story that can paint a picture that helps someone handle pain a little better, maybe it will be a blessing to them.
A friend told me last night that she had just finished reading my book, and she felt every couple planning to be married should read it because of the commitment represented in the story. Interestingly enough, "in sickness and in health" is a part of the wedding vows agreed to in most wedding ceremonies.
As I conclude for this time, remember, God is good all the time and He loves you!
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