First, I want to thank our prayer partners and supporters. The ministry God has directed us to, is enriched because of your willingness to be a part of it.
In the personal department, Pam had her hip replaced and is doing well recuperating. The week after I returned from the reservation, she had surgery and I changed hats to become nurse, caretaker, and cook for a while. She is doing very well but the full recovery will be a bit longer.
I have had dental work done and we are halfway to completing what is needed but it will be several months before we are finished.
We cherish your prayers as we continue to heal, keep up with the ministry we are a part of and trust God to help make a difference in lives for the kingdom.
I have been on the reservation several times in the last year with a number of people on work teams and God has blessed us with good relationship’s being built, work accomplished, and seeing firsthand God’s church going forward, making a difference in lives. God is working thru Siloam church, and the Cartwright's so please keep them in your prayers. The deck is finished now, dedicated to God’s work, and already in use. We are anxious to see what the outreach from the deck will have.
This year the desert has experienced more rain than usual and with that, an issue the church has experienced, water coming in the back door, at times a lot of water. We changed two exterior doors, and I finally was able to take some time and do the excavating needed to divert the water plus clean up some of the landscape Steve wanted help with. It was also a good time to help one of the trustees remove some scrub bushes that enhanced the looks of the property and created better vision at the entrances of the property.
The last trip was to also bring the heating and cooling equipment to a more efficient system. As the days had already started to heat up it was necessary to get the air in the church to a more even temperature and thank the Lord we were able to see that happen.
We have been blessed to have some people willing to sacrifice their time and money to go and be a part of many upgrades to this building and build relationships with some beautiful people at Siloam church. Siloam has been in existence for over 100 years. There were some very lean years and, in those times, as little as two Native people would go to the church, have a service, just to keep it open. I suggest you keep watch to what God is doing at Siloam because the Holy Spirit is blessing, and people are following His lead.
I have not named individuals because every person that is a part of this project is important, and I don’t want to miss anyone. I also want you to see the interaction with the people of the church from cooks to workers, so please look around the Beautiful Hands Ministries website to see pictures of the work teams and all of the wonderful work they've done. There should be another update later this week (the week of June the 11th.)
Thank you again to all who are praying, contributing financially, and have made the trip to help work in this ministry. We couldn’t do it without you.
A big thanks to Steve and Debbie for the work they invested in each project. Debbie directs the meals, housing, cultural trips just to name a few things, and Steve is a huge help in getting materials, working with us, finishing up after we are gone with any loose ends.
We love you all.
In His service,
Tom and Pam
I want to introduce to you Andrew Story, President of:
SGE CADD Services
Phone: (480) 479-1912
Andrew did the drawings and codes for the deck built at Siloam Church. He made himself available to answer questions about codes and any changes that needed to be made. He was very helpful and always pleasant to work with.
Thank you Andrew!
Thanks to some of the church members of Siloam church and thank you to the work team from Hedges Chapel for the hard work on the deck at Siloam church in Laveen, Arizona. Pastor Steve Cartwright stained and sealed the deck after the team left for Ohio and that topped off the fine job this team did. The hope and prayer is an outdoor ministry under the stars on this beautiful deck. Thanks again to the team for their hard work!
Hello and blessings on you. Thank you for your prayers, financial support, and taking the time to read our update.
First I want to thank God for His many blessings. He has supplied prayer warriors, which we desperately need, financial investment support, without it we could not go where He wants and do our part for the ministry, and Holy Spirit presence to fight the battles before us. We seek the Holy Spirit, trust the Holy Spirit, and do our best to follow the Holy Spirit. We count on you to help us make a difference in people’s lives for eternity!
I am now trying to plan a couple trips to the reservation to work on the following items.
Steve and Debbie have been blessed with God’s moving in the church family but of course there are challenges. Please keep them in your prayer. Debbie’s father passed recently so a special prayer would be helpful for her, Steve, and the family.
Thank you again for being a part of the ministry.
In His service,
Tom and Pam
Greetings! I wanted anyone interested to know that we have an updated power point presentation (below) from the start of the work at Siloam up to May 25, 2022. I hope you find it interesting.
Also, I spoke at Harvest Chapel in West Jefferson, Ohio on Sunday, May 29. The sermon title is, "Walking in the Rain with Jesus" and it's available to view below.
Make it a great day.
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
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,
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