BLOOM NEWSLETTER 2/13/2017
Dear praying friends,
We are well into the third quarter of school. We now have 69 students. The girls BB team is undefeated in league play. The boys just won their first game so we are all excited. The tournament is two weeks away. We missed two days because of muddy roads in January but not much moisture recently although it is raining some today.
We still have not heard from the inspector from last year. We are not really complaining, but until she comes we have to be extra vigilant to be ready. Sounds somewhat like how Christians should be about the Lord’s return. Thanks to all who keep us in your prayers for a good outcome.
We are in need of a different bus – pray God will lead us to just the right one. I am looking on Ebay at one that ends tomorrow. Also, we will need a first grade teacher for next year. Jen Mullen is filling in this year but really would rather teach art next year – her area of expertise. Pray God will send just the right person to fill that need.
We need more housing at the mission. We are prayerfully starting two new building projects to meet that need. One is a remodel of a former classroom into a one bedroom apartment. The other is a large two story building that can be a guest house and team house as well as a residence. We have lots of people interested in helping the mission in very practical ways so we expect to see quick progress on these projects.
Ruth has been sick with a bad cold (very persistent cough) for 5 days now. Please pray for her to regain strength and health.
One of our Navajo elders passed away two weeks ago. His death was rather sudden although he was in his 80’s. The other Navajo elder is also in his 80’s and not in good health. Pray God will raise up young Navajo men to fill this void. We have several young men attending the chapel but they are also young believers. We already see some stepping up to take more responsibility.
Continue to pray God will meet the needs of the school food program. We are no longer on the federal school lunch program. It costs about $175 per day – serving about 150 meals per day. Pray also God will continue to provide funds that allow us to hire some local Navajo believers for work at the mission – janitor, cook, librarian and teacher’s aide. This runs about $900 per week. God is faithful. Bus repairs is another major expense as we have to keep four buses running. The roads are very bumpy right now because of all the mud.
We thank you for your prayers and support. We are enjoying God’s blessing and feel God is at work – especially with the changes in the church. Will be fun to see what He does.
John and Ruth Bloom
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