Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of the Year Donations

3:18 Ministries exists to share hope and make disciples through community development.  

God is moving! We just purchased the rest of the equipment needed to start a screen printing business. We will be employing Native Americans through this business venture. Would you please consider making an end of the year donation to 3:18 Ministries' General Fund so we can continue reaching out to our Apache brothers and sisters? You can donate right now at the "Donate" button at the top right of this page. We pray God's blessings on you and your family for 2015!

If you are mailing in an end of the year donation, it must be postmarked by December 31, 2014 to be included in your 2014 Giving Statement. Donations can be mailed to:

PO Box 349  Globe, AZ  85502

2014 Giving Statements will be sent out by February 1, 2015.

We cannot do what God has called us to do without you! Thank you for your partnership!

Ministry Thoughts from Tory

Nine years ago I had several people question why I was coaching two basketball teams of Apache boys and girls. I was asked on a couple of occasions if coaching was “really ministry.” It was long hours. I had to drive  thirty minutes from my house to San Carlos to help pick up our players. Then it was a forty five minute drive to Miami for the games. After the games it was back to San Carlos to drop all the players off. Sometimes I wouldn’t get home until after midnight. But in those precious minutes of travel time, we had amazing conversations. In those great times of coaching, talking and laughing (a lot of laughing!), friendships were born.

Three and a half years ago we had three young men start working construction with us. It is a long God-filled story, but one of those young men, Shane, was on the boys’ basketball team. Over the past three years Shane has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. He has witnessed the birth of this second daughter. He has battled addiction. He has been at death’s doorstep and had a close family member commit suicide. Through it all Robert and I were privileged to walk alongside Shane and his family.

Last month Shane asked Robert to talk. Shane admitted he needed help to overcome his addictions. He was finally ready to surrender his life to Christ. At the lowest point of Shane’s life, God was there waiting for him. Robert baptized Shane at Talkalai Lake on November 12th. It was a wonderful day as Shane’s older daughter and the other guys who work   construction with us witnessed him surrendering to God. Shane told us last week he has not touched alcohol since and has no desire to drink.

We are committed to walking alongside our Apache brothers and sisters and leading them to Christ! I am thankful I serve a God who can place His servants at the right place at the right time to accomplish His plan.

Ministry Update

This fall/winter we hosted short-term ministry teams from Chandler Christian Church in Chandler, Arizona; and First Baptist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The team from Chandler Christian Church painted three bathrooms at the San Carlos Tribal Youth Home. This is the same Youth Home where we have been hosting weekly ministry times for about eight years. The bathrooms are in rough shape. We are hoping to remodel a couple of the bathrooms next year. The team also held an Afterschool Bible Club in Moonbase. The kids at Moonbase and the youth group from Chandler had a great time.

The team from First Baptist Church helped us host a Christmas Family Fun Day in partnership with the San Carlos Tribal Social Services. The event was held on the front lawn of Social Services in the middle of downtown. There were many fun activities for the children and parents to do. There were crafts, sugar  cookies to decorate, a reindeer ring toss game, books for the children to pick out, and pictures with Santa just to name a few. Kara and Liz’s Parenting Class students received Parenting Class hours for being there. A great partnership has been formed with Social Services through these Family Fun Days.

The short-term ministry team calendar is filling up for 2015. Our first team will be arriving in February. March is already full. If you would like to schedule a time for your church or youth group to partner with 3:18   Ministries, contact us at

Saturday, November 1, 2014

July & August Ministry Update

In July and August we hosted short-term ministry teams from St. Joseph the Worker Church in Portland, OR; Phillipsburg Christian Church in Phillipsburg, MO; and Knott Avenue Christian Church in Anaheim, CA.

The team from St. Joseph the Worker Church was able to finish the storage shed another ministry team started in June. In addition to that outside project, the team also put up an interior wall dividing a larger room into two bedrooms and finished painting the interior of a house of an elderly friend of ours.

The team from Phillipsburg Christian Church was able to help us sort a truck-load of donations we received. We distributed the donated items to several families so they could have a yard sale - providing income for some struggling families and providing reasonably priced items for other families. They also painted the interior of another elderly lady’s house.

The team from Knott Avenue Christian Church came for a long weekend. They painted over the graffiti-filled basketball court in Moonbase. They also hosted a Family Fun Day at the newly painted basketball court.

We have been focusing our children’s ministry time at Moonbase. Our ministry teams help us host a Bible Club in Moonbase. It has really been a blessing to get to know that group of children. Many of the neighborhood kids came over to help with the painting. God is moving in Moonbase.

May & June Update

May and June were exciting months! We completed the home for Robert and Edwina. It was so much fun to walk them through their new home and point out all the features. When we walked into the bedroom Robert looked up, got tears in his eyes, and said, “I’ve never had a house with a ceiling fan before.” We were elated to point out the ceiling fan in the living room as well! Robert looked around their new home and said, “I feel like a millionaire!” We would like to say “Thank You!” to everyone who participated in providing them their home. For pictures of the handing over of the keys, check out 3:18  Ministries’ Facebook page at

In June we hosted a short-term ministry team from Red Bridge Church of Christ in Kansas City,  Missouri. This was the second trip for this church and the fourth trip for the lead pastor.  During the mornings they worked on building a shed for our dear friend Veronica who lost her husband in January. They also painted the interior of Rose’s house. We met Rose thirteen years ago when we first visited the Tribal Youth Home. Rose retired several years ago because of her health. She had asked several Tribal departments for assistance painting, but received no help. We were honored to be able to serve her in this way.

The team also hosted a Bible Club in Moonbase. They shared lessons from the life of Joseph. It was so encouraging to hear the children repeat the previous stories and correctly answer questions. They were engaged in the stories and actively participated. God is moving in a powerful way in the hearts of those children!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tory's Thoughts on the Fourth of July

I have just been thinking about the 4th of July. I am so thankful for this country in which I was born and yet I had no say in that. I didn't choose this country or the color of my skin. I didn't ask to be born in this land of opportunity and influence. I guess I just got lucky, lucky to be born in a country people are literally dying trying to get into. As you celebrate America's freedom remember those words our parents told us and if you are a parent you have uttered, "With greater privilege comes greater responsibility." How are you using your opportunities and influence? God bless the USA.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

March & April Ministry Update

In March and April we hosted short-term ministry teams from Vail Christian Church in Vail, Arizona; Sandusky Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and the Mills family from California. This was Sandusky Avenue’s fourth trip with 3:18 Ministries and Vail Christian Church’s second trip.

The team from Vail Christian Church was able to continue working on the house they started last year. They also added an addition on to the original house. It is going to be a great three bedroom home for Daphne and her three children. The plan is for Daphne’s house to be finished in the next month or so. The other part of their team was able to help out another family. The second home had severe roof damage which caused interior water damage. They replaced the shingles and did extensive repairs inside the home.

The team from Sandusky Avenue and the Mills family both helped on Robert and Edwina’s home. Their home is so close to be completed. Two days ago Tory delivered some furniture that had been donated. Check out 3:18 Ministries’ Facebook page for updated pictures. 3:18 Ministries' Facebook Page Robert and Edwina’s home should be completed by the end of May!

The staff of 3:18 Ministries decided this year to focus on just one neighborhood for our Bible Clubs and Family Fun Days. Vail Christian Church hosted a Family Fun Day during their time here. Sandusky Avenue and the Mills Family helped provide great days of Bible Club. The kids have been very responsive and relationships are being formed. Pray for these times!

Friday, February 28, 2014

House Warming Quilt

As Robert & Edwina's house is in the final stages of completion we would like to present the family with a gift from all of you who have either been supporting and praying for us or physically joined us in the labor. We are assembling a quilt to present to them at the completion of their home. We would love for you to participate in this memory for them to cherish for years. You can do this by donating quilt squares that will be assembled into a quilt for them. Feel free to be creative and choose whatever material or design you want. If you would like to enclose a personal note, card, verse, etc. we will include that as well.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support in showing Christ’s love to this special family. Squares need to be sent in by March 15, 2014.