I Trust in Jesus

Help us build The Manger

If you feel led to help us build The Manger, please check out our Tee shirt campaign to raise funds to purchase the property.


Below are just some of the styles on the site.


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This is quite new to me and I hope you will help by sharing this link with everyone you know. We need to have at least 3 orders of any tee shirt before they will begin printing. So, pray for us and we will see what God will do with this venture.

God is in control of every part of our lives and we trust in Him alone. If The Manger is to be built it will be ALL GOD.

Thank you for your prayers.

Please pass this on.

God bless.

I watch my husband nearly daily, working on the vision God gave him over 30 years ago. For years now, he’s been spending most of the money he earns on building The Manger. He does all the work, for the most part, all by himself. Sometimes working all night long without sleep. We rarely have donations or tithes, so it’s all been up to him. He buys all the supplies he needs to build what he feels the Lord has told him to do. He buys all the food that he feels we should have here to feed whomever the Lord sees fit to bring here. Every year, it’s always the same. He’s done it pretty much all by himself. And, without complaint.
Over the 5 years we have been doing this, there have been many people that have come here. Quite a lot have said they loved it here, felt good here, felt the Lord lead them here, felt the peace of the Lord here, and have even said they KNOW this is where GOD wants them.
Some have said they were here for good and will help with building The Manger, in whatever way they can.
But for one reason or another, they always drift away…
What happened? Did they not really hear from the Lord? Did they not like something and rather than open up about it and try to work it out, they just left?
Were they offended about something? Did they not feel the love of the Lord here? Did they not know that we loved them and would work things out one way or another?
If only everyone who ever said they belonged here, would have taken the time to “work it out”, whatever it was, and stayed here and helped to build it up, what a big place this would be now. We are not perfect, none of us. But if we work with each other’s differences and work through the problems, in the end we would build a strong house for the Lord. A place of worship.
I think about the fact that Raymon and I rent a tiny little house, and do not spend much on ourselves. We don’t splurge on anything. We live very simply, looking for bargains on whatever we buy. Our treasure has been in what the Lord has done in and through The Manger. We have seen many people blessed over the years. Watched lives turn towards the Lord. And that has been a blessing for us.
My husband works physically very hard at times. Sometimes out in this heat all day and all night, alone, and at times getting hurt while building. (Last night a huge 2 x 4 fell on his head and left a big bump on his forehead) And he keeps on working because it’s “what the Lord has said to do”. And I’m talking 110 plus degrees at times!
But if we had help, how much easier would this all be? How much faster would The Manger come into being what the Lord has said it would be? How many more people would be helped? And how many more people might be won for the Lord?
It’s been hard for me to not see the vision my husband has. To see money being spent on building something, when there is nobody here but us. I can think of a lot of things we need to be fixed “for us”, or to buy “for us”. Like a house with more than one tiny bathroom, and maybe more than one bedroom, or a living-room that is big enough to have company over. But that’s me being selfish…and I have to have faith… even if I don’t see what he sees.
I guess it’s up to God to bring the increase. We just trust and obey. My husband is very good at that. Me, not so much. I am learning though by example. Raymon’s example. Learning to trust and not to question. I guess Noah’s wife could have given him a really hard time too, huh? When you don’t see with your eyes, all you have to go on is faith. And a husband that is doing what the Lord is calling him to do, without any reward at all, deserves a cheerleader for a wife.
Lord, help me to be the wife my husband deserves because a husband who loves You as much as he does deserves the best. And please, bring some people our way who will run the race with us and be a part of our little family here at The Manger.

Questions to ponder


What is a Christian?

Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. The word “Christian” literally means, “Belonging to the party of Christ” or a “follower of Christ.”

What does becoming a Christian mean?

Some people think that becoming a Christian means following a set of rules, such as: you can’t drink, you can’t dance, you can’t cuss, etc. But it’s not about following rules; it’s about a relationship with Jesus, and making Him Lord over our lives.

Being a Christian means you are changed on the inside, and no longer controlled by the outside. We desire to stop the things in our lives that we know are against the Lord, because we love Him and want to please Him and want to live for Him.

What does it mean to Follow Christ?

In Matthew 10:34–39, Jesus states clearly what it means to follow Him. He said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’  37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Following Christ will not be easy, but it will be the best decision you will ever make in your life. You will have trials. You will have pain. You will have hardship. But, you will have the Lord to strengthen you and guide you. He promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5. And there is the promise of Heaven.

The Word of God (the Bible) says that the road and gate that leads to life is hard and narrow is the way. The road to destruction is wide and easy. Being a Christian will not be easy. If your life is easy, then perhaps you need to take another look at your walk. And if you are suffering for your faith, then you are probably on the right path.

Are you part of the Body of Christ? Do you believe that others in “the Body” are your family? They most certainly are. Are we not “brothers and sisters in the Lord”?

We all need each other. Scripture says that the hand can’t say to the foot, “I don’t need you”, etc. God says we need each other. So why is there so much division in the Body?

Satan. That’s why. He has an agenda, and it’s to kill, steal, and destroy the Body of Christ, wherever and whenever he can. And he is good at it. You don’t believe me? Just look around. Count the numerous denominations in Christianity. Division.

And what is the greatest divider these days? OFFENSE. Plain and simple. We offend each other in big and small ways every day. Of course none of us is perfect, so we make mistakes; we say or do something that someone else doesn’t like, or is hurt by, or is offended by. This is going to happen because we are not perfect and we do not live in a perfect world. BUT… what does GOD say about offense? Does he tell us to separate ourselves from our brothers and sisters in the Lord?

Luke 17 – If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Matthew 1:15 – Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.

From what I read, we are to go to anyone that has offended us in any way in order to make it right. Give this person the chance to KNOW that they have offended you and to make it right. Separating ourselves from this person without at least trying to clear the air, is not a choice. That is, if you are obeying God.

Think of it this way…

If your family, (mother, father, brothers and sisters), had a falling out, someone in your family said or did something that was offensive or upsetting to you, would you stop being part of your own family? Would you cut off your parents? Would your sister no longer be your sister? Is that how we treat our families? I don’t think so.

We love our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. We tell them, “hey, you hurt my feelings”, and then we forgive them. Over and over throughout our lives we continue to forgive our families for not being perfect. And we remain “a family”. We still visit them, have dinner with them, go to outings with them, etc.

How much more so the Body of Christ?

Why is it we cut off our Christian brothers and sisters so easily, without doing all we can to work things out? What kind of family is that? How can we just walk away and not be a part of them any longer? Especially if we have not gone to them honestly, openly, sincerely, to share with them what we are feeling, and doing all we can to make it right? Is that what God wants? For us to cut off the very ones He loves and brought us together with? We will never agree 100% with anyone, but that doesn’t mean we should cut ourselves off from those we disagree with; at least not on things not essential for Christian unity as defined by the Biblical way of salvation.

Separating ourselves is wrong. Isolation is wrong. 

We are believing the lies of Satan if we think we can do this life (this Christian life) on our own. A wolf will easily take down a stray deer, but not so easily one that is with the “herd”. There really is strength in numbers. And remember that the devil is prowling like a lion, seeking those he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Today my heart is hurt as those we love have cut us off and turned aside from us. No longer a part of our family. No longer to fellowship and worship with us. Without so much as a face to face discussion to try to work things out for the good of the Body of Christ.

If my own brother no longer answered my phone calls or opened the door when I came to visit; if he no longer came to dinner at my house and didn’t invite me to his; if he ignored my plea to meet with him to find out what has happened to our relationship and to try to fix things; That would hurt deeply, not only me but the very heart of God.

We are to be brothers and sisters in the Lord for all eternity. Family. The Family of God. Our Father wants His children to love one another, forgive one another, be open and honest to one another, and to be a part of one another.

Who are we pleasing? Who are we obeying? It’s a battle of wills… YOUR WILL or God’s will.

I pray in the name of Jesus, that all will be worked out to God’s glory! Amen.

Open Worship @ The Manger!

Saturday nights

Do you Sing and/or Play an Instrument?

Join us for Open Worship! Everyone welcome!


Musicians & Singers needed! Saturday evenings for Open Worship around the fire pit @ The Manger in Apache Jct. Reopening Oct. 11, 2014.

Call Pastor Raymon 480.593.7777 for directions & details!

6 PM Service 7 PM Worship! Everyone is Welcome!

Bring your instruments and voices and join us! Pot Luck dinner. Bring something to share.

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Needing Guidance and Prayer

In need of prayer and guidance from my Christian brothers and sisters.

My husband has written a book which is the Leaders Guide for a Biblically based 12-step program that is totally about God’s deliverance, and not about becoming dependant on a “program”. It’s a wonderful book that I know will help many people to be free of addictions as well as the other things in their lives that are keeping them from living in the freedom that knowing Christ brings. It’s Total Christ Recovery (TCR) and it’s going to be powerfully used by God.

Final New TCR Cover                                                                                                                                                                                        The final pages are being written now and we are not sure what comes next. My husband has never written a book before and we have no idea how to go about getting something published. What is the first step to take? Do we do our own editing? Or does it need to go to a professional editor? How does one find an editor and what can we expect to pay? Do we stay in the Christian market or go elsewhere?

Then, how do we find a publisher?

So many questions… and that’s why I am hoping and praying that God will send the right people to this blog to offer some suggestions and lots of prayer.


The Manger


The Lord gave my husband a vision over 30 years ago, and we are believing that the proceeds from the sale of the book will fund the vision of The Manger. See website www.backtothemanger.com for more details on this vision. We’ve been holding services on and off at our home/property for the past couple of years but we are on rented land and need a more permanent place to live.

Tee Shirt Design

My husband has also felt led by the Lord to start a Christian tee shirt company/ministry that will also be used to fund The Manger as well as be used to spread The Word of God. Below are a few samples of designs we’ve created.

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It’s all in His hands and in His timing, and if He is not behind this, it will not happen. We do not have the resources for any of this, only the gifts that God has given to us to use for His glory.

I am skilled in graphic design and all things computer related, and my husband has the heart for spreading the Word to everyone, and I mean everyone! He ministers to everybody, everywhere he goes. His job of doing rock chip repairs on the side of the road opens the door to his being able to witness every day to every type of person that comes by. His love of the Lord comes through to everyone and no matter who he is witnessing too, whether they be Mormon, Muslim, J.W., Catholics, they all go away with something to think about, and they are all told they are loved. He has a way about him that reaches people, even the ones who disagree with his beliefs are comfortable and at least have heard the Truth of Jesus and are told they are loved.

If you have any knowledge to share with us regarding:

  • Getting the book published and distributed
  • Starting up the tee shirt company, (we know someone who will do the printing but we need the financial resources to get started)
  • In finding funds/resources to purchase land to build The Manger

Feel free to contact me…and if you feel led, please pray for us to know God’s will and direction. Comment on this post or email me directly at cheryl@itsreallycheryl.com or my husband via The Manger website. We are located in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Thank you for reading. The Lord bless you and keep you.