Randy & Rhonda Elliott
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Randy and Rhonda Elliott serve in Yavapai County, a rural area of northwest Arizona. The Elliotts live less than an hour from Phoenix and the county jail and juvenile facilities. The population of this area is largely retired, and the region hosts some of the poorer communities in Arizona.
There are several churches in the community that seem to be vital to its residents, and there is strong community involvement. The area hosts a food bank two times a month, and offers programs like Meals on Wheels and free breakfast for children on non-school days. While poverty is certainly a problem, strong community is important.
After seeing the need in their community, the Elliotts became involved in several ministries throughout the area. They teach Bible studies and meet needs in their community as best they can.
Randy is a volunteer chaplain working the Yavapai County Jail and at the Yavapai Juvenile Detention Facility in Prescott. This ministry includes teaching and counseling prisoners and playing a valuable role in helping troubled juveniles get back on track. He also does classroom teaching, and teaches an evening Bible study at the juvenile facility in Prescott.
“At any given time there are 600 inmates, a large number of officers and staff, sixty volunteers, and two assistant chaplains under my care. Though the Lord affords me ample opportunities for sharing the gospel, these opportunities are still restricted by the parameters for me set by federal, state, and local laws, as well as detention procedures and protocol,” Randy writes. “I work in what is most often a spiritually hostile, extremely vulgar, and very harsh and brutal environment. In short, I engage the enemy in spiritual battle on his turf. The battle is intense, exhausting, furious, and relentless, but God continues to gain victory after victory as we move forward with Christ before us to demolish demonic strongholds.”
Randy and Rhonda are open to God’s leading each day, and try to remain always flexible to change course when needed. In 2015, they moved to a new location in Yavapai County to be in closer proximity to their ministry points. “We have thankful hearts for the privilege of serving the Lord daily with our lives.”
The Elliotts have served as InFaith field staff since 2003.
Randy and Rhonda were looking for a bi-vocational ministry opportunity when a door opened for them to go to southern Illinois to work alongside InFaith missionaries Tim and Vivian Hoffman. After involvement in ministry in Illinois, they were impressed with the organization and applied to join InFaith’s field staff.
After joining InFaith, the Lord opened doors for the Elliotts in Arizona. “We praise God for all He has done for us; much more than we could have ever imagined for ourselves!”