Saturday, December 17, 2011
We started the Christmas lessons, and have been emphasizing Jesus’ birth and the fact that He was born a baby, and grew up as a person, just like them. He knew what it was like to fall down and hurt his knee, to have friends who disappointed Him, and to grow up in a poor home. I liked that as we did the lessons, the boys would realize the truth that Jesus is like us. He’s fully human and fully God, and because He’s human, He understands us, knows our pain, and understands our hurts. And because He’s fully God, He can do something about it and does.
It made me happy to see the kids realizing that Jesus was just like them and He knows their hurts and pains.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
On Tuesday night, Chris Granberry was talking after we sang a song and mentioned that Jesus is God, and one of the boys sitting near me perked up and asked me, “Jesus is God? How can Jesus be God? I thought God is God?” I told the boy that Jesus is God and we’ll talk about it more during the story time.
I was excited because our lesson was about the paralyzed man whose friend brought him to Jesus through a hole in the roof. In the story, Jesus forgives the man’s sins, causing a controversy because only God can forgive sins. I don’t know if the child now believes that Jesus is God, but now he is exposed to the idea. It’s strange but normal out here for kids to grow up never hearing the idea that Jesus is God.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Week 2 is over and Team Week 3 is about to begin. It's been a really good couple of weeks mixed with lots of hearty hellos and sad goodbyes. Much work is being done on houses and Kid's Clubs, both here and in Warm Springs. I think we are all feeling a bit tired, but are pressing on.
We had another baptism service this week. I was really happy to see the baptisms of 2 children and 2 youth, who were part of children's ministry until they were recently promoted. It made me happy to think of the impact of children's ministry on the kids, both recently and in the past . You can see the video of the baptisms by clicking here.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The first week of teams is gone and it was good week. We roofed 4 ¼ houses in White Swan, hosted Kid’s Clubs at two housing projects, and had Tuesday night Bible Study. The team in Warm Springs also had a good week!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Last night, I had the privilege, honor, and delight to participate in a baptism service in the Longhouse. It was the most amazing night of the year! We had 8 adults, 5 youth, and 6 children baptized. Of the 6 children, 5 are regularly involved with children’s ministry. I’m still beaming about the night.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The interns arrive today which means summer begins and it’s going to be a busy/wonderful 11 weeks. Last week, I got to go to the Warm Springs Reservation, met our contact person Don, and see the place where we do Kid’s Club. It was a great visit and encouraging seeing what’s happening down there. The one thing that really stuck with me was when we were talking with Don, he was really excited about Kid’s Club. He pointed out that there were 50 deaths last year and they are on pace to exceed that this year. Warm Springs is small place with about 3,000 people. Because there are so many deaths, it can be a very dark place, especially for the kids. Don said He liked that Kid’s Club provides a time where the kids can just be kids, they get a chance to just have fun and for a time leave behind the deaths and funerals that are too common.
When Don said that, it made me happy to be part of that moment of light and joy for the kids. It also reminded me of Adventures in Odyssey, a radio program I used to listen to as a kid, and the opening monologue where Mr. Whittaker said that Whit’s End was a place where “most of all, it is a place where kids of all ages can just be kids.” While what we do is no Whit’s End and I’m no Mr. Whittaker, it made happy to think that in a small way, we’re helping the kids to be kids and brighten their lives.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Well, today marks 1 Year since I moved out here. It feels like yesterday. It does lead me to reflect, remembering the past year and considering the future. Some highlights of the past year:
* Sacred Road got a building and we’ll have services within the year.
* I (for the most part) have got the hang of children’s ministry.
* The Christmas Feast was an amazing event and outreach.
* Seeing growth and change with some of the children.
* It feels more natural being out here
* Seeing God move in big and small ways, both in the community and within me.
I’ll be coming back to
Thanks for your prayers and encouragement, and I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I think about the future and where God is leading.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Easter is over and it has been a great couple of weeks. At Bible Study, we’ve been focusing on Easter and the kids have learned a lot and showed increased understanding and knowledge. With the warmer weather, we’ve had an increase in attendance which complicates things but is ultimately a good thing.
Today, Saturday, a nearby Church sponsored a basketball camp for elementary kids and 29 showed up - of those 11 come to Bible Study and they had a good time, learned basketball skills, and learned more about Jesus. I had a good time hanging with them and having fun.
We've got summer staff lined up: Dave Koerner (Rockledge, FL), Scott Burnett(Rockspring, GA), Kyle Murphy (Tacoma, WA), Brandon Kreuze (Chattanooga, TN), Rachel Kreuze(Chattanooga, TN), Katie Ross (Bellevue, WA), Lauren Sensing (Madison, MS), Molly Dawkins (Madison, MS),Julie Bilbro (Fall City, WA).
The next couple of weeks will be busy as we get ready for the summer teams. Things are going well and barreling along.
Grace and Peace to you all!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
4 Guys from Zillah, Chuck, 3 youth, and I patched 4 roofs Saturday that had shingles ripped off in the wind storm. The damage was kind of small, and it went well. Most of the houses in White Swan that had roof damage have temporary tarps, so they will be ok for when it rains.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Chris and I drove around White Swan and visited people this morning/afternoon. I made a map that shows which areas were damaged. Most of the town and
The fire spread quickly because of the high winds: winds from 50-60 miles an hour with gusts up to 70. The wind also tore shingles and tar paper off of lots of buildings. Probably half of the houses around White Swan have roof damage. Some were missing half the shingles.
Chris and I spoke with one lady who told us she saw the fire heading straight to her house. She started praying in Jesus' name and as she prayed the wind changed direction and the fire turned northeast and missed her house. She was crying and very encouraging to us.
The immediate needs in the community are not as severe as we had feared, but lots of homes need roofing and there's also a need for homes. Chris is in talks with the Tribal Emergency Group and with
Thankfully, most of the town was spared and we have heard of no major injuries or fatalities. Thanks for your prayers. If you'd like to make a donation to help those displaced by the fire/wind, send a tax-deductible donation marked "Mercy Ministry" to:
Sacred Road Ministries
22116 SE 51st Place
Issaquah, WA 98029.
In other news, I'm sending out an update tomorrow. Things are going well and lots is happening. Grace, Peace, and Rest to You!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
We started back with Bible Study this Tuesday and we had a smaller crowd and it went really well. We wound up watching the video from the Christmas Feast and everyone enjoyed it. It's comparable to watching home videos, which is a lot of fun to do as a big group. The kids really enjoyed laughing at funny photos, seeing themselves and others, and were really well behaved during the video, which was a huge blessing and surprise.