The one-week mission has come to an end. On Friday evening after our family dinner meal, Chris Granberry gave an opportunity for anyone to share how God has shown himself in the week. Several have stood up and described their experience.
God showed himself in mighty ways last week.
Here’s a photo of our team (Chantel is missing from the photo) just before Kid’s Club on Friday afternoon.
Early this morning I grabbed a shot of my lodge with Mt Adams and a hop field in the distant background.
Thank you for your prayers. It was a little cooler Wednesday on the worksites and there was a gentle breeze to turn our sweat into a natural coolant.
Sacred Road sells t-shirts with a variety of logos and sayings. One looks like the “Life Is Good” brand shirts but instead it says “Life is Hard but God is Good.”
Some more pictures of what going on.
Up on the roof, after tearing off old roofing, putting down new roofing. Off with the old, on with the new. Restoration.
Anita is showing how it’s done digging holes for posts for building a fence.
One of the worksite teams was working on the church campus. Shiv, Namhui and Anita joined folks from Highland Church in Mississippi.
Kid’s Club in the afternoon during Bible Story time. Joshua is the Children’s Ministry Director filling in for Jesse while he’s on sabbatical. Joshua is so good with the children. We all love him.
The heat out here is intense. On my worksite we would work for about 15 or 20 minutes, then stop for a water break, drinking 20 ounces or more, and then repeat that.
At another worksite where we are putting on new shingles for a house, the danger is wasps. The house has 3 layers of old shingles that need to be removed and wasps have been huddled there for years it seems. They buzz around as our team works and by the Lord’s mercy no one has yet to be stung.
Prayer request: please pray for the Lord’s protection from injury and to give us strength for our tasks.
Alright, now for some photos.
After getting ready for worksites, we wait in the air conditioned church building for the command to muster, get final instructions and pray for going to our sites. Below Jackson is tossing a ball back and forth with a young Native American girl named Forever. She is an important member of the tribe and I image she will do great things for her community in years to come.
Sacred Road has a small wood mill on the church grounds. Here they are shaving off a couple inches of a beam, for use on restoring the deck.
On my worksite we are clearing brush off of a resident’s property. The trees are diseased and they will use the wood to heat their home this coming winter.
After a hard day of work and Kid’s Club in the intense heat, we are starving for dinner. In the evening all of the Sacred Road mission teams gather for a meal like a family, well, because we are a family. It was nice to have Jean and Melinda visit us on Monday!
Joshua’s kittens are therapeutic. The teens love them.
First day on the worksite was somewhat chaotic. Things just don’t go as planned. One project got canceled to resume next week. The “tiny house project” was canceled for the day but hopefully we get to work on it the next day.
However, God is sovereign, even over chaos.
I try not to get disappointed when things don’t go as plan. The best way I cope with this is to lower my expectation and let the Lord unfold his plan before us. However, the scheduled continual prayer on my worksite didn’t happen for my team and that is simply unacceptable.
Please pray that we are not thwarted from praying. We use some power tools on the site, but the most powerful tool we use is prayer!!
Some pictures of us getting ready for first day of work.
One of the job sites was to do some drywall work at Village of Hope, a place were the Rez is building tiny houses to combat homelessness.
T’liia and I were on point to get supplies at Ace Hardware in Toppenish. Our job of working on the Longhouse was canceled for the week so most of the morning we selected and delivered supplies to other sites.
The Sacred Road devotional helps us keep our minds and hearts focused on Jesus as we serve to work out at the worksites. An important lesson we’re learning is that we are not going to fix poverty or an economic problem. What may work in our American culture may likely not work in the Native American culture.
The devotion for today, our first day of doing our service here, comes from Joshua 1:6-9 and Hebrews 12:1-3.
Today our prayer is asking the Lord to keep us from veering left or right and to fix our eyes on Jesus and his endurance!
I had hoped to post two blog entries a day but it has been so incredibly busy all day Sunday! It was a packed schedule with Sunday School, Worship Service (which ran long…), Lunch, visit to the Cultural Museum, Orientation, Dinner, Meeting to divvy up the worksites, then finally having time for a team devotional in the evening.
Below Joshua is giving us a Sunday School lesson after Darren provided an overview of our cultural differences to keep us from faux pas.
Please pray for us. The weather out here is incredibly hot. It will hit 101 on Monday and some of us will be doing roofing work.
- Protection from harm, especially dehydration as we work in this hot weather.
- We also need prayer for the entire week that we get proper rest when sleeping.
- That Jesus will be glorified in our work at the worksites and play with the children.
We’ve arrived! We had a fantastic send off in allotting the carpooling at CPC then praying for God to be our strength and protection in this trip, glorifying Him who is sending us. Eight of us traveled at the same time, while four left later.
Here are a few photos.
The staff and interns greeted us warmly.
First we stopped for a bite at Miner’s Drive-Inn, the traditional place to go.
Saturday evening we settled in well.
Hearts are excited to see people they served with before, and to meet new people and start to make new friends.
Shiv, Namhui, Chantel and Jackson arrived safely at around 10pm.
We are a vessel of God’s blessings. The funds raised were funds well spent. The featured photo gives an idea of what a drink and snack for 80 kids for five days at Kid’s Club looks like.
We selected cases of CapriSun, Famous Amos cookies, chewy snack bars, peanut butter crackers, Lays chips and Flamin Hot Cheetos. For some reason these kids LOVE Flamin Hot Cheetos, even the littlest ones. Cool!
I heard a great advertisement on the radio for a towing service company. In this broadcast the voice announced the benefits of their service, how far they tow, their low rates and that they take all major credit cards. And towards the end the voice said, “Remember, we don’t want an arm and a leg. We just want a tow.”
Fundraising has not been as difficult as I thought it would be, mostly because of the generous supporters at our church and the Lord moving in the hearts of men and women. The money we are raising is for the purchase of lots of juice boxes, snacks, craft supplies, and “last day gifts” for the Native American children on the Yakama Nation reservation. Sacred Road asked us to provide enough for 80 children for five days of Kid’s Club. And it helps that we are partnering with another church team from Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.
Instead of just announcing the need to give you an opportunity to join us in our effort, we decided to partner with Swan Graphics (by Sacred Road Ministries) and have them print 50 canvas tote bags that we could resell. It’s a great opportunity to give them some business as they employ some Native American youth, offering real work experience and vocational training. And the purchaser gets a nifty, sturdy tote for carrying groceries or what-have-you.
Swan Graphics is a small company started by SRM lead by Darren and Susie Maxfield in an effort to improve the economic situation on the Rez. The employees are professionally trained in design using Adobe Photoshop software. I couldn’t accurately describe the whole process but the computer design is printed and then projected onto the screen print frames for transferring the image onto cloth shirts (or bags in our case). The entire process is done in-house.
Thank you, friends, for your purchase and generous donations to help pay for our mission trip! This along with your prayer support is greatly appreciated. Remember, we don’t want an arm and a leg. We just want your heart.
As the team leader it started last year when my wife and I signed up to serve at Sacred Road for the first time. For me it was the first mission on which I served multiple days. I was incredibly blessed to see how the Lord is working to reach and help our Native American neighbors in the Yakima Valley. I knew I would go again and the team leader at that time suggested that perhaps I lead the team in the following year.
So here we are, a team of twelve, preparing to go serve is from July 14th returning July 21st.
Leading has been easy because most of the operations for serving at Sacred Road are already planned. And with the great leadership on previous years the path to prepare is a well-worn trail. So for me it is more about preparing the team for the experience, how we’ll be asked to serve, and prepare for our responsibilities. When we get there my role as leader will diminish as we will be assigned to worksites and Kid’s Club locations and fall into the processes already laid out. I was handed a binder with leadership materials and it was a matter of just executing. I’m glad for it!
The team has been great in participating in pre-trip meetings and signing up to help with our responsibilities. So I’m praising the Lord for his provision of willing servants.
With prayer and scripture God is keeping us on the trail. It is very exciting to see five of us are new to serving at Sacred Road and we are praying for the Lord to use us in a way beyond our expectations.