November Newsletter, 2014 Rick McPherson
A couple of years ago we met Rueben on the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. Here is the article describing our experience. What I didn’t know was that Don, one of our team members, promised Rueben that he would get him a remote-controlled toy boat. His promise was fulfilled last week when I delivered an eighteen wheeler load of groceries and household supplies to the Reservation for Christmas. You will see in the pictures that Pastor Antonio Smith is holding the boat to be given to Rueben. Don had remembered his promise to the little boy and made sure that the toy boat was in the cab of the Freightliner before I left. Of all the things that I’ve delivered through the years, Rueben’s toy boat is the best!
The pictures tell the story. You can see the pallets of fresh onions, groceries and boxes of household supplies with pillows, blankets and towels lining the sidewalk before being stored away in the Food Pantry. We even had a couple of mattresses and a bed frame on the trailer. You can also see large bags of flour and potato flakes and a full tote of pet food! One of the highlights was a large box of hand-knit hats and scarves that our friend, Dixie, has been supplying for years. The ladies exclaimed, “We love these hats and scarves. They are so warm. And, the colors are so nice and bright!”
Christmas in November? You bet! And, we’re not done yet. We have three more trips that are scheduled. With God’s help, we’ll be serving the Quinault and Yakama (two locations) Tribes before the Holidays. And, you can help us, too!
Your financial gift at this time will really make a difference. The costs of truck expenses, diesel fuel, insurance and maintenance all add up. But the impact of this ministry helping Native Americans, both physically and spiritually is well worth it.
Would you take a moment and ask the Lord how you can help? Your gift of $10.00 or $100.00 will go a long way. Thank you, sincerely!
Who knows, you may meet Rueben one of these days. When other “children are nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads”, Rueben will be the one with the remote-controlled toy boat and the huge smile.
October Newsletter, 2014 Rick McPherson
I know that it’s October but I can’t get this tune out of my head. You can sing it, hum it or whistle it if you like, but there’s no doubt, it’s a classic. Written in 1951 by Meredith Wilson while staying at the Yarmouth, Grand Hotel in Nova Scotia it was recorded by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra. Even Bing Crosby got in on the act and he too, made it famous.
But here at Pacific NW Outreach, our holiday season starts early. In order to get our Christmas loads of groceries, boots, jackets, gifts and toys to the Reservations, we have to start now. In fact, I’ve been talking about it on our radio broadcasts for the past month. It’s not too early to get started.
This year we've been selected (again) as one of the charitable, non-profits to receive toys from the KPTV 12 – LES SCHWAB toy drive. We are very thankful for the help and the honor of being chosen. However, we are planning to serve four Reservations, including; Quinault, Yakama, (White Swan & Celilo Falls) and the Nez Perce. We will distribute a lot of toys, gifts and groceries to these locations and that’s where you come in.
You can help us. You can make this Christmas memorable, not only for yourself, but also for Native Americans who will be blessed by your gift. The toy may be an action hero or pretty doll. The gift may be a knit hat or insulated gloves. The box may be filled with groceries or personal hygiene supplies. The container may hold a foam pillow or warm blanket. Whatever it is…it will be valued.
We’re reaching out to all of our friends now and asking for your special financial gift to make this Christmas wonderful for our Native American brothers and sisters. Every child and family that we bless this Christmas will know that there is a God in Heaven, Who loves them, accepts them and forgives them. What a message. And, you can be a part of this ministry.
Will you take a moment and ask the Lord what you can do? Your gift of $10.00 to $100.00 will make a big difference. It takes money to buy diesel fuel for the trucks, do maintenance to keep the big rigs running, buy insurance and pay the bill to go down the road and reach the remote Reservations. But the result of making the delivery and seeing the joy that comes from groceries, household supplies, warm hats and jackets, boots and blankets is priceless. Will you join us and help with this ministry?
Some of you may want to do a special project with your family, or church, or small group and collect toys and gifts and coordinate with us for delivery to the Reservation. That would be great. We’d love to have your help in this way. Others may want to do some extra shopping and buy a sweatshirt or jacket or socks and drop them to our store and have us deliver them. That’s a great idea, too.
However the Lord leads you, please be attentive and get involved. None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something. Together with our love and gifts we can make a difference in the lives of Native Americans who need our help, particularly at Christmas. And while you’re making your plans, maybe you could pull up this classic Christmas song on Pandora or Sirius radio and sing along… or, just whistle!
September Newsletter, 2014 Rick McPherson
Eldon has been a friend of the mission for a long time. Through the years he has donated various things to us and has always been friendly and helpful. I remember a few years ago picking up a refrigerator and being impressed with his neat and orderly garage and home. Not only was everything organized, it was also labeled. He was my kind of guy!
Well, the phone rang a few weeks ago and it was Eldon. He was selling his home and moving into an assisted-living residence for seniors. He said he didn’t think he was quite old enough to qualify because he just had his 90th birthday. But, the reason he called was to ask if we would like to have the contents of his home. He wanted to give everything to the mission.
I must admit it’s not every day that someone gives a whole houseful of stuff. Eldon wanted us to have it all. He donated furniture, appliances, silverware, china, tools, clothing, linens, computers, tools and books. He even included a varsity, letterman’s jacket. You know the kind with the leather sleeves and Melton wool body? “Jerry” was embroidered on the right chest.
It took a whole team of people and three trucks to pack and load his gift to this ministry. What a gift! What a blessing! What a day!
Driving home I prayed for Eldon. I was thanking the Lord for Eldon’s generosity and thoughtfulness when I was reminded of this verse in Proverbs. It was Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, who said, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer…” (11:24) What a truth! Eldon is richer than ever. And his riches have an eternal value. The “things” that he gave are temporal. The “souls” that we will reach are eternal. He transferred this world’s value for that which will last forever. I can’t think of anything more valuable.
You may not have a houseful to donate to this ministry. But if you do, I know a team of people with trucks that can help! What you do have is an opportunity to help us, as we help Native Americans on reservations throughout the eleven western states. You know the conditions are dreadful. The needs are great. Poverty is overwhelming. Addictions are rampant. Suicides are sky-rocketing. Hopelessness is epidemic.
The message we deliver is God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness. It’s delivered in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s a load of groceries and supplies. Sometimes it’s a pair of water-proof, leather boots. Sometimes it’s a Christmas gift or toy. Sometimes it’s a winter jacket or warm wool blanket. Sometimes it’s a kind word. Sometimes it’s a simple message spoken in a city park or while sitting on the tail-gate of a pickup truck.
You can help us deliver the message. Your gift of $10.00 or $100.00 will make a big difference. Whatever the amount, you can rest assured that you will transfer what is temporary into that which is eternal. What an investment!
In the meantime some lucky soul will be slipping that letterman’s jacket on with “Jerry” embroidered on the chest.
July Newsletter, 2014 Rick McPherson
You may recall seeing the picture of a little Native American girl squatting beside a banana box full of groceries in last month’s newsletter. On the top of the box is a bag of Twizzlers. That’s right, red licorice. Sometimes called, “red vines.” Most of us would never give it a second thought, but to that little girl that candy was like a gift from Heaven. Come to think of it, it was a gift from Heaven! You see every time we drive a semi-truck and trailer to a Reservation, it is filled with groceries, household supplies, boots, Bibles, clothes and…candy. All of the supplies that we deliver are given free of charge as an expression of the compassion and generosity of our Heavenly Father in Heaven. In other words,
“gifts from Heaven!”
Now in the heat of summer our work accelerates and we do everything we can to accommodate the long days, good road conditions and beautiful weather. We know that hunger is not seasonal and the need for food is just as real in the summer months as it is during the holidays. That’s why we need your help at this time.
First, I need you to join us in prayer for the groceries that we so desperately need.
The summer months are always a challenge but this year it is more so. Your last visit to the grocery store may have shocked you with soaring prices. Trucking and agricultural costs continue to rise. And, those higher costs are passed on to us as consumers. Help!
I know this. The same God, who fed the Israelites in the wilderness with manna for forty years, is the God we serve. He is the One who took a boy’s lunch with a few loaves and sardines and fed thousands of hungry people on a hillside near a lake in Galilee. The same God!
Secondly, I need you to help us financially. I know that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Together, we can make a big difference. Will you take a moment and send a special gift our way? Your gift of $10.00, $25.00, $50.00, or even more, will really help.
You may think your gift is too small to make a difference. But miracles don’t start with quantity, they start with quality. The little boy gave what he had. He gave what was in his hand. The quality he had was obedience. God did the rest!
So will you join me at this time and give what you can for this important ministry?
When the truck from Heaven arrives on the Reservation, let’s pray that every grocery box is packed full and that there a few bags of Twizzlers for the children.