February – March Newsletter, 2017 Rick McPherson
When your feet are cold and wet, you’re miserable. When you live in a part of the world that gets 140 inches of rain every year and you have no boots to keep you warm and dry, you’re really miserable. So, when we deliver insulated, waterproof boots to the Quinault Reservation on the Olympic Peninsula, it’s a big deal. For the recipients it’s all they can talk about. Boots! Free boots, no less.
To those who come from miles around to receive their boots, it’s more than Christmas morning. It’s incredible and for many they just can’t believe it. One lady told Pastor Gary, “This is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me!” In her opinion the boots were better than groceries!
Whenever we go to the Reservations to help Native Americans, we always have a prayer circle and ask God to bless the people with the truck load of supplies. We ask that the physical gifts would represent in a spiritual way God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness. It is a Biblical pattern that is seen so clearly in the life of Christ as he served people physically and spiritually. His feeding the hungry, caring for wedding guests, washing disciples’ feet and eating fish with his followers on the lakeshore are all illustrations of his compassionate and caring nature. He was a master communicator who taught eternal truth using the temporary and immediate.
Gary went on to tell me that this lady was new to their fellowship and was very interested in finding spiritual truth. I’d like to think that every time she looks at those boots, they would represent the love of God and His people. Her feet would be warm and dry. Her heart would be full. Her quest would be over.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Just weeks ago, many of you received our request to help repair the blown transmission in our 1993 Ford E350, delivery truck. The cost was, $2,800.00 for parts and labor and a 24 month, 24,000 mile warranty. Our budget could not afford the expense, so we asked for your financial help. And, you helped us.
To date, we have received $1,908.00 towards the transmission rebuild. Please insert a “smiley” face, here! Thank you for your response and generosity.
The nature of our ministry requires trucks, trailers, fork-lifts and heavy equipment. The maintenance, insurance, fuel and repairs are expensive. But, in order to make the trips across the country and to remote areas to serve Native Americans, they are necessary. Thank you and God bless you for your financial gifts to sustain this work!