Rick McPherson March Newsletter, 2023

During our Fiftieth Anniversary we’re looking back and capturing some of the historic and cultural changes that have happened in our world.  For example, in 1973, the first mobile phone call was made by Marty Cooper, an employee of Motorola.  The device he used to place the call later became known as the Motorola Dyna TAC 8000x.  Today’s mobile phone users would be surprised to learn that the device weighed 2.5 pounds and had a text-only LED display and cost $3,995.00.  The phone was exclusive to the very rich. 

“Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” by Tony Orlando and Dawn; and, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce were the top two hits of the year.  And, Richard Bach’s “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” became a best seller.  Richard Nixon was the President and Spiro Agnew was the Vice-President (although Agnew resigned this same year).  You could buy a gallon of gas for 40 cents.  A first-class stamp cost only 8 cents.  A gallon of milk was $1.40, eggs were 69 cents a dozen and a package of Oreos was 59 cents.  A new car would set you back $3,200.00.   In other words, you could buy a new car for less than a mobile phone!

The pictures in this newsletter certainly capture some of our Golden Anniversary history.  They show the ministry helping Native Americans, both physically and spiritually.  They show the Gospel message of God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness being presented faithfully. They show Native children, young adults and moms & dads coming to Christ as their Savior. They show groceries, household supplies, water-proof, insulated boots, knit hats and winter jackets being delivered to Reservations across the country.  All of this for fifty years, because of faithful partners, like you, who have helped, prayed and given.   THANK YOU for your generosity and compassion.  God bless you, abundantly!