Tossed And Turned

Rick McPherson September Newsletter, 2023

Don’t you hate it when you have to live your own advice?  It’s just easier telling others what to do and how to do it, than it is living it yourself.  Much easier!   If you listen to my recent podcast on Spotify or watch the Facebook videos, you know I’ve been talking about, “Gratitude.”  In fact, the recent edition is, “Gratitude Plus.”  How’s that for emphasis?  I was really drilling down on what Paul  said, “Rejoice always…Pray without ceasing…In everything give thanks…For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  I Thessalonians 5:16

It was good.  I was happy.  What’s next?   Then, life happened to me.   I tossed and turned in bed, arguing with God and demanding He answer my questions, Why? Where? When?… and a bunch of others that I won’t get into here.  He reminded me of what I had been saying.  Rejoice.  Pray.  Give thanks.  This is the will of God for you.  “If it’s good enough for others, it’s good enough for you…(Bucko!)”, I sensed Him say.

With a sincere apology for being ungrateful, I asked the Lord to help me and take a big spoonful of my own medicine and be grateful.  Thank you, Lord!  And, I mean it!  Gratitude is a perspective and focus knowing that, “…all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Interesting that the last word of the verse is, “purpose.”  I had included that word as one of the reasons we can be grateful.  God gives purpose to our lives.   We’re not just taking up space and doing our time, we’re fulfilling His purpose.  In fact the previous scripture said, “…for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Our ministry here is part of God’s purpose.  You are a big part of His purpose because you pray for us, which is awesome.  And, you support us financially, which is greatly appreciated.  So, THANK YOU!  We are very GRATEFUL!

Good News from Celilo Indian Village:

In last month’s Newsletter we asked for help buying backpacks for High School students.  Another charity responded and purchased the items for the students. But, we were able to purchase SIX TEXAS INSTRUMENT CALCULATORS with the funds that were given to us.  THANK YOU for your generous response!



Just Past The Avocados

Rick McPherson August Newsletter, 2023

I was minding my own business walking through a big box store on the way to produce to buy bananas when I stopped in my tracks.  “Can’t be,” I said out loud.

“Christmas wrapping paper…in August!” I exclaimed.  Again, out loud.  “Unbelievable!” I muttered, and made a right turn just past the avocados. 

As I think about it now, I shouldn’t be surprised.  Just last week we were contacted, as a charitable, non-profit, to receive Christmas toys and gifts for the Native children on the Reservations.  This continues our history of receiving gifts from TV stations and a large tire distribution warehouse that collect from all over the greater Portland and Vancouver metropolitan area and then give them to us and other charities for distribution.  Truth be told, these gifts enable us to deliver to the families the means to have a wonderful and joyful Christmas.  So…thank you to ALL of you who generously give to this ministry!

Additionally, the new and expanded social media ministry, including the weekly Podcast on Spotify and the videos on Facebook are reaching hundreds of people.  At last count, we were over 2,500 in viewers and listeners.  Candidly, I’m overwhelmed by the response.  Amazing, is not a strong enough adjective to describe the impact.  However, we are pursuing this avenue anticipating God’s continued blessing and provision.  If you would like to contribute your prayer and financial support to this ministry please let us know.   Our contact information is included in this Newsletter.  Also, I will be in Beaumont, Texas for an in-home meeting, September 28, for those interested in knowing more about this ministry. 

And, if you’re disoriented during your shopping experience, remember the Christmas wrapping paper is right there; near the bananas and avocados.


Special Notice…

CELILO INDIAN VILLAGE has just called asking for help with backpacks for school.  They need 15 for Elementary and 10 for High Schoolers.  Can you help with an extra gift at this time?  Thank you and God bless you!



Rick McPherson July Newsletter, 2023

Old cowboys say it all the time, “Only two things are certain in this life…death and taxes!”  Hard to argue with an old cowboy, but I would add a third.  Change. 

Being creatures of habit, we like things to remain the same, thank you very much.  Morning routine with coffee in your favorite mug, comfy shoes that get better with age, politicians that keep their word, (oops, sorry, lost my head there, for a minute), and pot- roast that’s the same, every time; are some of the  things that bring pleasure to the daily grind.  However, in the midst of the sameness, change happens. Like it or not…ready or not…change happens. 

Change is happening for us at Pacific NW Outreach, Inc.  We are expanding and enlarging the ministry through social media, specifically through Podcast, Face Book, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.  These platforms will allow us to minister to thousands around the world. Today, I saw these words, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer.29:11

Recently, on a trip to Texas, I was sharing these plans with dear friends who listened attentively, and then a few days later called to say they would buy the equipment needed for the Podcast!  Wow!  Thank you!

Well, enough about that for now.   Stay tuned for more information as the Podcast will be on Spotify and you can listen in…and tell your friends and mother-in-law, when she has you over for pot-roast!


BTW “A vacation is what you take, when you can’t take, what you’ve been taking, any longer!”  If you’re on vacation, ENJOY IT!  Have a ball.  Get sunburned. Sleep in a hammock.  Wear a hat.  Eat ice-cream.  Sit by a fire.  Jump in the lake.  Relax! 





Rick McPherson June Newsletter, 2023

It was Memorial Day, about one o’clock in the afternoon.   I had left Bothell with a full load on the Peterbilt and was headed South on I-5.  Traffic was heavy on the Holiday weekend and when I passed Olympia I started getting sleepy.  Great time for a quick nap, I thought, and started looking for a rest area.   At mile marker 93,  I pulled in to the Maytown parking lot and shut off the big diesel.  Ahhhh!  Sleep came almost instantly with the windows down, a soft breeze blowing and my cell phone turned off. 

Within fifteen minutes I was conscious again and fired up the truck.  I put the Eaton Fuller transmission in gear and eased forward.  The noise I heard next shocked me.   “What is wrong with this truck?” I said out loud.

I jumped from the cab and discovered the right front (steer) tire was off the rim and had a large puncture in the sidewall.  Had I continued driving and not stopped for my nap, disaster would have ensued.  Steer tire blow-outs are particularly deadly because the front bumper of the truck drops down instantly, digs into the pavement and causes the truck to somersault or roll over.  That’s not good.

I’ve talked about guardian angels before in these newsletters.   I believe in them.

“Scholars tell us there are three guardian angels mentioned in the Bible.  Each of these angels has different responsibilities:  MICHAEL is a warrior, RAPHAEL is a guardian, and GABRIEL is a messenger.  But they share a common purpose; they act on behalf of God, helping His people and bringing Him glory.” – Wikipedia

That being the case, I would like to thank Raphael for being on duty that Memorial Day and guiding the big Peterbilt off the road and keeping its driver, load, and innocent travelers safe,  from  destruction and death.




Rick McPherson May Newsletter, 2023

“The Jubilee (Hebrew: yobel) is the year at the end of seven cycles of shmita (Sabbatical years) and, according to biblical regulations, had a special impact on the ownership and management of land in the land of Israel.  According to the book of Leviticus, Hebrew slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifested.  In the Holiness Code, it refers to a year of liberty, during which property would be returned to its original owners or heirs.”  Wikipedia

If you’ll pardon my Yiddish, “Oy vey, such a deal!”   Imagine, every 50 years all your debts are cancelled (including student loans!), your family farm is returned to you, your Uncle Ezra is home for Passover and your brother-in-law gets released from Jericho County Jail.    I know it sounds too good to be true, especially the first part and having all your debts cancelled.  Wouldn’t you celebrate, however, if it happened to you?  Wouldn’t you muster a, “Praise God?” 

Well, for all of us at Pacific NW Outreach, Inc., we are doing our best to celebrate the goodness and blessing of God for these past 50 years. And, to say an enthusiastic, “Praise God!”    It is true, that prisoners have been released from bondage   and slaves to drugs and alcohol have been set free. It is true, that which the Enemy has stolen and destroyed has been restored. It is true, that   what He has killed has been brought back to life. It is true, that families, marriages and communities have been healed. It is true, that faith, hope and love have been preached…but the greatest of these is love.

You, dear friend, are a part of the Jubilee celebration.  You have prayed, you have given, and you have partnered with us on each trip and outreach from the Quinault Reservation on the Pacific Coast in Washington to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  So, THANK YOU!  May God bless you, abundantly!



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!


And He Heard Me

Rick McPherson February Newsletter, 2023

“This old age thing, man, it ain’t for sissies,” said my old age friend, before applying a generous portion of Ranch dressing to his Cobb salad. 

“Everything you need stops working and life gets tough,” he continued. 

The rest of our lunch conversation contained tidbits of various surgeries, ailments, aches, pains, memory loss, general confusion and occasional indigestion.

 And, did I mention memory loss?  Or, how about hearing loss? 

When you can’t hear, or someone you love can’t hear you, it changes your life.  After all, words and conversation set us apart from all of God’s creation.  More than once, my dear wife has asked the simple question, “Did you hear me?” 

My response to her is usually, “Of course, my darling, how may I serve you today?”, or some such tender and sensitive answer!

In light of these vicissitudes of life, I’m reminded of a tremendous truth.  There is One who hears us whenever we call and is able to help us with every circumstance we face.  Several Psalms record, “I called to the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”  “In my trouble I called to the Lord and He answered me.”  (34:4, 120:1)  Could it be that when life gets tough and we call out for help, we’re talking to the wrong people?  What a provision to know that the Lord is always going to hear us and respond.  How do I know?  He promised. 

Speaking of hearing…let me thank you again for hearing about the work we do helping Native Americans, spiritually and physically.  Now in our 50th year of ministry, we’re featuring photos in our newsletters, to reflect our history.  You have been a significant help with your prayer support and financial gifts.  Every time you pray, every time you give, you bless this ministry.  Thank you very much and God bless you.  Did you hear me?  I said, thanks and God bless you!





Rick McPherson January Newsletter, 2023

In the coming months we’ll be talking about the ministry of Pacific NW Outreach, Inc., during the past fifty years.  Seems like a life-time, seems like yesterday.  Most of us can go back to 1973 and sort of remember what happened and where we lived and schools and jobs and ministries that affected us.  Then again, facts get fuzzy and details get lost.   However, here are some reminders if you’re yearning for the “good old days.” Think of gasoline at 40 cents a gallon.  How about 25 cents for a dozen eggs?  You could buy a new house for $32,500.00 or pay monthly rent of $175.00.  For dinner, a Morton’s frozen entrée was only 36 cents.  And, for the automotive aficionados, a Ford Galaxie 500 was $3,883.00, floor mats included. 

In the coming months we’re going to print a variety of photos that reflect this ministry that has helped thousands of Native Americans physically and told the story of God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness.  The spiritual impact of this work will never be known fully in this life.  But, Heaven records the name of every one who has, “called on the Name of the Lord and been saved.”  Romans 10:13

I really don’t know the number of miles that have been driven, the diesel fuel that’s been burned, the tires that have been used, the sermons that have been preached, the prayers that have been said, the coffee that’s been drunk or the pow wows that have been attended.  I do know that all of it has been motivated by a love for Native American people and a desire to, “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.”  Mark 16:15

Thank you for your part.  You have cared.  You have prayed.  You have given.   Together, we have made a difference in the lives of Native children and their families.  Now, who’s ready for another 50 years?












Rick McPherson December Newsletter, 2022

I’m no stranger to winter driving.   Born and raised in Canada, I know that bad weather starts in mid-October and lasts until the end of May.  Mosquitoes and humidity round out the calendar.  But there are two words that strike fear in my heart … black ice.  This time of year, here at the west end of the Columbia River Gorge, the precipitation from the Pacific Ocean can mix with the cold east wind to coat everything with a deadly ice layer, particularly the roads.  Sodium chloride is a “no-no” because the run-off affects the salmon, therefore motorists who venture out slip and slide and eventually, according to the physics involved, reach an immovable object.  Wisdom prevails for some and the old Ford Pinto station wagon stays in the driveway.

Well, this year we dodged the ice bullet.  The storm arrived just days after our last Christmas trips to the Reservations.  We were able to deliver toys, gifts, groceries, bottled water, clothing, household supplies and even warm, hand-knit hats.  Celilo Indian Village at The Dalles, Oregon, part of the Yakama Reservation and Quinault Reservation at Lake Quinault, Washington were the two groups that received the truck loads.  You can see in the pictures, Fred and Karen Whitford and their nephew standing in front of some of the groceries.  And, the little children with their gifts never stopped smiling!  Merry Christmas, indeed!

I realize that in many ways, I serve as your eyes, ears, hands, feet and heart as I drive the Peterbilt and deliver to remote Reservations.  If it wasn’t for you and the financial gifts that you send, this ministry could not continue.  So, consider yourself included on every trip, even though it’s a tad crowded in the cab!  You’re with me.  Remember too, at this Christmas Season, that giving is what our Heavenly Father is all about; “He so loved the world that He gave…”  John 3:16.  Your participation and generosity is so appreciated and reflects the Father’s heart.  Also remember, one of Mother Teresa’s favorite texts, which she often quoted to support her ministry to the poor; “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40

From all of us here at Pacific NW Outreach, have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and may your NEW YEAR be filled with blessing, good health, music, friends, family and fun…oh yeah, and food!  Don’t forget the food!


Joy to the world, the Lord is come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare Him room

And Heaven and nature sing




November 2022 Rick McPherson

Someone had taken the time to make a wooden sign and placed it at the end of the driveway.  I drove by, smiled and said out loud, “how appropriate!”  It was a few days before Thanksgiving and the sign said,

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!”  Psalm 107:1

 With that sentiment in mind, let me introduce to you; E450!

For the past several months we’ve been shopping and saving for a replacement truck for the old Mule.  Now, the new E450 is part of the PNWO family!  Let me tell you about it… 2016 Ford E450, V10 (6.8L) Triton engine, 320 hp and 460 ft. lb. of torque  and TorqShift six-speed HD automatic.  The truck did need ball-joints, brakes and a couple of tires, but overall it’s in great condition.  We have of course washed, waxed, vacuumed, cleaned, polished and shampooed.  We also applied tire protectant! Can’t be showin’ up with dirty tires, right? 

Our donations for the new truck have totaled $3,500.00.  Another donor is sending $1,000.00 and the old mule sold for $850.00.  So, THANK YOU for the $5,350.00 for this purchase.  We paid $8,000.00 for the E450 and believe that there are other donors who would like to chip in and help us make up the difference.  Again, thank you for your generous giving.  Because we use trucks to do this ministry, we just keep rolling along!  Sorry, couldn’t resist!