October 2022 Rick McPherson
This week we got news that we will receive toys from TV12 and Les Schwab Tire Centers for our Christmas trips to Native American Reservations in the Pacific Northwest. Although we’ve received toys from them before, we weren’t presuming that in today’s economy it would be automatic. So, we’re very grateful! Now, we’re planning our trips; after all Christmas is less than two months away. And, we’re very excited!
For most of the children and parents, the only Christmas they know will come on the back of our Peterbilt truck. Toys and gifts will be part of the load along with groceries, boots and household supplies. There’s no doubt groceries are needed and welcomed, but a part of the joy comes from the unexpected that produces a smile on your face and a giggle of joy. And, when you mix a smile with a giggle, do you get a “smiggle”? If so, there will plenty of smiggles this year. I mean what else can you do when you get a pair of socks with toes? That’s right, you smiggle.
In a world that’s filled with violence, lawlessness and hatred, the Gospel message of God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness must be expressed. Jesus’ manner was joy and inclusion. He loved His Disciples. He welcomed the children. He healed the sick. He consoled the bereaved. He attended the receptions. He forgave the thief. He lived among us. Shouldn’t we do the same?
Following His example is what motivates us to collect toys, (Legos of course), box up groceries, (check for Cheerios); load the truck and head to the Reservation to touch the lives of Native kids and parents with the observable love and compassion of our Creator and Heavenly Father. Agree? You’re a part of it when you chip in with your donation to make this ministry happen. Thank you and God bless you! Oh, by the way, if you don’t have any socks with toes; get some, they’ll make you smiggle!
Thanks to the many who have sent money for the purchase of our small truck. To date, we’ve received about $3,500.00. We have a potential buyer for the old mule for $1,000.00, and we’ve located a used 2016 Ford E450 with a 16’ box and ramp. Price is $8,000.00. We’re having our mechanic do a pre-purchase inspection and checking CARFAX, of course. Stay tuned for more details. If you would like to help us make up the difference between what we have and what we need, please mark your giving accordingly. Thank you, again!