April Newsletter, 2017 Rick Mcpherson
To say, “this was the winter that would not end,” would be an understatement. In early December we received our first snow storm and it was a “doozy.” My wife and I left the office early that day to get ahead of the traffic, but it didn’t work. We got home at 10:00 PM after a seven hour commute! For weeks and then months following, we had snow and ice storms that just wouldn’t stop. Interstate and local highway closures were common and the kids wondered if they would ever go back to school. So did the parents! When the temperatures warmed slightly, the rain started. February and March rain totals combined at Seattle-Tacoma airport broke a 120 year record. We were right there with them in Portland. Now the ice storms have turned to mud slides and flooding. Whew, we’re ready for spring! In fact, the daffodils have just now popped out from their hibernation. Finally.
With the break in the weather, we were able to take a fantastic load of groceries, household supplies, boots, coffee and medicine to the Nez Perce Tribe in Lapwai, Idaho. Pastor Antonio Smith and his faithful team from the N.A.M.E. (Native American Missionary Evangelical) church were there to meet us. To our pleasant surprise there was also a team of students from the Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, Arizona with their director, Dr. Jason Koppen, who were spending their spring break helping on the Reservation. “Many hands make light work,” proved to be true as the truck was unloaded in record time. You can see a picture of the whole team on the back of this page. Dr. Koppen is doing a great work leading this Bible College and training young Native Americans for full-time ministry work.
The N.A.M.E. church is continuing to shine brightly and helping many Natives to know the love, acceptance and forgiveness of our Heavenly Father and Great Creator.
In our last newsletter we gave you the update and financial report on the rebuilt transmission for one of our trucks. At that time we were just a little short of our goal, but you responded generously and we were able to not only pay for the transmission work in full, but also replaced the exhaust manifolds, alternator, heater blower motor and switch and did a much needed tune-up with oil & filter, spark plugs, wires, rotor and distributor cap! Thank you very much!
As a side note, one of my wife’s college friends, from Zion Bible Institute, East Providence, Rhode Island, who receives this monthly newsletter, called and made a very generous gift to help us. We couldn’t do this work without dear friends who partner with us, “in the fellowship of the Gospel.” Thank you again and God bless you abundantly.
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!