April Newsletter

Created on Tuesday, 10 April 2007 15:11

My Dear Teammates,


If April showers bring May flowers, we should be in for a colorful spring!  This is one of my favorite seasons, as the flowers are blooming and the trees are budding.  It seems the whole earth is springing to life, but most important, this is when we celebrate Easter.  In spite of the condition of this old world, there is an empty grave somewhere in the Middle East. The old hymn says, “I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever men my say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, and just the time I need Him, He’s always near; HE LIVES!  Teammate, people may scoff and Satan may fight, but don’t be discouraged. He is risen, He is risen indeed!


These are busy times around the Mission.  One of the big hotel chains closed in our area, and they called and asked if we wanted the furnishings. Our answer was a resounding yes!  We hauled many big rigs full of mattresses, box springs, lamps, tables, chairs, sheets, pillow cases, armoires, televisions and much, much more. What a blessing!  The best part is, the income from these items goes right back into the ministry. We take many of these items directly to the reservations, if we have the cost of the diesel fuel.


I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all the employees and volunteers who gave above and beyond to make this happen.  They worked overtime, nights and weekends, all with no complaining.  (Well, maybe a little bit; there were lots of sore muscles and aching backs.)  Thank you one and all who worked on this project.  We have some of God’s choice people and they are all here because they believe in the cause of reaching precious Native Americans for Christ.


We have a big trip coming up a bit later in the month.  The folks at Northwest Indian Bible School in Alberton, Montana called us to say that a company in the
East had offered them 5 brand new wood burning stoves. Since their heat bill was astronomical, and they had access to all the wood that they needed, they jumped at the opportunity. They had one big problem; they didn’t have any way to get the stoves to the school, and they asked if we could help.  We called Woodpecker Truck and they offered us a flat-bed trailer at no charge. So, before the end of the month, Rick McPherson, our Vice President of Operations and Marv Boettcher, our Field Director, will leave on a 5,000 mile trip to the factory in Ohio to bring the stoves to NIBS.  Please pray that they will have traveling mercies and that God will supply the money for diesel.


Remember, Teammate, you make this all possible.  Every donation, large or small, helps us reach a little further into the darkness.  Until next month, may God richly bless you.


Darrell Kennedy, President/CEO