This spring, while digging in the earth; planting seeds, watering and watching for new growth, I, (Carolyn) have reflected on what a great visual example we have of the work to which God has called us. So often we feel as if we prepare the soil and plant the seeds; return to water and eagerly anticipate growth. Some seeds grow quickly and most often others grow slowly. My prayer often is, “Lord, we can plant, we can water, we can nourish and weed; but only you can produce the results.”
During these winter and spring months we have been returning regularly to places we have conducted SWW as well as opening new teaching opportunities.
• In February, Hugh and I ,(David) returned to the McKinley Mission on the Yakima Reservation. We have developed on-going relationships with the people there and are always welcome to teach the Word and enjoy their bounteous potlucks of salmon and wild game.
• Huron Claus and I visited Native leaders and shared at the Indian Revival Center in Los Angeles. I have been asked to return in the fall to teach a SWW. We also taught a class at Biola University where we discovered thirty Native students in attendance. In the fall, I will return to the University and meet with those students with a goal of sharing a vision to reach Native people in the Los Angeles area.
• We returned to Carson City and Reno, NV in March to encourage the believers in those fellowships. Please pray for unity and love among the believers. God is at work, but the enemy would seek to discourage.
• We took ten youth and five adults from our home church to Vancouver, B.C. during spring break to minister to Native and Korean students at the Potter’s Place. We shared in worship and teaching of the Word. The team had many opportunities to minister to homeless people and to share the good news of salvation with them.
• I taught a return SWW at Mokahum Indian School in Northern Minnesota with a joyful side visit to our son and family in Wisconsin. You may recall our sharing that a student, named Jonathan, from the Mokahum SWW was enrolling in an internship program at the camp/conference center at which our son is on staff. As a Native American, he and his wife have a burden to begin a Christian camping program for Native American youth. Without my knowledge, Jonathan was graduating from that program the weekend I was visiting. Neither did I know that he had included me in his required written biography as a mentor who had greatly influenced his life. God obviously and wonderfully planned that I could be there for his graduation which overjoyed Jonathan. My son, Dave, and I had the privilege to pray for Jonathan and his wife, at their graduation, as they now pursue their calling to reach Native youth.
• In April, I spent a weekend at the CHIEF conference held at Wheaton College. The purpose of the conference was to prepare for Native American ministry in Chicago. A team has been assembled of Native students from Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary who will give leadership to this outreach.
• Boldbaator, our Mongolian disciplee in Seattle, is helping me prepare a summer outreach on the Warm Springs Reservation. Plans are for a Mongolian church to be involved in this ministry.
• Summer outreach on the Warm Springs Reservation
• Very full Fall teaching schedule already on the calendar
• Trip to Peru to teach a SWW among many Quechua pastors.
Love and Gratefulness to you, our Partners,
David and Carolyn