Once again God has shown Himself faithful!! The tribal doctor decided that the Boys and Girls club of Nespelem could be open to transport kids down to the ranch during their spring break. We were able to work with a total of 10 kids during the week. We pray that these kid's hearts were opened to the Gospel!
Here is what we sent out to our church each day-
Monday went well. We had eight kids from the Boys and Girls club come to join us. The day was filled with busy activities from crafts, painting to pony rides and chariot rides, and planting strawberries! The kids seemed to have enjoyed themselves and loved the Bible lesson and singing. One of the girls told me that she LOVES singing and so she really enjoyed that part. :)
The boys and men were busy working on digging holes. They were able to dig out a ditch under the biggest swing set, and make progress on the other two swing sets. They are going to fill the ditches with sand next.
In the afternoon some of the team worked on planning in the shalom cabin. Moving some furniture and pulling out nails.
Tuesday we switched things up and went on a hike with the kids after lunch. They really enjoyed being out in nature and roasting apples over the fire. :) While sitting out on the rocks, Noah Jackson was able to share the clear plan of salvation and we enjoyed singing out there as well. We ended up having the same kids that we had on Monday, but this gave us the opportunity to build better relationships with them and get to know them more.
The work crew filled in the ditches with sand, and they will be continuing to do that tomorrow. Some of the others worked in the Shalom Cabin with plumbing, electrical and kitchen remodeling and on a new target for tomahawk/knife throwing.
Wednesday, we had two new kids, one of which was Michelle's (the Boy's and Girls club director) daughter. She is so big now and very adorable! We ran through different stations and they loved painting, bread making, crafts and archery. All the kids had a really big game of gagaball right after lunch... that they didn't want to stop. :)
Work projects are going well, the boys finished filling in the ditches with sand and so we can use the swing sets again. Most of the work projects are being done in the Shalom cabin. We are currently putting the kitchen back in, cabinets, refrigerator, range, sink etc. Mr. Justus is working on a bathroom, with electrical and plumbing, and Mr. Jackson is building a door into a small room that will eventually become a bathroom.
Noah has done a great job presenting a clear salvation message and some of them had questions and he was able to talk with them and answer their questions. Tomorrow is our last day with them, please pray that the seeds that have been planted will grow into fruit for the Lord.
On Thursday we had our last day with the Nespelem kids, it was wonderful to be with them one last time, and they really enjoyed being there. We had 6 stations- painting, art, music, archery, strawberry plants, and making cinnamon rolls. Noah was able to explain the clear plan of salvation again to the kids, and we ended our message time by having our group sing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" which was such a comforting song for the kids and for all of us at the ranch. Overall this turned out to be an awesome time with the kids, and we pray that the seeds would grow in their hearts and minds and that they would turn towards Jesus!
Please pray that we would have a productive day and that the Boys and Girls Club would be able to pick up more kids. Pray that those who have heard the gospel message would have their hearts softened to the salvation message. Some of the other kids they were planning on bringing slept in and missed the bus. Please pray for Mike, the new activity director at the Boys and Girls club, that he would be opened to the gospel as well. Please pray that everyone would have energy and patience as they continue to work with the kids and on projects.
Please continue to pray for the hearts of these children. It has been a blessing having a small group so we can connect with them more on a personal level.
Please pray that these kids would read their gospel of John we handed out and that they would be able to come back for Character Camp later this year in July and August!
Written by Lauren Davies