OUR MISSION, GREATLY BLESSED
I was apprehensive about going on this mission trip. I always get a little nervous about going to new places and having new experiences. I also wondered how much help I would be, because I consider myself physically out of shape. But I know God wants to “stretch me” and help me grow. I think there are times in our lives when all God wants us to do is say “yes”. I will admit, I didn’t know what God had planned for me in this, but whatever it was, He is the Captain of my soul and my life, and I responded by just saying “yes”. I was greatly blessed.
This was our Church’s first mission trip and our crew of seven people were excited to see what God had in store for us. Crouched in the side of a mountain, on a 600 acre property, was our project, “The Great House” with its tongue and groove ceiling and three foot beams. I loved it! Our mission was to spray the ceiling, first with a sealer, then with a clear coat, back brushing each coat. It turned out great! We were very pleased with how the natural grains of the wood stood out when the job was complete. We all had a great time and appreciated the hospitality, staying at the campground along the Salmon River, the nice warm trailers and the excellent food. It was fun working together and with others as a team; being able to see God provide the things needed to make the vision possible. God is the great provider!
Our entire group was quite taken with the landscape, a prolific habitat for deer, elk, mountain sheep and wolves. This is also the historical land of the Nez Perce and where Lewis and Clark journeyed through the Bitterroot Mountains to the Columbia River and the Pacific. With landmarks like the “Big Hole Battlefield” (only 40 miles away) the area is full of history. Here, amongst all this, our group became a part of what will be an offering to pastors who need a time of refreshment and rest. A place where they can come and recharge their batteries. From every vantage point, the setting delivers spectacular views of three different mountain ranges, the Saw Tooth, the Bitterroot and other majestic peaks. God speaks to us through nature. Psalms 19 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge…Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” And Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Salt is a great place, nestled in the middle of God’s creation where He can speak into the lives of those who come to listen. What a wonderful opportunity, to share in the ministry of Salt. Definitely a “five star” experience.
Pastor Dennis L. Christianson
Happy Home Community Church
Deer Park, Washington