JonathanHe is a teacher, a builder, a technician, a handyman, a driver, and a quick learner no matter what you throw his way. He is one of the members of the leadership team at Bright Hope English School in India. Jonathan was born in a small village in Northern India. His “caste” would have prevented him from making any significant contribution to society, but he was born into a Christian family, so he never saw himself from the perspective of the caste system, but rather as a son of God…

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:28).

Bright Hope English School is a Christian school that provides a free education for 100 minority girls in Northern India who would otherwise have very limited and difficult lives. We assist them by raising support for the girls ($40/month per girl). You can be a part of that by giving here.

Next week and through the first weeks in November, a team from Beaverton will have the privilege of coming alongside Jonathan and the amazing teachers at the school to encourage and teach. Please pray for the team and for the school!


We had 4 minutes to flee our home. It took 5 more minutes for the fire to consume it.” (Brent Blanchard, Oroville, WA)

IMG_1673The wildfires that burned throughout the West in the past months wreaked havoc on many communities, including north central Washington. Brent and Ashley saw a mushroom cloud of black smoke rising up from the other side of the mountain where they live.  The air was thick with smoke and it was hard to see what was going on. They didn’t even see visible flames until they were practically on top of them and then they had to flee their home.

IMG_1644Brent and Ashley, like 170 other families, lost their home to the Okanagan Complex fire – the largest wildfire in Washington State history. Overall 8.8 million acres burned in Washington State this year – three times as many as in California, which also saw a record wildfire season. When the media coverage is at its height it seems that everyone is sympathetic and wants to help those who have lost their homes.  But when the ash settles, most are left to work through a long recovery alone. Even when insurance is eventually going to help with replacement, it is a long time before life resembles anything normal.

The families who were hardest hit are not able to deal with the loss.  Many are living on the land and do not have clean sources of water.  They might have limited sanitation and no electricity.  And they are remote — very hard to get to. Brent and Ashley had a very nice home with electricity and all of the modern conveniences, but getting it rebuilt before winter is impossible. Temporary shelter comes to an end. Winter sets in.  Emergency funds run out. Hope fades.  Resources simply are not there.

IMG_1641Brent said they felt forgotten.  Who cares about a couple of folks living in the remote wilderness when the fires are long gone and the media left town?  But a pastor from a church in the area got a hold of him to tell him that a few folks from Oregon were coming up to help him build a shelter for the winter.  He was overwhelmed. Prayers were answered. God had not forgotten him. A miracle was taking place. People he had never met were coming from far away to help him. Sometimes prayers are answered in overalls and hard work.

Our Beaverton Foursquare construction teams are currently at work building. It has been encouraging to see the faith of Brent and Ashley. They cried many tears, but they did not complain. They felt abandoned by people but kept turning to God. They trusted in Jesus when calamity struck, believing that He would come through somehow. Like Habakkuk, they found a way to rejoice in the midst of trials…

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

Brain Break

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 2.11.02 PMThe church will be alive with activity tomorrow. Barnes Elementary School has its In-Service Day. That means that the teachers are working, but the students have a day off. It occurred to us that we could help out the families and extend a message of Jesus’ love to the community by opening the church campus for an all-day science camp, which we call Brain Break. We are expecting 140 kids… we have many, many volunteers… and we are going to have a great day!

Foster Parents Night Out

FPNOTalk about Family on Mission! We have been serving foster parents in association with Washington County… it is called Foster Parents Night Out.  It is our way of extended the love of Jesus to people who are in the foster system and giving the parents a chance to have a night away.  We do this the first Saturday of each month with a group of servants who open their hearts and lend their hands to make it work.  Many thanks and much love to all who serve monthly with Foster Parent’s Night Out.

Reaching Southeast Nepal

AjayPastor Ajay is a husband and a father of two. We support his work in Nepal. He devotes his ministry time to planting churches in the primarily Hindu region of Southeast Nepal and to strengthening local church leaders. He travels from town to town on a motorcycle. His weekly travels take him to the dry plains and high into the mountains. In the past two weeks four churches in the area have been bombed by Hindu extremists. Fortunately, no one has been killed. But tension has been rising in the area since the government ratified a secular constitution. Many Hindus wanted Nepal to be declared a Hindu nation. In response there have been growing threats and violence. Pastor Ajay says he is not fearful. Will you please pray for Pastor Ajay and for brothers and sisters in Southeast Nepal? Pray for the end of violence. Pray that regardless, the Gospel will continue to go forth in that region by their faithful, steadfast presence.