FIRST NATION MINISTRIES, INC.
P.O. Box 30055 Portland,
Phone: (503) 408-2391 Fax:
Issue 8; Visits No.
We are praising our Lord for His hand upon us as we completed 24
visits to the reservations in 2007. We had
hoped and prayed that we might be able to make one visit a month as the year started.
As we praised our Heavenly Father for a beginning with a 78 Ford
pick-up and worn out trailer, we rejoiced as grandson Jesse Cline stepped up and got his
dream truck and made it available to his old Grandpa.
This brand new, heavy duty, 4 wheel drive Dodge Diesel now has nearly thirty
thousand miles on it!
Teammates Marv Boettcher and Wayne Campbell convinced us to get the
best trailer made for the strenuous use of hauling loads of food that weigh as much as
three tons. Together we agreed on a 14
by 7 tandem axle Wells Cargo 7 high van.
We borrowed the $5000.00 to pay for it and went to work. A few days later a dear friend phoned me and
wanted to know what was going on and what I was doing.
As I shared with him, he wrote a check to pay off the loan.
Pastor Arnold Motz, my long time friend, offered us the free use of
his church basement, the Woodland Park Chapel at 1914 NE 102nd Avenue. This nice facility has two rest rooms, a kitchen,
a dining area, and 5 Sunday School classrooms for inner offices or storage. Then these good people gave us $1000.00 to help us
get equipment and set up the office.
The Club Estates East condominiums at SE 122nd and Main
Street gave us permission to use their lovely club house each Friday morning for our
prayer breakfast meetings.
Feeling a pull in my soul to help the needy families living at Celilo
Village, just east of The Dalles, I obeyed and unknowingly arrived with food when food
stamps were exhausted and some of the families had pooled their meager groceries to feed
their hungry children. In tears and praise
to God, these people declared, God sent you!
Two white men we met there were a reporter and a camera man from The Oregonian
unbeknownst to us. They never revealed their
identity until we were saying goodbye. The
following Sunday the story was on the front page of their paper. It told of the need, the poverty, and a
hobbling, 84 year old, white preacher named Don Cline with First Nations
Ministries who the Indians declared God had sent. Our
phone began to ring and people began bringing in food and household items.
Finally, in their January issue, the Christian News Northwest paper
gave a wonderful report of their appraisal and approval of this old missionary and his
All of this unsolicited publicity has been most helpful and we are
grateful to God and our many friends. By
Gods grace we will push the battle for the souls of Indian people! Thank you for being on the team.
Your old missionary brother,
A NEW YEAR PRAYER
Lord, I would ask for a holy year,
Spent in Thy perfect will;
Help me to walk in Thy very steps
Help me to please Thee still.
Lord, I would ask for a year of faith,
Give me Thy faith divine,
Taking my full inheritance,
Making Thy fullness mine.
Lord, I would ask for a year of love;
Oh, let me love Thee best!
Give me the love that faileth not
Under the hardest test.
Lord I would ask for a busy year,
Filled up with service true;
Doing with all Thy Spirits might
All that I find to do.
Lord, I would ask for a year of prayer
Teach me to walk with Thee;
Breathe in my heart Thy Spirits breath,
Pray Thou Thy prayer in me.
Lord I would ask for a year of joy,
Thy peace, Thy joy divine,
Springing undimmed thru all the days,
Whether of shade or shine.
Lord, I would ask for a year of hope,
And hastening on that year of years,
That brings us Christ and home.
Looking for Thee to come.
I do not know who wrote
these words, but my old heart says, Amen, and Amen! I love you, Dear Ones. Thank you for all your financial help and prayers
this first year of First Nations Ministries.