Sacred Road Ministries:  

Holly & Evan Shaw

About Sacred Road Ministries:

In 1855, the Yakama people, along with 13 other tribes and bands, signed a treaty with the United States government which established the Yakama Reservation at the foot of Mt. Adams in south central Washington state. Since that time, the culture, families, and dreams of the Yakama people have steadily disintegrated.

The goal of Sacred Road Ministries is to be a unified and growing community of believers who have a passion for God, for each other, and for the lost, and who are prepared and equipped to serve the Lord by ministering in the community of Native America and the world. We believe that the good news of the gospel is very powerful and can bring life, hope, and change to the reservation.  


About Holly & Evan:

After graduating from Geneva College, Holly & Evan worshiped with us at Covenant Community for a few years before they felt God's calling to the missions field and moved to the Yakama reservation in October 2019. Shortly, they plan to move and live full-time on the Warm Springs Reservation (Oregon). They lead and coordinate the short-term teams in Warm Springs.


Email: evanandholly@gmail.com

It's a new year!  January 2021

This time of year I’m always eager to look ahead to new things - to anticipate the new year! I love wondering about the things that God will do, the ways he will work, and the lives He will change. However, this time of year reminds me to look back and reflect on the year - a really tough year and a really good year.


Reflections on 2020

I’m thankful to look back on 2020 and remember my family around me. My family in Pennsylvania has been nothing but supportive. I’m so thankful for them. But I have my second family - my church family, both here in Yakama and across the country, who I treasure so dearly. They’ve loved me, supported me, and walked beside me through the lows of this year. They’ve loved Evan and I unconditionally. I have felt and experienced community - sharing our griefs and joys. As I reflected on the year with one of the ladies on staff, we both felt we ended the year less lonely than when it began. That even through the most difficult things of this year - ministry being cancelled in Warm Springs for 8 months, our miscarriage in May, some health issues, and some of the kids that we love being so far from the church, Jesus never left my side and has never left any of His children. He walks with them through their joys and struggles everyday. Thank you Jesus.

Here are a couple of my favorite moments from 2020:

One of the girls from church who is now a part of our afterschool program, asked for just one thing for Christmas: “All I want this year is a Christmas tree.” She has probably never had a Christmas tree, but this year she did! She has also come to our school assistance program a few times along with her brother, and it has been really good to see her smiling and laughing. Praise Jesus for finding joy in the small things.

One of the other highlights from December was our Christmas party in Warm Springs. Typically we have about 50-65 kids around Christmastime and around 70-100 in the summer. Talk about a little chaos. This year we had just 8, including the youth. Being in such a personal setting allowed 1 on 1 time with kids. Not only this, but some of the Boys and Girls Club staff (who were the parents to all of the kids there) sat down with me at the craft table, specifically a woman named Jackie. This rarely happens because there is usually anywhere from 5 to 10 (or sometimes even 20!) kids in the summer doing crafts with me at one time! But at the party, I had just one kid - her kid - doing a craft and Jackie sat across from me. Jackie hasn’t started any conversations with me prior to this. She has always been more cautious and quiet, observing the way we interact with the kids at the club for years.

At the party, she started talking with me about what their typical traditions look like at Christmas. That her and her mother would typically cook a Thanksgiving and Christmas feast at the longhouse, but that those plans were cancelled. They were spending some time with family, but not nearly in the capacity they normally would. She shared stories of her kids, family, and the things she was missing this year. I sympathized with her. This year has been hard.

After kids club, I was in awe of what God had done. He led Jackie to open up her heart to us. Maybe not fully, but enough to show a level of trust. In Native culture, sharing stories is a means of love and trust; sharing a story is like giving a gift. Although this Christmas party was nothing like I pictured, it was beautiful. And God is working. And I couldn’t be more thankful and excited.

An addition to our family!

We also have some other good news! Evan and I are expecting a baby at the end of July, which is a huge blessing. I am 14 weeks along and feeling tired, but I’ve still been able to do everything that I need to and be part of the ministry that is going on at the church. I’m very thankful for that as well!

Prayer Requests:

School Program - We’ve added a couple new households! One boy, who is in 7th grade, has not attended school since March. Although school isn’t a priority in the home, this boy is motivated and working hard, despite the tremendous amount of work ahead of him. Please be praying for our kids - that they would be diligent with their work, but perhaps even more so that they would feel like they are accomplishing something important. Please pray for motivation as they often have to wake themselves up for school. Pray that they would come and feel safe, loved, and valued.

Many of you are asking how the 2 boys are doing who were shot the week before Christmas. Both of them are home and recovering. We brought food and gifts to them this Christmas. The caretaker for both of the boys posted on Facebook how special and meaningful it was that the church was looking after them. They came to our afterschool program once since we started back up, but are still very tired. One is still in a wheelchair and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. Please continue praying for their recovery physically and mentally from this traumatic experience.

Personal health - Evan has had some recent appointments for stomach pain he’s been having the last few months. After taking some medication for a couple of months, those issues seem to be clearing up. Just a few days ago he stopped taking the medication, so please pray those issues don’t come back. Also, please pray for me and our unborn child as we head through this second trimester.

Support - In December, Evan and I were looking to raise an additional $800 per month due to health insurance and accounting changes, and the anticipated arrival of our little baby. We have raised $250 in monthly support and are looking to raise an additional $550. If you would like to give yearly or quarterly there are options for that too! You can go to https://sacredroadministries.com/7/giving to set up online giving, or you can mail checks to: Sacred Road Ministries, PO Box 400, Harrah, WA 98933.

We are extremely thankful for those of you who have started giving or increased support. Evan and I feel well loved and cared for by all of you, but we are especially grateful for how you are enabling us to reach the people of Warm Springs and Yakama with the gospel.

Heading into this new year, we are excited for this new phase of life and for the new things this year will bring, as we look with hope to the promises of God being worked out in Native communities.

Love in Christ,

Holly and Evan Shaw

  • All I want for Christmas....

    One of the girls from church who is now a part of our afterschool program, asked for just one thing for Christmas: “All I want this year is a Christmas tree.” She has probably never had a Christmas tree, but this year she did!

  • Christmas party

    One of the other highlights from December was our Christmas party in Warm Springs.  This year we had just 8, including the youth. Being in such a personal setting allowed 1 on 1 time with kids.

  • Baby!!

    Evan and I are expecting a baby at the end of July, which is a huge blessing. I am 14 weeks along and feeling tired, but I’ve still been able to do everything that I need to and be part of the ministry that is going on at the church. I’m very thankful for that as well!

12/8/2020 Update

Dear Friends and Family,

It has been an eventful month! Since we last updated you all at the beginning of November, we’ve seen God open doors and work in amazing ways. There are certainly ups and downs as we go through life and ministry, but God is faithful through them all.

- Read about our food distribution in Warm Springs -

- Hear about upcoming Christmas ministry -

- Learn about our new support needs for 2021 -

Holly and other staff filling up food boxes for Warm Springs at the church in Yakama

A week or so before Thanksgiving, Holly and I went down to Warm Springs to donate a washer and dryer to the folks at emergency management. While we haven’t been able to actually do laundry like we had hoped at this point, the folks at emergency management let us know that a washer and dryer would be extremely helpful for their homeless shelter and would also be used when they shelter people who are evacuated due to wildfires. Thanks to your generosity and prayers, we were able to help meet that need and continue to strengthen our relationship and trust with the people there.

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, we gave out those food boxes at a drive thru distribution at the K-8 school in Warm Springs. We were blessed to work with Warm Springs emergency management once again, as they provided masks and hand sanitizer while we provided food. There were cars lined up down the road before the distribution started and thanks to God’s provision, we were able to give everyone in that line at least one food box.

Your giving and prayer is what made the food distribution possible, and we can’t thank you enough! Chris, the head pastor of Sacred Road in Yakama, said that he thinks of each of those boxes like a seed - we can’t do anything to make a food box anything more than just a food box, but the Lord can use them in mighty ways that we can’t even begin to imagine. Only a couple hours after we finished the distribution, I got a call from an older gentleman in Warm Springs who asked about who we are, why we were there, and shared some of his life story with me. At the end of our call, he reiterated that he hoped to run into us again soon - what an encouraging conversation and chance to share the “why” behind what we are doing!

Later that same day, we were able to spend a couple hours having a small kids club at the Boys and Girls Club in Warm Springs. Due to COVID restrictions, there were only 4 of us from Sacred Road and around 20 kids, but it was a huge blessing to connect with some kids that we haven’t seen for several years. We shared laughter, fun games, a Bible story about Jesus healing a lame man, and gifts with each of the kids there. It was also good to reconnect with staff at the Boys and Girls Club who we hadn’t seen for a while.

Spending time with some of the kids at the Warm Springs Boys and Girls Club. She loved this book even after the third time!

As we move into December, it seems like there is still so much going on even with COVID restrictions in place! Sacred Road will be giving 2,000 Christmas shoeboxes to kids on Reservations and Native communities all across the Pacific Northwest in the coming weeks, as well as around 400 to people in Yakama, Warm Springs, Celilo, and Georgeville. Through Sacred Road’s Adopt-A-Family initiative, we will also be able to give around 20 families in Yakama a full Christmas this year, with a meal and personalized gifts for everyone in the household. These are all families who have had an extra-hard year and are often grieving, so we want to let them know they are not forgotten, by us or by the Lord.

Tionna (who just joined full-time staff!) wrapping Christmas shoeboxes filled with gifts

As we head into the Christmas season, we are thankful for all of you and for the ways that you have come alongside us to love people here and share the good news of Christ. We also want to let you know that Holly and I, due to recent changes in our health insurance and changes to Sacred Road’s accounting system, need to raise an additional $800 of monthly support. We would greatly appreciate it if you would prayerfully consider increasing your monthly support level or joining our monthly or yearly support team for the first time as we head into 2021. Your giving makes it possible for us to be here!

If you feel the Lord is calling you to join us as a monthly or yearly financial partner, you can visit http://sacredroadministries.com/7/giving for various ways to do that. Also, please feel free to call or email us with any questions - you can reach us at 724-544-2053 or evanandhollyshaw@gmail.com. We would love to talk with you!

Thank you again and may God remind you of his goodness and faithfulness as you and your loved ones head into this Christmas season!

Love in Christ,

Evan and Holly Shaw

Photo Updates

UPPER:     [First two pictures from left] On the Monday before Thanksgiving, we gave out those food boxes at a drive thru distribution at the K-8 school in Warm Springs. We were blessed to work with Warm Springs emergency management once again, as they provided masks and hand sanitizer while we provided food. There were cars lined up down the road before the distribution started and thanks to God’s provision, we were able to give everyone in that line at least one food box. [Second from right] We were able to spend a couple hours having a small kids club at the Boys and Girls Club in Warm Springs. Due to COVID restrictions, there were only 4 of us from Sacred Road and around 20 kids, but it was a huge blessing to connect with some kids that we haven’t seen for several years. We shared laughter, fun games, a Bible story about Jesus healing a lame man, and gifts with each of the kids there.  [Far right] Sacred Road will be giving 2,000 Christmas shoeboxes to kids on Reservations and Native communities all across the Pacific Northwest in the coming weeks, as well as around 400 to people in Yakama, Warm Springs, Celilo, and Georgeville.

LOWER:     [Far left] Evan and other staff working on Book'n It, a mobile library for the community. [Second from left] Kids, youth, and adults at our first in-person church service since March!  [Second from right] A small group from Seattle helping chop and stack firewood for elders in Yakama.  [Far right] Trunk or Treat! More than 300 people came to the church throughout the evening!

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11/3/2020 Update

"You are working in our waiting, You're sanctifying us,

When beyond our understanding, You're teaching us to trust."

Dear Friends and Family,

Not yet. This has seemed to be the theme of God’s answer to our prayers in the year 2020. Evan and I planned to make trips to Warm Springs once a month when we moved here. But we haven’t visited since March 2020. Not yet. In May of this year, Evan and I experienced the loss of our first child at 10 weeks pregnant. Our hearts were broken and we are still grieving the loss of our first baby. We wanted to start a family but God told us, not yet. In August we were so excited to tell all of you about a new laundry ministry we were starting due to the water line breaks that were occurring the last few years in Warm Springs. When we told you about it, we were overwhelmed with financial gifts, laundry supplies, and gift bags for the kids. We are so thankful for all of you! In just a matter of weeks, you all gave $10,000 in financial gifts and we received everything we needed from our Amazon wish list. Thank you! We have everything we need to get started, but once again God has told us, not yet.

Evan and other staff working on Book'n It, a mobile library for the community

COVID-19 restrictions have made it more difficult than expected to start the laundry ministry. The church we were hoping to install the washer and dryer unit in is not letting extra visitors in throughout the week until they reevaluate for 2021. When we heard back from the pastor that this wasn’t going to work, we looked at putting a laundry unit in on the reservation but policies did not allow visitors. We tried renting an Airbnb and looked into different extended-stay motels, but nothing has worked out. I’ll be honest, both Evan and I felt defeated. I started having thoughts like maybe we didn’t pray enough about this or maybe we shouldn’t do this laundry ministry at all. I felt like a failure. I felt like I wasn’t doing anything to love my brothers and sisters in Warm Springs. I felt like I had neglected them.

After weeks of asking God “Why?” and “How long?” until the doors open up for ministry in Warm Springs, Evan and other staff members have helped me realize that my feelings of neglect do not represent God’s feelings or care for his people. I finished reading a book recently called “None Like Him.” In the book, it talks about how often we think or assume that God is like us. But really, God is so much more powerful, loving, and faithful than we could even imagine. God is forever the same - his love never runs out, he is never rushed or impatient, he is sovereign over all things throughout all of time. These truths have encouraged me and helped me to see God’s hand in daily, often mundane tasks. During the mission’s training we attended a year ago, they had us write or acknowledge five things everyday that we’re thankful for. Doing this again has allowed me to better see God working in my day to day life.

Kids, youth, and adults at our first in-person church service since March!

We’ve also received some good news! The Boys and Girls Club is allowing us to bring in a small group for a Christmas party this year. I was doubtful this would happen this year, but God has opened the doors and we are really excited for this opportunity. Please pray that the doors would stay open and that God would continue opening doors for ministry and outreach.

We are also looking into doing mercy ministry in Warm Springs around Thanksgiving. We hope to do something like passing out Thanksgiving food boxes or hot meals to-go, depending on what happens with COVID-19 on the Warm Springs Reservation over the next few weeks. We may also have an opportunity to see kids at the Boys and Girls Club around Thanksgiving!

A small group from Seattle helping chop and stack firewood for elders in Yakama

As for laundry, our current plan is to wait until the beginning of next year and once again ask the pastor we typically work with each summer to see if they are comfortable with us using their church as a kind of base camp at that point. Although this is not definite, we know that God will open the doors when He wants us to be there. All the leaders and workers in Warm Springs that we’ve spoken with have told us that doing laundry would help meet a need in the community. The water system issues that leave people without potable water for weeks or months at a time are, unfortunately, not going away soon. Please continue to pray that God would guide us in the direction he wants us to go and give us patience as we wait on Him.

Trunk or Treat! More than 300 people came to the church throughout the evening

In the meantime, there is plenty going on here in Yakama! We have been busy helping build Book'n It, a mobile library for kids in the community (click here to see more!), assisting with the school program to help youth who have limited access to the internet or need help with their online school work, and doing other outreach like discipleship groups, mercy ministry, chopping and delivering firewood, and trunk-or-treat. We’ve also been able to start having smaller worship services again and bring a limited number of folks from the community to the church for that. We have seen again and again that God is faithful even in hard times.

Again, we are so thankful for all of you who have been praying for us as we navigate how to best love our neighbors well and wait on the Lord in all aspects of our lives and ministry. Your consistent prayers, encouragement, and giving are a constant reminder of what it means to be a part of the family of God. We pray that you will lean on God for strength and peace as He draws you closer to Himself.

Love in Christ,

Evan and Holly Shaw

Immediate Needs--8/11/2020

Hello Family and Friends!

These last few weeks have been quite busy for us. Currently, we are planning our next trip to Warm Springs to do some emergency relief work. Not only is the Warm Springs Reservation being hit with this pandemic, but they have been experiencing water line breaks like they did last summer. This has caused people to be without water for days at a time and over half the reservation has been on a boil water notice for over a month. People are advised to limit their water usage. Please be praying for Warm Springs. A grant has been approved to temporarily fix the water line system but there is so much work to be done. Here are a couple articles if you want to learn more about what is going on with the water crisis in Warm Springs: 


https://ktvz.com/news/warm-springs/2020/07/21/warm-springs-receives-269k-federal-grant-for-critical-water-line-repairs/


https://live-ktvz.pantheonsite.io/news/oregon-northwest/2020/07/14/oregon-lawmakers-ok-covid-19-relief-warm-springs-water-system-funds/


In response to the water crisis, we're prayerfully hoping to be in Warm Springs in the next week or two! However, the town of Warm Springs and it’s tribal buildings are all closed due to a spike of COVID cases. They plan to open up on August 12th but there is still a possibility they may extend the shutdown. Because a lot of families are without clean water and we are required to socially distance, we've had to get creative! After brainstorming with our team in Yakama and talking with a couple people in Warm Springs, we want to provide a laundry service to single mothers and elders in the community. The more we considered doing laundry for people, the more it reminds me of the Gospel. The Bible compares our good works to filthy rags, but by God’s grace he cleanses us and gives us clean robes of righteousness. I pray and ask you to pray that hearts would be softened to the Gospel and God would work mightily through this effort.

We need your help!

We need donations of laundry detergent, stain remover, and dryer sheets to make this happen. We also have some fun activities like coloring books and playdoh to give to kids in each household. If you would like to donate some items click, below!



If you would like to help us purchase and install a washer/dryer and cover our weekly costs, click below and give to the "Warm Springs General Fund" at the bottom of the giving page.



Along with planning a trip to Warm Springs we were able to make a trip back to Pennsylvania about one month ago. This trip felt like entering some kid of time warp. As we drove through familiar towns, Evan and I looked at each other confused. It felt like we had been gone for years - but it had only been 9 months.

We spent 2 1/2 weeks in PA. We spent one week with Evan’s family and the next week with mine. It’s strange to have to ration our time between families now. Living so far away, this is our new normal. We were able to meet our new nephew, Neil who is just 4 months old. He is such a cutie! One day we went canoeing with Evan’s family, which we greatly enjoyed. We were also able to take a trip up to Lake Erie with my family and spend some time on the beach and enjoy a boat ride. It was special to be back in the summer and spend some time at home. In the past 6 years, we’ve only spent 1 summer at home, so this time was really special to us.

When we weren’t spending time with family and friends, we traveled to different churches who graciously invited us in during these strange times! Our meetings varied from gathering with church’s missions committee’s outside to actually getting to attend an indoor church service - this was our first in person service since mid-March, as all of our services have been live streamed at the Granberry’s house around their dining room table! Our trip to Pennsylvania was a blessing, but we are glad to be home in Yakama again and continue the work God has for us.

Please be praying:

For the emergency relief work in Warm Springs - specifically that God will provide the items and money needed to serve the community of Warm Springs.

That God would open doors and provide more opportunities, both for mercy ministry and gospel oriented conversations, while we are in Warm Springs.

That seeds that are planted while we are doing laundry will grow in God's timing and that we will have long-term relationships with people we meet through this.

For the safety and health of those in Warm Springs as they are dealing with the pandemic and the lack of clean water.

For wisdom and love as we communicate with people we haven't yet me

Thank you for your prayers and support!

In Christ,

Evan and Holly Shaw