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:
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!
Evan and Holly Shaw