Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Colville 2009

We returned Saturday night from another week-long missions trip to the Colville Indian Reservation. This was my fifth time going. I felt really privileged to serve with such a fine group of people, and I think we were all excited by the things God is doing up there. Our team from Westminster was pretty heavily involved in the construction part of the ministry, but different ones were also able to serve through VBS and the senior music ministry. It was a real whirlwind of a week. It's nice to be home, but part of me is sad to have it over and already missing everyone I spent the week with. I didn't take as many pictures as I have other years, and a lot of these are more artsy than documentary, but here they are.

Nice pose
The moon over the hills near the Longhouse, where we stay.
The beautiful entrance to the Longhouse
Evening sky
One evening we took our traditional hike up behind the Longhouse and the school grounds. This is looking roughly northwest, over the school grounds to a storm in the distance. We saw more thunderstorms than ever before.
One of the houses we worked on early in the process.
Getting closer to finished
Another house we worked on.
Friday evening barbecue at the Stampede Grounds is an important time. We invite people we have met throughout the week to join us for the evening. A good number of tribal elders attended this year, as well as kids from VBS.
Playing the stick game after dinner. The stick game is a special traditional game for the Colville people.

1 comment:

  1. nice pictures, Ashley! brings tears to my eyes - God is so alive up there!