Archive for April 30, 2015

Apr 30

God’s Glory Spread Through Chainsaw Fellowship

2015 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Local,Native American

Earlier this month, DSC and some members from New City Church served a Native American reservation through their woodcutting ministry. Marvin G. writes:

During the beginning of the Butler’s ministry in the Counselor chapter of the Navajo Nation, they looked for a way they could minister to physical needs while ministering to spiritual needs and they were led by the Lord to their woodcutting ministry. In the beginning, more than twenty years ago, they cut by axe, because they did not have chainsaws. You can only imagine how difficult that was. While Dennie and I were blessed by the opportunity to host Pastor Tully, his wife Mary, and daughter Efren in our home, he told us a number of stories about learning English, about receiving the Lord and being called to the ministry, and about their woodcutting ministry to their community. Some of his stories were bittersweet. It was bitter because he sadly related about the breakdown of tradition and taking care of the elders. Many of the young people will make sure they have their nice cars and television but will do little to meet the needs of their grandparents, even to providing basic needs like firewood. It was sweet because the Butlers are formally recognized by tribal organization and the Counselor chapter health representative works with the Butlers and identifies people and shut-ins in need of firewood. It is a blessing to us in DSC to be used in this ministry. This past Saturday, while we were cutting, I was able to introduce the “Alphas to the Omegas.” Ben and Amber McBride, the “Alphas” and source of much of our wood, have been so generous to let us gather wood, lots of wood, from their property. The “Omegas,” the Butlers and our wood’s destination before it goes to those that need it, were able to meet the McBrides face-to-face while cutting wood on the McBride’s property in the east mountains. It is encouraging to see many of the same men, that have the same heart for this ministry, participating in this chainsaw fellowship, spreading God’s glory broader and deeper.

Dino Butler, son of Pastor Tully, also writes:

Thank you so much for helping the ministry that my parents have had in the Counselor area in such a vital area of need. My sister and parents do so much for the community and the spreading of the gospel; additional hands to the plow are such an encouragement. Thanks so much!!!

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