Two special activities highlighted ministry for August: the annual OCF Puget Sound region picnic, and participation in the Military Family Week at Malibu Club, in British Columbia. The picnic was a wonderful time of fun, fellowship, and food. Over 100 people from the Puget Sound region gathered at The Refuge, for the picnic. We welcomed newcomers to the area, small group leaders shared updates from their Bible study groups, played games, and enjoyed an inspiring talk on living out faith one’s in the military presented by MAJ Ben Meier. Ben and his family recently arrived to the area and are stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord.
Immediately, following the picnic we drove several miles, caught three ferries, and several hours later and met up with 32 active duty families from JBLM at Young Life’s Malibu Club at Prince Louisa’s Inlet, BC. We served as small group leaders for the week-long family retreat. Our time consisted of leading discussions with our families following plenary sessions, connecting with families during sporting events, and at meals. As a result of our participation, we have been able to connect families with Puget Sound OCF groups, Chapel activities, and develop long term mentoring relationships.
Highlighted Weekly/Routine Activity
All Puget Sound small groups were in full swing throughout the month and it was our pleasure to spend time with each. In all, we accumulated just over 1900 local area ministry miles in August. An added pleasure was participation in the 13th District, Seattle Coast Guard picnic. The Lord has blessed us with a great relationship with the 13th District Chaplain. We are enjoying a growing relationship with the Coast Guard community. Other highlights included the opportunity to share with the Lewis Main Chapel congregation information about OCF and the local area ministry.
God Sightings of the Month
It is easy to overlook God’s favor in the “routine” blessings of ministry. This month we had numerous engagements with the Coasties and fellowshiped with several new couples over dinner in our home. Also, God provided an opportunity to share OCF’s presence with a Chapel congregation, which resulted in a generous designated offering. In the 1900 miles of ministry driving this month we had a wonderful Puget Sound picnic turnout, a blessed time of ministering to enlisted and officer couples at Malibu, and wonderful partnering experiences.
We enjoy growing partnerships with The Refuge, Young Life (the military arm), JBLM Ministry Team, McChord Chapel, PWOC, and the Kitsap Naval Station Bangor Chapel.