We are looking forward to serving the community again in August 2017!
2016 STAMPEDE PRAISES/EVALUATION
A walker heard Loose Change as he was leaving the rodeo and was drawn to the stage by how good it sounded. A man came up and knelt down in front of stage during “Down To The River To Pray”. Many turned to listen to the Gospel Stage music as they walked by. I heard favorable comments about Friday youth bands, how worshipful it was, and the Sunday Church participation. Also good comments about Loose Change, Nicole Unser, Morning Sun Yellow Pony, and the Parks family. Tom Parks lent his equipment Sunday, which gave Carl and Jeremy a little break. It was special to hear the testimonies from the granddaughter of the Loomis Church pastor, Robert Haskell, and Alfredo Perez during the Spanish service. Every person on stage spread the Gospel Seed in music & testimony. PRAY that the Holy Spirit will remind people of the message and Spirit they felt then.
Three young men from Grand Coulee kept returning to table and said we had the best water. Eventually they picked up some literature. Young people came close because of the snacks and water. (probably 600+ cups) Some enjoyed visiting with us, too. One adult young woman spent a lot of time chatting with Ken and I. She had made poor choices in the past, but now attends the Rock Church in Monroe, is married with kids. It seemed she was glad to have a Christian to talk with since her husband couldn’t come to the Stampede. Many people enjoyed picking out books to read later from the donated used books. One woman was so glad to find a large print Bible for her mom. Spanish Bibles were gladly taken; Pastor Raul Martinez’ Church of the Third Day gave a Spanish Service. Children’s books were taken. About 10 Cowboy Bibles to contestants were given. Several people thanked us for being there. PRAY that literature/Bible thoughts are inspired by the Holy Spirit to each one who came.
Children were thrilled with the kids’ packages containing crayons, notepad, pencil, balloon, 2 tracts, and 2 candies from the Olivers of Louisiana (used to live in the area). The coloring pages/markers from Cornerstone Church were used by kids and grown-ups, although less than in past years. The heat might have been a factor; the tables had to be in the sun, but when the sun went down, it became too dark. Also, there were no people to actually interact with the kids about the stories on back of the pages. PRAY for a Children’s Outreach down there—there’s always kids!
After the Sunday service, a native man was picking up several items so I told him about David Gowan from American Bible Society bringing me so much literature related to a tribal approach. He is from the Yakima and Wapato area reservation so he was thrilled to take a couple of boxes full of Bibles and native literature. PRAY for spiritual fruit for his efforts. Remember we have Bibles to give.
Several people commented about the group that picketed the area by us, saying that “Jesus is more about love than condemnation”. Some acknowledged that the words on the signs might be true, but they didn’t feel the love. Some of the area Christians approached them to talk, others prayed. God was in charge, as always! PRAY that the message to people is always about God and not our own doctrines.
We never have enough people willing to set-up/tear-down and to be host at literature table (it takes at least 16 hours through the 4 days at table). However, we were so thankful for the helpers that made it possible to keep the Outreach open: Fred & Brenda Lemmer, Gordon & Cindy Adkins, Rick & Marilyn Baldwin, Chuck Matason, Harry Dorsten, Bryon Craig, Chris & Brendan Warren, John Phillips and Cherokee. PRAY for more workers in the physical parts of this Outreach.
We are so thankful for the churches that we know about, who were praying and supporting this as mentioned above, plus: Omak and Okanogan Presbyterian Churches, Tonasket Bible Church, New Hope Chapel, Omak First Baptist, Manfisher Ministries, Our Savior Lutheran, New Beginnings Fellowship, Whitestone Church of the Brethren. Also, thanks to Omak Stampede Board for continued backing of this event for rodeo visitors, North Cascades Broadcasting for their promotion, and the Omak Chronicle for publishing our news.
LET US KNOW if we’ve neglected to mention other helpers, and any praises/suggestions you have for the future.
CHRISTIANS IN ACTION BOARD: Kathleen Christensen, Ken Chalmers, Gordon Adkins, Kimberly Pfitzer and Fred Lemmer. email@example.com; 509-422-4660
Photos from the 2016 Omak Stampede:
HERE IS THE INFORMATION FROM THE 2016 OUTREACH…
Join us at the World Famous Omak Stampede!
Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14, 2016.
This is Christians in Action’s 44th year participating with the Omak Stampede.
TRIANGLE PARK STAGE:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
On the Triangle Park Stage (between the carnival and rodeo arena), the music begins at about 5 PM — and continues until after the rodeo Friday and Saturday evenings.
The scheduled line up includes The Parks Family, Nicole Unser, and Loose Change.
Children’s activites, Bible literature, ice water & coffee as well as opportunity for listening ears and prayer are made available free.
Youth Night on Friday, 7-9 PM with Jason and Jamison Gibbons, Federal Way, and Kimberly Pfitzer, Okanogan.
Spanish Service on Saturday, 7–8 PM with Rev Raul Martinez and Eglesia del Tercer Dia (Church of the 3rd Day)
Sunday Morning Western Church Service
8:30 – 9:45 AM in the rodeo arena, the interdenominational service will include a free continental breakfast, music and message in western style. Morning Sun Yellow Pony will bring the message and The Parks Family the music.
GOSPEL STAGE SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, August 11
6:00 LOOSE CHANGE—Kathy Peterson & friends, WA & CA
7:00 MORNING SUN YELLOW PONY, MT
FRIDAY, August 12
5:00 MORNING SUN YELLOW PONY, MT
5:30 TOM PARKS FAMILY, MO
6:30 JON HAYSE—New Life Church Praise Team, Okanogan
7:00 KIMBERLY PFITZER & FRIENDS—YOUTH NIGHT
Including Jason & Jamison Gibbons band,
Lori Cranfill, Federal Way & Okanogan. County
9:00 TOM PARKS FAMILY, MO
SATURDAY, August 13
4:30 REV ROBERT HASKELL & LOOMIS COMMUNITY CHURCH, Loomis
5:00 NICOLE UNSER, Tunk Valley
6:00 TOM PARKS FAMILY, MO
7:00 SPANISH SERVICE: REV RAUL MARTINEZ and
EGLESIA DEL TERCER DIA (Church Of The 3rd Day), Tonasket
8:30 BRYON CRAIG, Malott
9:30 LOOSE CHANGE—Kathy Peterson & friends, WA & CA
SUNDAY, August 14
8:30-9:45A WESTERN CHURCH SERVICE ~ Free Continental breakfast!
Speaker: Morning Sun Yellow Pony
Music: The Tom Parks Family
NOON TINA SCHMIDT & KATHLEEN CHRISTENSEN, Omak
12:30 BRASS TRIO: ROY BOWDEN, REV CHRIS WARREN & CHRISTENSEN, Omak & Okanogan
The Parks Family
Returning to the stage that he shared with his parents Don & Patty Parks, Tom Parks brings his wife Debbie and their four children—Aaron, Caleb, Joshua, Melody—to the Christians In Action Gospel Stage Friday, Saturday, Sunday during the Omak Stampede. Living in Branson, MO, they are on a Northwest Tour this year, www.ParksFamilyMusic.org. Their original songs in Southern Gospel style includes Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Drums, Ukulele, Dulcimer, Electric Bass and Doumbek Drum.
Nicole Unser, Tunk Valley
Performs 5 PM Saturday. She was awarded the 2015 1st place prize in the “Country” category of the “Unsigned Only” Music Competition for her original song “Smokin”, selected from 7,000 entries from over 100 countries worldwide. She has played legendary venues like the Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Cafe in Nashville TN. “One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned so far on this journey is that you cannot let other people define success for you. If I can reach the end of my life and honestly say it was about the music, reaching people, and creating genuine relationships, then I will have ‘made it.’” www.NicoleUnser.com
Kathy Peterson’s gospel band, originally formed in 1997. They will perform a variety of bluegrass/old-time/country tunes on the Gospel Stage featuring the following musicians from California & Okanogan County: Peterson, Brenda Behrent, April Garbat, Jerry Oliver, Lyn Pearce. “Across the Great Divide” was produced at the Good Studios in Okanogan, WA during the summer of 2014. All proceeds from the sale of their CD are donated to Okanogan Christians In Action, $10.00 if purchased directly from a band member or CIA board member, $12.97 plus shipping if purchased online: www.TheLooseChangeGospelBand.com. Peterson’s book, “Fish Tales, For Heaven’s Sake!” is a collection of parables of an Alaskan Harbor, available through Christians In Action by donation. The group will minister 6 PM Thursday, and Saturday 6 and 9:30 PM.
Morning Sun Yellow Pony
Morning Sun is ordained and licensed as well as being a recognized missionary under more than one church or organizational covering and has traveled for 15 years with her Healing Wings Ministries. She has received 31 National and International awards to date through Country Gospel Music Association. the Humanitarian Award from Artists Music Guild, and has been inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Her awards range from Evangelism, Children’s Ministry, Entertainer of the year and Servant. www.MorningSunYellowPony.com
The Omak Stampede Outreach began forty-four years ago, in 1973. Incorporating as Christians In Action in 1977, it has coordinate musicians, speakers, dramas, and kids’ activities from a variety of churches at Stampede every year since. It also maintains the KMBI 103.9 FM Translator on Omak Mountain, and “Sonshine Cross” on Shellrock Point, provides Bibles to High School graduates, and sponsors an Easter Sonrise Service. A History of the Cross booklet and the detailed Stampede Stage schedule can be found at www.okanoganchristiansinaction.org, or by phoning 509-422-4660.