I think I left off the last post on us being in the Missions Conference in Fircrest, Wa., so I'll start again in Tenino, Wa. The church there (Heritage Baptist Church, Pastor Russ Bowen) let us use their Missions Apartment. It's not quite finished, but it is very nice still. The church was great, they let us stay there for four days, gave us full rein of the church, gave us money to buy food, and even brought us some meals! We were very thankful to be able to stay there and meet the wonderful people.
I did have an experience though, and I've told a few people this. It'll be the short version. Because I had fallen asleep during the movie we watched while we ate dinner, I could not sleep Friday night (Sept. 26th), so I was messing around on the computer. The girls woke up screaming and crying for their blankets and I told them that if they stopped crying, I'd go get their blankets from the van! They finally stopped so I got ready to go down to the van. I thought about waking up Caleb, but decided not to. I thought about taking my cell phone, but decided I wouldn't need it.
When I got to the front door, I stuck a pamphlet in the door like I did last time I went outside, so it wouldn't lock. Well, it decided to lock anyway!! I was stuck outside, at 10pm, in the middle of the woods, in the middle of nowhere. Like a good Kasprick woman, I decided to ignore the problem and keep going about my business (this is what us Kasprick women do best, you know). I got the blankets but when I got back to the door, it was still locked! I went around the church, in the pitch black dark, imagining rapists and serial killers lurking in the dark, and checked all the doors. All locked. I ended up sitting and soemtimes sleeping in the van until 1am! I eventually drove to a gas station praying that someone would have a cell phone (since calling Caleb would be long distance, Oklahoma number) but the man working there not only didn't have a cell phone, but was seriously offended that I would suggest that he might have one! Welcome to Washington. Thankfully when I drove back, Caleb had woken up and decided to find out where I was, so he let me in, I cried and bawled my eyes out, and we went to bed. It was very traumatic and very frightening! It sounds so funny now, but it was scary!!
The rest of the week was uneventful, except for the grocery store lady thinking I was trying to rip off the church and giving us a lecture about stealing and check cashing. Whatever lady!! We drove back to Josh's on Monday, my birthday. I was in a bad mood because I was getting really carsick, the GPS wasn't working right, and my salad that I got from Wendy's was not good. But we made it fine, and we were happy to be back "home" for a while.
Wednesday (Oct.1st) we went to a church in Hillsboro, Wa. and everyone there was really nice! They have a dinner before church every Wednesday and they had some good stuff! I never thought I'd have that good of homemade fried chicken in the NW. The service was, well, something else! That Pastor was from NC and his daughter and son-in-law went to the church also. They had a bass guitar, a synthesizer-type thing (that makes the wha-wha-twang sound), a tambourine, electric guitar and marachas! It was pretty exciting. The kids covered their ears the entire song service and refused to sing, lol! Noah was supposed to say his verses, but wouldn't, so now he has to say them this Sunday or he doesn't get credit for them (1 Cor. 10:1-12). I met a lady, Diana, who lost her husband suddenly last week, and is really struggling. She says she can't sleep at night and is struggling with depression. I can imagine! So please keep her in your prayers.
Right now we're at Rick's house in The Dalles, Or. Rick just accepted the Pastor position at Bethhaven Baptist Church in Midwest City, OK so they're packing and doing repairs. Caleb is tiling the master bathroom, and I'm just trying to do what I can, when I can. I can't do much because it's all sorting and packing, and I don't know what gets kept, packed or thrown out! But I figure I can sweep (lots of wood floors) and clean the kitchen! We're going to be at Rick's current church in the morning and then at Caleb's Uncle James's church tomorrow night, in Tigard, Or.
Next week we're in the Home Missions Conference in Yakima, Wa. It should be exciting, we've heard a lot about it, and we're hoping to get more meetings set up because of it. We're still having a great time, and God's still blessing us!! Thanks for reading again.