This is where the Gospel is lived. Where redemption is real. And where we need you.
We’re Good Goers, a mission adventure travel group founded by Family Christian. The mission is caring for orphans and widows in the U.S. and around the world. The adventure is living out this calling – with you – in broken places and broken hearts. Because that’s where the good work of building the Kingdom begins.
We’ll also take you off the beaten path to experience the excitement of white water rapids, a ropes course, a zip line or hiking local sites.
What is written below is a testimony of what has transpired over a couple of days, with ordinary people, working in ordinary circumstances, helping ordinary people - when an Extraordinary God shows up.
This weeks Good Goers trip has landed and begun work. It’s been an amazing group to get to know and today’s work was especially gratifying. We are working on Alta’s house.
Alta is a special needs woman of about 50 who is unable to perform household maintenance herself. Her home does have running water and electricity but is heated with wood and all of her faucets were worn out from age. The inside of the house was all painted the same shade of blue several years ago and had become very dirty. Her water heater also was not functioning.
Our team painted the entire house with primer then began painting the ceiling and walls a much lighter shade of tan. The trim is also being painted to break up the rooms. We’ve replaced the broken faucets and have a new hot water heater which will be connected tomorrow. We replaced broken wall tile board in the shower and resealed it to keep mold from growing.
During the day our team had a great time getting to this remarkable lady. She is so excited we have come to help her she got up at 4 A.M. today to prepare a hominy stew for us. Our team has really fallen in love with her.
This team seems to be bonded by recent deaths. Every member has last a parent, spouse (3 widows), or child in the last two years. One Good Goer lost her son in an car accident caused by a drunk driver two years ago. She explained that her reason for coming was to fulfill his dream of performing mission work.
Tomorrow we will finish at Alta’s and install another hot water heater for a widow in the church. In the evening we will attend Bible study at the church. I’ll send another update after we are done with Bible study.
Wednesday started where we left off on Tuesday. Half of our team finished painting and cleaning Alta’s house while the other half made a trip into Gallup with Alta to shop for curtains, shower curtain, towels, new kitchen chairs, and other home making items. This also was designed to get Alta out of the house so we could surprise her.
While Alta was gone we completed the work and moved a new sofa from the church to her living room. When they returned we kept her outside while curtains were hung and finishing touches were completed. When we finally let Alta into her new home, along with her grandmother, she almost fainted. She was so overcome with surprise and emotion she couldn’t speak for several minutes.
When Alta did speak she said she had always dreamed of a home like this but she couldn’t do it, her older brother couldn’t do it (handicapped), and there is no one else in her life that could help her get this done. Alta asked how she could repay us so we told her to love Jesus with all her heart and tell others.
This evening we attended Bible Study at church with members of the church. Pastor Nathan presented each Good Goer with a certificate of appreciated that contained James 1:27 written in Navajo, which was read by a church member. Romans 3 was read first in Navajo then in English.
After Bible study I presented Pastor Nathan with a new pair of shoes that had been donated anonymously by a member of our team. His shoes had worn through on the soles and uppers.
Additionally, Nathan presented the 3 widows in attendance with their own solar powered MP3 player with the New Testament in Navajo. These were donated through a friend in Holland, MI and these ladies will test the devices to make sure the translation is good before more are sent for the community.
The final event of the day, or so I thought, was the presentation of the check for the Firewood Challenge. I explained that the James Fund is focused on widow and orphan support and that our goal is ensure enough firewood is available so that no widows freeze to death this winter. When the final total was announced, $6,560 plus another $1,000 on the way the ladies in the room were clearly excited.
One lady, who is the wife of a past Speaker of the House for the Navajo Nation, threw her hands in the air and said “all right!”. After we adjourned she approached Pastor Nathan to make sure he knew that was enough firewood to heat 47 houses for the whole winter! (95 cords, 2 cords to heat a house for the season) There are 47 widows in the Pine Dale community.
It’s a God thing.
We ate dinner with the church members and socialized with many of them for two more hours. Afterward we finally gathered as a team to reflect upon the day. Just as I started talking about final reflection statements, Fred, the Youth Pastor, came through the door. Fred had taken Alta home after Bible Study.
Fred was obviously anxious to share something with the team and interrupted in the typical Navajo fashion, he stood and stared at me. Fred told us that Alta made him and his family tour her home and she was very proud of it. She told him in Navajo that we were sent by Jesus and she is so thankful.
Have you ever thought about a mission trip? Would you consider joining like-minded people? Check out GoodGoers for more information.