Prayer for Dave Sabo, Klamath
Bureau of Reclamation manager, July 28, 2003
Please be with Dave, that he may heal from his injuries..
You have given him a huge responsibility that effects thousands of
lives in the Klamath Basin.
Be with his mind, that he will look to you for healing, guidance,
wisdom and honesty in all things. You are love and truth.
In Jesus name we pray,
Prayer from Pastor Gordon
Calvary Fellowship Lower Klamath (Merrill) July 22, 2003
Precious Father, ruler of heaven and earth: we thank you for
water so farmers and ranchers can finish the season.
Your prophet Joel said: "And you shall have plenty to eat and be
and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously
then My people will never be put to shame.(Joel 2:26)
The Lord God truly has dealt wondrously with us on this issue.
Now, let us
deal rightly with Him by ascribing to Him, all praise, all honor,
thanksgiving, in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer Page by Rudy Hiley, Tulelake, for July
Matthew 18:18, the words of Christ: "I tell you the truth,
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and what ever
you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about
anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in
heaven. For where two or three come together in my name,
there I am I with them."
A fairly short distance from the Headgates of the Klamath Basin
Crisis there is a small lake where something unbelievable happens
every year: Engineering students test their metal by racing
improbable concrete canoes; the ones which they themselves
nervously design, build then loose upon the waters. Now, that
requires a lot of confidence and faith and trust!
In Washington State there is a similar annual contest where
computer engineering students from around the country design
robots which are supposed to reason their way through a maze. They
sort out the bad information, collect the good and attempt to
formulate their own path to victory. The quickest one to make it
through is the winner.
Things may have since changed, but when I heard about maze
contest Harvey was the all time record holder. Instead of fighting
the wall, Harvey the Wall Hugger just leaned to the right on it
and trusted it to show him the way. The mazing secret is of coarse
to always hug one side of the wall and eventually you have to come
out. The complex computing brains on the other hand would just
bump, spin, flounder and sometimes fall over. To them the wall was
When I think about the ongoing events related to the Klamath
Basin Crisis, the whole mess looks like a maze. There have been
reams of information submitted to the complex nerve centers, yet
it seemed pretty clear as of June 26th, 2003 that there
was no way the bot could proceed without disastrous results. There
seems to be insurmountable problems in effectively culling the
good information from the bad, the relevant from the irrelevant,
the truth from the lies and acting on any of it without
threatening floods of allegations, litigation etc. and worse.
Thus, the process bumps, spins, stagers and makes little headway.
It seems as if the maze is about to suffer a total melt down.
As of the afternoon of the 26th of June we again
realized just how much we owe to the stakeholders who have earned
credibility with the highest offices in this land; heck - in the
world! May God bless those ambassadors of peace and may we
remember to continually support them in our prayers. They were
able to make the way clear, to be able to make the phone calls,
which brought the powers to bear on THE ISSUES, which defused a
potentially volatile situation: they literally prevented a melt
down. Again, may God bless them! May God bless the President and
all his, who are His! Still, the bot is spinning and bumping
faster than ever. It seems to have no known workable path or
direction. Only short term adjustments, without long term fixes
seem probable at this time.
It goes without saying then, it is time to again earnestly and
in mass seek spiritual assistance and presence of the highest
office in the universe: the Learning and Sheltering Wall. The Wall
(God via Christ and His Holy Spirit), who we can fully trust to
plot our course and direct our path, and at the same time obstruct
evil and deliver us from it.
I propose that we all again meet, in His name, in numbers of
two or three or …and trust and bear leaningly close to Him. Christ
Himself freely offers us access to the greatest power of the
universe. A power, which we can bring to bear on all of our
circumstances and yes, HE PROMISES TO BE THERE WITH US! HE
PROMISES TO BE THERE WITH US!
So then what do we pray? We should pray prayers of trust. We
know that there is nothing hidden or concealable from Him. He
knows, sees and understands ALL. Even the hairs of our heads are
numbered. He knows even when a single sparrow falls. He knows our
situations far better than we do and therefore knows the solutions
better as well! Thus, in the spirit of faith and grace and trust
and confidence, we might do well to powerfully bind and to loose
the Father’s Kingdom and Will on earth and in heaven in this
Kalamth Water Crisis Situation and in ALL situations in and around
the world, in the name of Jesus.
In these times it is imperative that we fully place our hope
and trust in HIM, after all faith has to do with trust and trust
is an indispensable component of a childlike faith. And, the first
part of Matthew 18:18 tells us just how important a childlike
faith is. You see, it takes a childlike humility to
honestly examine and realize the extent of the human fallibility
which we children posses. It takes grace to consider the
consequent tremendous potential harm, which could come from our
loosing and binding wrong and fallible things. Our Heavenly Father
knows best! He is the way, the truth and the life! In my mind, it
would seem only right that trusting children should simply bring
forward their petitions regarding their problems in need of
solutions; rather than solutions in need of affirmation. We are
after all children of God, humbly seeking the abundant help of our
Let us, let this prayer process now move forward. If you are
willing to simply pray that HIS KINGDOM COME AND HIS WILL BE DONE,
along with the rest of the Lord’s Prayer (not to mention a plea
for justice, support for our local peace ambassadors, etc.) you
are the sort of prayer warrior that the current times require. Let
us be bold and trusting enough to begin meeting anywhere, anytime
in numbers of two, and three and pray His Kingdom and Will. Let us
see where it takes us, and where it takes this world.
Remember what He says, "there I am with them." HE PROMISES TO BE
THERE WITH US and with us all of the way through the maze; no
matter where we end up.
Bow down, heavenup and pray,
In God’s Eyes
To be obedient is to be willing to change
To be willing to change is to be humble
To be humble is to be honest
To be honest is to see one’s self in God’s eyes
To see one’s self in God’s eyes it to trust
In God’s eyes, to trust is to change
To trust in God, is to see things change for the
Rudy Hiley, 12/3/1992
Prayer for Sunday, July
photo by KBC
pray for those farmers who
were left without water from the 2003 Bureau of Reclamation water
bank. Crops such as alfalfa take time to mature, and
incur costs to level and accumulate equipment. The BOR paid
more money to take our water than many of the renters could afford
to pay, so the owners sold their 2003 water rights to the BOR.
Some renters tried to
harvest a dried-up crop, hoping for rain to keep their perennial
July 4, 2003
Today at the Tulelake fairground, in the
Klamath Basin, was a 4th of July celebration. It was
awesome...several thousand local residents came to
celebrate our country, and give tribute to the veterans
who fought to keep our country free. Woody Chambers,
an 83-yr-old WWII veteran who was given a homestead
to farm for his service to his country, sang the national
anthem. Thousands of Americans cheered.
They celebrated the veterans. They celebrated the
flag. The ceremony revolved around our country and
Please be with our veterans; be with the Klamath Basin; be
with the community that these veterans and pioneers
built....the farms they nurtured....the country they defended,
and the country they fed.
This community...especially these American Heroes, believe in
you. They believe in their country. They believe
in the community they have built..the churches they built in
your name to nurture their families...and the children they
God hear our prayers. We kneel to you. We fly our
flags. We tend our crops and wildlife, and you make
We pray for water certainty to be restored to Your fields and
Your creatures: the geese, ducks, snakes and frogs that
were devastated in 2001--- the 1st time is all history.
We ask you for certainty so we can get bank loans and keep our
produce contracts. We ask you for certainty so our farm
labor, who have lived here for generations, can remain.
We ask you for peer-reviewed science---science with honor and
truth rather than agenda-driven opinions. And we ask you
for certainty so our elderly can live, and die, in
Bureau of Reclamation photo
Our homesteader veterans are old and many are ill. The
stress of this betrayal by our government is literally killing
them...even though their life has been defending and feeding
God, we ask you in all humility...give us our water certainty
for our Klamath Basin. You are love, and you are truth.
Your promise is that the truth will set us free. Guide our
lives that we may be worthy of your gifts.
In Jesus name,
A BLESSING AND LETTER
TO KBC FROM RUDY, JUNE 11, 2003
May God bless in your
efforts! I will continue to pray for God's perfect
direction in this. The scriptural warning: "We perish
for lack of knowledge" seems pretty clear when we look at
the past century, what rose up, the damage it did, the
masses that could not or would not see it coming and our
collective inability to learn from it... The mystery of
sin is at work again in this century and as before it is
running pretty much unchecked. Oh, the power that we are
given against such things and then discard it through
religion and its pride. Yet, we are still commanded to
bring down the strongholds. I was reminded last Monday
after much prayer that though the job before us seems at
times impossible, He would never set us upon a task that
could not be accomplished. He is huge! He is bigger and
stronger than the problem, we just need to join with Him.
We can take heart in the fact, that though Many are veiled
by many different things and forces, when the stronghold
is prayed down in the warfare of the Spirit, the veils are
loosened and people begin to see and evil (at that point
in that arena) looses it power. Still, when we see so
many making the same mistake as Job's 3 miserable
comforters and blaming all of the world's problems on
God's judgment against the unrighteous, the stronghold
looks pretty tall. It is nothing short of
amazing that even though God expressed three times how Job
was about the greatest Guy ever (APPROVED BY GOD because
of his righteousness), how quickly (7 days latter) the
three began exclaiming that Job's problem stemmed from
GOD's DISAPPROVAL OF JOB because of his unrighteousness -
the total opposite of God's truth and wisdom. That all
began after that (?) terrible spirit visited Mr. E in the
night! Yes, then the opposite of God's truth became their
theology and that theology is still here and thriving in
the church today. SO many, instead of siding with God
through Christ and do battle against evil, simply repeat
the false accusation of the three miserables (WORD FOR
WORD...) and heap more and more blame on the afflicted of
the area; adding to their pain and suffering. That
spirit, one may reason, is part of the stronghold that
will come down!~
In Him who is,
Please pray for Monty, the POW's, and the veterans!
Gulf North Vietnam 66/67, submitted June 1, 2003"There
was relief and thankfulness when seven POWs returned
home from Iraq with a great celebration.
But there was sadness as well.
The sadness comes from memories thirty years ago on February
when 135 American POW's came home from Vietnam.
Most were mentally and physically beaten and broken men.
damaged for life when they stepped back on American ground.
The news reports were basically in gray. No color and very
waving as if they were from a war in an era that the nation
wanted to forget.
It too was a great day.
But there was no celebration. There are still 1,902 MIA /
POW still unaccounted for in Vietnam.
I would only ask that through the jubilance
that a prayer be sent forth for those men and those still
missing in Vietnam.
We all fought for the same causes of the war in Iraq.
This War created many mixed feelings among Veterans.
We kind of have a bitter sweet situation.
We see this 'war' as good medicine for this nation in one
The patriotic unity and
support for our troops that it has created.
We watch almost daily the return of our ships and troops.
This gives us a good feeling and a bad one.
There is a bit jealousy hand in hand with pride.
The jealously is not really about the
war, but of being on the receiving end of gratitude and
support of the
We did not get that. Our ships came home with no welcome
We watch as the Government sends the family of a wounded
soldier to Europe.
Most wounded warriors in Vietnam and Korea were never even
known or counted.
Vietnam and Korean War Veterans have basically, all had to
welcome our selves home. Vets from either war received a
welcome from the country.
Our Vietnam troops, which I was part of, drifted in little
by little both alive and in bags during the war and in the
wake of the televised final departure from Saigon and in the
turmoil of a nation that was being manipulated by groups
that hated us and by the Government and its lack of
truthfulness throughout the war.
Our purpose and sacrifice was over shadowed by these things.
But, we know this new support that this
nation is showing for its military is basically brought
forth from seeds we
"Never Again" was and still is a battle cry. Our sacrifice
that none of our soldiers ever be forgotten again.
It is also the force behind a country that, for so many
years wanted to forget Vietnam and really didn't want us
around to remind
them of it.
Now we have soldiers coming home as heroes. Not because they
are heroes but
because we made sure that this country treated them as such
by our being the
signposts of the past treatment of 100's of thousands and in
58000 that are carved in marble.
America was wounded then.
Whether it realizes it or not. It is the underlying force
that is creating
the support for the warriors that dedicate their lives to
step in harms
way for justice and freedom. The same as we did three
It is a country repairing its patriotism.
War changes a soldier and a soldiers life.
There is a void in the heart of a man from war.
Sometimes even he cannot see it. It must be shown to him by
those who have
It will not show up on the day he comes down the
gang plank. But in five or ten years it will begin to take
We can see it for him and help him through it. That's what
its all about,
And so it remains many years after war when shadows creep up
on a man at
night or when he least expects it.
They will still need this Nations and the Governments
the home coming.
This is a realization now because of what we had to endure
on our home
coming and for the years that followed.
The Government has to take better care of its vets and
see to it that they are dealt with as soon as they come home
and not left out
on a limb for thirty years and deal with them with honor.
The patriotism we see to day is the fruits of our sacrifice.
We ask that beyond all the flag waving and
celebration, that I must say, has gone a bit over board,
that this country NEVER forget its fighting men and women
Tonkin Gulf North Vietnam 66/67
Po Box 3796
"Wherefore hast Thou afflicted Thy servant?" – Numbers 11:11
Sometimes our Father in Heaven allows us to experience
problems in life to try our faith in him. If our faith is
worth anything at all, it will survive any test. Gild is
frightened by fire, but pure gold is not. A simulated gem is
easily shattered when stricken, but a real diamond is only
cut. True faith holds on to the God’s promises when loved
ones are no longer with us, when the body falls ill, when
depression besets us and the light of His countenance cannot
be felt. Under the direst of circumstances a faith that
believes, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him," this
is faith that is heaven sent. "Tribulation creates patience;
and patience, experience; and experience, hope." Our Father
is touched by these developing virtues.
The music of the piano would never be heard if the keys were
left untouched; cinnamon would not omit its’ fragrance with
out being crushed and pressed; the warmth of a fire on a
cold morning could not be felt if the logs were not turned
to ashes. God’s wisdom and power are revealed to his
children through troubled times. Current affliction has a
propensity to enhance future happiness because the
recollection of suffering will result in true appreciation
of our many blessings. In heaven, we will understand the
incomprehensible love of God only because we have known the
sorrows of this world.
Tuesday, May 27, 2003, Prayer request
For Leo & Marjorie Campbell's niece in Texas.(Charlene), who has MS &
degenerative bone disease, cysts on kidney & liver. Also,
for Charlene's daughter
(Victoria), who has cancer in her neck.
Appreciate your prayers, Pastor Gordon, Calvary Fellowship(Merrill)
May 27, 2003 Prayer request
Please pray for the Redfield family, as Russ Redfield ,
longtime Tulelake resident, has cancer.
PRAYERS NEEDED FOR DEB CRISP'S DAUGHTER, May 14, 2003
Deb Crisp, executive director of Tulelake
Growers Association, has a 24 year old daughter who is
seriously ill and in the hospital in Eugene. Please
pray for Rebecca Dogali and her family, that she may be
healed and her family may have strength and faith through
this difficult time.
Deb, we love you and our prayers are with
you and your girl.
The prayer request for my
daughter Rebecca posted on the KBC website (prayer page) is
very much appreciated. She is home from the hospital, but is still
recovering. Dr. Gander a specialist in Internal Medicine diagnosed
acute pancreatitis which can be fatal. The cause is still unknown,
but I am sure Rebecca survived because so many wonderful people have
been praying for her. God truly blessed me with a beautiful
daughter and I am so thankful she is still with me. Please let
everyone know I appreciate their concern and faithful prayers.
Deb Crisp, Executive Director of Tulelake Growers Association
'And all things, whatever you
shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.'
PRAYER REQUEST BY JULIE
May 14, 2003
Please, everyone, stop what you're doing and
lift your prayer to God for both
my webmaster, Gerry Ullery, and his wife, Rachell. I learned
that they were is a terrible car accident on April 30th, and
surviving, although Gerry's injuries, coupled with his
issues, are making for slow healing.
An address is provided below for sending cards, but what is
most needed and
appreciated are the prayers, which don't require opening and
you for showing this brave couple -- whose faith and
dedication to freedom
are so evident in my website -- that you appreciate them and
send Godspeed on
their full recovery!
From Lori, Gerry's sister, who's been 'keeping the home
fires burning' while
Gerry and Rachell mend.Gerry and Rachell were in a car accident the evening of
They were hit by a drunk driver here in Silver City (New
They were in a Ford Tempo and hit on the drivers side.
The Tempo rolled a couple of times and Rachell was thrown
from the car when
her seat belt broke.
She suffered a broken collar bone and her left arm was
Gerry really got hurt because he took the full impact of the
truck the Drunk
driver hit him with.
As far as I know Gerry had a broken left arm, six ribs on
his left broken, a
punctured lung, left hip broken and left leg crushed in
They were hit when the drunk driver ran a red light doing
around 70 mph while
running from the police.
With Gerry's diabetes, it makes for slow healing.
He is scheduled for release on the 16th of May to go back
Rachell has been by Gerry's side at the VA hospital in
Try not to worry, Gerry is in good spirits and is
complaining about the
hospital food so I know he will be home as soon as they let
him. He might be
a bit sore, though; I will let him know you're concerned.Lori
Here's the address for sending cards to Gerry and Rachell:
Gerry and Rachell Ullery
PMB #415 - 2311 Ranch Club Road
Silver City, New Mexico 88061"
April 15, 2003
finger counts each drop of rain
and shows it where to go.
Into the arid ground it
where lilies always grow.
The daffodil comes to
and lifts its lovely
Fields where wheat and
are turned beneath the
Meadows now are hot and
There's need for faith
If mans needs are not
the fallow fields are
May we all show our
for the fingertips of God
to dampen up our pleas!!!
April 3, 2003
Prayer request by
Pastor Gordon Aguiar, Calvary Fellowship Lower Klamath,
During this time of drought, we recommit to trusting in You.
You are our blessed hope. We humbly ask that you would
provide Your irrigation water for all those that need it. We
cast all of our cares upon you and thank You and praise You
for what you are doing in our behalf.
In Jesus name, Amen.
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is
the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters
which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear
when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be
anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding
March 21, 2003
Please be with your children in Iraq, whether they be foreign
or Americans. They are risking their lives so they can
give another country freedom to live and worship in peace.
Father, whether we be
a soldier fighting for word peace, or an Klamath Basin
irrigator fighting in our own country for freedom to farm and
care take our community and wildlife, lead us in truth, in
honor and in love. You are the solution to peace and
freedom; you are the rock that our country was founded
upon. Be with our leaders that selfish agendas do not
blind them to the truth and doing what is morally and
scientifically just. We ask these things in Jesus name,
February 12, 2003
(prayer by a Klamath Basin farmer for President Bush,
Commissioner John Keyes, Gail Norton and
Sue Ellen Wooldridge)
Father, be with the Department of the Interior and President
Bush. May they only do your will. Promises were made in
2002 by John Keyes concerning more water to the farmers for
taking away more private land--may he keep his word. May
those making decisions now--Gail Norton and Sue Ellen
Wooldridge and others---may they not base their decisions and
policies on politics and media pressure. The life or
death of our community is in your hands Lord, so we ask you to
convict these representatives of truth, justice and honesty.
We trust you God.
Also, be with our little community.
In Jesus name we pray,
February 1, 2003
Please continue to pray for the McKoen family and friends, and
Jerry, who has not been found. Also, pray for our
President, that he makes the right choices in our quest for
world peace, and for HIS will in the
Please pray for the families
and friends of Jerry McKoen, and pray for Jerry.
The days and sleepless nights are a
continual nightmare, not knowing if Jerry is alive, where and
how he is, and what we can do to find him. PLEASE be with
Jerry. He is our son, our friend, our cousin, our neighbor.
Guide us in our search for Jerry, and please, please God, give
us peace and strength. Tell me what you want me to do to find
Jerry. Tell me how I can assist in the search,
supporting his loved ones. I ask these things in Jesus name,
You know that I tend to pray backwards ... thank You for
understanding that my faith is such that it gives the
ability to thank You for Your Mighty Word. Although I don't think that he and I ever met, last
year I visited the area of Oregon that he called home.
It is beautiful, but it is vast. God, you have my heartfelt
thanks that You are protecting those who know and love Jerry,
just as You are carrying them at this time. They see only one
set of footprints on the beach, because You are uplifting them
through this sad and hard time. Thy will be done, on
earth as it is in Heaven.
"From a friend who cares" (Ohio)
anyone has a prayer to share with us concerning Jerry, please
send it to:
March 13, 2002
With Flying Colors
by Mike Connelly
Thomas Jefferson described farmers as
"the chosen people of God." While I happen to agree that God
has chosen farmers, I haven’t quite figured out what He has chosen
I’ve been spending a lot of time with
the Good Book recently, and the one thing I’ve noticed is that, just
because God has chosen you doesn’t mean you’re not in for some hard
times. God chose Abraham, and Job, and Mary, and countless others who
went on to suffer precisely because they had been chosen. Jesus himself
suffered for our sake. That’s what being chosen means: that God thinks
you are worthy, that you can pass the tests and learn the lessons that
will prepare you to help Him get the really hard jobs done.
So I keep asking myself: What’s the
test here? What is the lesson I’m supposed to learn? What am I doing
that’s not in line with what He wants? My faith tells me it’s
impossible that God was powerless to prevent the events of 2001, in the
basin and elsewhere. And while my faith remains unchallenged, that only
leaves me facing an even greater challenge: I have to ask the question,
Given the severity of last year’s
events, it makes me think God wants me to dig pretty deep for the
answer. I’ve had to turn over some stones that have been laying still
for as long as I can remember. I guess maybe this will sound like
hogwash to some folks, but here goes.
God made this world, and He made it in a
certain way. He didn’t just build some static thing, like carving a
statue. He put a bunch of pieces in place, wired them all up one way or
another, and then set the whole thing in motion. Maybe He knew what it
was going to do, maybe He didn’t. Maybe he didn’t want to know what
it was going to do.
But the simple fact is that God’s
Creation started changing the moment God created it. It’s changing
right now, and it will keep on changing, which means that the job of
taking care of it is not something we are ever going to figure out
"once and for all." Sure, we need good science and good
managers, but what we need more than anything is faith, and a respect
for that which we can never fully understand.
God loved what He had created. In John
3:16, it doesn’t just say "God so loved people," it says,
"God so loved the world." The complexity of Creation is far
beyond our imagining, which means that the impacts of our own actions on
Creation are just as far beyond our imagining. In Genesis 1:28 we were
given "dominion," but it was dominion over something that God
knew we could never comprehend. Perhaps this is why, in Genesis 2:15 we
were given instructions regarding how we were to treat this gift. God
told us simply that we should "dress it, and keep it."
Some people -- certain environmentalists
and bureaucrats come to mind -- seem to act as if Creation is not really
all that complicated, as if their numbers and graphs and GIS layers and
computer models could explain the way Creation works. Sometimes they
take it even further, claiming they know how it ought to work,
which means either that they have somehow gained access to knowledge of
God’s will, or they have taken God out of the picture altogether,
putting themselves in His place.
Some other people -- a few of them
farmers, sad to say -- have somehow managed to interpret the gift of
dominion as license to do what ever they please to the gifts they have
been given, thinking only of their own personal gain, without a second
thought about whether God may have had good reasons for making things
the way He did. Perhaps such folks figure God wouldn’t have given us
the power to change Creation if He didn’t want us to make it suit our
every whim. But we should remember that He also gave us the power to
choose to eat that apple . . .
God gave us skills, and He gave us free
will, and He told us to go forth and multiply. But He also made it
crystal clear that our will did not trump His own. The most important
job He gave us -- and it’s a job that never ends -- was to make darn
sure we never put our will in place of His. There is nothing that makes
It’s possible that God has wanted us to
make all the changes we have made to His Creation. Then again, maybe he
hasn’t, and by throwing these wrenches in our machinery He’s trying
to help us get back on track. Who knows? I don’t know the answer, and
I don’t think anyone else does either. But the trouble is I don’t
see us even asking such questions anymore.
An old-timer once told me, "How you
treat the gift is how you treat the giver." I always try and think
that way when I walk out the door in the morning, and I always ask Him
how I’m doing when I’m done at the end of the day. The trick is to
learn how to hear his answers. They don’t come carved in stone, but by
way of His Creation. His land, His water, His air, and His critters
respond to what I have done in ways that I can see, hear, smell, touch
and taste. If it’s just good for me and my family, I’m not sure that’s
enough. And if it’s just good for critters other than me and my
family, that’s not good enough either.
It is challenge enough sometimes just to
take care of ourselves. But the job God gave us is even harder than
that. While we’re taking care of ourselves, we also have to treat the
rest of Creation with honor and respect -- as if it’s a gift given
directly from the hands of God, because that’s exactly what it is. God
has trusted us with this job because He knows we’ve got it in us to
get it done right. He knows He gave us the ability, but maybe He’s not
so sure that we have the will, the strength, and the faith.
Maybe, with all the stuff that’s
happened recently, He’s testing us.
Mike Connelly is a
Klamath Basin Farmer and Rancher
This prayer message was written by Chris Hankins,
March 1, 2002
"Forgive us our
trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."
We all know these words from the Lord's prayer. The question is, do
we really believe them? And how should we apply them?
"Reconciliation" is the focus of a film being shown in the
area by a group who is attempting to restore or perhaps create better
relationships between Native Americans and those whose ancestors came
later. At a time when local tribes advocate a repeat of last year's
devastating cutoff of irrigation water to Basin farms and ranches, the
film portrays Native Americans as victims. It establishes a basis for
alienation by showing some horrific and shameful deeds of early settlers
against tribes people. What the film does not show is the frequent,
brutal inter-tribal warfare and equally barbaric and bloody massacres of
settlers by Native Americans. It notes that the U. S. Government did not
keep the treaties it made with the Indians.
The promoters of this film declare that we in the here-and-now must
repent of and apologize for actions taken a century or more ago by
people who may or may not be our forebears, and for the actions of a
government that now represents the Native Americans as much as it
represents us, and that does not keep its obligations to us any more
than it has to them.
So how does this relate to the requirement in the Lord's Prayer?
Do I-- can I-- forgive those who are responsible for the damage to
the land, the ecosystem, the Constitutional system of law, and my own
personal finances by last year's refusal of water? If I believe Christ's
statement, my own sins remain unforgiven until I can forgive those who
have victimized me. As the offended party, am I required to demand
repentance? Am I authorized to receive retribution from persons who were
in no way involved in the offense? No, forgiving should be my focus, not
an attempt to exact apology.
True reconciliation must be based on bilateral forgiveness and
repentance in the "here-and-now" of attitudes and actions for
which the parties are truly responsible. Anything else becomes a form of
racism which ensnares and enslaves both the supposed victim and the
supposed perpetrator. No one can advance by remaining chained to the
past, whether in the economic, physical, social or spiritual realm.
The struggle concerning water is not over. Good citizenship and
survival demand that we do everything possible to make government honest
and responsible. Current tribal action does not demonstrate any desire
for reconciliation. And so, the question remains. It is not a question
of whether I repent of the wrongdoings of others long before I was born.
It is a question of whether I can forgive now.
Lord, help us to forgive!
What would be the national reaction if it were reported that someone had been innocently standing in line to cash their hard and honorably earned paycheck and an aggressor came up from behind and choked them, breaking their neck, making off with their paycheck and leaving their lives, families and future in utter ruin? Those who reported on and learned of such a wrong would most likely experience a deep sense of anger and sorrow. Then if it were learned that it had been erroneously and narrow-mindedly concluded that the victim wasn’t really injured, and that it was all-their-fault-anyway because their neck shouldn’t have been there in the first place; outrage quickly comes to mind! Now, if the injured party, after being denied their rights and justice, were told that they should be ashamed of themselves if they should receive any recompense at all; well now that just wouldn’t be tolerated! Yet what if on top of all of this the victim was belittled and assaulted by oversimplification and false accusation; like being told that they are, well… resistance to change, racist and lack visionary leadership? There would be hell to pay; that is unless the oppressed were residents of the greater Klamath Basin i.e. citizens of a lesser right!
When you consider the immense amount of hypocrisy necessary to overlook what has been overlooked in our situation, bless our oppression, then condemn and demean us, it absolutely boggles the mind.
The harshness of false accusation, character assassination and spin are by mo means unusual to our situation; they are to be found throughout our world and its history. It is after all a tiny yet huge part of human nature. Tiny, because it convinces itself that it is right, good, balanced and noble and therefore rarely places itself in the scorching light of the self-examination and conscious. Huge, as it can grow unabated (like in 1930’s,1940’s, etc.) until it consumes everything in its path. All the while considering itself to be the epitome of the moral and ethical high ground, unknowingly promoting those things which lead to individual and collective destruction. At the same time abhorring and making war against those things which in truth, perfect logic and reality lead to good.
Many of those who know Christ understand the nature of the times in which we live and can easily discern the root and cause of our predicament. One can see the elements necessary for the persecution of the church steadily falling into place as well. This has been made even more clear to us after seeing and feeling first hand the scorching blast of hatred, violence, injustice, anti-rural bigotry and intolerance as set in motion upon us by the Accuser of the Brethren. All in the name of a greater plan and a bigger picture.
Whether or not we are entering the final times or merely the end of another apocalyptic cycle which ushers in famine, upheaval and the like, we must never forget that Christ and Christ alone is our answer and our champion. Whether things get better or continue to spiral downward, we must always hold close His powerful reminder as found in Romans 12:21 and not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. If we dare to examine ourselves and let God’s perfect light of conscious shine into every aspect of our existence, we will be more likely to know good from evil, be less likely to be mislead by it and thus stand when times of even greater evil come upon us. We are after all over comers!
From Rudy, Tulelake
December 30, 2001
Ron Kempworth is the manager of our local Emporium
store here in
Klamath Falls. Last evening one of Ron and Mrs. Kempworths three sons
had gone out to start up the propane heater in their barn . It exploded!
Young Mr. Kempworth was seriously burned over most of his body, and was
air-life transported to Portland Center.
I am asking that you pass this information on to all you know, asking
that each one takes a moment out of your day & night to say a prayer
for young Mr. Kempworth and the Kempworth family .
The family lives in Bonanza, Oregon. I have been informed that 3-4
women have gone to the Kempworth home to check in on the care and needs
of the other two brothers there today ..
Please let us all pray now! And pass this message on to others ASAP!
Marni Morrow, 1st Fallen Warrior, Klamath Headgates
Ron Kempworth and The Emporium store have been very very supportive
and active partners in our water crisis. Thanks to Ron and the
Emporium store we had the first "Farm Aid Concert" held here
in Klamath in conjunction with The Jefferson Square Mall. Now Ron and
his family need our prayers & support!
Christmas articles have been submitted, so we will run both of them.
The first, Remember and Teach the children, was sent by Sherry
House, author unknown. The second,
Epiphany Eclipse, was written by Rudy Hiley, Tulelake.
and Teach the Children!
I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to
go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the
door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out
from behind the Christmas tree. He placed his finger over his mouth so I
would not cry out.
"What are you doing?" I started to ask. The words choked up in
my throat, and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner
Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me
with a simple statement... "TEACH THE CHILDREN!"
I was puzzled; what did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with
one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the
As I stood bewildered, Santa said, "Teach the children! Teach them
the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that nowadays Christmas has
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it
before the mantle. "Teach the children that the pure green color of
the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the
everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it
a symbol of man's thoughts turning toward heaven."
He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant
STAR."Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of
promises long ago.
God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of
fulfillment of His promise."
He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. "Teach the
children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the
world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who
displaces the darkness."
Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on
the tree. "Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real
nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of
He then pulled from his bag and ornament of HIMSELF.
"Teach the children that I, Santa Claus symbolize the generosity
and goodwill we feel during the month of December."
He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. "Teach the children that the
holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns
worn by our Savior. The red holly represents the blood shed by Him.
Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, "Teach the children
that God so loved the world that he gave..." "Thanks be to God
for his unspeakable gift.
Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy Babe and
presented Him with gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should always give
gifts in the same spirit of the wise men.
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on
the tree. "Teach the children that the candy cane represents the
shepherds' crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed
sheep to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our
He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. "Teach the children
that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the
The angels sang 'Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and
goodwill toward men."
Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out
a BELL. "Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the
sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold. The bell
symbolizes guidance and return."
Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that
the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, "Remember, teach the
children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center,
for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to
worship Him,our Lord, our God."
Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid or dismayed, for the
Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9.
God bless us everyone.
"Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway."
Eclipse, written by Rudy, owner of Ganger Insurance, husband, father, and resident of Tulelake
1-9. Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men
moved eastward they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them
thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.
Then they said, Come, let us build for ourselves a city, with a tower
that reaches to the heavens, so that we make a name for ourselves and
not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
the lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were
building. The Lord said, “ if as one people speaking the same language
they have begun to so this, then nothing is impossible for them. Come,
let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand
the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped
building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the
Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord
scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
portion of scripture makes it easier to understand why people, groups,
races, nations, religions etc. have trouble getting along. God found it
necessary to frustrate our ability to cooperate, facilitate and
communicate. Leading up to and setting the stage for this, in the Garden
of Eden we not only defied God and if effect set Satan up as our Lord,
we also stole and perverted a staggering power. A power as such is to be
wielded only by the one fit to judge the universe.
the Garden we absconded with the knowledge of good and evil, yet without
the balance found only in Godly wisdom. What we ended up with is a
disease called opinion, which by its nature confuses itself with truth
and justice. It taints reality to such a degree that people are all too
often blindly ready to die for it - and worse yet, to kill for it. Thus
in error and by the exercise of free will, our kind became separated
from God. At the Tower of Babel, because of mankind’s desire to
challenge and unseat God, we became estranged from each other.
with restrictions as such and those found in Genesis 3, what a mess
tainted and opinionated humankind and its evil guide (by election) have
made of things! What a mess it would be if we were all of the same
arrogant self exhaling mind, influenced by the Lord of this World, the
Prince of Darkness and set upon bringing our collective stolen might to
bear upon God. He made it so that could not happen. It is here where the
different races, tongues, and persuasions and the disunity that their
existence promulgates came to be. He caused us to be so different from
one another that confusion and discord took away our ability to pull off
and now, whenever we humans allow the wrong influence to guide and
direct us, we are in effect placing a great, looming and engulfing
shadow is placed between the perfection and enlightenment of God and us.
It becomes an Epiphany Eclipse.
eclipse is evidenced by the reliance on human activity, ingenuity,
strength and planning to solve our problems and ironically restore the
fairness and balance that existed before the fall and the tower. Just
like the folks at Shinar, instead of going to the rock, we sometimes
like to use human ingenuity and follow our own brick bean stocks to
heaven. My wife’s epiphany; all of the pyramids found around the globe
are evidence of mankind’s attempt to rebuild the tower of Babel in the
new sprit of regulation and uncooperation – they can only get a few
hundred feet high and the civilizations that built them are long gone.
If we fail to recognize our own towers and expose the resulting eclipse
to the light of God, it enters and controls the realms of love,
war, peace, church, religion, politics, justice, personal fulfillment,
spirituality, vacation, fun, pain, joy, sickness, health, business,
sport, fun etc.” The balance of Christ is lost and all hell breaks
loose. In our worldly attempt to gain control, everything just gets
we are reunited with God through Christ in faith and surrender control
of our ill-gotten spiritual power and our intertwined lives to Him, we
are one with God. If we love Him enough to raise even above just
believing that God is true and real and choose to believe what he
says and then act upon that (not by opinion or religion but in faith)
all heaven shines loose. We then allow, understand and live the essence
of Ephesians 4:20, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly
abundantly above all that we ask or think ACORDING TO THE POWER THAT
WORKETH in us. Unto Him be glory…” We have joined forces and his
light shines through.
if we come together IN MASS as believers, after being reunited with God
through Jesus, the collective power of the tower and more, instead of
being used against God, it is available to be focused back on to the
true source of evil; SATAN. If we choose to use it.
in mass we were obedient and rebuked the source of all darkness and
evil, the course and future of the world would be forever changed for
the good. Satan will be sure to attempt to cast an eclipsing shadow on
that notion however if it is right and worthy of consideration. After
all, he has everything to loose.
think how it would be if we earnestly and in mass prayed (AS WE ARE
COMMANDED) to bless forgive our enemies in the flesh (it is our duty to
forgive, it is our president’s and those of appointed and sanctioned
legal systems to uphold and execute justice against our carnal enemies
– please do not confuse the two). Oh what great power would be turned
loose in our basin and world if believers around the planet would do so.
There is such power in forgiveness and the New Covenant if we choose to
Christmas a couple thousand years ago a light was born into this world
and much of the world has been trying to put it out in large and small
ways ever since. Let us pray that we may all be moved to draw together
and pray in never before heard of numbers, and allow that light to shine
with all of its brightness! Let us let work together with God through
Christ Jesus and eclipse the eclipse.
a bright and shining Christmas!
A PRAYER FOR WATER
by Glen Bowles, Klamath Falls, Oregon
We thank thee Father
for what you have given.
The pride and the joy of being free
to make our own choices.
Now has come the crisis
of being without the rights of water
to flow across the fields
of potatoes and crops of grain.
You gave us the courage
to survive the stress of pain.
Without alfalfa fields,
there is no way to provide
the needs of the world
without your help.
Now our beautiful Klamath Basin
is in need of water.
Show us the way Father.
You have created all things.
What have you not made Father?
We thank you now in the name of
Jesus Christ, our Savior,
This also comes from the heart that is with all my
About the author:Glen Bowles
I was born in Ignacio, CO April 1, 1917 on a
160-acre farm. It was a dry ranch homesteaded by my dad. Life was not
simple. I served in WW2 nearly 5 years, before the war started until the
after last shot was fired in 45. I lived for several years in Malin,
Oregon. I have written 4 poetry books (self published) love music, metal
detecting for money, dancing, reading, playing cards, fishing, jigsaw
puzzles & etc. I always said when I retired, I would consider I was
really retired and would do what I enjoyed doing. So that's what I do.
PRAY FOR US AND WITH US
Please pray for the farming community and the continual existence for
agriculture here in the Klamath Basin. Also pray for our governmental
leaders and the ones with the authority to make vital decisions
regarding the Klamath Project water deliveries. We encourage you to take
this prayer request back to your churches, bible studies, and/or prayer
chains. Thank you for your prayer support.
Thanksgiving, November 22
This is from a resource called "Blessing and
Beseeching: Prayers on Food and Hunger" by Gail Ramshaw-Schmidt.
It's the prayer for A National Day of
Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
Sovereign of the ages,
who brings forth bread from the earth!
You have fed us with manna;
our land flows with milk and honey.
We praise you for this festival of food:
blessed be God forever!
Yet Lord our God,
have mercy on all who cry for help.
May we share in their troubles,
give them food in plenty,
and work for justice throughout this land.
So may you be praised and lauded,
at this table, in our land,
and throughout the world,
now and forever.
Blessings on your Thanksgiving - Donna Herzfeldt-Kamprath ,
Pastor of Tulelake Trinity Lutherin Church
November 9, 2001
Prayer and thoughts presented by Rudy Hiley of Tulelake.
The parable contained in Luke 18:1-8 reminds us to, “PRAY ALWAYS and NOT TO LOOSE HEART”. Jesus tells us that, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him sand saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Here we sit TODAY with Klamath Lake only a few feet from absolute capacity; a Lake which fed the Klamath River nearly to the point of overflow all summer long. Still there is no justice.
Those who live and travel along the Link and Klamath rivers have never seen so much water headed to the ocean. The “official” record of lake outflow however tells us that less water went down the river during this irrigation season than the past several. Still there is no justice.
Some of those in media have worked hard to spotlight our crisis and work towards a sensible resolution. Too many however could seemingly care less about exposing and deposing the evil which has pressed down so unmercifully on our community. There has been so much in the way of undisputed half (and far less) truth which has been effectively utilized to strip us of our security, civil rights, property, health, and futures that it boggles the mind. Even a novice investigative journalist with true freedom of press could easily crack open the probability that our situation stems from one of the biggest government scandals in American history - and not from drought or the protection of endangered and/or threatened species. If the TRUTH ever made it fully into the grasp of the general public, the problem that never really existed would be over and done with. After all, it is the pressure of the press which moves the people to demand change. Yet silence is the curator of the status quo. Still there is no justice.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the establishment of the historic Klamath Lake level requirement assumes that the Link River Dam was there before it was even built. What was it that kept the water at dammed level before the 1920’s? Obviously nothing as the dam wasn’t there yet. Still there is no justice.
It is no secret that the less than stellar Klamath Lake water depth and quality owe their condition to the fertilizer rich volcanoes which filled in the young and deep Klamath and Tulelake area valleys thousands of years ago. What the railroad survey party found in the 1860’s (nasty smelling, undrinkable water which was no stranger to dead fish) was not caused by farming or ranching. Had irrigation projects and the related dam not been constructed, Klamath Lake would be well on its way to becoming one of those places where the-river-runs-through-it. Still there is no justice.
Opinion has absolutely nothing to do with science, yet the science that is used to devastate our area is based largely and loosely on opinion. Still there is no justice.
Suckerfish are bottom dwelling mud-burrowing-when-the-water-gets-low types; not high, clear, cold water trout. Still there is no justice.
Are the coho native to the Klamath River or someplace else? Well there just may be some justice hatched around that issue.
What do we do then when it would seem that the vast majority of those who could grant us justice against our opponents neither fear God or respect people? We cry our to God for justice day and night! Many of us cry out in prayer, yet not day and night. Let us begin the commitment to pay in such a way; not telling God what justice is, just pleading for His justice. No matter what side of the issue you are on, there is no reason not to plead for truth and justice.
Every time the horror of knowing that we have been targeted for devastation by the very same government which is charged with upholding our rights settles in, or when the associated feelings of fear, hurt, emptiness, frustration, anger, panic etc. consume our thoughts; let that be taken simply as a reminder for us to pray to Christ Jesus that He grant us justice! The constant and uninterrupted way that those feelings come at us pretty much covers the always as wells as the day and night thing!
Further, you can as friend of the court notify a sitting judge in writing of information which you may find to be of value relative to a current court issue. Need I say more?
If we do these things and trust in what He has told us to do, we will not loose heart. If we know and trust that those things are effective, right and powerful we will be acting on them in faith. When the Son of Man comes, I hope that we will have heard Him and that He will find faith in us!
In Him we trust.
Submitted by Rudy Hiley, Christian at large/Husband/Father and owner of Ganger Insurance Services in Tulelake, CA
Take a look at this: link
God, give us the strength to
Give us intelligence to fight our best,
Give us the compassion to fight
with with dignity
God, most of all, give us the will to fight til we
People in our world gripe and complain
their excuses are dumb, their reasons are lame
they whine for no reason
and get what they want -
then throw it away, without one small thought.
They got what they want
they don't want to use it.
They're scared of its power -
yet they go and abuse it.
This gift is freedom,
freedom for all.
Not just voting in your own private stall -
it's the power of voice
and the power of choice.
The power of us, U.S. citizens -
what would one do with this gift, oh so small?
We throw it aside, careless as always.
Too carefree to have one worry.
Others beg for it, die for it, too -
wishing to take a walk in our shoes.
Most countries don't have it -
we're one of the few.
We're special, unique and red, white and blue.
We're the USA, a chance for new life -
a symbol of hope and all that is right.
Deanna Hodges, age 11
Submitted by Reg LeQuieu, Klamath Falls, this writing is by Dorothy Sayers,
author of a book entitled LETTERS TO A POST CHRISTIAN CULTURE.
She gives her explanation to the common question: "How can God let this happen?"
Klamath Basin Community,
It has seemed like every day since the declaration of war on
Tuesday, September 11, in some way, someone on TV has posed the question
that would go something like, “How can a good God allow such evil and
suffering?” Someone always tries to respond, but I never heard what I
thought was a good and adequate answer—I certainly never heard anyone
provide what I would call the answer.
So I am going to try to provide an orientation to that question.
However, this will not be a comprehensive treatise and, even
though it will be from a Christian perspective, I will not cite
scriptural references. This
will simply be a brief overview of the perspective that has become my
conviction. Maybe it will
In the beginning, God created man in His own image,
thereby granting him both moral freedom and the dignity
of experiencing the consequences of his choices.
Moral evil entered human experience in the deliberate choice
of the first humans to disobey God.
Humankind became corrupted by a propensity toward
In the past, God entered into human existence by becoming
a man and experiencing the full measure of rejection, pain and death
produced by moral and natural evil.
He has fully experienced all of the horrors experienced by those
who lost their lives on those planes or in those buildings.
In the present, when we experience pain from living in a
fallen and deformed world, God participates with us: sharing our grief,
suffering with us in our pains, comforting us in our distress, and
strengthening us in our weakness. In short, He is not a distant or impersonal deity, but One
who is readily available to those who approach Him in faith.
“For whatever reason God
chose to make man as he is—limited and suffering and subject to
sorrows and death—He had the honesty and courage to take His own
medicine. Whatever game He
is playing with His creation, He has kept His own rules and played fair.
He can exact nothing from man that He has not exacted from
Himself. He has Himself
gone through the whole of human experience, from the trivial irritations
of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of
money to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair, and
death. When He was a man,
He played the man. He was
born in poverty and died in disgrace and thought it well worthwhile”
Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World
Christine Hankins from Bonanza submitted these verses --- prayers to
share with us. She and her husband, LaVerne, are farmer-ranchers,
raising alfalfa and Charolais cattle.
They belong to the Klamath Basin ‘Agricultural
Prayer Group’, which holds prayer meetings every Thursday at 7pm. Gail
Griffin, former Arizona State Representative, is flying into Klamath
Falls from Tuscon, AZ to participate in an Agriculture Prayer Group
meeting at 7pm Thursday, Sept 6, at the A Canal headgates.
She is a member of PrayerNet and Frontiers for
Freedom. We invite people from each church in the Basin, or anyone who
is willing to join us in prayer. For more information call Laverne or
Christine at 541-545-6649 home, or 541 891-4184 cell phone.
Psalm 71: 1-5: O Lord, You are my
refuge; never let me be disgraced. Rescue me! Save me from my enemies,
for You are just. Turn your ear to listen and set me free.
Be to me a protecting rock of safety,
where I am always welcome. Give the order to save me, for You are my
rock and my fortress. My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked,
from the clutches of cruel oppressors. O Lord,You alone are my hope.
Vs 12-15: O God, don't stay away. My
God, please hurry to help me. Bring disgrace and destruction on those
who accuse me. May humiliation and shame cover those who want to harm
me. But I will keep on hoping for You to help me; I will praise You more
and more. I will tell everyone about Your righteousness. All day long I
will proclaim Your saving power, for I am overwhelmed by how much You
have done for me.
Vs 23,24: I will shout for joy and
sing Your praises, for You have redeemed me. I will tell about Your
righteous deeds all day long, for everyone who tried to hurt me has been
shamed and humiliated.
This prayer is offered by Jeanie
Arant, a member of the
Mt. Laki Community Church, located
on Hwy 39 (Merrill Hwy) between KFalls and Merrill. This church has a
hanging by their bell with a sign that says WE CARE.. And these people
really do. This congregation may be small but the people have the
hearts in the world.
They have been turning in food to
the Merrill clinic and have gathered school
supplies to donate to the families also.
They love to have visitors.
Church services are at 9:00 am Sunday morning.
Thank You for Your presence in our lives.
We know that You are in charge of the world.
We also know that You are already aware of our sufferings and our
yearnings before we ask for Your guidance.
We know that if we get clear about what we want from You then
we will recognize the answers we receive from You.
We come to You so our lives may be healthy and cleansed.
We are Your people.
has been basic to our lives and to all creation that surrounds us.
We see the beauty of water in the lakes, rivers, streams and canals.
We have been surrounded, immersed and blessed by water.
Water has sustained us and our crops and animals.
The abundant wildlife has depended on the water.
We cry out in great agony as water has been denied us!
How can we survive without water?
May we be a community united, who support one another.
May we be creative in making good out of what seems tragic.
Thank You for those who have patience!
Thank You for the courageous!
Thank You for the kind and caring!
Thank You for our resilience!
Thank You that no one has to feel they stand alone!
Guide this total Klamath Basin in the ways of Love, Peace and Justice.
We ask this in the name of the one who came as a model of human
By Jeanie Arant - A member of a farm family in the Mt. Laki area.
for Week of July 27th: from Klamath County Assessor, Reg LeQuieu
While most appreciate-and the rest at least tolerate-those of us who
actually meet for prayer each week, some have said that the farmers
praying isn’t what is going to change things; it is what they do that
will change things. Allow my perspective.
First, prayer alone is not likely to change things. However, we have
no assurance that doing things alone will actually change things either.
In my view, they both need the other. So, this is how I pray.
I pray that we might be granted wisdom. I pray for wisdom for our
national leaders, I pray for wisdom for our state leaders, I pray for
wisdom for our county and city leaders, and I pray for wisdom for the
leaders in the agricultural community. We are told repeatedly in the
Bible to pray for wisdom, with the promise, that if we seek wisdom it
will be granted to us. I pray that our local leaders will have both the
wit and wisdom to think of the right response to questions from the
media (rather than thinking of the right response at ten o’clock that
I pray for creativity in thinking of protest activities that will
keep the spotlight on the Klamath Basin in a positive light. Protest
activities that will keep the morale of the basin up and continue to
build esprit-de-corps in our community. There have been many of these
beginning with the bucket brigade right up to the recent “cavalry
ride. Very wise.
I pray that all the other areas of the west similarly affected (and
there are many) will somehow find the leadership and vision to join
forces and unite in a collaborative and cooperative effort at modifying
the Endangered Species Act-for meaningful change will take nothing less.
I pray that those other areas will gain the vision and resolve of our
people here in the Klamath Basin. Maybe it is because we are praying
that we have greater vision and resolve than any other affected area in
the United States. Maybe it is because we are praying that the Klamath
Basin is emerging as the leader of the effort to gain national attention
and in showing all the other “endangered” areas how it is to be
I pray that long-term solutions will come out of this and that they
will come soon enough to save most farmers. We need solutions with
guarantees for the farmers; solutions like increased in-lake and
off-stream storage, and continued restoration of the upper-basin river
And I pray that this crisis will cause some to turn to their maker
and put their faith in his provision for their eternal salvation. That
is the “big issue”, when an individual settles that issue, all other
issues take on there true perspective and are more manageable.
I pray (no pun intended) that this perspective might be helpful.
Klamath County Assessor
following are inspiration and prayer of Cheri Frey, Tulelake, CA
resident and farmer.
33:12-17 (Living Bible)
talked there with the Lord and said to him, "You have been telling
me… That you are my friend, and that I have found favor before you;
please, if this is really so, guide me clearly along the way you want me
to travel so that I will understand you and walk acceptably before you.
Don’t forget that this nation is your people." And the Lord
replied, "I myself will go with you and give you success." For
Moses had said, "If you aren’t going with us, don’t let us move
a step from this place. … And the Lord had replied to Moses, "
Yes, I will do what you have asked, for you have certainly found favor
with me, and you are my friend."
When I read this in early April, I felt that God was truly speaking to
me about the uncertain future we were beginning to face in the Klamath
Basin. I found such comfort and hope in these verses and I have clung to
them ever since. With the bleak water situation shaping up for next year
as well, there is a new wave of despair sweeping across the Basin. The
Bucket Brigade Committee, the Water Users have worked so hard, along
with many other dedicated people in trying to reverse the Bureau of
Reclamation’s decision to stop all agricultural water in the Klamath
project, yet nothing is happening to help us for next years farming
season. On top of that, the inner turmoil within the community of
selling verses not selling, TID well site locations, irrigators verses
non irrigators and those with private wells seems to be taking it’s
toll on everyone within the community. You combine all of these issues
facing the Klamath Basin, and it can spell a greater disaster then the
loss of our water. We have no control over what happens now, because our
fate is up to those in Washington. The Basin has accomplished more than
ever thought possible when dealing with Government. God has given many
of our leaders the ability to step up to needed leadership and have made
wonderful decisions as to how to handle our economic plight.
I be so bold as to suggest the next step in our war against this
injustice to the people of Southern Oregon and Northern California? The
answer is found in Ex. 33 and in Ps. 121. Ps. 121 asks, " Where do
I get my help? Do I get my help from the mountains, (mans ability, or
from within myself)? NO, my help is from Jehovah, who made the
mountains! It is time to step back and let God finish the work he had us
begin. It is time that each one of us, from the oldest to the youngest
citizen in our basin, get on our knees and give our worries, despair,
needs and anger to the Lord, so that HE can change the hearts of those
who refuse to hear our plea. God is the only one who will change the
hearts of the government, so let him do the work. We have to ask God to
do it for us NOW, because we are running out of steam. Moses, in Exodus
said it clearly, " God, You said you are my friend, and that I have
found favor with you, so if this is really true, GUIDE ME CLEARLY ALONG
THE WAY YOU WANT ME TO TRAVEL, SO THAT I WILL UNDERSTAND YOU AND WALK
ACCEPTABLY BEFORE YOU! Friends, this needs to be our prayer. We have to
ask God to guide us as we walk this unknown path laid out before us by
those who want to play god. We have to ask him that what we do and
don’t do is acceptable before him, so that HE can work the miracle
that needs to happen. Re-read what the Lord tells Moses in his response
to his prayer, " YES, I WILL DO WHAT YOU HAVE ASKED, FOR YOU HAVE
CERTAINLY FOUND FAVOR WITH ME, AND YOU ARE MY FRIEND!" Can you say
that God has found favor with you and that you are HIS friend? If you
are his friend, then it is a PROMISE that he will walk with you
and he WILL DO AS YOU ASK! If you aren’t a friend of the Lord, then
why not? He is our source of help, not man, not government programs and
not even us! (Ps.121: 1) If we don’t ask for God’s help, he won’t
impose HIS will on us. If you aren’t his friend, his promise isn’t
for you. That is a tough pill to swallow, but it is very clear in the
Bible that all of God’s blessings are for those who believe in HIM.
(Rm. 8:28 & Ps. 145:16-20) They are available to everyone, but
those who choose not to believe in him, can not receive His
guess the bottom line is, are we satisfied with how things are going for
the Klamath Basin? The leaders of the Basin have worked hard, but we are
just treading water. Our time is running out. We are back to asking,
"Where do we get our help?" We get our help from the Lord who
made the heavens. If everyone in the Basin will humbly pray and seek the
Lord’s help, we
will see a change in our present situation.
Lord, Please Guide me clearly so I understand your will in my life. I
feel hopeless and helpless and full of despair in our future of our
lives within in the Basin. Let me walk acceptably before you as I humbly
allow you to direct me in my thoughts, words and deeds within my present
situation. Lord don’t forget I am your child, and you promised to answer my prayers and
grant me your peace! In your precious name, Amen.
This prayer was the opening for the rally at the
Klamath Falls Fairgrounds on June 16, 2001, prior to the U.S. House of
Representatives' committee meeting. It was led by Pastor Tim
Herzfeldt-Kamprath of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tulelake.
Much of the work that we are called to do today
will be looking intently at the water of this basin and where it is or
is not flowing; looking at the creatures that live in the water, and
the crops and livestock dependant on that water. Our eyes will take in
the brown dryness that is creeping across the fields and the hills
around us. Our gaze will settle on our neighbors' faces etched with
concern, with anger, with fear, with wonder.
But our searching eyes must not stop there. The
writer of the Psalms, who seems to also sweep across such a basin,
calls us to look for one more thing that is vital - our source of
hope. Hope for life, hope for change, hope for justice. Psalm 121:
"I lift up my eyes to the hills - from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."
Let us pray.
Lord God, you have molded and shaped this basin
and filled the land with goodness.
We thank you for the beauty and delight we have
known upon this earth.
In your wisdom you have created the complexities
that challenge our understanding,
weaving together lakes and rivers, farmlands and
marshlands, forests and homes, tribes, farmers, fishing folk,
scientists, and city dwellers.
You who neither slumber nor sleep can be our
true guide. Let us see your glory, your justice, and your peace in
this time of struggle.
Bless those who work the land, that they might
have what they need to support their families.
Bless those who have traveled here today to
learn and make decisions, that they might have wisdom inspired by you.
Bless those who have come here to raise their
voices, that they might speak the truth in love.
Bless those who receive the fruits of the land
and water, that we all may be grateful and mindful of your gifts.
Honor us with your presence as we seek to honor
one another. Bless us and nourish us as we strive for excellence in
our community. Teach us to look to you and search your word to find
our true hope in you. Guide us by your Spirit as we strengthen our
commitment to serve. Lord, in Jesus' name, please protect us from
evil, and keep our going out and our coming in from this basin from
this time on and forevermore. Amen.
If I lift up my eyes to the hills,
Where shall I find help?
Help comes only from the Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth.
How could he let your foot stumble?
How could he, your guardian, sleep?
The guardian of Israel
Never slumbers, never sleeps.
The Lord is your guardian,
Your defence at your right hand;
The sun will not strike you by day
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will guard you against all evil;
He will guard you, body and soul.
The Lord will guard your going and your coming,
Now and for evermore.
Donna and Tim are co-pastors at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Tulelake, CA, and Hope Lutheran in Klamath Falls, OR. They
also co-parent four children, and have been in the Basin for 6 years.
They have not been farmers or ranchers themselves, but they love the
community and are supportive of those who have given their lives to this
important endeavor. Donna and Tim believe God gives the gift of creation
and the responsibility to be good stewards.
The story is told about an Army veteran who had
been receiving benefits from the government. One day, out of the blue,
he received an official notification from the government of his own
death. Needless to say, this was quite a shock! He wrote a letter
stating that he was indeed very much alive and would like to continue
receiving his benefits. The letter did no good. Then he called. That
didn't change the situation either. Finally he contacted a local TV
station which ran a story about him.
During the interview the reporter asked him,
"How do you feel about this whole ordeal?" The veteran
chuckled and replied, "Well, I feel a little frustrated by it.
After all, have you ever tried to prove that you're alive?"
There are media and people around us today trying
to tell us we're dying or "dead in the water". Can the Basin
survive? Can the farmers hang on? What will happen next? God has a
message for us: even when physically and economically we may be dying,
we are being made new in Christ. God says it: "See, I am making all
things new" (Revelation 21:1-5). God tells us we're alive, because
he is willing to be with us in every situation (verse 3). He's not going
anywhere - he's pitching his tent with us, right here, right now.
So how do we prove we're alive? By living in his
love! That is: by being his disciples and passing along buckets full of
love to one another. By respecting our neighbor who is suffering in a
different way than we are suffering. By trying to be patient with the
immense complexities of this situation and its affect on so many people.
By praying constantly for God's power to love others through us. By
opening our hearts in worship and praise to receive the power of God to
live in the midst of death. By offering the gift of water from the
spring of the water of life to those depressed and thirsty ones around
us. Gently. Kindly. With great compassion. From
a sermon by Tim and Donna Herzfeldt-Kamprath, May 13, 2001
A quote from 100 Meditations on Hope by
Mary Lou Redding: "Our hope in God pulls us into the future. Hope
allows us to affirm the reality of the abundant life that is ours in
Christ. Hope allows us to stand with those in pain and to hold them
until they are able to feel the love of God for themselves again. Hope
allows us to work to bring God's reign upon the earth even when we see
no results. Our hope begins and ends in God, the source of all
(Dean) D’Andrea was born and raised in Coppock Bay on her parent’s,
WWII veteran John and Barbara Dean’s, farm homestead.
She graduated from Tulelake High School, and now lives in Klamath
Rose is secretary for the Klamath Union school library.
GOD WE WILL STAND
snow and no rain
left us in drought.
will be with us
this there’s no doubt.
plight of the people
built up this land,
them each one
the palm of Your hand.
have the water
we really need.
with the basin
what we plead.
farmers and ranchers
all in this land,
God we will stand!
May 24, 2001
This week’s inspirational message is by Brad Frey.
Brad is 18 years old, a Tulelake High School graduate, and
student at Washington State University, with an architect major.
He is the son of Tom and Cheri Frey, and grew up on a farm in the
"It seems lately that everyone in the Basin has been hit with one blow
after another. Bills are
mounting, money is dwindling, and water is as scarce as hope.
With all that is happening in the basin, what are we to do?
The government seems to be putting us on the back burner, while
they mount the sucker on a golden pedestal.
At this point there really seems to be no hope as our fields blow
away, ditches remain empty, and lawns begin to turn a lovely shade of
remember coming home from college a few weeks ago, not knowing what to
expect. The news of
no water was absolutely devastating.
Thoughts of dirt fields stretching as far as the eye could see
kept coming to mind. Needless
to say, as I approached Klamath Lake and saw it overflowing with water,
my anger and frustration boiled inside of me, while my hate toward the
government and sucker skyrocketed.
A greedy government was taunting the basin with a lake full of
water and yet not a single person could touch it.
As the days went on, it seemed like one helpless predicament
after the other. Sell, or hold out?
Government relief, or another year of debt? Wells, or no wells?
Nothing made sense. Governors
and Senate members making fancy speeches promising change and hope, but
there is still nothing. How
can we sit by and let this happen?
What can we do?
feel we can no longer do anything.
This whole situation is out of our hands.
We have had our bucket brigades, city meetings, made our
speeches, and pleaded with the government.
We have thought of solutions and ideas, possible ways to continue
farming only to have the government halt our actions.
It seems as if the government is in complete control and we have
to go along for the ride, or hop off the wagon.
I, however, believe there is someone else in control.
God is the maker of all things and holds each one of us in the
palm of his hand. He knows
our troubles and hardships; our frustration and tears.
There is no hope in the Government, the suckerfish, or even our
water, but there is hope in God. Paul
writes…rejoice in our
sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character,
hope. And hope does
not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts.
Romans 5:3-5. When
there seems to be no hope left, that is when God’s presence is the
strongest. He wants
each one of us to cling to him instead of this basin.
Let go of the fish, the worry, the water, the anger, the battles
with the ESA. What good
will come if all we do is cling to this world and establish a false hope
within ourselves? If we
only rely on ourselves to bring about change by going into battle, then
our hope will be blown away like our fields.
We should cling to God and allow him to direct our paths.
has blessed us with some amazing leaders throughout this basin.
Hundreds have stood up to the government in hopes of change.
We should continue to do so, but allow God to take a leadership
role as well. We need
to take God off the back burner and allow him to establish himself in
the heat of the battle. Our
hope shouldn’t be in the leaders themselves, but in God directing the
leaders to make the right decisions.
I think that most of us could say that we have not had a good
night’s sleep since April 6th.
Last summer, someone told me that God will break us, so he can
bless us. I truly
believe that!! God
can take this horrible situation and bring about blessing after blessing
if we look to him, instead of this world, for our hope.
Therefore we do not lose
heart. Though outwardly we
are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an
eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18 )
God does not only want to be a part of the leadership, but he
wants to establish himself in each of our lives.
Fix your eyes on God so he can renew your spirit with peace,
hope, and faith. He loves
each of us and hates to see us in so much pain and despair.
We need to stop focusing on the bad and set our eyes to the
positive things, so we can hear God’s directions for each of us
individually. Granted we don’t have water, but we have friends,
family, and the ability to put food on our tables.
We still have green fields, our communities, and a hope that God
is working everything out for our benefit.
There is still hope for our basin.
That hope is God.
I pray that you
would cling to God during this oppressing time. My favorite verse says…”I
know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
You are being taken care of right now, because God has a plan
for you! He will not
allow harm to overcome you, but will establish a hope and a future
within you if you only allow him to.
Focus on the things of God and allow him to direct your
decisions. God will not disappoint us if our desire is to seek his will.
Allow him to take your problems and establish a New Hope.
God is good!! May the God
of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you
may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!! (Romans 15:13)"
Prayer from week of May 15th
week’s inspiration is by Cheri Frey, on HOPE:
the weeks and months have passed, hope seems to be fading in and out of
our lives with all that is going on within our communities. The problems
that we are facing of no water, unfair biological science, and a strong
environmental coalition, are bringing us down into hopelessness. The
giant we are battling seems to be beyond our ability to win. The
opposition has more money, a stronger
lobby, and has more public support then we. Everything we have worked
for and fought for, along with our hope, is slipping away.
not, for I bring you good news which shall be to all people; for today
... a Savior has been born...." (Luke 2:10-11) As Christians, Jesus
is our only hope! Anything we try and do on our own will fall short of
the hope that we are striving for. Only in Jesus, can we find true hope,
happiness, success and inner peace.
the problems we face begin to pull us down into an abyss of despair. To
combat that, keep our eyes on Jesus, not on the problem! Do you remember
Peter in the story about the storm at sea when they were about to drown,
and then Jesus comes help them? As Jesus is walking on the water, Peter
wants to be close to Jesus in order to escape the dangers of being in
the sinking boat. So he begs Jesus to call him out so that he can walk
to him. As Jesus approaches the disciples in their "water
disaster", he speaks to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not
be afraid." So Peter said, "If it is you Lord, please tell me
to come out to you." So Jesus said to Peter, " Come!" As
Peter stepped out in FAITH with the HOPE that Jesus is who he said he
was, he actually was walking towards the Savior. All was well as long as
Peter kept his focus on Jesus, his rescuer. But soon Peter heard the
waves, felt the wind spraying the mist in his eyes, and realized what he
was doing was really impossible. Peter looked down at his troubles, the
storm, and lost hope because he was no longer drawing on Jesus' strength
to walk the walk that seems impossible. As Peter began to sink into the
depths of the sea, he cried out, "HELP!" Immediately, Jesus
saved him from his ultimate watery death. If only Peter would have kept
the faith, kept his eyes on Jesus and stayed the course that Jesus was
taking him on, he would not have gone into the abyss of despair. (Matt.
14:23-33) A hard lesson to learn for all of us.
doesn't want us to focus on the despair of our situation; he wants us to
focus on HIM! Jesus is bigger, stronger, mightier, and tougher than ANY
Goliath that the world can give us. With our eyes focused on Jesus as
our Commander in Chief, he will defeat all of our water storms that face
everyone in the Klamath Basin. After all, whom did God send to defeat
Goliath and save the Israelites in the Old Testament? It wasn't the army
commander, or the toughest and smartest of the warriors. No, it was a
child. Why a child? Well, God wants us to realize that for every storm
in our life, every Goliath that seems impossible, that with God all
things are possible. (Rm. 8:28) God can take us through the storms of
our lives, if we have the faith of a child. A simple and deep faith that
keeps our eyes focused on our true source of hope and strength and not
on the size of the situation. (1Sam. 17) HOPE, the reason to keep going,
to not fall into despair and the faith that in Him all things are
possible! We MUST keep our eyes focused on the Cross! That IS our only
source of hope and strength.