The summer months were quite busy for Jerry and Leslie Chapman. Beginning July 7, Jerry and several volunteers from the Vision City Servant Week spent many hours during the month of July refurbishing a very old and tired gym at the Cowlitz Tribe's St. Mary's Center in Toledo, Washington. The project is 90 percent complete.
On July 27-28, Jerry and the worship team were invited back to the Back to the Blues Gospel Blue Festival in Chilliwack, British Columbia. “Even though we don’t play the blues, the ‘Native style’ worship was received overwhelmingly.” Jerry and Leslie made several connections with people in the area who are involved in Native ministry.
The Chapmans led worship at Harvest Church in Chilliwack and Leslie says, “as always the people there were prayed up and ready to receive from the Lord.” Joining them were Mike and Rene Greely, Chuck and Jacque Hendrickson, Connie Wallace, Josh Anderson, and Jay McKenzie. The Chapmans are very excited about the addition of some new musicians, Chuck and Jacque and also Josh Anderson. “What a blessing these guys are!”
August 2-5, Jerry and Leslie joined the Wiconi staff for our 4th annual Wiconi Wacipi Family Camp and Powwow in Turner, Oregon, where Jerry facilitated the worship time. He attempted to get as many different people involved in leading as he could.
“The worship times carried a diverse flavor and encouraged us to appreciate the way God uses us in so many variations of expressing our worship to Him.”
On August 11, Jerry and Leslie were involved in Tom Fest in Washougal, WA. It seems that the directors of the event realized that their property is on the land of the First Peoples and believe that protocol dictates that there be some representation of First Nations People. “We were given great respect and favor by these people and believe they will reap a blessing out their obedience,” says Leslie.
The Chapmans headed back to Raymond for a two-day event where they had opportunity to meet and protocol the Chinook Tribe at the opening of the Saturday meeting. The afternoon session got rained out so they packed up in a hurry and headed to the high school. Following worship the worship team had a powerful time of prayer for those in attendance.
August 25-26 were The Kalama Days of Discovery which takes place in recognition of the town's name sake Kalama, a Hawaiian who landed on the Columbia River and married a local Native woman. The family has held on to their traditions for generations and in honor of them the festival has been born. This was something that interested Jerry as he also is about one-quarter Hawaiian. Jerry did some drum songs and two sisters from the Cowlitz Tribe, Patty and Jane, came to sing and dance. Jerry invited a traditional powwow drum family, Cree Star, and there were a handful of First Nations dancers.
On Saturday afternoon, Jerry and Leslie’s daughter Breanne and son-in-law Carlo joined Jerry in a worship set. “We felt that there was a good representation of first nations, not mention all of the Hawaiians.” They counted 64 vendors, us being one of them, 700 guests for the Luau dinner, and 5000 visitors throughout the weekend. That Sunday morning, Jerry had church service with about 25 people in attendance. The thing I think that impacted us the most was all the testimonies honoring and glorifying Christ, recognizing the fact that this was not a Christian event.
On October 4, Chapmans will be at the Cowlitz Genealogy Society in Longview and on the 13th, they will be at the Cowlitz Tribe Powwow.
October 20, Jerry and Leslie will join the Tacoma Wisdom Circle and on November 1, Jerry will speak at a worship seminar at Seattle Pacific University.