Thursday, January 23, 2014


Just our website that is....

The BIG moves to NY and Indonesia are coming soon! So, we wanted a better website to be able to communicate with you and show you great pictures and video. 

OUR NEW WEBSITE is very cool (thanks to Mike Kim!). Check it out!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Michael saved a life. No big deal.

It's not every year that God uses one of us to save someone's life. Well, maybe it is for Michael. He's saved a lot of lives....but not like this. This truly is a miracle story.

Technology, prayer join to save a life

Ron Enkelis revived by three congregants after going into cardiac arrest

Shortly following the second worship service Dec. 1 at Grace Baptist Church, congregant Ron Enkelis stood leaning against a pillar in the foyer, feeling perfectly normal.
by: SETH GORDON - Lifesaver -- Former reserve sergeant Ron Enkelis stands next to the automated external defibrillator (AED) device that helped save his life after he went into cardiac arrest Dec. 1 at Grace Baptist Church.
by: SETH GORDON - Lifesaver -- Former reserve sergeant Ron Enkelis stands next to the automated external defibrillator (AED) device that helped save his life after he went into cardiac arrest Dec. 1 at Grace Baptist Church.
For a moment he became dizzy and after just a few seconds the former Newberg-Dundee Police Department reserve sergeant collapsed to the ground, not breathing, his heart no longer beating. He was clinically dead.

If not for a perfect storm of conditions and events, not the least of which were the availability of an automated external defibrillator (AED) several steps away and the actions of the three congregants who stood nearby, Enkelis almost assuredly would have remained dead.
But thanks to Michael Stevens, Toby Carver and Jason Isaac, who used the AED Stevens had pushed to install at the church a few years earlier to revive him before paramedics arrived, Enkelis survived.
“The amazing thing was they said if he had gone into cardiac arrest any place else, any time else, he would have been dead,” Enkelis’ wife, Diana said of the feedback she received from the paramedics and, later, doctors at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland.
“But it happened at church 20 feet from an AED unit.”
As it turns out, Enkelis suffers from Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), a condition in which one of the electrical waves charted on a electrocardiogram is elongated, throwing off the precise rhythm in the heart, resulting in arrhythmias that can induce sudden cardiac arrest.
A former Navy chief hospital corpsman with plenty of experience performing CPR and using AEDs, Stephens took the lead treating Enkelis, immediately instructing people to call 9-1-1 and also directing his son to grab the nearby AED. Stephens administered electric shocks from the AED three times, reviving Enkelis twice before paramedics arrived on the scene about 15 minutes later.
The team of paramedics, led by Nathan Christiansen and including second and third caregivers Michael Erwin and Brandon Henry, worked for 22 minutes to stabilize Enkelis, who they believed would not survive being transported in the condition in which they found him. Treatment included administering medication, ventilation and shocking Enkelis’ heart three more times before a pulse was restored and an organized cardiac rhythm was revealed on their heart monitor.
Enkelis regained consciousness for a portion of the time during the ride to St. Vincent’s, but was told afterwards that 33 more shocks were applied at the hospital alone and yet, incredibly, he has emerged relatively unscathed.
After doctors essentially put him into a coma for two days, Enkelis awoke Dec. 3, thinking that only a few hours had passed and that it was still Dec. 1.
Enkelis had surgery to install a defibrillator in his chest Dec. 9 before being discharged the next day. His recovery has gone so well since that he hopes to return to return his job with a Portland HVAC company this week.
“All the doctors at the hospital were calling me the miracle man because they’ve never shocked anybody 33 times and had them live or come back with no brain damage or anything,” Enkelis said. “They said without the AED, CPR would have done nothing because I needed to get the electrical current back in my heart going.”
Newberg Fire Department Division Chief Frank Douglas, who was one of nine department personnel on hand, noted that research has shown that without good CPR and an AED, a person’s chances of survival drop by about 10 percent for every minute that passes.
“The church personnel and their emergency response plan — in the face of a very, very chaotic situation, which was obviously life threatening — they responded with precision,” Douglas said. “It was very impressive.”
In addition to the forethought of installing the AED at the church and the quick work of Stephens, Carver and Isaac, the Enkelis’ both said they believe there were other key details about the situation that made the sequence of life-saving actions, also referred to as the “chain of survival,” possible in the first place.
Among them were that Stephens, who is often out of state performing his job as a helicopter pilot in the construction of power lines, was not supposed to be at the church that day, but had come home early.
Stephen also pointed out that had the service not run long that day, Enkelis might have been driving home or somewhere without access to an AED when the episode occurred.
Lastly, as events unfolded, church members spontaneously gathered in small groups to pray for Enkelis’ life, providing one more confirmation that God’s hand was at work in the way that everything fell into place so serendipitously in order for him to survive.
“I definitely believe God was working through those three men and, with everybody else in the church praying,” Enkelis said. “There’s a purpose that he didn’t allow me to die.”
Interim pastor Rich Hagenbaugh said the event has unified the church in a real way. Enkelis himself said that could be a reason God spared his life, but that he really doesn’t know and is looking forward discovering more.
Another reason could be to spread the word about how crucial AEDs can be in saving lives, and a movement to do so seems to have already begun, as many members of the church have since gone to their employers requesting that the machines be installed at their workplaces.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dominican Republic or bust!

Normally, when it comes to missions and fund-raising, we would love to talk with each one of you, and send you personal letters. We don't like asking you to partner with us only in the form of a blog post....We just don't have the time on this one! :) 

We have an exciting opportunity coming up, and you also have an opportunity, 
to serve Haitian refugees in the Dominican Republic
with the Reid Saunders Association (RSA) -

Even though it's a somewhat complicated story, we'll be brief:

  • Several months ago we were asked to fly an airplane Jan 24-Feb 4 from Oregon to the D.R. full of medical supplies and/or people
  • The owner of the airplane along with some others were paying for all expenses for us and another pilot to go
  • The medical supply donation was canceled, thus the need for the airplane became nonexistent
  • We were then 'not going'
  • Later, the Lord said, 'Yes, you are going'
  • We will both be serving the sick and injured in a medical clinic run for 10 days in post-earthquake Haitian refugee camps
  • RSA has asked us to raise some money to help cover the costs that are now not being paid for by others
  • We know God works in the eleventh hour and sometimes He amazes us at what HE can do in that late hour!

We have about $1000.
We need $1000-1500 more (which is pretty cheap).

If you are called to send us, here is the link where you can give online:

Please put our names in the box for which ministry you're donating to....

If you prefer to give any other way, please call or write to us.
Above all, know that we appreciate your support of our family with all that you do - 

PRAYER, love, encouraging words, and always challenging us to grow deeper in the love of Jesus.

Thank-you for heeding the call! We love you so much!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

26 Pictures from 26 States (and 4 countries) in 2013

 As Adria turned 8 and Kalem turned 9 in 2013, we had the most exciting year ever as a family.

Adria's Surprise 8th Birthday Party

Kalem turned 9 in Chicago

It included almost every state on the Eastern seaboard plus 14 others thrown in (to include Hawaii), plus Canada, Switzerland, and Italy. 2013 started for us on a beach in FL, and ended for us (a few days short of 2014) on a beach in Hawaii - as opposite as you can get in the U.S. 
We are expert travelers in the making! Good training for what's coming this year and next - 
moving to New York, then to Indonesia!

Here are some highlights. Happy New Year!

Michael starting the year on a "Flyboard"

Taking in the Civil War Battlefield of Gettysburg, PA

The USS Constitution in Boston, MA
Gazing over NYC
Loving on Baby Goats at our "second" home, a wonderful farm in OR

The first and the biggest fish of the day with Grandpa in Montana
Helicoptering over a Swiss mountain

Our crew at Helimssion's CDC in Switzerland - the time of our lives!


The Swiss Alps

Venice, Italy 
Great Grandpa Stephens - on his 98th bday - giving rides to the kids in CA.

Michael wanted to take it home in the truck for the kids to play with.
An Oregon mountain from the air

Archery at Outdoor School on the Oregon coast

Little Mr. Bond - Dayton, our grandbaby

Being sent out and prayed for as missionaries by our church family

Some time in our beloved filbert (hazelnut) orchards
Michael flying men in to work on powerlines in CA

Family time in Hawaii

Isn't God amazing?

Famous Hawaiian shave ice
Merry Chistmas from Idaho!

 Many blessings to you - May God make His face shine upon you each day!
M, F, K, A

Friday, December 20, 2013

Patience in Paradise

In complete spontaneity, as we tend to operate, we decided to hitch a military flight to Hawaii and spend some family time together. It's something we've always wanted to do, and since Michael had some time off work (and it was cold and miserable where we live), we thought "Let's go for it!".

Aboard an Air Force C130

Over the Pacific

This is good for us. Not only because we got a few days to play together on the most beautiful beach we've seen in a long time, but also because when a retired person attempts to fly on military flights to and from California and Hawaii the week before Christmas, especially with children, the patience muscle definitely gets exercised. Since we are retired status, we fall low on the list compared to active duty personnel, which is basically everyone else. So we have spent quite a bit of time in the terminal in CA and in the one where I now write in HI, waiting for a flight that is not already full. We've seen many come and go.

Hawaii is not a bad place to get stuck, but when one is ready to be home, especially to spend Christmas with family, any delay is frustrating. So, we're thinking of it like "missionary training". We have to be resourceful with our money while we wait - we're not able to finance an "endless summer" - and we have to have balance in our attitudes, having gratefulness while we wait. We have to understand that sometimes, the system doesn't work like we want it to, and most of all, we have to constantly choose to ask the Lord what He has us in this place at this moment for.

 We have had a wonderful time. All of us enjoy exploring and learning new cultures. This is the most different from our own culture that our kids have experienced, and it's been fun and a little enlightening to see them taste new foods, hear a new language, and talk with people of a different heritage. We're excited to experience Indonesia with them!

We met another family with 5 kids, and quickly made friends, including sharing a rental van for a day.   

The military beach on the East shore that we got to visit.

Shave ice in Hale'iwa

We all learned much about the attack on Pearl Harbor and WWII

The USS Arizona memorial (USS Missouri in the background)

Michael and Fawn
Kalem and Adria

Thursday, November 7, 2013


We were introduced to our church family as missionaries for the first time this weekend. We almost turned around to look behind us, as if, "Who us? Oh, yes! Us." It's really happening! We've been headed this way for a long time, and were blessed beyond words when our church family officially commissioned us this weekend, and committed to being our sending church.

There is no other thing like feeling the many hands of brothers and sisters in Christ on your shoulder in support.

A real joy for us was that Ben Dodzweit, U.S. Representative for Helimission, flew in from New York to share Helimission with our church body, and to participate in the commissioning. It was too short of a visit and truly an honor to share him with our church family, and vice versa.


Thank-you to all of our family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Jesus for standing next to us.
God is working through you!

During this service, our Pastor of Worship Arts, Bobby shared a deeply true and sort of paradoxical piece from John Piper. Please enjoy:

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God. “The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!” (Ps 97:1). “Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!” (Ps 67:3-4).

But worship is also the fuel of missions. Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching. You can’t commend what you don’t cherish. Missionaries will never call out, “Let the nations be glad!” who cannot say from the heart, “I rejoice in the Lord…I will be glad and exult in thee, I will sing praise to thy name, O Most High” (Ps 104:34, 9:2). Missions begins and ends in worship.”

–John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993/2003), 17.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The 'Last' Fall

This will probably sound silly, but it just occured to me today that this will be our last autumn in Oregon for at least 4 years. You would think that with planning to leave for the missions field for the last several years that would have been an obvious conclusion that I would have already come to. But alas, it's just donned on me. I was in the car alone today, driving through some back country roads when it struck me. The beauty of the country here in NW Oregon captures my attention every year, but today I realized it would be the last time I'll see it for awhile. This was also shortly after we spent the afternoon at the local pumpkin patch, just a mile down the road from where we live. We've gone there every year for the last five, and it's our favorite. I didn't even think about it while we there, but that's the last time we'll go there for quite awhile, too. I have pictures of my kids doing the same silly activities every year; they're just a little bigger each time. Today's pictures will be the last of those for some time.....

That feels pretty weird. There's a little twinge of fear and some sadness mixed in that pops up when I think about it. We are all so excited to head to Indonesia, and we're truly feeling prepared to go more and more each day. But, then also, we're a little nervous. This makes me realize that leaving will also be hard, and that it will be a sacrifice. It makes me contemplate things a little differently when I think of making Thanksgiving and Christmas plans this year; birthdays and holidays will take on a new significance this next year I think. It will be the kids' last statestide birthdays this next spring, last Independence Day, last Camp Tilikum, etc...

The bottom line is however, that the United States is not our home. We are in this world, but not of this world, and our citizenship lies in Heaven. We've been called and will rely on Him to be our joy and our strength; and knowing Him, He'll have a whole new list of holiday and birthday traditions waiting for us in SE Asia. If we look at it from that perspective, it gets exciting again. The kids and I "happened" to read about Abraham today, being called to a land faraway that he didn't even know existed. He didn't have Google Earth or books at the library to glean information from. And yet, he was faithful and very blessed. We tend to think of ourselves that way, too, except we also have Skype and airplanes!

...scared, probably ignorant of what's to come, and doubtful at times, but trusting and dependent on a Good and Mighty Savior...

Here's to the holy adventure!