Today we had some visitors from Lynden, Washington come visit us here at Sacred Road. They happened to be in Yakima and they were able to see Swan Graphics, the campus of Sacred Road and hear about the ministry. It was a huge encouragement to us. They, like you, pray and support us in this ministry. It prompted me to update our blog and share some of what the Lord is doing here on the Yakama Reservation.
We are especially encouraged about Swan Graphics. As you may know, Swan Graphics is a vocational training program in which we teach the screen printing business and train young adults in life, job and vocational skills. Just a year ago we were purchasing screen printing equipment, learning how to screen print a t-shirts, and praying for T-shirt orders!
Swan Graphics currently employs five youth. It is exciting to see the gifts and skills the Lord has given each young person. Some are thriving in graphic designing. Some have organizational skills and are learning how to use Word and Quick books. Some have mastered the dark room and are at a point where they can now train new youth how to use the darkroom. Some youth have a great eye for detail and help with quality control. Some help with the website, some make sales calls with us and some print the t-shirts. Each employee recently had an employee review and this naturally led to good discussions about planning for their future as well as skills they are thriving in or might improve in.
We see them taking ownership and pride in their work. We see them smile at accomplishments and we laugh together each day. Each afternoon we stop work and have a short Bible Study where we learn more about God and we pray together.
The youth we work with each have their own battles they are facing. Each one comes to work carrying more on their shoulders and hearts than most youth their age. We would covet your prayers are we shepherd them and point them to Christ.
One of the employees recently said they feel like we are a little family. Another employee graduated from White Swan high school and we celebrated this accomplishment together. Another seems to walk with more purpose. And one of the most exciting things – the t-shirt orders are coming in! Thank you for helping us spread the word about Swan Graphics and sharing the good work the Lord is doing.
“This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes…” Psalm 118:34