Deep in the soil, buried under 175 years of amber waves of grain, rows of sweet onions, and acres of gnarly vineyards lies a seed that has yet been fully cultivated into a garden of delight, bearing fruit that is quite literally a matter of life and death. This seed is the gospel of Jesus.
In the autumn of 1836, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman crossed the Rocky Mountains and settled in this verdant region to bring the good news of Jesus to those who called this valley home . Tragically, they along with many others, were martyred for their devotion to Jesus. The seed of the gospel was fertilized by the blood of the saints.
Like an abandoned vineyard, there are still a few churches in Walla Walla that are bearing the Lords fruit like stubborn vines in a hostile ground. And so one of the passions of my heart and commitments of Mission Church is to do what we can to revitalize a sense of teamwork within the church community to see Jesus made much of together. I was move by the words of Psalm 107:35-38,
“He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.
And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in;
They sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield.
By His blessing they multiply greatly…”
God loves this great city of Walla Walla. Not because it’s inherently great, but because His grace is great. Through the redeeming work of Jesus, the abandoned vineyard will once again bear fruit that will reflect the glory of God’s grace and bring unfathomable joy to His people.
The Story continues…