April 22, 2014
A Mexican orphan, maybe 5 or 6 years old, was drawing on the concrete as Michael Birdsall sat on a cement wall watching. The boy had drawn a stick figure, but there was a little object off to one side.
In his struggling Spanish, Birdsall asked the boy what he had dawn.
“That’s me,” the boy answered in Spanish.
Birdsall asked what the other object was.
September 17, 2013
The Mayors Month of Concern Food Drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank continues until Oct. 12.
The food bank finds itself in dire need after the summer months left its shelves bare.
“Usually, the summer months are our lowest time for donations,” said Cori Walters, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank executive director. “It’s not common that we run out of mac and cheese.”
June 4, 2013
The Rev. Mark Miller’s dress sword, once worn with his dress uniform when he was a young Marine officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, hangs on the wall behind his desk.
He traded it in for a different weapon: “For the word of God (Bible) is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.” (NIV).
His old sword represents his “15 milliseconds of fame” as he was sitting in an officers’ club eating a hamburger, and the film crew for “The Great Santini” was panning the room.
With the new weapon, he started the Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship 20 years ago, a church that has been a ministry “to the more marginalized people, people on the fringes.” Miller is now leaving the ministry in the hands of his co-pastor, the Rev. Vanessa Chitwood, as he awaits orders from God for a new assignment.