Sunday, May 7, 2017

Joy/Tragedy, Peace/Storms, Unity/Tornadoes, Over 14,000 miles, Over 20 States, Reaching Africa

So much has transpired over the past several months since our last post. It would be too much for one post to explain. However, brother Ryan wrote a short poetic allegory to recap on the past six or more months. Following this are links to books, writings, sermons, and songs; narrations and pictures of places we have been working with our hands, witnessing, sleeping, praying, and writing.

WORK OUT AT SEA

Another Pilgrim voyage out on the sea, Tis joy to do the work of YHVH (Yahveh, The LORD). They embark not knowing the course or the way, not where they will go or where they will stay; But to them this knowledge is not important you see, their lives are NOT about themselves.

So off they did go to the North, to meet some friends from the web. A brief stop in Wisconsin to meet other souls, had some talks, shared the Word, nothing big; relative peace, gained some travelers, made some plans . . . yet NONE knew what lied up ahead.

In Michigan all seemed calm, yet eerie; new places, new faces, many stories. Testimonies and fellowship, but then a church meeting became the end of smooth sailing and calm sea, for now there was controversy.

Higher the waves did rise, and harder the rain did fall, what seemed a growing fleet began to dwindle, though slowly, for many thought certain truths nonessential to be holy. If that were all, the storm would hardly be worthy, of recounting the damage it did.

Souls met in Wisconsin soon left, local church now deemed us heretical, because men should be modest and covetousness forsaken, while many things were horribly miss-taken; though we work with our hands and it may not be often, we are not mooches or leeches. We pull our own weight and find our own food, and where necessary will fix the plumbing for free, even paying those whom we did the work for.

What does this mean? Someone may ask, and to them I will briefly reply. Yeshua is our foreman, and charity our task, making money is not the goal. We’re pilgrims you see, and happy are we to preach the gospel and live in what seems poverty; we embrace communal living and share our possessions (even if this appears evil), while helping others is one of our only obsessions. Yeshua said “love your neighbor as yourself” so forsake useless things that clutter your shelf: hobbies and dainties, knickknacks and toys, sell that ye have to help poor girls and boys. Labor not for the perishing meat and lay up your treasures in heaven, if you want the true pilgrim occupation, you must forsake all your work done for Mammon.

But we need to eat, Paul taught us to work, and tunics are only for women, twas the opinion of those who opposed. Yet we replied, We do work you see, though the food we eat is from dumpsters free, and all must embrace modesty. Though the church opposed us because we choose pilgrim work: preaching the gospel, writing papers, providing for the community, laboring together to dwell in Yeshua’s unity, ever working on His spiritual house.

So with some we still had fellowship and a new soul went with the Valderrama’s to Tulsa, there they worked on a breaker shack and concrete for an AC unit, handy work by David V and Jaime R. Rivera; while Ryan stayed with Senior and wrote Sola Scriptura?. Meanwhile the highly valued seamstress Tsipporah sewed many tunics and some dresses to clothe souls, with all this it seemed calm tranquility, but twas only the eye of the storm.

After Ryan preached at MSU and Tulsa’s work was done, Jaime came back to Michigan and D sought other work under the sun. Soon the waves became bumpy, one could tell the storm was abrewing, only Yeshua knew where the wind would blow.

David had troubles with a job in transportation, while Jaime and Ryan dealt with rough communication; those who once were friends became enemies, but this was only the beginning.

Now with Jaime joining the team, the pilgrims progressed on their voyage, back to Tulsa to work on the bikes. But twas short cause there was need of their service, even amidst all of the strife.

In Ok City did much transpire, a wedding, some visiting, a pre-me, more hunting and also some portable burner cooking; more work of a pilgrim helping friends in their need, urban camping in the hospital or even under some trees; to love all around whether friend or foe, to show them all that we care.

All the while the storm grew and soon it did hit, the little band and lowly knew not where to fit; blown and tossed and battered around, many probably heard the clamorous sound, all because they only worked for The King.

Trials were many, and burdens were heavy, many days of sadness and tears; now it was certain the sheep were far scattered, and they were just happy to make it out alive.

But through all the toil, their prayers did not cease, they knew that in tribulation they still could find peace. All the while they trusted their Captain Yeshua, to lead them on to the next job.

Illinois was then the next destination, to meet a mother and her sons. Things were uncertain how they would go after all that had transpired thus far. But with faith on their side and the kindness of strangers, they had what they needed to continue eternal labors. Pilgrims may not be rich, except in good works, and often labor for free, because the Saviour set the pattern, first He gave and we freely received, so their work’s not about money at all.

More ministering and writing, Tsipporah taught Toscha to sew, J and R on many bike rides with Austin did go. Joseph was there to brighten them all, with his joyful smile and glee to recycle; Yeshua was knitting His family together.

They explained to Toscha they travel at sea, and often move like the wind, but not without purpose, and not for adventure, whether it be calm or severe stormy weather; to further the kingdom and live like the Christ, to give even when it hurts and in the process lose your life; to be simple Christians, despised and rejected, maybe beaten and stoned, but spiritually protected, if they follow the light toward the shore.

She understood and was happy to come, joining the little Pilgrim band. To labor while we wait on our God Yeshua, sharing the love He first gave. To work in His vineyard, the harvest of men’s souls, in the eternal work where those who lose will win in the end.

Even though we’re misunderstood, we must continue our work. And though many think we are unemployed, we have a serious occupation, and though we may not know where it will lead us, we always reach our destination. Perhaps we will go to Mississippi, maybe Texas, and later earn some money from Murray; who knows what we’ll do, maybe a deck or a breeze-way, but most likely a fire station. A bike journey soon? Maybe some preaching? But always following Yeshua’s teaching.

So if you need work done, just give us a call; we may not be a professional in it, but we try and do it all. To make some money for others in need, but also to supply the community, just part of the labor of a pilgrim passing through, to love God with everything and likewise our neighbors too.

If misunderstood we hope now you’ll listen, the world cannot understand the work of a Christian. But to try and help others to comprehend, I will give this brief explanation: We work with our hands, and sometimes for money, while we walk in simplicity. But our work is much greater and often unseen because it’s all about loving like our Eternal King.

List of writings, sermons, and songs recently uploaded

I encourage everyone to listen to this short recording of a book written by Leo Tolstoy entitled, “Where love is, God is”.
We recorded a dramatized audio book of David’s allegory entitled “Exposing Covetousness” which primarily deals with “little amounts” of covetousness regarding possessions and money. Lord willing, He will be writing part two dealing more with the uncharitable use of our time. If you visit http://www.earlychristianlife.com/ you can view the download options for this recording. For the higher quality download you can click here:  Exposing Covetousness High Quality Download. 

Brother Ryan wrote “Sola Scriptura?”.
Brothers wrote a short tract: Paradoxes of a Christian

A Teaching on the head covering, by David:  http://www.earlychristianlife.org/The%20Head%20Covering.mp3

David was asked to share his testimony at Grace Fellowship Inner City Youth Outreach in Detroit, Michigan:  http://www.earlychristianlife.org/Grace%20Fellowship%20Inner%20City%20Outreach.mp3


The mind of Christ by Jaime:  The mind of Christ

There are other sermons, writings, books, short audio books, etc., uploaded since the last post which you may read, listen or download from http://www.earlychristianlife.com/
We have bicycles to travel with, but we have primarily been using the 2008 Toyota Prius. However, since the total of souls traveling with us has increased to seven we needed to use the 2006 Toyota Camry we bought for Moomers (David's feeble and loving mother who offers her suffering and prayers to Yahveh on our behalf) for some recent journeys south and west. During our travels we save money by sleeping at free camp sites or simply in the car at a parking lot somewhere or at various rest stops. Sometimes we use tents, sometimes, we sleep on the ground. We are thankful to have sleeping bags and mats. We are truly blessed. We don't spend much money on food since we recycle it from the large metal bins behind the stores. We were blessed to share much recycled food with others over the past several months. Tonight my mother's neighbor's daughter came over to spend the day with us. She is eleven years old and has experienced many trials, along with her mother and brothers. May Yahveh heal their hurting hearts and lead them into His truth! Yeshua told us to invite the poor when we have a feast. We did some concrete footings, gas, plumbing, framing, and insulating jobs. To learn more about how we use the money we earn you may visit:  www.theblessingofwater.org or www.theblessingofwater.blogspot.com.
Sister Toscha has had two hip replacements and on account of this, Lord willing, will be driving the Prius when we travel using bicycles until we purchase a bus to convert into an RV for her and her two sons. Tsipporah has taught her how to sew and she learned quickly and has made four tunics already. It is a blessing to have sisters who know how to make modest garments. Brothers from the States and overseas have ordered some tunics and the sisters are working on them
There are many more things that could be shared . . . but let's look at some photos to conclude this post.
Work Photos:

















































As we travel across the country working and laboring for what is eternal we stay at free camp sites using small mats for beds, sleeping bags and tents or we simply sleep in the car until we reach our destination. Because of winter weather in the mountains of Colorado we went south through Moab, Utah then passed through Durango, Colorado into New Mexico until we returned to Oklahoma for a time to work and fellowship with Moomers (David’s mother). Below are some pictures of some free camp sites where we stayed:




















































You may visit our Live Simply page to better understand where we get our food and why. However, I have posted some photos below to provide an idea of the good and high quality food we recycle from grocery store dumpsters:
















Below are some Scriptures Tsipporah added to some of the photos we took:






“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God” (Galatians 6:15-16).

If you desire to contact us to work on your property, or need encouragement, fellowship or another need, visit our contact us page and give us a call or email.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Our Reasonable Service: Working with our hands, Selling what we have, Living for the good of others.

Since our return from Oregon and Idaho back to Tulsa, a lot has been happening as we prepare for another journey. In this life there are many things we can busy ourselves with, but the important thing is, what are we busy for? There are many things done under the sun, but most are "vanity and vexation of spirit" (Eccl. 1:14). Only what is done for others will last, for this is sowing to the spirit, and also our reasonable service. Whether we work, it is that we may have something to give to him that has need. We sell what we have, namely, that which we do not need or are not using, and give alms to the poor. And as Christians we labor in the eternal harvest for lost souls, ever striving to please our Eternal King. Yeshua gave His life a ransom for our souls to save us from death, hell, and utter destruction. Therefore, to labor in His ways is simply "our reasonable service" giving our lives as a "living sacrifice" (Romans 12:1). Here is an update on the things we have done and the plans we have made, God's will be done.

Working with our hands "the thing which is good, that [we] may have to give to him that needeth" (Eph. 4:28).
The Bus

Shortly after returning from Oregon, our dear brother Elliott Nesch and his son met us in Tulsa to continue work on the bus to convert it into an RV for him and his family. The work this time was on the shower. David had done the basic framework of the structure while in Oregon, but now it needed plumbing and some sort of waterproof lining to finish it out. The entire bus needed the plumbing hooked up as well, including the sink and an inlet for the main water hookup. Elliott and his son spent a few days with us where we stay in Tulsa while our friend Murray allowed us to do the work at the shop he has. David had a unique idea for the lining so that it would be waterproof but also strong and long lasting. We installed Hardibacker cement board to line the walls instead of cheap shower liner, making detailed cuts to fit the contour of the framing. Ryan and David worked on the cement board for the liner, David making the measurements and installation while Ryan made the cuts. Elliott and David also worked on installing a tankless water heater, a kitchen sink, and a shelf for a cupboard above the kitchen counter. Now the entire bus has the plumbing for the water to the sink and shower, as well as the inlet for the water source. The shower has the wall boards and the drain and later Elliott hopes to apply the epoxy paint to waterproof it all after he seals and caulks all the joints. Another step closer to the completion of the Gospel ministry bus and family vehicle/RV of the Nesch Family.


































Work for Murray: Electrical conduit, gas line, concrete pads, and miscellaneous.

We had work for our friend Murray again and we are still in the process of completing it all, hoping to finish everything when we return from our next journey. The objective of this job was to dig trenches for electrical conduit and a propane gas line to the shop, set up and pour three concrete pads two for propane tanks and one for the electrical boxes, as well as make various additions to the interior finish of the garage. David and Ryan spent about two weeks digging the trenches, some by hand and most with a New Holland loader, laying and gluing all the electrical conduit as well as stretching out the gas line and attaching all the fixtures for gas hookup (i.e. compression fittings, on and off valves, and attaching to the inlet of the garage). We also prepared and poured the pads for the footings where the two propane tanks will go, and prepared the shack for the electrical breaker boxes. The wire is pulled through the line from the garage to the breakers, the gas line is hooked up, both are buried, the concrete propane tank footings are finished, and the form for the concrete pad of the breaker shack is set. All that is lacking is the main hook up from the electrician to be finished so the breaker shack pad can be poured and later build the shack to cover it from the rain. Murray also plans to attach a generator in case the power goes out, which will go under the breaker shack for shelter. Additions to the interior of the shop include: sink and toilet in the safe-room, OSB and special Gladiator boards for interior sheathing of the shop, more shelves for storage, and moving stuff out of the garage to the exterior storage container. God willing, upon return to Tulsa, David and Ryan and perhaps others who may join us plan to finish the breaker shack, both the concrete pad and the simple roof structure.















































































































"Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide for yourselves bags which wax not old..." (Luke 12:33).

As part of preparing to go on our bike journey to witness, work where we find it, and raise awareness for the water crisis and the true gospel, we sold many things we had at a local flea market. Yeshua tells His disciples to sell what they have and give to the poor for many reasons, some of which include: other people need the money from the resources you have, you do not need the things you have, and/or you have too many things to be serviceable and useful to God's kingdom. Even when we have things that are useful, good, and lawful to own, it may be better to sell them if you plan not to use them for a while. Many things can entangle us in this life and take away our time and money. Instead of holding onto things we do not need or are not using, here in the States we can often turn that stuff that sits around collecting dust into money we can give to poor people (excluding what is inherently evil and fit for destruction). In this, we keep the commands of our dear Savior. Two different Saturdays we loaded up a lot of stuff we either did not need at all or were done using for now and sold it all to people at the flea market. The first Saturday David was able to sell many of the tools he had, as well as the work van that he kept them all in. He recognized that though all of the tools and the van were useful, he cannot carry them all with him on the bike journey. Instead of paying for storage and have everything sit there and possibly waste away, he sold all that we no longer needed for now: nails guns, a chainsaw and circular saw, air compressors, paint and tile supplies, hammers, pry bars, knives, bits, screws, tool bags and boxes, et cetera. David, Tsipporah, and Ryan also sold old shoes and clothes, knickknacks and collectibles, unneeded household tools and items (portable double burner, blender, mixer, clothes iron, and so on). We were even able to sell recycled items we had found as well as special homemade healing hand salve, vapor rub and baby rub that Tsipporah made in order to raise money for the blessing of water. She was not able to sell that many of them at the flea market but hopes to sell some in other places if the LORD wills.
We did not necessarily get top dollar for everything we sold, but that is not necessarily what it is about. Yeshua tells us a parable about a steward that was going to soon get removed from his position. Knowing he would lose the stewardship, could not dig and was ashamed to beg, he quickly made friends with his master’s money. It says "he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, how much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty. Then said he to another... take thy bill, and write four score. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light" (see Luke 16). Many times people do not sell what they have because they do not think they will earn what it is worth. But much like the steward in this parable, we are the managers over our LORD's goods and we will soon be removed from our stewardship. In eternity we cannot beg or dig to provide for ourselves, what we have done here will determine what we receive there, eternal life or eternal punishment. Thus the Savior bids us "make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations" and the apostle says to be "rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for [yourselves] a good foundation against the time to come, that [you] may lay hold on eternal life" (1 Timothy 6:18, 19). We know not what shall be on the morrow, and our lives are short and even as a vapor, thus we should sit down quickly, figure out what we can get for our stuff, and give the money to the poor. Near the end of the market the second day we still had a lot of stuff, things which we could have sold for more than we did. However, we knew we did not want to take the time and effort to continue holding on to all that stuff in hopes that we may make a few more dollars. For all we know, we may never get to sell those things and we want to move on to different service in God's kingdom. So, we marked everything down to two dollars, later a dollar, and then sold the whole lot at a discount price to one of the vendors that frequents the market. In this we rejoiced, that though we did not get top dollar, we made what we could to help the poor and meet our own needs, while simultaneously ridding ourselves of that burden of stuff. Often times we try to hold on to the things we have and fulfill the words of our Lord, that "the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light". When people in the world know they are going to lose what they have soon, they get what they can out of it. The same is true for us, for "we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out" (1 Timothy 6:7). If we have something useless (but not inherently evil) or something useful we are not using, we should sell it because there are people out there who could use that money for their basic necessities.










At the market we were also able to witness to and minister to many souls: other vendors, people who purchased things, and especially the owner of the market who took interest in us and what we are doing. We got to share things with them about Yeshua and His love for the poor, about laboring for what is eternal, turning the other cheek and loving your enemies, and what it really means to be a disciple of Christ. We hope our words and our lives bore witness to the truth, for this is truly why we are here on earth.













"Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth" (1 Corinthians 10:24).

In other news, David recently finished his allegory on exposing covetousness and calling to repentance the so-called church that is full of self-indulgent hypocrisy. The basic plot line is a conversation between Truth and his disciples Charity, Reason, and Patience who are witnessing about Yeshua's way to Sincerely Seeking, Mr. Single Eye, and Slowly But Surely. The antagonists Mr. Muddy Questions and Carnal Reasoning, and others like them, namely, Lukewarm, Lightheart, and Sola Scriptura seek to justify themselves in their love of this present world and hinder those who are trying to follow Truth and his companions. In many ways, one moral of the story is the above Scripture from 1 Corinthians. Notwithstanding, "[we] are not [our] own. For [we] are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20). If we truly are Christ's, we have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24), and thus all of our labor, time, and resources out to be employed for kingdom minded purposes; "honor all men, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king" (1 Peter 2:17). However, as David points out in the allegory, there is none of that in pursuing vacations, hobbies, collectibles, dainties and entertainments, all of which have nothing to do with the kingdom of God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. Here at Pilgrim Way construction, we believe in being "strangers and pilgrims, abstain[ing] from fleshly lusts [such as these], which war against the soul" (1 Peter 2:11). On the contrary, here are some things we enjoy occupying our time with, have done, and hope to do if Yeshua wills. Here is the link for a free PDF download:  Exposing Covetousness: An Allegory, by David Valderrama

With all the food we are able to find sometimes, it is nice to give and make a meal for others as Yeshua teaches us to do in Luke 14. Recently we found a lot of good food for a barbeque, so we invited the neighbors and anyone around the apartment complex who wanted food. We went to the grill site at the front of the apartments, took charcoal, lighter fluid, various condiments, steaks, brats and hamburgers all of which we found and would have otherwise been wasted (except the lighter fluid) and we made supper for about 20 people, men, women and children. Everyone had enough to eat, we thanked God for the meal we were able to share with the neighbors as well as Elliott and his son while they were here visiting, and we even had food left over. Tsipporah also made a homemade potato salad that was also courtesy of recycled ingredients. Praise God for his goodness and His grace.

This post is actually approximately two months late. We have been very busy and already have two or three more posts we could do pertaining to all that we have been doing. We hope to complete those soon, Lord permitting, as we make time. Peace be upon the Israel of God.