This was a most unusual year with the Covid virus closing down most of the country. We also had many ministry plans canceled. But we did have some doors open for corporate times of worship and intercession.
In January Drumspeaker hosted Jonathan Maracle of Broken Walls at Evangel for the morning service. There were several who traveled from Washington and Oregon to attend. There was lunch gathering at our home in the afternoon. Then the evening service was at the Church of Truth. One of Jonathan’s comments was “It was so good to come to the region of my friend Jerry Chapman here in Washington. People came from across the region, native and non native. I was able to give them the love of Jesus and answers to questions they’ve carried for a long time.”
February, Jerry did a drum-building workshop in the Barn. The students had a great time learning not only to build a drum but also about First Nation culture and worship using drums. We were planning on more workshops but they are still on hold until things begin to open up for group gatherings again.
March April and May were quiet as people were asked to “shelter in place”. Jerry continued his job driving truck with out any limits on that activity. We did church online and also some other ministry via Zoom.
Starting in June our church began having services outside. Jeff Hoover chose a different park location each week and that is where we gathered. It was wonderful to have something to look forward to. Jeff made it an adventure, as he wouldn’t announce the location until just a couple days before. Jerry was a part of worship for all “Free Range” gatherings.
August 6, we joined a group of intercessors from the Portland area and prayer walked downtown Portland. The downtown area has been taken over by BLM, and ANTIFA, stores and business boarded up because of nightly protests and destruction that went on throughout the summer. There has been little relief since summer. We continue to pray.
August 7, we returned to Portland for a worship gathering with Sean Feucht. There were thousands of believers from the region worshiping the God of creation, calling forth His blessings on our land. What an encouraging time!
AUGUST 10TH WAS JERRY’S LAST DAY OF WORK AT LEMMONS TRUCKING!
He is now officially retired from truck driving. Jeff Hoover did a nice job of honoring Jerry at our Sunday gathering. So far Jerry has had no trouble keeping busy in the drum shop and around the house.
September 4, we went to Vancouver WA for another time of worship with Sean Feucht. It was an amazing time of worship, salvation and baptism in the Columbia River.
September 19, Jerry was invited to Hillside Church in Kent representing First Nation as a part of a discussion group titled “Are We Not One? “ A Conversation Toward Racial Reconciliation”. We came away realizing just how many people are still struggling with their true identity in Christ causing them to continue to seek affirmation outside of the Creator.
October 12-15, we landed in Cannon Beach OR for the KLMA prayer summit. It was good to be able to get out with other ministry leaders for a time away, seeking the Father’s heart together. It was a little rough for Jerry as he was still recovering from a more serious than normal gallbladder surgery. He pushed through drumming as he reclined in his lawn chair.
October 17, Was the day we said goodbye to our dear friend Bruce Calhoun. Bruce was a part of every facet of Drumspeaker ministry. He was genius at configuring the pictures Jerry had in his mind. He was always of good cheer and his humor was beyond compare. Bruce was the best of friends always available to help out or just simply encourage Jerry in so many undertakings. Bruce Calhoun is dearly missed.
November 11, Suuqiina came to share. We normally have him at our home but decided to host him at Evangel to be better able to social distance. There was a good turn out and everyone came away being inspired with Suq’s teaching and entertained by his famous comedic rants.
December 14, We joined Daniels House of Prayer in Olympia for a time Prayer and Carols at the Capitol. It was good to join in with other worshipers and intercessors worshiping the King of kings and declaring His blessing on our state.
Mark Dykstra did a recording of Jerry drumming take a listens on this You tube site https://youtu.be/XwpX8p2jcIs
Thank you all for your prayers and financial support. Please contact us with any prayer needs you would like us to partner with you in.
Jerry and Leslie
January 20: Jerry had the privilege of meeting at the home of Ken and Barb Steely to spend time with Ken and Alison Wild from England. Holy Spirit gave him a song for the Wilds as well as a couple of prophetic gifts.
February 19: The Perspectives group invited Jerry to share in song and give a brief testimony on Native Ministry.
March 16: We were invited to the home of Dave and Nancy Bodine for a gathering with the group Son Of Issachar. It was wonderful time for us to receive ministry, encouragement, and commissioning and prophetic words.
March 21: Suuqiina came to the barn and shared some of his unique and thought provoking teachings. He is always a favorite guest of our community.
March 29-30: Rainier Assembly of God was to host Ray Hughes who ended up quarantined to his hotel with the flu. Darin Scott from SRC showed up to fill in and had a tremendous teaching and prophetic time. Jerry had been commissioned to build a Bodhran drum for Ray so did a video presentation of the drum for Ray to see at a later date. They have remained in contact and we look forward to meeting up in the future.
April 19: The Washington State prayer coordinator Dara Casey invited Jerry to come open the prayer tent at the capitol for Passover. The sky cleared just as we arrived and there was a wonderful time of worship and prayer.
April 27: We were honored to attend a traditional naming ceremony of three of Jerry’s elders at the Chiwalthal long house in BC Canada.
May 2: The National Day of prayer found us at the Jackson Court House site and then up to the State Capitol for prayer and drum worship.
May 7-8: KLMA prayer summit in Cannon Beach Oregon. We always look forward to this annual gathering of ministry leaders from our community to get away to relax, pray and worship. Even though we were only there for part of the gathering we came home refreshed and encouraged.
May 25: Jerry performed a wedding ceremony for a family member of our good friend Michelle Clark. Native tradition was part of the ceremony with Jerry actually singing and drumming. A bit unusual for the minister to sing but it was very well received.The groom is a Marine so military honor and culture was also included in the ceremony.
June 6-17: Martin and Rebecca Neil came for a visit. We had a great time catching up with each other’s lives. The Neils shared some of their adventures in ministry stories at Evangel on the 9th along with a little drumming and singing. We were glad to have them here at the house for support when Jerry ended up sick in the hospital for several days. They even went to a local parade with Leslie and the baton club!
July 12-14: Kingdom Now Pow Wow in Stony Plain Alberta with Art Lucier and the Harvest ministry team. This was our second time to take part in this powerful time of worship and intercession. Jerry is always honored to be able to drum with the many gifted muscians.
July 26-28: Wiconi family camp and pow wow. Jerry taught a drum-building workshop. There was a Sing to the Mountains worship festival that included many different worship leaders with whom several had Jerry sit in and play drums. And of coarse there was the family Pow Wow on Saturday including roasted pig dinner! As always it was good to catch up with old friends as well as make many new acquaintances.
August: Jerry headed to Canada for a family gathering while Leslie traveled to France and Spain with daughter Breanne and granddaughter Ava for a baton competition.
August 31: Civic Center Longview, Worship in the Park. Jeff Hoover thought it would be a good idea to have Jerry do some drum worship in the park. So we did! Jeff Beck started out with a traditional worship set while hot dogs were barbequed and served and then Jerry did some drumming with Steve Hamilton on bowls and Todd Adams on flute.
September 7-8: Conquest 2019 Portland Oregon, Jerry led the 120 drum ministers from all over the United States and Canada who came to partner with Portland churches who are united in prayer, worship and evangelism. This was a powerful time in the spirit. What an honor it was to lead the churches of Portland with native drumming and dance. Jerry also had the opportunity to gift the mayor of Portland with a drum that had the word unity in Hebrew written on it. On Sunday many of our First Nation ministers came to our home for a time of fellowship and downloading before heading to their homes.
September 28: Jerry did a drum worship set at the Washington State fair. We want to thank our friends who came out to support us on the drum and in dance.
October 26: Four of our family members received their traditional names Jerry’s brother Brett, sister Debra, brother in law Dave, niece Sharron and family friend David Carson. The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize a person as to who they are and what they represent and give them the name that best describes them. We were so happy to be able to be in attendance on this special day.
December 18: Suuqiina returned for a visit and a time of questions and answers as he finished up his travels for 2019. We had some new friends in attendance and like everyone else they were pleased they had the opportunity to hear Suq share.
Jerry and Leslie
January: Jerry headed out to the all native men’s retreat in Bellingham WA. That same weekend Leslie attended a prophetic conference with Bonnie Jones at Three Rivers house of prayer in Longview.
January 18-20 we traveled to Nespelem WA near Coulee Dam to help our friend Bershet with her husband Gua’s celebration of life service. It was a beautiful time of worship in honor of this faithful man of God.
On the way home we stopped at the Wanapum museum, it was interesting to see their history. We sensed a spirit of welcome and peace.
February: In the early hours of February 7, Ann Maguire Chapman (Jerry’s mom) went home to be with her savior. No longer restrained by the confines of this world. We traveled to Canada February 9-11 for a memorial with family and friends. All but 4 of Jerry’s surviving siblings were able to attend.
February 15-19 we went to Oroville CA to minister at the First Nations Leadership Summit 5778. Leaders came from all over United States, Canada, as well as from England and Israel. Part of our purpose in gathering was confirming Native leadership responsibilities and gaining knowledge regarding gatekeeping. It was an intense time of worship, intercession and declaration.
February 23 was the Love in the Name of Christ annual fund raising dinner. Director Larry Russell has been instrumental in keeping First Nations Ministry visible in our community. It is an honor to be able to give back in small way by donating drums for the auction.
During the month of March Jerry had a couple of drum building workshops. We are always looking for opportunities to mentor and share drum building and protocol.
March 24: We had our annual JCM ministry board meeting. We are so thankful for our leadership team. Dave and Nancy Bodine, Lennie Retterath and Tracey Pruitt. They are tremendous support for us in prayer, prophetic vision and encouragement.
March 30-April 1we attended a The Return of the Gate Keepers of Turtle Islandat the Pentecostal church on the Muckleshoot reservation. Jerry was asked to emcee the 3-day event. First Nations North America (120 drums) commissioned several new gatekeepers. We also heard teachings from those who have been walking out the commission for many years. There were precious times of worship led by Robby Cummings with Jerry on the native kit. There were powerful testimonies from Tim Ehymann and Abraham George. Lynda Prince and Charlotte Williams went above and beyond with protocol. Our hands go up to Grand Chief Lynda Princeas she presses forward with abandon in Yeshua’s call for her to encourage the advancement of First Nations. Taking their rightful positions as Spirit led leaders
April 21 Jerry was invited to lead worship for Bridge Builders in Sequim WA. We joined Pat and Gary Walker who teach from a First Nations perspective with grace and humility. We so appreciate the Walkers, as they were some of the first people to spur us on into Native ministry and have continued their support through the years. We enjoyed the prayer group hosting the event and once again came away with new like hearted friends.
Also in April Suuqiina returned to the Barn for another evening of great teaching and revelation.
There was more drum building days in April with the undertaking of the building of Rival Drums for South Dakota.
Also as a result of these individuals coming to the shop the 120 drum project for Canada was started we now have 60 frames built for those drums!
May 8-9 we attended the Kelso Longview Ministry prayer summit in Cannon Beach OR. This is an annual event and we look forward to spending the time together with ministry leaders from our community in worship prayer and fellowship. This year was unique in that we were able to gather the group to pray into one of the revival drums Jerry built for South Dakota.
May 30-June 4 We drove to Palmer’s Gulch South Dakota to deliver the drums built from a tree that was standing during the Red River Rival of the 1800’s. Also known as the second Great Awakening. The location of the gathering was unique as it sits between Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument. Travis Vaad who commissioned Jerry to build the drums has a huge heart for First Nations people. Native Americans predominantly attend the Church where Travis is pastor.
We were so pleased to have our Pastor Jeff Hoover and Patrick Pickett from Longview make the trip to join us at the gathering. Jeff, Jerry & Leslie had a chance to make the hike up Crazy Horse where Jerry took the opportunity to sing and drum in worship. The meetings where filled with worship, prayer, declarations of hope and healing. Drums were sent out and commissions made to those who will use them in Native ministry. It was an honor to meet Jerome Slidesoff pastor, evangelist and descendant of Crazy Horse. A big thank you goes out to Travis and Jenna Vaad for all of their time, finances and hard work in putting this profound gathering together.
July brought us to the Wiconi family camp in Turner Oregon. It was so nice to meet up with old friends in a relaxed atmosphere. Jerry was slotted to teach a drum- building workshop. When he was setting up for the class he realized he had forgotten the drum frame. The class quickly turned into what to do with limited resources and a unique box shaped “story” drum was created. We brought our youngest two grandchildren who had a fabulous time on the water slide and in the creek!
August 30-Sept 4, at the invitation of Art Lucier we landed in Stony Plain Alberta for the Kingdom Now Worship Pow Wow. This event was so encouraging for us. It was evident from the start that the Holy Spirit was moving the current in this river of intercession, worship, declaration, celebration and vision casting. The weather was crazy from rain to sun to really cold, but there was no stopping what Abba had planned for this gathering. We were so well taken care of during the entire stay. We are very thankful for the support and generosity of new and old friends alike. We look forward to the opportunity to join the team from Harvest Ministries in the future.
October 25 and 26 we set off to Portland Oregon for a conference with prophet Jim Goll. Jim’s teaching was perfect for that specific time for both of us. We came away inspired and with our vision refreshed.
November 3 Jerry was asked to again emcee the Tacoma Intertribal Gathering’s fundraiser dinner and auction. All had a fun time and some much-needed funds were raised for this intertribal ministry.
Through out the year we traveled to BC on weekends to spend time with our tribal council and family in planning sessions concerning the future of Sqwe’lqwel. Much has been accomplished and there is much more to be done. We are very thankful to our chief and council for their many hours of hard work in this often times difficult and consuming task.
At home we are close to our church family who is very supportive in all
our ministry endeavors. Our hearts are full knowing we are loved and blessed by Evangel Christian Fellowship.
Thank you to all who have been faithful to pray and also give generously of your finances. Jerry is looking toward retirement in early 2020. With that will come a smaller income to offset ministry expenses. We ask that if you are not already doing so, that you would prayerfully consider giving on a regular basis.
Jerry & Leslie Chapman