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O" Wm. E. Vallance photo Gettin' around town... of Brewater quite welE And with the addition of a storage box on the handles of his wheelchair, traveling about is even easier. Now there is s place for carrying any number of Items from a Jacket to the mail or whatever, "thanks to Grovar's Building Supply. I really appreciate their thoughtfulness," said Bruce. Rtiral, voltl00ateer firefigl ]ters 00Agible fo00" training scllolarships in wild lancl fire suppr0000ssion € DNR and USDA Forest Service offer training ,,;cr00olarships Volunteer firefighters with lo- cal fire protection districts serv- ing fewer than 10,000 people are encouraged to apply for training scholarships being offered by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service. Training scholarships include state-approved reimbursement rates for driving to and from training, meals, lodging and the cost of tuition and course materials. DNR and local firefighters building new partnerships. The scholar- ships, part of the Rural Commu- nity Fire Protection Program, are intended to further enhance the ability of local firefighters to team up with DNR firefighters to sup- press wildfire which threaten both homes and forest land as well as other undeveloped property. Traditionally, local district vol- unteers and state firefighters have had different  fire protection re- sponsibilities which usually did not require them to work together. An oometer is used to mea- sure eggs. Pateros First United Methodist Church Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Children's Sermons Children's Bible Study Fellowship'Sme 12:00 p.m, 124N. Dawson,'Pateros (509) 923-2591 Now, however, because of rapid residential development in for- ested parts of the state, wild land fires often require both wild land and residential fire suppression skills and equipment. DNR, which provides wildfire protection on 12 million acres of private and state owned fores land, is trained and equipped to fight for- est fires. Local fire districts special- ize in structural fire protection. State eligibility requirements outlined. Training scholarships are available for Washington state firefighters who meet the following require- ments: • They are a vol- unteer member of the an organized Wash- ington state fire pro- tection district serv- ing a population of fewer than 10,000 people and which is required to provide wild land and rural fire response. • They are not employed by either DNR or the Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bu- reau, and • They successfully complete wild land fire training courses certified by the National Wild- life Coordinating Group. This includes both classroom and field training to complete NWCG classes and evaluation-assignment tasks to achieve a wild land fire rating. For more information, or to re- quest an information packet, contact your nearest DNR regional of- fice to reach one of the following DNR Protection Foresters: If you live in Chelan, Douglas, Lincoln. Kittitas, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla,Whitman, Columbia,Garfield, Asotin, Grant, Adams, Yakima or Klickitat counties, contact Rex Reed at 509-925-8510 at DNR's Southeast Region Office. DNR's fire pro- tection mission. DNRo administered by Commissionerof Public Lands Jen- nifer Belcher, co- ordinates wildfire protection activities with numerous lo- cal fire protection districts and fed- eral agencies. DNR has the state's largest on-call fire department with trained wildl,'md firefighters available to protect private and state-owned forest land. This includes DNR employees who have other jobs in the agency, seasonal firefighters and inmates trained for fire crews. In 1994, wildfires burned about 280.000 acres of state, private and federal forest land in Washington. POTTY WAGON Subdivisions Road Construction Septic Systems Tree Removals Homesite Preparation 689-2482 or 689-2455 eve. Carter Excavation, Inc, The cellophane noodles used In Oriental cooking are made from powdered mung beans. New Testament Christian Academy 1809 Sunset Drive, Brewster FALL REGISTRAT Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade Openings Only We offer ALL DAY Preschool 5 days a week for only $1 per hour Sack lunches, naps, playground, loving Christian atmosphere. Phonics- Cursive Writing OFFICE HOURS: 10 - 5 689.6822 Outad City Harald Auaust 20 1998 Paaa 5 Jerry P00;yton assists war ravaged people Sudan • " books, so that the children could go to school. "The last 13 years, with the war, there was no school." The team also administered to the spiritual needs of the people, preaching, praying, baptizing.The team brought a movie depicting the life of Jesus; Peyton ran the men occurrences in Africa in this decade; the people of Sudan and their war have received little inter- national attention----or aid, until the last few weeks. But about five years ago, the plight of Sudan and its people caught the attention of a church in southern California. (That church's congre- gation was approximately the same size as that at the Community Log Church in Brewster, said Jerry Peyton, who was the Log Church's pastor until "The people ate last week.) The Cali- fornians were not very loving. strangers to crisis in Africa. For most of Even very loving this decade its mem- toward us" bers have counted aid to Africa or service _ Jerry Peyton in Africa as part of theirChristian duty-- in fact, they believe it has been a special duty given to their church. Church members founded a group called Safe Harbor, which has a dual mission--trying to alleviate starva- tion and suffering with emergency aid and helping rebuild shattered lives with seed, farm tools, medi- cine, clothing and books. Members of Safe Harbor have traveled through- out the United States, telling the stories of what they have seen in Rwanda and Zaire and Sudan, ask- ing for support and volunteers. Safe Harbor and some of the volunteers recently spent about two weeks in- side Sudan. Peyton was among the volunteers. He declined to name the town where they spent those two weeks; the Sudanese government had im- posed restrictions on travel, and the Safe Harbor team went into a restricted area. It "used to be a thriving town," Peyton said, but it had been attacked by government troops. The restrictions on travel are used to hide those attacks, hi said. What was left of the town and its people were in crisis, in the last stages of starvation. "Some of them couldn't even hold their bowl," Peyton said. Some were so weak they could not protect themselves, and their food was stolen by stron- ger people. Yet the Sudanese had not lost their courage, or their grace. The people "were so open and recep, live" to the mostly white foreign- ers in their midst; even though most did not speak English, "I foond l didn't have to talk--they could tell" what he meant, Peylon said. The people appreciated the effort of foreign strangers to help them more than anything, "more than the food." "The people are very loving. Even very loving toward us." Even in the desperate situation they kept their sense of humor, and their joy in life. While a group of small boys was waiting to eat, "we started putting smiley faces (stickers) on HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT TODAY Make a new lifelong friend from abroad. 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LOCAL AREA REP: SUSAN 509-686-2312 Karin at 1.800-733-2773 IlI00ASSE[00 "* Founded Accrltiod 1976 International INTERNA'nDNAL 8TUDEI'T EXCI,-L,€CE I:RO(RAMS Organetation A WORLD OF UNDERSTANDING THROUGH CRO..CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS n The Class surrounded by small villages; they served as a buffer, and their people said they intended to fight the army if the area was raided, Peyton said. It was hoped that would give the visitors time to get away. The people's reaction may have been influenced by the team's atti- tude and by the way they addressed the problems. "What we were able to do was, give a lot of personal attention. And you know what? They could tell." This was the sec- ond Safe Harbor team to visit the area. The first visit had been in May, when the cri- sis was sobad"people were eating leaves." The Sudanese army had burned their crops; their suffer- ing was made worse by a drought. • In addition to emergency food, the Safe Harbor team had provided seed maize (a variety of corn) and sorghum to plant. The second team, arriving in late July, found corn and sorghum planted and growing; it had been raining ever since the first team left, and the •cornstalks were five to six feet high, Peyton said. "They planted it everywhere they had spare space." But not was not ready for harvest, and the popula- tion was swelled by refugees, drawn by the reports of food. The team set up feeding centers, using a special high-protein mix of grains and vitamins. "it's called Uni-Mix," Peyton said. When mixed, "it looks like Cream of Wheat." To minimize the possibility that people would steal food from the weak, men were separated from women with babies and children. People were instructed to stay seated until they were served, to lessen the possibility that people would panic and rush the table,"l learned how to say 'sit down,'" Peyto said. But most of the people were very patient and willing to wait as long as necessary. People were given maize to take with them and were asked to plant 20 percent. The rest they ate, grinding the kernels into flour in the bowls they carried everywbem."Cha-chunk. Cha-chunk" was the soundof grinding corn. Peyton said. "You heard that sound all day long." The team also ran a medical clinic; infectious diseases go hand in hand with starvation, the doctors and nurses accompanying the group-- and in fact everyonehelped vac- cinate people, distributed medi- cine to counteract river blindness (caused by contact with contami- nated water) and other diseases. They distributed clothes. They gave projector. It was "'really cool" to watch the reactions of people who had never heard the story before, he said. The team members bap- tized about 150 to 200 people, he said. Throughout their stay the Sudanese government left them alone, al- though government troops were only about 35 miles away. The preaching and spreading of the Christian message were especially dangerous, in the eyes of the gov- ernment. The ostensible Moslems who form the government in Sudan have gone to war in part to destroy Christian communities, which are concentrated in the southern part of the country. The Safe Harbor team's activi- ties were not only hazardous, they were expensive. "Our mission cost between $250,000 and $400,000." Peyton said. Arrangements had been made to charter a DC-3 and use it to transport food and sup- plies. However, Sudan suddenly became front-page news, and some international news organizations took the charter. (Ironically, this may have had benefits; at about the same time and possibly as a result of the publicity, a surge of donations started coming into the church. They paid most of the cost of the mission trip.) The Safe Harbor "The last 13 years, team transported its goods in smaller, with the war, there more expensive planes.Air transport was no school" is more expensive but safer than us- - Jerry Peyton ing roads. In fact,, Peyton said, the most dangerous way to try to enter Sudan is by road; such transport is in danger not only from the govern- ment but from guerrilla band roam- ing the border. "They not only take the food, they take the trucks," Peyton said. It is easier and safer to use a 'plane, but not much safer. The army occasionally tri,es tO.,81,pt down planes. In addition, 'y0u land on these little dirt 'stripS'-- and that's a thrill, especially when the pilot can't find it." All of the work may have been for nothing, if the Sudanese army arrived. A rebel commander who visited the town during their stay warned them that all the work-- the new fields and clean clothes and medical care and schoolbooks-- might be swept away the next day. The army might come back and destroy the village and murder the inhabitants. Such a fate had befallen another village once vis- ited by Safe Harbor. Even under those circumstances, even with thescenes of starvation and death, Peyton said he felt lucky to make the trip. "I saw every- thing I was doing as an'incredible privilege." It's Time For School.' Pick up all your suppl=es t Loose Leaf Paper and Subject Notebooks for the price of Pens and Pencils Spanish/English Dictionary's & more supp/ies available/ QUAD CITY HERALD (509) 689-2507 Fax (509) 689-2508 • 525 Main Avenue, Brewster I OPEN Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. / I