Category Archives: Promised Land: Orchard Valley

Knit Together

knit together

Cherishing their friendship, June and Susanna watched one last sunrise together on Agate Beach.

“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;”
Colossians 2:2 KJV

Wonderful Waves of Life

ocean baptism

In a step of faith, June chose to cover her life with God’s abundant promises.

“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 4:10, 13, 14 KJV



The community’s witness and her own experience convinced June that a spiritual life proved worthy.

“And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”
John 4:42 KJV

Clean Start

Not for sale

Grateful to have finally reached a decision, June chose to love the Agate Beach community.

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
John 13:34, 35 KJV

Goodbye Gift

gift of peace

June knew what it meant for Susanna to part with some of her tried ‘n true baking tins.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27 KJV

I Wish, I Wash

good fortune

Inspired by her uncle’s courage and witness, June hosted a picnic for the laundry workers to honor his memory.

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
John 14:21 KJV

Room at the Inn

room at the inn

“I heard the laundry wagon creak past. I thought I heard someone whisper “Whoa!” Tonight, whole and healthy, I’d have heard the loud yell it was. June’s uncle gently laid me on his clean laundry. Folks, I hardly felt the rocky path to Agate Beach! Mr. Yang’s kindness got me thinking ‘bout so many people I’d done wrong. Under his care, the fever left, but I spent several restless nights pondering what would enable someone to act kindly to a mean man like me.”

“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.”
Luke 10:33-35 KJV

Hard Hearts

help needed

“In a feverish state, I recognized the sheriff ride past. Later, the travelling parson prodded me with his boot, then left.”

“And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.”
Luke 10:31, 32 KJV

Neighbors, Thieves

who is my neighbor?

“I was travelling along the coast towards Agate Beach after a profitable deal, and two trail thugs attacked me. They stole my horse and left me for dead,” Frederic Bucannon started his conversion story one evening at the Friday beach vespers led by Sam and Harriet.

“But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.”
Luke 10:29, 30 KJV

Safe Sheep

comforts of home

Although it would take some time for the sailors to find a new fishing vessel, they immediately experienced the comforts of home through the Agate Beach community.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
John 10:27-29 KJV