16 Jan 2019 An Eternal Perspective
by Lanette Staiff |
In the late 1950s the Columbia Baptist Conference (now Converge Northwest) was planning ahead for future church locations. An area northeast of Lake Washington was considered a prime area for growth. The team located a 3.5 acre parcel and offered $4,000 for the land. The conference did not have the funds readily available, so they put a small ad in their monthly newsletter. Val Anderson, who attended Ballard Baptist Church, noticed the appeal and recalled, “The Lord tapped me on my shoulder and said ‘This is for you.’” Val contacted the editor of the newsletter, Pastor Gordon Carlson, and asked about the appeal.
Val tells the story like this in his memoirs:
“The weather [that Sunday] was typical–light rain. I was in full Sunday dress: suit, white shirt, tie, rain coat, the whole bit. Carlson was determined to show me each stake that bordered this property plot. So I had to climb over logs, blackberry vines, stumps, whatever, to see him point to each individual stake. Although my salary at Boeing was only $2.00 per hour, I did have a bank account. Yes, I agreed to buy this property for the Conference–cash.
“As I viewed the property that Sunday, it was all raw land; only a broken-down shed visible across 145th street. But in viewing, the thought came: someday this will be all houses–what a potential for gospel outreach!”
The Lord tapped me on my shoulder and said ‘This is for you.’
Val felt the Lord’s prompting to take this step of faith to buy the original piece of land, which is now home to Northshore Community Church. When you stand in the foyer and see people of all ages and nationalities joining together to worship and learn more about Christ and His Word, you can see the results of God’s calling.
Val was slightly disabled from birth and was unable to do many things. Yet he prayed, read his Bible regularly, and used the talents and resources God provided. He helped with and encouraged other church plants and used his artistic gift to design posters, brochures, newspaper ads, and stage backgrounds for children’s musicals at the church. The gift God gave him was quietly used to help others share the good news of Jesus.
Val felt the Lord’s prompting to take this step of faith to buy the original piece of land, which is now home to Northshore Community Church.
Val also demonstrated what it meant to live a life following Jesus within the community. He worked for 37 years as a Technical Illustrator for Boeing. During that time he wrote a booklet called “This Is My Story“ to share his testimony with coworkers. Some of those coworkers began a relationship with Jesus. Val had the privilege of sharing Scripture and prayer with the people he worked with for many years. He loved to study Scripture for his personal spiritual growth as well. Val always had a positive attitude, even as he became progressively disabled, and never complained about what he could NOT do.
Val’s lifelong criteria for any action was this: “Will it matter in a week?In six months? Or make a difference for eternity?” His family heard this comment repeated often and re-evaluated many decisions. Val kept an eternal perspective.
Val went to be with his Lord on December 5, 2018.
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