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69th St. doesn't meet on 69th St. It used to ... twice. First, it met on 69th in Portland, then on 69th in Vancouver. When the host family moved they didn't bother to change the name. This is a group of about 12 with some small children, older folks and singles. The group meets between two homes in East Clark County (neither on 69th).

69th Street: Scattered

We’ve been a bit scattered lately. That happens with house churches. Sometimes responsibilities take us to other places and we have to wait to be back together. Most recently, our sister, Ann, headed off to Israel for two years — if that’s not scattering we don’t know what is! Elliot is in Europe on adventure with his school. Wow. And the rest is just stuff. Kathleen has been working with clients.

Today, we’re scattered because folks are going to be with family for Mother’s Day. Next week is The Vine. Who knows when we’ll have a normal day together. Actually, who knows what’s normal anyway!

“Listen to My Life” Seminar Feb. and March- timely information

listen1_002This is something I mentioned at our last gathering of the Vine. Anastasia Hansel, whom I went to Africa with last August, will be in Portland in February and again at the end of  March. She will be available to facilitate a Listen To My Life workshop.  Anastasia describes herself as an adventure coach. For decades she has pursued her life-long passion to connect women in the Western world who are immersed in “the poverty of affluence” with Poverty’s Woman in Third World Countries.  As a result of God’s work through her, she has seen lives changed, hope restored and destinies altered. For those who do not know, I traveled to Rwanda and DRC Congo with Anastasia  to help  and encourage rape warfare survivors.  We also pioneered a woman’s bike event in Rwanda. The experience is vivid for me and I continue to dwell on the people and work I had the privilege to see and be a part of .  If you would like to know more about this, contact me and we can talk.

Go to to learn more about Anastasia, part of her ministry and the Listen To My Life- Maps for Recognizing and Responding To God In My Story workshop.  During the workshop, people are invited to review their past, access their present and continue to walk with God into their future using tools called “visual maps” and a powerful process of gentle listening.  No artistic skills are needed- folks just need an open heart and the willingness to listen to their life experiences in new ways.

 In order to know which days are best, I need to hear from more people as to which days/times work for them. As of now, it will be on either this coming Friday night or Saturday or Sunday morning.  The dates are the weekend of February 7-9 and March 28- 30.  These gatherings are flexible because Anastasia is flexible.  The materials for the workshop include 8 maps.  We will not be able to get through all of these maps but can shift throughout them as the group needs.  Finishing the maps in an exact sequence is not absolutely necessary in order to receive benefit from them.

Can you let me know as soon as possible if you are interested and when would work best for you?  Oh yes,  there is a $10 charge, scholarships available upon request.  Please do not let the low price fool you. . . . . this workshop is worth much more.

 You can email me at or call me at 971-506-2267.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for considering,

Suzanne Barnhill

Time for Transparency

The 69th Street Summit had a great time of transparent sharing this evening. Without going into detail a couple of our members are facing some challenging circumstances and we had the opportunity to pray for each of them and encourage one another. We are looking forward to one of out members going on a mission trip to Nicaragua in the next couple of weeks, this following a journey that another sister took to Rwanda. This has been an exciting year!