On November 18, 2015, the Women of the World (or WOW) met for a potluck lunch and program given by Jim and Kay Fish on their three years spent at Holden Village. Jim was the village pastor, and Kay was the volunteer coordinator.
Holden Village is in central Washington not far from the town of Wenatchee and Lake Chelan. The closest neighboring village was one and a half days away. It is located in the Cascade Mountains near Bonanza Peak, the largest non-volcanic peak in the range and in the state, and near Mary Green Glacier, which has since, sadly, melted.
Holden Village was a former mining town that was donated to the Lutheran church 70 years ago. The village is a Christian retreat center welcoming 5000 guests and families every summer. There is no phone, no TV reception, no roads in (they took a large boat), no cars, no sheriff, no fire department. Eight children, including theirs, attended school together in the one-room school. The picture below shows the cabin that they lived in for those three years.
Jim explained it best.
"Holden Village is a commune, but it isn't cultic. It isn't wacko. It's owned by a non-profit with a Board of Directors. It's a worshipping community and attending evening vespers is mandatory. It's dedicated to biblical scholarship. The teachers and speakers are world class, and they're all unpaid."
Jim and Kay prepared a beautiful photo slideshow. We saw lots of pictures of the kids, and even a "few hero" shots of Jim. :) It was a joy to hear about this special time in the Fishes’ lives. We thank them for sharing it with WOW.