Christmas Eve I was able to do a special Christmas program for the Bluegrass Hour. According to feedback I have received there were a lot of folks listening in over the internet. One friend from Ecuador even called to let me know that they were listening.
With Christmas being on a Sunday this year there was much discussion about the timing for opening the gifts. We decided after lunch much to the dismay of the girls. As you can see from the picture Sabrina, Hattie, Natalie and Miriam comprised the “girls choir” at church. Sabrina and Miriam also played a special song on the piano as well.
We pray that you had an opportunity to celebrate the saviors birth in a special way this year.
I am always amazed by the beauty God has displayed in His creation. The hills covered with snow and the low angle light made for beautiful flight today. I was able to go get Roger and Carole Huntington back to Kokrine Hills after a week of ministry with the youth of Buckland.
The weather was not the best for the trip yesterday. I had planned to go visit friends in the bush, read about the reason for the trip in this post. Warm winds from the south and cold air on the surface caused a large area of fog to develop rather quickly and I had to keep changing plans.
Sometimes we wonder if we are just spinning our wheels or marking time then God reminds us why He has us here. Saturday night while I (Adam) was at the radio station I got word that the son of close friends in the bush was just diagnosed with MS and the mother of another friend in the bush was facing a heart valve replacement. I was able to pick music during “The Bluegrass Hour” that reminded them who God is and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I was also able to pray for them live on the air. Today I got a phone call from one of them thanking me for the music, the reminder and for making them feel not so isolated. Tomorrow I am flying out to visit with the them, along the way I will be picking up another friend in the bush and bringing them with me. Pray for the time of fellowship and encouragement.
Another family in the bush was medi-vaced today because the wife has had chest pains for several weeks. Thankfully the doctors say that she will be fine after placing a stint. I am waiting to hear back what I need to do to help finish closing up their place during tomorrow’s flight. They had to leave so soon that things were not completely shut down and their house is not prepared to freeze without major damage to their supplies. Here is a link to a story in the Fairbanks Newsminer telling the story.
Every December Roger and Carole Huntington from Kokrine Hills Bible Camp go to Buckland (close to Kotzebue) for a week of follow-up with kids that attend camp during the summer. I’m not sure who is more excited to see each other, the kids or Roger and Carole. Again the airplane is proving to be a valuable tool in ministry. I picked them up at camp flew them out. Although it was long day (7 hours flight time) it is worth the effort. This time of encouragement and fellowship means so much this time of year.
I made a trip out to Kokrine Hills Bible Camp last week. We help with logistics from time to time and Carole was ready to come home after a knee replacement surgery. The weather was forecasted to not be the greatest but very flyable. I want to show you this video I took of the landing and take-off from Camp. This is a good example of what flat light is. Flat light is when there are no shadows and very little depth perception, always a challenge when operating off-airport.