This ice went out yesterday on the Tanana river here in Nenena. This is a short time-lapse video from the Ice Classic’s web camera.
As Christians, Easter is a BIG deal. It’s not about some rabbit laying eggs as the world makes it out to be, it is about the Son of God conquering sin and death! Like the Apostle Paul states in I Corinthians 15, if Christ did not raise from the dead then “we are of all people most to be pitied.” Christmas is important, but without Easter Christmas has little meaning.
When folks are isolated and not able to attend church in person each opportunity to gather together becomes very important, especially Easter. Again this year several folks we visit through out the year were able to gather in one place. It was a great time of fellowship and renewal, something all of us look forward to; three days of visiting, talking, sharing and study. Can you imagine how special church would be to you if you could only attend in person a couple of times a year? This is how special Easter is for us and our friends in the bush. As the years go by we grow closer together and think of each other as family, brothers and sisters in Christ.
By the time lunch came around Easter Sunday we had twenty one people all in one place on the Kantishnia River. The only other time any of us could remember more of us in one place was at a wedding several years ago.
Anyone care to share how important Easter is to them?
So Sabrina and Miriam are at the public school this week doing the mandated annual state achievement testing. We homeschool the kids but Alaska is different, the state realized years ago that it couldn’t afford to provide a public school education to every kid scattered across the state. If there are less than 15 kids in a village the state has determined that it is too expensive to keep a school open. So the state helps fund the homeschooling of kids with quite a bit of accountability expected in return. That means the kids have a public school transcript but we are required to take the standard achievement test every year.
I was reminded how much our kids don’t think like the rest of the world as they were walking out the door this morning. I reminded Sabrina and Miriam that they should leave their pocket knives at home. I did not think that a simple request would lead to such a deep discussion. I had to answers all kinds of questions like “what do I do if I need a knife and I’m not allowed to have one?” “Some people would be nervous if they knew that I had a knife, really, why?” It took awhile but they got over the crazy notion that not everyone carries a knife. So they started unloading their pockets.
Judging by the pile of “weapons” on the kitchen table it’s obvious they are their father’s daughters. One knife is not enough, last count I have four blades on me right now. They each had two. That’s my girls!