2002 Updates

01-23-02
     Winter is supposed to be slow here in Alaska but for some reason we haven’t been able to slow down.  It was great to have Adam’s folks up for the holidays, Grandparents are great baby-sitters!  Adam and his Dad were able to get a lot of projects done that have been on the list for awhile and Randy was a guest on The Bluegrass Hour for a couple of weeks too.  Deborah and Bonnie were a big help to Lyndy and Sabrina.  It’s nice to have family close by even if it was only for a short time.
     The Bluegrass Hour is going great and Adam’s Dad has quite a fan club.  Listeners really enjoyed what Randy added to the program based on the letters that have come in.  Christmas day there was a two hour “Bluegrass Christmas” that also received a lot of response.  Adam and Randy shared the Christmas story and played a lot of bluegrass music and of course talked about the music and it’s background.  Sorry that VFCM’s internet feed has been turned off, I know many of you have mentioned that you miss not being able to listen in.  By the way there has been no new developments with getting it back up and running.
     AWANA and Sunday School continue to go well.  We had the largest crowd so far this week at AWANA.  It’s wonderful to hear the kids quoting scripture and knowing the answers to basic doctrine questions.  Some of the kids do not attend church anywhere and it’s neat to know that the parents are helping their kids learn the material.  
     Adam is helping with the Annual Inspection and engine change for VFCM’s airplane.  What started out as a simple inspection has turned into a BIG project.  We found that the engine’s camshaft was close to failing and with only 200 hours before overhaul it was determined that now was the time to fix it.  While waiting for the rebuilt engine to get here from the “Lower 48” other items were found that needed attention; corrosion under the paint here and there, patching damage where the battery box had leaked and corroded a hole through the skin, replacing the baggage door, etc…  It has been nice to have a hangar to work in although it’s in Fairbanks, the hour drive each way beats working outside in the cold.  
     Speaking of airplanes, the latest word from Maule is that things continue to progress.  The next step in certification is the landing gear and we should know by the first part of February.  We hope to have a M-9 (higher gross weight) but the M-7 is a great bird too.  Continue to pray that things will be finished up soon and that there are no more hold up’s, also pray for patience.  I don’t want to look back on this and say, “if we had only waited another month”.  We really need to have a plane by this September, we are chomping at the bit to get out and start what God has called us to do.
     One final note.  Some close friends of ours that live in the “bush” had tragedy strike their family this week.  One of them was in Fairbanks getting ready to travel internationally and was involved in an auto accident that took the life of his nephew.  Colin was eight years old and accepted Jesus two years ago so it’s kind of a bitter sweet time for the family.  Pray for the Turner family.
03-04-02
     Hopefully by now you have received the paper edition of The White Pages with our yearly picture.  If you haven’t, e-mail us and we will get one on the way.  We are always surprised at how long it takes to get the almost 300 letters in the mail.  It reminds us how grateful we are for the internet!
     February was a busy month.  Lyndy has been helping with the statistics for the local basketball games that are aired on the radio. It’s a great way to see the games for free!  We both continue to help with AWANA and our weekly commitment at the radio station.  Adam had the opportunity to preach at church one Sunday as the Pastor was “outside” visiting ill family members.  Adam also helped get VFCM‘s airplane back in the air after an extensive annual inspection and engine change.  Now that their plane is flying Adam has helped fly to several villages with VFCM staff for maintenance of the remote translators.  It’s been great to get back in the air and see some friends scattered around here and there.
     On the subject of airplanes, Maule tells us that things are still progressing.  We have yet to hear how the landing gear test are going. Please continue to pray that testing will proceed quickly and that Maule will be able to start production on our plane.  We really need to have it here in Alaska by this September at the latest and we may have to settle for the lighter useful load model (M7 vs. M9).  Many of you have asked what our plans are for a hangar.  We have several plans in the works all with varying price tags, so far we still lack sufficient funding for even the simplest shelter.  Hangar construction is the major project planned for this summer, we will keep you posted.
     We have on opportunity to go and visit some close friends that live in the “Bush” this month.  They own an airplane and we will hitch a ride with them on a couple of their freight runs.  We plan to spend five days visiting and helping with “projects”.  It will also be a great test run for us and how things will work when we get our plane up here.  Pray for safety and a great time of fellowship.
     An update on Sabrina.  She is walking and almost talking, getting into everything and is a great joy to have around.  It’s amazing how fast she is growing and how quickly she learns.  God surely is able to teach us so many things through children and it is neat to see from a new prospective the parent child relationship that is so often brought up in scriptures.
04-02-02
Spring is in the air!
We hit +40f today, the snow is melting, the sun is up longer and we haven’t seen -30f in almost a month.  Although it still gets below zero at night from time to time for all practical purposes winter is over!
We have had the opportunity to get out of town a couple of times and visit with folks we have meet through the radio station.  You ask how did we get out when we don’t have the plane?  Well we were able to hitch a ride to the Turner’s place in their airplane on a couple of freight runs.  It took two trips to get us and all of our stuff for a week out to their place. (Perfect example why we need our Maule)  We were able to drive out to visit some other folks.  These trips have been an opportunity for encouragement, answering questions, Spiritual growth, and continuing friendships for everyone involved.  This has been especially good for us because we were feeling a little discouraged about not being able to get on with what God has called us to do.
I know all of you are wondering what the latest is on the Maule.  They hope to finish certification by August, and we still hope to take delivery before winter, this is still very tentative.  The wings are done and they are certifying the fuselage now.  Please continue praying for a speedy process.  Another prayer concern is the cost of insurance both for the airplane and for our lot at the airport.  Since Sept. 11 the aviation insurance industry has had major rate increases.  We just received word that our property insurance jumped over 25% this year and it appears that “full coverage” insurance for the airplane is not financially feasible.  Please pray for wisdom.
04-10-02
We are expecting the arrival of baby #2 October 5th!  Lyndy is doing great and we are excited about the new addition to the family.  I guess this is one way to see how many folks use our web-site to keep up on our latest news.  
05-16-02
We are excited that spring is here.  The river is flowing almost ice free now although there are a few reports of  flooding down river it’s been a relatively easy “breakup”.  The birds are on their way back; swans, geese, sand hill cranes and the like.  Lyndy and baby are doing good, she says this is the easy part and that sometimes she even forgets that she’s pregnant.  We will keep you informed as to their progress.  Oh, and Adam and Sabrina are OK too.
Many of you have asked some of the same questions so we will update you on several of them.
     The insurance for the airport lot went up 10% vs. 25% after some negotiating, still hard to swallow though.  They said it is a result of the post 9/11 world we live in.
     On the Hangar front:  We are still a long way from being able to fund even the most basic shelter for the airplane.  We are getting close to the cutoff point for this construction season.
     An update on the airplane.  The following is an excerpt of an e-mail from the folks at Maule.
     The engineer we are working with in Albany (GA) is formulating a drop test program, and that we will be doing that soon. Then we have to do a flutter test, and then we must formulate a flight test and do the flight program. We still have a little ways to go, but I will keep you informed as we progress. Please pray for favorable test results, favor with the FAA, and favor with the engineer.
     We haven’t received an updated delivery date.  Keep Praying!
     With the new addition arriving in October some have asked about housing and “ground transportation”.  We plan to move the cabin this summer and it appears that we will not be able to put it at the airport (many factors involved) so we are looking for a city lot with water, sewer, power and phone to purchase.  The loft can be extended to form a full second story allowing for more room (including a bathroom).  As for the car situation we are rapidly out growing the truck and Subaru.  The Subaru has a bad turbo and it appears that it is not cost effective to repair it so add that to your prayer list too please.
AWANA is over for the summer.  We really enjoyed the chance to see how well the kids have hid God’s word in their hearts.  The break will be nice but it’s worth all the effort.
     We are still plugging along, we have had several positive contacts with folks concerning the ministry and meeting new folks regularly.  Sometimes we think things are happening so slow and that we are not having much of an outreach.  Then God will show us something we didn’t even know was going on and we realize how foolish we are.  Thank you for your part in our lives and thank you for your prayers.
06-24-02
Well it’s definitely summer time in Alaska.  There is 24 hours of daylight and the bugs are out in full force.  Matter of fact the bugs are so bad that several communities are buying Mosquito Magnets, fancy propane powered traps that claim to collapse the mosquito population in a matter of weeks.  Adam went out with a friend to his bear bait station a few days ago and the bugs were so bad that the only way not to lose your mind was to wear head nets and even then if you stopped for more than a few seconds they would swarm to the point that you couldn’t see where you were going and the noise was deafening.  But that’s Alaska in the summer time.
Speaking of Alaska in the summer time we are having a rather bad fire season up here too.  To give you an idea of how bad, 31% of the total acres burned so far this season in the U.S. have been in Alaska.  A few friends of ours in the bush have lost cabins and others have been threatened by the fires.  Even though Alaska has had more acres burn than any other state so far we have been fortunate that most of the fires have been in unpopulated or sparsely populated areas, the fire service has let most of them burn with very little intervention.
Michael Williams, a friend from Georgia, was up to visit and help a couple of weeks ago.  He and Adam got a lot done at the airport, building a work bench in the container and servicing the truck and car and generator.  Michael also helped us with the VBS that our church was having each morning.  There were an average of 40 kids each day and several of them talked with adults about becoming a Christian.  It was encouraging to see almost 10% of the total population of Nenana attending VBS!  On Friday we had a cookout for all the kids and their families, Adam and Michael cooked over 180 hot dogs and 150 hamburgers!  It was a great time for the families to see what their kids had learned during the week.  Pray that we will have opportunities to follow up with those who attended.  Thanks Michael for all the help!
We were recently invited out to a friend’s cabin for a “fly-in”, we were able to drive.  A group of Kitfox owners (small two place home built) from all over North America were making a flight to Alaska and arranged to stop in for a visit at their place.  It was fun to see these folks and hear stories of their adventure.  Adam had the opportunity to answer some of their questions about flying in Alaska and help them pick the best routes to get from here to there.  While on the subject of flying; Adam had the chance to do some more flying for VFCM last week.  Their construction project in Bethel is almost complete and they needed tools and extra materials brought back to Nenana.  Adam also had a chance to fly a Maule not too long ago.  He had to get his biannual flight review this month and we found a guy in Fairbanks that does flight instruction in Maules, what a great performing airplane!  (Adam is still grinning from ear to ear)  That flight let us kill two birds with one stone.  Adam is current for another two years and he also logged some Maule time that chips away at the type training required for insurance when we get our Maule.  Speaking of our Maule the factory now says that they hope to have the certification complete by Thanksgiving.  Please continue to pray for speed in this whole process, we really need to get our airplane up here soon!  Also pray for patience during this time of waiting.
We won’t be building a hangar this summer.  There is not enough time to finish something before winter even if we had the finances.  We still plan to move the cabin to a city lot we anticipate purchasing with personal money.  That will give us a lot more stability in living arrangements down the road and it won’t be dependent on the good will of the city like living at the airport would.  We will have city water and sewer with power and phone which alleviates some of the concerns for the airport lot.
On other fronts:
Lyndy and the baby continue to do well.  We went for an ultrasound last week and it appears that we have another little girl on the way.  
 
We have had an answer to prayer!  We have been given an ’89 diesel 4X4 Suburban, the catch is it’s in North Carolina.  We are trying to figure out how to get Adam down there so he can drive the nine days back to Alaska before the end of summer.  The cost of the trip is far less than buying something comparable up here.
Adam is teaching the adult Sunday school class at church for the summer and continues to do the Bluegrass Hour on Saturday nights.
Lyndy is doing children’s church and getting to know some of the ladies in town with Sabrina.
08-12-02

Well, where do we start……  The easiest way not to forget anything is to go chronologically.

Adam flew almost 30 hours for VFCM in July.  That included two trips to Bethel and flying to several villages in Alaska’s interior over a two week period.  There was a group of ladies from Wedgwood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth TX that came up to help the radio station with some outreach trips.  It was a wonderful time to get out and meet a lot of folks that have listened to the radio for years but Adam and the others had never met face to face.  The trip also fanned the desire to get out with our own plane and follow-up the radio stations ministry.  Dave Horning of VFCM took a lot of pictures and we encourage you to take a look at them.

 

Lyndy attended cake decorating classes in July taught by a lady that came up to help with the church this summer.  Adam has enjoyed the “practice” cakes and says thank you Vicki!

 

We are getting closer to moving the cabin.  As we mentioned in the last update we are buying some property in Nenana and hope to have things finished before the baby comes in October.

 

We had a chance to be tourists one day a couple of weeks ago.  A couple of guys up helping the radio station and the church for the summer wanted to see Denali National Park so we all went down and rode the shuttle bus four hours into the park (8 hours round trip) and enjoyed the sites.  Sabrina did great all day and enjoyed seeing the caribou, bear and other wildlife.

 

Last week we helped with  Crossfire, an evangelistic basketball camp hosted by the church.  20 kids from all over the state and 35 from Nenana came for the free three day camp.  It was great to see kids get excited about learning more about basketball and Christ.  Pray that there will be opportunities for follow up with those that accepted Christ.

 

There have been several new developments that are newsworthy.  We may have an airplane sooner than we can deal with!  Yep, you read it right we could have an airplane as soon as mid-October.  We are still trying to figure out logistics for getting it up here.  After talking with Maule  we will be taking delivery of an M7-235B.  The M9 project is continuing to run into delays and after Maule does it’s part, more certification by the float and ski manufactures needs to be completed.  As you may know we will be on wheels less than 10% of the year so it’s vital that we have an airplane that we can put on floats and skis.  The useful load difference (weight you can put into the airplane) between an M7-235B and an M9 is expected to only be around 200 pounds.

 

We still plan to get the Suburban up here before the baby comes in October.  On the way home Adam will be stopping in the St. Paul area of Minnesota to get the airplane’s floats and skis.  Picking them up directly from the manufacturer will save thousands in shipping costs even after buying a trailer to haul them on.  Thankfully both facilities are within a couple of hours of each other.  You know us, trying to kill as many birds with one stone as possible.

 

Lyndy and the baby are both doing just fine and Sabrina likes talking to her mom’s belly saying hello to her sister.  Pray that things will continue to go well with the pregnancy and that we will have the house moved and set up in time.

 

08-19-02

 

We all head south tomorrow.  Lyndy was able to find tickets for all of us out of Anchorage just a fraction more than the price of one ticket out of Fairbanks!  We will pick up the Suburban and spend a few days in North Carolina at The Master’s Mission.  We plan on being at Covington Christian Sunday the 25th.  Adam will then head down to the Maule plant the first part of the week and finalize the plans for the airplane and picking up the floats and skis.  We then plan to spend a few days visiting friends and family before Adam and his sister drive back on September 1st.  Lyndy and Sabrina will use the return portions of the tickets and stop over for a couple of hours in Seattle before returning to Anchorage on the 9th.  Adam and Bonnie hope to be at the airport to pick them up, pray that they make it on time!

 

09-19-02

 

Well, 4,900 miles and 93 hours of driving later we made it home!  Were did we go you ask?  We were able to fly down and get the Suburban as well as check on the progress of the plane a few weeks ago.  While in the “lower 48” we stopped by TMM and took the opportunity to catch up with friends there as well as pick up the Suburban.  Adam went to the Maule plant and had a chance to see our plane in production and finalize plans for it’s completion.  We’re told mid-November is when we should expect the plane to be done, please pray for wisdom about deciding on bringing up the airplane in the winter or waiting.  We want to all go and visit with you along the way home but with a new baby that’s not feasible until Spring.  On the other hand, we would like it up here as soon as possible so we can start using it.

 

From Maule we all met in Savannah, GA were Adam’s folks are moving and enjoyed the beach, but not the heat, for an afternoon.  Then it was back to Covington to get the Suburban and trailer ready for the long drive home. As we mentioned in a previous update we were able to save thousands of dollars by picking up the floats and skis ourselves even after buying a trailer to haul them on.   Adam and his sister Bonnie left Sunday, September 1st with plans to pick up the airplane’s floats and skis along the way and meet Lyndy and Sabrina at the Anchorage airport the evening of the 9th.  “The girls” had a chance to go to the Atlanta Zoo and see some of the sights in the mean time.  It was wonderful to see a lot of you and we apologize to those of you we didn’t get a chance to see.  It was a quick trip to say the least.

 

The drive North was not without some excitement.  A blowout in Illinois and crates for the floats that were a lot bigger than we were told.  A curious Policeman in Canada that wanted to know,  “what’s in those boxes ay?”  (September 11th right around the corner and all.)  And amazingly very little trouble getting back into the U.S. after Customs saw the paperwork for everything.  We even made it through Whitehorse, Yukon without troubles, every time we’ve been on the Alcan (Alaska Canadian Highway) Whitehorse has been a place of mechanical set backs.  Adam and Bonnie made it to Anchorage with six hours to spare before the girls arrived.  We spent the night at a friend’s and did a bit of shopping before heading to Nenana.  Adam and Bonnie worked on the foundation for the cabin before she flew back East (only to be gone 30 days before coming back up to see the new baby.)

 

Lyndy is now seeing the doctor every week and things look good, everyone faired well with all the heat and traveling.  We just hope that the baby doesn’t decide to come early!  We still plan to have the cabin moved and set up with water and sewer before then.  We are scheduled to move the cabin September 25th, the baby is due October 7th, so as you see we don’t have much time.

 

09-24-02

 

The Cabin is loaded on the trailer and we are ready to move tomorrow.  Things went well today, we had plenty of help.  Keep checking for updates and pictures on the Cabin Move page.

 

09-25-02

 

We made it over to the new lot today without any problems.  The weather was excellent and things went faster than I anticipated.  Tomorrow we will move things back in and get ready to hook up power and water.  We hope to move back in before the baby comes, Lyndy is due in two weeks.  Take a look at the pictures for today.

 

10/10/02

 

We know everyone is anxious to know but there is no baby yet.  The Doctor said if nothing happens by Tuesday the 15th they want to induce.  Pray that this will not be necessary and that Adam can get the cabin projects finished.  Adam and a friend will be putting in the water and sewer tomorrow and it shouldn’t take much more time to finish everything else.  Sorry for no new pictures, we are a little busy with the move and getting ready for the baby.

 

10/14/02

 

Well as you can see the Airplane is nearing completion and we are excited about getting it up here.  Seeing the picture of it almost complete has kind of made it sink in that we are really getting an airplane to use to get out into the bush.  A lot of folks are wanting us to come and visit and it wont be long before we can actually talk face to face instead of through the mail and over the radio.

 

The water and sewer project has been quite an adventure. We kept having cave-ins and the sewer line was deeper that expected.  However we are hooked up to city sewer and should be hooked up to water in the next day or two.  Everything is ready to be covered up after the city taps us into the mains.  The house is livable again but there are a few things that Adam needs to finish up before it will be fully functional but that’s going to have to wait for a few days because…….

 

We are going to the Hospital Tuesday morning (10/15/02) so they can induce Lyndy, we should have a baby soon!!!  There are no problems other than she is way past her due date and the Doctor doesn’t want to risk anything becoming a problem.  It will be difficult to update the web site in Fairbanks so we will have to wait until we get home to post pictures and stats.  Please pray that things go well and that there will be no complications.

 

Check back in a few days for all the info on the baby!

 

10-18-02
Miriam Grace White
7lbs. 14oz.
21 inches
10-15-02 11:40 PM ADT

 

Now that all the figures are known we’ll give you the rest of the story.
Things went slowly at first, Tuesday.  We arrived at the Hospital with Lyndy having contractions most of the way to town.  After we got up to the room and all the necessary forms and releases were signed it was decided to see how things would progress on their own.  And things were not fast enough for everyone so they tried to break Lyndy’s water to see how that would change the pace, didn’t work.  Then they tried drugs and then things started to pick up.  Around 9:00 PM the nurse actually broke Lyndy’s water and it was the home stretch.  They say your first delivery is the hardest, and from my perspective (Adam) I would say that held true, you better ask Lyndy though.

 

Miriam has dark brown hair and a lot of it!  Long fingers and toes and for now has brownish hazel eyes.  We’ll see if she can keep that much hair and eye color.  She sleeps and eats and loves to look around and watch her big sister.  Sabrina is doing well and adjusting fine to the role of big sister.

 

We checked out of the Hospital Thursday and due to the bad weather we decided to stay in Fairbanks one more night.  We didn’t want to be that far away from town if we needed to head back for some reason.  We finally made it home Friday evening and wow is it good to be home.  The cabin is not ready to live in yet, soon we hope.  Adam is working on it every moment he can so for now we are still in the camper.

 

11/05/02

 

To paraphrase Mark Twain; “The rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.”

 

We are about 40 miles north of the epicenter of the 7.9 earthquake that hit last Sunday.  There are still aftershocks, some as big as 5.1.  We are fine and there was very little damage here in Nenana.  There was however a lot of road damage and the Pipeline was shut down.  Check these web sites for more detailed information and news paper articles from Anchorage,  Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute and for good pictures of the damage click here.

 

We are back in the cabin!  We have running hot and cold water, a tub/shower and a toilet and all of it indoors!  That may not seem like that big of a deal to most but we have lived with out those “basics” for over a year and a half.

 

Things are as busy as ever.  We are still adjusting to having Miriam around and not having the help of “Granny”.  Adam’s mom was up all last month and his sister and dad were here for a short time to see Miriam and help finish the cabin.  Thanks for all your help!!!

 

We are anxiously awaiting news that the airplane is finished.  We will update the web site when we hear more news and hopefully have pictures too.

 

11-24-02

 

Winter should be here by now but it seems to be taking it’s time.  We have very little snow and the temperatures have been setting records on the high end.  We are not complaining too much, like an infamous Alaska bumper sticker says…. “Alaskans for global warming

 

Miriam continues to do well and is growing fast.  She gained over 2 pounds her first month and is starting to interact with us more everyday.  Last week the church held a baby dedication service.  It was a wonderful time of committing to raise our children in the ways of God and a time for the church to voice it’s commitment to stand with us.

 

The airplane is getting closer to being done!  It’s in flight testing right now and should be done any day.  We hoped to be able to go down as a family and bring it back up before Christmas but Miriam is too young for that long of a trip in a small airplane.  So it just going to be Adam and with the holidays rapidly approaching it seems prudent to wait till the first of the year to make the trip.  Keep checking back for more information and pictures, we will update the web site when we get new information.

 

The “Bluegrass Hour” continues to generate a lot of listener response and is a pleasure for Adam to do.  It’s also a wonderful way to introduce folks to the Gospel and God’s love.
AWANA is going strong and it is such a pleasure to see kids memorizing God’s word.  Last week we had a boy accept Christ, pray for his growth and for his family to make the same decision that he made.
We are trying to take advantage of every opportunity to catch up with folks when they come to town.  Tomorrow we plan to meet up with some friends that we have never meet face to face.  They enjoy Bluegrass music and all play instruments, Adam hopes to get a few songs recorded for the program before the visit is over.
Lyndy continues to be a part of the ladies activities at church and their outreach to the community.  It’s neat to see all the participation from the ladies in town.
Adam continues to have a small but faithful Sunday school class every Sunday.  1 – 6th graders are quite the sponges and it’s encouraging to hear them tell you all the details of the lessons from the past quarter.
Sabrina is learning many things from the Bible stories we read to her.  It’s so neat to see her make the connections with things she has learned from the stories to things she sees in real life.  Every fish she sees is “onah” and every picture of a baby is “beby esus”.  Children are truly a blessing from the Lord!

 

12-06-02

 

We have received word from Maule that the finishing touches on the airplane are almost complete!  The plan is to head down and pick it up the first week of January.  Keep checking for the latest news and plans.  Feel free to look at a few pictures of the airplane.

 

12/30/02

 

The airplane is finished!
We have wired the final payment and Adam is making plans to head south by mid-January.  Keep checking back for details of the trip.

 

We are sending out our year end letter and traditional family picture, look for it soon.  If your not on the “snail-mail” list and would like to be, send us an e-mail.  Those of you who have requested that we send you our “paper letter” via e-mail you will get this letter through the regular mail so you can have a copy of the picture too (suitable for the refrigerator or dart board).

 

We pray that you had a wonderful Christmas.  We have had an enjoyable time visiting with friends and spending Christmas day at home.  Adam did go to KIAM for “A Bluegrass Christmas” for a couple of hours Christmas day.  It was requested that he do another Christmas special this year, listener response has been picking up recently and it’s an encouragement to Adam and the folks at KIAM.  What a great opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas all the while listening to great Bluegrass music.

 

Winter has finally come to Interior Alaska.  We are having subzero temperatures and we have a little more snow.  We still need another foot or so to make it easier for traveling in the bush but the cold is good for the trappers.  After all how can you say it’s winter when your above zero?

2001 Updates

01/02/01
We hope your Christmas and New Year celebrations went well, we surely enjoyed the holiday season.  Both Lyndy and Adam battled the flu for a few days around Christmas but thankfully Sabrina did not catch anything.  
Looking at the calendar it’s not that long until we will be heading back to Alaska!  Adam has finalized the design for the crates for all of our “stuff” and construction will start soon.  Before crates he first has to get the Subaru running well enough to make it out to Texas and back.  It has developed a bad knock and may need major engine work.  The reason for the trip to Texas is that we have once again been asked to represent The Master’s Mission at LeTourneau University’s Mission Emphasis Week January 22nd through the 26th.  If you are in East Texas we hope to be able to spend a few extra days and see as many of as possible.  If you can, e-mail us your schedule for that week! There is a link on the “Contact Us” page.
01/11/01
     Many of you may not have heard but  there was concern for Sabrina and her not gaining weight fast enough.  Well all the worries are over! She is now above her birth weight and is averaging an ounce a day weight gain.  We had Sabrina’s dedication Sunday January 7th at Covington Christian Church.  Adam did the ceremony and almost could not make it through because both he and Sabrina were crying so much.  See our pictures page for a couple of snap shots.
     Plans are still on for our trip to Texas in a couple of weeks.  We hope to have the Subaru ready for the trip but it remains to be seen if it will be road worthy by then.  Adam has fixed the engine knock and hopes to have the heater problem solved soon.
     We are still waiting for paperwork from the City of Nenana to finalize the lease at the Nenana Airport.  No problems are expected and everything has been agreed to verbally but we are waiting for written documentation before we actually sign anything.
       Thanks for all the feedback, we have found that this is a very effective method of keeping folks abreast of all that is going on.
01/18/01
     Sabrina continues to gain weight and we are all getting a little better at this whole thing.  She is starting to sleep a lot more at night and we are all grateful for the rest.  Sabrina is six weeks old today and it seems like we just came home from the hospital, man how time flies!
     Well the Subaru is back on the road!  After several days of working on it Adam has once again got it road worthy.  The engine noise turned out to be a bad timing belt idler and the ventilation system was quite an involved project.  A word of advice for all of you, do let mice nest in the vents and ducts of your car.  The accumulation of “foreign material” really does a number in preventing the heater from doing it’s job, not to mention the hideous smell.
     We leave for North Carolina today to resupply with literature and other supplies for the trip to Texas.  We will of course take advantage of the time at TMM to show off Sabrina and catch up with all of the folks there.  After Texas the crunch really hits.  We start building crates and packing things and making final preparation for our return to Alaska!
     Our next update to the web page will be after our return from Texas.  We hope to have a few pictures and other wonderful things to share about the trip.  Thanks for your interest!
02/02/01
We had a wonderful and productive time in Texas! We also learned that traveling with a baby can be a little difficult and time consuming.  We were able to make the 700 mile trip in about 22 hours.  (It normally takes 10-12 hours.)  
The main propose for the trip was to represent The Master’s Mission at LeTourneau University’s “Mission Emphasis Week”.  Our goal was to recruit folks to come out on their Spring Break and help with all the projects at TMM’s headquarters in North Carolina and to encourage the students to consider full time Missions.  Adam’s years at LeTourneau were a big factor in where he is today and these annual conferences had a big impact on him.  It was also wonderful to see many of you while we were there.  Sorry if we missed you, we know some of you were sick and others were out of town.
We are on the road again!  This time it’s to The Master’s Mission in North Carolina.  Adam will build our crates, work on the trailer and put the finishing touches on the truck while we are there.  Lyndy and Sabrina will participate in a Women’s Conference the last half of the week.
On February 25th Adam will be ordained at Covington Christian Church, we would like to invite all of you who are able to make the trip.  This will be another valuable asset in Alaska.  We will be sure to post pictures here on the web page.
02/17/01
Well all the crate pieces are built and we have one crate full and are in the process of packing the others.  The time at The Master’s Mission last week was VERY productive and it’s always fun to see the folks there.
As you all know Adam and his Dad will start driving back to Alaska March 17th.  They hope to beat Lyndy, Sabrina and Adam’s Mom who will be flying up March 29th.  We are sorry to say that Lyndy and Sabrina will not be able to stop over in the Seattle area because of ticket prices.  However, we plan to stop by when we come back to the “lower 48” to pick up the airplane next September.  With the threat of all the strikes with the airlines we are praying that there will not be any trouble with their traveling.
A couple of items that we urgently need your prayers on. 1) We are still not sure where we will be living this summer.  We have a couple of leads on houses to rent but nothing very promising.  2) That the funding will come through for the hangar project.  We need to have some sort of structure built to house the airplane and ourselves buy this September.
02/27/01
If you have been keeping up with our calendar page you will notice that our departure date is rapidly approaching.  You also would have seen that Adam was Ordained on the 25th.  It was a wonderful time and it was great to see a lot of old friends.
We now have three of the four crates packed!  We hope that we will have room for all of our stuff.  We also hope that it will all get there in one piece, the roads are notoriously bad.  We have partially solved our housing problem!  The Lord has provided a 27.5 ft 5th Wheel camper!  We have the use of a second truck to pull it to Alaska.  It looks like we will have a caravan heading north.  We only need to find a place to park it till we can get the lot at the airport prepared.
Please continue to pray that the funding for the hangar project will be supplied.  The camper is a great short term solution for our housing dilemma,  we need something more permanent by Fall 2001.
03/15/01
Well ready or not the time has come to head North.  Adam and his Dad and some friends from North Carolina will start the trip tomorrow.  It’s going to be quite a convoy, Adam will drive our truck pulling “the Trailer”, the Doxey’s will be pulling the camper for us and Randy will be driving the Subaru.  That’s right, we were not able to get the Subaru on the trailer so it will have to be driven to Alaska.  If things go according to plan they hope to pull into Nenana 26th, 10 days after they left Covington, GA.
Please pray for good weather and good driving conditions and no mechanical problems.  We hope to have a “travel log” to put on the site by the end of the trip so check back for updates.  Lyndy hopes to get a prayer letter in the mail before she and Sabrina fly North.  We have been extremely busy getting ready for the move, it’s tough to keep up with everything.
03/20/01
Minot, ND
We are ready to cross the US-Can. Border this morning and the trip has gone well so far.  The truck and trailer are extremely heavy (23,000 lbs total) and it’s been slow going but all is going well.  I am averaging 9.5 miles per gallon and am having to downshift quite a lot.  We have had great weather and the road conditions have been fair.  A small bump to a car is magnified when you are this heavy.  Please pray that the border crossing will go well and that there will be no delays.  I will probably not be able to update the page while in Canada so expect more news after I get into Alaska!
Thanks for your prayers and look for a prayer letter in the mail soon.
NENANA, ALASKA
04/09/01
     Well, we have all made it to Alaska and we are glad to finally be back.  Sorry it has taken so long to get out an update, we now have Internet access.  I will try to give you an overview of the past few weeks.  A lot has happened so bear with me.  Also don’t forget to look at the pictures page for snap shots from the trip.
     The last up date was from North Dakota three weeks ago.  The caravan made it through the Canadian border just fine.  A funny side note, the guard asked “You live in Alaska, where are your guns”. Folks in Alaska are known around the world for there guns I guess.  We were all shocked at the prices in Canada, although the exchange rate almost brought things back to normal.
     We made it to Edmonton without any problems and decided to stop for the afternoon to take in the sites and the West Edmonton Mall.  The world’s largest mall; indoor wave pool, submarine ride, full size theme park indoors, and over 800 stores!  It was a nice change of pace for the thousands of miles behind us. By this time we have been seeing winter weather and below zero temps at night.  The vehicles needed to be plugged in at night so we got a hotel room.
     If you remember the truck is extremely overweight and until Dawson Creek     I had no problems with weight stations.  The officials in British Columbia made me buy an over weight permit for $96, it could have been a lot worse.  They could have prohibited us from going any further without reducing the weight.
Fort St. John was the next stop with excitement.  Suspicious that the block heater was not working on my truck I started tracking down the problem after we set up in an RV Park for the night.  The problem was a bad plug, not hard to fix when you can find a replacement.  You guessed it, I had to buy an extension cord to get a serviceable plug.  That night it got down to -23f and I was thankful that the truck was preheated, it would not have started otherwise.  By the way, the camper gets a little drafty when it’s that cold outside but stays warm none the less.
     Fort Nelson was next.  We actually made it an hour and a half past Ft. Nelson but had to return because the Subaru lost an alternator belt.  If you look at a map you will see that there is not much beyond Ft. Nelson and why we backtracked.  This also gave us time to fix the plug on the Doxey’s block heater.
     Perhaps the most newsworthy event of the trip was the incident in Haines Junction, Yukon.  The long story short, 23 thousand pounds gets squirrelly on an ice covered sloping parking lot.  Despite all my efforts I was unable to stop the truck from sliding down the hill and hitting the last gas pump and the concrete pillar in the gas island.  The pump was leaking fuel and the truck’s left front corner was crumpled.  After some time talking to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (by the way they don’t ride horses anymore and those cool red uniforms are just for show) and the owner of the store we found a place for the night.  The truck will need quite a bit of work to be fixed, good news is that it mostly cosmetic.  There was no damage to the radiator or other mechanically necessary parts.  Thankfully the truck is still road worthy.
     The border crossing back into the US went off with out a hitch and it was great to be back.  The only time we had a problem with weather was when we got to Fairbanks.  It was snowing so hard that the plow trucks could not keep up with the snowfall.  We decided to stay in town for the night and I showed the Doxey’s and my Dad around town.  While we were at a local fur buyer we ran into Nate Turner, a friend of ours that lives in the “Bush”.  We meet for dinner and enjoyed catching up, it was a treat for the Doxey’s to meet Nate and hear about the real Alaska.
     We made it to Nenana with a day to spare before Lyndy, Sabrina and my Mom flew into Fairbanks.  This was just enough time to get the camper set up in a friends yard and clean things up a bit.  It has been great to have my folks here but four adults and a baby in a camper makes for close company.  We took advantage of the opportunity to get out of the “house” and went to the Fairbanks Home Show the last weekend of March.  We were able to make a lot of contacts and look at a lot of neat products and ideas.  I was able to find out about a workshop that the Alaska Cooperative Extension was giving about building in the Arctic.  I attended the workshop last weekend and it was very much worth my time.  It will come in handy this summer!
     Everyone we have seen in town is excited to see us back and we have had a chance to see several friends from the “Bush” on their trips to town.  The City of Nenana has cleared the snow from our lot at the airport and removed the saplings from the building site in the process.  This is a tremendous blessing, this will allow us to start building sooner because we do not have to wait for the snow to melt and take the time to remove the trees.  Of course all of the plans for building are pending on the funds being available.  Please continue to pray that we will be able to build this summer.
04/19/01
     We have started to get settled and acclimated to the weather.  It is still getting cool at night (mid teens to mid twenties) and the days are starting to warm up too.  The camper is doing great and we are grateful for the place to stay.
     We have had several opportunities to get involved in the activities around town.  Lyndy and Sabrina participated in a Ladies night out a week ago and Adam went to the City Council meeting verses spending the evening by himself.  The school had a play a couple of weeks ago and it was neat to see a lot of folks from town.  The most common reaction from everyone is, “wow you guys did come back”. (They don’t say y’all this far north)  We have also run into several folks that live out in the “Bush,” it is always exciting to catch up with their lives.  It makes us impatient, wishing we had the airplane now!
     Speaking of the airplane.  The factory has told us that they are close to finishing the certification process for the gross weight increase.  If you remember from past updatesMaule hopes to increase the useful load a minimum of 300 lbs.  This means that they are very close to starting work on our plane.  I checked the FAA’s web site yesterday and our N number (registration #) has been reserved, N412EP.  We picked that sequence because it’s the closest we could get to Ephesians 4:12 which says; “To prepare God’s people for works of service, so the body of Christ may be built up.”
The City of Nenana has cleared a portion of the airport lot for us!  This will allow the ground to thaw a little faster and we don’t have to worry about standing water.  With the melting snow Adam was able to find the survey markers for our lot and this will save us from having a new survey done.  It is still uncertain if we will be able to build this summer, continue praying for the funding.   We have considered moving the camper out to the lot for the summer, but we need water and power first.  We also need some sort of secure storage for all of our belongings.  The trailer is still loaded with all of our crates because we do not have anywhere else to put them.
     We have added a few new pages to the web site.  The Past Updates page is now divided by year and the Pictures page has three more pages that we will keep updated as things change.
05/01/01
As I am writing this it is snowing!  It’s 34f and the snow is not sticking but Winter is not giving up without a fight!
We are now able to get insurance on the airport property, thanks to a special gift!  This is required by the lease and our activities have been limited up to this point.  We will now be able to get out and clear some more brush and mark the boundary lines and lay out where the building and road will be.
We have found a good source for seagoing containers, $2,000 will get a 40 ft. container and have it delivered to the airport.  This will provide a secure place to store all of our belongings and give us room to actually get to the tools we need to build with.  But first we need gravel to put in a driveway and pad for the container (est. $1,400) and it may be awhile until gravel is available.  Everyone has sold their stockpiles over the winter.  The gravel comes from dredging the gravel pits and rivers and it’s a couple of weeks before they breakup.
We are rapidly approaching deadlines for the short Alaskan building season.  May 11th is the 10 week deadline to have a building on order from the “lower 48”.  If we order by this date we will have it here in time to “dry it in” before we head south to pick up the airplane.  We are still unsure what type of hangar we will be able to build.  We have plans in place for several options ranging from $25,000 (An open ended Quonset hut with no living quarters.) to $300,000 (A 50’x75′ steel hangar with a shop and apartment with radiant floor heat throughout.).  As of the last week of April we do not have enough money to get the container and gravel without using all of our personal savings.  Please pray for God’s provision.
05/16/01
It’s been awhile since we’ve updated the web site but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening.
Spring has finally arrived, officially and technically.  The river broke up and started flowing May 8th, we have seen a boat or two in the river and an airplane flying with floats.  We did get 4 inches of new snow a couple of weeks ago but it’s in the 60’s during the day and down in upper 20’s at night.  The geese and swans are back and the other birds are singing.  This time of year is great.
We have been talking with Voice for Christ Ministries (the radio station) and Adam will start volunteering on the air once a week!  It appears that he will be on the air Saturday afternoons and evenings.  The “Bluegrass Hour” will start back up soon after Adam gets back in the groove of things.  We will let you know when he starts so you can tune in over the internet.
We now have all the paper work finished for the property insurance.  The only hold up to the start of construction is money.   We hope to get a gravel driveway and a 40′ container soon, that’s all we have money for.
The Subaru gave us a scare last week but has lived to run again.  Come to find out one of the timing belts jumped time by 20 degrees after loosing several teeth.  It took awhile to get it put back together because of the weather and getting parts from Fairbanks.  Working outside on a gravel driveway didn’t help much either.  It will be nice to have a hangar to work in.
We have had several opportunities to minister too.  Church is going well and we will start teaching the 7 to 11 year old Sunday School in a couple of weeks.  We had a chance to talk to some friends who had questions about the Jehovah Witness that are coming by their place and we are catching up with other folks that are coming and going.
06/04/01
Well Adam is just about ready to take responsibility for the Saturday evening shift on “The I Am Radio Network”.  You can tune in over the internet and listen anytime 6 Am till midnight Alaska time but if you want to hear Adam listen in 3 PM till midnight Alaska time on Saturdays.  A lot of things have changed in the two years we have been gone but some things are still the same, people still need to hear the message of the Gospel and radio is an excellent first step to starting a relationship.
Adam will have a chance to do some flying soon.  VFCM (Voice for Christ Ministries, they operate the radio station) needs to get a couple of plane loads of material to their station in Bethel.  Adam will be helping out and flying the same plane he flew when we were here previously.  It will be good for him to see the folks in Bethel again but as before it makes us anxious to have our plane here so we can get out and visit folks in the “bush”.
If you look at the center of the aerial picture, just to the right of the dirt road, you can see our lot.  The driveway should be going in very soon and we hope to get a container by the 15th of this month.  This will be just in time for the first work group to help get it leveled, painted, and our things moved into it, they arrive the 19th of June.  As for the hangar, it is too late in the building season to start such a large project.  There is still time to build an unheated Quonset hut type structure that would house the airplane, the container and the camper over the winter.  This would cost around $20,000 to complete, $15,000 for the building and $5,000 for additional site work and foundation.  If you remember from the last update were pretty much broke so we are still in a holding pattern.
The plan was to be living in a hangar before winter so this begs the question, where will we live for the winter?  We have been looking at several different options ranging from renting a house for the winter, building a small cabin in a friends yard that we could move to the airport when we get water and sewer, or somehow making the camper suitable to live in through the -30f winter.  Each of these have their pros and cons, pray for wisdom and God’s provision.
We are putting the finishing touches on a prayer letter right now so keep an eye in the mailbox.  The past few months has been a real stretch of our faith, thank you for your involvement in God’s work in our lives.
06/10/01
Today was our first Sunday of Sunday School.  It went very well and it’s fun showing the kids God’s truth.  We had three boys and hope to add a few girls next week.
We have a culvert waiting to be put in when the driveway is being built.  It should be done sometime this week.  We have a 40′ container now and it will be delivered Friday the 15th.  This will let us finally unload our trailer and get to the things we need.  Check the pictures page for a look at our progress!
This week is going to be a busy week!  The water pump in the truck needs to be changed before we can get to Fairbanks to get the supplies we need to level the container.  We also have a few things to do to get ready for the first work group that’s coming up the 19th.  Adam is scheduled to fly a couple loads of freight to Bethel for VFCM this week.  He has also been asked by the City Assembly to address them Thursday night about the importance of the airport and help them understand a couple of questions the FAA has asked them to answer.  Lyndy will be in a planning meeting for the “Cabin Fever Club” Thursday night too. The container will be delivered Friday morning.  We are also stuffing 275 envelopes getting ready to send out the latest prayer letter.  All this plus the usual things of life!
Adam’s first shift on the radio by himself went great and he enjoyed being on the air again.  “The Bluegrass Hour” will probably start up the first Saturday in July and will be aired at 6 PM so tune in on the internet!
06/27/2001
What a busy couple of weeks!  Adam has had an opportunity to fly over 25 hours for VFCM in the span of a week. The work group from Covington, GA is hear and it’s great to have them.  Of course Adam’s folks are excited to see Sabrina again.
The container is very nice to have!  It has been leveled and we have it full with all the things that were in the crates on our trailer.  It is wonderful to have access to things that have been packed away for a long time. It’s amazing how much stuff you can live without.  The next work group that comes up in a few weeks will build shelves out of the old crates so we can organize everything and get to it a lot easier.
The rest of the time the group from Covington is here will be spent on gathering firewood for the long Alaska winter that’s just around the corner.  Speaking of the weather,  we have two very large forest fires burning close to Nenana.  One fire is about 14 miles south of town and the smoke and ashes from the other fire was coming into town and reduced visibility to less than a half mile.  We are in no danger due to the efforts of the firefighters and the winds and of course God’s protection.
07/14/01

The fires are no longer a concern.  Rain has put out the one south of town and the other fire is just smoldering out in the middle of nowhere.  Thanks for everyone asking about us and your prayers.

The group from Covington was a joy to have around and a lot was accomplished.  The next group will be up July 22nd through the 28th and plans have changed as to their projects.  They will now help us build a 12’X16′ cabin that will be a lot easier to heat in the winter.  We have received a gift that will pay for the majority of the construction cost.  We will finish the interior as funds are available.  We would like to have the cabin at the airport but we don’t have water or sewer there and the city won’t allow outhouses.  So we will build the cabin in a friends yard and have access to their plumbing.  The cabin will be constructed so it will be easy to move out to our lot at the airport when we get a well and septic system.

 

We still hope to build a hangar at the airport when the funds are available.  We are  pressing on and are looking forward to having the airplane to expand our ministry.

 

07/23/01

 

The second work group of the summer is here and we are getting a lot done!  We have started on the cabin and I will try to update the pictures every day.  It rained most of the day today, more than the entire summer it seems.  We were still able to work under the tarps and peel logs.  Things should progress rather quickly from here.

 

07/31/01

 

Well we are wondering if we should have built an Ark instead of a Cabin.  We have had over 5 inches of rain in the past two weeks.  That’s almost half of our annual precipitation.  The folks from Georgia were a blessing to have and we all worked together very well as you can see from the pictures.  We could not have done this without them.

 

On another front, we still do not have definite word as to the delivery date of the airplane.  If it is not ready by the middle of Sept. we will wait to go get it next spring.  There is no need flying back to Alaska in the winter.

 

08-15-01

 

Things seem to be going slower on the cabin now that most of the progress is “finish work”.  We had help from some friends here in town this week with the spline boards in the window and door openings.  The next step is to seal the logs, of course it needs to stop raining.  We are in the rainy season now and it shows no sign of letting up.  We have a source of heat for the cabin, a Monitor heater, we determined that wood heat would not be practical if we were to be gone for an afternoon much less a couple of days.

 

We have received word from Maule about the airplane.  It will not be ready until next spring at the earliest.  There have been delays in getting the FAA down for inspections and there has also been a few design changes in the gross weight increase project.  It will work out fine to wait for the plane for several reasons. First we will have a far more versatile airplane when it’s completed, it will give us the capability to carry full fuel with just about any load (fuel in the tanks is a precious commodity here in Alaska).  Second this will give us more time to recoup from the expense of building the cabin and continue saving up for a hangar.

 

On other fronts:
     “The Bluegrass Hour” starts Saturday August 25th at 6:10 PM Alaska time (that’s 4 hours behind Eastern).  You can listen live online.
     Nenana Community Church sponsored a basketball camp last week for the kids in town.  We are excited about the follow up opportunities we will have through our Sunday School Class.
     September is Moose season.  Now that we won’t be “outside” getting the airplane, Adam hopes “to put some meat on the table” this year.

 

09-05-01

 

It’s starting to get cool at night now and we are every mindful that winter is right around the corner.  The cabin continues to keep our day’s full.  Adam still hopes to get out and moose hunt this year but shelter is more important than food right now.  There are several new pictures so you can see of our progress.

 

We are also stuffing envelopes with our latest paper version of The White Pages so keep an eye in the mail box. A little known bit of trivia for you, we send out almost 300 copies of our Prayer letter so it takes a while to get them out.  Now you know why the web site and e-mail has spoiled us!

 

Please continue to pray for the City of Nenana,  Our Mayor was married last month and will be moving out of state soon so we have the whole election thing to go through again.  However a more important thing to pray about is that there were two High School Students that tried to commit suicide last night.  They are alive and recovering in the Fairbanks Hospital.  Alaska has a suicide rate that is 86% higher than the national average.  Winter is coming and with it comes depression and substance abuse and all the associated problems.  Please pray that we will be able to show folks the real way out and how to deal with their troubles.

 

09-22-01

 

The events of the past few weeks have had a great impact on Alaska.  The shutdown of the U.S. airspace crippled Alaska.  Everyone relies on aircraft for things that range from mail delivery to food and fuel to personal transportation.  Alaska has more aircraft per capita than any other place in the U.S.  We heard reports that there were over 600 hunters and fishermen stranded in the woods with no idea what was going on and waiting for their pickup, Nome was without milk and bread for three days.  Several aircraft from the ‘Bush” were intercepted by F-15’s only to then find out that the airspace system had been shut down because of the attacks.  The FAA realized the importance of aviation to the state’s economy and safety and lifted all the restrictions a few days later.  It’s my understanding the “lower 48” took several more days to get airplanes back in the air and there are still some restrictions that we don’t have to worry about up here.

 

Alaska also has a very large military presence, several sites are still on the highest state of alert from what we hear.  Clear Air Station the radar site just a few miles South of us is “locked down” and we understand that most of the civilian contractors are still not allowed back on the base.  We have also heard that the folks stationed there are having to eat MRE’s vs. eating at the base cafeteria because of the “lock down”.

 

One thing we have noticed is that folks are thinking a lot more about eternal things and worrying about the future.  Pray that we will have the opportunities to help folks with those questions and that God will give us the answers.  A song I played last week on the Bluegrass Hour, Seven Hillsides by Ricky Skaggs, had the best words of comfort that I’ve heard so far.
     “The time has come to keep the Faith for others shattered by their loss, remind them of the loving God who’s Son like theirs paid the cost to save a sad and wicked world, through sacrifice our love is heard.”

 

It is especially in times like these that we see the this world’s need for Jesus.  Thank you for your part in keeping us in Alaska where we can be a help to those in need of a Savior.  We pray that you are able to help those around you too.

 

10-24-01

 

     Wow, has it been that long since we updated the web site?  Time has been flying the past month.  Winter came in like a lion and we already have several inches of snow with temperatures forecasted to get down to -20f this weekend. The river here in town is almost frozen over as well.

 

“Termination dust”, aka snow, fell around Oct. 10th and it won’t go away until  spring. We prefer to call it “determination dust” especially when you have a thousand things that have to get done before the snow sticks.  One of those thousands was getting the cabin livable.  That job was wrapping up just in time for the furnace to go out in the camper.  Adam is still working on the finishing touches but it’s wonderful to be living in the cabin!

 

Things are going great with “The Bluegrass Hour”.  The listener response is positive and we have already received several invitations to come and visit folks.  If we just had a way to get out to some of them but more on that in a bit.  Many of you have commented that you can’t get the radio on the internet any more.  Sorry.  Due to some pending legal battles many stations across the US have decided to stop their internet feed until things are resolved, VFCM included.  Apparently there are some problems with artist and voice talent wanting to get more in royalties if their work is on the internet.  There has also been talk of making the increased royalties retroactive, and this might be cost prohibitive for a lot of stations.  It seems to be a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face, although a workman is worthy of his hire.  Somewhere is the balance.

 

We received word from Maule and testing is going extremely well for the gross weight increase.  The wing passed with flying colors, and the tailwheel is next.  The FAA needs to review things and we all know that the government’s wheels sometime turn slowly.  Please continue to pray that things will progress rapidly and safely.  We still expect to take delivery spring/summer 2002.

 

We continue to enjoy our Sunday School class.  We average between 5-6 kids and it’s always an adventure.  It’s fun to share with them the great stories and truths of the Bible.

 

11-30-01

 

Once again another month has come and gone and we are happy to be in the cabin.  We have had temperatures down to almost -30f and strong winds but are staying very warm and cozy.  Thank you to everyone who had a part in the cabin project.

 

Thank you also to all the “proofreaders” out there.  On the last update I stated that Winter had come in like a loin (vs. lion).  Well, I don’t know exactly what that would have been like but thankfully it was brought to our attention and fixed.  Spell checkers are a wonderful thing but they don’t help you if you spell the wrong word correctly.

 

Sunday School is continuing to go very well.  We have one student that is asking a lot of very good questions and is wanting to know more about  what it means to be a Christian.  Please pray for him and his search for the truth.

 

There is now an AWANA club in Nenana!  We are helping out and are excited about another opportunity to share with kids about God’s love for them.  We are also excited about the impact AWANA has with the entire family of those that participate.

 

The “Bluegrass Hour” will now be a full 60 minutes.  Well, you say, that only makes sense but in radio that’s not always the case.  It used to be only 50 minutes because of news and weather but the schedule has been revised and I get a full hour now.  The program continues to receive good comments from listeners and this should be a welcomed change.  Still no word if or when VFCM will resume their internet broadcast.

 

Lyndy is also helping out at the radio station now.  She has taken over the production responsibilities of “Native New Life Radio” a 79 minute program that airs twice a week on all the outlets of the I AM radio network, plus one other station.  Native New Life is a group of folks that meet in Anchorage every Monday night and have a wonderful time of singing and testimony with a featured speaker.  This program is a tremendous outreach to the Native and Non-native communities in Alaska.  The stories of how God has used this program are too many to count.

 

December is a busy month for everyone, us included.  Sabrina will be a year old December 7th, my how time flies.  Adam’s mom will be up for the month of December and his dad and sister will be up for a couple of weeks, for Christmas.  We hope to get our Christmas letter to everyone before Christmas this year.  Last year we had to wait for Sabrina to be a part of the family.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list send us an e-mail.  We are also planning a trip into the “bush” after the first of the year to visit some friends.

 

Still no date for the airplane completion, please continue to pray that we can take delivery as soon as possible this Spring.

 

12-18-01

 

Well Granny White is here and boy is she enjoying all that time with Sabrina!  Adam’s Dad and Sister come in tonight so it will truly be a “White” Christmas.

 

Things are going well and we are very comfortable in our cabin.  We have had -40f and colder in the past week and we had no problems keeping warm.  We are having to leave two windows opened just a little to keep the humidity from getting too high.  When you have a 12’X16′ cabin with four people breathing and all the cooking that’s going on too it’s tough to keep the windows from frosting over even with arctic windows.

 

Adam has been working at the radio station everyday here recently because one of the staff families just had a baby girl!  It’s been fun to see how things run at the station during the week and we are grateful that we can let them spend some time getting settled with the new baby.  Congratulations Dave and Laura!

 

Speaking of birthdays.  Sabrina turned 1 year old December 7th.  That’s why Granny White is up so early for Christmas.  My how the year has flown by.

 

Adam had an opportunity to help deliver boxes of food to almost 30 families here in Nenana last week.  What a blessing to see the expressions and have a chance to encourage folks.  I just wish there was more time to sit down with some of them that wanted and needed to talk.  Now that all the boxes are delivered maybe there will be more opportunities now that folks know us a little better.

 

Have a wonderful Christmas and remember why we celebrate this holiday.  Jesus was born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago.

2000 Updates

06/06/00
Well after two months visiting with Lyndy’s home church in Vaughn WA we are resuming our “Tour 2000”. We plan to stop in Corvallis, OR then head to Billings, MT. From there we plan to be in the Chicago, IL area for a few days.
Lyndy is doing well and continues to have very few difficulties. We will see how she does traveling.
For those of you who do not know yet, we are expecting! Lyndy is due Dec. 2nd.
06/14/00
We have made it to Chicago without any difficulties.  We had a chance to meet with the Chairman of the Board for VFCM while in Corvallis, OR.  It was good to see Ron and talk about our return to Alaska.  Please continue to pray that we will be able to return soon, we get very homesick when we talk about God’s call on our life.  We also enjoyed our visit in Billings, MT.  We had a chance to renew a friendship and meet people interested in Alaska.
One advantage of all this traveling is that we have an opportunity to see the beauty of this wonderful country.  From OR we retraced Lewis & Clark’s trail up the Columbia River and over the mountains into the open country of the Missouri River.  We also stopped by the Whitman Mission in the SW corner of Washington.  This was one of the earliest out reaches to the Indians and then the settlers on their way on the Oregon Trail.  It was interesting to see how things have changed over the past 150 or so years.  But perhaps what was more interesting to see was how similar things are still. Alaska is a lot like the “old west”.  No gun fights, but wilderness all around and strong independent people living in the middle of nowhere.  People still need to hear the Gospel and more importantly they need to see it lived.
Lyndy is doing well and so far traveling is not a problem.  Our next stop on the “Tour” is Michigan then Indiana then it’s on to Ohio!
06/22/00
We are now in Indianapolis, IN.  Lyndy is still holding up well and we are enjoying our time with good friends.  While in Chicago we were able to see a family we knew from Alaska, the Mansfield’s.  We were also able to visit with the Clow’s, a College buddy and his wife and 7 month old twins.  From there we were in the Holland-Grand Haven area of MI, where we spent the weekend with Mike and Angie Tubergen.  They are a couple we went through the Master’s Mission with last year.  What a great weekend!  While there we had a chance to go to the Scriptorium, a collection of very old and rare copies of the Bible.  Some of the artifacts dated back to 4000 BC.  It was overwhelming to see the history of God’s written word, and reassuring to see that we can trust our copies today and that there has been very little change over the centuries.
06/28/00
We are in Canton, OH this week visiting with Lyndy’s grandparents.  It has been nice to be in the same bed for more than two nights!  Adam has taken advantage of being here to complete a correspondence course to renew his Flight Instructor rating.  While Lyndy is catching up on needed sleep.  While on our way here we stopped to see the Luse family in SW Ohio, another family we went through TMM with.  We have a meeting scheduled Friday the 30th to talk with the Pastor of Canton Baptist Temple concerning our ministry in Alaska.  Please pray that this meeting will go well and that they might be interested in supporting us in some way.  Our next stop is eastern PA., then down the coast.
07/05/00
We can see the end of the trip from here!  In some ways it makes us sad, but in other ways we are excited about the next step.  We are in the Philadelphia area right now and plan to be in North Carolina by the end of this week.  We will spend a week at The Master’s Mission then it’s on to GA.  Some have asked how many miles have we driven, well since Jan. we have put over 18,000 miles on the car and will have over 20,000 miles under our belt by the time we hit GA!  The latest figures from TMM show that we have right at $17K cash towards the airplane!  Combined with the $50K discount from Maule we only need $133K to purchase the airplane.  Please continue to pray that the Lord will supply for our needs.  We would still like to head to Alaska this Sept.
07/15/00
Well we have made a big loop around the “Lower 48”.  We arrived in Covington Saturday evening after visiting with friends we went through The Master’s Mission with.  Last week we were at TMM, catching up on paperwork and visiting friends and meeting new friends.  Adam had a chance to get out and work a little.  Sitting in a car for 6 months about drove him crazy!  Lyndy had another chance to catch up on some rest and correspondence.  Traveling has gone well but we were a little road weary.  What are our plans now?  Well, we have started to come up with several lists of things that need to be done before we head north and it’s almost staggering.  Please pray that we will have the wisdom to order our days and have the time to complete things in time.  We have considered delaying our departure until next spring even if we have all the funds available for the plane.  We also need several thousand dollars for outfitting and transportation cost.  The delayed departure will allow us more time to complete the seemingly endless list.  We have also found that it is difficult to find doctors that are willing to take a new OB patient if they have not seen them from the beginning.  If we stay we plan to remain in the Covington area until our return to Alaska.  We will still be updating the web page so stay tuned!  And please pray for wisdom!
07/25/00
Oh my, the things that can happen in a week!  We have made the decision to stay in Georgia for the winter.  There is just too much that needs to be done to make it up before the snow flies.  Monday we were in Moultrie, GA talking with the folks at the Maule factory.  While we were there we put a down payment on the airplane!  As you may remember we have said that we would not go into debt to get the airplane, and we have not.  THE LORD SUPPLIES!  It will take between 12 to 14 months for Maule to complete the plane.  This will give us the time we need to get back to Alaska in the spring and start working on a hanger to house the plane.  Lyndy is doing well and the doctor’s visit went very good last week.  We have an ultrasound scheduled in early August.
08/03/00
The Lord is good; we have had a wonderful week.  We went back to TMM for the summer graduation of candidates.  What a wonderful time of fellowship and renewal, and of course good food.  We roasted a goat African style Friday night.  It was great to see some of our classmates again as well as meeting the Hinds.  (A TMM family in Africa home for a short time.)  Yesterday we went to the doctor and had an ultrasound.  Everything is going well and the baby is healthy and very modest.  We tried to find out if we are having a girl or boy and it looks like we might have a modest girl.  She kept covering things up with her hands.  What a wonderful creation we are and what an encouraging thought to know that God knows us even when we are formed in our mother’s womb.  Next week we will head back to Moultrie, Ga. To finish putting the order in for the plane, we have to pick colors and things like that.  We are also planning a two-week trip back to Alaska in September.  This will allow us to start making preparations for our permanent return in spring 2001.  More on that later.  Thanks for wanting to keep up with us and look for a prayer letter in the coming weeks!
08/14/00
We have completed the process with the Maule factory.  The interior and radios and all the other options are selected.  No small feat considering that we wanted to make sure we got everything right from the beginning.  We have every confidence that the airplane will long out live our ability to use it.  It is also difficult to make sure that we make wise decisions.  An example: Vinyl does not hold up to extreme cold if it has to move, leather also has a difficult time.  Our only option was to come up with an all velour seat.  Maule had never done that before, everyone going to cold climates has just dealt with the standard interiors.  But because we asked, Maule will make a new version of seat (all velour no vinyl) for no additional charge.  We expect to take delivery of the airplane mid-September 2001.
We are getting involved in Adam’s home church, we were asked to start a College / Career Sunday school class.  Adam preached the early service last week and we have had many other opportunities to share.  We hope to have our prayer letter in the mail by Saturday the 19th.  So be on the lookout!
08/24/00
     We are as busy as ever!  We are working on getting things ready for our short trip to Alaska in two weeks.  There is a lot of paper work to get done and meetings to prepare for.  Adam is busy fixing folk’s vehicles; it seems that when it rains it pours!  Our Sunday school class is going well, we have been talking about how to interpret scripture and that we can trust the Bible.  Pray that we will have the words to say and that God will work in the lives of those in the class.  Not all of the prayer letters have found there way to the mail yet, be patient.
09/04/00
     Tomorrow we fly from Atlanta to Anchorage and spend two weeks getting things set up for our permanent return next spring.  We have a lot of people to meet with and a lot of details to work out.  Please pray that everything will go smoothly and that we will accomplish all we need to.  It will be wonderful to get back to Alaska even if it is for a short time.  Adam has to meet with folks at the city to get the lease of airport property started, we will also meet with contractors in Fairbanks and material suppliers in Nenana.  We hope to start construction on the hangar as soon as the ground thaws out.  Lyndy has been helping get ready for all the meetings.  Of course it will not be all work and no play, September is moose season and Adam and some of his buddies are planning to hunt for a couple of days.  We will try to update the web page but we may not have access to the Internet. As we say in radio. STAY TUNED!
09/25/00
We have made it back from Alaska! What a wonderful trip! I will update everyone with all the details very soon. Lyndy did very well traveling and the baby is doing great too!
10/03/00
Well we are still alive, sorry it has been awhile since we have updated everyone. We had a wonderful trip to Alaska and a very productive time. We have started negotiations with the city of Nenana to lease a lot at the airport for a hangar to store the airplane in. The hangar will also serve as a “Mission Base”, we will have an office and an apartment in the building. This will allow us to live at the airport for a few years and save us from paying rent someplace else in town.
The Lord was watching out for us. The lot we were originally looking at turned out to be a bad choice (too much standing water).  After talking to several folks in town we decided on a different lot (a section of the airport where an old runway used to be). The lot we are hoping to sign a lease on by the end of this month is far better suited for building than most of the other choices. We have also talked to numerous contractors in Alaska and have decided on the type of construction and who we will get to do the major work (concrete slab, erecting the steel structure). We are still hoping to have a lot of you come up next summer and help us finish out the hangar. We also trusting the Lord for the needed funds to fully complete the hangar, $250,000.
It was also a wonderful time of seeing friends, letting everyone know that we are coming back and that we have not forgotten them. It’s tough to say what time of year we enjoy best in Alaska because it is always such a beautiful place. We were there for the entire season of Fall (all two weeks of it). What a wonderful creation we live in!
Lyndy and the baby are doing great. We are seeing the Doctor every two weeks now and December 2nd is not that far off. Still no conclusive evidence that it’s a girl or a boy, which leads us to believe that our first born will be a girl. Time will tell!
What are our plans now? Well Adam has a lot of mechanic work ahead of him. The vehicles need to get ready for Alaska and the trip north. We need to find out if our truck will be able to pull a trailer large enough to load all of our earthly possessions in, including the Subaru. Which includes changing out main and rod bearings and installing a gooseneck hitch and finding a suitable trailer that is reasonably priced. Adam also hopes to be able to find the time to get his Inspection Authorization, this will allow him to do all the work on the airplane. Currently there are some things that he can not sign off and return to service (Annual inspections, Major alterations/repairs). This will save us thousands of dollars a year by not having to pay someone else just for their signature on some of Adam’s work. There are a lot of other things that need to get done before returning to Alaska next spring. Hopefully he will be able to find at least a part time job to earn a little extra money for all of the upcoming expenses.
10/13/00
The Lord is faithful!  After a tie in the mayoral race in Nenana last week there will be a run-off election next month.  What does that have to do with anything?  This allowed the current Mayor (and hopefully he will still be the Mayor) to hold the Port Authority meeting last night and they approved our lease at the airport!  They also approved our petition to build the hangar with an apartment inside!  We were concerned that if the current Mayor was voted out we may have to start the negotiations all over again.  Small town politics can be frustrating sometimes.
Adam had a chance to help with remodeling at Covington Christian this week.  It was great to work with my hands again.  On a related subject: It appears that all Adam will have to do is pass a written test and he will have his IA.  (Inspection Authorization, see the last update for more details)  It seems we can never stop studying for something.
An item of prayer: Attendance in the Sunday school we teach is down.  It’s not a reflection on our teaching, it’s a product of the members not coming home for the weekends very often.  Pray with us that we will find more folks to come to Sunday School.
Thanks for all the letters and asking about Lyndy.  We are getting more excited every day and look forward to the day we can hold this precious gift from God.
10/23/00
We traveled to Moultrie, Ga. last week, home of the Maule plant and the largest farm show in the southeast.  Our trip was twofold, first was to see how the factory was doing on some of the improvements and to see where we were in line.  We now have only 50 plane in front of us.  And the FAA has to approve drawings before flight test can begin.
The second reason was to take in the Sunbelt Expo.  If it has any remote relation to a farm it’s at the Expo.  We were looking for gooseneck trailers and hitches.  We found both.  A hitch is on its way from Alabama right now.  ($100 cheaper than we could find it anywhere else)  Adam will drive to Texas November 6th to pickup a 25-foot gooseneck trailer.  (Hundreds of  dollars cheaper than we could find it anywhere else)  You ask what about fuel cost to go to Texas and back.  Well a college buddy needs to get a car from Texas to North Carolina and is willing to pay for fuel.  It will also be an excellent time to see how our truck will handle the trip back to Alaska.  Lyndy will sit out the trip to Texas, too close to the due date for such travels.
The next week will be busy.  Adam has some work to do to the truck before the trip to Texas and we have a White Page’s Update to get in the mail to all of you.  If you are not on our mailing list or if you’re not sure you’re on it please send us an e-mail so we can make sure we keep you informed of the latest news.
11/04/00
Where does the time go?  It seems like yesterday that we were still on the road.  The past two weeks have been very busy, hardly any time to stop and think.  Doctor visits are still going good and it seems that Dec. 2nd is not that far off.  We have our “Prepared Childbirth” (if there ever is such a thing) class on Thursday nights and we are enjoying getting ready.
Last Wednesday night we had an opportunity to talk to about 50 1st through 5th graders about missions and Alaska, wow is it fun to share with folks what God is doing.  Adam had a chance to help a friend tear down a greenhouse week before last.  This week he worked on getting the truck ready to make the trip to Texas.  A lot of minor things and a few major items needed to be done.  One of the majors was to put in a gooseneck hitch, it went a little slow but turned out good.  As a result of all the work to the truck a couple of things were found that needed to be fixed that we were unaware of.  Better to happen here rather than stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.
Adam also had the chance to renew his CPR certification last Thursday.  He also has a rare privilege to go to the Georgia Fire Academy Nov. 13th through the 18th and receive training to become a First Responder.  The First Responder course goes way beyond basic First-Aid and will give Adam the knowledge to help with any medical situations that may come up.  This will be invaluable training for being in very remote places in Alaska.  He hopes to be able to ride along with the volunteer fire dept. and the county ambulance service while we are in Georgia when ever possible to get more experience.
Hopefully your copy of the postcard update has arrived. If not please let us know so we can get you one.  Thank you for wanting to know what’s going on and praying for us.  We will keep you posted!
11/22/00
Sorry that it has taken so long to update the page.  A lot has been going on the past few weeks.  Adam made it to Texas to pick up the trailer the week of the 6th through the 11th.  Now we have to start figuring out how we will get everything on it!  Adam also finished up his First Responder course at the Georgia Public Training Center last week.  He is now a First Responder for the state of Georgia.  He is studying for the National Registry (written test) so other states will recognize his training.  (This will be helpful when we get back to Alaska next spring.)  Last Friday Adam’s folks left for China for a ten-day mission trip.  We have received word that things are going very well and we actually had a chance to talk to them on the phone a couple of days ago.  Of course this week is full of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Lyndy and the baby are still doing very good, although is seems they both want this thing to be over soon.  We are extremely thankful that things are going so well with the pregnancy and are thankful that we have such a wonderful gift on the way.
12/04/00
Well the scheduled day has come and gone and the “bun” is still in the oven!  The Doctors say that both Lyndy and the baby are doing fine and if nothing happens by the 14th that they will do something about it.  Meaning they are likely to induce labor by next Thursday.  Lyndy has been fighting a cold the past week and it is adding to the difficulty she already has in not being able to sleep at night.  Lyndy has been a real trooper and is handling everything very well, however she says that this can not be over too soon!
Many have asked if we have picked out names yet.  We have, and if in fact the baby is a girl we will call her Sabrina Claire.  And if all the predictions are wrong we will name the baby Jared Phillip.  We hope to get an update and a picture posted here on the site as soon as possible after the delivery.  So keep checking from time to time because things could happen any day now!
Adam’s Mom and Dad made it back from China and had a wonderful time.  Thank you for all your prayers.
12/08/00
IT’S A GIRL!!!!!
SABRINA CLAIRE WAS BORN 7:44AM EST 12-07-00
SHE WEIGHED IN AT 8lbs 2oz AND IS 20.5 inches LONG!
EVERYONE IS DOING WELL, VERY TIRED BUT WELL! LABOR LASTED 22 LONG HOURS AND WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE HER IN OUR ARMS FINALLY.
SHE HAS HER MOMS HAIR AND HANDS AND HER DADS LONG FEET AND THE TRADITIONAL WHITE PUG NOSE! MORE PICTURES TO COME!
12/10/00
We made it home Saturday and everyone is doing well. This picture was taken Sunday afternoon. It’s amazing how much she has changed in her 3 1/2 days. I hope to be able to have things set up for an additional web site just for pictures of Sabrina some time soon. So keep looking!
12/18/00
We have settled into a routine and are enjoying being parents.  Sabrina is doing well and is a great baby!  Of course we are not biased in any way.  Yesterday was her first day in church and she was excellent!  She slept most of the service and stole the show afterward.  We went out to eat after church and some lady couldn’t believe she was a real baby, “she is just too cute to be real”.  Like Adam would be carrying around a doll in his arms.
Good news!  We have a new web site!  A wonderful Christmas present from a supporter!  It’s up and running now and we hope to have everything up to date there very soon.  When we get everything set up we will no longer keep this site updated.  This site will still be here but only to link to our new site.

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