We are in the planning stages for next summer’s work teams. Have you wanted to visit us? Are you curious how ministry in Alaska works? Do you want to help us get the hangar project completed? Here is your chance! Right now we are planning two separate work teams. The first will finish the front wall and hang the big door with other general construction projects. The second will focus on more of the electrical/mechanical aspects of the project. Go to our Facebook page to find out all the details. Hope to see you next summer!
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?
We just finished making all the reservations for Adam, Art and Bill (the Elder board of Nenana Community Church) to attend this year’s Shepherd’s Conference. Adam went with with a friend last year and really enjoyed it. He talked so much about it that he convinced the other guys that they should go with him this year.
Sabrina and I are in Anchorage for a couple days of meetings. It’s fun to have her along and it’s great to have a “personal assistant!”
The weather was not the best for the trip yesterday. I had planned to go visit friends in the bush, read about the reason for the trip in this post. Warm winds from the south and cold air on the surface caused a large area of fog to develop rather quickly and I had to keep changing plans.
Sometimes we wonder if we are just spinning our wheels or marking time then God reminds us why He has us here. Saturday night while I (Adam) was at the radio station I got word that the son of close friends in the bush was just diagnosed with MS and the mother of another friend in the bush was facing a heart valve replacement. I was able to pick music during “The Bluegrass Hour” that reminded them who God is and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I was also able to pray for them live on the air. Today I got a phone call from one of them thanking me for the music, the reminder and for making them feel not so isolated. Tomorrow I am flying out to visit with the them, along the way I will be picking up another friend in the bush and bringing them with me. Pray for the time of fellowship and encouragement.
Another family in the bush was medi-vaced today because the wife has had chest pains for several weeks. Thankfully the doctors say that she will be fine after placing a stint. I am waiting to hear back what I need to do to help finish closing up their place during tomorrow’s flight. They had to leave so soon that things were not completely shut down and their house is not prepared to freeze without major damage to their supplies. Here is a link to a story in the Fairbanks Newsminer telling the story.
Every December Roger and Carole Huntington from Kokrine Hills Bible Camp go to Buckland (close to Kotzebue) for a week of follow-up with kids that attend camp during the summer. I’m not sure who is more excited to see each other, the kids or Roger and Carole. Again the airplane is proving to be a valuable tool in ministry. I picked them up at camp flew them out. Although it was long day (7 hours flight time) it is worth the effort. This time of encouragement and fellowship means so much this time of year.
Ever wonder where Buckland is?
Here is a map of the route of flight.