Sunday, June 30, 2013

Alaska Mission Team: Update #1

Pastor Darryll just sent the first of many updates from Alaska. Here's how the trip is going so far. We will post more updates throughout the week! Please continue to keep this team in your prayers. 

We arrived safely in Willow at 2 a.m. local time (6 a.m. EDT) on Saturday. Today we will worship with the people of Willow UMC in the morning and then share a fellowship dinner. Among the promised dishes are moose, bear, and salmon. This is their pastor Dan Lush's last Sunday. He is retiring, moving to Homer, Alaska next week, and a new pastor will arrive on Sunday, July 7, shortly after we leave for home.

Starting tomorrow we will be cutting firewood with local families and working on new flower beds around the church. On Wednesday we work in the Food Pantry and with a summer feeding program that Fran Lynch has started for the children of Willow. On Thursday we are marching in the 4th of July parade and then joining the entire town of Willow for lunch. We also hope to visit Talkeetna, about an hour north of here toward Denali to do a bit of sightseeing on one evening.

The sun is "up" for about 20 hours and it never really gets dark, just dusk followed by sunrise. Mosquitos are huge so we have developed a new way of praising God. As frightening as it may seem to the fine folks of Church Street, it involves clapping your hand together to kill a mosquito followed by the exclamation "Praise God."  The mosquitos are still winning but we are in good spirits.  The mosquito nets that go over our hats will help also. 

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