Here's the latest from Pastor Darryll and our mission team in Willow, Alaska.
Thursday was a much deserved holiday for the Alaska VIM Team. Even so we had plenty of opportunities to fellowship with the people of Willow. The annual 4th of July parade is a highlight of the town and in spite of the rainy weather, most of the town turned out to see all the fire trucks, floats, sled dogs, a few horses, and a few old cars. Some members of our team even participated by walking in the parade for Fran's recycling effort. Following the parade, everyone gathered at the Willow community center for hotdogs and hamburgers, a real traditional American feast. Several remarked that it was the coldest July 4th they had ever experienced with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees.
The remainder of our day was spent with a trip up north to Talkeetna, a tourist spot and the starting point for those attempting to climb Denali. We decided not to climb! And unfortunately the weather was still rainy and the mountain was shrouded in clouds. We enjoyed a meal together and warm fellowship along with some browsing of the souvenir shops. On our way back from Talkeetna, we had our second moose sighting; this time a pair of moose within a few miles of the church.
Today is our last work day and we have several projects to complete including cutting firewood for one more family and finishing the flower beds around the church. Then it is off to Anchorage Saturday morning to prepare to fly home on very early Sunday morning.