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Day Two - Monday

This morning we all started waking up at 4am because we are not used to the Alaska time change just yet. Maybe we will all have better luck tomorrow! Grace Works served us breakfast and then we quickly transitioned into our orientation for the week! At orientation all of the groups were introduced and we got to learn more about the area we are serving in and how the week will work. We have been told that grizzly bears often frequent the neighborhood we are staying in, but no one has seen any yet so stay tuned for a bear update! After orientation we all loaded in our van (driven by our team member Brent) and headed to Walmart to load up on supplies for the kids for the week. We picked up things that we will be using for our group crafts and Bible lessons that we will be doing each day in our park.

In the afternoon we went to Ida Walker park, which is our assigned area for the week. We were greeted by smiling faces that ran towards us as soon as we pulled up. They even opened the doors for us as we exited the van. The kids at Walker park range from about age 3 to age 16. Our lesson today was based on Luke 16: 19-31 and we taught them the concept of cause and effect and how the way you live effects many areas in your life. Scott did an awesome balloon exercise with the kids that really helped to illustrate this concept. The kids were able to enjoy the lunches packed for them as they listened to the Bible story and afterwards we had crafts for them to do and games ready for them to play! Many of the kids enjoyed making picture collages all afternoon of pictures of things that caused them to be happy, while others enjoyed painting and many of the older kids played kickball and hopscotch!

After our afternoon at the park, our team spent an hour walking through our park neighborhood talking with the families and telling them about the exciting things that we have planned this week. As we were walking through the neighborhood we were encouraged to pray for the area, for the specific families that we were speaking with, and for the individuals we were coming in contact with. Many of the kids come from broken homes and unstable environments, but you would never know it by speaking with them. These kids have such wonderful attitudes and are so positive that you could never guess the issues that they are coming in contact with. As we were walking, we were praying specifically for peace to come to their neighborhoods, for open hearts and minds to hear God's word, and for the security that can only be found in Christ to become apparent in their lives.

As we move forward in the week, please be praying for us as we continue to engage with the kids. Pray that our hearts will be open and that we will be in tune to hear what God will have us do and say in each opportunity that He provides us with. Please ask God to use us to reach every age group that we are coming in contact with as well since there is a wide range. It has already been so neat to see how God is using each team member's specific talents and personalities to connect with all the different kids. What a neat picture of the body of Christ working together to accomplish one purpose, which is to glorify God and share His love with the world. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.




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6 comments (Add your own)

1. Larry Nees wrote:
Hey Team - looks like you are off to a good (and early) start! Thanks for your investment in these kids. I'm praying you each find that "one" that the Lord has sent you to reach. Don't pet the grizzly.

Tue, June 16, 2015 @ 1:35 PM

2. Chris Dotterweich wrote:
Doug and I have been thinking about you all a lot and praying for you! It looks like you're having great weather so far. This morning I opened my Bible to the story of David and Goliath. When we were in Alaska, we shared that story and Doug got to be Goliath. :-) I know it is hard to teach such a wide range of ages but I'm praying God will continue to give you lots of creative ideas. Try to sleep in tomorrow! Thanks for the updates! :-)

Tue, June 16, 2015 @ 5:23 PM

3. Natalie wrote:
Yay!! Sounds like everything has started off great! I hope tomorrow brings you all more opportunities to share God's love. Wishing you all rest and many more happy moments. You all are doing a great job! Keep the photos coming.😍

Tue, June 16, 2015 @ 5:39 PM

4. Courtney Lee wrote:
That sounds like a great first day!! Keep up the good work :)

Tue, June 16, 2015 @ 6:04 PM

5. Jim McMackin wrote:
Praying for the kids you are ministering to and for the strength of your team. Have a great week!

Wed, June 17, 2015 @ 7:05 AM

6. Angie wrote:
Thank you all for your continuing support and prayers! I know they are working and that we are planting seeds! Your comments and words of encouragement mean alot to the entire team!

Thu, June 18, 2015 @ 2:05 AM

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