2014 Reach Alaska Recap
Only a sovereign God can knit together a team with different gifts and talents to serve as one in unity. During our stay, we hosted a day camp at Walker Park for any children who wanted to attend. The kids varied in ages from tot to teen but each one found their own place to belong. It was rewarding to eye-witness how God uses the body of Christ as His ambassador to reach out to a lost and hurting world.
Apart from Bible stories and skits, lunchtime, craft, and play time, kids are kids whatever the age and all need to feel loved and accepted. Most of the children came unaccompanied by an adult to the park and soaked up the attention.
Who would think that Duct Tape Wallets would be the craze with the kids? Every afternoon the picnic table was filled with hands creating different crafts planned for the week. Smiles and laughter were heard near and far as others kicked the ball and others played games on or around the playground.
As the week progressed and the kids became comfortable, some one-on-one conversations transpired. One never knows in the moment what seed is planted, who will come next to water or when that seed will give birth to life.
As our team scattered to prayerfully walk through the neighborhood and extend invitations to the Block Party, most contact was met with positive response. God rolled back the clouds and graciously sent warmer temps for the event. The park was filled with children in the bouncy house, lined up for a goofy balloon animal, nifty face-painting, bold nail polish or sassy hair spray. Adults came out in force; light-hearted smiles and congenial chatter said it all.
GraceWorks rolled out the Welcome Mat and made us feel right at home from the onset at the airport and throughout the duration of stay. The kitchen team filled our tummies with home-cooked meals and more importantly daily demonstrated a servant’s heart.
It wasn’t all work and no play. We hopped in the van to go moosing and found several moose ready to pose for photos. Rain did not hinder our visiting the glacier and wildlife conservation. The beauty in that part of the country was captured in memory and on camera by all. When I packed to return home, prayers for those left behind accompanied me.
Whether single or a family, young or young at heart, I would like to encourage anyone who senses the Holy Spirit’s stirring to serve with GFC missions to prayerfully consider Reach Alaska next year. You will receive far more than you give.
Posted on Wed, July 16, 2014
by Kathy Campbell