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Youth Mission 2014

ALASKA BOUND

ALASKA MISSION The Alaska 2014 Missionaries from UMC Evergreen ask for your prayers while we are traveling and working at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak, Alaska.

2014 Mission Participants: Sarah Sailor, Seth, Robin and Susan Roberts, Joey, Ann and Bryan Miquelon, Terri Donati and Weston Donati Leach, Ann and Joseph Noone, Emily and Deb Hayson, Maggie, Jessie and Wesley Boyne, Lauren Hawes, Xan and Kwon Anderson, Joey and Janette Bramer, Clint and Craig Fulford, Lucca and Laurie Shields, Mykala Shearer, Gretchen Moritz and Luke Johnson, Todd and Faith Owen.

Sunday, July 6

Hello Church Family! We arrived in Chugiak yesterday afternoon and were met at the airport by the Birchwood Camp staff. We spent the day today adjusting to our new environment. We have a team staying on-site at Birchwood Camp, and another staying at Chugiak UMC. We attended services at Chugiak UMC this morning, where they welcomed their brand new pastor, Linda Jean P. Meyers. In the afternoon we went to the Anchorage Open Air Market. We also spent some time getting to know the camp staff with whom we will be working this week.

Our mission work officially begins tomorrow morning, so wish us luck! We will be log-oiling buildings, clearing fallen trees following a massive windstorm, cleaning windows, laying trails and completing fire mitigation. However, our community outreach has already begun. We are currently sharing the camp with a troop of special needs Boy Scouts, and our team is having a wonderful time helping with their experience at Birchwood! Our youth are a fixture at their evening campfires (and the Scouts have been very generous with their s'mores), and have been including the Boy Scouts in their impromptu games around the camp. It has also been a blessing to share our meals with this wonderful group of scouts! One scout was even prompted to tell a member of our youth group, "You are my new best friend." I'm so proud of the outreach that our youth and adults are already completing!

More to come tomorrow! Rest well.

Sarah

July 8

Hi everyone!

The Alaska Mission Trip is well underway! We are hard at work. We've been clearing trees and shrubbery for fire mitigation, cleaning and organizing the camp storage, oiling the parsonage, and much, much more. There is so much work to be done here and we are honored to be a part of it! The team at Birchwood and Chugiak UMC are so hospitable, and we are really enjoying our time up north. The work is hard, the mosquitos are thick; but we are having the time of our lives! We ask for your prayers for our continued health and energy, and that God will bless our work.

July 10

We have another two work days under our belts! We are learning so much and loving our time here. Our spirits are high, but continued prayers for our health would be appreciated. Susan Roberts is battling an undetermined allergy, so please pray for her comfort and quick healing. Other injuries include minor work-site injuries and major mosquito attacks! We are so blessed by the hospitality of the people at Birchwood and Chugiak UMC! They are taking good care of us, and it's wonderful to be able to provide much needed help to them in the maintenance of their buildings and grounds. And we are receiving as much as we are giving. Our group is bonding--youth and adults alike! We work hard from breakfast until dinner, with a break for a delicious lunch, cooked by Berenita the camp's chef. She also makes us homemade snacks in the afternoon, and the congregation at Chugiak UMC provides homemade snacks there as well.

We are slowly adjusting to 24 hours of daylight, and the physical exhaustion that comes with mission work is helping us get our rest. The Alaskan countryise is incredibly beautiful, and we feel so fortunate to see it. Last night Barry, a member of Chugiak UMC who grew up in Colorado Springs, took us on a beautiful hike to Thunderbird Falls and then gave us a guided tour of the Native American burial ground nearby. It was so informative. And the great thing about 24 hours of daylight is that you can put in a full day's work, eat dinner, go for a hike, go for a tour, and still have plenty of daylight left. :-)

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