Tuesday, July 23
Our Lord Jesus gave us the Great Commission in the Gospel of Matthew, instructing us to go out and make disciples of all nations. But like the mission activity we read about in Acts, our time in Anchor Point each year is limited, and we have now returned home. Each of us landed safely in St. Louis yesterday and made our ways to our respective homes, tired but filled with the Holy Spirit and re-energized to continue doing God’s work. Our departure from Anchor Point may have been tear-filled (many of the families there now call it our “second home”), but there were promises to keep in touch via email and social media, and there is the anticipation of Campus Lutheran members coming again next summer.
Following Anchor Point, we drove to the town of Seward, where our previous blog post mentioned the sightseeing we were able to do. We are grateful for Resurrection Lutheran Church in Seward for graciously allowing our team to spend the night at their church. We learned that the church no longer has a cleaning crew to help care for the church, so as a thank you to them, we all pitched in that evening and crossed off many items on their congregation’s cleaning sign-up list!
Sunday morning we were back in Anchorage, worshiping with the congregation at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (who, with Anchor Lutheran School, acts as our host while we are in Anchorage). We were then able to return some of the supplies we had purchased the previous weekend that were unused and return our rental van. That left us a few hours to walk around the downtown and the local craft fair to pick up some last-minute souvenirs for loved ones back home. Then it was off to the airport to catch our late-night flights back to St. Louis. And while there was some lack of sleep, and a short connection time at one of the layovers, our travel went well and without any incidents or hiccups.
The six of us, and the people of Anchor Point, would now like to extend a heart-felt THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and encouraged our team. For each of us who traveled to Alaska, there are many more behind us who also took part. Whether it was in prayer, fund raising, making phone calls, giving of their time, donating supplies, giving us rides, or any other activity, they put aside a part of their lives in order to help spread God’s word to others. This mission work could not be accomplished without the support of the community of believers to which we all belong. May God bless each of you.