In July 2013, Campus Lutheran Church made a commitment: to send short term mission teams to the village of Anchor Point, Alaska for three years to host a Vacation Bible School for the children in the community. That three year commitment has since grown into an annual outreach, with the families of Anchor Point welcoming us back each year to their town, into their homes, and into their hearts.
In the seven years of this mission work, 24 different members of our congregation have heard God’s call to directly serve Him in Anchor Point, and countless others have joined us as prayer and financial supporters. Each year there have been returning team members, and members who have never served on a mission team before, with one member of the congregation who has served on the team EVERY year (way to go Mary Anne!). But more importantly, there are the children of the town who have come to hear God’s word. Well over 100 children have come to our Vacation Bible Schools. And like our team, some are the same familiar faces every year from families we’ve grown to know and love, and others are new friends that we get to make each July. All of them are God’s children, and it has been our privilege to serve Him in this way.
Now, it is May 2020 and our nation, our community, and our church are all facing a new challenge. As I write this blog entry this evening, there have been over 1 million confirmed cases of COVID 19, resulting in 81,000+ fatalities, and that’s just in the United States. There have been confirmed cases here in Columbia, Missouri and there have been confirmed cases in Anchor Point, Alaska. No corner is unaffected. However, the community of Anchor Point has asked us to please return again in 2020 to provide our teaching to their children. To that end, we at Campus Lutheran Church have assembled a team to continue to carry forth God’s word.
Over the next nine weeks our team will continue planning our mission trip and want include you through this blog. Our team meets weekly on Thursday evenings (via Zoom) to plan VBS activities, map out logistics, and figure finances. Following those meetings, we will post updates here, as well as introduce each of this year’s team members. We are also including our team’s prayer requests on the church’s weekly updates (https://campuslutheran.churchupdates.org), and starting next week will be posting our financial goals and progress. I want to thank everyone who has supported us in the past, and those who are supporting us now. We have not been able to do this work without you, and that is especially true this year.
Thank you, and God’s blessings to you.