Hello from quarantine! On behalf of the Alaska mission team, we hope that you and your families are doing well and staying healthy during these trying times. There have been lots of big changes in the last few months, and new developments continue to happen everyday. We are keeping a close eye on the status of travel to/from Alaska and will continue to keep you, our church family, updated on our mission trip.
As for right now, we decided to let each team member take a turn writing the weekly blog and have a chance to introduce themselves. Last week was Bryan Ross. This week is me, Jenna Bohler.
When things are “normal,” you can usually find me in Ellis Library at Mizzou or working at one of my three jobs… At Campus Lutheran, I have served on the Belize mission team (Dec 2017-Jan 2018) and the Alaska mission team (2019). This is my second year on the Alaska team. I have also acted as secretary and treasurer for LSF. Next time we can all gather together in person, come say hi!
Now back to our Alaska trip….as I was saying above, things are changing every day. While we are desperately hoping that we’ll be able to fulfill our mission in person in Alaska, we don’t know if that’s God’s plan for us. So we must consider what to do if we can’t travel.
At the beginning of this year. Alaska Mission for Christ had 50 teams lined up for summer mission work. Now, only 10 teams remain committed to traveling. We are one of those 10 teams. Bryan has been in contact with those teams that aren’t going to Alaska. Just like Campus Lutheran, they don’t want to completely cancel Vacation Bible School. Instead, those teams are doing a virtual VBS with the Alaskan kids. Whether it be live on Zoom or pre-recorded, they have all committed to putting in maximum effort from a safe place at home. This is our contingency plan. If extenuating circumstances prevent us from traveling this year, we are going to do the same with our Alaskan community.
In the past, our team has divided into different roles for in person VBS. These roles include being in charge of craft, snack, opening/closing, games, and more. We have already decided our roles and are beginning to create our plans. If we end up doing a virtual VBS, we will keep the same roles and adapt our plans for an online environment. We are also working with the Campus Lutheran VBS team to coordinate filming and sharing decorations/props.
Please keep us in your prayers as things are up in the air. We are posting and updating weekly prayer requests on Church Updates (https://campuslutheran.churchupdates.org/login/). Thank you for your continual support for the last 7+ years that we have sent a team to Alaska. And thank you for your support especially this year, as we navigate mission work in the era of COVID-19.
God’s blessings to all.