There’s No Place Like Homer

Blog post by Mary Anne Wolfmeyer

We woke up this morning bright and early (still no moose in the parking lot…) and set about the task of getting ready to attend church at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer.  After service, the congregation quickly changed out the sanctuary and set up a fellowship hall to host a potluck for us.  It was fabulous and further confirmation that Lutheran’s know how to put on a spread!

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In addition to being warmly welcomed by the Faith congregation, they graciously offered to share left-over supplies from their VBS, also Kingdom Rock.  We were blessed with being able to borrow a substantial amount of materials to supplement what we brought for decoration.   

Supplies

Before sending the Seldovia team off, we were given an insider’s tour of Homer by our very own Spit Rat, Pastor Kent (that’s a badge of honor, not an insult).  We went along Skyline Drive and got to see SPECTACULAR views of the Homer Spit and across the Kachemek Bay.  From there we went down on to the Spit and got to see Pastor Kent’s old stomping grounds.  We then got to spend about an hour exploring the Spit and the beach.

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Then it was time to see our friends going to Seldovia off.  Beth, Ken, Sharon, Aaron, and Tyler were all excited to be heading off on their adventure.

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When we returned to Anchor Point it was time to start setting up our Kingdom.  It was a long evening, but the end result turned out great.

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We’re as ready as we can be for tomorrow morning.  We are all excited to get to the focus of this mission trip.  God has truly been with us, and we can see His hand at work in our preparations for this mission.  We know that He will continue to provide for us throughout this week.

Sterling Highway

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Our Saturday began with a big bacon and eggs breakfast and packing in the rain for the trip to Anchor Point.  As we started to load our van it became evident that our second vehicle, a compact car, would not offer enough additional space for the whole team and our luggage, food and supplies. Fortunately, God intervened and a cargo van arrived at the rental agency just as we were picking up our car.  We asked to take the van.  Due to a shortage of rental cars, not only were we able to get the van, but were offered a lower price than our original vehicle.  What a tremendous blessing!DSCN0425

After lunch the sun came out and we headed for Anchor Point on the Sterling Highway. Along the way we enjoyed majestic views of mountains, rivers and the sea.  We even spotted a few moose along the way.DSCN0498

Now we’re camped out at the church where one of our teams will lead VBS.  In the morning we will worship at Faith Lutheran in Homer.  We give thanks for the blessings of this day and pray for servant hearts that reflect the love of Christ.DSCN0609

Getting Organized

Our first full day in Alaska started with an orientation to Alaska Mission for Christ.  After learning more about ministry in Alaska our group organized VBS materials for both teams before taking a lunch and pie break at Village Inn (the pies were so delicious that we bought a few extras for later in the evening).

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After some careful menu planning we sent a van full of shoppers to Sam’s Club and Walmart to buy our groceries for the week.

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Our day ended with a devotion, singing and prayer led by team member Ken Greimann. Our devotion was about the kind of hope that we receive from God in Christ Jesus. We give thanks for this hope that we have within us. And we pray for opportunities to share our hope with others!

We’re Here!

After a long day of travel everyone from our group made it safely to Anchorage.  The first wave of team members arrived at noon.  The second wave got here at 11pm.  And the final two group members landed a little before midnight.  We give thanks for Ruth, Jerry and Glen from Alaska Mission for Christ, who greeted us at the airport and transported us to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, where we are camped out for the night. We pray for restful sleep and readiness for orientation in the morning.

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The Alaska Mission Team Needs You!

Alaska Mission Team

In less than one week 17 people from Campus Lutheran will travel to Alaska to lead Vacation Bible School at two locations on the Kenai Peninsula.  This Sunday we will commission the team at both of our worship services.  You can help support this mission in two ways:

  1. Pray for our team!  Visit our daily prayer guide and lift up our team members, as well as Christ’s mission in Alaska, in your daily prayers.
  2. Sponsor our team!  We have a diverse team that spans both generations and cultures.  While much of the team’s funding is in place, we still have not reached our 100% goal.  Checks made out to Campus Lutheran Church should have “Alaska Mission” written in the memo, and mailed to:  CAMPUS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 304 S. COLLEGE AVE., COLUMBIA, MO 65201

This team reflects our congregation’s response to Christ’s call to “go and make disciples.”