Well, our mission here in Alaska is almost over and I for one will be sad to leave tomorrow. Our team for Alaska Missions for Christ from CLC has been a great group to work with and I think we all worked together to plant seeds of faith wherever we went on this mission.
VBS was a great success and I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out. We had a great number of kids, resourceful people who were happy to help and a beautiful place to work. Our Lord was definitely present this week, as He always is and will be.
Last night, as Mary Anne told you, we slept in the van. No, maybe not the most comfortable situation but we were blessed with temperatures that didn’t freeze us to death and a wonderful view of mountains and maybe even a glacier to greet us in the morning. If those two blessings weren’t God’s handiwork, then I don’t know what is.
Today we spent time in Seward, AK. Our big plan of the day was to visit the Sea Life Center. Watching these wonderful creatures of the sea, I was reminded of our Lord’s creativity. He has done marvelous work and I can’t help but be amazed when I see what he’s done. In fact, we even got to see some porpoises in Resurrection Bay. Another blessing from God.
The next part of our day was mostly spent traveling. And, sadly, it rained most of the day. However, we stopped at Portage in hopes of seeing a glacier. A train ride was too expensive and the weather didn’t look too promising. Then, Mary Anne looked at a map and found a trail leading to Byron Glacier. We were a little hesitant but still found the drive to trek the .8 mile trail in hopes of seeing a wondrous part of nature. We weren’t even halfway along when the sun beamed out through the separated clouds. We enjoyed taking in the beauty of creation with better weather than we could have imagined. We spent a while taking pictures and touching ice from the glacier that had fallen to where travelers could reach.
Maybe we didn’t get to spread the love of Jesus as much as we would have liked to today, but I think God decided that was okay. He decided that reminding us of who He is, what He’s done, and why we need to continue His unfinished work was a confidence we all needed.
Tomorrow we will be heading home but I know our work isn’t finished yet and that’s alright with me. What good would it be if we didn’t continue our mission at home?
I hope you all have enjoyed following with us on this trip! And who knows, maybe you’ll get to experience this trip some day as well. 🙂