We are on our way home. Right now we are in the Anchorage airport waiting on our overnight flight home. The trip was an overwhelming success. We all had a great time and the gospel was shared with many. Like always the kids captured our hearts. VBS was so much fun for the kids as well as us. We sang songs, played games, made crafts and most importantly shared God's love with the children. We also had the opportunity to share the gospel with a few adults as well as encourage a few newer believers. We prayed a lot on this trip and God often showed us the power of prayer by specifically answering one after another.
Our 4th of July was fun, but probably like your rainy. Things started off early afternoon with a parade on ATVs around the village. After that they had several races for all age groups. It was fun to watch and a few of our own even won a couple events. The events carried on late into the "night". I say "night" because we have not seen darkness since the night before we left on the trip. It is 24 hour daylight in the Arctic now.
It was hard to say goodbye, but we left Ambler on Friday afternoon and spent the night in Kotzebue (the Arctic hub). We went to the beach on the Arctic Ocean. A few of us went for a swim and a few had some target practice with a couple of rifles.
Our prayer is that this trip will have a lasting impact on the lives of the people we encountered as well as ourselves. Please continue to pray for the Eskimos. Thank you for praying for us while we were there. We felt it and it did make a difference.
Your Alaskan mission team,
Ryan, Julia, Brian, Joseph, Brian, Torie and Michael