Thursday, November 17, 2011
God has been so faithful to us in these last 3 years. Yes it has been 3 years since we have left the heat of Louisiana to the cold of Alaska. We have seen Him take a church that had been holding on and maintaining to now the beginning stages of new growth.
It hasn't been without its challenges but those challenges were usually misdirected and easily handled when showing the reality of the ways things are.
One thing I have learned is that change is never easy and I already knew that you do not change for change sake, but rather for the sake of meeting needs that are currently being ignored.
We have seen our youth ministry and children's ministry become on purpose rather than the attitude of, "if they come they come." We have seen the 10 or 20 percent rule thrown out the window and have seen 40 and 50 percent of our people involved in some ministry or another. We have replaced a sign that was never intended to be permanent (you know how that goes) to a sign that is both attractive and we are able to tell people about what is going on at FBC.
God has been so amazing. We have seen Him provide not just what we needed to make ends meet but exceed those amounts. We have seen missions giving going higher and higher and have even seen this be a part of it first ever mission trip.
It is just a honor to serve the King of kings and Lord of lords and I cannot wait to see what He has in store for us next.
Monday, December 29, 2008
It was so enjoyable to have proper time with my family during the holidays. There is no ministry more important than the one I have to my family and I only get to raise them once.
Of course our family is loving the new member whose name is Titus. I am so happy to have a house big enough that I can not only have an inside dog but a big inside dog. I am looking forward to the walks we will have together and the car rides, etc.
We are really loving living in the Valdez area. The people here are just wonderful. We are now beginning to meet people from other churches and are having times of fellowship with them. I have never enjoyed a place more than I have here. Not that other places of ministry were bad or the people were bad, there is just no other way to describe it but that this place is just different and we love it. I pray that we can make this a place a ministry for 20 or 30 years and build a ministry that will make an impact on this town.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Man I had the time if my life today as I went Snowmachining in the wide open country of Alaska. Unfortunately, I only had my cell phone with me as I needed to have a good camera to take the breathtaking shots. But my camera would have to suffice. Enjoy the views of the wide open.
This was the most beautiful view I have ever seen. We were a good ways up with valley below and mountains behind.
It was fun going wide open up this hill. All of the clear area is where the pipe line runs. It is all underneath in this region which makes good trails for snow machines to go on.
The area below is a river area that we were having to find a good way across without busting through the river ice. You learn to pucker every where you can hoping that you do not hit a thin area.
That was some of the best fun I have had in a long time. Ministry was designed to be a time to spend time with people and ministering to their needs. I can do ministry like this all the time.
Jesus spend his time with people and occasionally withdrew himself to be alone. We have ministry today backwards. Modern day ministry is done in the 4 walls of the church. We spend more time in meetings and planning sessions than doing real ministry. We talk more about what we are going to do rather than doing it. What Jesus say if he were here on earth today about the modern day minister and how he tends to his flock? It is a good question to ask and do some serious reflection on.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, I took Victoria and Brittany to the town Water tower, which is the place most people go to do simple snow boarding and sledding. It was lots of fun spending time with them and sledding down myself.
But I have to say there is nothing worse than a snow wedgie. Boy that is a cold feeling but it sure was fun.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here is a picture of half the driveway depth. I had already cleared of half of it and thought it would be neat to show a clean side vs. 1 ft. of snow.
Boy it is fun to use a snow blower. It gives you a sense of power as you attack the mean nasty snow. ARGH ARGH ARGH.
The great thing is that after you are all said and done, it looks like you didn't get anything accomplished. So the next best thing is to do the following.
That's me sliding down the driveway on my backside. Using a disk designed for a child, I'm sure but my rear end fit in it all the same. The first pass is kind of slow but the second pass allowed me to have a packed down track to follow which made it a lot more fun and much more faster.
Anyway. We are really enjoying the beauty of it all and the Lord has been so good to us.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
"I'm dreaming of a White Thanksgiving" is the song of the day as we have received over 1 foot of snow overnight. When the snow is that heavy and then snow the falls off of your roof it makes for an interesting morning. The great thing is, is how the Lord blessed us this morning to overcome the amount of snow that fell, without killing my back shoveling. This morning we had delivered to us, a snow blower. What a blessing as we were beginning to save for this very item as it is a major NEED in Valdez.
NEED as in milk, eggs, bread, etc. Snow blowers, studded tires, and ice melt are NEEDS here as well. They fit into the same categories as the food items needed to survive. LOL
Above you can see how high the snow can actually get, as this is what has accumulated since we have been here. It is amazing to think that we have been here 3 weeks already. Time just flies by so fast.
I do not believe I have ever had a better Thanksgiving as I have had today. We had the opportunity to celebrate with our church family this wonderful holiday. I have never been to a church that has a true Thanksgiving meal together. Everyone is so busy doing their own thing and I found it to be a better time spending it with my heavenly family. There was less hustle and bustle as everyone pitched in to bring side dishes as the meat was provided by the church. In most families, you have 1 or 2 people doing everything while everyone else sits on their backside. I was blessed more today by celebrating it this than ever before.
I know many of you have been wanting to see some pictures from around town as well as the ones from the family. So here you go:
These are some of the pictures on a sunny day which there is not a lot of.
I cannot wait to experience the many traditions of this town in the coming weeks approaching Christmas.
Until next time.