August 16, 2011

Pictures From Alaska

 From the airport to glaciers, mountains, the Alaska Botanical Garden, Bible clubs and block parties I have a bunch of pictures. I hope you enjoy them.
     

 
Left: The mission team at the airport  Right: The awesome view from above 
Below: One of many beautiful flowers
                                                     
                                

Above: Mountains
Below Left: My dad, me and the Portage glacier 
Below Right: Anchorage Skyline  
 
                
Above: My dad and me
Below Left: Another beautiful flower
Below Right: The sign for the Alaska Botanical Garden
                                                                                                               


Above Left: My dad and me at the Alaska Botanical Garden
Above Right: Forget-Me-Nots (Alaska state flower) 

                                                        Pictures from the Bible clubs

                                                 Pictures from our first Block Party
                                       Left: Ms. Germain  Right: Me teaching the gospel story
                                                                     
                                                        Pictures from our second Block Party

                                          
My dad : -)
  
Left: Tim who accepted Christ at the block party
Right: Me teaching the gospel story (again)

All in all I'll let the pictures speak for the incredible time we all had. I've keep on saying it because it is so true, the Lord worked mightily through the team.

August 9, 2011

Rejoicing

     Now that I finally recuperated from my week in Alaska I've been able to spend some time with the Lord in prayer (prayer not spent complaining to Him about my depression and exhaustion.) I've been able to truly think about all the work that He did through the mission team. Whenever I think about 20 people getting saved and about 200 individuals hearing about God's love, I'm in awe with God so much more.

     I'm grateful to God for doing so much through this mission trip. It's wonderful to think that the angels in heaven are also rejoicing and I'm pretty sure that God Himself might just be rejoicing too (See Luke 15:10).
As I think about beautiful Kapao (the girl who I led to the Lord) I start to worry for her as she is now faced with being different. She is now a Christian in a dead, sinful world. I am worried for her, but I shouldn't be.

     As soon as I start to worry about her and mourn for (to put it dramatically) how hard her life is going to be as a Christian I stop myself. Why do I mourn? For she was dead, but now she is alive (See Colossians 2:13) That is a cause for rejoicing!!! It is not a cause for mourning. God can take care of her now. He is amazing. He is awesome in the truest sense of the word. He can take care of her and protect her. He knows what she can handle. I rejoice in that.  
 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!"
Psalm 40:16

     Now that I have written this dramatic update about Kapao, I remember back to when she got saved. After she had accepted Jesus as her Savior, there was a beautiful double rainbow that appeared in the sky.  I was just reminded that the first rainbow (during Noah's time) was the sign of God's promise not to wipe out the world with water again. Get that? It was the sign of God's promise. It was the sign of God's care.

     At the time when I first saw the rainbows I was some-what selfish and thought that it was merely God showing his happiness that I had led my first person to Him. Now I realize it was a sign of God's promise that He would be faithful to Kapao.

August 2, 2011

Alaska Mission Trip

     Alaska was wonderful! I had an amazing time planting seeds of the good news of Salvation through Christ and actually being blessed enough by God to be able to harvest a seed and lead a child to the Lord.
I'm kind of depressed and sad to be leaving behind such a need in Anchorage. I came to know all of these kids and students and learn of their needs. If I could, I would have stayed behind with them, but I have a life to live here at home.
    
     All I can do now is pray for all of the kids and trust that God is with them. I pray that God would equip them "with everything good for doing His will" (Hebrews 13:21a).
It's all up to God now, and God is faithful. I trust that He will be faithful to the the new believers in Anchorage also.
    
     I am glad that what Paul said to the church of Colossians is true,"For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit" (Colossians 2:5). This comforted Paul, so it will comfort me.
    
     I'm so thankful to God for the work that He did through the mission team from my church. He did mighty things. We have changed some of these kid's and student's lives for the better. Blessed be the name of the Lord and "how beautiful on the mountain are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Isaiah 52:7). It was the Lord who did all of the work, the others and I were just there as willing vessels.