Dear Praying Friends, March 2019
Winter used to be our slowest time of the year with a more sedate pace and a lot of downtime, but that has not been the case at all the last couple of years. The seasons pass by in a blur, and it seems there is never enough time for everything that needs to be done. No matter how hard I try to stay on a schedule with our prayer letters, the passing of time always takes me by surprise.
One of our most exciting events this winter was Pedro and Angel’s wedding. It was the first wedding I have done and only the second one that has ever been done at the church. The whole church got involved, and some of the ladies even took a group trip to Anchorage to pick out dresses, decorations, etc…. It was a fun day for all of us and especially wonderful to share in this monumental step for Pedro and Angel.
The work on the addition to the church was completed in November (just in time for the wedding), and we have been taking full advantage of the extra space. The next step in our work on the property is the removal of several old outbuildings that sit behind the church building. This is best done before break up when the ground is still frozen and solid. Because the heavy machinery can turn the ground into a muddy quagmire after the ground thaws, we hope to have this done within the next month. Once the outbuildings are removed, we will be ready for the extensive dirt work that must be done to bring the property up to grade and lay the pad for a future building. We are hoping that we will be able to see this done by the end of summer. Once the pad has been laid, it will need to sit through one or two winters to properly settle before it will be ready to build upon.
We had another great year at the Kuskokwim 300 dog sled race! We had good weather this year which brought out big crowds and visitors from all over the state. The hot chocolate and homemade cookies draw them in, and we pass out tracts and Bibles and visit with people from all over the area. It is always one of our favorite events of the year.
The first half of the winter was plagued with terrible weather that made travel by air very difficult, and I was able to make it out to Chevak only once to teach the Character Under Construction class in the school. It was a great visit though, and Lord willing, we will be able to continue with this new ministry.
For the last several months, Susan has been plagued with low back problems due to some degenerating disks. Recently, the problems have progressed and have become severely painful. As is often the case out here, issues that might normally be dealt with routinely on the road system become very problematic when separated from adequate resources. This is especially true with health issues when you are so far away from definitive health care. The long and short of it is that this is not a problem that can be dealt with out here. Please pray for us as we seek wisdom and direction on how to best address this and get her the medical care that she needs. God Bless!
Your Missionaries to Alaska,