Saturday, July 25, 2009

Alaska Journey 101 day 4 and 5

Yesterday was a wonderful day but I did much less work then the day before. It seems like we are getting more done then they expected. We still have so much to do as well. After dinner we all went to the North Pole Alaska about 20 miles away to shop and poke around. Pretty fun people and place.

Above all the work, sights and stuff I most enjoy meeting new people and praying with folks and learning their ways and culture. Today we layed railroad ties in the base of the giant hole and I spiked almost the whole bottom layer together. Man was I wiped out. After lunch we went to Fairbanks for the river boat cruise.. We saw 3 moose last night as well. Wow what hugh animals. This morning the pastor got called on an EMT call when someone hit a moose down the road a mile. The driver made it, the moose took off and the truck got trashed up pretty bad as we were told. Such hugh big wild life up here. Also learned there are 4 dogs for every 1 person that lives in Two Rivers Community. It was a great time as we learned about the local Indians and the area. After we went to Walmart for gifts and then back at the church for chinese food. Great people, great times and a great presence of the Lord.

Above are a few pictures of todays work and adventures

Tomorrow it is back to the hole with lots of pounding of spikes and the laying logs.

Best to all who care to read.
Pastor Peter
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alaska Journey 101 days 3

We finished out 3 day in Alaska and our first full day of work. Yesterday was a very long day. We had a lot of projects in progress. From back hoe to electrical to carpentry. Our team. Worked hard and the local people have blessed us with nice home cooked meals throughout. I slung more blocks and shoveled more dirt than I had in sometime. We had some meal with Moose meat for lunch and then fresh Salmon can in for a Friday night cook out.
During the day many milliary jets flew around. After a long hot day of work we had dinner followed. By a 3 hour prayer meeting some of the local prayer warriors. We had an amazing time in the Lord.

After work today we have plans to visit the North Pole to see Santa House. Yes there really is a North Pole Alaska.
Below is a few pictures of some of our team working.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Alaska Journey day 2

I Woke up today at 5am with very little sleep to a very bright day. As our host for a day named Russ brought us a light breakfast at 6 am many stirred to shower and get ready for the day. I took a prayer walk for awhile to focus on this trip and what God has for us while we are here. Each we will meet as a group of 10 to pray and share as we give of ourselves in service to others. We had the group assembly at 630 for devotions and prayer. We made our way to the train station to head Denali and eventually 30 miles north of Fairbanks to the Two Rivers Community. Church of the Nazarene. The entire trip is 500 miles from Anchorage to Fairbanks.
Part of our group expensives is paying for this train ride and what a ride indeed. We have seen mountain ranges, streams, rivers, glaciers and Mt. McKinley along the journey so far as we head toward the. Interior of Alaska. Stories of people visiting here truly do not do justice to seeing it first hand. A part of me feels like I waste my time taking pictures or video as what one experiences just does not seem to be capture it all.
Meeting people on the train as well is amazing experience too. One couple shared pictures and video of their little boys catching fish larger then themselves.
Along the train tracks are home occasionally where folks forged out here to live on the land itself only depending on the train to get supplies back and forth from the closest towns.
The people in Alaska seem to really enjoying living here to the fullest. Life is slow, relaxed and truly amazing. This is a frontier of the far northwest beyond anything I have seen in America.
Our train was delayed for two. Hours and then off to Rose's restaurant for some halibut. After a very long 500 miles we finally past. The last street night on the north side of Fairbanks. It is the last street light in USA this far north. At 1120 pm it is still very bright out with at least 2 full hours of day light out. We start work in the morning as soon as we can figure out sleeping arrangements.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Alaska Bound!

Two hours before heading to Alaska. Just checked the weather and it's cool and highs in the 50's and the interior will be highs in the mid 70's. Looks like I need to repack a bit warmed than I thought at the last minute. Lord help us to beat out of the storms heading to Orlando.