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Welcome to our mission team blog!

God is so much bigger than just us. And this mission team is so much bigger than just the 19 individuals going to Alaska. Any mission endeavor includes "Goers", "Senders", "Hosts", and "Receivers".

Needless to say, there are so many people that God includes in His ministry to the world, and we are not only excited to be available to Him, but we're excited that you are a part of this, too.

We'd like to invite you to Go On Mission With Us!

You can go on mission with us. . . As we post updates of where we are on the journey God has set out before us. . . As we post pictures of our day and what God enabled us to do or learn. . . And as we post prayer requests.

Thank you for being a part of God's mission with us!

Alaska Mission Trip Blog

Posts Tagged "AMC"

07-28-2017 – Glaciers, Games, & Get-together

July 28, 2017
By John Porisch

We enjoyed our final day in the Copper Center and Kenny Lake area!  Our day started with prayer and a quick breakfast before going south to the Worthington Glacier, a 90 minute drive from Mt. Drum Lutheran church.  The Glacier is one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers and had stunning waterfalls, a gradual climb, and cold drinkable water.   We explored this area for a while before driving back to the Kenny Lake School where we had a quick lunch before starting our final day of basketball camp.

 

 

We had around 25 Alaskan children at basketball camp today.  Thank you to all of your prayers and with the money you (Cross View members) provided to our confirmation student’s project, each participant walked away with a new bible (with tabs), and a new basketball.

(We even had extra basketballs that we donated to the Kenny Lake School.)   These were a hit!! 

 

 

After camp we hurried home to prepare a community meal.  Invited guests were from the basketball camp and the neighborhood around Mt. Drum Lutheran Church.  

From 6-8pm, we built relationships with around 30 guests.

 

Upon completion, we said our goodbyes and ‘thank yous’ to Pastor Todd and Kim Roeske, as we will be up early cleaning, packing, and driving back to the Anchorage area.

 

 

 

 

Prayers:

Lord, thank you for opportunities:  the opportunity to see majesty, the opportunity to build relationships, the opportunity to share Jesus with others.  Please bless our travels tomorrow.  Amen.

 

07-22-2017 – Parks and a Picnic

July 23, 2017
By Lisa Porisch

This morning began with our final trip to Sam’s Club for supplies.  We then hit the road north to Copper Center.  God provided abundantly with space for this leg of our trip.  We not only had the 2 mini-vans and our 12 passenger van, but we were asked to drive up ANOTHER 12 passenger van to Mt. Drum church for Alaska Mission for Christ. 

We had the opportunity to see the glory of God’s creation on our drive.  We visited Matanuska Glacier and had a picnic lunch.  We also took a short hike following lunch.  We journeyed further north and visited Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in the United States and at the crossroads of three great mountain ranges.  Twice as large as Denali and 6 times as large as Yellowstone!  We were able to get an overview of the park from a Ranger and see a movie that gave even more detail of its vastness. 

We arrived in Copper Center and were able to work quickly as a team to unload all the vans and set up “camp”.  We finished our day with dinner and devotions (as well as a skit from the girls).

Prayers:

                Thanks be to God for the beauty of His creation and the vastness a reminder that He is greater than all things.  Our Bible verse tonight was Ephesians 4:1-6, which talked about walking in our calling, and walking in unity.  Please pray for us to be worthy of the calling we have received and to serve humbly with gentleness, patience, and love. 

07-20-2017 - Morning of Departing

July 20, 2017
By Pastor Toby Schmidt

At 5:45pm we'll be boarding the plan and on our way to Alaska! The days of planning, preparing, and packing are finally done...and now the onsite part of this adventure begins.

The kids have had their bags packed for about a week, some adults too. Others, like me, packed last night. My kids are super excited, each in their own way. My daughter has been counting down every day since our last team meeting saying, "I can't believe in ___ days we're flying to Alaska!"

We are so thankful for the opportunity to partner with, and walk alongside, Alaska Mission for Christ. We pray and look with eyes and hearts wide-open for all that God has in store for us and everyone!

Prayers:

Pray for safe travel. Pray for no issues with our luggage. Pray that all works out and no surprises with our housing in Anchorage, and the rental vans. And pray that God surrounds our team relationships and the work he’s prepared in advance for us to do with a hedge of protection. (Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 91)

CV+AK+BBall=

July 01, 2017
By Pastor Toby Schmidt

What does Cross View, plus Alaska,

plus Basketball equal?

 
A mission trip to Alaska to organize and
host a basketball camp of course!
 

We are so excited to head to Copper Center Alaska July 20-30 to support and participate with Alaska Missions for Christ (AMC) by doing a number of community projects and hosting a basketball camp for youth in the area around Copper Center, Alaska.

Cross View  has been supporting the Roeskes in mission for almost a decade, and now we get to walk alongside them and supplement their ministry to the community.

We are most excited about making ourselves available for God to do amazing things through us (and to us).


Here's a basic schedule of our activities:

  • AM - Community service as our AMC outreach partners identify needs in the community (we'll be assisting cleaning and other activities at a crisis pregnancy center and a senior center

  • PM - Organizing and running a faith-based youth basketball camp


Prayers:

  • Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life."
  • That God would know our hearts and show us His
  • That God would show us where He is at work, and how best to join Him
  • That we would listen and be a part of healing relationships between people and God, and others, themselves, and all of creation.
  • That God would use us mightily and to His glory

Stay tuned for more updates!

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