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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!

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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.

 

07/23/2017 - Church & Copper Center

July 23, 2017
By Elizabeth Barton, Elle Porisch, Karis Schmidt, & Grace Swiggum.

Today has been a very busy and fun day filled with meeting new people and making new friends.

Church this morning was a great way to start our day. The adults had a bible study and the school age kids and toddlers had Sunday school. The sermon today was about why God allows believers and nonbelievers to live together until the last day - because God is patient and wants all to be saved. Afterwards we had a potluck with the congregation. We got to try moose, caribou, and salmon from the Copper River, it was great.

 

After the potluck we went to Chitina (an Athabaskan village about an hour away). We arrived, did a craft, had a Bible story, ate a snack, and played outside with the kids at the park. The best part was being able to build relationships and just listen and have fun with some really cool kids.

 

On the way back from Chitina we stopped at Liberty Falls, a very rocky waterfall that flows from Liberty Creek. We had a blast climbing on the rocks to get a closer view of the waterfall. Most of us got our socks and shoes wet, but . . . we had a great time.

We had a great day. Once again, thank you for all of your prayers and support. Hope to see you soon and tell you all about our trip.

Prayer:

Dear God, Thank you for this day. For the warmth and the fun. For friends and nature. Thank you for this wonderful day that you have given to us and we pray for many more wonderful days like today. We pray to have a great day tomorrow as well. 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. 

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