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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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07-24-2017 – Building & Basketball

July 24, 2017
By Brian & Ali Swiggum

While we didn’t actually physically build anything today, our focus for this mission trip has been about building relationships.  We had the opportunity to begin our servant projects, commencing with a morning of yard work at the Glenallen Senior Center, which is 15 miles north of Copper Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Roeske has formed a relationship with the center through a church member.  Building a relationship with the senior center will hopefully open more doors for spreading the love of Jesus in the community.

After a quick lunch back at Mt Drum Lutheran Church, where we are staying this week, we loaded up the basketballs, Bibles, and our team of 19 and headed to Kenny Lake School for the first day of basketball camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were so excited to finally have the chance to start this basketball camp today!  This was our main mission project that brought us to Alaska – to host a basketball camp for the area children.

Sports can connect us – either by watching it together on TV, participating in a sport, or learning how to be a team player.

Our hope in using the basketball camp was to help children in the area recruit Jesus onto their “team” and to further the relationships Pastor Roeske has in the community.  Having children from Cross View (over half of our 19 mission team members are 13 or younger) has provided opportunities for connections that can only happen with kids.

As adults, it has been a joy for us to watch our youngest “relationship builders” thrive at this task as they connect with their fellow peers attending the basketball camp.  The camp included basketball skills, drills, and games led by John Porisch, interspersed with Bible lessons led by Vicki Barton, which provided both a meaningful and fun time together. We are all looking forward to our 2nd day of camp and continued fellowship tomorrow.

Prayer

Father, thank You for loving us so much that you would send Your Son to form a personal relationship with all of creation.  Please help us to continue to model our own relationships after You, with an abundance of love and care for everyone we meet.  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. 

07/21/2017 - We're on our way!

July 21, 2017
By Pastor Toby Schmidt
At MSP, getting ready to go through security

We got to our hotel at about 10pm Alaska time (1am MN time). Everyone is running of fumes at that point. All of our early preparation, double checking, and calling (up to our departure) paid off.

The flight went great, some turbulence but nothing major, and not for too long. All of our luggage made it. Yeah! (They had a great selection of digital entertainment for the whole family!)

 

(2 pictures from our flight, the first is flying out of MSP, and the second is flying over the mountains of Alaska)

 

 

 

 

 

The rental vans were next. Brian had called about 5 times to double check on the availability and reservation of the 3 minivans…and wouldn’t you know it, they only had two. With a little shuffle we got a free upgrade on the third to 12 passenger van. Wohoo!

We got to the hotel, no hiccups here. It’s a wonderful place to finally land for the night. The service and rooms are nice, clean, and quiet.

This display welcomed us off the plane, so funny.

It’s 6:20, time to head down to our free breakfast. Then we’re off to our first day in Alaska including orientation with Alaska Mission for Christ, grocery shopping, and a little sight-seeing.

Prayers:

Praise and thanksgiving for God taking care of our travel, luggage, vehicles, and hotel accommodations. Please pray for our shopping that we find all we need. Pray for our hearts and eyes to be wide open and see where God is at work in us, this place, and on this trip. Pray with us Philippians 2:1-11, our meditation for Thursday night, our first night on the ground.

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)

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