The Land of the Midnight Sun is gorgeous in July! The sun is up 20 hours a day and the temperature runs in the very comfortable 60’s and 70’s most days. What a great time of year and wonderful place to be in July! As of July 22nd, we have returned home and are presently catching up on lost sleep and long days of hard work. We joined a group of over 70 and spread out across the community and surrounding areas of Big Lake to show the love of Jesus through service to the community. We served a Bird Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Center, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill, The Valley Community Recycling Center, Onward and Upward
(a center for at-risk teens), Frontline (an organization that helps the less-fortunate), and a young man named Austin who happens to be a quadriplegic.
Accomplishments for the week:
1. Start to finish construction of a 12’ x 20’ bird enclosure for a bird sanctuary and rehabilitation center 2. Start to finish construction of a 6’ x 14’ covered deck 3. Picked up 2400 lbs. of windblown rubbish, plastics, and Styrofoam from a forest area adjacent to a landfill and recycling plant 4. Sorted, tore, and prepared countless books, magazines, etc. to be bundled and baled for recycling 5. Cleared recycling education path of overgrowth and trimmed trees along the way 6. Cleaned 2 large busses 7. Painted one bus 8. Painted a shed
9. Helped beautify the trail with some inspirational artwork 10. Water sealed a climbing wall
11. Unloaded a food truck for a place that provides food, clothing and laundry/shower facilities for the less fortunate 12. Unloaded a food truck for a food “store” that gives food to the less fortunate of the community 13. Sorted medical supplies for Austin 14. Emptied, inventoried, organized and reloaded several Con-nex Containers 15. Helped Camp Maranatha with a $2500 monetary donation to help them obtain some needed items for the camp we inhabited for the week 16. Many other “little” projects that took place at the various jobsites
The above were hands-on projects that our group took part in, but there were several other projects going on at the same time that were being handled by our new friends from New Jersey, Ohio and California.
Thank you again for making this trip possible and allowing us to go serve the Big Lake area for a week. Our hope is that there will be untold fruit for the labor of our students and your generosity. ~ Pastor Shawn
Thanks to everyone who helped out with our Fundraising Luncheon and Auction. The outpouring of support was amazing and we couldn't have succeeded without it. Thanks also to the businesses and individuals who contributed auction items and supplies.