The following is written by FBCMF Student, Kenadee Stewart.
Wow!! What an experience we have had in Alaska already! From the fabulously fun two layover and three flight trek up to Anchorage to having the opportunity to explore a glacier, our first few days have been amazing!
Yesterday, after spending the night in the University of Alaska dorms (which were very spacious and roomy, btw!!) we began the road-trip to Kenai. The glacier, as I mentioned before, was unlike anything we get to see in Texas! As we walked the 1.5 mile trail to the big hunk of ice, we were surrounded by beautiful mountains and foliage that portrayed God’s handiwork in such a breathtaking way.Then, to walk up and see a big, white, frozen chunk of ice in the middle of a valley was pretty surreal to say the least! I mean, the closest thing we have to snow is the ice-flurries that are barely enough to cover the asphalt, so to be standing on a ginormous piece of ice was insane! We climbed, slid, photographed, threw, (and ate!), the snow all the while having the sun beaming down upon us…crazy right?!?! The night was filled with eating at a true Alaskan restaurant- complete with oversized silverware hanging from the ceiling, and settling into our rooms for the night at the school we are staying in.
We awoke this morning to a delicious breakfast cooked graciously by some folks from Kentucky, and started the morning off with a devotion in James 1. Personally, verse nineteen resonated with me, as it talks about, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” I feel as this verse in particular is very important to keep with us this week as it is vital for us to be effective in ministering to these people on the beach. We need to remember that it is just as important to listen to those we encounter as it is to speak with them, so that they feel comfortable with us and will be willing to eventually hear what God is telling them through us. The rest of the day consisted of several hours of orientation, prepping us for the next few days on the beaches. Not to worry though, this was broke up by some delicious meals and a prayer walk on the beach we will be ministering to the next three days! A quick trip to Kenai’s Wal-mart, which let me tell you, has way more to offer than our Super Walmart in the Marble!! Some souvenirs, last minute towels, bug spray, and of course the latest and greatest Sour Patch Kids were bought to get us through our week of ministry! We rounded the night out with an intense game of soccer, leaving Laine’s dignity on the grassy field, and some serious skills from our fellow red-heads in the group! I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we are beyond excited to see what God has in store for us these next few days as we begin our mission work on the beaches of Kenai!!