The following is written by FBCMF Student, Hannah Chandler:
The Alaskan weather is certainly different from what you all are seeing in Marble Falls. After a delicious 7:00 am breakfast and devotional over James 2, we loaded up and headed out to the mouth of the Kenai River. Once we gained beach access, we drove approximately a mile and a half on the deep-sanded beach where brave fisherman had already begun the day’s work. The day starts very cold and we can’t comprehend even putting our feet in the water, much less wading in chest deep. It takes 3 truck loads to get all of our equipment and people out to the canopyed beach setup. The first thing we do is set up our grill, and it’s no measily grill, which is nice because us Texans need a place to warm up. It’s huge, top notch, and grills Costco sized hotdogs which stick out of the bun by two inches on each side and that attract fishermen, women and their families like a magnet because we serve them for free. Although hotdogs are a main draw, we have free lemonade and hot chocolate, face painting, crafts, a bouncy house, story time, a charging station, first aid station and more.
As the children and families swarm toward the tent, we engage them with smiles and all of these activities are the tools we use to share God’s love. While we are an extension of First Baptist Marble Falls, this week we are also an extension of Alaska Missions and we are here to help them achieve their mission of spreading Christ’s love throughout this great state. I watched my fellow youth classmates step up and help the kids here feel important and loved.
Last night after we had packed up and got off the beach, we had a worship service (Dorey and Tyler led music- they were awesome) and we learned more about Brenda Crim, the missionary here and I was very touched by some of the things she said. Amazing things are happening here and God is using her to bring entire villages to him. I wish you all could hear her amazing stories. We will bring them home with us and tell them to you. They have definitely changed my perspective and focused my purpose in life. I used to think I had a lot of time, but the vastness of this earth and the many people groups who have yet to be reached for the Lord plants an urgency in my heart to do as much as I can to lead people to Christ.
We are thankful to FBC Marble Falls for sending us and the Lord for working through us. It’s been an adventurous blessing so far.