It’s been almost two weeks since the ABM staff ladies headed out to Nome for a regional retreat. The retreat went very well once everyone arrived. Two of the ladies were unable to arrive the first day due to weather cancelations of their commercial flights to Nome, but the next day was clear and calm, with the ocean eerily calm too. Relationships were formed or renewed quickly, the balance between teaching and fellowship was perfect, and God’s presence was felt by all—thanks so much for your prayers! A huge storm hit the west coast of Alaska just a few days after the retreat and despite dire predictions, Nome and many other communities suffered minor damage and minimal flooding. Praise God for His perfect timing and protection!
Five men from Pennsylvania are in Kenai now, listening to the strong winds outside today and are happy that the work they volunteered to do for us is inside! They have finished drywall taping, sprayed texture and are now painting the two finished walls of our hangar. They will be hooking up our shop power and air reels and other various things to get our hangar completed and functioning smoothly—many thanks to Daryl Beachy and his crew for their week of hard work!
Please be praying for the staff and volunteers heading west tomorrow. Matt and Dustin will be flying our Navajo to Marshall and Mountain Village on the lower Yukon river with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) staff and two local plumbers. They will be replacing the parsonage/church boiler in Mountain Village while the CEF staff are doing some training of locals. They will then do more training in Marshall. The weather looks good for the flight tomorrow, but a strong storm system will be coming in to the lower Yukon area while they are out there. They are planning to return to Kenai Monday—pray for safety, quick work on the boiler (specialty parts are impossible to get in the village--pray they bring all they need), and receptive hearts for the CEF training.