Do the boys at the orphanage know the love of Jesus?
Do the boys at the orphanage know that we truly love them.?
Will the Lord send someone (soon) to walk alongside these boys and disciple and encourage them?
Were the seeds firmly planted in the children at VBS?
Who will help water them?
Do the pastors of the 2 churches we were at know we are praying for them?
Will God open more hearts in Alaska?
Will He send more of His people into the darkness? Soon?
Will the outermost villages ever see the Light of Christ fill their villages?
Will the suicide rate go down before Jesus comes back?
Will the LIGHT overtake the DARKNESS that is there?
Did those we came into contact with see Jesus in us?
Did Mark, Ricky, and Barry from the food bank hear the love of Jesus in our words?
Who will go?
The Lord is my LIGHT and my SALVATION…whom shall I fear?
One of the biggest blessings and highlights from our time in Alaska was spending time with the Baptist Boys Home. There are 10 teenage boys in this home right now. They are all there for different reasons. They may have been in trouble for various reasons, but there are others who were taken from their homes due to abuse.
This is the place that broke our hearts the most, gave us the most joy and that gives us so much to be praying about! We just love these boys!
The first day we went to spend time with them, they were very unresponsive. Not many of them talked to us at all. The second day we could tell a big difference. And by the end of the week, the boys were coming up to each of us and asking for hugs. I found myself wondering when they had a hug last. By the end of the week, we had several boys who made decisions for Christ. They all raised their hands (several with tears in their eyes) saying they wanted a change in their lives.
The last night we spent with them, we gave them each a teenage Bible with devotions in it as well as a survival kit from Lifeway. This is a book that goes through the basics of being a Christian. That is one of our biggest prayer concerns – leaving these boys so open to the Lord’s work – and hoping, praying that someone will come alongside them and encourage them and disciple them.
The last night we left we also learned that one of the boys would likely be headed to prison in the next few days. These boys need our prayers…please be praying with us!
Today David was able to go with some of our team to help with the mushers…a dog sledding team here called Jonrowe Kennel. This apparently is a pretty famous place that we were priveleged to be a part of today! They had a lot of fun! And they did a lot of hard work today!
We also had our first official day of VBS, it was a wonderful and busy day! Please be in prayer. So many people turn away from anything spiritual in this area, it is so easy for us to see after only having been here a few days. But, we are so thankful for the children we were able to minister to today. We had a lot of fun! The other part of our team that came from Arkansas has a really phenomenal clown ministry…needless to say, the kids LOVE the clowns!
I have been leading the music portion of our VBS, and we are having a lot of fun – with smaller children AND the teenagers – learning new songs and doing fun dances with them.
Tonight we had several of the leaders from Alaskan mission organizations come and speak to us. It was a very interesting night! Here are some things we learned about Alaska from these leaders.
*In Alaska, 95% of the people are lost
*In a survey taken from the newspaper, 22, 000 out of 300,000 Alaskans in the city of Anchorage attend worship on any kind of regular basis at all. However, this also included other denominations that we would not consider Christian.
*In distant villages (the bush) they still have animal worship
*One of the biggest needs in Alaska is Christian leadership
*Alaska is the nation’s leader in suicide
*the incest rate is also very high here especially in the outlying villages. Young girls are raped by brothers and fathers at the onset of puberty. Close to 100% of women that come out of these villages have been raped and/or affected by incest in some way
*the LIE: this is the way life is in the village, deal with it.
*the other big issues here: teen pregnancy, STD’s and alcoholism
*100 villages in Alaska have no Christian work or ministry at all
These statistics are sobering. Please be in prayer with me that the true LIGHT would be brought into the darkness of Alaska.