This month the Lord has been showing how He takes care of our needs before we even know we need them. I was cleaning bedding after a resident moved out and realized we were out of fitted bottom sheets. The one that had been on the bed had torn and needed to be replaced. That afternoon, a member of the Reflection Lake Chapel called and wanted to know if we had need for fitted bottom sheets. Praise God !
A few days later, I was checking the pantry, and realized that we were getting low on canned goods. The next day a man called and said he was helping a friend that was moving to the lower 48. Would we be interested in canned goods and spices? He brought us several boxes that filled the pantry. Praise God again…..
I’ve been trying to decorate the new Mission staff house since we moved in last year. Many of the pictures and pretties as I call them have been given to us by our friends. There was one spot that I didn’t have anything that fit or was just right. I mentioned to a friend that I’d like a metal wall hanging but had no idea where to find one or what I wanted it to be like. We had a friend come visit overnight and when she was gone she had left a metal plaque ….
And that is so True……
This being the end of summer, many people are winterizing their gardens. We received a donation of lettuce, onions and this large cabbage. Some cabbage….
Alaska is known for the big vegetables….
Skipper and Fred Swen (a Board member) left on the 29th of the month to go “moose hunting” up above Fairbanks which is their annual get-a-way. There was plenty of rain and wind, but was lacking in moose. They didn’t even see a moose. Coming home they saw several, but no bulls.
WOW! This has been a busy month….all good.
We enjoyed a visit with Jackie and my three granddaughters, Littie, Rebekah and Mary. They live at North Pole. They are so full of life and fun to be around. Littie painted a picture for me to put in the window in my kitchen (there is no window over the sink, so I created one.) A friend gave me a hundred year old window and I wanted to put a picture in it so I have something pretty to look at when I’m at the sink. Rebekah made some delicious cookies for us and the guys. We really enjoyed them.
Then later in the month, the work team from Lost Creek United Methodist Church, Stillwater, Oklahoma came for the 9th year. When they are here, there is so much laughter, talking and love from all the team members. They came to paint the Mission house and start erecting the “high tunnel”. We hope to be able to grow many of our vegetables next year in it.
The weather has continued to be beautiful for the most part. We always need the rain to prevent forest fires and make the flowers grow.
We are happy to announce that one of our residents, Andy, was baptized at College Height Baptist Church, this month.
Mary Anne got to go to North Pole for the college graduation of two of her grandchildren. It was very enjoyable seeing my daughters, their families, and my sister, who came in from Dallas. The weather was beautiful and there were no mosquitoes.
We are having wonderful days here. The temperatures have been much higher than usual and clear skies. The flowers are beginning to bloom and the rubarb is ready to be harvested. God is so good.
Friends, we are still in need of a volunteer staff person to help us with the Mission. Please be in prayer with us about this matter.
I can’t believe that we are into 2016 so far. The weather has been mild and little snow. Actually, I began today trimming bushes and cleaning out my flower bed in front of the mission. The rhubarb is sending up colored leaves and the wild roses are budding.
Several days ago, I got a phone call from a mother whose 8 year old son had a birthday. He asked his friends to not give him a gift, but to bring a donation for the Mission. Jacob and his family brought coffee and all types of can goods to help us feed our residents. God bless this young man and his family for showing Jesus’ love in this way.
Skipper had surgery this month, and no more cancer was found. Praise the Lord. The doctor says no other treatment is needed. He will just check Skipper every six months for a while.