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It’s One Big Place

By Darold Peters
Most people don’t understand just how large Alaska really is. Being 1/5th the continental United States at 570,374 square miles, Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas, the 2nd largest state, and is larger than all but 18 of the countries in the world. There are more miles of coastline in Alaska than the rest of the U.S. combined.  If Alaska were superimposed over a map of the lower 48 (as you can see in the image), its western tip would sit in Sacramento, CA, its northern tip in Duluth, MN, and its eastern tip in Savannah, GA.

Unless you have lived here or spent time here, the shear size of Alaska can be difficult to grasp. Read the rest of this entry »

A Wife’s Perspective

Kodiak here we come

Alaska, it was just another state, right, wrong.  It has become the state of conversation in our house over the last year.  Our son AJ made friends with a new family in the church.  Little did I know at the time it would become an extension to my existing family.  Yes, most church families become very close but not so close that our son could actually be considered a tax write off for another, that’s another story.  I digress…

 

When AJ told me he wanted to go to Alaska  with Tony and Matthew, I was like right, no problem, and (much sarcasm in that statement by the way).  Fast forward to August 2011, here we are packing and preparing for the trip of a life time.  And not only our son but my husband as well.  They sent out letters to friends and family, AJ did odd jobs all summer (even though he broke his scapula) and worked when possible to make extra money.  All along I was thinking “What did I get myself into?”   That’s okay, right, here I could take myself a nice quiet vacation with my family out of state, didn’t have to worry about anything, no cooking, no cleaning, no watching over men.  WRONG.

 

Satan tried at every venue to make things ugly for the team of eight traveling to  Alaska.  Transportation problems like delayed flights, not making connections, then making connections, then ferries being cancelled due to extremely high winds on the ocean (only after having to remain on the boat for about eight hours),  trying to catch a smaller flight from  Kodiak  to  Anchorage so they can make their flights home.  Not only the threat of an earthquake but a possible tsunami.  Falls and trips (stairs/rock), sadly a seizure (but he is fine), and of course the dreaded rain, rain, rain, rain and more rain.  Hey after all it is  Alaska.

 

But truthfully, if you asked any of the eight if they would do it again I believe in my heart they would say yes.  Why, well you have to remember I wasn’t actually there; I was an outsider looking in (literally at one point watching their flights from Chicago to Anchorage via this great plane tracking system on the internet).  At all the events that occurred and after listening to all the participants it is clear to me their hearts are for the Alaskan people.  I have looked at over one thousand pictures of the beautiful landscape, the site seeing and fishing trips and the event itself.  I’ve heard both my son and husband and some of the others talk about how the people there stay on their minds and in their prayers.  I look into the faces of the young children and think to myself, if they were my children I would so desperately want them to know Jesus like I know Jesus.

 

It is now October and I still hear my husband praying for them.  As it was their first mission’s trip I am so grateful to our Lord that they were able to experience this new culture of people.  Sadly, the Alaskan people’s hearts are so closed to accepting God’s one true gift.  Some of us see it as a simple task to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, however, in a place that is so far removed from the area we live in, where it appears to me, talking about Jesus is not an everyday event or for that matter a once a month deal.  On Kodiak some of these families have to literally take a plane to do their groceries, so going to church is even more cumbersome.

 

If you are out there reading this (and not a member of the eight), I have a request, keep the Alaskan people in your thoughts and prayers.  Praying is the easiest form of being a part of any mission’s team and one that only takes a short amount of your time and virtually no energy.  Just close your eyes and say a prayer, please do not close your eyes if you are driving.  These people really need a shot in the arm and what better dose of medicine is Jesus.

 

By the way, after being without my guys for a very long nine days and realizing I am truly no good without my husband, I have decided that if God allows, I will fight the fear of travel and flying and join them next year in Kodiak, or wherever they decide to travel for the next mission’s trip.  Lord please help me… I am going to need it.

 

God Bless and to Him I give all the glory…. Barb Magill

A Fish Story – I am Not in Homer Anymore

This past trip to Alaska, I got to try something I had never tried before. Fried halibut. Our team had stopped in at the Caribou Family Restaurant in Homer Alaska. Homer, for anyone who does not know, is known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. These fine folks know how to cook and how to eat Halibut. I had an awesome dish of fried halibut. It was great!

Fast forward two weeks…I am traveling on business in Indianapolis, a city I love to visit. My boss and I went out for seafood to a restaurant which shall remain nameless. It is an awesome place for seafood, but what happened next made me laugh.

I was looking over the menu and found Fresh Alaskan Halibut. The waitress stopped by and explained that all seafood was flown in fresh daily from all over the world. While this did explain the cost, I was ready to sink my teeth into some more fresh Alaskan Halibut.

The menu said, Broiled or Grilled. I said to the waitress, may I get it deep-fried? It was a perfectly innocent question. She looked at me with that look. You know the one…she was thinking I obviously was not from around here. She said she needed to ask the chef.

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Different from the South

As I look back on the trip from which we just returned, I cannot help but think about the people we met. There were people from all different walks of life and all different ages. I also cannot help but think of just how different they were from the folks here in the south. People from Alaska are proud, hard working folks who have a rough exterior. They develop that exterior because they have to. The very environment in which they live dictates the type of folks they are. They are rugged as the land from which they make their living. Whether fishing, hunting or oil or gas, the land is their supplier.

In the south, folks work hard, but it is a different kind of hard work. There are plenty of people who do very dangerous jobs like coal mining and timber. Read the rest of this entry »

Progress in our Quest to reach the Alaskan People

Well, we arrived in Alaska with all the challenges of us being delayed on the leg of our journey from Chicago to Seattle. This included all the obstacles that the devil through at us which included worried thought of our plans not working as WE wanted them to turn out OUR way. God had a DIFFERENT PLAN and we were forced to do it HIS way and build our Trust and Faith in HIM that because he had our back all the way Read the rest of this entry »

For a Time Such as This

It is so amazing…The Lord has provided for the trip every step of the way. More than just financially, God has provided for this trip in every way. From the finances, to the people on the team, God provided it all.

 

If we look at the makeup of the team, you will find those who accepted Christ as a young person, older person and everything in between. God provided the specific characteristics needed in this place at this time. We were all selected for a Time Such as This. Read the rest of this entry »

Ready for Kodiak

This year, my family and I are privileged to be going back to Kodiak Alaska as part of an 8 person team from LBC. This year, our concentration will again be one-on-one evangelism. The event we are attending is the Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair. We are working out of Frontier Baptist Church.

Next Monday, the 29th of August, we depart for Dulles from the church at 7:30am. We will be arriving in Anchorage around 11:30 that night AK time. This is a lot of travel and several in the team have not traveled quite that far.

This site will be used to update everyone as we travel. Please keep us in prayer as we travel and share the word of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanks for your support.

-Tony

Why Alaska?

Lots of people ask me why Alaska. The answer can be found below…

Alaska is a spiritually dark place. Check out these stats…

- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Highest rate of suicide of any state in the union
- Highest rate of death from domestic violence
- Highest rate of incest of any state in the union
- More isolation than any other state

As you can see, Alaska is in need of spiritual light. Much of the abuse is generational. We know the fix and it is the Lord Jesus Christ.

In 2008, God called me to missions in Alaska. I had no idea why that was until I took a trip with Alaska Missions. The leader of the trip explained to everyone, the spiritual problems in Alaska. You always see Alaska from the perspective of the cruise ship brochure. Beautiful, peaceful and tranquil. All these things are true of Alaska, but the dark spiritual nature is hidden beneath all the beauty.