Alaska, Part 1

It was so exciting to finally be in Alaska! After miles and miles of wilderness driving, we were here at last…with many more miles of wilderness ahead. We took the Alaska Highway all the way into Fairbanks, where the first part of our stay was scheduled. Dad and Mom knew some people who minister there, David and Marcy Joseph, and we were going to share music for their church celebration that Sunday.

But since we arrived a few days before that, there were places to explore! Our first day we loaded up and headed to North Pole. Now, this is not the north pole of the earth, but a town with that name. We stopped to visit a Christian radio station which airs The Storyteller and actually reaches listeners in Europe. It turned out that Dad went back a day or so later to do a live interview about The Storyteller.

King Jesus North Pole radio station

the building was very quaint

After our visit there we went into the Christmas-themed town of North Pole and had fun going to different stores and seeing multiple “north poles” that have been erected there.Other places we visited in Fairbanks were Pioneer Park and the museum at the University of Alaska.

Also, world records can be interesting… note the sign just beneath the dog-sled

The Sunday celebration at the church the Josephs serve at was a special time for the believers there, as they shared stories from the past, sang, and recounted God’s faithfulness over so many years.

these ladies are the Eskimo Singers

music during the meal

Someone Dad had met at the radio station offered to take us on a rafting trip down the Chena River. “Captain Dave” had us laughing and rowing while we were making some great family memories.

preparing to launch

so exciting to see a moose while we were on the river!

we stopped at a gravel bar to look for rocks and pan for gold

ice crystals on the river bank

inspecting our treasures

What a fun, memorable family experience! It was a great way to just observe and enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

More to come on Alaska!

“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11 NKJV

 

The Road to Alaska

Since we were going to be so far north and west already because of our involvement with the BC Native conference in Kamloops, we thought that if we were ever to go to Alaska as a family, this would be it.  Besides a special family time, the trip would give us opportunities to visit several radio stations that air The Storyteller, connect with Native believers, and renew old friendships with those involved in similar ministries.  We also would have opportunities to sing.  So, we ordered The Milepost Alaska Travel Planner and began to make plans for this epic journey.

reviewing our route to Alaska—Mom was our amazing tour guide

And then it was time to go.  After the BC conference, instead of returning home, we headed north.  We have so many pictures from this trip, so selecting which ones to share can be difficult! But here they come…  starting with the road sign that pointed us the right direction.We stayed in a number of interesting places along the way.  Below is from our time in Stewart, BC.  Steward is a little village tucked away in the mountains and near the coast.  It borders the little town of Hyde, AK.  it almost felt like we were in another world.

great food found here

hospitable people here

main street here

beautiful morning walk

watching the tide come in

our first glacier sighting on the way in and out of stewart

stunning views

It was so much fun to see wildlife along the road (or on the road) as we trekked northward up the Cassiar Highway and the Alaska Highway.

ok, mr. grizzly looks small but he wasn’t

well hello

One night we stayed in a little town called Dease Lake—the experience was memorable.  We stayed at the Arctic Divide Lodge which was homey with a very personable host.  It was great. Through an interesting set of circumstances we ended up meeting some First Nation Christians who live in the area.  We had a great time of fellowship with them.  They invited us to sing at their Gospel festival sometime.

music and fellowship

family time

ready for a good night’s rest!

absorbing as much info as possible!

we enjoyed a visit with the workers at the Samaritan’s Purse ministry center

And finally we made it to the Yukon! If B.C. didn’t seem all that far from home, this sure did!The scenery was amazing.  We came across the enormous Kluane Lake that just begged us to stop and make some memories.It was fun to shout and hear the echo from the mountains all around. Scenes like this leave us in awe. We have a powerful and majestic God.

So after four nights on the road to the north…we arrived…at the last little town in Yukon! (Or the first, depending on which way you look at it.)

throw the baseball a few times while we’re here!

And then…

we made it to ALASKA!

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? …To whom then will you liken God?  Isaiah 40:12, 18

British Columbia

God opened the door for us to travel to British Columbia and sing for a Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada conference there. We were involved with something similar last fall in Ontario and so it was a privilege to join with NEFC again for ministry.

The trip out there was a beautiful drive, to say the least.

stopped traffic means good time to get out and stretch

The conference was a time to encourage believers through music and the Word of God.

Emerson Falls, from Oklahoma, brought the Bible teaching

We were so blessed by different people we met over the weekend. There are so many believers who are being faithful where God has placed them and getting to know people like that is encouraging. Also there were others we knew who came in for the conference, which was fun since we were so far from home!

After the weekend, we hit the road…in a van loaded for a month…no trailer.

And we had to grab a picture as we went through this one town…

More pictures to come as the road turned northward…destination Alaska!