Dreams of Old, Future of Now

HELLLOOOO READERS!!!!! Greetings my fellow readers! I hope you have been well! I for one have been very well as of late. So, our services are now concluded and I was the last one that spoke. Well, it was more of a discussion really, but that is okay. I talked about what community meant to me and my interpretation of what it looks like to our Christian group here at Glacier Bay National Park. I discovered that how our community was best represented was through the Body of Christ. Paul has written to the Romans and Corinthians about how although each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:4-5).  I learned how our team ministers to others differently. We each are able to connect with and learn and love our coworkers. I loved this about our team! I was so stubborn and blinded by that, I had forgotten what it was like! I remember spending some time with God and in my devotional that was the topic for that day. It was amazing! Needless to say my team appreciated my thoughts and were happy to forgive me for being stubborn about it (PRAISE!) 

I actually have been reminded of that, while staying at a hostel in Juneau. It is my first time staying here. ——side note—— I definately reccomend staying here, really cool place!—– Anyway, while here, I have met some cool people already. I met a guy from Taiwan who was showing us photos a friend sent him of his home so he can share with others about it! WHAT AN AMAZING CONCEPT! Imagine what it would be like if we all could do that! I have also met some guys who are from France on a vacation here! They actually were at Glacier Bay a few days ago and I met up with them here at the hostel! HOW CRAZY! God works in amazing ways to have us meet people and even love on people! I am here for another day before I leave tomorrow afternoon to go back to Glacier Bay. I got to see my amazing grandma for the day today and it was awesome!

While being here in Juneau, I have gotten to know the city a little better, not by much, but a little bit. One of the things I discovered here while walking down the hill from the hostel was a sign that says “Before I Die…” and it has three chalkboards full of answers. For me, I would like to travel the globe where I can. I have been a fan of traveling to places I have never been and places I have been before. And I am making my traveling the globe a reality. I am going to Japan for two weeks in late September thru Mid October. I had been praying about this and it has been an exciting journey just buying my tickets! I am still nervous, but I am confident God will provide all that I need. It is even mentioned in Philippians 4:19 it says “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” I am hoping that maybe I might even be able to do some ministry work while there, I don’t know yet, but I am excited and nervous none the less. I have to remind myself that God is always with me (Hebrews 13:5).


Prayer Requests


  • End of season strength! We only have a few more weeks left for our time in Glacier Bay!
  • Funds for flight home! I am hoping to make enough money for flights home and a little bit of money for Japan.
  • HOUSING IN JAPAN!!!!!! Prayers that I find affordable housing and connections work out with friends’ families in Southern Japan!
  • Winter Season job opportunities still! I hope to be hired in Florida soon!

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Sunshine and Quiet Minds

I want to just say I have been blessed these past few couple weeks and I am super thankful! For starters, I received an award during our employees appreciation day festivities, the “Front Line First” award. This was a complete surprise to me. I have wanted that award but I never thought I would get the chance. Our employees are actually the ones that vote for who receives the award and others as well. I was also chosen to be in our newsletter that is handed out to us once a week. I was asked questions about me so that my fellow lodgies got to know me better. It was fun answering the questions and seeing which ones were put in the newsletter.

Some other exciting news, we have finally been getting sunshine! Now it may not seem like a big deal, but for Southeast Alaska, it is a very big deal! We have been receiving a lot more rain this year compared to last year and not nearly as much sun. But these past few days we have been seeing the sun pop out and it has been incredible. Feeling the warmth and the suns rays has been a major blessing. A couple nights ago we witnessed an incredible sunset and I was able to capture the photos from it. The sky was on fire was the term used and it was true! The pinks, oranges, and reds were astounding. They helped bring an end to an already amazing day.

When I was looking at photos of the sunset, I could not help but reflect on the good that God has done for me. I mean, I got to come up to Alaska again for the summer, meet up with old friends and make new ones, go camping up bay with coworkers, and just make more memories. I began to pray and thank God for what He has done and just sat in the silence, but in His presence.  I did not hear him at all, but I did not need to. The silence and quiet of just being with Him spoke louder than ever before. I experienced a sense of peace and it was truly beautiful. I admit it has been a journey here, but I know God will lead me to where I need to go.

Around this time we start to plan for our winter seasons or school seasons. I have applied to work with ACMNP during the winter season again. I am very excited to be able to have this opportunity again. My options for winter placement are the Everglades, Big Bend, Virgin Islands, and Death Valley. I would love to be able to go to the Everglades, Big Bend, or the Virgin Islands. I will be praying about this as I do not know which one will be for me. I also will be working on going to Japan for two weeks at most! I will be visiting friends and family members of friends. I am very excited about this. I do need prayer though because I am still getting all the details down and making sure I am able to stay with my friends family in Nara, Japan. Prayers for God to guidance and blessings in this venture!

Blessings to you all and may Christ be with you in all that you do!


PRAYER REQUESTS


  • Continued prayers for our services! Reaching out to guests to have them come and worship with us.
  • Winter Placement options with ACMNP! I am hoping to be able to do this again with ACMNP!
  • Japan for two weeks! I am planning on visiting Japan for two weeks and need prayer for safe travels and connections working out!
  • Continued ministry outreach with our coworkers by being intentional with them and providing a safe place for them.

PEACEFUL BLISS

“The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1. This verse really speaks volumes out here. I thought of this verse when I was up bay camping. Camping in the wilderness. The wild Alaska that has God’s fingerprints all over it. Me and a few coworkers of mine camped at Scidmore Bay. It is a location that is not remote, but you feel you are. It becomes a new experience when you camp and are surrounded by the beauty of Glacier Bay. Imagine now, being dropped off by boat to go camp for a night or longer. There are no cell towers, no traffic, no people. Just you, a friend or group of friends and the nature and animals that surround you. I mean, you could just feel yourself becoming and feeling more at peace. There is something about being surrounded with nothing but the trees and the sounds of nature to bring you closer to God and to make you appreciate God more and how blessed you are to be in a National Park. It was wonderful getting picked up by the boat though. Do not get me wrong, I loved being up bay. I also was really wanting to get picked up and not be in the rain and wet anymore. Oh what peaceful bliss I felt! I just cannot get over the fact that I was just camping two days ago. I just had an amazing time! The colors were amazing, the scene was just majestic. Mountains towering high, covered with snow that creates the glaciers, shrouded in clouds and filtered sunshine, creating the blues and hues that surrounded us making it change minute to minute. Never the same, always changing. The waves crashed, the wind howled, the clouds rolled in. The feeling was the same though. Awe. Just awe. Blessed beyond measure and small in comparison to where we are, only to appreciate it even more than ever before. That is what it is like to camp up bay. The experience is always different, places are the same, but the landscape has something new to offer each time.


PRAYER REQUESTS


  • Guests to attend our services! We have had about one each service and want to see more guests attend!
  • Relationships with our coworkers. We want to be a safe place for our coworkers and good meaningful conversations with them.
  • WINTER PLACEMENTS!!! I am currently applying for winter placements with ACMNP and prayers for that would be greatly appreciated!