Sunday, August 4, 2013

4th week in Wasilla

We have finished out our fourth week here in Wasilla.  
Last Sunday, Anna, a team host here had invited people from her park to come to church.  She drove over to Palmer, not knowing how many people would show up.  She had 13 people ready to come to church with her!  PTL
After church we got the rooms ready for the new team to come in.  It was a youth team from Applewood church in Colorado.  There were 31 on the team including their sponsors.  It was a good week.  There was a marked difference from the week before.  The week before had several older gentlemen and they were up at 5:30 to sit and talk in the dining hall.  Believe me we didn't see the team much before breakfast was served at 8:00!
Someone asked last week, what pilot bread was.  It is a cracker that doesn't really get stale.  Here is a picture of the box and what the cracker looks like.  

We don't usually get out a lot during the week.  One night last week we went with Jay (director) and his friend, Diane and drove over toward Palmer to a U-pick place.

How would you like this setting for your garden?
We picked several things.

Back at the kitchen with our pickings.
Do you know what this is?  I had never had it before.  Never knew what it looked like.
It is what is on the left of the relish platter.
It is kohlrabi.  It tastes kind of like the core of a cabbage, radish, texture of a jicama combination.  We all liked it.  

My back got a knot in it this week.  I had to spend an afternoon and evening lying down.  Someone loaned me a heating pad, after three hours lying on it, the knot finally went away.  So thankful there was someone up here who could help out and do the things I normally do.
I have been ok since then.  Please pray that it doesn't come back.
Yesterday we rolled up several of the air mattresses.  We have two smaller teams coming this week.  We were able to clean two rooms and put them back into SS rooms, and won't have to use them next week.
We have a team coming from NC and one from PA. This will be our last week in Wasilla.
Yesterday we drove up to Talkeetna for the afternoon.  We wanted to eat once more at the Denali Brewing Company where Howard got the great sweet potato fries last year.  We walked around some.  It was quite crowded, because it was Saturday, I think.

We stopped on the way back at the Kahiltna Birch Works.  They tap birch trees in the spring and make syrup.

This is the evaporator.  They do 75 gallons of syrup in a day.  The sap runs for  3 weeks in late April or early May.

We stopped at Walmart when we got back to Wasilla and picked up a few things.  That finished out our week.

Pray for us this week.  It is the last group coming in.  We want to be wise stewards and not have a lot of left overs, but still feed the teams well.
We are also getting tired by the end of the day.  Pray for daily strength.  We have liked working with our staff here in Wasilla.  It's been a great summer.
Continue to pray for the families we minister to in the parks.

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