It is hard to believe that our 5th week is over with , and our time with GraceWorks has ended for another year!
We had two teams here this last week. One team was from North Carolina and the other one from Pennsylvania. We enjoyed getting to know them. They were great in the parks working with the kids. It was a cooler week and was rainy. Both nights of our block parties it rained. Both parks have pavilions so that helps.
Howard and I got away a little bit one afternoon. We had some shopping to do. We stopped by Lake Wasilla and took some pictures.
It is a beautiful lake. When it is warm we see people swimming in here. I think it would be very cold!
I don't t think I ever put in a picture of our housing here at First Baptist. We housed the men in the back half of the fellowship hall. We put up dividers and made that the men's quarters. It made a nice open space for them.
On Thursday Jay, our director here in Wasilla, took the staff out to lunch at a Mexican place. It was a thank you to the staff for their work this summer. We then drove out to Laverne Griffin camp. This is the camp that GraceWorks sends about 30 kids to every summer. I did see one of the boys, Josh, that we had in our park at Kanchee two years ago when we came up to Anchorage.
We did go to the block party here at the church on Wednesday night. And then on Friday night we went to the block party at Wonderland park here in Wasilla. It was a cool rainy night, but there were still kids that came, along with their parents.
One of our teams were in Walmart and started talking to a man there. He only has one hand. He is homeless and his girlfriend is pregnant. The team invited him to dinner Friday night and they came to eat with us. They went to the block party afterward and we hooked them up with a local pastor that is doing a church plant in Wasilla. The pastor had just been handed $200 from one of his church people and was asked to use it as he needed. Our team leader and the pastor bought this couple a new tent, air mattress and bedding and set it up for them that evening in the woods where they had been staying. Pray for Jay and David as they work with this couple to get them housing and work.
I also met a lady at the block party and we are e-mailing back and forth. She is going to meet my friend Carolyn that works at the church here when she gets back from her trip. Pray that we can both minister to her. She recently lost her husband to cancer and her daughter has stage 4 colon cancer. I believe God put us together. We usually are too tired to go the block parties.
This is what GraceWorks is all about!!
Snow cones at the block party. It doesn't matter that it is cold and rainy. We also have a popcorn machine. The bouncy house did not get set up because of the rain.
Hot dogs and chips for everyone that comes. We figure we cooked about 3,000 hot dogs this summer at our block parties here in Wasilla.
Everyone huddled under the pavilion.
The kids love the face painting.
Scott, president of Global Partner Ministries, (GraceWorks works under them) is talking to two of our staff people. Diane (middle) was here the last two weeks and was such a help to us. Anna has been working in Palmer this summer. She brought 16 people to church last Sunday from her park ministry in Palmer. We will see how many she is bringing today. Anna is moving to this area, so will continue to work with the people she has met. There are a lot of homeless teenagers in Palmer. She just draws people to herself. Pray for her as she looks for work and housing in this area.
Howard and I are driving up to Denali tomorrow for a couple of days. It will feel good to just get away and relax. I am hoping we can see lots of wildlife.
Thanks again for all your prayers for us this summer. We could not have done it without those prayers. We are hoping to have GraceWorks in Wasilla 10 weeks next summer. We need cooks for the first five weeks. If this is something you would like to do, let us know. We are planning on returning for the second five-week session.