PS 34:3

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! ~Psalm 34:3

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Brooks Range Bible Camp

We are currently sitting in the airport in Anchorage, AK awaiting our overnight flight to SC. We have had a great 2 weeks up in Alaska working with some Eskimo kids. The first week we had 28 kids (ages 8-12) come to camp. They were pretty well behaved (for the most part) and had a lot of fun. I’m not sure of the exact number of decisions that were made for Christ that week- but we heard of several stories of kids turning their lives over to Christ. The second week was a little more challenging (as was expected.) The teenagers were a little more stubborn, but not as bad as I had expected. (Praise the LORD!) We had 14 teenagers that 2nd week- so we had almost a 1:2 (camper to counselor) ratio, which was great! Andrew was a counselor both weeks for some boys, and I was the camp nurse. We had a few cuts and bruises here and there, but praise the LORD no body got really sick.

One girl in particular, Chelsea (16 years old), really tugged at some of our hearts. She (along with a lot of the other teens) is addicted to smoking and alcohol. We’re not quite sure what it was, but it almost seemed like she had some sort of demonic influence in her life. Something just didn’t seem right. For example, as soon as we started reading the Scriptures during our chapel time, she randomly stormed out of the room causing a big scene and threw up outside. The 2nd day into camp, several threats were made to commit suicide. So three of us counselors got to sit by her bed all night and pray and read Scripture over her. Anyways, the next day we shared some of our favorite verses with her and told her that we had been praying all night for her. She seemed to be somewhat receptive. But at the end of that day, she ended up going home because she said she couldn’t stand it anymore without cigarettes and hated it here. So as the Lord brings her to mind, she could use a lot of prayer. Pray that she would continue to seek after Christ, as her only fulfillment in life. There is a missionary couple in their village- pray that they would continue to be able to reach out to Chelsea.

We are hoping to take the next several weeks to really pray about where the Lord might be calling us full time. We’re hoping that by the middle of August we’ll have made a decision and start the support raising process along with the preparation for the field. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support in our mission journeys!! We’ll keep you updated.


  1. praying for Chelsea tonight - thankful you were able to plant some seeds there....

    praying also for wisdom for you and andrew as you wait to hear where God wants to send you!!!

  2. I just ran across your site as I was looking up Brooks Range Bible camp and am excited to see this!! I was a counselor at Brooks Range in 2006 and now live in Alaska and am going into full time missions with Missionary Aviation Repair Center in Soldotna. I hope to make it back to Brooks Range this summer.

  3. Right now, almost 3 years after writing this post, I was able to pray for Chelsea because of this blog. Only God knows where she is and how she's doing tonight. Whether she's still lost or now has found a relationship with our Savior, one more prayer was said for her to the Lord because you wrote this down. Thank You for taking the time to write about this girl!!! YOU HAVE AN AMAZING HEART and I'm so glad you're listening to how God wants you to use it :)