It's amazing... How God can take right where you are, no matter where, when or why... YOU can have a ministry. When we were on deputation, Phil always said we were going to take at least the first 6mo-year to just adjust. Figure out how to live in bush Alaska. It is such a different way of life here... Phil has been able to get a job at the local hospital... He was so leery about it at first... Thinking he would have more influence at the school. But we prayed hard, and God gave peace and opened all the doors for him to work at the hospital. So we were sitting at the dining room table the other day, thinking about what we could do. We want to be involved and do ministry things, but The Lord just hasn't let a lot of those things happen yet. So we determined to allow The Lord to use us in little ways. Ways that He is allowing for now... So I (Emily) was doing dishes, and I knew that Phil had gone outside with the kids... But when I looked out the window, this is what I saw... It brought tears to my eyes. This is my amazing husband... Ministering. These are the kids that ask us almost every time they see us... "Are you going to church again?!?" :) (and who says people don't notice?!) one of these days, I hope they come with us! So anyway... Phil was really wanting to be a blessing, to be ministering where God had him... That day, he had a nurse come up and ask him to pray for her. (ding! ding! Open door!!) God is giving us these little areas to serve... I get to play the piano at our little church every service and bake for people and I'm now babysitting a little boy... God is using us. It might not be in BIG ways like we want it to be. But we are doing what God has called us to do!
Plans are already starting for the summer ahead, of village Bible clubs, and taking Bibles to villages to get them in each home... How exciting!
Winter is coming... Very soon. It's about 25 degrees every morning now. Which we are so thankful, it brought the first frost which means all the "no seeums" are gone! PTL! They are like little gnats that bite, and swarm by the hundreds!
Thank you for your prayers for our family. For Phil this move has been easy... For the kids and I it has been harder. We miss family... And civilization.... Lol but God is helping us (me!) to find my own place here... Serving my hubby and babies, and making our home. And... My bread baking is getting pretty awesome! :)
We love you all. Write more soon! (Maybe I can get Phil to write a post!)
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💙 Emily 💙