Ask the average person how they are and you’re likely to hear, “busy!” It seems almost cliché to say that life is too busy. But, unless you are living in a remote village somewhere, it’s probably true. Maybe you have had occasion to reflect on what you were doing a year ago at this time; perhaps thanks to a social media notification. We realized (for that reason), that it has been one year since we had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Kodiak Alaska. (Yes, life is slower there!)
We also realized that we had neglected to write a promised piece for the region newsletter. So, with our apologies for the lateness, we’d like to offer our thanks to the ABC VT/NH , North Springfield Baptist Church, and all whose generous donations made the trip possible.
Kodiak Baptist Mission began as an orphanage in 1893 and continues to serve children and families on Kodiak Island by providing Christ centered outdoor preschool, after school program, summer camp, and daycare alternatives, along with a community food shelf.
Maintaining their 30 acre property requires a large contingent of volunteers with a variety of skills. We had the opportunity to help repair horse fencing, make modifications to the goat dairy, clean up downed trees left after severe weather earlier in the year, erect outdoor classrooms (aka, large canvas tents), and replace tile work in one of the residences.
The atmosphere of hospitality, joy, grace and encouragement was inspiring and made it easy to put in a hard day’s work. What a privilege to be a part of a team living out their faith in Acts 2 style, a fellowship of believers…and doing it without any grumbling or complaining (Philippians 2:14). We encourage you to check out the KBM website to learn more about their ministry.
It was an amazing adventure for us, a chance to use our gifts, but also be stretched. Something happens when we step out of our comfort zone. We experience God in new ways, and see things we didn’t see before. But you don’t have to go to Alaska to do that. Be prayerful. Ask God to show you where he wants to use you, and step out in faith.
In His Service,
Sean and Ben Millard
North Springfield Baptist Church
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