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Home News Prayer Letters January 2014
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Written by Earl   
Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00
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Greetings from Manley Hot Springs, Alaska!


We trust you had a wonderful and blessed holiday season! This was our first time celebrating
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years while living in this community. In previous years, we would
drive here, hold the service, then drive away. It was a blessing to feel more like we were a part of the
community this time. Of course we missed our family, but we'd say it was a blessed holiday season.
“The first winter is always your hardest winter.” This is probably the most common statement w from
our friends here.

Although we have been in Alaska almost 13 years, living off the grid, in a partially built house, and 160

 

miles from from the closest town does come with it's own challenges. Some things
take some getting use to, lessons are learned, adjustments made, and plans made for summer to make
the next winter better. We have found you can be quite content with much less than what most in
society says are “needs.” It is a good reminder there are many things we Americans believe are “needs”
and feel entitled to, that are not necessary. We can't help but wonder if American Christians have traded
fulfilling the Great Commission for the American Dream? Is God's tithes and offerings being sent to
credit card companies, loan agencies, restaurants, or used to conform us more into the world's image
and less into God's image? Our Lord has given us so much, and asks for so little.


January is always a time of planning for the coming year. It is the time we make plans for flying for
other missionaries, camps, maintenance, and a host of other projects across the state. However, for a
variety of reasons, we have far less projects this year. Six missionary families have left the state or their
ministries, four families have lessened the amount of flying they use in their ministries, while only four
use our ministry as often as they use to. Of course, this has allowed us the time to have a bigger impact
in this village, for which we are grateful. However, we'd ask you to pray with us about if the Lord
would have us help in any way to reverse this trend. Rather than downsizing, we would rather expand
the ministry of Mission Air Care to further the Cause of Christ in Alaska.


The church here in Manley is doing well. The numbers of those who attend continues between 25-35.
We are going through some good growing pains experienced by a growing church. Plans are being
made to enlarge the sanctuary area of our little log church building to hold even more folks
comfortably. We often run out of hymn books, so we have selected a particular hymn book and hope to
have the funds soon to purchase enough to allow everyone to have one and maybe even plan for
growth. We have new believers who need to be baptized, but the hot springs doesn't have a changing
room, so we need to construct something to change out of wet cloths before going outside into -20F
temps. Talk about being the “frozen chosen!” We are even looking for ministries we can start
supporting in order to do our part fulfilling the Great Commission. Your faithful prayers and support
has had a huge part in what our Lord has accomplished in this small community at the end of the road.
Thank you!


Lynn and Jeremiah are doing well. Jeremiah is discipling a young man in the church, and hopes to find
a job as apprentice gun smith. Lynn has been doing well, but a recent fall on ice has set her back a
little. Praise the Lord it wasn't as bad as it could have been, but please continue to pray that her health
will continue to improve. There is no way we will ever know, this side of heaven, just how much your
prayers have sustained us and helped us do more and go father than we ever would have imagined
possible. Thank you and may our God continue to bless and keep you!

 

Church Planting

Manley Baptist Fellowship is a group of Believers who either live in, or within 40 miles of Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.  It is not unusual for folks to fly in, boat or 4-wheeler in (in the summer), snow machine in (in the winter), or just walk in for services on Sunday!

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Maintenance Matters

Mission Air Care maintains and inspects, six (6) missionary airplanes.  Two - Cessna 206's.  One - Cessna 207.  One - Cessna 172.  One - Piper Navajo.  One - Aerostar.

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Testimonial

Without MAC five young men wouldn't have been saved

Your friendship and help over the years has been a real blessing. Without MAC (Mission Air Care) five young men wouldn't have been saved. These young men are still active in our ministry and helped all week with VBS.

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