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Home News Prayer Letters Spring 2012
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Written by Earl   
Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:38
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Warm wishes from North Pole, AK!

We've been waiting six months to be able to say that!  Those who record and track these facts tell us this has been the 4th coldest winter in Fairbanks since 1904.  When someone asked Earl how we stay warm at those temps, he told him we “sleep between the mattresses.”  Not quite, but it gets a chuckle.

Some of you may realize that we are a little late on our ministry update.  Please forgive our tardiness.  There have been some unusual events occurring, and we have been waiting for things to settle down so we can report accurately.  It is amazing how fast things can change.  We thought we had our next two years planned out.  However, one phone call early in February changed our ministry greatly.  Ronnie Starr, a missionary we have partnered with and assisted for 12 years, was seriously injured in car accident down in Chattanooga, TN.  Over the next two weeks it became obvious that the Starr's probably won't be returning to Alaska any time soon.  The ramifications of that one sentence are far reaching, but suffice it to say, our plans are up in the air.

The first week of March found us down in Anchorage handing out John & Romans.  We were joined by a small army of coworkers from Wings as Eagles of Wyldewood Baptist Church, Emmanuel Baptist, and Pioneer Peak Baptist. A total of 19 of us handed out well over 1000 portions of Scriptures.  That's not including those from other churches who were there doing the same.  God's Word will not return unto Him void!

The annual inspection on the Piper Chieftain was also completed while the team from Wyldewood was here.  Over 130 man hours were put into the inspection, servicing, and repairs in four days.  This doesn't include another 60 hours put in earlier by Earl and Brother Ray Allen.  Although we didn't have to pay the $95/hr. for this labor, there was over $2,000 of parts needed.  We will soon be finishing the inspection of our Piper airplane.

With the fresh inspection and work completed, flights were made to bring Kevin Smith's family back to Savoonga and the Youngblood family back to Fairbanks.  The Compton family was also able to come out for school testing and a little R&R.  Thank the Lord for safety in flying and having the plane capable of making such flights.

God's work in Manley Hot Springs is moving along very well.  This community at the end of the road boasts a population ranging from 55-90, depending on what time of the year you count.  God has seen fit to grow the attendance of the Sunday services.  The church body has taken the responsibility of fixing up a “Pastor’s Cabin” so that a full-time presence will be possible in the village soon.  It is a dry cabin but will include a “Cadillac” outhouse!  

We are looking forward to a baptism service at the hot springs as soon as the weather warms up some.  We believe our Lord was pleased when 55, including seven first-time visitors, showed up to celebrate Resurrection Sunday.  What a glorious time we had!  God was gracious and gave us a beautiful day with above zero temps which allowed folks to come by ski plane and snow machine.  Please pray our Lord will provide the right person or family to fill in while we are out on furlough in 2013.

Although four village outreach trips have been canceled, our summer has still managed to fill up.  We will host another missionary intern, have a VBS in Manley, continue the work on the Pastor’s Cabin in Manley, fly for camps and a host of other flights, and continue with the day to day chores that “must needs be done” in a ministry such as this.  It sure would help to have a compatible pilot/mechanic to share the load!

As for the family, Jeremiah continues his trek towards graduating high school in December.  He is looking forward to graduating, but is not sure yet of the Lord’s leading in his life.  Lynn's health was good during the winter, but she has been struggling some so far this spring.  The fibromyalgia, the degenerative disk in her back, and side affects from her seizure have slowed her down.  By the time you receive this update, both Earl and Lynn hope to have completed a juicing regiment that promises to alleviate some of her symptoms.  We appreciate your prayers on her behalf.

Our Lord was good to us when He gave us friends and supporters like you.  Our confidence is in Him alone, but thank you for being used by Him and being a part of this ministry in Alaska.  You have a part of each soul reached with the Gospel, each saint edified, and each missionary encouraged.  You help us to be more affective.

In His Service,



Earl, Lynn & Jeremiah Malpass

 

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