Hey, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season with your families, and enjoyed celebrating Jesus Christ. For me, the month of December was challenging but extremely rewarding. It was a month full of ministry, preparation for New Years, and enjoying time with my family and friends.
Our ministry events this month included a youth game night, our annual youth Christmas and church Christmas parties, three Christmas services over the 24th-25th, a New Years Day service, and our annual youth New Years Allnighter. It was quite a bit of work to get everything put together for the different events we did!
This was due to some of the challenges that we face here in the village of Fort Yukon: logistical difficulties with shipping supplies, materials, and equipment, traveling and sending people between Fort Yukon and Fairbanks, and dealing with the extremely cold temperatures that wear down our vehicles (since we do not have a heated garage or shop to put a vehicle into). These things make it more difficult to effectively host and implement events in the wintertime.
Despite these challenges, we were blessed to be able to have nine volunteers fly up and assist us with our New Years event. We also were blessed by a local corporation in town that donated $1000 to our event. It was an incredible night, with around 40 youth in attendance. They were impacted with amazing life stories and testimonies from the volunteer staff.
Overall, it has been a busy but great month, and I am looking forward to 2018 with excitement and an expectancy for God to take us where we’ve never been before!
- Joshua Niemuth