Well, these past few months have been good and busy. February and March were full of SAGU studies and fundraising for Winter Xtreme! We put together a laser tag fundraiser with snacks and drinks in the gym on Saturday, February 13th. The kids had a great time, and the youth that were going to WX put forth incredible effort to help with setup, operation, and teardown. The following Saturday, on the 20th, we went down to the ice rink to have a chili cook-off while the dog sled races were happening. Wright Air Service, the City of Ft. Yukon, and GZ all donated resources to helping seven of the youth get to WX.
Winter Xtreme was a blast, and the kids had a great time. Paul Burkhart, director of the Chi-Alpha college campus ministry in Fairbanks, preached the messages for the evening services. Those messages have been going through my mind continuously- we have an incredible God-given destiny, but we must protect it, invest into it, and make changes to accommodate it. Paul called it “guarding your future.” We have to take steps of faith, action, and obedience to see God’s plan unfold in us. And it is not just our lives at stake, but the lives of those we will influences as well.
After WX, Ft. Yukon had its spring carnival week. We volunteered ourselves to man the grills for the opening day- Jeremiah grilled burgers, and I grilled hot dogs. It was cool being able to help out and bless the community with deliciousness. It was also an opportunity to feel extra manly while smelling like smoke for awhile…
These past two weeks in April have been very productive. My SAGU spring semester ends on the 29th. My brother and I recently had the opportunity to attend a city meeting, a public forum, to discuss and share our views on the different levels of tolerance for marijuana in the city. Later that week, we helped the police officer install camera security systems in a couple of the city-owned buildings. Lastly, we have been getting newsletters taken care of this week, and making plans for Network Conference at the end of the month. I am so excited to hang out with the AG team!
God is continuing to do awesome things in the lives of the young people here, and I am preparing to start offering music lessons to some of them. As summer draws closer, I look forward to the amazing things God has in store for all of us here at Ft. Yukon!
- Pastor Joshua Niemuth