Hello, everyone! I'd like to say that this summer has been insanely busy. To go back and try to remember every cool thing that took place and every event would be nearly impossible (but maybe still doable, but I won't try to do that, because I'm actually supposed to be helping with a building project in our backyard as I type this). So, here we go.
The month of May. May was great- it was the start of another SAGU semester (as I finish up the GE- that's general education- courses). It was a time of preparation, as we took a Nahshii scouting trip, and flew into town to pick up and unload a semi truck full of furniture at the TGM headquarters (mainly beds and dressers for the bunk house at Camp Nahshii). It was also a time for miscellaneous projects and opportunities in town (but that is actually all year long); we built a railing for our front deck, and became more involved with the FYU Firefighting Department.
June. I seriously did more boating in June (between riding and driving) then I have ever done before in my entire life. We boated to and from Circle, FYU, and Camp Nahshii so many times- mostly supply runs with gear, equipment, work teams and their luggage, and food. I learned a great deal about boating in the Yukon River, and how to fix issues like running out of gas, changing a prop (that's a propeller, if you don't know), fixing the electric bilge pump, and other things of that sort. What to do, what not to do- you know, the things that will keep you alive and safe out in the middle of the Yukon Flats.
And, of course, we had our 8th year of Camp Nahshii in July. I was at camp almost the whole month, helping with getting the camp ready, and then being staff for the 2 weeks of camp (high school, and then middle school). With 8 high school campers, about 40 middle school campers, and numerous God encounters and testimonies, Camp Nahshii was an awesome success. I had the privilege of leading the worship team, and had such a great time playing music and opening the door for young people to worship God from their hearts. (If you're on Facebook, you can see more pictures and videos of the camp weeks).
We (my brother and I) are planning to continue the J&J Show, especially now as the summer closes down, and we have more events in the fall to talk about. We are getting ready to head to Southeast AK for awhile to visit the churches, help out with the different ministries down there, and build our support team through relationships. If you read all of this, thanks a lot! And know that God is changing hearts and lives in the Yukon Flats region of Alaska. God bless you all.
- Pastor Joshua Niemuth