The past few months have been quite a whirlwind of activity for all of us here at Mission Alaska. As we wrapped up the work on the new church building in Fort Yukon, we began to focus on winter necessities like firewood, fuel oil, and winterizing the facilities. In the midst of the planning and preparation, Sharnay and I were packing and working out the details of our December adventure. We decided to spend Christmas with her parents and family in Kentucky. This would be adventurous enough, if we decided to fly down. But, instead, we thought it would be a good idea to drive down.
I know, it’s crazy. But, with multiple speaking engagements in Indiana and Montana throughout January and February, we knew we were going to need a vehicle anyways. Also, 4,000 miles isn’t really that much anyways, right? We packed up the family and departed North Pole, AK on December 14th. After 9 days of driving through blizzards that spanned hundreds of miles, dogding bison, caribou, and moose through Canada, and guzzling about 200 gallons of diesel fuel, we arrived in Bagdad, KY. We enjoyed spending Christmas with family and getting a chance to catch up with Sharnay’s brothers and their families.
As we gear up for the new year, we turn our attention to Indiana and the churches that have so graciously invited us to come and share about Alaska Missions. We are excited about the opportunity to speak at Clay City Assembly of God, Lyons Assembly of God, Abundant Life Assembly of God, and Discovery Church. We are looking forward to getting to know new people and sharing the gospel wherever we go.
After Indiana, we will be spending the first 2 weeks of February in Montana, on our way back up to Alaska. Please keep us in prayer as we travel many more miles in the “lower 48” and then begin the long drive back to Alaska. We have some budget goals to meet, as far as our support team goes, and we are praying for the ability to hear the voice of God and follow his leading to connect us with those whom He is wanting to be a part of this ministry. Most of all, we want to be obedient to the direction and call of God in our lives. We know that He will use us to build His kingdom and reach many souls for eternity and we are excited about these opportunities.
God bless you and keep you,
- Pastor Jeremiah Niemuth