June News

From Don:
June started out with a flight of cargo to Togiak with one King Air and a Caravan. After loading two 500 lb crates containing outboard motors into the Caravan it was full. Into the King Air we loaded drums, other musical instruments, shelves, paper towels, a filing cabinet, a mop pail, and two 100 lb propane tanks. We returned to Anchorage with 15 Global Partnership Ministry people who had been in Togiak for a week.

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.............................................................................................................Two Outboard motors to Togiak
From Cat:
It’s June 16, and Don is working three days this weekend and Monday, doing mostly camp flying which brings young people and counselors to and from Bible Camps and home. This time he is flying near Fairbanks where he usually doesn't go. His flight schedule had him leaving Soldotna this morning at 7:00 AM and arriving in Palmer at 7:46, picking up his cargo and some passengers and then going on to Tanana which will be new for him, then on to Fairbanks for more campers, back to Tanana to drop off and pick up passengers and a washing machine, back to Fairbanks about 12:40 PM, then back and forth between Tanana and Fairbanks another 5 times, finally heading back to Palmer and then home at about 9:30 tonight. All this time the pilots are picking up campers and bringing them back home, (as well as a washing machine). Sorry no pictures because I forgot my camera. This is one of the things that students at Alaska Christian College always mention as a big part of their childhood and teen years, the chance to go to Bible Camp and meet new people from other villages, learn new games and songs, and hear about Our Lord who keeps it all together.

From Don:
The rest of the month was occupied with flying for the Covenant summer bible camp at Unalakleet. I flew on June 18, 23 and 25 taking approximately 75 kids to camp and a like number home. On 23 Jun we also brought out camp leaders from ACC, Soldotna and ECCAK, along with supplies. Then we gathered up campers and camp staff from Bethel and Scammon Bay and flew them to the camp. On 25 June we brought in another Bethel group to camp.

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.................................................................................................................Unalakleet Camp pictures.....
On 25 Jun I also flew out to Hooper Bay with a load of food for the Samaritan Purse volunteers who have started to build a new church/activity center and a house for Pastor Funk and his family. We also had a cook and her husband and another volunteer couple. We were met by the Samaritan Purse Project Manager,Luther. We are flying out twice each weekend and once during the week to ferry people and cargo needed for the project.

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.................................................................................................................Hooper Bay pictures............
When not flying: MARC owns a house in Soldotna that has been used by staff and visitors. In preparation for the Turners using it this summer Don was painting the bath room and kitchen and went set net fishing for the first time in Alaska. We have been here long enough to get resident fishing licenses which allow us 35 salmon. One of the MARC pilots, Darrel has a boat and the nets. I went to his place to pack everything in the boat and we set off at noon. When we got to the beach on the Cook Inlet the only other person there was another guy, Travis, who only watched last year. Finally Darrel decided to set nets with us two newbees. The nets were already laid out in the boat so all Travis & I had to do was to walk the buoy and anchor at the ends of the net to the back of the boat where Darrel threw them overboard having strung out the net. By 2 PM we had three nets in the water at various distances off the beach. When we beached the boat I was unable to get out as the tide was going out and the mud goes up to your knees and I only had rubbers boots (not hip waders like the rest). So I was forced to just lay in the boat in the gorgeous sun and relax while they laid out two more nets on the shore. Finally they got the idea of lending me someone’s hip waders to get out of the boat. I moved my resting place to the beach where we ate salmon caught the previous day on a fire. We waited about three hours for the tide to change. About 6 PM we went out to check the first of our nets. It was very interesting how we pulled the net in and took the fish out of it before resetting it. I was lucky to be able to borrow some wet weather gear because there was water all over the place. Even with the gear my sleeves were soaked when we finished. We got 12 fish from the first net and took them ashore where some other people in our group started filleting them. About 8 PM we got serious and for two hours we picked the nets. After getting 160 fish we hauled up the nets for the night. I was bushed and just sat on the beach while the filleting process continued. I left with 16 fish (two fillets per fish and two meals per fillet) at 11 PM as I had to fly the next day. It took until 1AM to fillet all the fish we had caught. Two days later Cat and I spent 5 hours getting the fish into the freezer. Whew. But boy does it taste good.

From Cat:
It’s June 16, and I have to say that I know it is not Paradise here, but it is pretty darn close, which may be a surprise to those who haven't been to this part of the state in June. The sky is baby blue with a few white fluffy clouds. I know the pilots don't care for them, they call them thunder bumpers, but fortunately there is enough sky to share with the planes flying out today. The temperature has been in the 60's and 70', one evening it got up to 80 degrees about 6 PM. The days are long and lovely so far. I was up last night at 1:30 and the sun was just thinking about setting.

I will be returning to work next week part time. I am feeling stronger since I've changed my diet to almost all organic fruits & veggies which we have plenty of this time of year. The strawberries are wonderful, although some of the organic produce still comes in from California. Next Friday the MARC pilots are hoping to get a good catch doing set net fishing. It will be Don's first try at it and I hope to go out for a bit also. I'm not that great at wading out into freezing cold water, but I do know how to clean fish at least. The men work all day, sometimes more than once and try to catch their fill since the time for them to do this type of fishing is only a week.

Two of our college staff, Cheryl Davis and Jeff Seimers are getting married today in Maine, Cheryl's home, and some of the staff have flown east to help them celebrate. Fortunately, they both plan to return to us. Our Dean of Students, Andrea Corans is also getting married this summer and will be moving to Anchorage with her husband, an ex-ACC staffer and recruiter, so we are on the lookout for someone to fill her position, a pretty big order. Our IT person, Irene Houdek has agreed to stay another year or more. We were lucky to get her, she came from Colorado two years ago and worked at KICY, our voice to Russia as well as Alaska. God continues to send wonderful people. Larry and Blanche Krum from Turlock are here again. Larry has been doing massive amounts of book cataloging since we have been fortunate to receive some donations again this year. Our library is really something for everyone to be proud of, it is always fun to see new visitors arrive and their surprise at the book variety we have, thanks to so many of you who have helped with donations and funding, as well as helping to catalog and shelve. Blanche Krum donated a scrapbook started by her aunt who was a teaching missionary and nurse from the 1920's to the 40's. Blanche finished putting it together and it is a wonderful history of the Alaskan bush during those years. I would really like to get a copy of it, but it is too precious to take out of the library, so I hope some of you can take some time to visit us and take a look at our growing campus and unique library holdings. We can gladly put you to work and still leave time for fishing and photography!

It is the time of year that our staff recruiters are working steadily to bring students from the villages to ACC for at least a year of Biblical Education. This year I have promised myself to send out the list of names of our students and where they are from to you so you will get to know some of them. I will also try to get my hands on last year's yearbook since I was in California watching our last daughter, Cheramie, graduate from Dominican University when they were handing out yearbooks.

We ask for prayers that our preparation for our three month sabbatical to raise more support and touch base with our current supporters goes well and we are ready come 16 Oct.