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Anderson University

Serving In Alaska
March 30, 2019
Community: Wasilla
Partner: Mat-Su Covenant Church
Staff: Mel Frecceiro (Trollman)

We made it!

by Mel Trollman | March 31, 2019 2:19 AM

After a long day of travel, we made it to Alaska! The mountains surrounding Anchorage were a beautiful sight to see coming out of the airport. After a quick bite at a taco bell, we got settled in at our lodging - a church called Jewel Lake on the eastern side of the city. We are looking forward to our week!

We made it!

Taking in the sun

by Mel Trollman | March 31, 2019 12:48 PM

Sunday morning we stood outside the church taking in the view, enjoying the sun and soaking up the chill air.

Taking in the sun

Sunday school

by Mel Trollman | March 31, 2019 12:53 PM

We gathered in the Fireside Room before church to dive into scripture, studying Hebrews chapters 4 and 5. It was very group discussion based.
Sunday school

Church Service

by Mel Trollman | April 2, 2019 1:59 AM

Sunday's church service at Jewel Lake Church of the Nazareen was fun. Pastor MJ told the story of David and isolated moments in his life where he had to trust God. MJ's perspective as well as humorous story-telling drew everyone into the message. It was also touching to see the whole congregation come together to pray over a woman with serious kidney complications. It seemed like the church is a very tight-knit and friendly group.

Church Service

Scavenger Hunt

by Mel Trollman | April 2, 2019 2:07 AM

There is another team lodging with us from Washington. We joined forces with them, as well as several youth group members from a partnering church and went to downtown Anchorage. There we participated in a scavenger hung, running around downtown trying to snap photos of everything on the list, which included things like snap a photo of the Sleeping Lady (a mountain... shhh), find three strangers to do the YMCA with your team, get a photo of two members of the team eating a reindeer dog at the same time. It was a lot of fun exploring, competing against the other teams and shopping for souvenirs. 
Scavenger Hunt

Alaska Health Fair Inc.

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 2:43 AM

Our team went to the Alaska Health Fair office where they have a large storage room packed with supplies they ship loan out to medical folks all over the state for health fairs and other events. We got to sift through display boards, medical equipment and other goodies (like the pig lungs in this photo) that we wanted to borrow.
Alaska Health Fair Inc.

Roommates

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 2:48 AM

We are lodging at a church with another mission team from Washington. In the evenings we are sometimes able to join them for large group meetings, worshipping together and chatting about our days.
Roommates

Sight-seeing

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 2:51 AM

We got up Monday morning and traveled North of Anchorage. We were heading to Willow but made a couple pit stops along the way to enjoy the beautiful views.
Sight-seeing

Dream Center

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 2:58 AM

We arrived in Willow at a nonprofit ministry site called the Dream Center. It is a recovery home for women who are getting their lives back together and are giving up substance abuse, staying at this home for one calendar year.
Dream Center

Coffee shop

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 3:03 AM

Close to the lodging building, there was a building that is utilized as a coffee shop. There is a little boutique downstairs displaying the varying products women in years past have produced during their time there. They specialize in teaching the residents a wide variety of skills that can help build them up, broaden their minds as well as give them a potential way of making an income.
Coffee shop

Spring Cleaning

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 3:09 AM

We loved on the folks at the Dream Center for an afternoon by helping in any way we could be of service. One of the main tasks we did was to thoroughly clean the coffee shop. Lots of dust, dirt, and other unpleasant buildup needed to be cleaned.

Spring Cleaning

Onboarding

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 3:13 AM

The reason why we came out to the Dream Center on Monday was to help with onboarding the new residents. Before each resident can move into their room, all their luggage and personal belongings has to be thoroughly checked for substances.
Onboarding

Campfire prayers

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 3:42 AM

Before our team left the Dream Center, we had a campfire with the residents and staff, cooking marshmallows and singing worship songs. Then Joy prayed over their ministry and all the people involved.
Campfire prayers

Dog sledding

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 4:09 AM

On our way back to Anchorage, we made a little pit stop. We were able to arrange a private dog sledding excursion! Justin and his wife, Rebecca, own over 180 dogs that all very obviously love them and were so eager to run!

 Four teams went out at once, each sled carrying 3 people - two of our team and a musher to guide us in steering. We looped all around the trails on their property. It was absolutely amazing!!!

Dog sledding

Mushers!

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 4:13 AM

Our group post sled ride, happy as can be!
Mushers!

Health Fair Inc.

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 10:10 PM

Tuesday morning we were needed in two places. We spent part of our morning at the Alaska Health Fair offices assisting with blood draws and blood pressure. The ladies who work there, Betty and Jodi, were excited to have our group. We then left a few members of our team to help out with various tasks in the offices and warehouse. The rest of us hopped over to a local food pantry to set up shop there.

Health Fair Inc.

Group shot!

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 10:14 PM

This was our group shot at Alaska Health Fair Inc. The ladies were very appreciative of our group!
Group shot!

New Hope

by Mel Trollman | April 3, 2019 10:23 PM

New Hope on the Last Frontier was our second stop Tuesday morning. They had 130 clients walk through the shopping line at the pantry. We set up our tables in a room next to the waiting room and offered to check blood pressure, height, weight, BMI... Numerous folks stopped by our display and chatted with us.
New Hope

Alaska Native Heritage Center

by Mel Trollman | April 4, 2019 2:46 AM

After our work at New Hope wrapped up, we headed across town to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Their normal programming and performances they do during the summer are not running now, but the artifacts are still up on the walls like a mini museum. The bead work and clothing we saw was exquisite. 

Alaska Native Heritage Center

A private lesson

by Mel Trollman | April 4, 2019 2:51 AM

Because we were the only visitors at the center, one of the employees gave us an educational history lesson of the Alaska Natives. Her lesson was extensive, covering everything from the division of the state into Native regions, to phrases spoken in her own native tongue. We were so captivated by everything she graciously shared about her peoples' history.
A private lesson

Back at home base

by Mel Trollman | April 4, 2019 2:54 AM

Back at home base Tuesday evening, we connected once again with the other team, holding a meeting together where we shared about our days, worshipped and prayed together.
Back at home base

Clare House

by Mel Trollman | April 4, 2019 3:02 AM

On the North side of Anchorage, there is a home called Clare House that houses single mothers and their children so they can stay together. Each mother is assigned to a case worker who helps them look at and apply for jobs. We set up our booth in their main lobby.

We educated a handful of mothers to the negative effects of smoking as well as other topics. The kids were particularly interested in the fun things we brought for them, including the fake fruits and veggies. Nutrition station for the win!

Clare House

Glitter Bug!

by Mel Trollman | April 4, 2019 3:09 AM

The glitter bug was a big hit with the kids. They rubbed the special serum on their hands and held them under a  blacklight to see the "germs". Then after washing them, they take a second look at how well they did.

Several residents were interested in having their blood pressure read and figuring out their weight, height and BMI.

Glitter Bug!

Beans!

by Mel Trollman | April 5, 2019 3:00 AM

After Clare House, we headed over to a soup kitchen called Beans Café. We immediately jumped in the serving line to start making up trays and passing out lunches. Many clients came up to the window with friendly remarks to make us laugh or smile. 

Beans!

Chopped

by Mel Trollman | April 5, 2019 3:03 AM

After serving lunch, we started doing prepwork for future meals. We shredded cheese blocks by the crateful, as well as carrots and piles of onions! We had to keep our tears in check.

Chopped

Bible Study

by Mel Trollman | April 5, 2019 3:07 AM

Wednesday night we ate burgers on the grill with the church before we headed to their adult bible study.
Bible Study

Chilly selfies

by Mel Trollman | April 5, 2019 3:09 AM

After evening church, we went over to Kincaid Park to enjoy the sunset. It was beautiful, but also very windy and chilly.
Chilly selfies

Karluk Manor

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2019 12:31 AM

Thursday morning, we set up our display and began to check height, blood pressures and weight. We also educated people on diet and so on. Several members at Karluk Manor, a low income housing facility, were in need of further assessment as well.

Karluk Manor

Brother Francis Shelter

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2019 12:46 AM

We toured a shelter called Brother Francis. It is a well known facility in Anchorage that opens its doors to anyone in need. In recent years they opened a respite home section of the shelter for people coming out of the hospital to have a peaceful place to heal in privacy.

They also opened up a small clinic in the shelter. We visited the ladies there as they told us more about the important role the shelter and their clinic has played in the homeless community. They plan to expand!

Brother Francis Shelter

Back to Beans!

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2019 1:01 AM

We walked across the parking lot of Brother Francis Shelter to the familiar food pantry, Beans. We're starting to feel at home there. A few of us right away assisted with shaving the head of a client who had been treated for bed bugs earlier in the day. It was a highlight experience for us!

Next we jumped back into the kitchen, once again helping with various tasks, including mixing together a salad with the ingredients we chopped up the day before.

Back to Beans!

Cards and Fellowship

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2019 1:24 AM

Good morning, Beans! We set up shop this morning in the cafeteria area of Beans Cafe, then mingled around the room, chatting with folks. Some of the conversation was about health, while some conversations morphed into discussions of life experiences. A couple decks of cards eventually were brought out, and we found ourselves loving on the locals and playing spoons. It was a great morning of fellowship!
Cards and Fellowship

Group Shot!

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2019 1:25 AM

Just a little group shot of us in front of our educational material display.
Group Shot!

Extra Service

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2019 1:41 AM

So we were supposed to leave Beans before lunch, but we couldn't leave. Serving in the line was one of our favorite things!
Extra Service

Sitka Place

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2019 2:00 AM

Our afternoon was packed with checkups at Sitka Place. The residents were eager to have their blood pressure checked and chat with us about their varying medical conditions. They were a very kind community of folks.
Sitka Place

Homework

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2019 2:04 AM

We had a pile of forms to go through and notes to rewrote before our day was over. We might be far from school, but the homework followed us!
Homework

Arctic Roadrunner

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2019 2:12 AM

For dinner, we went to a local hotspot, Arctic Roadrunner. It's a restaurant that has been around for years and serves a variety of burgers, including halibut and salmon burgers.

Arctic Roadrunner

Helicopter Tour

by Mel Trollman | April 8, 2019 2:35 AM

Saturday afternoon, we got to go on a Helicopter tour of Knik Glacier. The pilot flew us out to the glacier, landed and let us explore. It was incredibly beautiful!!!

Helicopter Tour

Homemade Noodles!

by Mel Trollman | April 8, 2019 2:38 AM

Denna taught us how to make homemade chicken and noodles. It was DELICIOUS! And we worked up quite an appetite from our glacier experience.
Homemade Noodles!

Church

by Mel Trollman | April 8, 2019 2:42 AM

Sunday morning we attended church in Wasilla, where we lodged Saturday night. The sermon was about the days leading up to Christ's crucifixion, as Easter is coming up on us. Pastor Rick gave our team a shout out, letting the congregation know what we had been doing on our mission trip this past week.
Church

The Butte

by Mel Trollman | April 8, 2019 2:50 AM

In the next town over, Palmer, there is a small mountain called the Butte. A member of the church and his family accompanied us there and led our team to the top. The view was stunning, with the mountains all around and the glacier we actually visited this weekend being visible off in the distance.

The Butte

New album cover

by Mel Trollman | April 8, 2019 2:56 AM

Not a bad "band" photo from the top of the Butte! We had a lot of fun up there enjoying the view and snapping pictures to show back home.

New album cover

Goodbye Alaska!

by Mel Trollman | April 8, 2019 3:07 AM

A note from the PPM staff: 

Thank you, Anderson University nursing students and Denna for a wonderful week! You all were an absolute joy for everyone who interacted with you. You are each a blessing to be treasured. 

It was hard to drop you off at the airport as you fly home this morning. Thank you all for your service here in Alaska, and most of all for the spirit in which you served. It is so evident that each of you will be a fine nurse, and God will use your giftedness and heart for others to show His love through you to your future patients. Never forget what you learned here, and please do return someday!

~mel

Goodbye Alaska!

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Comments

Jackie Blair

April 8, 2019 6:57 AM

Glad I was able to see all the updates. Looks like you all had an awesome time & interacted well with the people there! Have a safe trip home. You are all going to be great nurses. ❤

Michael c

April 6, 2019 11:20 AM

Mel and Anderson university you little cheater you found my secret spot

Mike c

April 5, 2019 12:48 AM

I work from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Michael c

April 4, 2019 11:58 PM

You know where to find me @ 5th ave mall auntie Ann's tomorrow

Jackie Blair

April 4, 2019 1:45 PM

Love seeing all you're doing.

Ethan Krick

April 3, 2019 7:50 PM

Looks like they are having so much fun in Alaska

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