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Anderson University

Serving In Alaska
April 5, 2021
Community: Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla
Partner: Alaska Health Fair, Alaska Medical Missions, Covenant Youth of Alaska (CYAK), Frontline Mission, Heartreach Center, Mat-Su Covenant Church, New Hope Compassionate Ministries, The YAK, Thrifter's Rock Palmer, Thrifter's Rock Wasilla
Staff: Mel Frecceiro (Trollman), Katrina Hulme, Hunter Young, Alissa Danielson, Stephanie Lindsay

We Made it to Alaska!

by Katrina Hulme | April 6, 2021 1:38 AM

After an early morning and long travel day, we finally arrived in Alaska! We had a delicious dinner of salmon and halibut burgers, and then stopped for these great views. The views continued on our drive up to Wasilla and then we settled into our home for the next two weeks. We can't wait to start serving tomorrow!

We Made it to Alaska!

Lifted Up

by Katrina Hulme | April 6, 2021 1:48 PM

A few of us got to go on the radio this morning! Our host pastor, Pastor Rick, featured us on his show, Lifted Up. 

Check it out at: https://www.matsucovenant.org/liftedup

Lifted Up

Frontline Clothing Closet

by Katrina Hulme | April 6, 2021 1:53 PM

Kate, Hannah, and Maggie are resetting the clothing closet and making it beautiful!
Frontline Clothing Closet

New Hope Compassionate Ministries

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2021 1:54 PM

14 members of our group got to drive down into Anchorage this morning to connect with New Hope Compassionate Ministries. We got to offload a truck, as well as prep and bag food that will be handed out today to shut-ins and anyone else who needs it.

New Hope Compassionate Ministries

Breakfast Bags

by Katrina Hulme | April 6, 2021 1:55 PM

We are helping to pack a couple hundred breakfast bags at the local food pantry in Wasilla. These bags provide breakfast for kids over the weekend when they don't have access to school lunch.
Breakfast Bags

Everybody loves cake!

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2021 8:59 PM

Down at New Hope, every client that comes through the door receives a bag of food, a cake, and they could pick up a box or two of produce and dairy products from the truck outside on their way out. We've got to admit, some of these cakes were very tempting.

Everybody loves cake!

The importance of a warm greeting

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2021 9:03 PM

This is a snapshot of the area where the food is distributed. There's a lot of spacing out between people currently, but no lack of human interaction. The regular staff that worked there new the people coming in by name and greeted them as friends. It was great for our team to get to see these relationships and be a part of this needed ministry for a day.
The importance of a warm greeting

Spring cleaning

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2021 9:06 PM

In addition to the food distribution at New Hope, we spread out and conquered! Our crew sorted through food, moved clothing, and cleaned from top to bottom. No toilets left unscrubbed, no crumbs left unswept! The regular staff and volunteers at New Hope were very appreciative.
Spring cleaning

Coffee, please!

by Mel Trollman | April 6, 2021 9:10 PM

Something unique about Alaska is the sheer number of coffee huts they have scattered on seemingly every main street. They're typically sheds or small stands that they put in easy to access parking lots. We didn't realize that Alaska had the most coffee consumement per capita until this trip. We decided to add to that statistic and stop at a hut ourselves on the way back to our lodging. Instead of driving up to the window, we were allowed to get out and order. Nothing like a hot cup of coffee on a winter day.
Coffee, please!

Unofficial Team Building

by Katrina Hulme | April 7, 2021 3:05 AM

No one said it would be easy... but no one said it would be this hard! We took on the Butte this evening and it was a feat. The hike up was muddy and steep, and the journey down was icy (& mostly on our butts). We laughed, worked as a team, and made some memories that will last a lifetime!

Unofficial Team Building

The Butte!!

by Katrina Hulme | April 7, 2021 3:08 AM

We EARNED these views!! 
The Butte!!

Dogsledding!

by Katrina Hulme | April 7, 2021 5:11 PM

We learned a lot about dog sledding and the Iditarod Race today! Dallas, the owner here, just won his fifth Iditarod Race two weeks ago. We got to meet the dogs and run a trail with the our own dog sled teams to! It was unforgettable!

Dogsledding!

Our Fearless Leaders

by Katrina Hulme | April 7, 2021 5:13 PM

These happy pups love to run!! And we were just as happy!
Our Fearless Leaders

Puppy Hugs

by Katrina Hulme | April 7, 2021 5:15 PM

We also got to meet the newest puppies! These guys are 7 months old, and so full of energy! We gave them lots of hugs.
Puppy Hugs

Supermarket sweepstakes

by Mel Trollman | April 8, 2021 9:54 AM

On our way back from our dog sledding adventure, we made a pit stop at Walmart. Many of us found ourselves in the souvenir section debating which items should take up residency in our luggage going home.

Supermarket sweepstakes

Evening meetings

by Mel Trollman | April 8, 2021 10:03 AM

One of the last things we do each day is have a team meeting to process the experiences we shared that day, to worship and pray together, and to go over the plan for the next day. Wednesday evening, one of the Praying Pelican staff members shared a devotional with us based in the scripture 1 Peter 3:15. Ultimately we were challenged to be prepared to explain to people the source of light and joy within us in our interactions this week, which is the reason why we are here serving in Alaska.
Evening meetings

Alaska Health Fair

by Katrina Hulme | April 8, 2021 1:59 PM

Today we get to put our skills into practice! We are helping at the Alaska Health Fair with processing patients, drawing blood, and organizing/cleaning.
Alaska Health Fair

Temperature Checks!

by Katrina Hulme | April 8, 2021 2:00 PM

Alondra and Rachel are greeting patients and checking temperatures!
Temperature Checks!

Drawing Blood

by Katrina Hulme | April 8, 2021 2:02 PM

We helped a lot of patients and drew a lot of blood!
Drawing Blood

Cleaning & Organizing

by Katrina Hulme | April 8, 2021 2:05 PM

We are happy to help with many of the tasks that they have not had the time or volunteers to help with, such as sanitizing stethoscopes!
Cleaning & Organizing

Broomball with Aarigaa!

by Katrina Hulme | April 10, 2021 1:51 AM

We shared a delicious meal of salmon chowder and moose stew with the young adult group called Aarigaa. Then, we got outside for some icy competition in broomball! 

Broomball with Aarigaa!

Back at it!

by Katrina Hulme | April 10, 2021 1:53 AM

At Frontline today, we helped sort donations, restock the clothing closet, serve meals & groceries through the drive-through service line, and talked with one of the staff, Matthew!
Back at it!

Alaska Medical Missions

by Mel Trollman | April 12, 2021 2:54 AM

We served with a non-profit called Alaska Medical Missions in Anchorage. They take medical supplies and ship them all around the world. We went through supplies, sorting out the expired items and repackaged others.

Alaska Medical Missions

Much work to do

by Mel Trollman | April 12, 2021 2:59 AM

We reached a good stopping point at the end of our day after unloading an entire connex (what alaskans call shipping containers). The other half of our team will come back in to finish the sorting.
Much work to do

Vaccination clinic

by Mel Trollman | April 12, 2021 3:03 AM

Dr Christopher at Heritage Medical Center invited us to help with Covid-19 vaccinations.
Vaccination clinic

Cultural experience

by Mel Trollman | April 12, 2021 3:12 AM

One of the things that made our fellowship with Aarigaa (a young adult group from the church) night so special is we got to experience hanging out with the locals. The leader of the young adult group, Tom, also talked a bit about his life growing up in Alaska and moving around to different native villages. We learned a lot. We also got to share a meal as well as play a game of broomball in the icy parking lot.

Cultural experience

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Michael Cobaugh

September 12, 2021 10:09 PM

Pepsi invite dates are 12-30-2021 through 1-1-2022 this one is worth helping out with the missions team you guys are going to have a blast I’ve been going for years trust me this one is worth it

Tracey Schaaf

April 7, 2021 4:12 PM

Enjoy serving in Alaska!!! 😊

Michael Cobaugh

April 7, 2021 2:28 PM

Anderson university dress extra warm tomorrow and friday it’s going to be really cold big time drink a lot of water

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