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Bedford 1st Church of God

Serving In Alaska
June 26, 2021
Community: Wasilla
Partner: Mat-Su Covenant Church
Staff: Rick Millikin, Lindsey Shaffer, James Barefoot, Lily Erwin

We Made It!

by Lindsey Shaffer | June 27, 2021 1:06 AM

We arrived in Alaska last night and made our way to our host church, Mat-Su Evangelical Covenant Church. We spent the day in Wasilla, the community we’ll be serving this week, and hiked around Reflection Lake. We are excited for what God has in store for us this week.

We Made It!

But First, Coffee!

by Lily Erwin | June 27, 2021 12:55 PM

Sunday morning before church we enjoyed some coffee, Alaskan style! Coffee huts are very popular here in Alaska and it was a great start to our day! 

But First, Coffee!

Hatcher Pass

by Lindsey Shaffer | June 28, 2021 3:08 AM

Today we got to attend the service of our host church, Mat-Su Evangelical Covenant Church. We really enjoyed the worship set and message from Pastor Rick.

After lunch we made our way to Hatcher Pass. Our first stop was at the Little Susitna River to take some photos and hang out a bit before making our way up the mountain. We drove up to Independence Mine and had the afternoon to explore. God blessed us with such beautiful weather today. We were amazed by His creation and the scenery that surrounded us. 

We are excited to start our ministry projects tomorrow and see what else God has in store for us.

Hatcher Pass

Fixing Electric!

by Lily Erwin | June 28, 2021 4:15 PM

Monday morning our team hit the ground running by working on some electrical issues at the church! These guys are working hard to make sure the facility is in great condition for many to be able to hear the Gospel and grow in community together! 

Fixing Electric!

Updating Wiring for Lights

by Rick Millikin | June 28, 2021 8:33 PM

We decided to simplify!

Updating Wiring for Lights

From Boring to Cool

by Rick Millikin | June 28, 2021 8:35 PM

Decided to spruce up a dark booth with some led lights. 
From Boring to Cool

If the Shoe Fits

by Lindsey Shaffer | June 29, 2021 12:49 AM

We really enjoyed our first day serving at Thrifter’s Rock-Wasilla. There were different tasks that needed done and we each used our skills to complete and also enjoy them. Some of us sorted and cleaned shoes...and also admired them.

If the Shoe Fits

Books Books Books

by Lindsey Shaffer | June 29, 2021 12:51 AM

A few of us spent time sorting and organizing books for Thrifter’s Rock-Wasilla. 
Books Books Books

Craft Corner

by Lindsey Shaffer | June 29, 2021 1:00 AM

After we finished with the books, we helped label and organize craft supplies and greeting cards.
Craft Corner

Evening Stroll

by Lindsey Shaffer | June 29, 2021 1:04 AM

After dinner, we decided to go for a walk. We spent that time just enjoying fellowship together. We chatted, picked some wild flowers, spotted some “wildlife,” and made it to a nearby lake. It was such a lovely way to end our first day of ministry and we’re looking forward to what the rest of the week brings.
Evening Stroll

Thrifter’s Rock

by Lindsey Shaffer | June 30, 2021 1:21 AM

We had an awesome day at Thrifter’s Rock-Wasilla!! The weather was beautiful and we were happy to be working outside to enjoy it. We continued sorting and organizing books and clothing. This afternoon we were able to chat with other workers and volunteers and hear some of their stories and to share ours. We shared quite a few laughs together which made the work we were doing even more fun. And a few of us were lucky enough to find some great books and clothing to purchase! We’re loving the progress we’re making each day on these projects and are excited to continue them tomorrow! 

Thrifter’s Rock


by Lily Erwin | June 30, 2021 11:40 AM

Tuesday night we enjoyed our nightly team meeting by the fire! We roasted marshmallows and enjoyed great fellowship. We reflected on what God is speaking to each of us during our time in Alaska. 


Good Morning Alaska!

by Lily Erwin | July 1, 2021 1:33 PM

Wednesday morning our team joined Pastor Rick on his Christian radio show! We talked about Romans 12:9-13 and what it means to truly love people like Jesus! 

Good Morning Alaska!

Making Progress!

by Lily Erwin | July 1, 2021 1:38 PM

Our team worked hard today, determined to get all electrical work done, and we did it! Mat-Su Evangelical Covenant Church now has all new lights in the sanctuary! 

Making Progress!

Thrifters Rock!

by Lily Erwin | July 1, 2021 1:43 PM

Thrifters Rock here in Wasilla! We had a great day sorting through many donations, including books, clothes, and linens. Even if we don’t always get to see the effect the work of our hands have, we trust and pray that God will use these items to bless many people that are in need. We are so thankful to be a part of what God is doing. 
Thrifters Rock!

Working On The Youth Room!

by Lily Erwin | July 1, 2021 1:44 PM

Our team has been doing various projects in ministry this week. One of them is working on the Youth Room by putting up dry wall, cleaning, and tiling at Mat-Su Evangelical Covenant, our church partner for the week! 
Working On The Youth Room!

Dinner: Alaskan Style!

by Lily Erwin | July 1, 2021 4:10 PM

Wednesday night, a member from our church partner this week invited our whole team over for an Alaskan dinner! We were treated with Caribou Stew and Salmon Corn Chowder! We had a great night - food, games, and fellowship! 
Dinner: Alaskan Style!

Last Day Best Day!

by Lily Erwin | July 3, 2021 3:04 AM

Friday was our last day in Alaska. We hiked to Bryan Glacier, saw a lot of wildlife at the Alaskan Conservation Center, and enjoyed an authentic Alaskan meal at the Arctic Roadrunner! It was a great end to a great week. We are so thankful to have been given the opportunity to serve in this beautiful place! 

Last Day Best Day!

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