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Archbold Evangelical Church

Serving In Alaska
June 11, 2022
Community: Soldotna
Partner: Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Love INC Kenai Peninsula, Peninsula Grace Church, Solid Rock Bible Camp
Staff: Hannah Jobe, Deborah Lambert

Welcome to Alaska!

by Alissa Danielson | June 12, 2022 2:27 AM

After months of preparing, we have finally made it to Alaska! Our flight landed early in the morning, so we were blessed to sleep at a hotel for a few hours before our PPM staff picked us up for lunch at Arctic Roadrunner. We had the options of various types of burgers (including halibut and salmon!). It was delicious. After lunch, we visited souvenir shops downtown and then started the journey to Soldotna! 

Welcome to Alaska!

A Gorgeous Adventure!

by Hannah Jobe | June 12, 2022 3:12 AM

Today we drove down to our host church in Soldotna! The drive to Peninsula Grace was absolutely breathtaking! We are so in awe of God and His masterpiece! What a way to start the week!


A Gorgeous Adventure!

Happy Birthday!

by Hannah Jobe | June 12, 2022 3:13 AM

Day 1 in Alaska also happened to be Kristen’s birthday! We enjoyed some cupcakes and sweet fellowship together! How many people can say “I saw a moose in Alaska on my birthday!” So so cool! Happy 17th Kristen!
Happy Birthday!

Firmly Rooted

by Hannah Jobe | June 12, 2022 4:12 PM

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”                 ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In our lives, it’s so easy to become distracted from our purpose. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget who we’re serving. It’s so important to be rooted in the Lord, His Word, and His love so that no matter what happens we can be like a tree planted by the water, unwavering. So to keep our focus on the Lord we choose to spend time alone with Him in His presence. This gives us the strength to boldly live each day for Him!


Firmly Rooted

Sunday Service

by Hannah Jobe | June 12, 2022 4:20 PM

We got to spend some time in worship with our brothers and sisters at Peninsula Grace this morning! It is such a beautiful thing to share communion and remember what Jesus has done for us in unity with fellow believers!
Sunday Service

Partnering with Peninsula Grace

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 1:45 AM

This week our group is honored to partner with Peninsula Grace Church, a gospel-centered community committed to reproducing disciples of Jesus.

We will be serving on campus, as well as being an extension of Peninsula Grace into the community. We have already enjoyed connecting with a few of the church members, and are so surprised to know of so many small connections we have back home in Archbold!

Partnering with Peninsula Grace

Coffee Hut

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 1:52 PM

After church on Sunday, we made our inaugural stop at a coffee hut! Coffee huts are little sheds that line the streets of Alaska, where residents and visitors stop to get their daily brew. Normally these operate as drive-thrus, but our group opted for a walk-up option. It was fun to try different things, especially a plant-based caffeinated drink called lotus. 

Alaskans love their coffee, so our stop was truly a cultural experience! 

Coffee Hut

Homer, AK

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 1:59 PM

Once we were all caffeinated, we drove 1.5 hours south on the Kenai Peninsula to the beautiful town of Homer (the halibut fishing capital of the world!) Homer sits on the Kachemak Bay, where the mountains meet the sea. It was a bit of a hazy day, but we still enjoyed seeing the mountains peek through the clouds.

We spent time eating lunch, going souvenir shopping, and seeing local arts and crafts being sold in the stores. Some of us went down to the beach where we were able to find some sweet looking rocks. All in all, it was a very restful way to start our week!

Homer, AK

Moose Moment

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 2:03 PM

Alissa, our PPM trip leader, claimed she had a streak going of always seeing moose on the drive from Soldotna to Homer. Well, the moose did not disappoint, and we saw 10! Many of us practiced our moose calls, and some of us questioned what the plural of moose is (mooses? meese?? mice???), but all of us were excited about each moose we saw. 

Current Moose Count: 11

Moose Moment

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 2:08 PM

One way we are being an extension of Peninsula Grace Church into their community is by serving at the local food bank. The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank provides food to over 70 non-profits on the entire peninsula. This week we will be serving both in the warehouse, as well as the soup kitchen. We will also assist the food bank with preparing for the silent art auction that they are hosting later this week. 
Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

Love INC

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 2:14 PM

Peninsula Grace partners with Love INC, and we are excited to help them prepare for their annual garage sale. Love INC is connected to every church on the Kenai Peninsula, and they work with their church partners to provide assistance to neighbors who may have a need. Their annual garage sale helps provide funds to do more ministry. 
Love INC

Painting at PG

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 2:17 PM

Our youth group is pumped to be able to serve the youth group at Peninsula Grace by painting their youth center! On Monday, we got to work and got A LOT accomplished. We can’t wait to see how this room is transformed through a fresh coat of paint. 
Painting at PG

Serving in the Sanctuary

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 2:28 PM

Peninsula Grace is about to replace their sound system, so we are prepping by updating their sound panels in the sanctuary. We are removing them one by one, replacing the cardboard sound tunnels with new foam. This change will be a blessing to the members and visitors of Peninsula Grace when they worship on Sundays. 
Serving in the Sanctuary

Yard Work at the Food Bank

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 2:33 PM

In order to help prepare for Thursday’s silent art auction, we are making the grounds of the food bank look beautiful. Some of our team mowed, some of our team removed weeds, some of us moved a whole lot of dirt. It was encouraging to drive away from the food bank after our day of serving, and tangibly see the difference that we made on the grounds.
Yard Work at the Food Bank

Packing Food

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 2:37 PM

A few of us helped the regular volunteers and staff of the food bank pack boxes of food that will go out to one of the distribution sites on the peninsula! 
Packing Food

Garage Sale Prep was In-Tents

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 2:44 PM

On Monday at Love INC our focus was on organizing two tents worth of items. One of the tents we organized was for household items, and the other was filled with clothing. We definitely came across some interesting items!

The staff at Love INC do a lot to connect churches to needs in their community, so we are happy to be able to prep for the garage sale so they can continue to do their day to day operations. 

Garage Sale Prep was In-Tents

Hike at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 2:47 PM

After a very full day of ministry, we decided to take a hike on Monday night. The hike brought us to a scenic view of a lake, And then back through a beautiful forest trail. The hike was filled with mosquitos! So many that we decided they must be Alaska’s state bird. 
Hike at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Tenzi Team Time

by Alissa Danielson | June 14, 2022 4:34 PM

We are loving the time we are spending with each other! Whether it’s conversations we are having during our van rides, serving together, or hanging out in our down time and playing games like basketball or Tenzi, we are loving simply being together. We praise God for how He has unified our team! 

Tenzi Team Time

The Joy of the Lord

by Hannah Jobe | June 14, 2022 6:17 PM

And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”                         ‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭8:10b‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬

Today we have chopped so much wood at the food bank! This task is essential to helping Alaskans get through the winter. Sometimes tasks like this can be exhausting and become mundane but with Jesus, we have joy in it! The Lord fills us with strength and joy even in tiresome moments! We love that through Jesus we can laugh and fellowship together through service!

The Joy of the Lord

Deck Demo at Church

by Alissa Danielson | June 15, 2022 12:51 PM

We demolished the deck and stairs in front of the church on Tuesday! Here’s a picture of our MVP Gracie who definitely pulled the majority of the boards off! She had the honor of removing the last board of the day. 

Deck Demo at Church

Finding Treasures

by Alissa Danielson | June 17, 2022 11:10 PM

We were back at Love INC on Tuesday to continue with garage sale prep. Our team found some treasures while we were sorting clothing and household goods. 

Finding Treasures

Ice Cream

by Alissa Danielson | June 17, 2022 11:16 PM

On Tuesday night we went down the street to the gas station to get some delicious hand-dipped ice cream! We had so much fun just laughing and being together. We thank God for the glimpse he has given of this week of what it looks like to live in genuine Christian community! 
Ice Cream

Wrapping Up Church Projects

by Alissa Danielson | June 17, 2022 11:25 PM

By the time Wednesday was over, most of our projects at Peninsula Grace were wrapped up. We demolished the deck, changed the soundproof panels, painted the youth center, and did some cleaning. What an honor it was to play a small part in the big things God is doing through Peninsula Grace!
Wrapping Up Church Projects

Sharing a Meal at the Food Bank

by Alissa Danielson | June 17, 2022 11:28 PM

The highlight of the week for many of us was the conversations we had with people during lunch time at the food bank. The food bank offers a free meal every weekday. We enjoyed listening to stories, sharing about our faith, and praying for people as God have us the opportunity.

Sharing a Meal at the Food Bank

Solid Rock Bible Camp

by Alissa Danielson | June 17, 2022 11:35 PM

We were introduced to another ministry on Wednesday! Solid Rock Bible Camp exists to provide the youth of Alaska with outdoor experiences to encourage a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. This week the staff is transitioning from their staff training into their first week of camp. We look forward to assisting them with some cleaning and pre-summer organizing!

Solid Rock Bible Camp

Cleaning Cabins

by Alissa Danielson | June 17, 2022 11:42 PM

One way we served at Solid Rock Bible Camp was by cleaning 5 of their dry cabins. We swept, scrubbed, and disinfected. As we cleaned, we thought about the hundreds of campers who would stay in these cabins. We pray their lives are changed through the ministry God allows to happen at camp! 
Cleaning Cabins

Soldotna Wednesday Market

by Alissa Danielson | June 17, 2022 11:45 PM

We took a short break from serving on Wednesday afternoon to visit the Soldotna Wednesday Market. There were so many craft and food vendors to visit! The park that the market takes place at is right on the beautiful Kenai River, so we took a walk along the board walk. 
Soldotna Wednesday Market

Shelter of Hope

by Alissa Danielson | June 17, 2022 11:51 PM

For dinner on Wednesday, we drove 30 minutes to the nearby town of Nikiski to visit a family shelter. The shelter just opened in January, but am had already served numerous families while they go through hard times. Our time at the shelter was beautiful; we ate, spoke with the residents, and played with the kiddos. 

Love INC and the Food Bank play an instrumental role in the Shelter of Hope! It was a blessing to serve at a place that two of our ministry partners love. 
Shelter of Hope

The Beach

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:20 AM

After we visited Shelter of Hope, Greg (executive director of the food bank) took us to his favorite place in all of Alaska: the beach at Captain Cook State Park. We could have played with rocks for hours! 

The Beach

Art Auction at the Food Bank

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:27 AM

The food bank is hosting an art auction later this week, so our focus on Thursday was heavily dedicated to preparing for it. We organized the art and cleared the warehouse, as well as continued to ensure the grounds looked good for the auction guests. 
Art Auction at the Food Bank

Organizing the Snack Shop

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:31 AM

At camp on Thursday, we cleaned and organized the snack shop, taking inventory of what they had to begin the summer with. After our organizing, we went over to the dining hall where we scrubbed the kitchen floors. These jobs may seem small or dirty, but we k ow that they will bring a lot of relief to staff and campers this summer. 
Organizing the Snack Shop

The Davidson’s House

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:33 AM

The Davidson’s, members of Peninsula Grace, invited us over for a cookout and a chance to enjoy their beautiful lakefront. We were blessed by their hospitality and the time of fellowship. 
The Davidson’s House

Polar Plunge

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:37 AM

A few of us have been looking for an opportunity to jump into a freezing lake while in Alaska, and our wish came true! 

Polar Plunge

Travel Day

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:39 AM

We can’t believe that our week in Alaska is coming to a close! We spent the day on Friday driving back to Anchorage for our flight, stopping at a few spots along the way including this beautiful view! 

Travel Day

The Guys

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:40 AM

They may have been outnumbered this week, but our trip would not have been the same without any of these young men. 
The Guys

The Gals

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:41 AM

Let’s hear it for the girls! 
The Gals

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Crnter

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:45 AM

We visited a conservation center that is home to all sorts of rescued Alaskan wildlife. We saw wolves, moose, musk ox, bison, and bears just to name a few. 

Can you spot the bear that Miriam sees in this photo?
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Crnter

Portage Lake Picnic

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:47 AM

This is the view of where we are our lunch today. How great is our God! 
Portage Lake Picnic

Byron Glacier Hike

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:48 AM

We enjoyed a quick hike to Byron Glacier. Walking along a glacial stream and even encountering some snow in June! 
Byron Glacier Hike

Snow in June

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:49 AM

Yes, we found snow in June. Yes, we had to have a snowball fight and slide down the snow slide. 
Snow in June

We <3 Alaska

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 12:52 AM

Alaska and its people have been so good to us this week. We are so incredibly grateful God allowed us to serve in such a beautiful place. Thank you to everyone back home who prayed for us, and financially supported us to make this trip a reality. We could not have done this without your support! 
We <3 Alaska

Thank you, AEC Students!

by Alissa Danielson | June 18, 2022 1:01 AM

AEC Students,

it was an absolute JOY to serve alongside of you this week. Thank you for your dedication to serve the Lord and each other. Our prayer as we send you home to YOUR mission field is that you continue to be rooted in the word of God, in the love of Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Continue to be steadfast in your desire to serve with humility. Don’t stop encouraging each other with kind words and good deeds. Continue to trust in the Lord as Joseph did through the highs and lows of life. Remember how God has been faithful to us, and his faithfulness and love for you will never end! 

We love you! We are so proud of how God worked in and through you this week. 

See you again soon! :) 

- Alissa, Hannah, Debbie (your PPM staff) 

Thank you, AEC Students!

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Deb Markey

June 12, 2022 5:41 PM

What a beautiful place. What a great opportunity to be on this trip. A trip you will never forget. Have fun

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