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Benedictine College

Serving In Alaska
March 5, 2022
Community: Wasilla
Partner: St. Therese's Camp
Staff: Stephanie Lindsay, Lindsey Shaffer

Excursion

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 6, 2022 9:48 PM

After attending Mass this morning, we took a spontaneous trip to the Matanuska bridge. The view was breathtaking! We’re really looking forward to all that we will discover here in Alaska.

Excursion

Thunderbird Falls

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 6, 2022 9:51 PM

We went exploring today! The hike at Thunderbird Falls was extraordinary. This mile+ hike took us 2 hours because we got lost in the majesty of God’s creation. 
Thunderbird Falls

Thunderbird Falls Part 2

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 6, 2022 9:54 PM

We loved our hike at Thunderbird Falls, it is so beautiful! We took lots of photos and had a great time fellowshipping together.
Thunderbird Falls Part 2

Thunderbird Falls Part 3

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 6, 2022 9:56 PM

At Thunderbird Falls, there was this awesome tree that we could stand inside of. We can’t wait to discover other hidden treasures here in Alaska.
Thunderbird Falls Part 3

The Draft

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 6, 2022 10:26 PM

We pulled names out of a hat to decide who is going to do what jobs tomorrow. It was very dramatic and super fun. We’re so excited to get started with the mission work we have planned for this week. 
The Draft

Morning Clean-Up

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 7, 2022 3:55 PM

Our first morning of ministry, half of us stayed at St. Therese’s Camp and did some cleaning and prepping for painting. The work had us engaged with one another and some of us found it meditative. 
Morning Clean-Up

Shoveling

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 7, 2022 4:00 PM

One of us was super excited to help shovel snow to clear a path around the trailers at the camp. 
Shoveling

New Shelves

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 8, 2022 10:39 AM

We helped install a new shelving unit in the kitchen at St. Therese’s Camp. These shelves will help with keeping the kitchen organized so much!

New Shelves

Paint Prep

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 8, 2022 10:42 AM

We finished prepping the foyer and bathroom in the lodge to be painted.

Paint Prep

Scrubbing

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 8, 2022 10:47 AM

A couple of us spent the afternoon cleaning the kitchen at the camp. It was a lot of work, but we had so much fun and some good laughs while doing God’s work.
Scrubbing

Hanging Out

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 8, 2022 11:52 PM

After our first day of ministry, we spent some time just relaxing and spending time together. We had so much fun and shared lots of laughs while playing games.

Hanging Out

Painting the Camp

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 9, 2022 12:02 AM

We enjoyed painting the foyer, a bathroom, and a storage room at our host partner, St. Therese’s Camp. 

Painting the Camp

Morning at Heart Reach

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 9, 2022 12:05 AM

We spent our morning helping to clean a bit at Heart Reach. It is awesome to see the difference our work is making!
Morning at Heart Reach

Afternoon at Heart Reach

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 9, 2022 12:08 AM

In the afternoon, we stocked diapers and helped organize clothes and put together outfits for the market at Heart Reach.
Afternoon at Heart Reach

Thrifter’s Rock

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 9, 2022 12:08 AM

We did many things at the Thrifter’s Rock thrift store. One thing was to sand and repaint two tables. After they dry, these treasures will be ready to sell. Thrifter’s is such a blessing to so many in the community, from the staff to other ministries in the city. We were blessed to be a small part of this amazing ministry. 
Thrifter’s Rock

Thrifter’s Rock

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 9, 2022 12:11 AM

Getting ready to start our day at the thrift store. We can’t wait to see what will happen! 
Thrifter’s Rock

Thrifter’s Rock

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 9, 2022 12:17 AM

We cleaned and organized the book section. As we worked, it was a great time to meditate on why we do missions. Also, we enjoyed spending time together and getting closer. 
Thrifter’s Rock

Heart Reach

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 9, 2022 12:24 AM

We learned so much about the ins and outs of the Heart Reach ministry in Wasilla. The way the staff love and care for moms and dads really inspired us. We love all the services they offer and the ways they seek to help all their clients with their physical needs, but it’s the way they exhibit and extend the Gospel of Jesus that is truly the heart reach. 
Heart Reach

Ice Cream

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 9, 2022 12:27 AM

After our work day, we had a special treat, ice cream at the Big Dipper. We love supporting local businesses and meeting new people. 
Ice Cream

After Dinner

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 9, 2022 12:32 AM

The director of our host camp, Rudy, and his family joined us for Taco Tuesday dinner. We had such an enriching time around the table. After dinner, Rudy and his wife Ruth shared a presentation about their Peace Corps time in Swaziland, Africa. It was a big highlight for us to share this night with them. 
After Dinner

Afternoon Chats

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 9, 2022 12:37 AM

While we worked on organizing the baby clothes, we had the opportunity to talk with one of the volunteers. We so enjoyed her stories and wisdom. We laughed and cried together while receiving advice from this wonderful, Godly woman. We felt so blessed to have been able to spend time with her and just fellowship together.

Afternoon Chats

Shoveling

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 11, 2022 12:16 PM

A few of us helped shovel and sweep snow at Heart Reach, and we had some fun while doing it.

Shoveling

Heart Reach

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 11, 2022 12:24 PM

Some of us stayed inside and cleaned shelves and sorted baby clothes for the market at Heart Reach.
Heart Reach

Having Fun

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 11, 2022 12:49 PM

Who says you can’t have fun while serving? We really enjoyed our time helping move some items around to help clean at Heart Reach.
Having Fun

Sorting

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 11, 2022 10:42 PM

We all pitched in to sort the baby clothes for the market at Heart Reach.

Sorting

Dinner Prayer

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 11, 2022 10:45 PM

We were fortunate to have Rudy and his family join us for dinner, and he even taught us a fun prayer they do at St. Therese’s Camp!
Dinner Prayer

Painting

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 11, 2022 10:47 PM

A couple of us got to paint some furniture and picture frames for Thrifter’s Rock - Palmer. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed our work.
Painting

Thrifter’s Rock

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 11, 2022 10:51 PM

Another task we worked on was to help move some donated furniture into storage.
Thrifter’s Rock

Teaching Others

by Lindsey Shaffer | March 11, 2022 10:53 PM

We had dinner with another mission team and taught them the dinner prayer that we were taught the other night. It was fun to hang out and fellowship with the other team.
Teaching Others

Not Saying Goodbye

by Stephanie Lindsay | March 14, 2022 3:52 PM

We have loved our host partner and his family. We have felt loved and served our whole week here. We are looking forward to our see you later because this is definitely not goodbye. 

Not Saying Goodbye

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Michael Cobaugh

March 7, 2022 11:52 AM

Make sure you guys stop by @ auntie Ann’s in the 5th ave mall I got to warn you it’s completely different so that way we can hang out can you work something out I’m working this Sunday 2:00pm to 5:00 before you guys leave make sure you guys do mooses tooth Pizza they’re doing Iditarod pizza go to moosestooth .net

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