Work, Locals, and Beauty
Planting Seeds of Love
-Caeley and Deb
After worrying about our bags being overweight with all of our food and clothes for the next 16 days, the man at the counter did not even weigh our bags. They did not even charge us at check-in for them. So, hopefully they make it to where they need to go! After Deb and I bought our caffeine for the night, we boarded the plane at 11:55 P.M. All went well and we left right around 12:35 A.M., to begin our 6 hour journey to Anchorage, Alaska. As the plane loaded, we came to realize that we were the only two people in our row, so we were able to have the middle seat open and spread out.
Despite the heavy turbulence in the air, we were both got around three to four hours of sleep. This was a blessing considering the future time change we were going to confront and the flight connection. The flight into Anchorage was beautiful and we learned fast that their “nighttime” was still light. CRAZY!
We decided to get some breakfast and sit down and look at the view outside of the window until our boarding time at 6:30. Little did we know that there was heavy fog where our plane was coming from which caused us a delay…wait no make that a cancelation of our morning flight. We had to reschedule for a later flight at 6:00 P.M. As we were waiting in line we met a guy who is going out to fish for the summer. He came from California and turned out to be meeting a bunch of Christian men to fish with all summer. He had to spend two nights in the airport without any family or friends. Wow, God works in mysterious ways we were able to take him out to lunch and a walk around Anchorage. He says he was so thankful he met us because he was starting to get frustrated.
Finally when 6:30 rolled around we were able to board our plane and take off for King Salmon. From there we found John and Carrol who picked us up from the airport. We were then taken to the KAKN radio station, which is where we would sleep every night. Thank you for all of the prayers! God Bless.
—Caeley and Deb
Before bed, I’d like to share some of our experiences from our first day in Barcelona.
After catching some snacks at the Christian Youth Center, Stephanie led us on a tour of the famous Sagrada Familia or Gaudí Cathedral. I have been in many cathedrals throughout Europe – London, Scotland, Italy’s Duomos, and Greece – but nothing I’ve seen compares to Sagrada Familia. It is stunning. I have pictures for you, but to capture its beauty and vision of Christ, you must see it in all its intricate details.
We also experienced – with hundreds of other people – the magical fountain of Montjuic. Since there was a nice breeze, we all ended up a little wet!
Tomorrow morning, we get to tour a little more in the late morning and early afternoon before heading an hour or so out of town to the JPC (Juventud Para Cristo) Casa Berea campamento.
We have landed! Jake Larson did catch the plane, but he almost got on under the name of Marissa Friestad. Once that was all settled he did make it on time, but will be referred to as Marissa for the rest of the week. The plane ride was a little scary for us first time flyers (Meggie, Kyle, Marissa, and me). The flight steward helped us get through some jitters by cracking lots of jokes. When the stewardesses were showing us how to use the oxygen masks, he told us that the oxygen would cost 25 cents for the first minute and 10 cents for every minute after that. Then he asked who was all from the spread truth group and told us to spread the good word. He encouraged us all to be kind to everyone we’ll see in New York. It’s a good reminder of how the little things, like a smile, can go a long way even in a big city like New York. The flight attendant told us the keys to life are to eat your vegetables (especially broccoli) and wash your hands. So all you moms should know we are in good hands. Today everyone has been swimming, walking around town, and exploring the good food options for the week. Some of us kids and Rex decided to play a game with Jake while eating lunch. Since he lost he must swim in the pool wearing jorts (for those of you who don’t know what those are, they are jean cut off shorts and they will be home made by Jake himself-someone will take a picture for tomorrow). Tomorrow everyone will start their first day of their tracks. The tracks are street ministry, VBS, Basketball, and Soccer. We are all excited to start! Please pray for safety for the whole group, open hearts of the people we will be talking to, that we grow as a group and individually with the challenges that will come. I personally hope that getting out of my comfort zone will help me trust God more with small and big things. It is so easy to get into our little bubbles in the small town of Lisbon and Newark. It is very neat to be able to see how big this world really is and how many people need to hear about the truth. Can’t wait to tell about all the exciting things God is going to do this week!
And…..WE NEED SLEEP.