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Alaska 2012, Part Three

August 14, 2012

The Two Rivers Church of the Nazarene is about ten miles out of Fairbanks and the campground where we were staying was at mile marker 30 so we had a 30 minute commute each day. This gave us time to contemplate God’s beauty in the Alaska countryside. Our first word of order was to watch for Moose as the sign indicated.

So it was not long until we saw the first moose and as it turns out we sighted moose almost every day on the trip to and from the church. After a while we all knew where to look as we passed streams or ponds on the trip.

One of many moose sightings on our trip

The name Two River comes from the two rivers that come to gather at Fairbanks. One is the Chena and the other is the Tanana river. The Chena river parallels the road we used to go back and forth to the church each day. A stop along the river gave us another of God’s wonderful creations as the river meandered through the wilderness.

The Chena River

Today was the fourth of July, which happens to be the day we celebrate our independence in the United States of America. We continued to work on our projects in the morning, but saved the afternoon for celebration and fun. We went to the Two Rivers Community Park where there was a celebration in progress. It started with a pot luck lunch for everyone. The ladies of the church prepared some food to contribute to the meal on our behalf and we all eat until we were stuffed. There were grilled hamburg’s and hot dog’s for everyone as well as a variety of dishes prepared by the local people of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley. They had set up old army parachutes as tents to keep the food and the entertainers out of the rain.

Parachutes used for tents to cover the entertainers.

The celebration included Sottish Highlander games as well as lumberjack games. Many of our group joined in on the games and had a good time competing with the local people. All of the people we met welcomed us and made us feel at home here in Alaska. God’s grace was evident wherever we went throughout out trip to Two Rivers.

Throwing the rolling pin

Throwing the Hatchet

Sawing the log

Some of the winners from our team

Well you can’t have Scottish games without bagpipes so the games were started off with a bagpipe concert with men in full Scottish dress.

Bagpipes starting th Highlander games

The games included things like tha rock throw, shotput, log toss and hammer throw.

The Log Toss

The Hammer Throw

The Shot Put

The Rock Throw

Overall it was a great day for celebrating our country’s independence with good food, great games and good entertainment all around. Now is time to get some rest and get ready to go back to work tomorrow.

Enjoying the local entertainment

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2012 2:12 pm

    Where is YOUR kilt????

  2. August 14, 2012 3:37 pm

    I enjoy your blogs , letters etc., but I don’t know who you are. I see it’s a Nazarene church that’s involved and I too am Nazarene, but I don’t see any names of people I have heard of. So I’ll look forward to continuing mail and you letting me know your name.

    • August 14, 2012 7:54 pm

      My name is Lee Stevens, I go to the Durand Michigan Church of the Nazarene. I am retired and love to do mission work. Thank you for your comments on my blog, I always like to hear from my readers. I have been blessed by the Lord to be able to do his work and thank him daily.

      • August 14, 2012 9:41 pm

        Thank you Mr Stevens. I know your pastor and his wife very well. Long time friends. They were on the staff for a while at our church some time ago – Chicago Heights, Church of the Nazarene. I do recognize in pictures some of our people in your W&W trips.. Thank You.

      • August 15, 2012 6:57 am

        I have been on several trips with Ken and May through your church. I always enjoy the teams sponsored by the Chicago Heights Church.

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