Caleb Collins – ECCC – Camp Baldwin – Alaska
Big news first! Yesterday (Thursday, June 6) at VBS we had two salvations! It was at the end of the day and we handed out these little red cards so they could quietly tell us if they had questions or if they wanted to accept Christ, or if they already had. I talked to 7 kids, and only the first two really knew what it meant to accept Christ, so y’all definitely pray for them.
We got the day off yesterday (Saturday), and boy was it needed. I think I got over 10 hours of sleep! We woke up, ate lunch (yes, I mean lunch), and hit the road for the 45-minute drive to Fairbanks. Of course, the first place we went was Wal-Mart. I got the essentials (whiffle-balls and a new Frisbee), and then we walked over to the sportsman's warehouse and looked at guy stuff for 30 minutes. We eventually made it over to Value Village, and y'all... nevermind. I'm not gonna get into how much (little?) I could've spent there.
I got another 10 hours of sleep (PTL) and today I taught Sunday School from James 1:1-18. After lunch at the Church, we started setting up for Salcha's VBS. I'll be heading up the 5th and 6th graders, and I'm looking forward to a substantially smaller group this week.
Today is the second day of VBS here in Salcha, but they do it in the afternoon from 2:00-5:00. It's weird, I know. I only had 3 kids in my class yesterday, but we're expecting more today. I made the mistake of telling my mother that I was a little homesick. Apparently, God decided to give me a little taste of Mississippi. When I woke up this morning it was in the low 50's and raining, and now it's about 85 with no clouds. It's also about 85 percent humidity, so... message received loud and clear! I know 85 isn't that hot back home this time of year, but when the lows are in the mid 40's, it feels like a furnace.
VBS has gone very smoothly, and I couldn't be happier about that, but I'm ready for Camp Baldwin to get up and running. I feel like I'm in for a great experience with these kids, and I couldn't be more excited about it. The past couple of days we've been chopping firewood, and while it is very therapeutic, I am very, very sore. There's not a huge demand for firewood back home, but on the off chance the weather gets below freezing, I'll be ready!
We wrapped up VBS in a nice pretty bow yesterday, then today we went to work. We filled in some potholes on the way to the town dump, then we built a staircase for an elderly lady from her driveway to the side of her house near her flower beds. That took forever. During our lunch break we went back to the church, and waiting for me there was a care package (thanks Mom!) and some letters. Guys, nothing makes us missionaries feel better than a handwritten letter. It's not even close. If you'd like to send me one this is the address for me at the church:
c/o Salcha Baptist Church
8203 Richardson Hwy
Salcha, Alaska, 99714
Make sure you address it to Caraway Powder, anonymity is key!
This is probably the last time I'll be able to update y'all for a while. I'm sitting here in the McDonald's in North Pole. The plan right now is to head down to the camp tonight even though it doesn't start until Wednesday, but Mark, the program director and pastor, wants us to get used to the camp and the environment there. We're gonna have the kindergarten-2nd-grade camp this week from Wednesday to Friday, and apparently, this is the REAL counselor training. That entire week when we got up here, yeah, throw it all out the window. Nevertheless, I'm excited!
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