Hope to The Nations - June 2016 helping interact missionaries succeed

My 2 Kings 22 Experience

Last week I cleaned out the stock room here at the InterAct office. Now, if I haven't already bored you with that statement, please keep reading. I promise it get's more interesting!

I'm not sure when it was cleaned out last, but I found a box of some tea bags that expired in 2005, so you do the math. There was, of course, a lot of junk that needed either tossing or recycling, but there were a couple of interesting finds too, including a pair of old binoculars and some retro wall art that probably looked cool in 1982.

But by far, the most intriguing things I found were items of historical significance to InterAct – old photos and slides (literally thousands of them) and old missionary prayer letters from the 50s and 60s during InterAct’s early days working in the Alaska bush, back when we were called Arctic Missions.

I found thousands of slides and photos from InterAct's history, as well as old prayer letters from missionaries who served in the Alaska bush during the 50s & 60s.

Many of these items were hiding in boxes or in filing cabinets. As I uncovered them I would stop for a few moments to flip through the photos and glance over a few prayer letters. But it wasn't long before I found myself stopping to read a little more and a little more. Here are just a few snippets of what I found.

- Russ & Freda Arnold, Ruby Alaska - 1960
Bob & Carol Moffat, Shageluk, Alaska - 1960

John and Belle Deacon from the village of Holikachuk, Alaska, taken around the mid-1950's.

John was chief of the village. He had a wind-powered generator and used it to power a radio. He had tuned in and heard "The Sunday School of the Air" from a church in Fairbanks, pastored by John Gillespie, one of the early founders of InterAct (then Arctic Missions). After hearing the broadcast he sent in a request for a missionary to come to his village. Gale and Jean VanDiest went with Arctic Missions to serve in the village in 1954.

Cleaning out a stock room may seem like a mundane task, but it can also be an opportunity to rediscover and remember important things that have either faded from memory or have not yet been told to another generation.

The above examples do not even begin to scratch the surface of all that was there. And behind every photo I found is a story that stretches years if not decades. Surrounding every story of salvation, every camp meeting, VBS or church being built there are tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of collective hours of prayer by untold numbers of people.

There is a rich beauty in pausing to reflect and meditate upon the story of God's work of saving people from every nation tribe and tongue. This year InterAct will celebrate 65 years since its founding back in Alaska. Many of the folks from these pictures and stories have gone on to be with the Lord. But the work of spreading the gospel continues and God's steadfast love endures forever. So until Christ returns or we also depart from this life, we are thankful to participate in the story.

"So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come." - Psalm 71:18 ESV


  • Isaiah's Surgery - Isaiah had surgery earlier in the month to implant a device called a "vegus nerve stimulator" that will help prevent and stop seizures. He came through his surgery very well. Thank you for praying! We had one little scare about a week later when the area around his incision began to swell. This could have been indicative of something serious. But thankfully it was considered a non-serious hematoma. It clotted on its own and he continues to heal up well.
  • We're Moving! - We haven't sold our home in Mississippi yet (it's on the market), but we're thrilled to say that we are planning to move into a rental home here around the first week of August! This will be a huge upgrade for us from about 980 sqf. to over 2,200! And the house is fully handicap accessible. We are thankful to the Lord for this amazing provision.
  • Someone's Six - We celebrated Nadia's sixth birthday in May. It's hard to believe that it's been that long since she was born to us in Russia.
L-R: At a friend's birthday party with Lily; Nadia enjoying a new playground in Boring, Oregon; Isaiah decided to go a little crazy with some markers; Thomas & Cristy had a hike date!


  • Annual Report - One big project I'm working on right now is putting together an InterAct annual report that will go out in the fall. This will highlight the ministry of all of our fields and some of the progress that has happened.


  • Camp Nookoowai (Our Home) - One of our missionary families who ministers to First Nations youth in Canada served at a Christian camp last summer. The husband had about 250 video clips and wanted to put a video together. Here's the final product.


  • Russia - Excited that I received my Russian visa! I fly out July 11th and return the 28th. Prayers appreciated.

Excited to be returning to Russia in July for two weeks. I'll be assisting with our summer ministries there and getting lots of photos and video footage for some projects.


  • Praise God that Isaiah's surgery went well!
  • Praise God that I received my Russian visa.
  • Praise God for our upcoming move to a bigger house!
  • Pray for my trip to Russia July 11-28.
  • Pray that our townhome in Mississippi would sell.

Please keep us in your prayers. And we'd love to hear from you!

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