Hope to The Nations - June 2016 helping interact missionaries succeed
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.
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.
"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.