Archive for August, 2008

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Back at home, safe and sound

We are so thankfully back at home. We did lose a few things, odds and ends, and some photographs, but we are safe. There is still some sitting water and the disaster relief agency is in town taking applications, but most things are back to business as usual. There are some people in town who lost almost everything and have structural damage to their homes.

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Nenana Flood

The last time Nenana flooded was in 1967.  All the houses built after that date are built on a tall foundation.  Thankfully, our house was built after the flood, so our stuff is high and dry.  However, there are many in Nenana who have lost almost everything.  Rebecca and the kids have evacuated to Anchorage to her parents house, but Bill has stayed behind to help out the EMT in any way he can.

The river started to rise on Wednesday, July 30, and went over the banks on Friday, Aug. 1st.  By Saturday morning, the streets were full of water, enough to canoe down the street.  The fear was that the water and sewer would stop working, so most of our end of town evacuated.  By Sunday, the water was waist deep in front of my house!  Thanks Dad, for telling me to move the car!  We waded back in to the house to get some more clothes in order to go to Anchorage.  My grandma was in Fairbanks on her way to Anchorage with her friend Janice after a bridge tournament.  They gave us (and our little dog, Maggie) a ride to town.  THANKS!

The water is currently receding but rain is in the forecast for the next three days.  Rebecca and the kids might return this weekend.  School is supposed to start on August 14, and hopefully by then we will be able to get to the school without a boat!  But we are safe in Anchorage so there is no hurry to go back to Nenana.  Bill is staying at a friends house and calls every day with an update. 

Photos are at

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Introduction to Galena

Hi!  My name is Tricia Hayek.  My husband, Jeremy, and I are the Village Missionaries in Galena.  I am new to the whole blog scene, as I just have never had time to try it, so I hope this will work.  We have 5 boys ranging in ages from 10 years down to 18 months, with another baby due in October.  We have been in Galena for a little over a year.  Life in Galena is different.  We are “off the road system” which pretty much means you can’t get here from there (at least in a car).  We have to fly anywhere we want to go.  So there have been many adjustments to make during our year here.  But we are enjoying the quietness and the slow pace of life up here.  But for the size of the community, it seems like there is always something going on.  There are around 700 people in Galena.  I would say there’s a pretty even split between whites and natives.  Many of the natives live on subsistence – meaning that instead of working a job, they hunt, fish, trap and other things to provide for themselves.  Still many do work around town.  As for the whites, most of them work for either the city or the school.  We have a city school here, that has grades K-12, and a boarding school that has 9th-12th grade students from around the state.  Last year, the boarding school had 120 kids enrolled.  Our church has around 40-50 people that attend.  Summer is the time when attendance drops down to around 25, as many leave town for the summer, help out at the Bible camp upriver, or head out to fish camps to start preparing for the long winter. 

We just recently had our Vacation Bible School.  A group has been coming up for the last few years to run VBS for us.  The leader, a man and his wife, were missionaries here in Alaska for around 40 years.  They now live in Texas, and recruit teams to come run VBS for many villages in the bush.  The teams are assembled for the most part of students from Bob Jones University.  We had a total of 49 kids that attended VBS total.  There were only between 27-30 on any given night, but the kids would alternate.  It was a great week.  I thought the group did a great job, and my oldest two boys really enjoyed themselves. 

Jeremy and I are looking forward to a trip into Fairbanks in a little over a week.  We will be going in to do our barge shopping.  We have found that we can send things out on the barge for 14 cents a pound, opposed to the 50 cents a pound by plane, or  $1.00 or more a pound by mail.  So we will be leaving the kids at home with a couple from the church, and buying all of our dried goods, and anything else that we can ship out on the barge.  We purchase all of our things in Fairbanks, and then drive down to Nenana to put it on the barge.  It takes a week or more to get it out here, but we have found that the wait is worth the cheaper shipping rates.  God has provided some friends from high school that live in Fairbanks.  They have been so awesome to let us stay with them whenever we’re passing through town.  They feed us, and even let us borrow their vehicle when we need to.  They have been such a blessing to us!  And, of course, we are also looking forward to some time alone together.  Times like those are scarce out here in the bush.  We have a few people that are willing to look after the kids, but not a whole lot to do!

I think this introduction has gone on long enough, and hopefully was not too difficult to read.  We will add more blogs as we can.


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