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Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Date Night in Bush Alaska

Jeremy and I had a date last night.  Now if you’re not familiar with Bush Alaska, those are extremely rare.  So I thought I’d tell you about it.  After the babysitter arrived (translation: After we put the kids to bed), we went to the nicest steakhouse in town (translation: Our own kitchen!).  We broiled up a moose steak, made some baked potatoes and corn on the cob to go with it, and even had homemade Italian sodas (Jeremy’s specialty).  To top it all off, we even had A1 sauce for the steak, and butter, sour cream and chives for the potatoes.  It really was rather fun – even if we didn’t “go” anywhere.

Jeremy went hunting last weekend and got a moose.  It took us three days to get it all processed and into the freezer, but we are thanking God for His provision and goodness to provide one for us.  It was a smaller moose (Jeremy thinks it was one of last year’s babies), but we are hoping it will last us all winter.  Also, he had a good time of getting to know one of the new men in our church, since they were out hunting together.  It was a good time of fellowship.

I will be leaving on Thursday to go into Fairbanks to await the birth of our baby.  The baby is due October 17, but since we don’t have doctors in Galena (just RN’s, and a PA), they send expecting mothers into Fairbanks a couple of weeks early to have their babies in town.  However, Zeke (our 4th) was born a month early, so the doctor in Fairbanks wanted me to come in earlier than just the standard two weeks.  Some friends from high school are currently living in Fairbanks, and have offered to let me stay with them while I’m in town.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to be in a home, and not just a lonely hotel room for several weeks.  Praise God that He knows our needs long before we do!  Please be in prayer for Jeremy and the other kids as they will be staying in Galena.  Please pray also that Jeremy is able to make it into town when the baby comes.

Things at the church are going fairly well.  We have had many men gone for this month, but expect to see them back soon, since moose hunting season closes on Friday.  Our Sunday school programs would normally be starting up in October, but we have not had people volunteer to teach.  So we are praying about what God would have us do.  Please pray for the church council, that God would give them wisdom as they make decisions and lead the church.

Thank you all for your prayers. We are very thankful to God for those who pray for our family and ministry!

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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