On Friday night, February 22nd, Darin and I took a flight – DESTINATION ANCHORAGE, ALASKA! Ray and Stephany Nadon lead that church of a little over 100 disciples. We were warmly greeted at the airport by Ray and Stephany. The reception was so warm that onlookers at the airport probably thought Darin was Ray’s long lost brother coming home!! Staying with the Nadons was like checking into a B&B. They were gracious hosts and made us feel very much at home.
On Saturday, we had a 6 hour workshop with the Music Ministry intern and disciples involved in the Music Ministry in Anchorage. The church in Alaska is full of disciples with hearts eager to serve and this was evident at the workshop on Saturday. We had an encouraging time with the Nadons after the workshop and a little adventure (of course – it is the Nadons!)
On Sunday morning, Darin preached a great lesson on “Worship.” The service ended as Darin led the congregation in singing, “O Happy Day” (the singers in Alaska had asked him to teach them that song). It was appropriate to end with “O Happy Day” because Dennis – who had been studying for a couple of years – was finally baptized after service that Sunday.
It was refreshing to see the disciples in Anchorage and to spend time with the Nadons. We pray often for our sister churches in the Northwest and now our prayers for the Great Land Christian Church can be more specific.