Sunday, November 30, 2014

After many gallons of paint, much sweat and only a little blood, we are moved into our own home here in Alaska! We would highly recommend NOT having home assignment/furlough and moving in the same year, and we also would recommend you avoid moving right at the beginning of the holiday season and your turn for jury duty if possible. :) 

       All that being said, we have been so blessed to have so much help from our Alaskan family in painting, moving and providing meals. God allowed us to get the oven working in our first week here without having to buy a new one, and we discovered that if you sit on the top pf washing machine you can get it to start running again when it decides to stop! :)

      It is truly a sweet home and we just love it! The kids are adjusting to all the changes just fine as well. I asked them how they were doing with moving around so much this year and Owen said, "Mom, we are missionaries so we are used to sleeping all over the place." Very true!

      We have so much to be thankful for and we pray each of you had time to reflect on God's many blessings this Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for all of you and your partnership with us in reaching the lost for Christ in Alaska. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Greetings from the warm and NOT snowy north. We are still waiting for our first decent snow fall which many of you in the Midwest have already had.

        We have been busy with house prep. Yes, I did say house prep, meaning we are hopefully moving into our own place by Thanksgiving. After keeping our eyes open to the market these past few years, we arrived back from home assignment this summer and started speaking with a realtor. We were able to go look at a few houses and get an idea of what would be in our price range. The Lord brought a house to our attention after looking for only two months. Lord willing, we will be closing sometime next week. Praise the Lord! Thank you to all who have given so generously towards our house and for your prayers as we prepare to move.

   There is much to be done before we can move in. For instance, nearly the entire interior of the house is PURPLE! :) Love that color, but not for a whole house! So we will be doing lots of painting with the help of church friends and the MARC staff. We also need to put in a working oven and look for a garage heater. We hope to install a wood burning stove to help with heating costs. We've been so blessed with so many offers of helping hands. Even one of my flight students who doesn't know the Lord wants to help with our house. So cool!

   Another praise is that we will be moving out of the mission house the week before our new director and his family arrive, allowing them to live in the mission house until they can find a home to purchase. We will miss our sweet home we've had for three years, but we are so thankful that it will be a blessing to another family and that God has miraculously provided for us to purchase a home!

Over the Alaska range
The kids wanted their voices heard too!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

 Life has been busy since we arrived back in Alaska. MARC had their big 50th anniversary this past weekend that we spent a lot of time preparing for. Cleaning hangers, getting tables, chairs and decorations ready, and preparing food is just some of what the prior two weeks involved. It was a wonderful event that you will hear more about in our upcoming newsletter. 
     However, Ellen was not able to attend the 50th anniversary because her grandmother passed away the week before. She flew back down to Wisconsin to attend the funeral. Ellen's grandmother was a wonderful follower of Christ, so it was a special time of remembering her life and rejoicing that she is now with our Lord Jesus Christ.
     Ellen was gone for about a week, so that meant I (Kyle) had to take over homeschooling duties. Wow, I think the kids are glad that Mom is back to help them with school as Bailey and Owen spent more time teaching me how to do their school than I spent teaching them.

    Be looking for our fall newsletter soon! Thanks as always for your prayers! 

Daddy's home cooking. "Yum!"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

 Greetings from Alaska, we have been back now for just over a week. Bailey and Owen have both started back into their homeschooling. Ellen thankfully did all the planning before we left this summer so they were able to start right in. I have already had a full week back at MARC shop and have a ministry flight in the King Air coming up next weekend. 
       Also, as we talked about this summer in our presentations, we will begin the process of looking for a house for us to purchase. During our first term here in Alaska we have been renting the MARC mission house, but it is time for us to move on as there are others joining MARC that will need it. Please pray for wisdom for us as we look at the limited selection of houses in our area and for us to trust the Lord's timing and provision.

Back on Alaskan soil

Bailey was happy to get her bunny, who is now the size of a large cat, back!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

 Today we leave our apartment that has been our home away from home for the summer. We will be staying with friends in Illinois over night, then flying back to Alaska tomorrow morning. We thank you all for your prayers and for the encouragement we have received during our time in Washington and the Midwest. We are excited to begin our second term serving in Alaska!

    "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of you partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
                                                                                  Philippians 1:3-6

In Christ,
    Kyle and Ellen 

Bailey and Owen picked a few highlights from our travels:
Visiting the Milwaukee County Zoo with cousins
Touring Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers and our Frozen Tundra away from our Frozen Tundra! :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

        As of today we only have three weeks left here in the "Lower 48." What a wonderful trip it has been so far. We have been blessed to see so many of you all and have continued to be encouraged as we wind down our trip here.

   The highlights this past month have been participating in a church family camp, giving presentations at three churches, visiting cousins in northern Wisconsin, and enjoying several afternoons spent in an "outdoor pool." A true novelty to our kiddos!

    I was blessed to be able to have Ellen join me at the EAA Oshkosh fly-in this year. We made some great connections and were able to share with many about the need for missions in Alaska. 
 Presenting together at Pinegrove Community Church in Wisconsin
Thank you all for your continued prayers as we finish up our time of travelling.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,
       We just completed a busy two weeks of traveling from the west side of Minnesota to the east side of Michigan and also to Indianapolis. It was a wonderful time reconnecting with family and friends. We were so blessed to be able to complete the trip via a small aircraft. A gentleman graciously allowed us to use his airplane to complete these trips that would have taken three times as long had we had to drive to all these different places.

          This summer while we are down in the "Lower 48" MARC has started flying for a new Bible camp in Barrow, Alaska, the most northern Bible camp we now serve. Please continue to pray for God to provide the resources and staff for us at MARC to be able to continue to expand our reach into Alaska!

In Christ,
    Kyle and Ellen

Our "wings of blessing"
Part of Home Assignment fun: Meeting cousins you didn't know you had! :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

 Dear Family and Friends,
        We have been traveling the "Lower 48" for almost 5 weeks now. We have passed through or stayed in 9 states and put on over 3500 miles. We have had the opportunity to share with many of you and with many new groups about God's work in Alaska. We have been so blessed by the hospitality we have received at each place we stopped and are thankful to the Lord for the safety he has given us so far. We are looking forward to spending some time with family over the 4th of July and then over the next four weeks we will be travelling throughout the Midwest. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. We have felt very loved by all of you.

In Christ,
    Kyle and Ellen

Bailey helping my (Kyle) cousin Megan herd sheep at my Uncle Greg and Aunt Laurie's sheep farm in Colorado

Hiking in Yellowstone

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

   We are at less than two weeks until we depart for the Lower 48 and while all is going very smoothly, we would covet your prayers for our stress levels. It is a long trip with many, many details going into it. Our pastor shared the verse this morning about the joy of the Lord being our strength. That is my prayer for this trip.

   We are so excited to be seeing so many of our dear friends and family soon! Thank you all so very much for your part in our lives!

Bailey bird watching at the Homer Birding Festival

   Owen and Kyle went on a Father/Son overnight camping trip this weekend. Owen's the figure in blue!