Kodiak Island, Alaska
July 13, 2019 - July 19, 2019| $5,000
The team left this morning and were scheduled to arrive this evening. Team members are; Michael Eddy (leader), with family Kelli, Caroline and Carter, Austin O’ravez, Jared Tice, John Beck, Josue Jimenez, Kiley Jo Noday, Paetyn Peterie, Sam Meeks, and Tim Peterie.
Tim cooked sausage and egg breakfast tacos for the group in the morning, coupled with kiwi, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Our team got to meet with our hosts and friends today. The community is so loving and appreciate that we are here. The views are unbelievable, and it’s nice and cool. We are out of town near the ocean in a family’s cabin.
We had another wonderful breakfast cooked by Chef Tim. On the way into town we saw two bears and three deer. The drive by the ocean and the mountains every day seem to put us in the right mindset. We talked about Purpose today. Many of the kids who signed up did not come. We are hoping for more tomorrow.
The day started as Tim challenged the team to continue to invest in the kids, regardless of the numbers. We were excited that several new kids came! The kids worked hard today. Many had an amazing time and smiles were seen all around; a mark of accomplishment. At the end of camp, Sam spoke about the plan for our lives. He shared how he had been healed from brain cancer; how it felt as the tumor shrunk and eventually became benign and died. He was not sure he was going to make it through, but he was given the strength to overcome radiation treatment. The kids really listened well and were challenged by his , life story. The day ended with fried chicken, corn, mash potatoes, Lau Lau (Hawaiian dish), chocolate cake, and a trip to Fort Abercrombie, a point on the island that overlooks the ocean.
We were challenged today not to be anxious. We continue to love on the kids, hoping to break down the walls. The kids are shy here. The first camp went well, and both camps continue to grow. We are at over 60 kids for the week. Tim shared the message at both camps, sharing his story of the part we have to play and how he has learned to live out his part. One of the Kodiak Park and Recreation directors cooked an authentic Filipino noodle, chicken, and vegetable meal for lunch. We celebrated Josue’s 18th birthday with cupcakes at the beach.
Today was the biggest day of the camps this week with 65 kids attending! Both camps continue to work hard and give their best. Jared shared his testimony of how he was rescued from struggles in his life and given a place. Losing his grandparents seemed too much to bare but he found comfort, peace, and hope.
Today was the most energetic day of the week from our campers. The kids seemed to have more strength and power in both camps, even though it was the coldest day since we arrived. They really seemed to enjoy the day as both gyms were noisy and loud. As we closed out the w eek, we shared our one word to take away and why it was meaningful. It was uplifting to hear what was accomplished during the week. Our hosts were grateful for our coming, and they along with the city, invited us to return. They were both amazed at what a great camp and week it was.