Day 2

Number of nails hammered: 975.5

Number of boards painted: 632

Number of conversations about fishing: 235 and growing by the minute

Number of friends made: 420

Number of tired and happy Hillsiders: 7

Today was our first official day of work! It was filled with sorting out the tasks we will be doing for the week, a tour of the college, and dessert at the president of the college’s house. A few of us painted a garage that is being built, others cleaned and painted a yurt, and others are working on cleaning a student housing dorm, with a wide variety of tasks sure to come. 

After dinner, the president of the college, Keith Hamilton, shared with us about the substantial work that Alaska Christian College is doing in the lives of Alaskan natives. Many come from difficult home lives and find ACC to be a safe place of spiritual, emotional, and academic growth. Hearing stories of his interactions with students was a wonderful way of introducing us to the people that we are  partnering and serving with, and it left us all the more excited to continue our work on their campus. 

We appreciate your prayers throughout the week for healthy bodies, enthusiastic attitudes, and a closeness with Jesus as we continue our week of service. 

Musing of the day: “What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether. They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.” 

  N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope