Thursday, June 21, 2018
Summer Solstice! The longest day of the year is here. And when you are in Bethel, AK, that means sunrise is 5:13 AM and sunset is at 12:23 AM (tomorrow) and it simply will NOT get dark … ever! It really is interesting (and disorienting). Talking to the local folks, they get very tired of the constant light. They work hard to “black out” their homes to get a break. And they bask in the more normal sunlight when they are “down states.”
It reminds me of the struggle that many of us face when we have cloudy days stretched together and we long to have the sunlight return. And, of course, there is Seasonal Affect Disorder which afflicts folks when there isn’t enough sunlight (which I am sure is a big deal here in Alaska when they have constant darkness.) and can cause deep depression.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Wow! There is blue sky showing! It is the first we’ve seen since we arrived in Bethel. Thank you, Lord!
We accomplished a HUGE amount of work yesterday. In fact, the director of the seminary (and the man who assigns and coordinates the work) stopped by our devotions a few minutes ago and admitted that he is struggling to figure out what to have us do for the rest of the time AND what he’ll have for the teams that follow us do during the rest of the summer. However, I am confident that he will find more to do. The needs are everywhere.
It was also interesting to be here for the longest day of the year. In fact, several of us took pictures at midnight last night. The outdoors we as light as the middle afternoon. There were people outside flying a kite and a boy was riding his bike! This picture is through a solar screen. I’ll get better pictures tonight.
Well, it is off to work. Thank you for your prayers. If you don’t mind, please join us in praying for the chance to have more interactions with the community in the days ahead.
Happy Friday … afternoon!