|Screenshot Of Our Intern Pic On The Arctic Barnabas Website.|
The transition from school life to “regular life” was hardly the slow down we had momentarily expected.
|Off to Anchorage!|
For us, one of the most important considerations of the 'where' of internship was being able to go as a family, another was interning with an organization that closely aligned with what we feel God is calling us toward. Arctic Barnabas fit both of those goals beautifully.
|Working On Their AK Survival Skills!|
During the non-stop summer season with the active support of our local church family and immediate families we began praying toward and preparing for a potential internship with
ABM. It wasn't until early September that we had finally finished all the required paperwork and got the final approval. In four short months, our local piece of the church, comprised of around 70 people (children included) raised an incredible $3,300 toward our internship! On top of that many of our local friends and strangers supported us through either donating to or purchasing from our craigslist/yard sale fundraiser during which we raised another $2,000 for a grand total of $5,300! Our cost projection, including flights, rent, car insurance on a loan car, living expenses like gas, food, diapers, and of course covering extra costs for the ministry portion came to $7,500. The flight to Anchorage was relatively inexpensive so after some prayer we decided to step out in faith and purchase our tickets up, though we have not yet raised the money for our return. It has been a bit nervewracking, but this particular faith walk of putting our financial needs in God's hands has become significiantly easier over the past six years as we have seen it evidenced that God prepares us and equips us so perfectly for the things He has called us to.
We arrived in Alaska a little over a week and a half ago (and will be writing a separate update with our initial impressions and experiences since there were too many to detail here!) and are busy helping prepare for the Ministry Family Retreat that will be taking place at Victory Bible Camp in Sutton, AK next week. We are excited to go out and spend some time ministering to the heart needs of the families who have devoted their lives to a very difficult, very worthwhile cause, bringing light into one of the darkest corners of the world. Update on that next weekend!
We will be sending updated e-mails, and updating our blog swiftactionnews.blogspot.com frequently in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Answers to prayer over the past few months:
- Direction and a lot of our funds for internship!
- Survived through graduation! J
- Work through the summer!
- Most importantly, that God will use our time and service here to the very fullest potential- that we will learn all the things He has for us to learn and give of ourselves the very best for this ministry and the people here.
- We still need to raise $1,700 for our internship, including our return home!
- Provision of income when we return to
in December as Nathan has no guaranteed full time work. Spokane
- Finally, that during these coming months God would give us a long-term vision!
Our contact info:
Nathan Cell: 509-850-2744
Kellyn Cell: 509-389-5449
Address for correspondence here in Kenai (Ourselves, as well as our children, would love to hear from you!)
C/O Arctic Barnabas Ministries
For those of you who have expressed interest in financially supporting us and the ministry here at
ABM as we serve these next two months, a tax-deductible option is up on our blog:
As we send this we are spending time praying over each of you on our list this weekend; that God would pour His favor and blessing out on the people who have brought such joy and blessing to our lives!
All our love and gratefulness for your prayers,
Nathan, Kellyn, Elisha, Zechariah, Eden and Baby Avi
“...so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I want to be encouraged by yours...I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit.” (Romans 1:11-12,13b)