Saturday July 14

Here's the photos for our day of work and exploring a glacier up in Sutton, Alaska!

Deanna Dziedzic - Saturday July 14

posted Jul 14, 2012, 8:19 PM by David Sincock   [ updated Jul 15, 2012, 10:34 AM ]

I will never forget today. Every day this week, we have done things that are incredible, mind-blowing, dangerous, and exciting.  But today, we went to a glacier and hiked down into the valley of the ice mountain.  When we drove there on the bus, our tour guide, Matt, told us about how dangerous the glacier can be and how important it was to stay on the paths and listen to his directions. Some of the crevices are 75 or more feet deep next to the walking path, and it is obviously all ice under the silt we were walking on. For you guys at home, I’m sure sitting in the July heat it is hard to imagine snow and ice right now, but the weather is much more similar to October up here (HOORAY!!) during the summer months.  I was assigned childcare this week, so I’ve been hanging out with the Cote children (Naomi, Natalie, Bella, JJ) and they said that at 60 degrees, it’s about as warm as it’s going to get all year.  When we drove up to the glacier and got off the bus, the view (as you can see in the pictures) was just incredible. I think my heart may have stopped. I have been to Europe a couple of times and seen amazing creations of man. Architectural structures that stun a person into silence, cathedrals and castles alike, but nothing that could ever compare to the mountains of Alaska. Even the mountains of the East Coast pale in comparison to the ones I am sitting at the base of at the moment. But even Victory Peak is mere dirt and stone compared to the glacier we were on. To know that the very ice structure we were standing once formed the valleys and rivers we passed (because glaciers move…google it if you don’t know the science behind glaciers!) was both inspiring and a little intimidating. I couldn’t help but be in awe of the huge ice cliffs in front of us. We were walking over these small rivers of running glacier water, climbing down sometimes steep banks of rocks, and at times having a blast jumping on areas of the glacier where the ice had melted leaving a pocket of air underneath the surface of the ground so it was like a very squishy trampoline.  We drank water that was running off the side of the glacier, even though Matt said he’s been here ten years and said he has never drank any water and has no plans to ever drink any. I figured it had to be better than drinking some of Racine’s nasty Lake Michigan tap water…and I am not kidding when I tell you that it was the most refreshing and delicious water I have ever tasted. If we all get e coli tomorrow, you will know why!

The rest of this week has been a blur of working with the kids, laughing with my amazing crew of friends up here, helping my teens work through some of their deep heart issues with God, and being personally shattered by God’s work in my own life. Our expectations for this trip were a lot different for many of us, myself included, but God knew exactly what He was doing when He had each and every one of us come to Victory Bible Camp. There were no accidents on this trip, and I’m not talking about the physical kind. While we anticipated a mountaintop spiritual high, He knew our group needed Him to speak in whispers and through our relationships with each other. I think that’s what has been the best part about this missions’ trip for me…knowing that my purpose here was to be a light for my teen girls and to bless God through my ministry with them.

Oh, and just a sidenote, while I was writing this, a native Alaskan toddler just pulled his pants all the way down, and peed all over the road in front of Andy Koetz and I as we sat on the porch in front of Victory Peak on our awesome nursing home rocking chairs (my “spot” for the week!) which was so funny, I almost spit out my tea. Pastor David requested I mention it in this blog…so there ya go! If I were to put all of the funny things that have happened this week, this blog would be three times as long as it is already, and I’m already getting yelled at for how long it is now. Sorry Andy, I’m done. 


Love you all! See you when we get home! (If I come back that is….No but for real…I might not come back…Sorry Daddy! I love it here!)

Jake Possing - Saturday July 14

posted Jul 14, 2012, 7:30 PM by David Sincock

Today me and Aaron got to act in the campers rodeo. We had so much fun. I was the hero and saved the day three time and left the bad guy. After that we had lunch. Lunch is the best meal of the day. We always have so much fun. After lunch we went on the glacier and ran around on this really bouncy dirt that sunk if you stood on it too long. Then we ran around more by some water the water was super cold. We had glacier licking contests and we had to drink off the drips from the mountain. We took a lot of pictures and had a lot of fun. Now I am at dinner just had pork chops and about to go fishing. The week was awesome so far and hope it keeps up. Signing off from the dinner table.


          -Jake Possing

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