Glacier Bay Daydreaming

May 15, 2015 | Meghan Barker

Since I didn’t get to attend the training conference, I decided to write a sample post of the top 5 things I am going to do when I get to Glacier Bay later this month! I’ve had lots of time day dreaming during Biology lectures, because lets be real, glaciers are more exciting that genomes. 

  1. Pray. While I think this summer is going to be incredible, I am aware that there will probably be hiccups and challenges. I pray that God gives me the grace and guidance to get through them, and use them as lessons for the future. I pray for our safety while we are out exploring His Creation, and I will thank Him for the wonderful opportunities that have already come from ACMNP.
  2. Put on bug spray. Apparently the mosquitoes up in Alaska are killer, which is perfect for them since I have really tasty blood (according to the mosquitoes in Colorado). Even though I hate it, I have a feeling Deet is going to be a great friend this summer.  
  3. Meet my team member, Jerusha. Since we didn’t get the chance to meet at the training conference, I am going to give Jerusha the biggest hug ever when I get to meet her. I will probably make her uncomfortable. And I am really excited for it. I will also pray for her, because she is stuck in Alaska with me all summer.
  4. Dance with Betty White in the woods a la The Proposal. I am pretty determined that I am going to find Ryan Reynold’s grandma in the woods and we are going to do a chant/dance around a fire like in the movie. I think this would be a great bonding activity before I invite her to come to our service the next week. I’ll update you with how it goes.
  5. Swim with the whales in the bay. Just kidding- it is too cold and I think they would get jealous of my mad flipping ability. Also, I think it is a wee bit too cold. Nonetheless, I will swim in the water sometime before I leave. It’s not summer unless you go swimming. 

Looking at this list, I am pretty psyched for this summer. God is so good, and I know he will be with me as I do everything from working my job at the Front Desk to attempting to swim with the whales in the bay. I know that there will be challenges, especially being so remote and far from civilization, but I think it will give me some good perspective! Blessings from the Arctic! 

"This experience deepened my assurance of calling to the ministry and sharpened the skills I will need for congregational leadership."
– Kam, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond 2011

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