Kenai Peninsula Mission
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19

 
Tundra and glacial views along Hwy 1 between Glennallen and Palmer Alaska

A One Month Recap in the Great White North


Well... the Peninsula is not white yet (we had our first snowfall last week that did not stick around), but it is great, and it is north! Thank you so much for your prayers and support as we have been moving, traveling, and now begin to enter into life and ministry in the Kenai Peninsula.

It has been a busy schedule since arriving in Soldotna on Aug 27th. We drove to Anchorage for the ordination service Aug 30th, hosted family for a few days back in the Peninsula, held our first KPM bible study with Andrew as pastor on Sept 6th, flew back to Washington to close out the remodel and sale of our home Sept 9th - 16th, and were separated for four days while Andrew attended presbytery in Vancouver Sept 23rd - 26th. Although we don't anticipate "going outside" (leaving Alaska) again until the end of January, we are far from settling down with our baby's arrival just around the corner (ca. Oct 27th)!

Our Bible study group just completed a short series in the book of Psalms and will be getting back into a study in the book of Genesis. This Sunday we will be studying Genesis 28:11-22 where the LORD appears to Jacob in a vision of a ladder spanning heaven and earth. Have you ever noticed how comprehensive the LORD's assurances were to Jacob in this account? If not, I would encourage you to take a look! With those kind of assurances, we can have confidence wherever God sends us. What a gracious God we serve!

The group will stay in the Sunday evening Bible study format for a (currently unspecified) number of months. This current format includes:
  • An opening time of announcements and topics pertinent to our identity as a Reformed group (i.e. the nature of a Presbyterian form of government, the covenants, or future strategic growth issues)
  • An opening hymn - typically one that focuses on praise to God. I have been emailing hymn sheet music and mp3 files prior to Sunday night so the group can become familiar with the tune and sing them with their families.
  • A time of prayer
  • 35 to 40 minutes of Bible Study
  • A closing hymn. Our evening meeting has given us the opportunity to learn some of the beautiful evening hymns in the Trinity Hymnal (401-409).
While this will be our typical format, we intend to hold a monthly worship service for the group (on one of the Sunday evenings), beginning in November. This next step will allow us to grow into a worshiping community, learn about Reformed worship together, and prepare us to launch a public worship service down the road.

Finally, the quick financial update (a more detailed one will be included in the next update) is that we have enough support raised and pledged to take us through the end of this year. The next three years are pledged around 70%, which means that we will still have some fund-raising to do. We are thankful for God's provision through your generosity!

Please continue to pray for us - and thank you for your interest in the progress of the Kenai Peninsula Mission. If you would like to contact us directly, please do not hesitate to call Andrew's cell at (907) 690-4410 or email him at kpmission@icloud.com.
Crossing into Alaska on August 26th - just north of the Alcan border -  Eighty six miles southwest of Tok, Alaska. Amy is seven months pregnant!
Prayer and laying-on of hands by the elders during the ordination service in Anchorage on August 30th.

Andrew freshly ordained and installed as Faith Presbyterian Anchorage's Assistant Pastor of Church Planting (to the Kenai Peninsula).
Pastors left to right: John Jones (Faith Anchorage), Lynell Friesen (Chaplain Providence AK), Mike Kelly (Greenlake Seattle), Andrew Allen (Kenai Peninsula Mission), David Scott (Resurrection Puyallup), Rob Rayburn (Faith Tacoma)
Pray for
  • The safe delivery of a healthy baby girl in October.
  • A quick and joyful transition into life and ministry in Alaska.
  • More KPM prayer and giving partners.
  • Momentum, growth and mutual affection in the Kenai Peninsula Mission community.
  • A location and successful planning for the upcoming monthly worship services
  • Souls to be saved - early and often!

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