It's All About Love!
It’s that month again. 02-02-2020 that mesmerizing day has arrived. As I write Punxsutawney Phil, the beloved groundhog, didn’t see his shadow so we ALL know that spring is coming soon and the Super Bowl is in progress. So there is nothing left but…..Valentine’s Day! A plethora of products sporting red hearts shows up in every store, prompting us to gift those that we love accordingly.
It’s a great month to take us back to our foundational beliefs, and actually to reflect on the character of the God we serve. 1 John, always a favorite of ours, says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this, the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (4:7-10) When the world turns their thoughts to love, it provides a great opportunity for us to have conversations that direct their thoughts to these realities! It is a great reminder to check ourselves and see how well we are communicating that love to those around us.
Looking back over January, Steve found himself doing quite a bit of traveling. He flew to the village of Ruby for a few days. This is a village where InterAct has served for decades, located on the Yukon River. Currently, this village is without a missionary pastor. We are praying for God’s solution to support the small fellowship, which will likely include some creative partnering. Steve also did some traveling to visit with staff. We have spent considerable amounts of time in meetings (face to face or via technology) with applicants and those appointees working to prepare to serve. It has been an exciting month as we were able to hold several days in “onboarding” classes with two couples. Pray for those individuals that God has called, specifically for others to respond to the call to partner with them financially and through prayer. Steve ended the month by attending the InterAct Ministries’ Board meetings in Oregon. He always enjoys the opportunity to connect with these men and comes away encouraged.
February is unfolding in a fine way! We are currently on route to speak at Frontier School of the Bible for several days. Then we head to LaFayette for an annual counseling conference. These conferences have been invaluable to help us, and many of our staff, to increase our ability to share love to hurting people through the power of the word of God. We look forward to a bit more travel and connecting with a few of our partners in ministry. Then in March we start right off with the Native Musicale, LEaD Alaska, and visits with staff as we can get them arranged. Thank you for praying for us.
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Our family has had some exciting changes in January! A big congratulations go to Isaac, who is now engaged to Flower! Other news in the Coke family is the March due-date of Ryley & Olivia’s second son. Anna is busy preparing for her second Jr. Iditarod, the last weekend of February, as well as leading worship with for youth at their church. Josiah continues his studies at Hillsong, in Sydney. Both Birkey and Mae continue their piano and ice skating lessons.
Nathan and family have spent some wonderful time as a family at the Alaska ski resort, and their kids are involved in all kinds of activities. Jayna not only bravely changed her hairstyle, but began a blog. Both Jayna and Quaid are involved with worship at their church, and the other kids all have various interests. They are also a talented family!
Ruth concluded her job at a bank as she picks up a variety of part-time positions that allow them to complete renovating several of their old cabins for rental. Jacob got his driver’s license. Kaylie (our newlywed) also began a blog. We are all very thankful that Jeremy was released to return to work and his foot has recovered nicely from the vehicle accident and surgery in November.
We look forward to seeing what God is going to do this month. We invite you to send us your prayer requests. We pray for you!
Serving in Partnership with You in Alaska!
Steve & Jill