Sunday, July 12, 2009

THE TEAM has returned from Soldotna. The photo story below provides a glimpse into week two of the challenge at Alaska Christian College. Take a few minutes to see how the Forest Park Team contributed toward "building hope" and providing a culturally relevant community that cares for the individual needs of students. Teams from other churches will now continue the work this summer with the goal of opening the counseling center when students arrive on campus in September.

You are the hope living in us

You are are the rock in whom we trust
You are the light shining for all the world to see
You rose from the dead conquering fear
Our Prince of Peace drawing us near
Jesus our hope, living for all who receive
Lord, we believe!

Words and music by Brian Doerksen
© 2002 Integrity's Hosanna! Music/ASCAP

Friday, July 10, 2009

OUR FINAL DAY at Alaskan Christian College kept us busy until our 5:30 celebration dinner at the Peninsula Conference Center on campus. Dr. Keith Hamilton, President of ACC, and Kenai Penisula Borough Mayor Dave Carey spoke highly of the impact and investment we have made in the lives of students.

Each Forest Park team member was presented with a plaque of thanks from the college. Dick Borgeson was given "magna cum laude" recognition for his work in the architectural design of the center and his dedication to the work of Alaska Christian College.

Keith Hamilton prayed with us and ACC staff members in the counseling center seeking God's watch over the work as it continues. Volunteers from California will be arriving this weekend and others will assist toward the goal of having the facility completed by the time students return to campus in September.

"And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work util it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again." - Philippians 1:6

Thursday, July 9, 2009

ONLY ONE DAY remains for the Forest Park team to wrap up our work at ACC. Shingles were delivered today for other volunteers who will come next week to roof.

The landings and stairs at Mission Aviation Repair Center were completed. Volunteers from MARC will help with the electrical work at the counseling center next week.

The painting inside the administration building is complete as well as the various landscape projects. We are excited about facing our final day of "building hope" for the students of Alaska Christian College.

THE RHYTHM of labor was at its peak on Wednesday. Progress on the roof was excellent, painting crews accomplished a lot, installing windows allowed the siding to continue, and one group nearly finished some off-site work at Mission Aviation Repair Center.

And did we mention the food? Our meals have been outstanding and have provided fuel for our labor during some of the warmest weather the Kenai Peninsula has seen in a long time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

THE GOAL of getting all the 5/12 pitch roof trusses erected and a start on laying the oriented strand board was accomplished.

Once the eave ladders are installed on the east and west ends of the center, the remaining OSB can be positioned and we're well on our way to roofing.

Several windows were installed today allowing the siding to continue. Painters worked on staining the corner and exterior window trim today.

Monday, July 6, 2009

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY with temperature above 70 and lots of sunshine. Gary Tidball, Steve Webb, Kevin Stone, and Ryan Stone joined the team as we began week two of the construction.

More siding and erecting roof trusses was the primary focus of the construction crew. Others helped with painting and library cataloging in the administration building as well as landscaping on the campus.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

HOLIDAY GREETINGS from the 49th state where they are celebrating 50 years of statehood. Some of the team visited nearby Kenai for the Independence Day parade this afternoon.

The construction crew worked several hours this morning continuing their siding efforts and beginning work on the drop gable "ladders" for the roof.

The photos today are a random sampling of some of the work and various activities from this past week. With some team members leaving and others arriving for week two, we are grateful for God's protection and the progress of "building hope" for the students of ACC.

The following short video is courtesy of Roy Nachtigal, Director of Facilities at ACC. We thought you would enjoy the "roadside entertainment" he captured this week in Soldotna.