Mission trip to Alaska

This is going to be an amazing week.


I was asked to be the speaker for the mission trip with Redeemer Covenant Church, Orangevale, CA this week. They are a group of 29 kids and leaders who chose to forego their trip to Mexico this year, in light of the violence, and come to Soldotna, AK for a week.

Their goal is to minister to children through a VBS program all week. They are also connecting with young moms who are living in transitional housing and providing ministry connection points for them.

I have the privilege of hanging out with these 29 kids, learning their stories and speaking from the heart of God each evening. God is challenging me and my heart this week as a speaker. I usually come to camp, or mission totally prepared to share from God’s Word that which God has given me a couple months before a trip. This one is unique.

Matt, the youth pastor, asked me to come and hang out with kids, learn their stories and share from “whatever God is leading” in their lives. It’s a new adventure for me… and I like it.

This morning God lead us to Psalm 16:7-8 “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

I will give praise to the Lord for he is good, delightful, forgiving, merciful, bountiful, able, abiding, redeeming, larger than our plans…

The LORD counsels me, even at night… God will lead us and guide us through our week as we venture into this “unknown” together. Even at night God will guide us and lead us into thoughts that bless him and bless one another.

I have set the LORD always before me… God is the one who leads me, and he is before me. I must follow God and listen to his voice as he leads our group to something that will glorify him.

Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken… there is nothing that can happen this week that will shake us to the core, because God’s right hand will guide and comfort us.

I am going to enjoy this challenge of seeking the voice of God for Redeemer Covenant this week. God is already giving me ears to listen and a heart to seek His voice as I speak. Join me this week in praying for God’s clear leading in our lives together.

We are blessed to be a blessing.


Published by Reid Olson

I was a pastor who still knows a personal connection with God and I like to share thoughts and insights to make God's Kingdom a little more tangibly, while sharing conversations on leadership insights. Now I'm a funeral director, still seeking to share about Jesus.

One thought on “Mission trip to Alaska

  1. Reid,
    I am praying for you and the youth this week. Praying that God will speak to those young people from California and those in Alaska so that they will know Jesus and will commit their lives to Him.

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