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June 2013

Greetings from Nenana,

Thank you all for your continued support.  Without your prayers and financial gifts, we could not hope for the same impact in ministering here in Nenana.

This winter has brought some exciting changes for our family.  The littlest Troxel is no longer our big girl Emily.  In February, William Earnest Scott Troxel was born.  His birth was much calmer than Emily’s.  We were able to come home and settle in quickly.


That is just the start of the news:

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July 2012 Update

August is here already and it seems that autumn is too close.

The month of July saw many fun times with Emily.  She is now walking everywhere.  She totters about and mostly doesn’t fall down.  However, if she does, she no longer needs something to pull herself up.  She now can stand on her own from a seated position.  Also, in the past few days, she has started making baby signs to us.  Her two signs are “want” and “nurse”.  Sometimes we aren’t sure what she wants, but she keeps signing until we figure it out.

Ethan spent much of the month being a boy outside.  Our temperatures have been far more mild than what many of you may have seen in the lower 48.  He has some neighborhood friends and they disappear into whatever play world their imaginations can create.  He and I have taken to throwing a football around.  I won it at a community meeting.  It took me awhile to remember how to throw a good spiral.  Ethan caught right on.  So we find ourselves playing catch and just enjoying one another.

Aerin was able to go to horse camp at Camp Li-Wa outside of Fairbanks.  In addition to basic Christian camping, she received instruction on riding and care for horses.  We missed her that week, but at almost 14, I think horses may have been all the proof she needed against homesickness.

Rebecca is quite the gardener.  This started 5 years ago when cleaning up the yard at the parsonage.  The yard had little good soil for a garden, so we began composting all the yard trimmings and leaves.  We have our chickens now and they contribute in their own way to our soil.  This summer, Rebecca made several planters filled with her own composted soil.  We are now getting greens and zucchini and some green beans.  Voles ate our broccoli.  We are eagerly awaiting tomatoes and carrots.  We get fresh eggs every morning and fresh produce every day.

We have also added to our produce with the help of friends who farm locally.  They call us up when things are ready and we go out and pick it.  Their prices are much better than Fairbanks and much tastier too.

Bill has had several chances to minister to folks in need.  Much of this has been some pastoral care.  Substance abuse here is so terrible as we’re sure it is everywhere.  In the face of such great need we share the good news of Jesus Christ and offer whatever help we can provide.

We hope to take vacation in state at the end of August or start of September.  We have typically spent vacation in the lower 48, but decided to stay here this time.  So many people save their whole lives to see the beauty of where we live.  So we hope to travel a bit and see many friends around Alaska.

For your consideration and prayer:

Recently, several families have experienced great grief in the loss of loved ones.  A local man passed away suddenly.  A young woman was killed in a tragic accident.  A friend had to fly out of state at his mother’s passing.  Please pray for these families.  Pray for their comfort and the peace of God.  Pray that they grow closer to him.  Pray that our family and others minister well to them in their grief.

Also, please continue with us in prayer as we look ahead to our baby coming this winter.  Rebecca has a doctor’s appointment coming up.  Pray for a good pregnancy and healthy birth.  Please pray too as we are in need of a vehicle that can seat the entire family.  Our current car seats five, but the next baby makes six and car seats are often bulky.

Thank you so much for all of your support in finances, prayer and love.


Great News!

The Troxels have some great news to share.  Some of you may have heard via Facebook.  Still, we remain quite excited.  We are expecting another little Troxel.

Emily is a little over a year old now.  We enjoyed having another baby so much that we wanted another.  Aerin and Ethan are quite excited.  Emily is going to be a big sister.  The baby should arrive in March, two months or so before Emily turns two.

We have names picked out.  If baby is a boy, William Earnest after my maternal grandfather.  I was named after him and so perhaps his name will be passed on again.  If baby is a girl, Cheryl Elizabeth Nicole.  Cheryl is my mother’s name.  The other two are additions of ours.  Both my grandfather and mother have passed away.  Naming a baby is a way to remember and honor those who loved and raised me.

Our last post was about the wildfire.  Cloudy skies and more rain (without lightning) have been an answer to prayer.  We still ask for folks to pray for safety.  Fires can flare up or even spring back to life so easily in a dry climate.  Continued prayer for firefighters is a must as well.  So many men and women place themselves in harm’s way to defend our homes and communities here.  We are thankful for their service.

We remain thankful for your prayers and financial support.  We are so blessed to have your support as we serve God’s people in Nenana.

Long Overdue Update

This update is long past due. Following our trip in November much has happened. I felt overwhelmed each time I thought about getting this blog up to date. So I will give some brief updates on several topics.

First, last year we experienced the pain of a miscarriage. As many know and have known, we are eagerly awaiting baby Emily who has May 22 as her expected due date. Her two older siblings were both later than their due date, so we think Emily may run a little late too. We also had an ultrasound recently that gave us a great view of Emily.

Baby Emily

Also, many know that my mom passed away in late February. I was able to get to Iowa in about 24 hours. I spent about 2 weeks there. I was privileged to conduct her service myself. Many thanks to the folks at First Pentecostal Assembly of God in Ottumwa, Iowa for hosting a luncheon following the service. Even more thanks to all who helped me clean out mom’s home (special thanks to Steve, Brenda, Shawn, Teresa, Will and little Will, and my father & many others.) All in all, the trip was pleasant and I enjoyed seeing family. A second trip is necessary to finish her business with the bank. That trip will be on April 10th and my son will accompany me. During that trip I will join mom’s siblings in picking out a marble marker and inter her cremains in a family plot in Missouri.

A unexpected joy while in Iowa was spending time with my father and brother. We spent some good time visiting and catching up.

Todd and I

Dad and the boys

Again thanks to everyone for the prayers.

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Pray for Us

Please pray for the Troxel family this week. Friday, September 10th is the due date for baby Troxel. However, due to a miscarriage, the day is only a reminder of our loss.

These next few days will be especially difficult for Rebecca. Not only is she reminded of our loss by a date, but several ladies in our town were due to deliver about this time. We are getting announcements of several healthy births, for which we thank God. We do our best to rejoice with others.

Rebecca will be spending time with a very good friend this weekend at a quilt festival in Valdez. I am thankful for a chance for her to get away and enjoy good fellowship and her favorite hobby. Pray for her peace of mind, her rest, safe travel and lot’s of fun.

Also pray for another little Troxel. We are hoping to have good news of such within the next few months.

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August Update

Wow, the seasons seem to be speeding right along. Summer is essentially over in Nenana. The leaves are turning golden and already have started to fall. The night time temperatures are already threatening our first frost. Another strong indicator of the new season is seen in preparations for the new school year and for our AWANA program.

August 15th marked our 3 year anniversary in Nenana. One friend commented that it seemed as if we had belonged to the town for much longer than a mere three years. We feel the same way. Nenana is our home and we love being here. We are so very thankful to God for sending our family to this wonderful place and among such wonderful people. Part of the celebration was a day long potluck. We had a great lunch and then spent the afternoon enjoying the good company. The evening ended with a waffle supper.

For Rebecca the month has proven quite busy. In addition to being a wonderful help meet as a wife and a caring mom, she also is now a travel agent. The family will be traveling to California for some vacation and finish a 3 week trip with a Village Missions conference. She is getting the plane and train tickets worked out. She has also planned special events for every member of the family.

Rebecca is also spending a goodly amount of time canning. Food in Alaska can be quite expensive. By harvesting garden produce and canning it, we will have a nice larder laid back for the winter months. Rebecca’s chickens are now almost to maturity and we can expect eggs within the next few weeks.

Aerin turned 12 this month – her favorite gift was an i-pod touch. We look at her and in one sense see a little toddler. Then we realize how fast she has grown and are amazed at how fast it has gone. She is a great daughter and is a dedicated believer. She may begin to minister in AWANA now that she has graduated from it. In extra special news, she has gotten braces. One more way that she looks more the young lady than the toddler.

Ethan is turning into quite the handyman. With little help from dad, he has crafted quite the tree house. He built it from parts from a neighbor who is doing some house construction. The tree house comes complete with rope ladder and an elevator of sorts – a bucket, a pulley and a rope to haul up supplies. In addition to building, he is often seen buzzing around town on an electric scooter.

Bill turned 37 this month – one of his favorite gifts was a set of Bible commentaries written by John Calvin. He has taken up pistol shooting as a hobby. His friend Lynn was a military pistol instructor and they are enjoying time together with several other men in the church at the local range. This fall, Bill is the new AWANA commander and is looking forward to the experience.

In other news, school starts tomorrow (Wednesday the 1st of September.) The kids are excited. Aerin begins junior high and Ethan is in 4th grade. All of the extracurricular activities are starting up and it will prove to be a busy school year.

Also, for those who prayed and have been praying concerning the miscarriage last February – please continue to pray as we hope to have good news this autumn that the Lord has blessed us with another little one.

Let me say thanks once again to all who support us – our family, friends, and church. We feel well cared for and very much loved. The Lord has abundantly blessed us with a wonderful network of support for which we always thank him and we also thank you.

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Much Belated Update…

Greetings everyone, so sorry for this much belated update. Following the loss of our baby, my health became an issue. I have a rare liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. PSC is an auto-immune disease that is chronic and progressive. Among other things, it typically causes a great deal of physical pain and various gastrointestinal issues. Additionally, I have been warned by physicians since I was diagnosed, that many with PSC eventually develop depressive conditions.

Such is the case now. The recent loss we have suffered seems to have triggered what has been called a Mood Disorder Due to General Medical Condition. The disorder is depression.

When I first felt concern over my emotional state, I spoke with the elders of the church. I wanted to to be aware of the possibility I was becoming depressed shortly after we returned from Hawaii. Further, I contacted my immediate supervisors in Village Missions. We agreed that I should see a physician as well as a therapist to get some professional opinions. The opinions were that the disease has progressed to the point where I can experience bouts of melancholy. The recommendation was to try an anti-depressant. The drug in question had been successfully used to treat both depression and pain in PSC patients.

After more discussion with the elders and VM representatives, I decided to take the medication. The warning given was that it could take 8 weeks to get full effect. As of this blog post, I am past the 8 weeks and feel much better. The medication has dramatically improved the pain associated with the disease. Even more, it has reset my sleep cycle. Whereas I dealt with insomnia from the PSC for several years, I am getting good and restful sleep.

I recently had a follow up with the physician which showed great improvement. We agreed to that I would remain on the medication for some time due especially to the amazing reduction in pain.

On one Sunday, I shared the situation with the entire church. I have also shared it with many in the community. I have received an incredible amount of support and encouragement from many people. I visited a friend yesterday that I had not seen for almost a month and he was amazed at the obvious improvement. So I am well and well cared for. I am including the audio of the presentation to the church concerning the situation. I am very willing to answer questions and I relish the prayers of all our family, friends, and supporters. You all have done so much for which I thank you and appreciate what you continue to do for us as well.


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