I intended to post an update last week. Unfortunately, a family, the fire department, and the entire community entered a period of grief and the update was postponed.
Monday January 11th, 2016, a believer was promoted into heaven. He was a young man and a fellow firefighter and medic. He was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. He comes from a family of believers. The Christian community has experienced hope and joy even in a time of sorrow knowing that we will see this young man again.
Please be in prayer for the Nolywaika family in their season of grief. Also, pray for the fire department. We lost a friend and colleague. We also were the first responders to the motor vehicle collision that resulted in his death. I was one of the medics that had the privilege of providing care for him on the scene.
The funeral was a declaration of his personal faith and an invitation to all present to find comfort in Christ. For believers, we were reminded of our blessed hope and comfort in Christ. The unbelievers were presented with the Gospel and the hope for all sinners who come to know Christ as Savior.
Now that I have shared our grief and comfort, a few updates from the family:
Not so much I’m afraid.
We’re ramping up to a busy summer season. We’ll be on the road a lot, so please pray for safe travels. Nenana is also looking at a busy season for wild fires, so please pray for the safety of the firefighters and the folks who are caught in the path.
I will post a better update for July
Pictures courtesy of Aerin Troxel Photography
The weather continues to warm up in Nenana. For the last week we have had daytime temperatures above freezing. What little snow we have is melting quickly. The roads are getting sloppy in the day and roughly frozen over at night. In some places, pools are collecting to turn into treacherous ice slicks every evening.
Along with warmer weather, our days are growing. We have almost 13 hours of daylight already. That is up more than 8 hours a day just since Christmas. I really enjoy going to and from work in the light. These longer days will mean increased melting. We already have our rubber boots out because things will be getting muddy very soon.
As the spring comes in, we are also looking forward to travel in June. Rebecca has made a lot of reservations for our trip. We will leave from Alaska at the end of May and travel to Nevada. From there, we will go see the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. Our hope is to visit Rebecca’s grandmother in celebration of her 100th birthday. Unfortunately, her health is deteriorating. That is a prayer request, dear friends and family, for grandma and also Rebecca’s parents as they care for her in these last days.
Well, August is done. Autumn has already come to us. The leaves had already begun to change mid-month. We look to the Toghotthele (the hill above Nenana) expecting to see the fall colors spread, the leaves fall and the snow come. Winter is very close. The sun is setting earlier and rising later each day.
The big kids started school already. Both are in the high school now and in band together. The little kids will be starting pre-school the first part of September.
As a family, we will be attending Arctic Barnabas’ Ministry Family Retreat at the end of September. This will be our third year enjoying the break and fellowship the retreat provides. Last year was at a new site with housing that enabled several families to share duplex like homes. This made for some wonderful times of chatting and catching up with old friends.
We had some family portraits taken the last Saturday of August. Hopefully we will have new photos on Facebook and in next month’s update.
Winter is harsh. Please join us in praying for safety as winter comes and we travel and Bill ministers through EMS. We will begin missing the sun soon.
Friends and family, I apologize for the delay between updates. I permitted the busyness of hunting season and the holiday season to provide an excuse for not updating you all with life and ministry in Nenana. Let me catch you up…
First, we have a much needed prayer request. We are in need of a family vehicle. Rebecca and I (along with Emily and William) were in an accident on the Parks Highway. The road had seemed good, but I hit a patch of ice and lost control. We struck a guardrail and came to rest before plunging into a deep ditch. Our van was totaled. We are thankful for God’s protection. There was no oncoming traffic. Even though it seemed that we would go into the ditch and rollover, we hit the guardrail on the opposing side. We were blessed to receive a few scratches and sore muscles. We even had good friends come along not three minutes after the collision and provide us with a ride back home.
A small slideshow (images will change slowly or you can flip through them):
Troxel Update August 2013
July was a busy month. Nenana Community Church hosted the First Ever Gospel Music Festival.
The festival idea bloomed from an encounter last year. In July 2012, Bud and Carolyn McAtee, of Voices of Peace, took a working vacation to Alaska. They had started several such festivals all over the Midwest. They felt a call from God to take this ministry into Alaska. Upon arriving in Alaska, they contacted several churches in the larger communities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and outlying areas. After exhausting those avenues, they started calling churches in rural areas. We were the first to ask them to come and talk to us more.
The McAtee’s came to Nenana and after time and prayer, we believed that this was something the Lord would have us do. From there, the McAtee’s were connected to Jeannie Bennett, a friend that is an amazing planner and organizer. On the Alaskan end, Jeannie did the vast majority of work to make the festival happen.
Returning to this year, the festival took place July 5th and 6th. There was an open air church service on July 7th. There were several Alaskan musicians along with many performing groups from the lower 48. Attendance was around 100 or so, but the McAtee’s experience says that the first festival is a bit under attended with subsequent festivals growing every year.
During this time, the music was aired on the local Christian radio station. The Scriptures were regularly read from the stage. The Gospel was presented during the church service. Now, the Second Annual Nenana Gospel Music Festival is scheduled for July 4th and 5th 2014.
We are eager to see how God will grow this and use it to further his glory.
In sad news, one of our supporting families experienced a terrible loss. Beverly Hermans passed away this July. Please join us in praying for her family, especially her husband Chuck.
In family news: