To learn more about the mission of KICY, visit the link above. KICY Radio is the only radio station reaching 3,000,000 people in the Russian Far East. What a tremendous ministry and outreach for sharing the good news about Jesus Christ to one of the most desolate parts of the World. 

A final group picture on Friday evening taken on an abandoned gold dredge…we are missing Donna who is behind the camera. Some of these gold dredges are quite a site. 

A picture is worth 1,000 words…Friday after lunch the army was pretty tired!

And with one final push, the second floor exterior walls are completed. In addition, the second exterior wall on the main level was completed and the prep work completed for the next team to complete the interior walls. We accomplished our goals for the week and kept the project moving on schedule!  And with one final push, the second floor exterior walls are completed. In addition, the second exterior wall on the main level was completed and the prep work completed for the next team to complete the interior walls. We accomplished our goals for the week and kept the project moving on schedule!  And with one final push, the second floor exterior walls are completed. In addition, the second exterior wall on the main level was completed and the prep work completed for the next team to complete the interior walls. We accomplished our goals for the week and kept the project moving on schedule!  And with one final push, the second floor exterior walls are completed. In addition, the second exterior wall on the main level was completed and the prep work completed for the next team to complete the interior walls. We accomplished our goals for the week and kept the project moving on schedule! 

And with one final push, the second floor exterior walls are completed. In addition, the second exterior wall on the main level was completed and the prep work completed for the next team to complete the interior walls. We accomplished our goals for the week and kept the project moving on schedule! 

Good Friday Morning! Current Temperature in Nome is 35 degrees at 6:30 am. Not sure if we will be able to return to the Kansas heat. 

Thanks to Dennis and Candace (Dennis’s wife), we had a hot dog and s’more cookout on the beach. We started a fire and enjoyed a great time of fellowship. Ian and Carson tried their luck at panning for gold…and they had some success! However, with the gold they uncovered, we strongly advised them to stay in school!!! In Nome, time spent on the beach is in your sweatshirt/jacket and is most often sitting around the fire. Definitely not the beaches we are used to!  Thanks to Dennis and Candace (Dennis’s wife), we had a hot dog and s’more cookout on the beach. We started a fire and enjoyed a great time of fellowship. Ian and Carson tried their luck at panning for gold…and they had some success! However, with the gold they uncovered, we strongly advised them to stay in school!!! In Nome, time spent on the beach is in your sweatshirt/jacket and is most often sitting around the fire. Definitely not the beaches we are used to!  Thanks to Dennis and Candace (Dennis’s wife), we had a hot dog and s’more cookout on the beach. We started a fire and enjoyed a great time of fellowship. Ian and Carson tried their luck at panning for gold…and they had some success! However, with the gold they uncovered, we strongly advised them to stay in school!!! In Nome, time spent on the beach is in your sweatshirt/jacket and is most often sitting around the fire. Definitely not the beaches we are used to!  Thanks to Dennis and Candace (Dennis’s wife), we had a hot dog and s’more cookout on the beach. We started a fire and enjoyed a great time of fellowship. Ian and Carson tried their luck at panning for gold…and they had some success! However, with the gold they uncovered, we strongly advised them to stay in school!!! In Nome, time spent on the beach is in your sweatshirt/jacket and is most often sitting around the fire. Definitely not the beaches we are used to! 

Thanks to Dennis and Candace (Dennis’s wife), we had a hot dog and s’more cookout on the beach. We started a fire and enjoyed a great time of fellowship. Ian and Carson tried their luck at panning for gold…and they had some success! However, with the gold they uncovered, we strongly advised them to stay in school!!! In Nome, time spent on the beach is in your sweatshirt/jacket and is most often sitting around the fire. Definitely not the beaches we are used to! 

Day 3 and 4 of building: Very much of the same when it comes to working on the building…we are still doing a lot of framing. We are on target to complete our work week goal and keep the project moving on schedule. On Wednesday, we woke up to temperatures in the low 40s and rain. We braved the elements and began working about an hour later than normal. The entire day stayed very gloomy until about 4 pm when the sun finally started breaking through the clouds.  On Thursday, we had a magnificent day to be outside and working. With a bunch of amateurs (for the most part) working on the second floor, safety has been a constant concern. We have been blessed with no major injuries. Some of our favorite times are sitting in the small living room of the Gray House enjoying our devotional time. The Spirit has revealed Himself numerous times and as a result, the unity in the group is very strong and our relationships continue to grow. One more hard push tomorrow and our mission work for KICY Radio will wrap up for the week.  Day 3 and 4 of building: Very much of the same when it comes to working on the building…we are still doing a lot of framing. We are on target to complete our work week goal and keep the project moving on schedule. On Wednesday, we woke up to temperatures in the low 40s and rain. We braved the elements and began working about an hour later than normal. The entire day stayed very gloomy until about 4 pm when the sun finally started breaking through the clouds.  On Thursday, we had a magnificent day to be outside and working. With a bunch of amateurs (for the most part) working on the second floor, safety has been a constant concern. We have been blessed with no major injuries. Some of our favorite times are sitting in the small living room of the Gray House enjoying our devotional time. The Spirit has revealed Himself numerous times and as a result, the unity in the group is very strong and our relationships continue to grow. One more hard push tomorrow and our mission work for KICY Radio will wrap up for the week.  Day 3 and 4 of building: Very much of the same when it comes to working on the building…we are still doing a lot of framing. We are on target to complete our work week goal and keep the project moving on schedule. On Wednesday, we woke up to temperatures in the low 40s and rain. We braved the elements and began working about an hour later than normal. The entire day stayed very gloomy until about 4 pm when the sun finally started breaking through the clouds.  On Thursday, we had a magnificent day to be outside and working. With a bunch of amateurs (for the most part) working on the second floor, safety has been a constant concern. We have been blessed with no major injuries. Some of our favorite times are sitting in the small living room of the Gray House enjoying our devotional time. The Spirit has revealed Himself numerous times and as a result, the unity in the group is very strong and our relationships continue to grow. One more hard push tomorrow and our mission work for KICY Radio will wrap up for the week.  Day 3 and 4 of building: Very much of the same when it comes to working on the building…we are still doing a lot of framing. We are on target to complete our work week goal and keep the project moving on schedule. On Wednesday, we woke up to temperatures in the low 40s and rain. We braved the elements and began working about an hour later than normal. The entire day stayed very gloomy until about 4 pm when the sun finally started breaking through the clouds.  On Thursday, we had a magnificent day to be outside and working. With a bunch of amateurs (for the most part) working on the second floor, safety has been a constant concern. We have been blessed with no major injuries. Some of our favorite times are sitting in the small living room of the Gray House enjoying our devotional time. The Spirit has revealed Himself numerous times and as a result, the unity in the group is very strong and our relationships continue to grow. One more hard push tomorrow and our mission work for KICY Radio will wrap up for the week.  Day 3 and 4 of building: Very much of the same when it comes to working on the building…we are still doing a lot of framing. We are on target to complete our work week goal and keep the project moving on schedule. On Wednesday, we woke up to temperatures in the low 40s and rain. We braved the elements and began working about an hour later than normal. The entire day stayed very gloomy until about 4 pm when the sun finally started breaking through the clouds.  On Thursday, we had a magnificent day to be outside and working. With a bunch of amateurs (for the most part) working on the second floor, safety has been a constant concern. We have been blessed with no major injuries. Some of our favorite times are sitting in the small living room of the Gray House enjoying our devotional time. The Spirit has revealed Himself numerous times and as a result, the unity in the group is very strong and our relationships continue to grow. One more hard push tomorrow and our mission work for KICY Radio will wrap up for the week. 

Day 3 and 4 of building: Very much of the same when it comes to working on the building…we are still doing a lot of framing. We are on target to complete our work week goal and keep the project moving on schedule. On Wednesday, we woke up to temperatures in the low 40s and rain. We braved the elements and began working about an hour later than normal. The entire day stayed very gloomy until about 4 pm when the sun finally started breaking through the clouds.  On Thursday, we had a magnificent day to be outside and working. With a bunch of amateurs (for the most part) working on the second floor, safety has been a constant concern. We have been blessed with no major injuries. Some of our favorite times are sitting in the small living room of the Gray House enjoying our devotional time. The Spirit has revealed Himself numerous times and as a result, the unity in the group is very strong and our relationships continue to grow. One more hard push tomorrow and our mission work for KICY Radio will wrap up for the week. 

The 9 of us who took the “polar plunge” decided to take a picture with our certificates of completion along the beach. 

The Polar Plunge. Yes, believe it or not, 9 of the 12 members of our Team left the safety of the black sand beach and took a swim (we use that term loosely, it was more like a splash and go!) in the Bering Strait. The water temperature is approximately 38 degrees with the air temperature of 50. Those who did not take the “plunge” said it was one of the best spectacles to watch! We can now cross something off of our bucket list…or as Mike pointed out, “I will be putting this on my bucket list when I get home and then crossing it off!” Some of us did not have this in our plans, but again, it is another memory made and a tool God is using to unite our Team and bring us closer together. We wonder what the local family that was enjoying some time on the beach thought of us??? We can only imagine! The Polar Plunge. Yes, believe it or not, 9 of the 12 members of our Team left the safety of the black sand beach and took a swim (we use that term loosely, it was more like a splash and go!) in the Bering Strait. The water temperature is approximately 38 degrees with the air temperature of 50. Those who did not take the “plunge” said it was one of the best spectacles to watch! We can now cross something off of our bucket list…or as Mike pointed out, “I will be putting this on my bucket list when I get home and then crossing it off!” Some of us did not have this in our plans, but again, it is another memory made and a tool God is using to unite our Team and bring us closer together. We wonder what the local family that was enjoying some time on the beach thought of us??? We can only imagine! The Polar Plunge. Yes, believe it or not, 9 of the 12 members of our Team left the safety of the black sand beach and took a swim (we use that term loosely, it was more like a splash and go!) in the Bering Strait. The water temperature is approximately 38 degrees with the air temperature of 50. Those who did not take the “plunge” said it was one of the best spectacles to watch! We can now cross something off of our bucket list…or as Mike pointed out, “I will be putting this on my bucket list when I get home and then crossing it off!” Some of us did not have this in our plans, but again, it is another memory made and a tool God is using to unite our Team and bring us closer together. We wonder what the local family that was enjoying some time on the beach thought of us??? We can only imagine! The Polar Plunge. Yes, believe it or not, 9 of the 12 members of our Team left the safety of the black sand beach and took a swim (we use that term loosely, it was more like a splash and go!) in the Bering Strait. The water temperature is approximately 38 degrees with the air temperature of 50. Those who did not take the “plunge” said it was one of the best spectacles to watch! We can now cross something off of our bucket list…or as Mike pointed out, “I will be putting this on my bucket list when I get home and then crossing it off!” Some of us did not have this in our plans, but again, it is another memory made and a tool God is using to unite our Team and bring us closer together. We wonder what the local family that was enjoying some time on the beach thought of us??? We can only imagine!

The Polar Plunge. Yes, believe it or not, 9 of the 12 members of our Team left the safety of the black sand beach and took a swim (we use that term loosely, it was more like a splash and go!) in the Bering Strait. The water temperature is approximately 38 degrees with the air temperature of 50. Those who did not take the “plunge” said it was one of the best spectacles to watch! We can now cross something off of our bucket list…or as Mike pointed out, “I will be putting this on my bucket list when I get home and then crossing it off!” Some of us did not have this in our plans, but again, it is another memory made and a tool God is using to unite our Team and bring us closer together. We wonder what the local family that was enjoying some time on the beach thought of us??? We can only imagine!

Since the sun was shining so brightly today (we even had a “sun dog” for about an hour), we took advantage Tuesday evening and went up into the mountains. There were old/abandoned Cold War satellite towers and spectacular views of Nome and the surrounding mountains. While we did not find any gold today, quartz is everywhere suggesting that people before us likely did very well in their gold procurement. This team picture is one of the favorites of the trip! After spending 4 days together, we are growing closer and building lasting relationships. The laughter, storytelling, and comradery is growing each day. Our devotional times as a group are very special…certainly the Lord is meeting us in a special way during these times.  Since the sun was shining so brightly today (we even had a “sun dog” for about an hour), we took advantage Tuesday evening and went up into the mountains. There were old/abandoned Cold War satellite towers and spectacular views of Nome and the surrounding mountains. While we did not find any gold today, quartz is everywhere suggesting that people before us likely did very well in their gold procurement. This team picture is one of the favorites of the trip! After spending 4 days together, we are growing closer and building lasting relationships. The laughter, storytelling, and comradery is growing each day. Our devotional times as a group are very special…certainly the Lord is meeting us in a special way during these times.  Since the sun was shining so brightly today (we even had a “sun dog” for about an hour), we took advantage Tuesday evening and went up into the mountains. There were old/abandoned Cold War satellite towers and spectacular views of Nome and the surrounding mountains. While we did not find any gold today, quartz is everywhere suggesting that people before us likely did very well in their gold procurement. This team picture is one of the favorites of the trip! After spending 4 days together, we are growing closer and building lasting relationships. The laughter, storytelling, and comradery is growing each day. Our devotional times as a group are very special…certainly the Lord is meeting us in a special way during these times.  Since the sun was shining so brightly today (we even had a “sun dog” for about an hour), we took advantage Tuesday evening and went up into the mountains. There were old/abandoned Cold War satellite towers and spectacular views of Nome and the surrounding mountains. While we did not find any gold today, quartz is everywhere suggesting that people before us likely did very well in their gold procurement. This team picture is one of the favorites of the trip! After spending 4 days together, we are growing closer and building lasting relationships. The laughter, storytelling, and comradery is growing each day. Our devotional times as a group are very special…certainly the Lord is meeting us in a special way during these times. 

Since the sun was shining so brightly today (we even had a “sun dog” for about an hour), we took advantage Tuesday evening and went up into the mountains. There were old/abandoned Cold War satellite towers and spectacular views of Nome and the surrounding mountains. While we did not find any gold today, quartz is everywhere suggesting that people before us likely did very well in their gold procurement. This team picture is one of the favorites of the trip! After spending 4 days together, we are growing closer and building lasting relationships. The laughter, storytelling, and comradery is growing each day. Our devotional times as a group are very special…certainly the Lord is meeting us in a special way during these times. 

Day 2: This marked the first day of the sun revealing itself to us since we arrived in Alaska. It was a welcome site! We were back at the job site today doing more of the same…framing in the second story. It rained overnight, so it took a while to get things dried out. In addition, we spent a couple of hours this morning hauling lumber up to the second floor. There is no heavy equipment on the job site, so “good old fashion” muscle was used. (P90X has nothing on the workout we had today!) We are about half way done with the second story and expect to have the exterior walls completed before we leave. We also plan to get the building ready for the rafters to be set. We had some interesting encounters with local people today and had opportunity to be the “Light” for one individual today. Building a structure is not the only thing we are building in Nome, we are building relationships both inside and outside of our group.  Day 2: This marked the first day of the sun revealing itself to us since we arrived in Alaska. It was a welcome site! We were back at the job site today doing more of the same…framing in the second story. It rained overnight, so it took a while to get things dried out. In addition, we spent a couple of hours this morning hauling lumber up to the second floor. There is no heavy equipment on the job site, so “good old fashion” muscle was used. (P90X has nothing on the workout we had today!) We are about half way done with the second story and expect to have the exterior walls completed before we leave. We also plan to get the building ready for the rafters to be set. We had some interesting encounters with local people today and had opportunity to be the “Light” for one individual today. Building a structure is not the only thing we are building in Nome, we are building relationships both inside and outside of our group.  Day 2: This marked the first day of the sun revealing itself to us since we arrived in Alaska. It was a welcome site! We were back at the job site today doing more of the same…framing in the second story. It rained overnight, so it took a while to get things dried out. In addition, we spent a couple of hours this morning hauling lumber up to the second floor. There is no heavy equipment on the job site, so “good old fashion” muscle was used. (P90X has nothing on the workout we had today!) We are about half way done with the second story and expect to have the exterior walls completed before we leave. We also plan to get the building ready for the rafters to be set. We had some interesting encounters with local people today and had opportunity to be the “Light” for one individual today. Building a structure is not the only thing we are building in Nome, we are building relationships both inside and outside of our group.  Day 2: This marked the first day of the sun revealing itself to us since we arrived in Alaska. It was a welcome site! We were back at the job site today doing more of the same…framing in the second story. It rained overnight, so it took a while to get things dried out. In addition, we spent a couple of hours this morning hauling lumber up to the second floor. There is no heavy equipment on the job site, so “good old fashion” muscle was used. (P90X has nothing on the workout we had today!) We are about half way done with the second story and expect to have the exterior walls completed before we leave. We also plan to get the building ready for the rafters to be set. We had some interesting encounters with local people today and had opportunity to be the “Light” for one individual today. Building a structure is not the only thing we are building in Nome, we are building relationships both inside and outside of our group.  Day 2: This marked the first day of the sun revealing itself to us since we arrived in Alaska. It was a welcome site! We were back at the job site today doing more of the same…framing in the second story. It rained overnight, so it took a while to get things dried out. In addition, we spent a couple of hours this morning hauling lumber up to the second floor. There is no heavy equipment on the job site, so “good old fashion” muscle was used. (P90X has nothing on the workout we had today!) We are about half way done with the second story and expect to have the exterior walls completed before we leave. We also plan to get the building ready for the rafters to be set. We had some interesting encounters with local people today and had opportunity to be the “Light” for one individual today. Building a structure is not the only thing we are building in Nome, we are building relationships both inside and outside of our group. 

Day 2: This marked the first day of the sun revealing itself to us since we arrived in Alaska. It was a welcome site! We were back at the job site today doing more of the same…framing in the second story. It rained overnight, so it took a while to get things dried out. In addition, we spent a couple of hours this morning hauling lumber up to the second floor. There is no heavy equipment on the job site, so “good old fashion” muscle was used. (P90X has nothing on the workout we had today!) We are about half way done with the second story and expect to have the exterior walls completed before we leave. We also plan to get the building ready for the rafters to be set. We had some interesting encounters with local people today and had opportunity to be the “Light” for one individual today. Building a structure is not the only thing we are building in Nome, we are building relationships both inside and outside of our group. 

Welcome to the Gray House. KICY has 3 properties available for use by the summer work teams. 7 of us are staying in this small house. 2 of us are staying at the radio station and 3 of us have joined Dennis over at his house. (The Brown House). In addition, we are sporting around town in a mid 90s Chevy van. Outside of the rust, broken rear spring, and limited window usage, it is an excellent vehicle! Welcome to the Gray House. KICY has 3 properties available for use by the summer work teams. 7 of us are staying in this small house. 2 of us are staying at the radio station and 3 of us have joined Dennis over at his house. (The Brown House). In addition, we are sporting around town in a mid 90s Chevy van. Outside of the rust, broken rear spring, and limited window usage, it is an excellent vehicle!

Welcome to the Gray House. KICY has 3 properties available for use by the summer work teams. 7 of us are staying in this small house. 2 of us are staying at the radio station and 3 of us have joined Dennis over at his house. (The Brown House). In addition, we are sporting around town in a mid 90s Chevy van. Outside of the rust, broken rear spring, and limited window usage, it is an excellent vehicle!

Late Monday evening, Dennis came by the house and reported that there was a Musk Oxen at the cemetery. Curious what a Musk Oxen would look like…we all piled in the vehicles to take a look. These animals tend to wander into town and can be very dangerous to people…especially pets. It was also interesting to see a cemetery like this one. Most of the markers are painted lumber in the shape of crosses or a simple stake rounded at the top.  Late Monday evening, Dennis came by the house and reported that there was a Musk Oxen at the cemetery. Curious what a Musk Oxen would look like…we all piled in the vehicles to take a look. These animals tend to wander into town and can be very dangerous to people…especially pets. It was also interesting to see a cemetery like this one. Most of the markers are painted lumber in the shape of crosses or a simple stake rounded at the top. 

Late Monday evening, Dennis came by the house and reported that there was a Musk Oxen at the cemetery. Curious what a Musk Oxen would look like…we all piled in the vehicles to take a look. These animals tend to wander into town and can be very dangerous to people…especially pets. It was also interesting to see a cemetery like this one. Most of the markers are painted lumber in the shape of crosses or a simple stake rounded at the top. 

After 2 days in Nome, we have our first glimpse of the sun. What a beautiful view.

A second team worked on the main floor. The exterior walls of buildings in Nome have 2 sets of framing. The first set is 2x6 studded walls and the second set is a 2x4 studded wall with offset studs from the main wall. This is so that 2 layers of insulation can be installed so that there is a complete layer of insulation covering all parts of the 2x6 exterior wall. With temperatures that stay -30 below zero in the winter for weeks at a time… building insulation is a high priority!