The AMC staff takes a few days each year just to talk about where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. Many work teams do this. They find a nice place and stay in comfortable lodgings. However, in Alaska we do things a bit differently. We still find a nice place, but we sleep under canvas. We meet sitting in camp chairs with our notebooks in our laps. There is the smell of wood smoke in the air, and the sound of wind in the trees. Even in our remote setting the discussions are serious, and focused on the ministry God has set before us.
The meetings are broken by long periods of time spent in silence and solitude. Before first light and just before dark we individually head off to a forest pond to sit silently, watching for a bull moose to appear. This time of stillness provides a time for prayer and reflective thought. As we sit with our back against a tree, allowing the silence to cover us, we may slip a small bible or devotional from our pocket.
Moose do not always come to our ponds to feed, or to find other moose. However, as we make the trek back to camp we know in our spirits that Jesus was there watching with us in silence...guiding our thoughts and prayers.
At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. Luke 4:42