My name is Noah and I am beyond excited to go back to Alaska for a second time! I will be a freshman year next year at Waunakee High School. In my free time, I play (a lot!!!) of xbox with my friends, play basketball with my neighbors, and I love to play piano, and I am learning to play ukulele! I also love theater! I’ve been in 4 shows since last summer, and they have been amazing! Although I will miss my sweet puppy, I can’t wait to see all my friends that I made last year, and can’t wait to share all of the teams adventures and memories with you all!!
My name is Morgan and I am going to be a Freshman at Verona High School in the fall. I live with my parents and my younger twin brother and sister and two dogs. I like spending time with my friends, going on trips and going to the dog park. I am looking forward to the Alaska trip and I’m sure it will be very memorable. Going to Madison Missions has always been incredibly worth while and hoping this time will be even more incredible.
My name is M and I went to Alaska two summers ago. I can’t even begin to explain the amazing experiences I experienced when I was there. The plane ride itself shows many awesome views! The many hikes and treks through the countryside sport amazing mountains and prairies. The camp itself is right next to multiple mountains and a very powerful river. If you’re lucky you may even see a moose crossing the river like we did!
Besides the obvious sightseeing aspect of the trip, the personal experience is the best part of the trip. The relationships you create, old and new, will stay with you forever. Along with that it is so uplifting to help others grow in Christ and themselves. Helping others is truly the most important part of this trip and it is by far the best part as well.
All in all Eaglecrest is an amazing place and provides amazing experiences. I would recommend that everyone to journey to Alaska to find others that they connect with and to find themselves as well.
Hello from 3,347.2 miles away in Sutton, Alaska (between June 22 and July 2, 2019)!!! My name is Mark and I am excited to travel to Alaska for the first time. I am 14 and will be a freshman at Memorial High School this fall. I have a pretty great mom and dad, younger sister, and brother. I also have two guinea pigs, Teddy and Peepers, and several fish. I enjoy playing sports. I love all things baseball and Pokémon (Pokémon GO especially) right now, but also like basketball and running track. I also like most train things too.
I am going to Alaska because my friend, Malachi, went last year and told our home group it was really fun. I have enjoyed serving through Madison Missions the previous two summers and thought this would be another great way to serve. I am looking forward to seeing Alaska, working at the camp, and seeing what God teaches me and those around me.
Thank you for praying and helping make this trip possible!
Hello! My name is Malachi and this will be my second year going to Alaska. This year I am really excited because I get to go with my Dad!! I was born in Lousiville, CO, but have lived in Madison for almost 12 years. In the fall I will be a Freshman at Waunakee High School. I am the oldest of 4 kids in my family. Some of the highlights from last year that I am looking forward to again are some of the amazing sights, such as Hatcher’s Pass and Butte Hike. I am also looking forward to seeing some friends I made last year and making new ones! Last, I am excited to grow in my relationship with the Lord. Thank you so much for you prayers and support!!
Hi I’m Maggie, and I’m thirteen years old. This fall I will be attending Middleton High School as a Freshman. I enjoy playing lots of sports such as volleyball, softball, and basketball, and I like spending time with my friends and family.
I am excited to go on this trip because it is going to be an awesome way to grow in my faith, along with building Christ centered friendships. It will also be fun to serve the community in Sutton, Alaska, and see some of the amazing views that Alaska has to offer!!
My name is Lexie and I’m one of the leaders on this trip! Sometimes I feel like adult life is just middle school but a little more complex which is why I believe God called me to serve with this awesome group of kids! I’m so excited to be going to Alaska!! Ask anyone that’s going and they will tell you that the reason why is because I really want to see a moose, they just have really funny knees.
My favourite things in this world in no particular order are: Jesus, dogs, wide open skies, coffee, and sunshine. So if I have any one of those things, I’m usually a pretty happy camper!
This is my first year being involved in Middle School Ministry and I’m so happy that my ministry year is ending in a trip to Alaska! In the short time we have spent together getting ready for the trip, I have seen God moving in so many ways in these students! Watching this team come together has been such a blessing. I feel so privileged to have watched students come out of their shells and take a leadership role when everyone else feels lost, to watch so many students cheer on one of their team mates who had been doubting the ability to do something, and to see the look of joy when they finally were able to balance on a graham cracker to get across the chocolate river! I can’t wait to see how much more work God will do in these students when they are away from the distractions of phones, instagram, and tiktok!
The flame that is my love of the Lord has been fanned from watching these middle schoolers come together for something so much bigger than themselves and I am so thrilled that God gave me the opportunity to be a part of it all!
Howdy! I’m Laura! It’s super exciting to have the opportunity to serve on this amazing team from Blackhawk Middle School Ministries and Eaglecrest Alaska Ministries! I feel humbled to walk alongside the kids in Sutton and look forward to learning and growing and being open to what God has planned for us. A little bit about myself: I was born and reared near Milwaukee, turned down an art scholarship to study biology, earned my Ph.D. and worked at an awesome engineering school out East, then moved back to Wisconsin about nine years ago. I lead a technical team at a local manufacturer of scientific equipment, and for fun edit a monthly newsletter for a local non-profit. When I’m not working, or hanging out with my family, you might find me knitting, reading, or staring off in to the distance thinking.
Hello blog readers! My name is Kristin (the other one!) and I am excited to be embarking on my second mission trip to Alaska! Last year, my middle son was on the trip as a student leader– he had gone the year before as well– and he showed me the ropes. This year, my youngest son is on the team. I love that I can experience this with my sons. I was also on the 2013 team to Kenya, which made me “catch the bug” for mission trips. I love them! I love the feeling of walking a path God has laid for us. I love the feeling of being servants for others in an immersive way. And I just love the transformative opportunity middle schoolers are given to experience them!
I’ve taught middle school social studies for 21 years, in the same school the whole time. So, I guess I don’t get enough of middle schoolers during the school year?
I also have a small side business refurbishing furniture and making signs. Between that, and being a mom of a middle schooler and a high schooler (and a 21 year old too!), I definitely stay busy! In quiet moments, I like to read, knit, take walks in nature with my husband, do yoga, and cook.