Meet the 2019 team – Kristin! (KB)

I’m Kristin (KB vs KD – there are two of us all-stars on this team). 🙂  I am the momma of Hagen (heading into his freshman year!), wife of Jay (the stud in this pic with me) and a lover of all things middle school. Seriously, I think middle schoolers (& those that love middle schoolers) are my tribe, mostly because I can be goofy, awkward, moody and am still trying to figure out who I am, much like they are! I love to craft, excercise, travel, read and laugh! (Laughing is my favorite)

This is my 3rd year leading this team and I am beyond excited! God suprises us in SO many ways, and no year is the same. This year He and and I have been working on me being more open-handed, patient, and trusting in His plan!  I cannot wait to see how He moves on this trip, how the students grow by serving and loving others, and how the relationships formed in Alaska deepen!

Thanks for your prayers and support!

Meet the 2019 team – Karl!

I’m a father of 7 and married to a rock star wife (Bridget) for 28 years. We are grandparents of a 1 1/2 year old. Or kids range from 26 to 11. I’m a chiropractor in Middleton. I’m so excited to go on this trip as a leader, but super excited because my son Kyle is going also.  I will take great care of your kids and help nurture their relationship with Jesus and each other. I was a leader 8 years ago on a trip to the island of St. Thomas for a very similar mission with my two oldest kids through High Point church. This is a big deal to leave my family and practice for a week so I ask for prayers of protection both physically and financially for my family. Thanks for trusting me to be a leader of such a great group of kids!

Meet the 2019 team – Josh!

If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, then you probably aren’t actually like me at all. Hi, I’m Josh, one of the adult servants on the Alaska trip, and I’m greatly looking forward to being able to serve alongside so many young Christ followers, along of course with all the awesome students up in Alaska. When I’m not working at Epic to improve healthcare software, I typically can be found talking in a baby voice to my cat. (Unlike with humans, I’m not afraid that using a baby voice will hamper her future language skills. She already knows how to beg for both food and scratches, and that’s all she really cares about).  I also enjoy crafting and painting figurines.

Really though, insofar as faith is involved, I really love asking questions.  I love watching others come to their own conclusions, questioning what they believe, and getting past preconceived notions to reach a deeper rooted faith.  As an engineer, I’ve found that trying to break things down is a great way for others to reach true understanding; if they build their faith themselves, they’ll understand how it works.  I find this also applies to how we can more fully integrate scientific knowledge and our understanding of God.  After all, since God created the universe, learning about the laws of the universe teaches us about God too.  Because of that, I’m really looking forward to how our students and I will be getting to do some science experiments and learning about electricity and circuitry with the Alaskan students.

Meet the 2019 team – Josh!

Hi! My name is Joshua Chen and I’m going to be a ninth grader at Middleton High School this fall! I’m super excited for this opportunity to get out of our borders here in Madison and make a difference in the lives of people elsewhere. I want to share with the kids in Alaska God’s love and teach them that we’re all broken people, but through Jesus Christ we are forgiven and saved!

This will be my first time going to Alaska and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for our team!

Meet the 2019 team – Jon!

I am one of the two children of Jessica and David. I am in 7th grade at Glacier Creek Middle School (in Middleton, Wisconsin) and will be turning 13 on August 4th. I love to play card and board games (mostly Magic the Gathering or chess) and to read! I volunteer at the nursery at Blackhawk and have been on a much smaller scale trip called Madison Missions where my group and I volunteered to do many things: from delivering meals to those in need, to helping out at the community center, to pulling invasive garlic mustard from natural areas in the city. I have enjoyed all of these experiences and want to do more to help others, that is why I applied for this trip.

Meet the 2019 team – John!

Hello, my name is John, and I think I’m overdue for an adventure.  So I think I’ll fly 3000 miles away from home with dozens of middle-schoolers!

I am one of the leaders going on the Alaska trip this year, it will be my very first missions trip and my first time in Alaska.  This is a great group of young people and I am looking forward to serving alongside them (and the other leaders too).  I pray that God will work through this team and that during this time each one of us will experience God in a fresh new way as we serve.


Meet the 2019 team – Heath!

Hi readers!  I’m Heath, I’m 13, and one of the seventh graders on the team.  When I’m not on a mission trip (just kidding, this is my first), I like to perform with VACT and local (Mount Horeb) productions, golf, draw, and game: video AND board. 🙂  I’m excited to see the sights of Alaska, and I feel blessed to be a part of this mission trip to feel closer to God. I’m looking forward to making friends with the local students.

Meet the 2019 team – Grace!

My name is Grace, and I’m going to be a freshman at Middleton High School this fall. I like rock climbing, biking, singing, playing the ukulele, and traveling, as well as having fun with my family and friends. I’ve never been to Alaska before, and I can’t wait! I’ve heard so many great things about it, and I want to serve and help in any way I can. Thanks so much for your support and prayers!!

Meet the 2019 Team – Colin!

My name is Colin. I’m am a fourteen year old going into freshman year at Edgewood High School. I have three older sisters, two of which have be on Blackhawk Missions trips. I enjoy playing the guitar and making new friends. I’m always open to trying new stuff and doing new things.

I want to go to Alaska mainly because as I said I’ve had a sister who went to Alaska two years ago. She came home and said amazing things about it the. Last year my friend Malachi also went and said it was great. These stories have made me want to go plus it doesn’t hurt that I love helping people.