I knew this was going to be big.
The effects of the entourage had spilled out into the street and I could see it when I came around the corner down at the next block. A parking space was non-existent so I did what they had done before me, park anywhere.
The excitement of youth was palpable. This group of forty (+/-) Native teens from village communities around southwest Alaska was riding the adrenaline rush brought on by the “new”; new faces, new places, new experiences and the anticipation of embarking upon a journey into a whole new world.
For a month or more they have left behind the familiar; dusty village streets, family, friends, shooting around down at the court, cruising the village on four-wheelers, watching the river flow by, helping Grandma cut fish, whatever. Even the way they talk (vocabulary choices especially), the music they listen to and the food they eat will be “new” (where can you get muktuk or tom cod on the Alaska Highway?)
The courageous adults leading this energetic (frenetic, even frantic) expedition were struggling to bring order from this assemblage of moving bodies and the strewn contents of vehicles. (At this point I think a photo will be helpful…)
I think you get the idea.
Their fearless leader, Grant Funk, who secretly must live a second life as a super-hero, was pondering how to organize this melee and get ready to travel…
when he had a revelation…
“Hey, let’s put some of that junk in here.”
OK, seriously, Grant and Lenna Funk are a great couple, they’ve made this trip to the On Eagle’s Wings, Warrior Leadership Summit ( wls.hutchcraft.com/about-wls/ ) many time before. This year is new to them only as far as the number of participants they are bringing, and the number of chaperones too.
I’ll be posting more info as their journey progresses. You may access their blog ( http://warrriorsonwheels.blogspot.com/ ) and track them vis Spot http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=07AuBKbAZbAOBqIG6qDaoBNtzssbHWGoT
Pray for their travel, for the leaders, for the youth participating, for the conference and especially, for God to work in a powerful way through it all.