Flying Home

After a long silence from the Dillinghams we have returned and I will start with this blog for now. I will hopefully have another one in the months to come of our journey through our leave of absence that we used for a sabbatical. God has done some neat things through and in us.

Rob and Paul Hadfield are bringing a Piper Aztec home! They began flying from Souix Falls, SD this morning headed for Canada. Please pray for safety, great weather, and a smooth border crossing on both sides. They hope to be home to Kenai Thursday or Friday if all goes as planned!

rob and paul mississippi riverCrossing the Mississippi River at sunset! Beautiful!

ABM Beach Walk

We are involved in a fun and exciting fundraiser for Arctic Barnabas Ministries (ABM), the 3nd annual ABM Beach Walk.

We will be walking on the beach in Kenai, Alaska to raise money for ABM. The mission of Arctic Barnabas Ministries is to strengthen and encourage pastor and missionary families to effectively advance the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout remote Alaska and Northern Canada.

The financial need we are trying to meet in this campaign are the expenses related to face-to-face visits in hub communities and surrounding villages for pastoral care and encouragement.

We will be walking in this event June 21st, and my goal is to raise $1,000 in pledges. We are asking you to join us with a pledge of $25, $50, $100, or even $1,000 as one of our sponsors.

You can simply:

1. 1) contact us with your sponsor amount and current address

OR

2. 2) click the link below to make a pledge and pay online at ABMs secure online giving link.

Www.arcticbarnabas.org/beach-walk/beach-walk-2014

We want to thank you in advance for your willingness to stand with us in this important event and cause.

After the walk, please check the ABM website, http://www.arcticbarnabas.org for an update on how it went and how much was raised.

If you would like to walk with us and raise funds alongside us please contact us!

February ladies retreat

This retreat once again let’s me see The Lord in each and every detail. So many changes and adjustments I lost count. But I am confident this is exactly how The Lord had it planned all along!

One specific detail was the location for the retreat. As our location had to change shortly before the retreat, I thought The Lord had given us another location which also fell through less than 2 weeks before. The evening I found out I will admittedly confess I was greatly anxious. Not knowing what The Lord had in store, but knowing His plan was perfect, beautiful and full of glory for Himself. I went to bed laying this at His feet. I told The Lord I had to get sleep and asked that He would give me His plan in the morning. He placed a beautiful location on my mind when I awoke! So I called and the facility was wide open for the time frame we needed. What an amazing gift! He had held it just for us! I could only repeat over and over again the rest of the day, God is amazing and why do I ever question! I can always rest in His plan!

We had 8 women planning on attending the retreat and only 5 were able to attend. One by one plans out of their control came up, including one who had a medical emergency that occurred on the way in and she was unable to join us. But those 4 were exactly what The Lord had planned for the retreat. I love how The Lord orchestrates things to the very detail! Amazing!

As we came together I was able to sit back and observe the amazing gift of laughter, connection, tears, and a deep love for our sisters in Christ. I am continually awed to get to be a part of what The Lord does for these ladies. How deeply He loves each of them and me! To be able to share our hearts with other sisters is truly a gift I often take for granted. Do you?

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The retreat as always was a success because we allowed The Lord to execute His plan inside the shell of ours. From all sorts of things unplanned, like songs that don’t belong there, and our flexibility to use His plan instead of ours!

As is typically the case, I suffered from a migraine in the middle of the retreat. It was during a time I could rest, although The Lord did not give me rest during it but rather asked me to reach out to several prayer warriors I had. They were able to pray not only for healing and my medicine to work but also soften hearts. He answered both at the same time! What an amazing God we serve!

I am blessed to get to serve and pamper these ladies who give sacrificially to answer the call of God on their lives and the lives of their families.

This concludes our retreats for this season and for now I am tired, but suspect we will do this again next year. I don’t see how we cannot. This is such a life provider for these women. Our feedback continues to be that this is hitting right on the spot for the women in ministry. Thank you for coming alongside us in what we do. You are such a vital part. Thank you!
Kristi

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Ladies Retreat

Today begins are final ladies retreat for the winter season.

Please pray for several things today. There are several ladies traveling today so safety in their travels.

We will be at a different location then any of our other retreats. This make me a bit anxious but I know that God has allowed this change and has a perfect plan for it. After all He is the one who dropped the option in my lap!! I love when God does great things when I leave what is burdening me at His feet and wait for His solution!

We have had several ladies unable to make it at the last minute so prayer for them for peace for the decisions that had to be made.

Prayer for the 5 ladies that will be taking part, that The Lord would really meet them in a special place this weekend and transform their lives. I am asking The Lord for something specific and special from Him for each one of them.

I am excited to see his plan unfold! Thank you so much for coming alongside us in prayer. You are a vital part of what we do. Thank You!