It was September and Gail asked the building
inspector what needed to be complete in order for him to allow them to
move into the house under construction. Exterior doors and doors on the
bathroom, was the answer. So the doors were hung and they started emptying
the trailer house which was close enough that they could put a plank from
one building to the next. They considered themselves moved in.
Mission Trips Started
Gail and Denvy found the church they attended
because it had a miniature house advertising Habitat
for Humanity in the front yard. Gail called the church and asked, what
can we do for you? One of the activities was to work with the youth group.
The group was curious about Alaska and the stories were spun to be exciting
so they group asked if they could take a mission trip to Alaska. So in
June '97 Gail and Denvy led their first mission trip during which they
conducted vacation Bible school in Wasilla and cleaned up houses and yards
after a major forest fire in the area. On their 28th wedding anniversary
they were having supper with a group of about a dozen youth and adults
in the roadhouse in Talkeetna, just miles from where they lived for 15
trips is another series of stories all in their own.