Hanger Project Update
Alaska Trip Successful
Lionel Smith Itenerary
Alaska Trip Successful
We heard that Kako Retreat needed a pilot. Sara and I flew our
Cessna 180 to Alaska, we crossed the border North of Cut Bank Montana
into Alberta. We landed at Lethbridge AB for customs. Customs was
a pretty brief and simple stop. We got caught by weather and spent
two days and nights at Lethbridge. We followed the Alaska Highway
most of the way to Alaska. We cleared customs at Northway Alaska
then went on to Anchorage. Karen Rhrinevault, a member of the Anchorage
Christian Church opened her home to us. We met with Deryl Titus,
minister of the Anchorage Christian Church. Deryl told me that their
missions team had been talking about getting a mission work started
in Alaska but didn’t have any air transportation to accomplish
the task with. He was interested to know about Christian Wings for
The next day, after the fog lifted we took of to Port Alsworth,
AK to meet with Myron and Teri Martin. The Martins lived with us
for fifteen months while Myron got training to prepare him for missions
service. We flew through Lake Clark pass in some rather low weather.
We landed at Port Alsworth just at dark. The Martins met us in the
rain, helped us carry our things to their cabin and were great a
great host to some tired and hungry travelers. Our stop at the Martins
was certainly a good one. Late the next morning we went on to Kako
Retreat which is near Russian Mission, AK.
The next two weeks Sara helped out in the Kitchen and other places
and I (Lionel) flew campers, workers, teachers, and other supplies,
groceries etc. in and out of the camps airstrip.
Overall this has been a great and interesting trip to say the least
and gave me a chance to practice what I have been preaching so to
Airplanes, four wheelers. snow mobiles, boats, guns, fishing equipment
and many other things that are toys for us in the 48 are absolutely
essential up here. There are
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Lionel Smith Itenerary
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Alaska continued ...
winter trails shown on the aeronautical charts. These are trails
made by snow machines, as they are called up here. These trails
go for hundreds of miles. Imagine riding a machine in the open air
at perhaps minus 40 for hundreds of miles.
Flight conditions in Alaska are different in many ways than here
in the forty eight, although you might encounter some of the conditions
here at times and in different places. We flew in high mountains,
through narrow passes some that are too narrow to turn around in,
long passes forty miles or more in many cases.
The weather in Western Alaska offered some sunshine, some fog,
some rain, some low ceilings and various combinations of the above
There are no cars, roads, railroads, power lines, phone lines,
stores, police officers, and many of the other things that we are
accustomed to, in most of Alaska. There are few phones and televisions
the ones that are there are on generators or solar panels and batteries
and dish antennas. The electricity was shut off from 10:00 pm to
6:30 during the week and less hours on weekends.
I flew to several villages to pick up Eskimo and Indian kids.
I went as far West as the Bering Strait and landed at Hooper Bay
to pick up kids and take them back home.
I, also, did a lot of welding for the mission when I wasn’t
CWW was given the opportunity to remove up to six
30x280 hangars the Capital airport in Springfield, IL. Two hangars
have 9 bays each and one has 10 bays .
With volunteers and God's help. The hangers were disassembled
and moved to Dove Field.
Several people have already come and worked on getting
the 10 bay hangar back up. We still need a lot more workers and
more financial support to get this project completed. Anyone who
is interested in being a part of this project can contact us for
Sara was working in the kitchen, helping cook and she also helped
with Crafts and many other odd jobs besides baby sitting me and
helping me to keep going. Most of the kids were Eskimos. The rest
were Indian and Whites. Many of the kids that came were, for the
first time, learning about our wonderful Lord. We pray that when
they went home they would still want to learn more about God.
The only food there was what they shot or caught on a fishing pole.
We did fly in some wieners on a couple of occasions. There were
some berries but everything else had to be flown in including mail.
Big items had to be brought by barge once every six weeks during
June, July, and August.
We loaded up and left Kako July 17th We we made several stops
in Alaska and Canada.
July 23 We were in Kamloops, BC, we got up and filed an international
flight plan to Scott airport in Oroville, Washington state, Scott
is an airport of entry. It almost seems like were home again wow!
Fuel is only $3.44 a gallon compared to up to almost six dollars
Many people got to learn more about the good news of our Lord
because of the airsupport. It has been said that Alaska begins where
the road ends, it is obvious that missions need air support in many
places in order to get the Gospel to those who have not heard.
If you are interested on more details about this mission trip or
how you can help CWW to provide more support for missions please
In His grip