Hitchhiking should not be a foreign concept to anyone. From movies, TV shows, and cartoons most people have seen a character put up their thumb on the side of a road as the universal hitchhiking sign. This concept remains in fiction for many, but the reality is different. People still hitchhike today. In Alaska, it remains a way of life. With all the hype around negativity in our culture, I can understand why people would be afraid to pick up a complete stranger and allow them to be a passenger in their car. The same reason people have hesitations on using Uber and Lyft but don’t have any problem riding a taxi. What fascinates me about hitchhikers are the stories they hold. Even on shorter drives of a few miles, it is unbelievable the tales they have to share.
May 2016, I quit my job at Chick-fil-A and decided to pursue being in ministry as my full-time gig. The avenue I chose for this was to be a missionary. My destination? Alaska. A missionary means “sent one.” Missionaries often serve in various different roles. Yet, what they have in common is the desire to overcome obstacles, dedicate themselves to praying and teaching the word, venture somewhere, and are sent by their home church. For a good biblical read on what a missionary is, bookmark this blog: Is Everyone a Missionary? During my first year in Alaska, I learned that some people don’t fully comprehend what a missionary means for today. If you would like to know more about what I do personally, read my e-mail update: Bringing Clarity.