ALERT: Baptist Church supports Iditarod - PLEASE EMAIL PASTOR!
- People educated Wunch about Iditarod dog cruelties and
asked him to end the church's involvement, but he refused. Wunch told The
Index-Journal, "Our point was not only to do things that would
bring God glory but also do things that would also be helpful to
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Subject: [AnimalsInNeed] ALERT: Cavalry Baptist Church gave Iditarod lots of help - WRITE
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2010, 8:23 AM
From the Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsled dogs.org
Rev. Hans Wunch and members of his Cavalry Baptist Church spent many hours helping out at the Iditarod, including serving food at the musher's banquet. People educated Wunch about Iditarod dog cruelties and asked him to end the church's involvement, but he refused. Wunch told The Index-Journal, "Our point was not only to do things that would bring God glory but also do things that would also be helpful to people.”
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ALASKA MISSION: Members of Calvary Baptist Church of Ware Shoals brave cold weather to help at Iditarod
By ADAM REGAN/ aregan@indexjournal .com
Published: Sunday, May 9, 2010 12:44 AM EDT
For a little more than two weeks, the Rev. Hans Wunch and nine other members of the Cavalry Baptist Church of Ware Shoals surrounded themselves with some of the greatest athletes in the world.
There was no time, however, to be a typical fan. The chances of getting an autograph were slim to none anyway.
On the church’s mission to Nome, Alaska, home of the finish line of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race, Wunch & Co. joined 55 other volunteers to help with all aspects at the finish of one of the world’s most renowned races.
This included making sure the 400 or so athletes, who were coming toward the end of a 1,161-mile journey, were comfortable.
"You’d expect these dogs that are such athletes to be aggressive,” Wunch said, "but they are really the sweetest dogs you’d ever meet.”
That is unless you interrupt their much-needed rest.
Wunch, who worked the dog lots at 5 a.m., slipped one night, creating a noise that had one dog howling and the rest waking up and following in unison.
"Once they realized I wasn’t out to get them, they went right back to sleep,” Wunch said.
Who could blame them?
The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to determine the best sled-dog mushers. Since then, it has evolved into a race where mushers from far and away frequently brave whiteout conditions in a quest to call themselves the best in their sport.
Cavalry Baptist Church discovered the outreach program at the event through studying activities of certain missionaries during Easter Offering last year. By August, there was enough interest that Wunch and his crew made the 28-hour trip to Alaska with the help of fundraisers done in conjunction with Sonic Drive-In, Chick-fil-A and Ware Shoals Golf Club.
"Our point was not only to do things that would bring God glory but also do things that would also be helpful to people,” Wunch said.
Greeted by 20-degree temperatures in Nome, the missionaries went right to work and never stopped. Wunch estimated that members of the church averaged between four and five hours of sleep.
“It really hit the ground running,” he said.
They joined 55 other volunteers working out of Nome Community Baptist Church and in conjunction with the Alaska Baptist Convention to help with the race’s finish.
"One of the things about this trip is you’ve got to expect to get thrown into things you’re not expecting,” Wunch said.
The group took a snow machine out to Safety, Alaska, the last checkpoint of the race, before the teams reached Nome with a few getting the chance to mush a sled team.
Serving during the Iditarod banquet and the Lonnie O’Connor Iditarod Basketball Classic, Wunch and Claire Duffle sang the national anthem before the men’s championship game.
"We learned a bunch about the people, about the culture, about the race,” Wunch said. "We worked with the people, got to know them.”
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