Alaska Offers Many Mission Opportunities
To be involved, to get wet, to get one’s hands dirty and to be a participant rather than merely an observer are the driving forces behind bungee jumping, extreme sports and the huge upsurge in interest in short-term mission trips around the world.
To participate in a mission trip can be a life-changing experience. “We are experiencing an increase in the number of requests from youth groups in the ‘lower 48’ to join in our mission,” stated Jim Kincaid, Alaska Conference secretary. “They will be doing VBS programs, building projects, evangelism or all three.” Groups from California, Oregon and Washington have requested trips for the 2004 spring and summer.
The harsh weather and lack of someone to watch over the facilities in some of the villages have taken their toll on the buildings. Money is being raised to refurbish the Togiak Church and parsonage. The villages of Shungnak, Selawik, Bethel, Gambel, Savoonga and Nome also have building needs. A group going to each of these villages could also present a Vacation Bible School or other evangelistic activity.
Alaska’s three camps depend on the generosity of outside assistance in meeting the structural needs of each facility. Only two or three of the approximately 60 campers attending Camp Polaris near Aleknagik this past summer were Adventists. This remote, primitive camp must be entirely packed away each fall. Only the shells of three or four small buildings and the outhouses remain to endure the icy blasts and snow of winter.
While it is exciting to think of travel to far-off places with exotic reputations and balmy temperatures, the people of Alaska would like to be remembered. They too have a heart for God and a receptive mind to receive Him and you, as His messenger.
For mission trip possibilities, contact Jim Kincaid at (907) 346-1004.