Steven Fonseca, youth pastor for the North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., attended the Seventh-day Adventist Global Youth Leaders Congress, held in Kassel, Germany, from July 31 to Aug. 4.
“We get to sing the Word,” wrote Hezekiah Acosta in one of his English assignments. “It’s really fun.”
The small engine class at Golden Heart Christian School in Fairbanks, Alaska, had just enough time to finish its major restoration project by the end of the school year.
As the vision for the class project was formed, a 1997 Arctic Cat Powder Extreme snowmobile was purchased. The machine was broken down — it didn’t run, didn’t look good and was very dirty, but it was perfect for a small engine class.
I met Toni and Buck at a sandwich shop, as we lamented being stranded in the Anchorage airport. They wore the tired, ragged air of people who had spent the last four days at the airport.
I sat across from them as they finished the last of the soup they were sharing, the whiff of alcohol escaping with every bite. I had nothing to complain about with my two-hour delay compared to their long ordeal in getting back home to St. Mary’s Village in bush Alaska.
As their love for the Lord grew fervently, some of the new members of the Bethel Church in Alaska pledged themselves to work in the Lord’s service by accepting church offices.
The youth of the Alaska Samoan Church in Anchorage, Alaska, have been active in past outreach programs such as visiting the sick, donating clothes and necessities for those in need, and frequently coming together to build up each other individually. But on Feb. 10, 2018, the youth ventured further into Jesus’ promise in Matt. 25:40 — “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" — when they came together for a community project.
The Togiak Church had a clothing giveaway on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Togiak is a small village in southwest Alaska with a population of just over 800 people. While there are stores in the community, prices are high and, for many, travel to Dillingham, Alaska, a much larger community of about 2,300, is not an option as the only way to get there is by airplane.
The Wasilla (Alaska) Church conducted a three-church revival Nov. 4–8, 2017, as an evangelistic outreach to the local community. With support from the Palmer and Anchorage Samoan churches, the revival tackled some of the major setbacks in life because of a world marred by sin and provided a guideline to find God amidst the elements.
Alaska's Nome Church was blessed during 2017 to have a volunteer construction crew from the Rivers Edge Church in McMinnville, Ore., come to install new windows and siding for the parsonage.
The crew was under the direction of Paul Knoblock and included his wife, Tami, plus Lloyd Smith, Carl Robert and Matt Weber. Within four days, the Nome project was completed.