The summer ministry season in SW Alaska started in Nunapitchuk, a tundra village of about 500 people. The river we needed to cross to get to the village was still frozen over, but the ice was too soft to go by snow machine. The village was waiting and the kids were excited. So, what to do? The resourceful team from Anchorage Lutheran secured the services of a helicopter to ferry the team across the river. The team was able to quickly and safely arrive in the village.
The week spent in the village provided wonderful opportunities to share the love of God through the VBS program, community nights in the school gym, bible study, providing a church service, and sharing holy communion.
The team members dedicated themselves to very long days. Relationships were formed, prayers were said, the name of Jesus was exclaimed over and over. They left tired but with a good deal of joy and peace.