Southwest Alaska includes a large diverse area from Cook Inlet to the western Bering Sea over 500 miles away. This large area includes coastal, forest, swamp, and mountain environments. This area is home to over 53,000 people, most of whom are Alaskan Natives of the Yu’pik, Alutiiq, and Aleut groups. The population is scattered into about 121 villages and towns. Very few of the villages are linked by road. Most people travel by plane, boat, or snow machine in the winter. SW Alaska is one of the richest salmon fishing areas in the world. It also has one of the highest concentrations of brown bears.
AMC started work in SW Alaska in 1998 when a missionary couple began a houseboat ministry on the Kuskokwim River. This ministry has grown into Vacation Bible School (VBS) being provided to about 14 villages each summer. Short-term mission teams travel from within the state, as well as from the lower 48 to serve in this rural region. Teams spend from one to two weeks in a village providing ministry to 30 to 350 children depending on the village size. AMC works closely with the local schools, village government, and churches to secure an invitation into the village for summer short-term mission teams. Summer programming by these teams are eagerly anticipated by the village residents each year.
Alaska Mission for Christ is currently seeking a Missionary to serve in Southwest Alaska. This staff person would prayerfully discover the needs of the people in Southwest Alaska through listening and learning. The missionary will then develop, fund, and implement a culturally sensitive vision to facilitate a bold, effective witness with the goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ. This vision will build on the existing work of AMC in Southwest Alaska and will respect and enhance the existing witness of faith communities in Bethel and the surrounding region. The missionary will live in Bethel, Alaska after raising the necessary support. For more information, see the Position Description.