We made it back safely from a week of working and ministering out in various parts of remote Alaska. We flew out from Anchorage and landed in a village called Sleetmute to get a starter for the cub plane that we were flying out next to Lime Village. I believe I’m the first street preacher to enter Sleetmute with preaching gear on.
After Sleetmute we went to a place called Red Devil to fix the cub and take off for Lime Village. While in Red Devil we were able to minister to a lady named Cathy and prayed for her son Kevin and daughter Katie. We also prayed for her physical healing. We encouraged her to fully submit her life to the Lord and to immediately read her Bible. Please continue in prayer with us for that family.
After the cub was fixed, we headed to Lime Village and got to speak with some locals there. We than flew out to Swift River where we spent most of the week working on an upcoming project. We will be bringing young men to learn vocational skill sets after they complete our one-year residential discipleship/drug rehabilitation program. It was a great time of working hard with the brothers and having great fellowship.
We started each day with prayer and a Bible study and ended each night with great fellowship and prayer. The team and I, we’re in one of the most remote parts of Alaska so it was nice living off the land and chop our own firewood to stay warm during the night. The sounds and sights were absolutely beautiful. Please continue to keep that vision and project in prayer. We just want to be a part of the solutions much needed here in Alaska with all the high rates of drug addiction, suicide rates, hopelessness, etc.
After that time of working out there we flew back out to Red Devil to take a boat down the Kuskokwim River to help the old village chief out of the Sleetmute area to put in a new well We soon found out it was only an electrical cord that needed to be rewired. Thank God it was a simple fix! We also replaced his pressure switch to help his water flow a lot better. It was a great time of being of service.
During that time, I was able to talk to him about the Lord and he was sharing his heart with me. He was also saying how he was one of the last elders that could speak his native Eskimo language. He was hoping to find someone to pass it down too. He told us we we’re welcome there anytime. Please keep Peter in your prayers.
After that we went back up the river to Red Devil, where we transported our belongs back into the bigger plane. We flew out to Sleetmute to fuel up before flying out to our final destination: Grayling village off the Yukon River. After fueling up we began to experience a few obstacles. Our iPad that had the GPS flight map wouldn’t turn on so we flew back out to Red Devil to try to see if they had a charging cord that could help. We spent some more time out there. Then, I found out that our Evangelism Director, Pastor David Grisham (who was scheduled to preach at the church) was stuck in Amarillo, Texas due to the weather. I believe the enemy was trying to hinder us from making it out to Grayling. I began to get into some serious prayer. I waited before the Lord for an answer. Shorty, after Bill Marsan found out about our situation, he stepped up to preach on Sunday morning. We were now able to take off to Grayling. Thanks be to God for that victory!
We then proceeded to fly out to Grayling. We arrived there safely and shortly after our hosts met us and carried us to where we would be staying. James and Stephaine were very kind people. We were in desperate need of a shower. They fixed us a wonderful meal and had a great time getting to know them. After leaving there Kenan Marsan and I spent the night walking the whole breadth of the village twice (about 200 people or so living there) trying to meet every soul that we could.
We wanted to get to know the people and let them know that we were there to hold a church service the next day. We were blown away to see all the youth in the village. When you see a lot of youth in a place that means there’s potential for more growth and life. They just need the right teaching and life skills to make those things happen. We were very excited to see what we were seeing. We announced our church service over the intercom. I was able to meet the chief of the village, Ivan. The tribal council was very glad to have us there. They allowed us to use the Tribal Building to hold the service the next day. We set everything in place the next morning. We waited for people to show up, then we also went outside to invite people in as they walked by. Not as many showed up as we would have liked but many heard the message that day.
My main text was James 4:14, I talked about the meaning and purpose of life. We received an excellent response. We stayed and served the people food that we flew out there and got to know some more of them on a personal level.
The fields are white in Grayling. They need spiritual direction desperately. The youth are going to the Devil and we plan on changing that by the grace of God. We have a mighty effectual door before us to help change an entire village and most importantly the lives of these great people. We plan on going back the last weekend of each month and we hope to be able to raise up a leader out there from among their people to plant a church to be their spiritual leader.
We know the task won’t be easy, but it is worthwhile. So, while our church is doing Evangelism Sunday on the last Sunday of the month locally some of us will be traveling out to Grayling to do an outreach there.
We will be taking the Gospel into the streets of the village where the people are and holding services and doing activities with the youth. We also hope to be able to bring some of them into the program that we are starting. There are endless opportunities on the horizon. We also plan on taking Bibles and other Gospel materials out there. Please consider partnering with us prayerfully and financially: We are in Alaska pastoring a small missions-based church and not taking a salary. We are living by faith as the Lord Jesus Christ has sent us here to be His witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the world. Thank you in advance for all your prayers and support!
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