GraceWorks Alaska 2015
July 26 – August 1
What is the opportunity?
Poverty, depression, drug addiction, isolation, and an absence of the Gospel are just some of the descriptives for many who live in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Palmer, Alaska. Over the last few years there have been churches planted, and the Gospel presence has been growing. Yet, there is still a massive need for greater accessibility and cultural engagement with this supremely good news.
What can I do?
You can pray!
  1. You can pray about participating. If you have never been on a short-term mission trip before, this is a great place to begin. The schedule is set, you will always be with friends from FBC Diana, food and lodging is prepared, and the task is simple.
  2. You can also pray about giving. If you do not actually go to Alaska, that does not mean that you cannot participate. Those who go need to be sent, and you may be able to help send. Pray about giving towards the costs associated with this trip.
  3. Lastly, you can pray for those who go and those in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Palmer. Only God can make dead hearts live, and we all may ask the Lord of the harvest to impassion workers as well as renew those who hear the message of the Gospel.
How much does it cost?
All meals, transportation, lodging, and materials are included. The entire week costs $550 per person. If you want to purchase additional items, these will be at your own expense. This amount does not include airfare, and you may contact Elise Moore for best practices on purchasing plane tickets. The cost of airfare is usually between $700 and $900 per person.
What is the specific task?
The beauty of this trip is the easy and effective strategy for evangelism. Individuals will be assigned, along with others from FBC Diana, to a particular neighborhood park or public area. Because of the unique climate Alaska presents, many young people gather around these specifically selected locations especially for social interaction. There will be games, simple Vacation Bible School tools, and other activities to make social engagement easy and natural. Relationship building is key, and the first 2-3 days may simply be spent getting to know the people who congregate in particularly assigned area. As trust has been established, the Gospel will be easy to convey. We pray that many will come to know the God of all creation through His Son – Jesus Christ.
How can I help?
Every person will not be able to go to Alaska to serve, but that does not mean that you should feel left out. Each person and family going will need your help. The cost of this mission is significant, and everyone understands what they are signing up for. However, you can be a blessing by sending a person or a family. Sending someone is more than simply writing a check or giving some money, though that is part of what you will do. Here are some things involved in sending someone as a missionary from your church family:
  • You can help by providing resources for their expenses (somewhere between $1,300 and $1,700 per person)
  • You can commit to pray for them everyday while they are on mission in Alaska
  • You can send them emails, text messages, and other notes of encouragement as they prepare and as they serve
  • You can ask them about specific needs or prayer requests, both before and during their mission trip
  • You can celebrate with them that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being spread and that God is using both of you to do it
Contact the FBC Diana office for more details and to find our how you can participate.
You may also give now through our online giving tool. Simply Click HERE.
Email and start praying for the Alaskan people today!