Ministry in Alaska can be very challenging because isolation, travel difficulties and the increased level of spiritual opposition form walls and road blocks that hinder the gospel. In past decades, outsiders have come to take land, gold and oil from the native people of Alaska as well as their way of life. They have come to tell them that their way of life is wrong and that we (outsiders) have a better way. Arise Alaska is of the conviction that only the gospel can break the chains that have held Alaska for so long. This gospel is expressed by showing people that we have come not to tell them anything, not to judge them, but to love them as Christ loves them; to love their land, love their families and love their way of life. We want to cry when their families are broken, to rejoice when they find freedom, to sit with them and listen; and to delay a shower for a week to show that we want to be a part of their lives. If we are willing to sacrifice the things we call “must haves” for a short time, the door will open and Hope will rush into their lives. Our goal is to introduce the people of Alaska to the Hope and Light that is Christ and His promises.

Discipleship is an intricate part of accomplishing the goal God has set before us. For this reason we partner with churches and ministries in Alaska that are capable of carrying on follow-up and discipleship after a team goes back home.

Two-thirds of Alaska is unreachable by road. The “road system” is non-existent in the western half of the state because the area has virtually no roads. Travel is by bush plane or boat in summer and snow machines in winter.

Western Alaska includes some of the poorest villages. Other parts of the state see more burglaries and thefts, more vandalism and drunken driving. But no other regions come close to its reports of violence and sex crimes. (Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News Published: December 25th, 2011)

Our first trip in 2008 was intended to be our only trip. However, a simple spare-change jar at the local market planted a seed for a service project which became our focus for a follow-up trip in 2009. Little did we know; that service project would be the open door for what would become a long-term relationship with the village and local ministries.