As I prepared for my first mission trip nothing could have fully prepared me for what I was about to experience in Alaska. After landing in Alaska I knew immediately my life was never going to be the same. God showed me right away that I was going to have to make sacrifices throughout the week, but He also showed me that it would be worth it in the end. He was right, seeing changed attitudes, happiness and hope in the eyes of the students was reward enough for me. I could see that by the end of the week God touched and changed many lives at Camp HOPE and that was one of the greatest rewards of the entire trip and something that I am going to hold close to my heart the rest of my life. After I came home, I noticed I work even harder to overcome each challenge that is placed in front of me because I never know what God has on the other side of that mountain for me. God changed my life on that trip and I could not be more grateful for that.
Ashley - 2012 trip
 

 
I learned so much about obedience on this mission trip. I learned there is something God can’t do. He can’t use disobedient servants. I learned that faith truly pleases Him. When we truly step out beyond our comfort zone and completely trust Jesus with no Plan B. I learned 1 Peter 1:2 is so true that when you obey Jesus Christ, that grace and peace can be yours in the fullest measure. I have never felt the overwhelming presence of God flood my soul and the weight of His presence upon me like I did in obeying the voice of God and going on this mission trip. I believe that nothing pleases God more than when we activate our faith and step out in obedience, beyond our comfort zone with no Plan B. Please give my regards to Brother Rodney. He is an amazing brother in Christ. May God bless him. Wyatt: God has great things in store for your life. Keep following Jesus. My prayer for the team: Ephesians 3:16-21 16) That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17) so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19) and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. 20) Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21) to Him be the glory…
Ben - 2012 trip
 

 
Participating in Arise Alaska Trips always sends me for a roller coaster. This trip was my fourth year participating in a trip and once again I find myself in awe of the power, love, and moving of God. In preparation for this trip I found myself filled with excitement about Camp H.O.P.E. but also with apprehension about the unknown. Once landing in Bethel and beginning setup for Camp I began to be slightly discouraged by things not going the way we had planned them. Once kids started to arrive on Monday our plans continued to be tested and faith was put to the test. It took me about half way through the week at 3 in the morning fixing a leaking tent to realize that even though we were facing challenges God was still working. There were kids at this camp hearing the hope and love that is in Jesus and His word was being planted in their hearts. I began to see the change in the kids and realized that was what God had planned. Once again my plans were interrupted by the best laid plans that God had developed. Camp H.O.P.E. 2012 was in my mind a great success and great foundation for the future.
Maria - 2012 trip
 

 
When we first started our Alaskan mission trip-setting up camp in the bush of Alaska, I thought to myself that this trip was not what I expected and that it was not going to be very effective. It was not until we started working together and getting things up that I changed my thinking, and not until I heard the first kid laugh at camp that I knew we could make a big difference in these kids' lives. I loved just running around with the kids playing games with them and learning about their lives and culture. We did many native activities like fur sewing, Native Youth Olympics, spear making and throwing, fishing and fish cutting. We all got to make and try native dishes like agudok with fry bread and fish head soup. Having Chapel every night brought everyone together and the songs and sermons every night let the youth get in touch with themselves and with their relationship with Christ. I was changed by once again knowing that I am ever so blessed. I was also touched by each and every one of these kids, realizing what they have been through and yet how fantastic of children they are. Hearing their stories and listening to them sing so beautifully, uplifted and encouraged me to be the best person I can be and encouraged me to go out looking to help, love and serve others to the best of my ability. Thank you for giving me and the children this opportunity, as it is something that has changed our lives.
Michael - 2012 trip
 

 
This trip was probably the best yet toughest for me. The way that we saw God move in the village just had me in awe. The reason it was one of the toughest was due to the connection I had with the kids. Every time I saw one of those kids’ smiles it brought a smile to my face. That week in the village was the most I had smiled in a while. The biggest spiritual impact I had was our last night in Bethel when Tommy did his devotion on the phrase "I'll stand with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the one who gave it all" from the song, "The Stand". That night I really looked back at how much stuff I pray for and what I want and not for God’s will. Just looking at how selfish my prayers can be. It was a great overall trip for me.
Patrick - 2011 trip
 

 
When first deciding to go on a mission’s trip to Alaska I had no idea what God had in store for me or for the people in Alaska. In 2008 I boarded my first plane and headed to Bethel, Alaska. God taught me a lot about the meaning of sacrifice while in Bethel. He taught me about sacrificing money, time, personal wants, and comforts for others. At the time I thought that was all God had for me and the experience was at an end. To my surprise and fearful excitement that was only the beginning. After returning home all I could think of was Alaska and the people we met that were drowning in darkness and hopelessness. It was then that I knew I had to return and that the work was not done. So two years later I returned with the team to help continue the work that was started. Never before had I felt so much passion to reach out to people than I did during the 2010 trip. God placed in my heart a desire to help show the people of Alaska even just a small glimpse of the hope that is in Jesus Christ.
Maria - 2008 and 2010 trips
 

 
One of the most memorable highlights of my mission trip to Alaska in 2009 was visiting the fish camps along the river during the height of the King Salmon run. Seeing the native Yup'ik people come together with their extended family to harvest fish was an exciting look into their tradition lifestyle. We had the chance to pray with a number of people, share God's Love and give them bibles. This was a very spiritual and gratifying experience. 
Craig - 2009 trip
 

 
Participating in two Arise Alaska trips has completely transformed my life. The first Alaska trip I went on was the most amazing experience of my life. During one of our evening devotionals I was healed of depression. The best experience I had on that trip was when God stranded us in Napakiak and we played with the little children. When we returned two years later, they immediately recognized us and began to play “Not It” with us. We were given the opportunity to act out Bible stories such as David and Goliath and Jesus Feeds the 5,000. It was amazing to see the impact God made in people’s lives up there as well as our own. I learned how daily devotionals can really make a difference in our mission fields and our lives. A mission’s trip to Alaska was the greatest experience of my life.
Larissa – 2008 and 2010 trips