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Dear Friend…(November 2023)

Throughout the month of November and especially on All Souls’ Day, we remember and celebrate those who have passed away by praying for all the departed, those close to us and those unknown. Who among us hasn’t longed for a deeper experience of God, especially during times of suffering, doubt, pain, and loneliness? Thanks to […]

Koyuk Covenant Church Reborn, a Story of Faith and Dedication

In the village of Koyuk, located in Western Alaska, a heartwarming celebration took place over the weekend of October 7th. The community rejoiced as they witnessed the grand re-opening of their sole church, which had been forced to close due to severe damage from Typhoon Merbok last fall. The reconstruction of the church, completed entirely […]

Western Alaskans Remember Typhoon Merbok a Year Later

One year after the remnants of Typhoon Merbok hit Western Alaska, residents look back on the havoc that struck the state. The storm made landfall on September 17, 2022, and devastated more than 1300 miles of coastline, roughly the distance from Miami to New York City. While thankfully no one lost their lives, more than […]

Broken Cable Repaired After 14 Weeks

In our August newsletter, we reported on a fiber optic cable break that caused an internet outage for most of Western Alaska. On September 18th, GCI, a communication provider serving these remote regions, announced the successful completion of repairs to a vital fiber optic cable. This cable holds the key to internet and cellular services […]

College Offers Parka Class

The University of Alaska Fairbanks stands as the only college in the United States that offers a class in traditional parka crafting. Marilyn Koezuna-Irelan has taught the course on campus since 2008. She finds satisfaction in sharing her knowledge because she was raised on values of helping others. Marilyn learned to make parkas from her […]