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ALASKA Adventure Iditarod 2019

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Trip #10183

  • Mission Trip Agency

    GraceWorks/ Global Partnership Ministries

    Offering agency

  • Mission Trip Location

    United States, Northern America

  • Mission Trip Dates

    February 28 to March 6, 2019

    Lasts between 1 week to 2 weeks

  • Mission Trip Ministry

    Adventure/Extreme Ministry

    Evangelism: All Other, Relief & Aid Distribution, Service Projects & Helps, and Sports & Outdoor

  • Mission Trip Cost

    Total : $650 (US)

    Includes: Lodging and Meals

Alaska! Work with disadvantaged children, feed the hungry, volunteer with the Iditarod Race, and have a great time serving and sharing Christ in Anchorage, Alaska. Feb 28- March 6, 2019

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What the Mission Trip Will Be Like

600619_4226229777924_1794911728_n (1) What are you doing for Spring Break? Join us here in Alaska to get closer to God, meet new friends, serve God by serving others, and have a great time!

Why Alaska? The Pew Research Center just released a study that found Alaska to be the LEAST religious state in the United States. http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=925

You are going to hit the ground running when you get here. Saturday, we'll watch the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race here in Anchorage. That afternoon we'll drive to Willow, Alaska, site of the Iditarod re-start on Sunday. On Sunday, we'll be helping put the race on -- setting every thing up, overseeing parking 1300 cars, working race security, serving as dog handlers, and tearing down and cleaning up after the race. As you rub shoulders with race volunteers, mushers, and musher friends/familes, it is a great time to share your faith. www.iditarod.com

Afterwards, we'll return to Anchorage and begin to go to work doing other things such as volunteering at Anchorage Food Bank for the Hungry, working with kids at the local Boys and Girls Clubs, working with orphan boys, shoveling snow for the elderly, and working with children/youth in local parks after school.

We are going to work hard, but we will also have time to play. For fun, there will be opportunities for snowhiking in the forest, moose-viewing, awesome sledding, shopping, and checking out the Northern Lights. You might even get a chance to mush (drive) a dog team!

Also, if these dates don't work for you, we have another project the following week.
Schedule:
Feb 28. Arrive Anchorage (OK to arrive Mar 1)
March 1. Orientation, Iditarod Registration, Ministry Project
Mar 2 Iditarod Start Anchorage. Travel to Willow.
Mar 3. Iditarod Re-Start in Willow
Mar 4,5 Ministry.
March 6. Fun day. Sightsee. Evening departure Home
Mar 7. Arrive Home

We live here in Alaska and have been doing this a long time. We have more experience than anyone else in hosting mission volunteers. In the past five years we have hosted more than 6,000 volunteers. Folks keep coming back again and again because they trust us and we know what we are doing.

Airfare to Anchorage is very affordable at this time of year. It can be under $600 from many places.
"Change your world. Volunteer and go!"

Relation of Opportunity to National Church and/or Long-term Goals

This team will partner with local churches and community service organizations.
Our long term vision is planting churches and making disciples.

Participant Information, Recommendations, Requirements

Participant Age

Jr. High, Sr. High, College, Adult, and Seniors

Eligible to Go

Individuals, Groups [max size 50], Married Couples, and Families

Education/Experience

none needed. Come as you are.

Languages

English is fine

Other

This is a strenurous project, so best to be in good health.

Mission Trip Offered By GraceWorks/ Global Partnership Ministries

GraceWorks/ Global Partnership Ministries

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Global Partnership Ministries started 24 years ago to help respond to the newly opening doors in Eastern Europe. Over that time, we have taken almost 3,000 people overseas on mission for Christ. Nine years ago we moved to Alaska. Since then, we have hosted several thousand volunteer missionaries here in Alaska. In Alaska, we are known as "GRACEWORKS" We believe that the Bible is God's Word; that people are lost without Christ; and that it is our responsibility to get the Message to people. The Great Commission is not just that people ought to go to church. It is for the Church to go to people! We have also found that we usually have to serve people and demonstrate love before they are ready to listen to what we have to say. They don't care what we know until they know that we care. Our primary fields of focus are Alaska and Romania. Each year we help facilitate hundreds of volunteers serving all over Alaska — which is almost three times the size of Texas! Our strategy is to use volunteer teams to help reach people and start small groups to disciple those we reach. We are especially pleased that 16 small groups involving 60 people started as a result of our "GraceWorks" ministry volunteers this past summer. Most of these groups are continuing — led by local church leaders, our staff and local missionaries! Why Alaska? Most people think of Alaska only as a tourist destination. God certainly worked overtime making it one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on the earth. However, it is also spiritually dark. The Pew Research Center recently released a study that found Alaska to have the lowest church attendance in the United States. WE NEED HELP!

Inquire about this Mission Trip

Contact GraceWorks/ Global Partnership Ministries about this short-term mission trip:

Scott Kirby at GraceWorks/ Global Partnership Ministries

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Mission Trip Details

Location Information

Country(s)
United States
Region(s)
Northern America
Other
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDdzOkZOMSg&feature=related

Also, have some fun testing yourself with the "Alaska Trivia Game"
http://www.alaskawildland.com/formTrivia.html

Dates

Date
February 28 to March 6, 2019
Length
1 week to 2 weeks

Demographics of People Being Ministered To

Who
All categories
People Group(s)
Anchorage has a high concentration of ethnic groups such as Native, Phillipine, Samoan, Korean
Religion/Beliefs
We have lots of different faiths here

Finances

Funds needed
Total : $650 (US)
Included in Cost
Lodging and Meals
Other
The price covers everything except airfare. Includes lodging, transporation, meals.

Training and Debriefing

Pre-field Training
Yes
Post-field Debrief
Yes
Comments
Orientation once we you arrive.

Application Information

How to apply
Send an inquiry for details on the application process for this mission trip.

Other Information

Dear Scott — I just wanted to thank you again for providing such a wonderful experience for the FBBA group! Our kids truly did not want to leave, and many of them want to return to Alaska next year. I wanted to thank you and your staff for everything — it was so well-organized and taken care of. Your leadership was wonderful, Tracy was a great help, and as always, Jerry and Melissa were amazing. The students stayed busy, learned a lot of new things, and they so enjoyed their time. The parents haven't stopped raving about all of their students' stories

Well, I wanted to tell you that impact from the trip has been great here among our students — we have had at least 4 of our students share at different times in chapel about the things God has been teaching them, of which Alaska has been a huge part. Today, Eric and Megan (2 of the students who came) pretty much led the entire chapel service, and it was awesome. I just wanted to thank you again so much for all of your hard work as a missionary there, and for all of your help in making our trip happen. It was truly a joy and a huge learning experience for me (as well as for the other chaperones and the students, most definitely), and just a joy to work with everyone there! Michelle