Chugach Baptist Association
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kingdom-focused & Mission Driven
Salmon Frenzy Dip-netting Ministry:
This is a servant evangelism event that seeks to reach thousands of Alaskans with the Gospel and direct them to local area churches for follow-up and discipleship. During the last two weeks of July Alaskans congregate on the northern and southern banks of the Kenai River and use a net to "dip" salmon. Every Alaskan resident is allowed to do this for subsistence fishing. Whole families come to participate near the town of Kenai. Opportunities for ministry includes: providing games and activities for children who run around on the beach while parents are fishing; setting up fish cleaning stations all down the beaches; transporting fish and supplies to vehicles; giving away grilled hotdogs; helping local police and park personnel with traffic control; and conducting chapel services on the beach. College Heights Baptist Church and First Baptist, Kenai are partnering with us in this outreach ministry.
Children's Shoe Box Ministry:
Modeled after the Samaritan's Purse "Christmas Child," this ministry seeks to reach out to Native Alaskan children in our bush villages. Each shoe box contains candy, toys, hygiene products, school supplies, and small clothing items along with a Christian tract. Our bush missionaries distribute these shoe boxes around Christmas time to the children of the village, usually during a Christmas event or party.
Bible in a Bucket Ministry:
A brainchild of Brenda Crim's, churches purchase 5 gallon buckets that have a Bible verse printed on them, and place a Bible, tracts, and other necessary items inside. These buckets are gratefully received by Native Alaskans out in the villages. Buckets are used for such things as: carrying supplies, gathering berries, holding fish, making a chair, carrying meat, washing clothes and utensils, a honey bucket, changing oil in snowmachines, and much more. During church events in the villages, pastors and missionaries hand out these buckets or go door-to-door with them. It provides a great ice-breaker and gives the pastor/missionary an opportunity to share the Gospel.
Dress Pack Ministry:
This outreach ministry targets women in the villages. Each pack contains 5 yards of material, a zipper, rick-rack, thread, and bias tape along with a gospel tract. Costs for these items are astronomical in the villages, and women eagerly accept these dress packs when offered. Pastors and missionaries use these packs as conversation starters or gifts to Native Alaskan women with the hopes of using them as an opportunity to share a witness for Christ.