CHURCH OF THE WEEK
Anchorage Native New Life
By Renelle Richardson
The 700 Club
For many Americans, life moves at a pretty fast pace. If you
want to go to church, just jump in your car, take a bus, or take a subway. But
not if you live here: in the remote villages of Alaska, where getting to church
isn’t so easy. That’s why Anchorage Native New Life makes sure that
the church gets out to the people in the community through their tape and DVD
"It seems to touch the hearts of people wherever those tapes are sent,"
says pastor and ministry leader Don Shugak. "We’re always getting
feedback from the different villages saying that they so appreciate the ministry
of certain people that get up and share their testimonies and sing songs."
This isn’t your typical church. They meet on Monday nights in a rented
building and make video copies of their services, which they send to individuals
in rural communities.
"What I’m hoping is that there is going to be a huge revival among
our Native people here in Alaska," says Don.
These taped services provide an avenue of ministry to native people who may
not have even one church in their small villages. For others, Anchorage Native
New Life has become a kind of extended church family.
"Somebody will walk up to you and grab you and say, ‘Hey, I know
you! You’re on the Monday nights. Every time we get the tapes, we see
you.’ And they just start praising the Lord right there," says
Don. "We’ve have people tell us they’ve collected all these
tapes for years and years and what they’ll do is they’ll get these
tapes and go take them to another village and let somebody there pass those
tapes out to other people."
The 700 Club commends this church for ministering to the unreached
people of Alaska through a unique method of spreading the gospel.
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