Lead Pastor's Update:
Alaska always amazes me! We can be -50˚F to -70˚F in the Winter, regularly sitting at -30˚F, and then, in the Spring, the temperature shoots up to almost 80˚F in the afternoon. Alaskan's don't really like the heat. Not many of us invest into air conditioners, since we are ridiculously cold for a large chunk of the year. That mean, when it gets up in the 80's we just sweat, like I am right now. However, you know what this weather is great for? That's right, you guessed it... boating! There is NOTHING like being out on the Yukon River, with calm waters, on a hot day, riding along, at 30 mph. It's beautiful, refreshing, and FUN! Seriously, you all should come up and give it a try!
We just got back, a few days ago, from the first boat trip to Camp Nahshii of the year. I am happy to report that there is no major damage to the camp structures and the camp is looking good. We are ready to start getting teams in there and building improvements for this year's youth camp weeks!
We have had a blast doing DAILY ministry, here in Fort Yukon, while adjusting to a new member of the family (our daughter, Araya Joy Niemuth). Whether it's helping a student with her math, praying with an individual in an abusive relationship, preaching from the Word at church, or counseling teens as they allow God to transform their thinking, God has been using us to make a great impact for His kingdom, up here. We are excited about the steps ahead, as we enter into a Summer with building projects, camps, kid's events, and internships. Please keep us in your prayers and consider joining our monthly support team.
I am also proud to report that we currently have 4 people in our ministry team that are pursuing ministry credentials or higher education through the Alaska School of Ministry (part of the Alaska Ministry Network), here in the village. We also have two staff members, myself included, pursuing Bachelor's Degrees through two Assembly of God Universities (Global University and Southwestern Assembly of God University). We are excited about the ministry opportunities, as well as enhanced personal benefits, that being a student of God's Word provides.
- Pastor Jeremiah Niemuth
Ministry Intern Update
The summer months have finally arrived! Winter was fun, but summertime on the Yukon flats makes for so many amazing ministry opportunities, projects and soaking up the sun! The last few months have been continuous AKSOM (Alaska school of ministry) working at the school, and a trip down to Anchorage for Alaska Ministry Network Conference.
Currently I am finishing up my last week at the school here in Fort Yukon, and am also finishing up my last AKSOM course before my certified ministers test! I'm currently working on "Bible Doctrines; a Pentecostal Perspective" being almost finished with the course, it has been enlightening to grow in my knowledge of the Word of God, and in perspective of what His word says. I'm looking forward to my licensing courses!
In light of that, I was able to make it to network conference in anchorage a few weeks back. While there I was able to connect with family, and friends and even see some of them receive recognition for credentials! It was refreshing and encouraging to be surrounded by so many incredible men and women of God and to be poured into by them! Conference is something I look forward to every year. In coming back to The Fort (Fort Yukon) we are getting ready for the hustle and bustle of summertime, and I am so excited to see what God has in store for Summer 2015!
- Cheyenne Norberg
Associate Pastor update
Hey, everyone! These past couple months have been so good; God is doing some amazing things in people! We were able to take three young teens to Winter Xtreme from March 27th-29th, where they were impacted by God and had a great time building relationships with us and the TGM staff. There were some great God encounters. One of our kids also ended up winning the ‘Stuff-It’ Championship, which was super awesome.
Since then, two of those three youth have been becoming more active in their relationship with God and have been spending more time with the staff here. We have continued to do youth group nights in the gym- that has been going very well. This past month’s focus has been on serving God and doing His will starting in the home with family members. Two of our core youth have been faithfully serving on kid’s night and with worship on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Reach discipleship nights have been very instrumental in teaching youth how to be committed and faithful in their study of God’s Word and prayer. The most recent Reach night we had occurred outside around a fire, with s’mores and fun times.
At the end of April, we were blessed with the opportunity to attend the AK Ministry Network Conference from 27th-30th. The conference was a very encouraging and refreshing time spiritually for me, and I was recognized as a licensed minister that Thursday night at the credentialing service. We were also blessed to have the AG General Superintendent George O. Wood speak at the conference. I am even more excited to continue youth ministry in the Yukon Flats!
I will close with a very cool story. I was at the school, and one of the teachers approached me and said, “The kids in my class were quoting you from your message you shared a couple weeks ago.” I was surprised, so I asked what they were quoting. She said, “I have them writing reports about their lives, and they quoted that you said ‘God is the Author of your story, and He knows it from beginning to end, so follow His script.’” Praise God! Thanks you for reading this, and for your support and prayers for us as we continue to change the Yukon Flats for the Kingdom of God!
- Pastor Joshua Niemuth