2011 Arctic Native Camp Meetings a Success

May 01, 2011 | Ken Crawford

Max Torkelsen, North Pacific Union Conference president, was the featured speaker at the Alaska Conference Western-Arctic Camp Meeting, conducted in Dillingham and Togiak, Alaska, on March 18 and 19.

The meetings began on Friday evening, March 18, with a rousing community "singspiration" conducted by Joe Chythlook, native elder. The Sabbath School and church service the next morning began earlier than usual and were followed by a quick lunch. A group of 16 then boarded three bush planes and flew to the village of Togiak on the edge of the Bering Sea for another community "singspiration" followed by church service.

By 6 p.m., the group was back in the air for the return trip to Dillingham to enjoy an evening of music and a message by Torkelsen. On the following Sunday morning, members participated in a devotional. Then a group of visitors, including Torkelsen and Todd Gessele, NPUC new media outreach director, were taken on a tour of the Aleknagik area.