Alaska Camp Meetings Go Beyond Arctic Circle

June 01, 2011 | Ken Crawford

The Alaska Conference hosted its third-area Native convocation this spring. Planes arrived from Anchorage, Alaska, and around Arctic Alaska on April 8. A blizzard had just passed, leaving a foot of new snow. Despite temperatures in the teens, people gathered for heavenly blessings.

Meetings began Friday night in Nome, Alaska, with a country gospel singspiration. They continued simultaneously through Sabbath and into Sunday with Monte Church, North Pacific Union Conference Native ministries director, in Nome and John Loor Jr., NPUC vice president, in Savoonga, Alaska, and Gambell, Alaska. Accompanied by Ken Crawford, Alaska Conference president, and Todd Gessele, NPUC new media outreach director and videographer, the St. Lawrence Island (Alaska) group was hosted by missionaries, Bill and Eloise Hawkes in Savoonga and Mike and Fran Hansen in Gambell.

Seven Native students from the Holbrook School participated by giving presentations and testimonies. Village youth enjoyed these.