Alaska Conference Welcomes Returning Missionary Couple

On a recent Sabbath afternoon, the newly arrived missionaries to Selawik, Dennis and Judy Skandunas, were flown to Shungnak by Jim Kincaid in a mission plane to meet their counterparts in mission work.

In the remote villages of Alaska, it is often difficult to meet and receive encouragement in the work. The loneliness and isolation take a toll on every missionary, so events like this are meaningful.

Dennis and Judy are returning missionaries who have spent a significant portion of their lives serving and surviving in the Alaskan arctic, so they are prepared for the long, cold and dark winters. They have a love for the people in these arctic villages, and the Alaska Conference is delighted to see them return.

In Shungnak, the Skandunases visited with the families of Anthony and Airen Sherman and Caleb and Melody Parker, missionary couples in Shungnak. Soul-winning strategies were shared over a meal; a tour of the newly remodeled chapel completed the visit.

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Featured in: January 2016