Bethel Church Hosts Arctic Camp Meeting

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is the traditional homelands of the Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Athabascan peoples. Spanning about 55,000 square miles, an area roughly the size of Washington, YK-Delta has a population of approximately 30,000 living in 48 villages along the Yukon River, Kuskokwim River and Bering Sea Coast. The region is also home to 56 federally recognized tribes — about one-tenth of the tribes in the nation. YK-Delta’s residents are approximately 85% Alaska Native, with a median age of 25. Bethel, Alaska, is the regional hub village of YK-Delta and the site for regional tribal health corporation, regional non-profit tribal consortium, the region’s largest school district and regional tribal training and education center.

On Saturday, March 18, 2023, Bethel was also the location of Bethel Worship Experience, the annual Arctic Camp Meeting by Alaska Conference and Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Church. The special one-day service was preceded by a one-week creation themed Vacation Bible School, hosted by Thunderbird Adventist Academy’s mission group from Scottsdale, Arizona, and a special Friday evening service with Steve Huey, North Pacific Union Native ministries director.

On Saturday, members of the community joined Bethel Church for a packed one-day program, including breakfast, adult's and children’s Sabbath School, divine worship, lunch, dinner, singspiration and an evening message. The day's theme was Isaiah 43:1, “I have called you by name, you are Mine.” Atendees left full from the thoughtful Steps to Christ Sabbath School panel, heartfelt messages of Joe Chythlook, good food and fellowship, and lively singing.

Even though Bethel Worship Experience has concluded and beloved guests and volunteers have returned home, Bethel Church’s outreach in the community continues with weekly Sabbath worship services followed by potluck. The children’s ministry continues as well with Pathfinders and weekly Sabbath activities. Currently, Bethel Church is raising funds for several children to attend Alaska Conference’s summer camp at Lake Aleknagik this June. Keep Bethel Church and their ministry in your prayers. Our desire is that all in Bethel and the surrounding villages will hear and respond to the voice of God calling each of us by name.

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