Why Alaska?
One reason why we are called to Alaska...

 

For fifteen of the seventeen years we resided in Alaska my wife Haze and I worked in support of Alaska Native Ministry. The native outreach was directed by Fred and Evelyn Mamaloff. Haze and I had unique opportunities to serve under our mentors, Fred and Evelyn. We traveled to remote 18 Arctic Villages, Bering Strait coastal communities and floated down nearly 600 miles of the mighty Yukon River reaching the Alaska Natives for Christ.

We were accepted because we were traveling with Fred, an Alaska Native, who spoke their language. The education/mentoring we received while sitting at those campfires eating smoked salmon and fermented seal meat was priceless. The most satisfying part of our missionary work was seeing Fred and Evelyn reach into the lives of these beautiful Alaska Native people with the Truth of Christ. Alaska Natives are assaulted with culture shock and lack of acceptance. The result is a loss of identity. Their identity can only be reclaimed through the love and forgiveness of Christ.

Alaska is not Mayberry. There are stresses and oppressive circumstances that adversely affect both Whites and Alaska Natives. Today most Natives live in Alaska's big cities. They make up 8% of the population. Suicide, divorce and sexual abuse rates in Alaska lead the nation is severity.

 

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One bright spot in Alaska is its effective summer camps for kids. These non-denominational Christian camps reach kids from troubled families, both white and native. These youth are often not churched or offered parental guidance and hope at home. Victory Bible Camp is a shining example of such a lighthouse. Victory has been in continual operation reaching Alaskan kids for Christ since 1948. Full-time missionaries who are on self-support staff it. Victory's staff is sold out for Christ and they invest all year long in the lives of Alaskan kids. Victory is the Christian camp and these are the people (missionaries) we are supporting in our missionary efforts.

We will be doing infrastructure work that would not happen except for your giving of support and labor. Our work will leave a legacy for Alaska's troubled youth.
I've compiled some data that will help you understand the depth of the social problems facing Alaska kids. Only a personal relationship with Christ can affect these kids for eternity. Kingdom Air's Brooks Range Native Bible Camp is uniquely reaching Alaska Native kids north of the Arctic Circle. When you come to Alaska with us you are supporting Kingdom Air's Arctic Bible Camp through DFG Ministries.

I had a conversation with a church leader a few summers ago in Alaska, that shared this disquieting new finding with me. In a recent survey 75% of high school native girls stated that they had been sexually abused by a family member. He then brought it into focus more clearly for me by adding, "Those 75% were the ones who were brave enough to admit abuse." He added, "If you were counseling one of these girls and you said, don't worry honey, some day you'll grow up and marry a man just like your daddy…they would break down and cry."

 


Your investment in Victory Bible Camp, Shen Bible Camp, Brooks Range Bible Camp and Kingdom Air will be taking Light into the Darkness. We need you.

 

Statistics

Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. 
The rate of suicide in the United States was 11.5 suicides per 100,000 people in 2007. In 2007, Alaska’s rate was 21.8 suicides per 100,000 people. The rate of suicide among Alaska Native peoples was 35.1 per 100,000 people in 2007.

Alaska Native men between the ages of 15-24 have the highest rate of suicide among any demographic in the country, with an average of 141.6 suicides per 100,000 each year between 2000 and 2009.

More than 90% of people who die by suicide have depression or another diagnosable, treatable mental or substance abuse disorder, most say they feel hopeless, worthless, trapped or intolerably alone.


Between 1995 and 2007 rates of reported rapes in Alaska increased by 19%.

Anchorage ranked third highest in reported rapes for all U.S. cities in 2007 (FBI UCR 2007).

Fairbanks ranks first in the nation for rapes and Anchorage is third.

 

Alaska Native/American Indians comprise 8.1% of the Anchorage population (U.S. Census 2000). However, they account for 44.9% of reported sexual assaults (APD 2009).

 

In 2007, Anchorage’s rate of rape (RoR) was 90.5 per 100,000 people higher than Alaska’s rate of 77.4 and the U.S. rate of 32.9 per 100,000 people.

It is important to point out that most sexual assaults are not reported to law enforcement.
According to findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS), Special Report (2006), nearly 81% of women and men surveyed who had experienced a sexual assault did not report it to the police.
The most often cited reason for not reporting the crime to police was fear of the rapist (22.1%), feelings of shame or embarrassment (18.1%) and finally a belief that it was a minor incident, not a crime or police matter (17.7%) (Tjaden and Thoennes, 2006).
Using the NVAWS figure of 81% and the number of sexual assaults reported to APD (3,914), an estimated 16,686 rapes and sexual assaults have gone unreported in Anchorage over a thirteen-year period (1995-2007), for a staggering estimate of 1,285 unreported sexual assaults per year in Anchorage.

93.3% of reported sexual assault victims were female; 6.7% were male.

Alaska Native/American Indians comprise the largest percentage (44.9%) of reported sexual assaults

Alaska Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services (Alaska CARES)
2006 - 2008

Alaska CARES provided services to 2,412 children from 2006-2008, for an average of 804 cases per year.

66.5% were female, and 33.5% were male (Alaska CARES 2006 -2008).

 

77.9% were age 12 years and under, and 22.1% were ages 13-17. (Alaska CARES 2006-2008).

 

34.4% of children were Alaska Native/American Indian (Alaska CARES 2006-2008).

41.0% of children served by Alaska CARES were age 0-5 years; 36.9% were 6-12; and 22.1% of children were 13-17 years old. National research reveals that 18% of all adult women surveyed experienced a completed or attempted rape at some time during their lives. Of these women, 22% experienced their first rape or attempted rape before age 12, and 32% were first raped between 12 and 17 years of age (NVAWS 2006).

41.9% of children referred to Alaska CARES were White followed by Alaska Native (34.4%), Black (10.0%), Asian/Pacific Islander (7.0%), and finally Hispanic (5.8%).

Standing Together Against Rape (STAR), 2008

STAR provided services to 651 primary victims of sexual assault during 2008.

83.1% were female, and 16.9% were male (STAR 2008).

 

41.0% were age 12 and under and 18.6% were age 13-17 (STAR 2008).

 

31.3% were Alaska Native/American Indian (STAR 2008).

Social problems abound under the beauty of Alaska's grandeur. Your investment as a missionary will enable the staff at these camps to more effectively reach Alaskan children with the hope of Christ.