Consider an It Is Written Mission trip to the last American frontier, Alaska! Alaska is a rich and diverse state where you can see the true beauty of creation. More importantly, you can carry the gospel to people who are looking for something beyond this life. This mission trip will precede major It Is Written evangelistic meetings led by Pastor John Bradshaw, spanning the entire conference. Pastor Wes Peppers will lead the trip, and it will be composed of AMEN Free Clinics, construction projects, and evangelistic outreach both in the cities of Anchorage and Bethel Village. Anchorage is the most diverse city in the United States. God will use you to change someone’s life and bring hope to many hearts as you trust Him to work miracles through you. Be sure to join us!
WE HAVE REACHED OUR CAPACITY FOR SUPPORT STAFF.
WE URGENTLY NEED DENTISTS, DENTAL HYGIENISTS, AND OPTOMETRISTS.
Medical Professionals – Including dentists & dental hygienists, and optometrists. All categories of medical service providers will be welcomed and utilized.
NOTE: All non-Alaska-based licensed medical professionals must share their license information with AMEN so that temporary licenses can be secured through the state.
It Is Written will partner with AMEN (Adventist Medical Evangelism Network) to conduct the medical clinics. This will be a large-scale endeavor and partnership, and we are very pleased to work together.
Mission Trip Location
Location 1: Anchorage, Alaska
Location 2: Bethel Village, Alaska
Most of the team will work in Anchorage, Alaska, providing a five-day city-wide AMEN Free Clinic providing medical, dental and vision services for the public and a church remodeling project. Healthcare and non-healthcare professionals are welcome. This clinic serves as a prelude to a major Conference-wide evangelistic series by It Is Written, scheduled from April 4 to May 5, 2024.
A smaller, select team (based on specific needs) will travel to Bethel Village, located on Alaska’s west coast, to provide mental health and addiction education/counseling, and host an evangelistic series with children’s programming.
Mission Trip Expenses
Mission Trip Fee*
Adults and children 15+: $800
Children ages 7-14:$500
Children Birth-6: Free
If four or more adults attend from the same nuclear family or church, the fee is reduced by $100 per adult. Call Cathy Q at 423-362-5822
*This fee does not cover airfare to and from the destination.
Full refund if you cancel three weeks prior to departure. Half refund any time after.
Airfare – You must purchase your own round-trip ticket for Anchorage, Alaska, from your location. You should arrive on March 20 and depart on March 31. You may wish to arrive earlier or depart later for vacation or sightseeing, but you will be responsible for your own accommodations, airport transportation and meals during that time.
Other expenses include your own personal spending money, team excursion costs, food outside of served team meals, souvenirs, or any other purchases you wish to make.
Why pay a fee to attend a mission trip? Keep in mind, a typical mission project costs tens of thousands of dollars to execute. In some cases, hundreds of thousands. The fee assists in covering the basic costs of each team member, including meals, travel insurance, housing, and more. In addition, the fee helps to purchase the medical clinic and construction supplies, as well as the evangelism costs that become the tangible help a person will receive. The mission trip fee often does not cover the actual cost.
Please pay the fee as soon as you apply, the final deadline is February 1, 2024.
Team members will fly into the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) on March 20 and depart on March 31.
From Anchorage, the Bethel team will fly via Alaska Airlines. The Bethel team must complete orientation in Anchorage before going to Bethel. Bethel flights will be arranged by It Is Written.
Accommodations will be in one of the local churches. It will be a missionary setting. Hotels are available but are very expensive. You are welcome to stay at a local hotel at your own expense. Otherwise, bring sleeping bags and mats or cots.
Local transportation is provided to and from the airport and all trip destinations. Car rentals are available at the airport at your own expense if you prefer.
Three vegetarian meals are provided each day. Totally vegan meals may not always be an option, although some selections within a meal may be.
We are unable to accommodate gluten-free or other similar needs. You are welcome to bring any food items you need. Any food purchases outside of the three meals are the participant’s responsibility.
If you plan to arrive early or stay longer, you are responsible for making all of your hotel and transportation arrangements.
Alaska Facts & Figures
Alaska was acquired from Russia in 1867, largely retaining its current boundaries. Alaska became the gateway to the Klondike gold fields. It was made a territory in 1912 and admitted as a State on January 3, 1959.
17 of the 20 highest mountain peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.
There are over 3 million lakes and 3,000 rivers located within the state.
Alaska is located less than 50 miles from Russia.
Twenty-five percent of the oil produced in the US comes from Alaska.
The largest salmon ever caught — 97.5 pounds — was caught in the state’s Kenai River.
Alaska’s area is so large that the state of Rhode Island could fit within it 425 times.
Alaska Natives comprise about 15.4% of the Alaskan population, including the Iñupiat, Yupik, Aleut, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, and Athabaskan cultures.
Many Alaskan Native traditions and ceremonies are still practiced throughout Alaska today, such as birth celebrations, marriage ceremonies, giving of a name, raising totems, sharing of wealth, and honoring the departed, among others.
Alaska has a palindromic place called Kanakanak. This means that this neighborhood’s name can be reversed— spelled from left to right or right to left— and it would be spelled or read identically.
English with some ethnic and local native languages
62% of the state identify as Christian
31% identify with no religious belief system
6% affiliate with non-Christian religions
March in Alaska will be cold. The average temperature in March is about 30 degrees F. Bring warm clothing and cold-weather accessories. Daylight will range from 10-13 hours daily, but it is mostly cloudy in March.
Alaska is in the Alaska Time Zone, 1 hour behind Pacific time and 4 hours behind Eastern.
Check the recommended vaccines and medicine list and consider visiting your Dr. 4-6 weeks before the trip for any further medical advice you need.
Application and Payment Due
February 1, 2024
WE URGENTLY NEED DENTISTS, DENTAL HYGIENISTS, AND OPTOMETRISTS.
Contact Cathy Q at 423-362-5822 or use the Mission Trip Interest form for more information.
Due to our partnership with AMEN on this project, all attendees must also complete a registration form with AMEN to join this mission trip.