Millers’ Vision for Alaska Missions
Consider the spiritual needs of Natives living in remote villages in Alaska. My family and I have lived in Alaska the last six years, learning about the needs of Native Alaskans and how to use my training and experience as a pastor, police officer, and Marine Corps pilot to minister to the people in villages off the road system. We have discovered that:
- Of the 229 villages in Alaska, 105 have no gospel witness.
- Most of these villages are not accessible by road, so aviation is the most practical means of reaching them.
- Alcoholism, abuse, and suicide plague the isolated villages and leave the people with no hope.
- Some in these villages have heard the gospel through missionaries who have come in the past, or as children through camping ministries, but they return to the village with little direction for spiritual growth.
Since 2013, we have been active in Native ministry both on and off the road system. We work as a family alongside Alaska Freedom Journey to assist in organizing and teaching Bible training modules around the state. Once a month, we fly to the village of Grayling and surrounding villages to spend a week in pastoral ministry and church revitalization. Our passion is ministering the Word to bring people to a knowledge of God that goes beyond mental assent or external observances. “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6)