Alaska Fishing Team

August 14, 2019 to August 21, 2019
Coffman Cove, AK
The focus of this mission is to assist and support Foursquare missionary couple, Joel & Trish Buchanan, in building a benevolence storehouse that they use to minister to members of the community throughout the year.

Over the past seven years we have been engaged in cross-cultural outreach to the Haida and Tlingit people of SE Alaska. Our missionary, Joel Buchanan, who is Tlingit himself, has built a relationship with the community that has opened a door to the church. There was once a lot of animosity between Alaskans and the Christians who helped "tame" Alaska. We bore that animosity when we first began to serve in Alaska. Now we are friends, and our cooperative serving has led to plans to plant churches in Tlingit and Haida communities. When we serve, we do so at Joel's direction. He is the missionary committed to this work for years, so we do anything we can do to serve him as he serves the Haida and Tlingit. To that end, both a harvesting and a fishing team are going to assist Joel in building a benevolence storehouse that he uses to minister to member of those communities throughout the year.  

The team will fly from Portland to Ketchikan and then catch the 3:30PM ferry to Hollis (Prince of Wales Island). We will be picked up and taken to Coffman Cove and Paradise Found (a place we helped build with Joel). The main focus of this trip is fishing to build up the benevolence storehouse for Joel. However, we may also split firewood, assist in property improvements, or do any other tasks that would be helpful to Joel and his ministry. It's hard work. We get tired every day and earn our sleep. We will spend at least one day in Klawock, the Tlingit village learning about their history and cultural traditions.