Last winter the Lord put a burden on our hearts to take our youth group at Fairbanks Native Bible Church to the village of Husila for a mission trip. Some great missionaries who have lived and served in the village for a long time had invited us out years earlier with an offer to host a mission team.
Another draw to that particular village was the fact that Tianna, one of our youth group graduates, is from there and her grandma, mother and brother still live there. Tianna and her husband Charles serve alongside us in our ministry now. So after much prayer with this couple, we decided to make the trip during Christmas break when the village would be having their annual races- dogsled, snowshoe, ice picking, and many of the locals would be out and about.
We found a missionary pilot willing to fly us out just for the cost of fuel. One unique aspects of our ministry is that we have funds ready to use for ministry at all times. Our supporters give regularly and 100% goes to the youth ministry. Because of this the teens did not have to pay their way.
We had just finished a study on sharing our faith with others and decided that the only requirement for going on the trip would be for the teens to share their story of how they gave their life to Christ in front of the youth in Huslia. Seven teens accepted the challenge and worked on writing out and then sharing their stories in front of the youth group in Fairbanks for practice.
During our five days in Huslia we hosted three big youth events. We played indoor and outdoor games, brought them fresh fruit and pastries to eat (which is either extremely expensive or not even available there), taught the salvation message and had the teens share their own stories of salvation. Three of our teens led the worship time during the Sunday service, and Tianna and Charles shared their testimonies. We wanted to participate in the local activities too! So we entered our own boys and the teens in the snowshoe contest. It was a lot of fun!