Arctic Barnabas Ministries sent missionaries Paul Hadfield and Pete Ekle to Port Alsworth in the ABM Cessna 206 on January 11th in order to transport returning students from their villages back to Tanalian Leadership Center. They landed in Port Alsworth as the sun was setting in the southwest along with several other aircraft who were also making their way to the airstrip as the daylight faded.

After landing, Paul and Pete were met by village friends and missionaries on four-wheelers. With help, they distributed the much-needed supplies to missionaries living in the village: fresh produce, dairy products, and construction items for a small project.

Pete wrote the following:

“We finished the day’s work and ate supper with a ministry family living there. The next morning Paul left in the “Skywagon” (Cessna 206) to make rounds in various bush villages to pick up TLC students who were waiting for the “bus” to take them back to TLC. I stayed behind to attend morning prayer with the Tanalian Leadership Camp Staff and to help with needed projects. We worked as a team to move a disabled truck and work on forgotten carpentry projects that would help the missionary staff function better. That afternoon, Paul’s flights were finally complete and the students were back at TLC. With the weather suddenly turning for the worse, we quickly packed the airplane, and rumbled down the gravel airstrip. We managed to beat the weather and fading daylight as we flew through the pass, landing safely back in Kenai.”

This week we are reminded again what a privilege it is to serve, care for and encourage over 100 ministry families who live in bush Alaska and Canada. We remember that God desires for us to work together, minister together, grow together, and be a resource of support together for the sharing of the Gospel.

“Now you are the body of Christ,

and each one of you is a part of it.” 

(1 Corinthians 12:27)