THE STORY

 enables college graduates to use their degrees to become marketplace missionaries in the villages of Alaska.

THE CURRENT STORY

UNDER-REACHED

Alaska is home to 100 villages without a consistent gospel witness.

BROKENNESS

Alaskan communities have some of the highest rates of suicide, substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse of anywhere in the world.

ISOLATION

Rural villages are often hundreds of miles away from the nearest road, accessible only by bush plane.

ROAD-BLOCKS

Cultural barriers and cost of living have made ministry challenging.

CHANGING THE STORY

 enables college graduates to use their degrees to become marketplace missionaries in the villages of Alaska. They will be:

TRAINED

Missionaries will receive 10 months of cross-cultural missions training experience. The training center is in Fairbanks.

SENT IN TEAMS

Teams are a critical component of success and longevity in Alaska. After training, missionaries will be sent in teams to strategic villages to live, work, and pioneer the church.

RESOURCED

Missionaries will have continued support and coaching as they work as marketplace missionaries in cooperation with AGUSM and the Assemblies of God in Alaska.

THE PLAN

WHO

We are looking for teachers, nurses and those with bachelor’s degrees that are willing to work towards meeting job opportunities in rural Alaska.

BENEFITS

Pay off student debt, gain real-life work experience, and engage in cross-cultural missions.

BUDGET

Missionaries will raise a budget for the first ten months of training.  Marketplace salaries will fund missionaries for subsequent years.

Will you give what you have
to change the story in Alaska?

The application deadline has been reached for 2020. The application will re-open on January 1st, 2021.

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FAQ's

How long is the commitment?

We are asking participants to commit to 1 year of training and preparation and three years of marketplace ministry in an Alaskan village.

How much does it cost? What budget do I have to raise?

$7,500 cash upon entry for experiential cross cultural training and internship fees. Participants will need a minimum of $1,100.00 per month.

When does it start?

August, 2020

Do I need to have a specific degree?

A Bachelor of Arts is the minimum requirement but no specific area of study is required. Those who are certified teachers or in the process of becoming certified have the easiest path.

Will my loans be forgiven?

It depends. Not all student loans are eligible for forgiveness by teaching in an underserved community but many are. We’ll help applicants evaluate their eligibility.

What does the first year of training entail?

Cross cultural ministry, Alaska survival skills, leadership and team building, relational discipleship and native Alaskan culture, Theological studies and pastoral concerns.

Is it in Fairbanks or Anchorage?

Training will be held in Fairbanks in August 2020- June 2021.

How do I raise a budget? (Is there support raising training?)

Chi Alpha support Raising Training (SRT) is available in multiple regions across the United States.  After completing the application dates and locations for SRT’s will be provided to you.

Where will I live?

AKSP does not provide housing. However we will help participants make appropriate living arrangements in the community. A limited number of rooms for men may be available in the Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Fairbanks.

Can I have a side-job during the internship?

Yes, part of the training requirements for participants will be to substitute teach in the local school systems.  This will provide experience and supplemental income.

OUR TEAM

Paul and Crystal Burkhart

Director

Paul and Crystal have been in ministry together for almost 20 years. They served as world missionaries in Southeast Asia for 9 years before being called to missions in Alaska. They have now served as the Alaska Chi Alpha directors since 2014. They continue to use what the Lord taught them in Asia to reach college students and minister cross-culturally in the rural places of Alaska.

Steve and Erin Pavek

Anchorage Site Director

Steve and Erin were on staff with Chi Alpha at North Dakota State when the Lord called them to pioneer Chi Alpha on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Their passion is to see the Lord use college ministry to impact every corner of the state.
They have now served as the Anchorage Chi Alpha Directors since 2014.

Rob Burkhart

Training Director

Rob has served in positions of leadership his entire ministry career. He led at the district level, directed schools of ministry, and taught at graduate classes in the US and overseas. Rob serves as the training director for What I Have and is passionate about equipping missionaries theologically and cross-culturally.

Natalie Herzog

Administrative Assistant

Natalie grew up in rural Minnesota. She visited Alaska for the first time in the summer of 2017 and fell in love with the state. On a month-long visit the following year, the Lord spoke to her about a long term call to the people of Alaska. Natalie brings great energy, passion, and administrative skills to the “What I Have” team.

IN-ROADS EXPERIENCE

DATES:

July 1st-9th 2020

APPLICATION DUE:

The application deadline has been reached for 2020. The application will re-open on January 1st, 2021. Please contact us below through our “contact us” page if you have any questions.

COST:

$1,290 includes a flight to a rural village and all expenses within Alaska. Flight to Anchorage not included.

MISSION:

The What I Have In-Roads Experience is designed to give people a glimpse into the possibilities of marketplace missions in rural Alaska.

Have more questions? Email Natalie at natalieaherzog98@gmail.com

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