Who comes to Aarigaa Fairbanks?
We have a group of about 10-15 students many of whom are from the Bethel/YK Delta Region, but last semester from as far away as Washington state and Tennessee!
What are some of your weekly activities?
During a regular week we have guys Bible study Monday night, girls Bible study/crafts Tuesday night, an outreach gathering Friday night, and a Vespers service Sunday night. Our guys Bible study group has been looking at the book of James, and how our faith manifests itself in the way we live. The ladies have been reading through Genesis and learning about the story of the Bible and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Knitting, crocheting and other crafts have also become a crucial part of the evening. Friday nights we gather to eat, worship, hear a message and hang out until the early hours of the morning. Our Vespers service is an informal time where students pray, share from the word, and worship together.
Throughout the week we get together with students in other ways and go hunting, to the DMV, to get coffee, and go to the grocery store. The life that God designed for us is one that is lived together, so we strive to build community outside of programmed events.
What is an encouraging story from this year?
As a young adult living on your own at a state school it isn’t hard to find trouble, especially on a Friday night. One of our students has had an ongoing battle with giving up alcohol as she sees it starting to destroy her relationships. She told me how thankful she was to have Aarigaa on Fridays and wanted to know why we couldn’t have it on Saturday as well. She has discovered her party alternative and is finding life through not only what she is leaving behind, but what she is putting in its place. The Christian life is not about getting rid of the sin in your life, it is about pursuing Godliness! We are excited to see her grow in her faith as she pursues the life God has for her.
How can supporters be praying for this ministry?
• Please pray that God would raise up student leaders, and strengthen the relationships that have been forming in our group.
• Please ask God to send His Holy Spirit to come upon the hearers of His word and to add to our numbers those who are being saved.
Covenant Youth of Alaska | PO Box 203356 | Anchorage, AK 99520 | phone: 907.625.1525 | fax: 888.583.4124 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A ministry of the Alaska Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church