Ministry Highlight - Don Cross, Mountain Village Covenant Pastor
My name is Don Cross, I'm pastoring the church in Mountain Village. Since I've been working with the Covenant Church of Alaska, I've also come to know and appreciate the CYAK ministry.
How long have you been serving in Mountain Village? Where were you before that?
My wife and children and I have been in Mountain Village since January 3rd 2013. We were pastoring in my hometown village of Elim previous.
What are some of the ministries going on with youth in the village?
We have two teachers, Amanda, who ministers to the Jr. High kids, and Courtney who ministers to the Sr. High group on Sunday evenings. My wife Fei and 'Becca' have been ministering to the children through the Sunday School ministry on Sunday afternoon.
What are some of the greatest challenges about doing ministry to youth in your community?
There has been an obvious disconnect between the church and the youth.
What has been encouraging recently in ministry?
We have been greatly encouraged to see young adults (18-25) start attending Sunday and Wednesday services. We have acknowledged their presence and look forward to 'building the gap'.
Why do you choose to partner with CYAK?
In the short time I've worked with CYAK, its obvious that they have gained a lot of experience in reaching and working with youth. They have managed to find and recruit able ministers with hearts that care for the young people of our state.
How can supporters be praying for your ministry, as well as the broader youth ministry in Mountain Village?
We ask for prayer especially for Courtney and her ministry to the Sr. High group. Amanda has worked with the youth for a while now and has a solid attendance. But Courtney is attempting to 'start' from scratch.
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A ministry of the Alaska Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church