Alaska: beauty, gold, culture, brilliant sunshine and lengthy darkness; a land of extremes. But a God-given love for its diverse and stalwart people was the true call that brought the early leadership team of Far North Missionary Fellowship to the North Pole and Fairbanks, Alaska area.
In the 60’s and early 1970’s, driving over the graveled road across Canada and into the interior of this expansive state, they came, pulling camper homes loaded with all their worldly possessions, a dose of adventure, and a desire to serve.
Facilities were rented and a church was established. Land was soon purchased, a log chapel constructed, and ministry housing sites established. The ministry in North Pole grew and resulted in an outreach to the Fairbanks Alaska Native community. In the late 1970’s Far North Christian School was established to serve the families of the ministry and the community.
The ministries of the 70’s and 80’s and 90’s included services at the North Pole church, the Fairbanks school and outreach, a children’s home in Dot Lake, AK, village trips and radio programs. Several pilots offered aviation services to the ministry for groups who needed to reach off-road communities.
Co-laboring with other missions groups the early fellowship hosting college teams, supporting river-boat ministries and further outreach into the Yukon River communities. These were busy years with children’s programs, summer camps and a strong outreach focus throughout the Fellowship.