Meet Petu "Chris" Koonooka
Petu is a Siberian-Yu’pik who lives in the Alaska Native village of Gambell, on St. Lawrence Island, in the Bering Sea. While Gambell is in Alaska, it is only 36 miles from Siberia, Russia. Petu is proud of his Yup’ik culture, language and traditions; leaving the island to attend college and returning to teach in the public school he attended as a boy.
As one of the few Adventists in Gambell, Petu believes that God has called him to serve as a spiritual leader in his church and village community. Before the last Bible mission workers retired, they ordained Petu and he is actively leading out in church services, Bible studies, funerals, and local radio programs. God is blessing him and growing the church in Gambell. In six months, three individuals have been baptized and five more have professed a desire to be baptized.
Last November, Petu was accepted to the Andrews University Seminary Masters of Divinity program. Satan is working for he knows he doesn’t have much time left, but God is working even harder to present Himself to our friends in Gambell and prepare them for his Second Coming.
The May 29, 2021 offering is for Arctic Mission Adventure (AMA), a 100% donor supported ministry of the Alaska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
AMA has mission workers, like Petu, living in eight communities at an annual cost of $30,000 per village. These workers provide village-specific ministries which encompass day camps, Bible studies, food pantries, leadership development and specific outreach for the Native people of Alaska. There has been significant growth within AMA and we praise God for this, yet in many ways we have just begun as there are still over 200 villages with no AMA presence! The North Pacific Union Conference supports this important ministry through an annual offering which is used to keep Bible workers in Alaska villages and Adventist parsonages and churches open. Please pray that the work will continue to move forward in faith and bear witness to the Bush communities.