|Location||North America - Northwest|
|Language||English and Native Languages|
|Religion||Catholic & Protestant|
|Climate||4 distinct seasons. Cold, snowy winters and beautiful, warm/cool summers|
|Ethnic Groups||67% White, 15% Alaskan Native, 5% Asian, 4% African American, 9% Other|
|Motto||"North to the future"|
|Independence||Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or camp in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:|
Prior to the trip, you will receive a Group Leader Manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, group t-shirts and unlimited pre-trip consultation your your PPM Trip Leader.
Once you arrive in Alaska, you will receive 3 meals per day, sleeping accommodations, all transportation, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.
Airfare, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation. Personal items & clothing including toiletries, bug spray, suntan lotion, etc. Floor-sleeping trips need to bring air mattresses and bedding.
English is the most common language. Native languages are also widely spoken.
Yes. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders ensures there is always someone looking out for the well-being of our teams. Praying Pelican Missions staff are with the team throughout the trip from arrival at the airport to departure.
Teams are advised to bring mosquito spray, as the mosquito’s can be troublesome at certain times of the year. It is likely that your team will see moose as well as bear. PPM staff will provide training and instructions on how to handle such situations. To sum it up - stay away!
PPM staff will be waiting at the airport to pick up your team.
Transportation is included in your trip cost, and will be handled by PPM staff.
There are 3 primary airports in Alaska. Please confirm your airport code with your consultant before booking.
Yes. All food and water provided by PPM is safe.
Yes, an opportunity will be provided towards the end of the trip.
Your team will primarily eat American food, but will likely have the opportunity to try traditional Native meals.
Only if you have strict dietary needs. A few personal snacks might be good to pack along.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Alaska
Alaskans are a diverse group of people with a strong sense of independence. Alaska is world famous for its fishing, ice glaciers and beautiful mountains. During the winter months, many towns seem calm and quiet, but during the summer months, these same locations come “alive” with thousands of tourists flocking North to fish, hunt, hike, visit glaciers, charter cruises and see for themselves the natural beauty of Alaska.
Alaska’s greatest problems are the limitations impressed upon them by long, harsh winters, isolation, homelessness, alcoholism, drugs and teen suicide. The long months of darkness create for many a problem with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which when coupled with a lack of sense in purpose and boredom can equate to engaging in self-destructive behaviors to alter moods or fill the time. Large natural gas and oil industries come into Alaska, which provide jobs for many who live there. But when these industries close down or move out, many workers are left jobless. This contributes greatly to the amount of homeless people living in the metropolitan areas.
The capital of Alaska is Juneau, however half of the population of Alaska lives in Anchorage. Anchorage is a South-central city located just North of the Kenai Peninsula and along the Cook inlet. It’s a cultural melting pot where Alaskans, migrants from the Lower 48, and a broad range of Alaska Natives and other cultures have come together. Anchorage is also known for having a large young adult population. It’s the landing spot for many travelers. Military units are also based out of Anchorage, and many soldiers who were stationed in Alaska decide to hang their hats there.
To the short-term mission participant, Alaska will yield both well-populated metropolitan areas, such as Anchorage, to rural, close-knit small towns. During the summer months, the land is lush with green vegetation and trees, and mountains are seemingly everywhere. For our teams serving in Anchorage or South of the city along the Peninsula, the crystal Pacific waters are a main feature. And for our teams serving North of the city, dense forests and roads winding through the mountains is a trip to look forward to.
As Alaska is the Northernmost and largest state, its climate varies greatly by region. The southeast panhandle, including the capital Juneau, as well as the Southern coastal regions, including Anchorage, are the wettest and warmest regions of Alaska due to their proximity to the water. Many of the locations where we serve feature a subarctic climate with short, cool summers. The West varies from having weather similar to the South, and then more extreme cold the further North. However, one Northern stretch is technically a dessert defined by lack of precipitation! The farthest Northern region stretches into the Arctic circle where their summer peak barely rises above freezing temperatures. And lastly, the interior of Alaska yields a true continental subarctic with extreme temperatures. The hottest and coldest temperatures recorded in Alaska have occurred near another main city known as Fairbanks.
English is the official and predominantly spoken language in Alaska, however, nearly 20% of Alaskans speak a language other than English at home. There are also 20 officially recognized indigenous languages spoken in Alaska that 5.2% of the population speaks primarily.
The currency in Alaska is the American dollar, however, the cost of living is approximately 27% higher than the national average.
Alaskan food is similar to that of the lower 48 states with a variety of restaurant options featuring ethnic foods. Much of their food, especially in the winter season, is actually imported. However, when it’s in season, the seafood that becomes available is arguably the best in the world, particularly the salmon! Meals will otherwise be similar to that of the other domestic locations where our teams serve.
The majority of Alaska’s activities involve the outdoors. Hiking and fishing are the major activities locals enjoy. In the more populated areas, a larger variety of entertainment options become available, such as museums, animal parks and local restaurants. Tourists especially like to book cruises, site-see, as well as visit national parks and glaciers.
In the mid 17th century, the first Russian settlement was built, and they later carried out an expanded colonization program during the early-to-mid-19th century. However, this was not profitable to Russia, and in 1867, the land was sold to the United States for $7.2 million in what was called the Alaska Purchase.
Less than 35% of Alaskans claim to belong to an organized religion. Of that population, most believers are either Roman Catholic or a variation of Protestantism. Because there are many small, sparsely populated towns scattered throughout Alaska’s mainland as well as islands, many of the Protestant denominations actually cooperate together and have divided up the areas in which they build churches or do ministry. This was done so as not to overwhelm the smaller towns with too many church options and denominations to choose from; the important thing is spreading the Gospel throughout all of Alaska.