Alaska Focus Project:
Supporting Alaska missionaries reaching native Alaskans with the good news of Jesus Christ



Due to the extreme conditions of the more than 225 villages throughout Alaska, missionaries are experiencing intense spiritual warfare, isolation, burn-out, loneliness, depression, frustration, and more. Without an active and empathetic support system, the chances of missionaries lasting in the villages is slim to none—in fact, most last for less than a year. Long-term missionaries are the best and most effective way for the villages to receive and retain an active relationship with Jesus Christ thus making their longevity critical to a statewide gospel transformation.


Our Alaska Mission partners, the Ristow family, are dedicated to strengthening the spiritual, mental and emotional well-being of missionaries, pastors and their families who actively share the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout remote Alaska.

Sunset supports our Alaska Focus Project through your donations to Missions and by sending short term mission teams to serve with the Ristows and at Alaska Christian College.

COVID-19 update Summer 2020

Our Summer mission teams have been cancelled due to health and travel considerations connected to COVID-19.  But our commitments and relationships with our mission partners are not cancelled! 

Sunset’s Alaska Core team has been working with our missionary friends in Alaska and have created Zoom Alaska, a set of zoom events and groups that anyone can participate in.  We’ve created opportunities for you to learn about Alaska, to prepare and share your testimony and to hear others, to sew items for the Alaska Christian College students and to meet our missionaries.


Take a look at the list below and check back throughout the summer as we add more opportunities.


Zoom: Alaska "3-Word Stories"

Hosted by Brad & Sheri Schlief

Sundays July 19 & Aug 6, 8:30 am

Stories, stories, stories. The world is filled with stories or testimonies.Your testimony is an effective way to share the gospel because it’s your story—edited by you, filtered by you, qualified by you and told by you. You can tell it anywhere, and it includes how you came to Christ and how others can come to Christ, too. We will be holding several Zoom meetings to help you craft your personal, three-word testimony.We would love to have you join us to learn to craft the story of your Christian walk before Christ, what happened when you accepted Christ, how others can accept Christ and the differences you see in your life now that you walk with Christ. Join us for two zoom calls together.

Zoom: Alaska Meet our Mission Partners -

The Ristows, Compassion Alaska

Hosted by Chris Barber

Sunday July 26 11:30am

Our Alaska Mission partners, the Ristow family, are dedicated to strengthening the spiritual, mental and emotional well-being of missionaries, pastors and their families who actively share the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout remote Alaska.  Come learn more about the Ristows summer 2020 ministry and their plans for ministering to village missionaries.


Zoom: Alaska Meet our Mission Partners -
Alaska Christian College

Hosted by Tamas & Tom Baker

Monday August 10 7pm

Alaska Christian College (ACC) provides an education to Alaskan native students in a healing and Christ centered learning environment. Year one of our Alaska focus project we were blown away by the way the staff and volunteers at ACC love kids, introduce kids to Jesus and disciple them. During this zoom call you’ll meet some of the ACC team and learn about their ministry, their plans for the 2020/2021 school year and how you can be involved.

Zoom: Alaska Culture

Hosted by Janet Fraser & Robert Glenn

Tuesdays, July 21, 28 & August 4 6:55pm - 8:15pm

Do you love the Discovery channel? Do you want to learn more about Alaskan village life? Come have fun and learn more about Alaska Culture in this zoom group.

Alaska Sewing Group

Hosted by Judy Norman & Cheryl Preble

Alaska Christian College has asked us to sew 500 masks in preparation for their welcoming students and staff back on campus in mid-August. Please join this email list if you would like to receive updates and info about a variety of sewing projects for our Alaskan missionaries.


Upcoming Events

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...

On trips team members make daily blog posts to keep everyone up--to-date with the activity of the group. It is also fun to look back at past trips to see what God has done.

Steps to join a short term team!

1- Attend an informational meeting
2- Apply online (links will be sent to info meeting attendees)
3- Meet with your team leaders and confirm your spot on the team
4- Register as a team member and make a deposit
5- Attend Alaska Team Training – all teams are trained at this mandatory training*