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.

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 (March 13, 7-9:30pm & March 14, 9am - 4pm) * new in 2020 – all teams are trained at this mandatory training*

Upcoming Events

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...

Send North Missionary Conference

Aug 1-7 - Anchorage
Clint & Laura VanderGiessen leading

The Ristows have invited us to serve in support of the Send North Missionary conference, a time when remote missionaries gather in Anchorage for fellowship, encouragement and equipping.  Our team will provide teaching, worship, children & youth ministry for missionary kids & food for all!  Middle school age (with parents) and older; open to all skills and abilities. Apply to serve on the children’s ministry or hospitality / cook team

ACC JUNE Mission Trip

May 30 - June 6 Soldotna, Alaska

Dave & Patti Dilworth leading
Alaska Christian College (ACC)’s mission is to empower Alaska Natives through biblically-based education and Christian formation to pursue excellence in character, learning and service as followers of Christ.  While providing a two-year accredited education ACC focuses on individual support and faith-based counseling to prepare students to be a light in their communities after college. ACC has a well-established summer program hosting teams who live and serve at the college doing tasks that improve the campus and keep tuition low for the native students. Middle school age (with parents) and older; open to all skills and abilities. 

ACC August Mission Trip

Aug 1-8  - Soldotna

Brad & Sheri Schlief leading

Alaska Christian College (ACC)’s mission is to empower Alaska Natives through biblically-based education and Christian formation to pursue excellence in character, learning and service as followers of Christ.  While providing a two-year accredited education ACC focuses on individual support and faith-based counseling to prepare students to be a light in their communities after college. ACC has a well-established summer program hosting teams who live and serve at the college doing tasks that improve the campus and keep tuition low for the native students. Middle school age (with parents) and older; open to all skills and abilities.


Alaska Village Team

Steve Ristow & Chris Barber leading * this small team is not "open" this year, it's a pilot to explore future opportunities for 2021.

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.