"An absolute first class ministry that takes care of every detail! Can't wait to come
back! By far best host I've worked with on a mission trip!" Jody. Boca Community Church.
Did you know that Alaska is the least church-attending state in the US? People think of
Alaska as a tourist destination, but there is a giant need for the Gospel here!
Partnering with local churches here, we facilitate mission volunteers and church teams
working direct with non-churched children, youth and adults in local parks -- feeding
meals to the hungry, backyard Bible school, sports, games and crafts. Most of the
neighborhoods we work in are amazingly multi-ethnic. Three out of the top five most diverse communities in America are in Anchorage, Alaska and we work in all three. Our goal is nothing less than a multiplying, church planting Jesus Movement here in Alaska. We are committed to partnering with others in church planting, evangelism and discipleship. Our housing is clean and comfortable and safe. Our food is the best! And we will show off some of the beauty of Alaska while you are here!
WE LIVE HERE in Alaska and know Alaska. We have been doing this for 13 years! We are not a BIG mission that is scattered all over the world. We are focused only on Alaska. Our passion is reaching OUR state with the Gospel Good news. We host far more volunteers than any other mission organization and understand best what the needs are and what works best. Each of our ministry locations is partnered year-round with a nearby, local Alaskan church in order to help facilitate year-round followup. Our two biggest compliments are that we are SO WELL ORGANIZED and the food is the best ever on a mission trip! Mission Teams, families and individuals keep coming back again and again because they trust us, we exceed expectations, they enjoy the best food ever on a mission trip, and do significant ministry with people.
Our belief is that the Great Commission is not for the World to go to church, but for the Church to go to the World.
Where are people at, and how can we go to them, serve them in the Name of Christ, and look for opportunities to have
a verbal witness? At lunch, you'll feed hungry, disadvantaged kids a good meal. In the afternoons, your will work in
local parks doingbackyard bible school, games and recreation with underserved children and youth. In the evenings
you will help host neighborhood park parties.
2021 Summer Dates
May 30- June 5
June 20-26 FULL
We ask you to arrive Sunday evening and depart the following Saturday evening.
We cannot accommodate you or provide vehicles if you choose to come early or stay later than Saturday. We can suggest some hotels who also offer a hotel airport shuttle. If you choose a hotel, we can pick you up any time after 12.30pm on Sunday.
Fun? Oh yeah. One day, we'll take you on a spectacular, jaw-dropping drive south from Anchorage along
Turnagain Arm – an inlet named by the famous explorer Captain Cook. Look for eagles and whales in the sea
on your right and sheep on the mountains to your left. First, we’ll stop at the Wildlife Conservation Center
and see grizzly & black bears, caribou, moose, buffalo and other Alaskan crittersThen we arrive in magical
Portage Valley. You’re surrounded by majestic blue glaciers! We'll take a short, easy hike to a glacier and
experience the wilderness. Maybe we’ll see a bear or a moose! How often do you get a chance to throw a
snowball in mid summer? Later, we’ll take an hour boat cruise to the face of a glacier and (hopefully) watch it calf.
How Much? Because we are working concurrently at more than 15 public city park locations each day for
the entire summer, we need a lot of volunteer teams. We found that it works best for us to put together a
turn-key package where we handle the ground logistics so that you can concentrate on your ministry project
here. We provide comfortable housing, all meals, transportation, staff hosting, airport transfers, most of the
supplies and a day guided sightseeing. The land cost of all this is $700/pp. (Optional Portage Glacier Cruise is not
included and must be paid direct to the boat by credit card. Waiting on next year pricing but expect about $35/person)
Airfare is not included and you have to do that yourself. I want to help you find your best deals. For instance, we can send you a 5% off coupon on Alaska Air flights. And did you know that some small airlines like Sun Country Air, Jet Blue, and Allegiant have some amazing deals to Anchorage in the summer? Check out "Airline Deals" under the "Resources" on the Heading Tabs above. Some teams choose to arrive a day early and depart a day later to save money on airfares although you must factor in the cost of a hotel and ground transportation if you do so. Check out "Hotel & Car Rental" under the "Resources" tab above. GraceWorks is unable EVER to house groups on Saturday evenings due to our housing arrangements.
Booking. Contact Scott Kirby at email@example.com, or call him at 907-440-4974. Or you are welcome to use the contact form below. Later, individuals will need to complete an application. Groups need not do an application form. Best to book early. Due to canceling 2020 mission teams because of Covid-19, many of those teams rolled over their bookings to Summer 2021 and as a result we are filling up rapidly.
Deposit and Payment. For both individuals and groups, we request a $100/pp deposit by January 31, 2021 sent to GraceWorks, 4149 Checkmate Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508. Group Reservations made without us receiving the $100/pp non-refundable deposit by Jan 31 are not considered firm by us. (of course if you have a problem, give Scott a call and we'll work with you on this.) Our reason for this change is that each year we have about 15% of our groups who book and then cancel too late for us to be able to recruit other groups to take their place - leaving us with the problem of ministry locations that we have committed to that now we have no one to cover. Also note that we have increased the deposit this year from $50 to $100. Since we had to cancel all 2020 teams due to Covid-19, this increased deposit gives us more operating funds to prepare for the coming summer campaign.
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"The good news is that we have been absolutely blessed in partnering with our school and GraceWorks, to the point where our children’s ministry is seeing a noticeable jump in current (and potential future) attendance" Pastor Ben, Chugach Church, Anchorage
We have been to Graceworks 3 times with 3 different teams, and are planning to go back in 2020. They are doing a wonderful work. Super in every aspect! Pastor Edwin Bowman
Amazing experience. Started going four summers ago and hope to do it for many years to come. Organized and yet plenty of sight seeing time to fall in love with Alaska, it’s people and it’s culture. Great place to share Christ’s love. Linda F
This past summer I had the privilege of leading a group of 18 high school students and 3 chaperones, from San Antonio Christian School, to serve alongside those running VBS in Anchorage, Alaska. It was my first time joining with GraceWorks and I am so glad we did as a school. GraceWorks created an ideal environment for the students to serve. Their safe, clean, and comfortable housing, joined with great food and a staff who’s hearts’ desire is service, all allowed for our ministry in the parks to remain at the forefront of our thinking. It was amazing to see the Lord’s work in the parks through our students, and also to see fruit of what He was doing through the teams that served before us. More than anything though, I am grateful that GraceWorks provided an atmosphere for the kids from my school to see the brokenness of this world, and for their hearts to break for those people, just as Jesus’s heart breaks for them. I wholeheartedly recommend GraceWorks to any Christian school as a safe avenue to introduce students to service. Ryan McCall, Spiritual Life Director,
Our team could not stop talking about their experience with Graceworks Alaska. I wanted to say THANK YOU for being so organized and prepared for our group. We appreciate the task involved in hosting so many different organizations but you all truly made our group feel at home in Alaska. Our group loved their experience and we definitely want to come again next year. Mieke Godly Church, GA