If you seek adventure, are willing to put in hard work, and are ready to discover new challenges then this will be your greatest summer ever. The Great Land Christian Church of Anchorage, Alaska is looking for interns for a completely unique ministry internship. This internship guarantees a new perspective on what it means to be a minister of the gospel.
Hannah, from Knoxville, described her summer experience as "one of the most amazing things I've been able to do." This internship will strengthen and stretch your faith in entirely new ways. It will bring you outside of your comfort zone and push you toward a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God and with your fellow interns. You will learn how to connect with God in everything you do. It will empower you to take what you've learned and change yourself, change your local community, and change the world. We invite you to join us for our greatest summer yet, apply for our internship program for the summer 2018.
All applications are now due December 30th, 2017, in order to make decisions by mid-January 2018.
What is the internship?Gateway to the Arctic is not your average camp. The Great Land Christian Church, in cooperation with the Alaska Chapter of HOPE worldwide, operates a unique agricultural camp near Talkeetna, Alaska, called the Gateway to the Arctic Camp. The mission of Gateway to the Arctic is to develop the character of our campers through education and engagement in sustainable agriculture. Participants will grow in their knowledge of agriculture, sustainable and responsible living, empowering service, and effective leadership, all while experiencing an unforgettable summer camp.
Our interns are the heart of our camp operations. They will play a major role in construction activities for maintenance and improvements, land and trail development, planning and implementing youth camps, coordinating volunteers, and more. In addition, they will help lead two HOPE Youth Corps programs that will serve at the camp during the summer.
The interns will also help lead the first ever HOPEww Adventure Corps program. As a program of HOPEww, the mission of Adventure Corps is to bring hope to the world through faith-based wilderness adventure programs that create courageous leaders of faith. The most powerful role that this internship will play in your life is that you will be trained to think more deeply about your faith, to challenge your notions of ministry, to share God's word in new and practical ways, and to learn to connect to God in everything you do. Ultimately, interns will gain new insight into what it means to make a meaningful difference in this world for God.
Are you the right fit?
The greatest requirement is this: having the heart to serve and the willingness to learn and apply. Interns must be willing to embrace the true Alaskan experience and live off the grid with limited electricity and running water. Agricultural skills, construction skills and program management experience are preferred, but we will work with anyone who is willing to get out of his/her comfort zone and commit to a summer of service in Alaska. Interns must be available for the majority of the summer, preferably mid-May to mid-August. However, dates are flexible based on the individual.
What are the benefits?
- Training: Interns are guaranteed to walk away from this internship with a new perspective about what it means to be a minister. Training will include topics such as evangelism strategy, church leadership, self-examination, and connectivity to God. You will also have the incredible opportunity to be a part of our church planting in the Mat-Su Valley. The Mat-Su Valley church is only an away from the camp, and it will be officially planted in the fall of 2018. In addition, interns will learn several technical skills that are applicable in various aspects of life. This includes training in the use of power tools, construction applications, agricultural skills, volunteer recruitment, volunteer management and leadership, and more.
- Housing: Interns will receive FREE room and board (that's right, all of your meals) for the duration of their service.
- But the real benefit is being part of an incredible, meaningful experience that you will remember for a lifetime.
Our summer 2017 interns assisted with four camp programs, helped lead two HOPE Youth Corps, served over 80 youth, and helped grow over 500 pounds of produce that was donated to the needy. They learned stone masonry. Some became lumberjacks. They built a wood shed out of birch logs, pioneered our new ski trail, and made several other major improvements to our lodge and cabins. And along the way, they built lasting memories, unbreakable friendships, and an unshakeable faith.
Take a look at what some of last summer's interns thought about the program:
"Being an intern at the Gateway to the Arctic Camp was one of the most amazing things I've been able to do. Serving alongside the other interns, who become like family, day in and day out and pushing ourselves and each other to grow physically and spiritually is incredible. Having the opportunity to help run HOPE Youth Corps programs is humbling. To see so many teens willing to work hard and serve and seek God in new ways taught me to be more passionate in serving and taking care of the needs of others. Living at the camp is sometimes tough but you learn that you need each other. I love that I had the chance to build so many deep, life-long friendships with all the people I worked with over the summer and that we can always connect and remember together the impact that serving in Alaska has had. I'm most grateful for the opportunity to learn how to seek and connect with God no matter where I am or what I'm doing in life. I would totally recommend taking this opportunity if you have the chance and see how it can impact your life as you impact the lives of others." – Hannah Graham, Knoxville, TN
"It's a great experience, the unpredictability made me rely on God and trust that he had a plan and would give me the tools, knowledge, manpower, whatever it is to get something done. It's a wonderful place to be. You don't have a lot of distraction so you get to really focus on where you are at with God, and he makes it clear what areas you need to work on. You get challenged a lot working on tasks that you have no prior knowledge on. You are given the chance to own what you do, spirtually and work wise. It sure is cool to look back at the end of it all and see what changed and how God used you to make in impact." – Mikael McTiernan, Edmonton, Alberta Canada