Eaglecrest Alaska Missions began in 1998 with a group from Rosewood Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. This was a pilot group formed by Eaglecrest to field test the feasibility of this innovative missions / leadership development experience. While serving at Victory Bible Camp in Alaska, the leaders of Eaglecrest witnessed first hand the potential of such an experience. Several youth responded to the challenges presented, while Eaglecrest and Victory began to form a working partnership. From this first experience, 90+ groups representing 1900+ students and adults have participated in an EAM experience. In 2005, Eaglecrest received the donation of 9 acres on the Matanuska River in the small town of Sutton Alaska. Development began in 2006 and the first groups began to utilize this new campus in 2007. Beginning in 2009, all groups are now utilizing and working out of Eaglecrest Sutton Campus.
Eaglecrest participants since 2007 have worked on 97 community service projects, logged approximately 26,200 hours of community service work at an estimated value of $540,334.00. These groups have been supported by EAM volunteer staff logging approximately 22,230 hours, at an estimated value of $658,391.00. Projects range from washing windows to building homes, depending on the skill level within the group.
Since that first group, God continues to pave the way for Eaglecrest Alaska Missions to expand into different ministry contexts. Opportunities are now provided for youth, inter-generational, and adult groups to serve the local community, becoming the hands and feet of Christ to many along the Matanuska Valley. Consider joining us this next year and making a difference as you serve and care for others.