WEIO – 2017

July 16 – 25, 2017


This will be the fifth year that LightShine Ministries has the opportunity to work with the World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO) in Fairbanks, AK. During these events, we work alongside Scott Smith who is the director of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Arctic Mercy from Homer. This mission is an opportunity to serve in any way that we are asked to help. We usually are asked to help set up for the various events, sell soft goods, work the registration desk, and check the door in the evening for the paying public. We are there to mingle with and befriend the participants as well as, the attendees. This is the perfect opportunity to let them see the light of Jesus shine through us. Please pray that God will use this mission to bring honor and glory to Him in everything we do.

Click Here to see images from the 2016 WEIO!

One thing that our team must always remember is that we are there to serve and learn as representatives of Jesus Christ. The differences between the indigenous culture and our own can become obvious in things such as how you shake hands or make eye contact with those you are talking to. Our goal is to share the love of Christ by serving others and it is also a time of learning how God works within other cultures to bring about His glory.

WEIO runs for four days (Wednesday through Saturday). The team usually has a day or two of sightseeing in the Fairbanks area as well as to or from Anchorage (including a stop at Denali National Park), but this is secondary to our purpose of being there for WEIO.

Click Here to learn more about the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics


This team is on their way on Sunday, July 16.


Recently we had the opportunity to pay for the lodging in Fairbanks for Youth With With A Mission (YWAM) Arctic Mercy (another ministry working with us) because they were unable to pay for their rooms during this week of ministry. They were instrumental in inviting us to work with them 4 years ago. Their ministry is far reaching throughout Alaska. So, they needed help! Take time to watch this video from our Team Leaders, Mark & Laura Raifsnider.

We would like to ask if you could help us replenish our fund used to give towards this need. If you have any questions about the specific You can give securely online through PayPal by clicking on the link to the left. Or you can send a personal check made payable to:

LightShine Ministries    P.O. Box 777    Mount Joy, PA     17552

All donations are tax deductible. 

The exact total for the rooms that we purchased for YWAM Arctic Mercy was $1944. Please direct any specific questions to our financial administrator, Jeff Zimmerman: lightshinefinance@comcast.net

Thank you so much in helping us partner with Youth With A Mission in this ministry!