Gulkana Village – 2018

(l-r) Nicole Bennet, Renee Hoey, Steve Hoey and Doug Winne

June 8-17, 2018

Steve Hoey is the team leader for this team. You can email Steve at:

This will be our 6th consecutive year of ministering in Gulkana Village among the Ahtna people.  Over the years we have been able to help this wonderful village with many different projects.  Some we have started and they finished while others we have seen and are seeing to completion.  Probably the most monumental for the welfare of the village, at least in my opinion, is the Biomass plant which was completed this past October with the addition of the Briquette machine.  This plant is the only one of its kind in the Copper River Valley area and has the potential of bringing jobs and income to Gulkana Village as well as an affordable heating alternative for the people of the valley. Click here to see our progress on the teen center last year

In June, of this coming year, we are looking to complete the renovations of the Teen Center building (pictured here).  This is an important building in Gulkana Village as it gives the young people as well as adults a place to study and exercise.  It will also have an area to house visiting Pastors and Elders.  Over the past several years we have been working on this building with 2/3 of it now complete.  In 2018 we are looking to add a new (pitched) metal roof and finish the bedroom and bathroom area.  We are looking for a total team size of 6-8 people including 2-3 experienced roofers/framers, a drywall finisher, a plumber and some general laborers who can paint and lay flooring.  We are also looking for a cook for our team.  We already have several people either committed or interested in this team.  If you have an interest in ministering to/along-side Native people in Alaska and have a skill that we could use, please consider joining us.










The cost for any of LightShine’s  trips  is $1850.00 plus a $40 one time registration fee (if you have never served on a LightShine team before).  Cost of trip covers airfare, food, transportation and administration expenses.  You even get a team shirt included in the registration fee!!!  Where else can you get that kind of a deal going to Alaska???   Please click below to continue the registration process.


If you want to be part of this team, please complete this Registration Form with a $40 registration fee.

Once you are contacted by your team leader and your place is secured on this team, you can begin raising financial support by sending out support letters to your family and church friends. Simply have them send missionary support to us for your trip costs. Your team leader will help you develop your support letter and include two important dates for your supporters to note. The first financial deadline for half your support ($925) is due on March 30, 2018. This first deadline is very important to keep because it will enables us to purchase your airline tickets. Once airline tickets are purchased, there is no backing out of the team. The second deadline for your entire amount is due May 11, 2018. Please note that these deadlines are strictly enforced. Not keeping them will cause us to ask you to step down from this team and consider another future team. Please take time to review our “Policies” page for more information.

The earlier you register the sooner you can start raising your financial support. We encourage you to get this out of the way early so you can enjoy the experience without any distractions. You will be so glad you did!