Nancy Shaffer

I was introduced to LightShine Ministries sitting in the living room at my cabin in 2012. I remember it like it was yesterday!  My friend, Steve Hoey (who is part of the Leadership Team of LightShine Alaska) was telling my family about his mission trip to Alaska with Mennonite Disaster Services and how he got introduced to LightShine Ministries in Eagle, Alaska during that trip back in 2009.   I started to attend the monthly meetings and then went on my first trip to the native village of Gulkana in 2013.  Since then I have returned every year (sometimes several times a year) to serve on a variety of teams…Copper Center, Mountain Home Fellowship, Globe Creek Camp, Women’s Alaska Dream Center, Strelna Lake Wilderness Bible Camp, and Regent Life Church in Homer, Alaska.

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I now serve on the Leadership Team of LightShine Alaska as the secretary and assist with marketing & events to promote our ministry.  I am truly blessed to work for an amazing Christian, family-owned business since 1987 that permits me to take the time off of work to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ in Alaska.  It’s an incredible joy to introduce people to LightShine Ministries and witness their reactions when they first arrive in Alaska to serve on a team.  It’s especially awesome when they decide to become a part of LightShine Ministries and return to Alaska year after year to continue serving the people there.  Developing life-long relationships with team members and Alaska Native people has been an incredible blessing to me in my life.