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BETHEL

Bethel lies about 500 miles west-northwest of Anchorage. There are no roads to Bethel, only flights. With a population of over 6,000 people, the City of Bethel is the main port of the Kuskokwim River in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Bethel serves as the regional hub for 56 surrounding native villages.  Bethel was first established by Yup'ik Eskimos who called the village "Mamteriilleq," meaning "Smokehouse People," named for the nearby fish smokehouse. There were 41 people in Bethel during the 1880 U.S. Census. The Bethel Church has been in existence for a number of years.  In 1977, two student missionaries came to the village for outreach.  In the early 80's, Pastor Dave Brown served the community and a multi-purpose building was constructed.  Since then, many others have served the Bethel district to grow God's work in the region.  Today, AMA volunteers Vecous and Loretta are serving the community.

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Vecous and Loretta Waite have been volunteers in Bethel since September 2015.  Before coming to Alaska, Vecous was a businessman and finish carpenter and Loretta a caterer and preschool teacher.  These skills became very useful in their remote village life as they provide leadership to the church in Bethel.  The Waites also host various outreach efforts including evangelism series, concerts, feeding the homeless, children's ministries and more.  The Waites daily demonstrate God's love through their hands-on, selfless work.  God has blessed these efforts by adding precious souls to His kingdom.

Vecous and Loretta Waite

VOLUNTEERS

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Cost include transportation

Radio Station--coming soon! (Cost to be determined)

Evangelism Outreach ($10,000)

Feeding the Homeless ($5,000/annually)

Church Leveling and Repairs ($12,000)

Children's Ministries ($7,000)

Food Bank (planning stage; cost tbd)

Volunteer Support, i.e., utilities, ongoing housing costs ($12,000)

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IMMEDIATE NEEDS

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Bethel was first established by Yup'ik Eskimos, who called the village "Mumtrekhlogamute," meaning "Smokehouse People," named for the nearby fish smokehouse. There were 41 people in Bethel during the 1880 U.S. Census. At that time, it was an Alaska Commercial Company Trading Post. The Moravian Church established a mission in the area in 1884. The community was moved to its present location due to erosion at the prior site. A post office was opened in 1905. Before long, Bethel was serving as a trading, transportation, and distribution center for the region, which attracted Natives from surrounding villages. The city was incorporated in 1957. Over time, federal and state agencies established regional offices in Bethel. 

Source: DCRA Portal

ABOUT BETHEL