Barrow, known officially as Utqiaġvik, is the 11th northernmost public community in the world and the northern most city in the United States. About 60 percent of the 4,500 residents are Iñupiat, an indigenous Inuit ethnic group. Utqiaġvik, like most communities in Alaska, looks temporary, like a pioneer settlement. It is not. Barrow is among the oldest permanent settlements in the United States. Hundreds of years before European explorers showed up, Utqiaġvik, was more or less where it is now, a natural hunting place at the base of a peninsula that pokes out into the Beaufort Sea. Yankee whalers sailed here, learning about the bowhead whale from Iñupiat hunters. Later, the military came, setting up a radar station; a science center was founded in 1947.



Celesta & Zack Babb

Celesta and Zack joined the conference team in mid-2018. Both are recent graduates from Andrews University. They minister to the churches in Delta Junction, North Pole and Utqiagvik.  With the leading of God, the work in Utqiagvik is growing.  Through faith and prayer, the Arctic Adventist Group purchased their church home in October 2018. The lesson in this is that God has a plan and sometimes it takes quite a while to materialize.  In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus encourages those listening to ask, seek, and knock.  Utqiaġvik members have, year after year, boldly come before the Lord and done this very thing.  God quite literally opened the door!

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Can You Help?

Costs Include Transportation

Food Bank ($7,200)

Utqiagvik Day Camp ($10,000)

Raise Church Building ($12,000)

Renovate Church Interior ($15,000)

Purchase Church Van ($15,000)

Establish Radio Station ($15,000)

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

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Source: DCRA Portal

Archaeological sites in the area indicate habitation from 500 to 900 A.D. Inupiats traditionally depend on subsistence marine mammal hunting, supplemented by inland hunting and fishing. Archaeological remains of sixteen dwelling mounds from the Birnirk culture exist today. Traditionally, the community was known as Ukpeagvik ("place where owls are hunted"). The community was previously named Barrow, in honor of Sir John Barrow, 2nd Secretary of the British Admiralty. In 1881, the U.S. Army established a meteorological and magnetic research station near Utqiagvik. The Cape Smythe Whaling and Trading Station was constructed there in 1893. A Presbyterian church was established in 1899, and a post office was opened in 1901.