The goal: to raise Native leaders to do ministry in their own rural communities and to assist Native youth in acquiring life skills and mentors.
After spending 9 years at Makah Lutheran in Neah Bay, in 2011, Rev. David Sternbeck (Nuu-chah-nulth) and his wife, Rosemary, moved their Lutheran Indian Ministry Site to Fairbanks, Alaska and now minister year-round to more than 40 Alaska Native villages.
During their visits to the rural communities, they strive to build partnerships within the tribes to meet both the spiritual and physical needs of the people.
Rosemary works closely with volunteer teams, some of whom have been visiting for more than 15 years, who go into remote Alaskan villages for Vacation Bible School events and "hammer and nail" projects while David networks with Christians across the state to offer a Lutheran contribution to the spiritual needs of Natives. Together, they open up their home to volunteers and Natives for theological training and mentoring.