Kake, Alaska is a small town only accessible by ferry or small plane with no restaurants or grocery stores. With a population of only 600 people, Kake is extremely isolated. Upwards of 70% of the town is of Tlingit heritage, largely surviving through hunting, fishing and gathering plants and berries. While rich in culture, the community suffers with extreme economic hardship.
When South Korean pastor Joey Chang and his wife, Heea, heard about Kake, Alaska, they felt God calling them to surrender their life to minister to this town and pastor Kake Memorial Pres. But with little resources, the church was unable to provide the pastor's salary or funds for the church’ programs. Joey found an income doing maintenance at a local school and through building relationships outside of Kake for financial support. Kake Memorial Pres currently has an active outreach program for children and students, the elderly, and those struggling with addictions.
Separately, God had placed the indigenous people of Alaska on the hearts and minds of the Highland Park Pres Missions Team. In 2018, with clear evidence of God's guidance, our Missions Team met Joey at the National ECO Conference and learned about his ongoing work taking place in Kake. HP Pres is excited to welcome Kake Memorial Pres into our family of churches and support the Changs financially and spiritually.
HP Pres has the opportunity to bring the light of Christ to Kake by running a Vacation Bible School for the children of the island and spending evenings engaging in fun activities with the young adults. Join the team as we venture to Kake, Alaska, August 3-11, 2019. To learn more, visit hppres.org/mission-trips.