Ministry Update: Kokrine Hills High School Camp

Kokrine Hills Bible Camp is off to a great start this week with the High School Camp. This past week there were four aircraft and pilots involved in flying in the staff and students. The students came to camp from Buckland, Nenana, Huslia, Selawick, Koyuk, Galena, Tanana, and Kobuck. After the students arrived, Joey Katches shared with the students how it had been a difficult year logistically getting ready for camp. However, in spite of this, each student was not there by chance. Each student was there because the camp staff had been praying for them for several months and more importantly, God had brought them there by his divine intervention.

After long days, hot temperatures, and bumpy rides it was a refreshing reminder for the staff and students that we serve an Almighty God who cares for each one of us and desires that we would commit our lives to Him! Please be praying for safe travels with all the smoke from forest fires and the hot temps driving thunderstorm activity this coming weekend. More importantly, please be praying that these students would glorify the Almighty God who is working on their behalf!

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
— Matthew 18:10-14 ESV

Ministry Update: Servants Sierra First Baptist

The missions team from Sierra First Baptist just caught their flight home this morning. This is the fifth year they have come and done outreach work in a Alaska village. Their time consisted of holding Bible studies, kids Bible school programs, community service projects, and simply spending time with the locals. Some of the team members worked at Kings Lodge installing solar panels, setting up the portable mill, and completing the well installation. The team comes to Alaska to serve as the Lord provides opportunities and to glorify their awesome God! The team's willingness to serve and excitement for sharing the gospel in Alaska was a blessing to the GCA team and those they were serving.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
— Ephesians 2:10 ESV

Ministry Update: Tjernlund Family Partners with GCA

The team at GCA is excited to welcome a new family, the Tjernlunds: Billy, Erika, and Evaleigh. The Tjernlunds were previously serving in Mexico with a native tribe for seven years. Over the past couple of years the Lord has been guiding them to transition from the warmth of Mexico to the cooler temps of Alaska, due to the needs of the ministries and their particular skill sets. Both Billy and Erika are graduates of Moody Bible Institute. Billy grew up in Chicago and Erika in Mexico with her missionary parents. Billy will be serving as a pilot for GCA. He will be flying for, missions trips, and Billy also plans to provide biblical teaching at Kings Lodge as the Lord leads. Erika plans to continue working on language training material for the natives in Mexico, caring for their beautiful toddler Evaleigh, and providing a home for the family. Please join us in welcoming the Tjernlund family to Alaska!

Note: From Arizona: Erika/Evaleigh flew commercial to Alaska via Hawaii (visting family); Billy flew his airplane to Alaska; Friend Steve drove their truck/trailer to Alaska.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
— Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Ministry Update: 2018 Annual Summary

The battle for souls is unremitting and not for the faint of heart. Yet, we know that the work is not ours; the Lord of the harvest has commissioned us to testify to the Messiah who brings gospel light and eternal life, who has risen with healing in his wings. It is the Messiah’s work, and in him we trust to do all according to his sovereign will.

Please give praise to God for the great deeds he has done for GCA in 2018:

  • GCA regained its 501c3 status and is in good standing with the IRS.

  • GCA gained a new treasurer, Nate Carson, whose energy/support benefits the GCA board.

  • Nunn family moved to a new ministry/location in Alaska and still plans to volunteer for camp and flying needs.

  • GCA acquired two new full-time missionary families—the Vrenna family and the Tjerlund family.

  • King’s Lodge/GCA has built a working relationship with the Alaska’s Department of Corrections, GCA is establishing a discipleship-training center for Alaska Natives who have become believers in prison.

  • The Lord has recruited some godly men with experience in prison ministry to serve on our newly formed advisory council for King's Lodge.

  • GCA hired a new bookkeeper, Jessica Lindquist, who has been a great help.

The GCA board and staff are grateful for your faithful partnership and prayerful support. Thank you for standing with us in the gospel as we follow Christ’s call to proclaim the good news of his kingdom and to make disciples among the peoples of Bush Alaska. Please join us in prayer and partnership again in 2019,
as we seek to bring biblical training to Bush Alaska.

For the Honor of Christ,

E.D. Burns, PhD

Great Commission Alaska, President

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
— Isaiah 40:28

Ministry Update: Earthquake in Alaska

Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
— Psalm 106:1

The GCA team has a lot to be thankful for! We are not burying anyone in our family, in our churches, on our team, or in our state! Normally a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, would result in lives lost. The epicenter was 15 miles south west of Big Lake near the Goose Bay airport (Z40).

The Kirsch family had minor structural damage: the earthquake found all the weak spots in their home: some rot along a sill plate allowing a wall to break free, poor construction of the original one room cabin allowing a beam to split, etc. The Sidders family had their hot water tank lines break even though it was strapped to the wall (ripped bolts out of the studs) and lost a lot of precious family heirlooms that the kids no longer wonder who is getting. Michael Nylund had some of his supports twist and break resulting in his house turning about 6-12 inches about its axis but thankfully not toppling over.

In the Big Lake area, some people's houses fell off their foundations, chimneys toppled over, wood supports sheared off, and steel supports are permanently bent. There is lots of road damage and our local middle school is condemned due to the structural damage. People are still assessing the damage but everyone is thankful the last good size aftershock (4.8 magnitude) was on Sunday 12/9 at 10 AM.

The Lord released the energy equivalent to 2000 Hiroshima bombs 15 miles from our town and approximately 20 miles under the surface. Our God is almighty in power but the lack of serious injuries is a testament to His mercy during the earthquake. The Lord has the attention of many Alaskans, so we pray that many would come to Christ in the coming months as a result of this demonstration of God's immense power.

Besides the protection of our families, our homes, the team at GCA is also thankful the only planes that were damaged during the earthquake were toy planes!

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
— Hebrews 12:28-29



Ministry Update: Bible Camp Flying

This past summer, GCA had the privilege of flying approximately 200 students, 100 staff, and multiple supplies runs. This flying encompassed about 400 flight hours or about 50,000 air miles over the state of Alaska. There was a total of four aircraft flying for Kokrine Hills Bible Camp (KHBC), so it is a significant investment involved in air transportation. In addition to transportation there are food costs, generator fuel costs, and don't forget all the personal sacrifice the staff put in. The staff, on limited sleep, teach Bible lessons, counsel the kids, organize games, lead worship, and cook for a hungry bunch 3 times a day. The missionary pilots also appreciate the staff who water the runway to keep the dust down, shuttle students to/from camp, and refuel the aircraft throughout the day.

GCA is passionate about sharing the gospel to youth in remote Alaska and would not be able to give wings to the gospel without faithful support from churches and individuals.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
— Matthew 19:14 ESV

Ministry Update: Kings Lodge

One of our partner ministries is the newly formed Kings Lodge located on Alexander Creek, which is only currently accessible via float-plane.  The ministry was incorporated as a nonprofit this past May, and since then the team has been working on lodge repairs including some new steel roofs, some renovated outhouses, generator repairs, and the list goes on.

The main objective of the ministry is to provide a faith based re-entry program for Alaska Native men who are leaving prison but do not have a place to stay due to parole requirements and their home villages being in remote Alaska.  The first phase of the program is to provide safe lodging which will include constructive work training, biblical counseling, and mentoring in God's word.

The ministry is looking for additional short-term, part-time, and full-time staff to work as discipleship mentors for the men, who feel the Lord's calling to serve in a challenging environment.  The location has lodging but still is in need of many repairs to provide improved heating, indoor plumbing, and an inverter power system.  This is a rustic location and lifestyle but provides an excellent location to disciple the men without the distractions or temptations of the road system.

The objective of the program is to build the men up in the Word of God and practical life skills so that they can then be a blessing to their home villages at the completion of the program.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
— Mark 10:45 ESV

Ministry Update: River Outreach

Rich Redmond led a river outreach up and down the Kuskokwim River.  They visited people in local villages and fish camps.  People were welcoming and receptive of the radios used to listen to the KYKD gospel radio station.  The team also provided Bibles for the those who didn't have one and gospel tracts.  Please pray that the Lord would continue to work in the lives of those we met with.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
— Hebrews 4:12 ESV

Ministry Update: Village VBS

Recently a team from Sierra Baptist and Faith Bible put on a VBS program in a local village.  It was a great week of spending time with the kids playing games, working on crafts, and sharing Bible stories.  The curriculum incorporated the daily memory verses into the songs and the kids earned prizes if they could learn the daily verse.  The team definitely felt blessed by the Lord in how he provided for good weather days while we were out on the basketball court and the local community providing the school gym so we could get out of the wind.  Please pray that the Lord would continue to water the seeds that were planted and give us additional opportunities to invest in the kids lives!


So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
— 1 Corinthians 3:7 ESV

Ministry Update: Bible Camp is in full swing.

The Lord is at work up on the Yukon River at Kokrine Hills Bible Camp (  The High School Camp finished up and Discipleship Camp is in full swing.  The team from GCA has been assisting by flying staff and students in and out for the camps.  The team at camp was excited to have five baptisms during the first week of camp. Please continue to pray for the Lord's blessing on the students attending camp!

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
— Romans 10:13 ESV

Ministry Update: Alexander Creek

We had a team from Sierra Baptist and Faith Bible out at Alexander Creek Kings Lodge ( doing some much needed repairs.  The team worked on getting the generator up and running, restoring running water, and other projects.  The purpose of the lodge is to function as a discipleship and training center focused on the Word of God.  Please be praying that the Lord would continue to bless the ministry team in establishing this training facility.

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
— Psalm 127:1 ESV

Ministry Update: Sierra Baptist hard at work!

The missions team from Sierra Baptist started out their week-long missions trip by blessing some of the team from GCA with a helping hand!  They spent their first day in Big Lake helping raise the roof at Michael Nylund's and at the Kirsch's property across the street cleaning up!  The team was a tremendous help locally in Big Lake before heading out into remote Alaska off the road system.

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
— John 13:35 NASB

Ministry Update: New Cherokee for GCA

We purchased a 300 HP Piper Cherokee to be used for the ministry.  This is an upgrade with a larger engine and instrument capabilities, including a Garmin 430.  One of the board members Shawn Bickford made the flight from San Franscisco, California to Big Lake, Alaska the first week of June.

Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations;
You established the earth, and it stands.
— Psalm 119:90 NASB

Ministry Update: Summer has arrived in Alaska

The temperature is warming up in Alaska, and they have a saying, "You better hurry because winter is coming!"  So the team at GCA has been busy preparing for the summer flying season by performing aircraft annuals, installing new instrument panels, and switching aircraft from wheels to floats!  The winters can be long, but God is merciful to us in providing beautiful summers!

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
— Lamentation 3:22-23 NASB

Christmas Caroling via Air

The team at GCA brought a group of carolers out to a village to sing about the Savior of mankind, born on Christmas day!  The team flew two aircraft out and joined with some believers in the village to share the Good News about Jesus Christ.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
— Luke 2:13-14

Ministry Update: Still Flying for Bible Camp

The GCA ministry team continues to support Korkine Hills in their fifth week of Bible Camp "Young Adults Camp". The Lord is gracious and continues to watch out for the team providing transportation for the students at camp. Every week the pilots are flying multiple legs to
different villages to shuttle the students home/camp and to nearby towns as the support staff is also changed over weekly. This is an exciting time of year with long sunny days and plenty of ministry opportunities. The team appreciates your support this busy time of year and throughout the year. Whatever is going on in our lives the Lord is still on his throne as Isaiah was reminded in Isaiah 6:


“I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.”
— Isaiah 6:1-5 NASB