Early Christian missionaries to Alaska’s indigenous people were convinced the culture was demonic and needed to be cleansed. So, they forbade cultural dance, icons, totems, and even local dialects and languages.
An entire generation of people had their culture taken away from them in the name of Christianity—as a result, only 10 percent of the population regularly attends organized worship services on weekends.
North of Hope, a 20-minute documentary produced by Creative Impact Ministries, tells the story of how Foursquare Missions International (FMI) Missionaries Rod and Teresa Koop have been invited to be a part of helping restore this lost culture while also sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of Alaska.
The three-minute trailer offers a glimpse at the stunning cinematography by former pastors and now filmmakers Jim and Lynn Adams. In the full-length documentary, they beautifully share with the viewer totem raisings and shed building projects, which are an important part of helping to transform the broken hearts of a lost culture.
“It is a restoration of culture and heritage,” Rod says. “This is Foursquare working with people to fulfill their dreams.”
Referencing Matt. 5:16, Teresa adds: “God is being glorified. ‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’ ” (NIV).
“It is a restoration of culture and heritage. This is Foursquare working with people to fulfill their dreams.”
—Rod Koop, FMI missionary to Alaska
Based in Anchorage, the largest city in the state, the Koops serve as Foursquare’s first officially recognized missionaries to the U.S., through a partnership between FMI and the North Pacific District.
Congregations will respond to the vivid emotions and sincere stories of the people of Alaska who welcome the love of God and openly embrace the missionaries today who are bringing God’s love to them.
Play this video clip for your church or small group.