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Jim and Linda Schulz
Missionaries Jim and Linda Schulz.

Missionaries in Venezuela, South Africa, Alaska, Belgium, India, Bolivia, Romania and more have benefitted greatly from the $200,000 the annual national Girls Ministries Coins for Kids missions giving program typically raises each year.

Yet, with new annual focuses every year, past years' projects can sometimes be forgotten. But in the land of the midnight sun, Alaska, the Coins for Kids 2012 giving project to help build a permanent building at a camp for children, has come to pass.

But it was more of a miracle in the making than anyone ever imagined.

The creation of Camp "Agaiutim Nune," which means "The Place of God," and is also known as Camp AN, began with a miracle. The pristine property was donated to AG missionaries Jim and Linda Shulz to create a camp for children.

Camp AN David Huff
Volunteer David Huff with wood beams traveling up the Yukon River to Camp AN.

However, Camp AN may also be a dictionary's definition of "middle of nowhere." Located on the banks of the Yukon River in Western Alaska, with no roads in or out, and accessible only by boat, Camp AN's nearest neighbor is a small village 17 miles away . . . the nearest city is 500 miles away.

But not to be detoured, the Schulzes have been operating the annual camp since 1996. Their focus is on demonstrating God's love and compassion to girls and boys, who are mostly from the Yupik Eskimo tribe, and introducing them to Christ.  However, with limited resources, the camp has had to utilize tents for church services, cooking, eating and sleeping, which had to be shipped in, set up, taken down, and stored every year.

Middle of Nowhere
Where is the "middle of nowhere"? How about Western Alaska, on the Yukon River, 500 miles from the nearest city with the only access being by boat? That is Camp AN!

In a more temperate zone, tents may be the ideal camp experience. But at Camp AN, the temperature sometimes drops below 40 in the summer. The building of a permanent multipurpose building that would protect campers and staff from nature seemed like the best of plans.

Yet even the best of plans hit roadblocks. After the strong giving effort through Coins for Kids to make the building possible, the Schulzes learned that barges couldn't navigate the river to their remote location — there was no way to transport the large, heavy steal beams or other equipment and supplies necessary to the building site.

But where barges failed, God prevailed.

"The very logistics of this projected indicated that it was impossible," Jim Schulz admits, "but God gave us wisdom, creativity, and sheer manpower to move and handle extremely heavy pieces of building materials without the use of heavy equipment."

Steel floor supports
Wood beams and steal floor supports are in place, awaiting layers of decking.

Schulz says that with the help of many volunteers and using their two relatively small camp boats, they transported 80 tons of building materials to the project site. From the ground to the locked doors, it took just 32 days to put the building up.

"Many men and church groups from both Alaska and the 'Lower 48' worked extremely long hours to accomplish the task," Schulz says. "So many miracles happened before and during construction that a brief statement like this could never begin to enumerate."

Volunteer David Huff, who attends Central Assembly in Springfield, Missouri, learned about the Camp AN project through a Pentecostal Evangel article. He agrees with Schulz, stating that the miracles that took place for the building to be completed are too numerous to name.

Nearing completion of building
The building nearly enclosed.

"Even though I have a background in carpentry, this project was very unlike anything I had ever done, due to the remote location and lack of equipment," Huff recalls. "There were lots of challenges that seemed insurmountable, but God provided solutions at just the right time.  

"We had 10 very large and heavy beams and 26 large red iron trusses that we had to move by boat, and unload them without equipment," Huff explains. "At one time it seemed completely impossible, but God gave the answer how to move them." 

Huff even praises God for the weather, explaining that typically August is a very wet month in Western Alaska, but during the two weeks he was there, the building effort was blessed by only two short periods of rain. "It was really amazing and incredibly unusual," he says.

Enclosed building at Camp AN
Through the efforts of missionaries and many volunteers, the Camp AN camp building is built in just 32 days.

Schulz says that the new building will house the chapel, dining hall and kitchen. 

"We have used the tents for 19 years and they show much wear," Schulz says. "Now we will be able to continue with a safe, dry, warm facility to continue reaching and disciplining souls for Christ. Next summer we have some 'finish' work to complete — outside steps, windows, two side doors, electrical work and insulate. We are confident God will continue to help us with this as well."

To view additional pictures of the building project in different stages of completion, see the Schulzes' Camp AN Flickr pages. To learn more about Coins for Kids, click here.

 


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Allen appointed to lead LFTL; Greene steps down

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 - 8:29 AM CST

Rick Allen
Allen

Rick Allen, a nationally-appointed U.S. Assemblies of God missionary, has been appointed by the Executive Presbytery as the new national director of Light for the Lost effective January 1, 2013.

Allen is currently a national church consultant with Healthy Church Network and has played a significant role in the development of the Acts 2 Church model. Previously he served as the district church enrichment director of the Arkansas District Council in a mentoring ministry. He has also served as a senior pastor at churches in Arkansas and Tennessee as well as a youth pastor in Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee.

"Rick has a servant's heart coupled with a passion for reaching the lost," says Assistant General Superintendent Alton Garrison, who oversees AG Church Ministries. "I believe he will creatively and effectively guide Light for the Lost in continuing its powerful ministry around the world."

Allen will be succeeding Tom Greene, the national director for Light for the Lost and Men's Ministries for the past 8 years.

Greene, who previously served as the national Youth Ministries director for a total of 5 years (1997-98, 2001-05), has served with distinction, Garrison says.

"Tom brought his energy and expertise in guiding youth seamlessly into leading our Fellowship's men," Garrison states, "and his leadership of Light for the Lost has been tremendous. We pray the Lord provides even greater opportunities for Tom's gifted ministry in the future."

General Superintendent George O. Wood echoes Garrison's statement. "Tom has provided highly adept and passionate leadership to several ministry areas of the national offices," Wood says. "His clarity of vision, selfless sacrifices and skilled ministry are just a few of his remarkable leadership qualities. He will be missed."

"I am thoroughly excited for the opportunity to continue to blaze the trail for Light for the Lost," says Allen, who will retain his status as a U.S. missionary. "Tom Greene has given great vision and leadership to LFTL over the last eight years, and it is an honor to accept the torch from him. I look forward to partnering with national and district LFTL teams as we endeavor to reach the lost.

"I am praying and trusting God to give guidance and wisdom for the journey ahead of us," Allen continues. "I am grateful and blessed to join this amazing ministry of evangelism to reach people around the world and across your street with the gospel of Jesus Christ."

For more information on LFTL, click here. To learn more about National Men's Ministries, see men.ag.org.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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