Nelson Angapak, senior vice president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, is on the lineup of speakers for the annual Kodiak Native New Life Crusade, slated for Thursday through Friday, Nov. 4-7, at the Community Baptist Church. Evening services begin at 7 p.m.
“Jesus Only” is the theme of the crusade.
Angapak will bring the message at the closing service on Sunday after a potluck, which begins a 5 p.m. in the church basement. His wife, Natalie, will share her faith in song and testimony.
Angapak was raised in the Yup’ik Eskimo village of Tuntutuliak.
He gave his life to Christ in 1994 at the First Native Baptist Church during a revival.
After taking a class on the Book of Romans, he felt that the Lord was calling him to preach, he said.
Angapak holds a bachelor’s degree in math from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., a master’s degree in land and resources management from Antioch College in San Francisco, and a bachelor’s in theology from Golden Gate Seminary in San Francisco.
He has also served as interim administrative pastor of the Anchorage Moravian Church in the absence of a pastor.
In his position with AFN, Angapak lobbies for various Alaska Native issues.
Natalie was born and raised in Kipnuk.
She lived in Kodiak in 1978 for six months to babysit for her brother, Charles Kashatok, and his wife while they attended night school at Kodiak Community College.
She attended the Kodiak Assembly of God where she accepted Jesus and “got to know the Holy Spirit for the first time,” she said.
“I found my calling to sing and play guitar for the Lord.”
Natalie obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. She works as an accountant at United Utilities Inc.
The Angapaks attend the Native Baptist Church where Natalie teaches Sunday School and leads in the music. She is also involved in Alaska Baptist Family Services, a women’s ministry which helps homeless from the villages.
Natalie will perform with other visiting musicians during the opening night of the crusade. Also featured are Mabel Moses, who plays piano and accordion, guitar player Gary Simple, the Kodiak Native New Life singers, and Bill Olson, a Bristol Bay fisherman and musician.
Olson, referred to as “Captain Billy,” will be the keynote speaker during Friday’s services.
Moses will be the guest speaker at a men and women’s brunch in the basement of Community Baptist on Saturday, at 10 a.m. Her topic will be based on the healing God provides to widows.
Many years ago her world fell apart when her husband died suddenly and unexpectedly.
“My heart was broken,” she said. “It has been and is sometimes still rough, long and hard, but victory prevails from the Lord in his life-giving power.
“God has worked a miracle in healing me from a life of loneliness, desolation, trial and heartache,” she said.
Moses said she was born “Inupiaq in Unalakleet of Unaliq and Maliimute descent.”
In 1953 her family moved to Anchorage where her father worked for construction companies operating heavy equipment.
“Our family attended a Native mission. I came to trust in Jesus Christ in my youth and dedicated myself for his service.
“God instilled in me a love for the piano, organ and the like,” she said. “I carried the love of music and singing into my church life in Anchorage.”
Moses’ late husband was a deacon, song leader and choir director at the Alaska Native Church.
“I can carry on doing everything I love in sacred music and venture into other ministries at this time in my life,” she said.
The Saturday evening program, geared to younger audience, will feature Simple, who lives in Venetie. Simple came to Christ after a long bout with alcoholism and drug addiction.
Speakers and musicians also plan to visit the communities of Ouzinkie and Port Lions.
Alan and Linda Ross, directors of Kodiak Native New Life, said the crusade is an opportunity to share the Gospel and enjoy fellowship of Christians.
“We want to share with people who may be dissatisfied with life and are seeking answers and forgiveness,” Alan said. “We want them to know that their sins can be forgiven through Jesus Christ.”
The Native New Life Crusade is a time of “encouragement, fellowship, sharing, rejoicing that we can be together to hear testimonies of what God is doing in people’s lives,” Linda said. “Native New Life is not just for Natives.”
This is the 17th year of the local crusade.
The Kodiak chapter meets every Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Community Baptist basement for singing, sharing and Bible studies.
Many of the guest speakers and musicians attend the Anchorage Native New Life Fellowship.