So WHY a new church in Anchorage Alaska?
For starters, since God started speaking to my husband Travis and I in 2004 about planting a church and Alaska, we have learned that out of the 400,000 people that call Anchorage their home, 250,000 of them claim NO RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION of any kind. That number is mind blowing, especially when we have also learned that there are only 8 Assemblies of God churches in the city of Anchorage.
So why Alaska for Legacy Church?
When God first began this calling, we had no idea it would bring us to Alaska. And to be honest when I first heard God say Alaska, I didn't know how to feel about it. I knew God spoke it, but He also knew it would take time for the both Travis and I to get the training and experience we would need to be able to do what God was calling us to do. God began by laying Alaska on my husband Travis' heart! It was in a way that almost scared me at times, seeing him seeking churches in Alaska when we were doing so well where we were at. But God's burden for Alaska grew for the both of us! For Travis he began to not seek church openings for employment, but to pray for each church that didn't have a pastor, to find one, and then reach out to them after they got there.
This went on for over a decade, when we moved to Springfield MO and Travis gave this calling to plant a new church and Alaska to God completely, vowing to not pick it up unless God did so for him. And that's just what God did! God gave Travis favor to get a job working for Church Multiplication Network and then The Center for Holy Land Studies with the Assemblies of God. These positions reignited the burning desire in Travis to be obedient to God's calling no matter what the sacrifice, that then caught fire in myself as well.
While working in these two positions God orchestrated for Travis and I to both "run into" or as I like to put it have divine appointments with two individuals from Alaska, who would give each of us personal invitations to come to Alaska. The first was a lady from Alaska that had relocated to Springfield I had miraculously met on a walk with our two Siberian huskies. During this conversation I felt God's hand of peace and reassurance that Alaska was the place and planting a church with the gifting's and callings Travis and I had was the how.
Travis in this time had gone to a service at a local church in Springfield MO where the superintendents of the nation had gathered. While in service God had spoken to Travis to speak to the superintendent of Alaska while he was there. The way I remember Travis telling me the story was Travis responding to God by saying, "Okay God that would be cool and all but every person in this auditorium is an older white haired gentleman in a suit that looks like every other man in this room, how am I supposed to find him?" When God told Travis to look to his left and that his man would be sitting in the balcony beside him. Low in behold the superintendent of Alaska was there, just as God has spoken so Travis went to speak with him. During their conversation the superintendent invited Travis and I to make a proposal to start a new church in Alaska.
I remember Travis coming home that day and asking if we should apply, knowing he too had began to feel the comfort that had kept me from saying yes for so long myself. But my response was that I knew we should apply and that if we were not approved, at least then we would know that we had done all that we knew to do in obedience. So we made a video on the one and only day it snowed the BIGGEST snowflakes I have ever seen in the 5 years we lived in Missouri. The snowflakes were SOOOOO big and heavy they were weighing down my eye lashes while we filmed the video. It was like God was blessing us already with the LOVE OF WINTER that Travis and I share and had been missing so dearly while living in Missouri.
The process for approval to plant a new church in Anchorage Alaska began and was approved. Then God spoke to me at a women's retreat while dancing in front of the stage with hundreds of other women. He said, "Sell your house and use it to start the church". I was soooooo excited when I heard God's voice! I didn't have an ounce of fear in my soul, I knew that was exactly what we would do and the number $80,000 is what God had laid on my heart to pray for. We had spent the past year and a half flipping the home we lived in and finally felt like we finally had a place and home to call our own. Never having this before in my ENTIRE LIFE was a HUGE thing for me personally, but soooo excited to see what God would do with it!
When we sold our home in May of 2021 to move to Alaska and plant Legacy Church we had exactly $80,000 in the bank from the sale of our home and extra money God had blessed us with in the process. We were able to give all of that and more to Legacy Church and can't wait to see what God will do with it in people's lives!!! We want a church that experiences God's presence and loves one another the way God calls us to in the Bible. We want to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus, because Travis, our daughter Emily and myself have all experienced Jesus showing up in each of our lives in a way that changed us FOREVER!!! We want to give this to others by Experiencing God - Making God Known - Developing People - Launching New Churches - Serving the City!
That is the WHY, now we wait to see the HOW! Come along and be a part of what God is doing already through Legacy Church AK! Get involved, Give no matter how much or how little, I know God will bless you because of it, because He has continued to bless us because of it ourselves! If you too would like to make Legacy Church part of YOUR LEGACY, please visit us at https://bit.ly/tithly-LegacyChurch TODAY! We would LOVE for you to be a Part of the Family!
Is this you?
.Do you want to know God more? Do you want someone to help you do so? Do you want someone to walk alongside you who has been in your shoes? Do you feel alone? Do you want to experience the healthier and happier you?