Mission Statement

By drawing close to Christ, the Alaska Mission team is devoted to sharing His light, peace and joy to every person they encounter with a focus on intentional relational ministry with youth and young adults. Our mission is to love with the heart of Christ.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12

I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. - John 17:14-18

About the Mission

Alaska Mission invites you to serve the northern-most Catholic mission diocese in our country! In June 2018, a group of young men and women began a new type of lay missionary work in relational ministry to young adults within the Fairbanks Diocese for an entire year.  Their ministry spans the cultures and ages found within the Diocese to include both adult and youth formation with Alaskan Natives and non-natives who call this Diocese home. Through ongoing spiritual formation within the diocese and intellectual formation through partnership and training with the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University, the team of missionaries strives to aid the church in Alaska with catechesis for the youth and young adults.

 

Join the Team

Spend a year in Fairbanks, Alaska

While this year’s team will be heading back to their out-of-state homes in May, Melody Doudna, mission founder and team leader, is already beginning to recruit a new set of 4 missionaries for the following year. “I am looking for a team of 4 young adults on fire for their faith and willing to answer Christ’s call to be His hands and feet and heart to His children here at the very ends of the earth. If you are a young man or woman considering what God wants for your life for the next year, and you think this might be for you, please give me a call!”

Email: alaskan.missionaries@gmail.com

Phone: 907-712-4829

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OUR TEAM

 
Deirdre Grace

Deirdre Grace

 
Melody Doudna    My name is Melody Doudna. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and have a passion for evangelizing and spreading the love of Christ wherever I am. Some of my missionary experiences have been in the Ohio Valley and Austria through my studies at Franciscan University. Additionally, I spent the summer of 2017 in Far East Russia.    While working in Russia, I saw so much hurt in the broken families I encountered. I learned to pray daily for each person: “Come Holy Spirit, fill their hearts with the Father’s Love.” Prayer is the backbone of this new mission trip to Alaska, because when we offer all to God, we are doing more with His help than we could ever dream of doing on our own. When I received God’s call for me to return to my home state of Alaska for mission work, I realized the truth that it is God’s Mission that I am being called to join. His mission, not mine. A true missionary will go anywhere and accept anything that Our Lord asks of him or her because God can see the whole picture and I can’t. It is a very humbling truth, but it is also very freeing. I have experienced the most personal freedom in being able to give everything over to Him.    I invite you to join me either in person or through prayer or financial support to follow the Lord to Alaska and help me be a witness of Christian joy there!

Melody Doudna

My name is Melody Doudna. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and have a passion for evangelizing and spreading the love of Christ wherever I am. Some of my missionary experiences have been in the Ohio Valley and Austria through my studies at Franciscan University. Additionally, I spent the summer of 2017 in Far East Russia.

While working in Russia, I saw so much hurt in the broken families I encountered. I learned to pray daily for each person: “Come Holy Spirit, fill their hearts with the Father’s Love.” Prayer is the backbone of this new mission trip to Alaska, because when we offer all to God, we are doing more with His help than we could ever dream of doing on our own. When I received God’s call for me to return to my home state of Alaska for mission work, I realized the truth that it is God’s Mission that I am being called to join. His mission, not mine. A true missionary will go anywhere and accept anything that Our Lord asks of him or her because God can see the whole picture and I can’t. It is a very humbling truth, but it is also very freeing. I have experienced the most personal freedom in being able to give everything over to Him.

I invite you to join me either in person or through prayer or financial support to follow the Lord to Alaska and help me be a witness of Christian joy there!

 
Robert Bernard

Robert Bernard

 
Michael Kohler

Michael Kohler

 
Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts

 

 

On November 30, 2017,  the Most Reverend Chad W. Zielinski endorsed the missionary intentions of Melody Doudna.  

 
“I AM EXCITED THAT A “HOME-GROWN” YOUNG ADULT HAS TAKEN THE INITIATIVE TO APPROACH OUR DIOCESE TO ASSIST US IN OUR MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES. I HAVE A GREAT DESIRE TO SEE HER SUCCEED. YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND PRAYERS WILL MAKE THAT A REALITY.”
— Bishop Chad W. Zielinski

Join the Team

Spend a year in Fairbanks Alaska

Alaska Mission is still looking for new members to join us in this fruitful service. If you would like to know more about this mission contact Melody Doudna.

Email: alaskan.missionaries@gmail.com

Phone: 907-712-4829

In-Kind Donations

Fairbanks Cars and Lodging

Alaska Mission is looking for reliable transportation in the form of multiple donated vehicles so that we can travel to remote communities to train future catechists. We are also looking for lodging for the year or part of the year.

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Financial Goal 

$70,000

Alaska Mission is fundraising 70,000 dollars for their work in Alaska. This team will be spending a year in Fairbanks, Alaska, to bring catechesis and youth adult ministry to areas starving for priests and missionaries. Please prayerfully consider donating to this mission.