Voice For Christ Ministries exists to provide Christian radio to Native and Rural Alaskans. 

To do this, VFCM owns and operates the I AM Radio Network.

 

VFCM believes that radio is the most effective means to spread Biblical teaching and the gospel of Jesus Christ in the state of Alaska. Radio can overcome the obstacles of Alaska's vast size, it's harsh and unpredictable weather, and the cultural barriers amongst Native and non-Native rural residents. 

 

Alaska's land mass is approximately equal to one-fifth of the lower 48 states. With 570,374 square miles or 365,039,104 acres, Alaska is the largest state in the union, just over twice the size of Texas. With only three state highways, travel by road in Alaska can be difficult.

Nicknamed "The Last Frontier", this great state is broken up into 5 different regions, each with their own unique weather. Parts of Alaska can see temperatures of -40F in the winter and 80F in the summer. Other regions of Alaska will have much milder readings on the thermometer, however they might brave 90 to 100 mph winds.Travel by water or air also becomes extremely difficult or impossible in these conditions.

 

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Just as the state is broken up into 5 geographical regions, Alaska's indigenous people are also reflective of the area in which they live. The Inupiaq and St. Lawrence Island Yupik Eskimo groups live in the northern region of the state and subsist off of the northern waters. The Athabascan Indian's populate the interior of Alaska along the five major rivers and share eleven different dialects of thier language.In the Yukon-Koskokwim Delta and western region, Yup'ik and Cup'ik Eskimos hunt, fish, and gather for food. The maritime Natives (Aleut and Alutiiq) are found in the south and southwest regions living their lives by the water and weather. The Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian occupy the southeastern portion of the state with different languages and social and clan family systems.