Usher turns up the volume to serve on mission team

Usher turns up the volume to serve on mission team

Larry Weeks of Eagle River installs insulation in a triplex owned by KICY radio during a mission trip to Nome. He was one of three people from CCC to help with the project.

By Mary M. Rall
Community Covenant Church

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska — Head usher Larry Weeks put down the offering basket and picked up a hammer as a member of a construction mission team from Community Covenant Church that served the KICY radio ministry in Nome May 14-17.

The three-man team also included fellow Eagle River residents Brad Bistodeau and Rick Fagan, who Weeks said aided in the construction of a triplex owned by KICY.

“We got all the insulation in except the attic stuff, which was kind of dangerous,” Weeks said, adding the team also put up a significant amount of plastic sheeting used for waterproofing on the 4,000-square-foot structure.

“For just the three of us, we did quite a bit,” he said.

This was the second summer in a row Weeks and Bistodeau have traveled to Nome in support of the construction project, which Weeks said has come a long way in a year.

“It was just a basic frame…and part of the roof was done,” he said of the state of the structure in 2014.

“We put on all the windows, a few of the interior walls and the Fasia board that goes around the outside.”

The project is now close to being finished, though, and Weeks estimates it’ll be well on its way to being rented by KICY to help offset the costs of running the station in just a couple of months.

“Their electricity bill is extremely high, so this triplex will help offset that,” he said. “It will help keep the radio station going.”

Keeping the Evangelical Covenant Church non-profit radio station running may be vital to allowing God’s message to reach more than 40 Native Alaskan villages throughout Western Alaska, as well communities in the Russian Far East.

“As long as we keep the radio station on the air in today’s unsettled world, it’s a light,” Weeks said.

“That’s the way I feel. It’s a light in the darkness.”

Mission teams from throughout the country have assisted in the triplex project, and Weeks recognizes he was just one of many people to help keep the 50,000-watt outreach the station has been providing from Northwestern Alaska going since it began in 1960.

“I feel like I’m part of God’s work—just a little piece,” he said with a laugh. “Just one of the many ants in the anthill.”

The retired firefighter also chuckled at the notion of being handy, and said making a difference on a short-term mission project is more about attitude than skill.

“I’m not a professional, but I guess I’m an amateur at everything,” he said. “You have to have the motivation to believe what you’re working for is going to serve a good purpose. If you have that, then you can get things done.”

Likewise, Weeks said mission team members have to accept they may never realize the long-term impacts of their work, especially when there’s often no way to know who’s receiving the message the station is broadcasting.

“They have to realize what they’re going up there for, what the mission is,” he said. “You may not see results right away, but God works differently. His ways aren’t our ways, but the end result is to get the message out and to help people.”

The ministry broadcasts 24 hours a day at KICY AM-850 and ICY 100.3 FM. More information on the station’s outreach and live audio streaming of its broadcasts are also available online at www.kicy.org.