Later there was intermittent interest in Alaska. In 1896 John K. Brubaker, a minister in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference, accompanied by J. S. Lehman, made a four months' evangelistic trip to Alaska. In 1949 Mahlon Stoltzfus and William Anders flew their plane to Alaska for the purpose of investigating mission opportunities which the Mennonite Church might enter in that country. Their report suggested that Alaska presented many opportunities for Christian service and evangelism.
In 1947, Linford Hackman, pilot and beloved Alberta Mennonite minister, saw mission possibilities in Alaska. Self-supporting church workers Mahlon and Hilda Stoltzfus collaborated with the Covenant Church at the village of Fortuna Ledge ( Marshall) (1952-57) and led a voluntary service unit at the village of Russian Mission until 1961. In 1978 Hackman encouraged Mennonites in Anchorage to form the Anchorage Mennonite Fellowship (18 members, 2003) which affiliated in 1981 with the Northwest Mennonite Conference. After the formation of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA in 1999 the congregation joined the Pacific Northwest Conference of Mennonite Church USA.
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Brenneman, George and Jewell Brenneman. "Alaska (USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1990. Web. 3 Sep 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Alaska_(USA)&oldid=90768.
Brenneman, George and Jewell Brenneman. (1990). Alaska (USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 September 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Alaska_(USA)&oldid=90768.
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