Thursday, February 23, 2012


By Pamela Rae Schuffert presenting investigative journalism from a Biblical Christian perspective-
                                 Kotzebue Airport, Alaska

Finally, after much preparation and further medical  training, my friend Lisa will be  flying to a local Inupiaq Eskimo village to assist the people in various ways for an entire week. We are all very excited! This is the very reason why Lisa came here from the beginning: she loves the Native peoples of North America, and truly enjoys working among the local Inupiaq people here in Kotzebue.

And who wouldn't? With every trip to the downtown area in Kotzebue, I meet more and more wonderful people, whether at the local AC grocery store, or the post office, or at various functions, these Inupiaq people are unique and precious. They truly form an important part of North America's national treasures and ancient heritage pre-dating all foreign settlers. I so enjoy watching them as they walk by in beautiful Native parkas with rich furs of various kinds composing hoods  and trim. Or zooming by in their VERY fast snowmobiles! And also watching their huskies and dogsleds go by in the distance across  the frozen tundra.

Lisa will face many challenges in the village. Training people in medical techniques, confronting various health needs and crises, and more. But these resilient people deserve the best of quality medical care and assistance, and I am happy that Lisa and her years of training and experience can be a part of providing that excellent care for the Inupiaq.

PRAY therefore for Lisa, for strength and wisdom to face the many challenges she will encounter this following week. She thanks you all and covets your ongoing prayers for not only her, but for the beloved Inupiaq people she will be assisting.

There are many courageous people here in Kotzebue, both Native and the newcomers who came here to help the Inupiaq. Medical staff and teachers and other committed workers who have come from the Lower 48 to contribute their many skills to assisting the Inupiaq of Kotzebue. John Baker, Inupiaq, is the amazing winner of the previous IDITAROD race in Alaska who also  lives here in Kotzebue.

I am happy that Lisa's name can be added to the list of those who came to love and to help, and to contribute their skills to bless the local people here.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers for Lisa and her success at this time! And your prayers for the Inupiaq of Alaska as well.

-Pamela Rae Schuffert reporting from Alaska

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