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Healing Quiet

God is at work in the harsh beauty of Bristol Bay, Alaska


Last updated 11/14/2016 at 6:10pm

David Uttley

As the hunting and fishing season closes and the people of the Togiak settle in for winter, life takes on a different tempo. With only 60 full-time jobs in the village and with subsistence work coming to a standstill for the year, the importance of Gospel engagement grows with the incoming cold.

photography by David Uttley

Even in summer, Togiak, Alaska, is effortlessly quiet, mostly empty of human voices. The stillness is punctuated occasionally by the rattle of all-terrain vehicles, gulls overhead, and that beautifully haunting, hollow call the ravens make from roof crests and lamp posts. A few dogs may bark aimlessly and sometimes a plane lands with a buzz on the airstrip.

Perhaps it's a quiet that the village naturally maintains around non-natives who inevitably find their way up to the tundra for fishing, hunting, curiosity, or, in the case of Samaritan's Purse, to...

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