Mark and Nicola Faires
Mark and Nicola’s role is to support fellow SEND North personnel in Alaska’s interior. They serve in the Fairbanks area and wear many hats. They are part of the Logistics and Support team, providing housing and expediting, as well as being part of the aviation department through flight and maintenance.
Fairbanks is the most northern city on Alaska’s road system, making it the most central location for supporting the villages in the interior. Fairbanks is considered, by many, to be Alaska’s largest “village” as it is well connected with the outlying villages.
Mark is a graduate of LeTourneau University with a Bachelor of Science in Flight Science, holding his commercial, multi-engine pilot certificate, and airframe and powerplant mechanic’s certificate. Nicola graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in nursing, served one term with the Air Force, and now raises their four kids while assisting in ministry. Mark and Nicola have been serving with SEND North since 2015.
We call it the 60/70 Window: Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Nunavut — names that signal harsh climate, immense geography, isolated communities and intense spiritual needs.
It is SEND North’s vision to see every community of the 60/70 Window filled with local disciple-makers who meet together regularly and have established regional leadership.
Ways that we engage the lost and train disciples:
Incarnational disciple making
Bi-vocational ministry (nursing, teaching, counselling, etc.)
Bible day camps
Many of the communities in the 60/70 Window struggle with substance abuse, poverty, loss of culture, suicide and other problems that present unique challenges for church planting. The people of the north are known to be very creative and relational. They have a strong sense of community and a respect for both the natural and spiritual world.
SEND North personnel seek to:
Live in these communities with intentional, long-term focus
Effectively communicate the gospel across various cultures
Disciple local people with the intent that they would also make disciples