Mark and Nicola Faires
Mark and Nicola’s role is to support other missionaries and ministries in Alaska’s interior. They serve in the Fairbanks area and wear many hats. Mark provides aviation and hands on service as well as other logistical and support needs while Nicola helps with guesting housing and caring for their children.
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 five kids while assisting in ministry. Mark and Nicola have been in ministry in the area since 2014 and began serving with Vassal Ministries in 2022.
Meeting the logistical and physical needs of Alaska ministries through aviation, hospitality, and support services.
Vassal Ministries’ goal is to serve by supplying and facilitating the logistical and physical needs of churches, organizations and ministries seeking to fulfill the Great Commission (As stated in Matthew 28:19-20), and to train, equip, and mentor those seeking to serve in ministry. Our emphasis is on those serving in remote locations in Alaska. We seek to help overcome the logistical challenges of remote life so those in ministry can focus their efforts on the spiritual and relational aspects of ministry.
Vassal aims to serve in primarily three categories: Aviation, Hospitality, and Logistical Support.
Aviation is a necessity in Alaska. With Villages that are hundreds of miles off the road system, the only practical access is by air. As such, missionaries rely on air transportation for ministry support. Vassal helps maintain missionary aircraft as an essential tool in serving the Lord.
Hospitality is a critical component in providing rest and resources for missionaries traveling in and out of the villages for medical, supply, and respite. Vassal can help coordinate housing for ministry families.
Logistical Support provided by Vassal covers a broad scope including procurement, expediting, service projects, transportation, and vehicle use, storage, and maintenance.