Virginia Maillelle is an Athabascan Indian and has a ministry with the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission and visits patients at Providence Extended Care and the Native hospital. She and her late husband, Walter Maillelle, grew up in the interior town on the Yukon River now known as Grayling. He was reared mostly in the woods, without benefit of schooling, while Virginia was raised in the neighboring village of Shageluk. They married in 1956.
After their marriage, Virginia received Christ as her Savior. This caused Walter to hate her for ten years. Then on May 14, 1969, Walter received Christ through the help of Ken Hughes, one of Scenic Park's missionaries. After that, he said he "felt the hate leave and love come in.”
Medical problems brought the Maillelles to Anchorage, and Walter worked as a foreman in the Montgomery Ward warehouse for several years. He helped start the Native New Life group where natives shared their testimonies, and sang songs about their new life in Christ. Native New Life Fellowship continues to meet weekly in Anchorage. During the annual Fur Rendezvous, Native New Life holds the "Native Musicale Program.” It is widely broadcast on radio stations across the state.
Whenever they were invited, Walter and Virginia returned to bush villages in Alaska, the Yukon Territory, and Russia with evangelistic ministry teams. Scenic Park continues to support Virginia both financially and in prayer.
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Anchorage, AK 99502
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