The Net [pictured below] is a internet cafe. We love how one of our volunteers, Julie, vividly described it a few years back...
"What IS the ministry of The Net? It's a Sanctuary in a sea of chaos and unrest. It's a place where strangers are treated like family. One young woman walking in breathed deeply, "This place smells like love." Our table is laid with fresh coffee, hot cocoa, lemonade, water, iced tea and platters of fresh baked goods and a basket of packaged snacks and candies. A few tables with chairs, a well worn couch and coffee table invite guests to stay awhile. The walls hold bookshelves with Bibles, devotionals and Scripture tracts to feed the mind and nurture the soul. Board games and puzzles are stacked on an end table, and used clothing is piled on a table in the back room.
Everything is free. Sometimes people would come to the kitchen asking where the donation basket is. We would tell them it's all a free gift to anyone who comes, just like God freely gives salvation to those who come to Him through Christ. We also told them that the food comes from our church family and friends down in the lower 48 who care for them and the difficulty of life during this season."
Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I ship my items? What service should I use?
Use USPS when shipping if you're not shipping directly from a website. Priority mail or flat rate shipping boxes work best. UPS shipping/ Fed Ex is available in Naknek but changes to USPS in Anchorage and may get stuck there for a few weeks. Our last advice? Ship early! You never know when it might get there.
The Net, c/o KAKN Radio
PO Box 214
Naknek, AK 99633
(If a PO Box is not accepted try using KAKN Radio, 214 KAKN Way, Naknek, AK 99633)
We're heading to the store to purchase items. Any helpful tips?
Yes! Check out our shopping guide and some helpful tips.
How Can I Get Involved?
Set-up a display at your church
Setting up a display in your church is a great way to catch people's attention and involve everyone in the mission. If you want material on Alaska contact the Home Missions office. Bonus tip from Bobbie: "When I set up my table, I also have flat rate shipping boxes and labels that have already been addressed for people to pick up and take with them. We have also found that the boxes need to be very securely taped shut because the boxes really take a beating. Some people have tried removing the plastic bags of mix that come in large boxes to save room in packing. This doesn’t work so good, because if the box is smashed, those plastic bags frequently are punctured and we have mix all over the place."
Volunteer at The Net
We've had volunteers from all over the lower 48 and we'd love to add YOU to that list. If you have any interest whatsoever don't hesitate to contact our manager of The Net, Bobbie Overgaard (firstname.lastname@example.org). She would love to answer any of your questions.
Get your young people involved
This kids club from Grafton, ND took a Wednesday night to make tie quilts, write letters to the missionaries, and fill boxes with goodies for The Net.