Our Story

Camp Li-Wa is one of two camps operated by Victory Ministries of Alaska.

Camp Li-Wa, which stands for Living Water, is located just outside of Fairbanks. Li-Wa was started in 1959 and was operated as part of the Denali Bible Church in Fairbanks for 25 years, mainly as a summer camp. Wycliffe also had a missionary camp here. Camp Li-Wa was then turned over to InterAct Ministries (Victory’s parent organization) and then to Victory Ministries of Alaska.

From overnight and day camps, to outdoor adventure camps that explore interior Alaska, to CHA certified horsemanship camps, we offer programs for ages 5 through high school.  If you are interested in intentional training and discipleship, check out our Servant and Leadership Training (SALT)  program for those 14-18. Additionally, we offer various counselor, leadership, and support positions in our summer programming as well. In the fall and spring, our heated arena is the ideal location for horse riding lessons for ages 9 and up. 

If your church or organization desires to hold a retreat or conference, our facilities are available for guest groups from August through May. Camp Li-Wa is the perfect location to seek rest as you draw closer to God through His Word and enjoy His beautiful creation.

Also, don’t forget to check out our sister camp, Victory Bible Camp located 95 miles northeast from Anchorage. 


Our Team

Mark and Jo Hibma

Mark is the Maintenance Director, overseeing all camp maintenance and especially enjoys working with work teams. Jo teaches a riding lesson in the barn and helps serve guest groups. Mark and Jo have two sons. Their oldest son, Nate lives in the Fairbanks area and Jarod attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The family came to Li-Wa for the summer of 2008. They returned permanently in July of 2009. The Hibmas, originally from Michigan, love the fact that God is using them and their gifts in a way to spread His word.

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Dave and Chris Goff

Dave and Chris Goff came to Camp Li-Wa in 2008. The couple are formerly from Wisconsin where Chris worked in the camping industry for 30 years and Dave worked in engineering. Dave is Finance Director of Victory Ministries of AK and Chris is the primary cook and housekeeper. Both of them love to hike and read.

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Patrick and Amy Nave

After serving in Alaska on mission trips, Patrick and Amy Nave now serve full time at Camp Li-Wa. Patrick works in maintenance and Amy works in the office. Together, they serve as guest group coordinators. Patrick and Amy have a desire for the next generation to know the love of Christ and live a life fully devoted to Him. Originally from Tennessee, this family, including Logan and Natalie, is excited to see how God will use their gifts to bring Him glory.

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