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How a Christian missionary, nearly 100 years old, brought hope to Alaskans

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Christian missionaries who are called to share their faith with others often embark on the journey of a lifetime -- and leave a lasting impact on the communities they serve.

Some missionaries may minister to others in their neighborhood or on a college campus, while others may travel overseas or to unknown territory.

For 99-year-old Alice Green, the missionary journey started an incredible 72 years ago -- when she moved from Denver, Colorado, to the remote village of Savoonga, Alaska.

"She made God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus loving and understanding," said Jenny Alowa, a retired woman living in Anchorage, Alaska. She recalled celebrating Christmas at the church that Green helped build in the 1950s, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

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Located on the St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, Savoonga is home to an estimated 700 people.

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The Alaska Dispatch News featured a profile of Green this week, which is how her story came to light.

"Carol Combs, a teacher in Savoonga in the 1970s, introduced me to Green," wrote an Anchorage resident, Charles Wohlforth, in the column.

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Wohlforth hosts radio shows on Alaska Public Media and noted that Green turns 100 next month. She now lives at the Anchorage Pioneer Home.

She went to seminary to become a Presbyterian church worker. There was no church in Savoonga when she arrived, so she helped build the Savoonga Presbyterian Church and it is still in use today.

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