WJEF 2017

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Event Dates Nov 9, 2017 2:00 pm AKST - Nov 11, 2017 10:30 pm AKST.

Join us for a gathering of 200+ Native college students representing more than 50 tribes and ask once again: “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?” This year's theme is "Making All Things New," an exploration of the Creator's renewal of our world.

The Would Jesus Eat Frybread? conference (WJEF) is a gathering for Native students who come from across North America and Pasifika to:

  • Meet other Native college students who are investigating following Jesus while honoring their peoples, cultures, and traditions.
  • Learn from tribal elders as they offer their wisdom, experiences, and stories.
  • Learn to walk in beauty in the midst of abuse and oppression by following the Jesus way.
  • Share the gifts that Creator has placed in your culture.
  • Seek healing through prayer.
  • Discover your place in the story of hope and restoration that Creator is writing.
  • Be sent back to your campus with a full belly and a happy heart.



Subscribe to our YouTube channel for livestream of the WJEF conference. Times are somewhat tentative. We may not be able to broadcast all the sessions (esp. Thurs. evening).

Thursday 11/9 Session 1 ~7pm-8:30pm Alaska time/10pm-11:30pm CST Speakers: Eleanor Roehl, Curtis Ivanoff, Donnie Begay

Friday 11/10 Session 2 ~9am-10:30am Alaska time/noon-1:30pm CST Speakers: Mark Charles

Saturday 11/11 Session 3 ~9am-11:30am Alaska time/noon-2:30pm CST Speakers: Courtland Hopkins & Tricia Ivanoff, leading a study on Luke 7.

Saturday 11/11 Session 4 ~7pm-10pm Alaska time/10pm-1am CST. Speaker: Guy Peters.


REGISTRATION / COST          Register here

COST: $275 for students, $450 for staff, $275 for guests and volunteers, $100 for commuters (this option is for students who live in Anchorage and will not be staying in the Sheraton hotel).
The registration window is Aug 1, 2017 1:00 am AKDT to Nov 9, 2017 11:59 pm AKST.
You will need a Facebook account (or create a Relay account as you register), your basic contact information, and a credit card. If you don't have your flight number at the time of registration, be sure to e-mail it to luke.schmoll@cru.org upon booking flight so we can arrange shuttles.

Sign up before 9/29 to get a free promotional t-shirt!


SCHOLARSHIPS          scholarship application

If you have a IV campus staff minister, please have them fill out a scholarship application on your behalf. If you would like to apply but don't have a staff to assist you, please go ahead and fill it out yourself.



Anchorage, Alaska.
Sheraton Hotel: Housing & breakfast Thurs night - Sun morning (except for commuters)
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Community Covenant Church
Sheraton Hotel- Anchorage, AK
401 E 6th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501



Transportation to Anchorage is NOT included in conference cost. (However, scholarships for transportation may be available. Ask your ministry team leader how to obtain financial assistance for flights.)

A shuttle to the conference site IS provided from the Anchorage International airport (ANC) on Thursday. Shuttles will also be provided to get to event locations during the conference, and to transport from the hotel, back to the airport on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

Please give flight information here (airline, flight numbers, arrival and departure times) or e-mail it to luke.schmoll@cru.org upon booking flight.

Arrival: Please book your flights to arrive in Anchorage before 4:00 PM on Thursday, Nov 9th. This will allow us get a shuttle provided for you to get to the hotel. If that is not possible, contact Luke.Schmoll@cru.org (612-719-4667) to see if there are other people who your can ride with. Even if you plan to arrange & pay for your own shuttle to the hotel we will need to know that so that you are accounted for.

Departure: Your conference cost includes the Saturday night hotel stay and breakfast on Sunday morning, however, if you need to leave on a red-eye flight we can arrange a shuttle to the airport after the final evening session on Saturday evening.

If you need assistance booking your flight, please contact a ministry staff person who will going to WJEF. You will need to give your legal name and closest city/state airport to you and preferred flights for them to start looking at tickets.

Please contact conference organizers if you are traveling with children. 



Luke Schmoll, 612-719-4667, Luke.Schmoll@cru.org, http://www.facebook.com/WJEFcon/

Megan Krischke, 970-903-4242, Megan.Murdock@InterVarsity.org



Help spread the word!


Video Links:
Vimeo (use the password WJEF)

Posters: for 8.5 x 11 inch paper, for 11 x 17 inch paper

Flyers (two per page, printed front and back)

Social media graphics: Facebook personal banner, Square logo, t-shirt front design

Can I Hang a WJEF Poster?  This script gives you some tips about how to approach people on your campus to ask permission to hang a WJEF poster.

T-shirts: if you register early (before 9/29) you can get a free t-shirt mailed to you!  If you want to buy a t-shirt, sign up to have one waiting for you at WJEF.   




This year we are giving away copies of the First Nations Version of the Bible (a paraphrase contextualized for Native peoples) gospel of Luke  and  Ephesians for participants.  Our Bible studies will be from Luke at WJEF this year.  We know of some students registered who are just beginning to consider Jesus, so they may not have a Bible.  By special arrangement with the author, we are able to obtain copies for about $6.50 per book.  Please consider making a donation of some Bibles!  Follow this link to donate.  Learn more about the version at www.firstnationsversion.com.