The Family and their Ministry    ID 176

James and Rachel Ventress serve in Nome, Alaska, a community of about 3500 people on the coast of the Bering Sea. James runs an after-school drop in center for at-risk youth (predominantly Alaska Native youth) and serves as the missionary youth pastor for our local church congregation. Rachel works with incarcerated youth at our local juvenile detention center. Their home is a regular gathering place for church and community youth, including those recently released from the juvenile justice system.

James and Rachel have three spunky, outgoing children with a 4th child on the way: Silas (10/15/13) attends our local preschool, and loves building legos, building blocks, playing outside, singing songs, and telling stories. Mercedes (01/08/16) loves reading books, playing with dolls, and giving hugs and kisses. Theodore (02/29/16) loves sports, animals, building things, and making sure things are done right. Mercedes and Theodore are considered “virtual twins” since they are only 7 weeks apart due to the blessing of adoption …and Juniper (9/2018).

We are looking forward to finding a nanny who can help support our family with our young children being so close in age, and to help free us up to further invest in ministry here in Nome.

Serving with: Covenant Youth of Alaska


Service Location: Nome, Alaska, US

Primary duty: Childcare and light housekeeping

Meal Prep? For the children, yes

House Cleaning? Yes

Child Care/Baby Sitting? Yes

Tutoring? No

Driving? Yes

Food Shopping? No

Laundry? Yes

Other duties or comments: We have a private bedroom with a comfortable queen sized bed with attached private 3/4 bath for the nanny. We do have a small dog.

Desired start date: For 2019-2020 school year

Hours/day: 8 am – 3 pm OR 1-9 pm depending on the day

Days/week: 5 days per week

Other expenses: No – We are willing to help cover all basic expenses including utilities, internet, food, transportation, etc.

MN’s room, bath: We have a private bedroom with a comfortable queen sized bed with attached private 3/4 bath for the nanny.

Doctor? Yes

Hospital? Limited hospital—emergency facilities but no anesthesiologist

I’net/cell service? Yes

MN’s arrival airport: Nome Airport

Meet plane? Yes

Anything else? Valid driver’s license is preferred but not required