People take part in the June 4 “March for Jesus” event in Soldotna.

In yet another prominent and public affirmation of faith, a group of roughly 350 Christians marched through the streets of Soldotna earlier this month to bear witness to their belief in Jesus Christ.

The interdenominational event included songs, flags and signage, along with sermons, musical performances, food and prayer. Marching from Soldotna Creek Park to the Kenai River Bridge, and back, the aim of the June 4 procession was to connect fellow believers and celebrate a common faith in Christ.

“The March and Day in the Park was a fresh beginning for Christian believers to come together, celebrate and share their faith, and give testimony of Jesus to our community,” participant Rebecca Hinsberger wrote in an email. “We believe it is propelling believers toward revival and boldness to share Jesus, to love one another with purpose, and to reach out to friends and neighbors in need. We will gather again soon, so stay tuned!”

Vehicles that passed by the march were overwhelmingly affirming, Hinsberger recalled.

“No negativity shown there,” she noted. “We gave witness to the love and salvation found in Jesus Christ in our town!”

Following the march, people gathered for a barbecue picnic with a variety of ministry, art and food booths on hand. Vendors included Gideons Bibles, Kim Bates’ Curriculum Watch, Homeschooling Books, a family Bible and Messianic ministry, Kelly Bates Band music, Wayne and Patty Floyd’s peonies and flowers, Freedom House ministry, Cizek’s ice cream, Ammo Can coffee, Cathy Sturmans Kettle Corn, Barry Solie’s Alaska wood carvings, a mining experience for kids, North Road Bible and Tract ministry, cotton candy, and several others.

Activities included public prayers, worship songs, public testimonies, preaching and some theatrical skits.

“People connected or reconnected with friends and fellow believers from the larger community,” Hinsberger explained. “Many expressed a desire to do this again in the fall. Several pastors were excited to organize another Park worship event.”

The Soldotna event is one of several public faith-based marches which have occurred throughout Alaska this month. A few days after the Soldotna march, Catholics from parishes across Alaska walked along busy highways and main streets to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. Large caravans in the Kenai, Mat-Su, Eagle RiverAnchorage and elsewhere processed with incense, candles, canopies and banners as hundreds of parishioners followed priests who held aloft the Eucharist, which Catholics affirm is the Body of Christ.

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Hundreds of Soldotna residents ‘march for Jesus’ in public affirmation of faith

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Alaskan says:

    This is amazing. We need more of this! Praise the Lord.

  • Lucinda says:

    No one protested, no one shouted names, no threats, no one brought guns. Can’t be said of the Christian right’s reaction to drag shows. See what happens when you show respect?

    • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      No one brought guns? That’s surprising. I thought they would have to defend themselves from the invading drag queen armies..

      • Lobo says:

        Yes.. Your “thinking”, as well as Lucindas… Or the lack thereof,.. continually exposes your mental issues… Once again,… no surprises coming from liberal ignorance.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Thank you for reporting on this Mr. Davidson! This is so uplifting and really makes my heart happy. All the GLORY GOES TO GOD ALMIGHTY!

  • Lucinda says:

    Lobo: your reasoning is as bad as your grammar.

    • Lobo says:

      Lucinda.. You are entitled to your opinion(s), But you are not entitled to “your” facts. If you have difficulties in comprehensive reading, and grammatical analysis, then, perhaps some remedial courses are recommended. Your initial post speaks volumes in analytical capabilities… You discovered a cup of soup without a worm in it.

      • Lucinda says:

        Keep trying Lobo. You might make a coherent point.

      • micah6v8 says:

        I wouldn’t bother responding to “Lucinda”. She isn’t worth any time. She has a reprobate mind.

      • Lobo says:

        I agree, micah6v8.. “Lucinda” has a few mental issues, and is incapable of making “coherent” responses.. Case(s) in point; look at her recent posts on this, and other pages… But, It does become entertaining, watching the Ox as you lead it into a mud hole.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Chuck and Lucinda
    Maybe you should attend next time, you might learn something that God loves you too.
    I and others will be praying for you that your evil ways, stop tormenting you.
    God is love not hate we are all sinners and God will forgive you.

  • micah6v8 says:

    Good job to these good folks ion Soldotna.