This Samaritan's Purse project aims to strengthen and enhance the marriages of wounded veterans and their spouses.
Operation Heal Our Patriots is accepting applications for the summer 2017 season at Samaritan Lodge Alaska. Since the project’s start in 2012, more than 600 combat-wounded veterans and their spouses have come to Alaska for a week of physical renewal, Biblically-based marriage enrichment, and spiritual refreshment at the edge of the wilderness.
“[Before coming to Alaska] we were broken individually and as a couple,” said Erin Colson, wife of Army Staff Sergeant Ken Colson. “I’m happy to say we are walking away healed individually and as a couple.”
Each week for 15 weeks this summer, 10 couples will join us at Samaritan Lodge Alaska for what can be a life-changing and marriage-shaping week in which friendships are formed, marriages renewed, and futures are changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“We both accepted God into our life and [He] showed us a new path in our marriage and our life,” said Brett VanSteenberg, who came to Alaska last year with his wife Audrey (featured in the video above).
During the week, retired military chaplains lead daily devotions and marriage seminars and are available for private spiritual counseling. Wilderness excursions include kayaking, hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Through our robust aftercare program, we continue to support participants long after their time in Alaska, keeping their spiritual needs and marriages a priority.
“We want to provide the foundation for long-term healing by building sound marriages and strong faith,” said retired Marine Brigadier General Jim Walker, executive director of Operation Heal Our Patriots. “We look forward to this summer and the chance to again see God change lives and marriages.”