Retired Army Sergeant First Class Michael Beaulieu shares a tender moment with his wife Wendy during the marriage rededication ceremony held at the end of Week Seven.

Couples Rediscover Hope in Alaska

Hope became a theme for Week Seven of the Operation Heal Our Patriots summer season in Port Alsworth, Alaska.

“Jesus returns us to hope,” Chaplain Jim Fisher said. Though many wounded military personnel may never return to their pre-war “normalcy,” he said, they can find hope, purpose, and meaning for their lives through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Five of 10 couples chose to rededicate their marriage to God and each other along the shores of Lake Clark in a ceremony last Friday, July 18. Four participants were also baptized on Friday. A pair of couples accepted Christ as Lord and Savior earlier in the week.

Operation Heal Our Patriots, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, serves wounded military personnel and their spouses by offering marriage enrichment, physical refreshment, and the encouragement that comes only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each week for 15 weeks (June–September), ten couples are invited to Alaska for a weeklong experience at Samaritan Lodge where they enjoy a variety of activities designed to bring them closer to God and each other.

Take a look at some of the happenings last week in Alaska: