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Operation Heal Our Patriots 2020 Begins: Couples Arrive in Alaska

Update (July 15): This is the story of the arrival of Week One patriot couples. For a full story on the first week’s activities, go to the wrap-up article here. — This year’s first group of patriot couples took off from Anchorage around 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, and arrived at Port Alsworth about…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

Military Couples Find Healing In Alaska

God is doing an extraordinary work among military couples who attend Operation Heal Our Patriots marriage retreats in Port Alsworth, Alaska. A photo gallery from the 2014 season shows how each day is filled with devotions, marriage enrichment training, and outdoor adventures. &nbsp

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Fresh Start in Alaska Based on a Rock-Solid Foundation

Marine Master Sergeant Al Aranda entered a Marine recruiting office as a young man trying to make a better life for himself and to become a good example to the family he might have one day. Now more than 21 years later, after two combat deployments and three years as a Marine Corps drill instructor,…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

Military Couples Get Fresh Start in Alaska

The first week of Operation Heal Our Patriots 2017 began with wintry weather, but ended June 2 with the sun shining brightly over Lake Clark, Alaska, as four individuals were baptized and four couples publicly renewed their marriage vows. Army Sergeant First Class Jon Thomas and his wife Natasha were among those who renewed their…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

Military Couples Start Fresh During Alaska Adventure

Mike Woodard’s muscular frame stands six-foot-four. During his time as a soldier in the U.S. Army, there’s no doubt the enemy should and would have feared him in close quarters. He served bravely in a 2011-12 combat tour to Afghanistan, though it came at great cost. He got blown up three times—once each by a…

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Construction Projects

Piercing the Darkness in Alaska

Alaska is full of unique, natural beauty that is unparalleled anywhere else in the United States. But it is also the home of something much darker. With long, sunless winters and isolated villages, depression and alcoholism can often be prevalent. The state’s suicide rate is twice the national average, with Alaska Natives accounting for a…

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New House of Worship Dedicated for Village in Remote Alaska

Mary was on her way back to Nunapitchuk after visiting family in Anchorage when her cousin texted with the bad news—the church building had collapsed during the night. The news was so heartbreaking she couldn’t bring herself to walk by the church ruins for about two weeks. Mary Jimmy, 68, had attended the church and…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

Samaritan Lodge Alaska — Operation Heal Our Patriots

WEEK 8, 2012: Six wounded Army heroes and their spouses spent time at Samaritan Lodge Alaska enjoying outdoor activities surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Alaska wilderness. The couples enjoyed a time of relaxation and rejuvenation, while focusing on each other and strengthening their marriages. During the week, an amputee and his wife climbed…

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Building God’s Church on the Alaskan Tundra

“It’s not crispy enough.” Sophia can still hear her father saying those words as she reflects back to the days when she learned to prepare smoked fish as a child. Though Sophia Larson’s dad passed away 17 years ago, she fondly remembers his gentle critique and those times spent in her parent’s smokehouse—her father serving…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

Greta Van Susteren Visits Patriots in Alaska

Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham welcomed Greta Van Susteren, host of “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel, and her husband, John Coale, this weekend to the Operation Heal Our Patriots wilderness retreat in Port Alsworth, Alaska. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, arrived on Sunday to welcome a new group…

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