Happy New Year from Alaska!

Driving across Big Lake New Year's Eve

The Road Less Traveled

New Year’s Eve my hosts treated me to an experience that I never dreamed of! Big Lake Alaska is home to probably the largest lake in the Matsu Valley. There are several islands on Big Lake where people have actually built cabins and homes! After a true Alaskan adventure (driving across a huge frozen lake) we went to a restaurant called The Islander. It is located on one of the islands.

The only way to get to The Islander in the summer is by boat, hydro-plane, canoe or jet ski. In the winter months, after the lake has frozen over, you can get there by skiing, by sled, snow machine, plane or in my case – pick-up!

When we approached the “boat ramp” and drove out onto the lake
it was an eerie feeling to say the least.

Can I tell you that this Florida gal never even dreamed she would be doing this? I remember growing up in Sanford, Florida where my parents would set up a Christmas tree farm, with trees delivered from Canada, at their vegetable market – Baggs Produce. When the trees arrived they would still have clumps of snow on them. This was the closest I had ever been to snow and never dreamed I would actually ride over a frozen lake! ! I always wondered what a real winter wonderland would look like – now I know!

Downtown Sanford, Florida on Lake Monroe

My nerves were already a little on edge as we were crossing the lake and then Bobette unbuckled my seat belt and quietly said, “We have to be prepared…” All I could remember was what one of the women at the ladies retreat I had attended the first weekend I was in Alaska said,

“Cotton Kills! Don’t wear cotton if you will be in close proximity to water and an emergency.” I remember looking up an article and sure enough there it was,

“He was wearing all cotton, which is the worst fabric for cold, wet weather. … by Alaska State Troopers about the death of a hiker there in 2005. … summer and fall than they are in the winter; during those months the odds that …
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As I arrived home safely I thanked the Lord for His mercies and thought about so many people in this Northwest Territory who have lost their lives settling this very beautiful but dangerous place. As winter is setting in and I am feeling the extremely cold northern winds blow in off of the glaciers, I am very thankful to have a nice warm, comfortable bed and a full belly. Each day I pray and ask the Lord to help me find one of His treasures and be a blessing to those I serve. With that said, I want to remind all of you who are praying with me that you are an integral part of this mission. I know that I could not have come here without your encouragement.”

Togetherwe are making a difference! One of the most difficult things I have had to do is counsel with a young Alaskan native who witnessed her boyfriend die in front of her. She lost her brother the same way just three years earlier. There is much to be done here and I pray daily God would continue to show me how to share His love and truth to those who are lost and hurting. My prayer as I write this is that the seeds that are sown will be ones of eternal value and they will spring up in God’s perfect timing. Please continue to pray for the souls of Alaska!

For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. Isaiah 64:11

“New Year’s Eve I saw snowy beaches and palm trees with snow on them!”

Praying 2017 is filled with the power and wonderment
of God’s Glory in your life!

Marlene B. Hoenig, Crisis & Trauma Care
Globe International & Liberty Fellowship
P. O. Box 3040, Pensacola, Florida 32516

The Road Less Traveled
(Partial Lyrics)

And there’s a road, a winding road that never ends

Full of curves, lessons learned at every bend
Goin’s rough unlike the straight and narrow

It’s for those who go against the grain
Have no fear, dare to dream of a change
Live to march to the beat of a different drummer
And it all might come together
And it all might come unraveled
On the road less traveled

For the road less traveled ain’t for the faint of heart
For those who choose to play it safe and never stray too far
Me I wanna live my life and one day leave my mark
And it all might come together
And it all might come unraveled…


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For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. Isaiah 54:10 –

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