Baby It’s Cold Outside

Baby it's cold outside

This month love is celebrated!  While some may receive flowers, cards and gifts and others are alone and heartbroken.

God has been so faithful to allow me to be here in the midst of a lost and hurting generation. Although there have been days when I longed for family and friends and sometimes it is depressing to see so many broken lives I feel so humbled and inadequate at times.

One of the main obstacles to ministering to the Alaskan people and in particularly the natives in the villages is the use of alcohol. I have dealt with more than one young native that battle with alcoholism.  It has devastated their lives.  In already extremely difficult situations, they battle the uphill climb to go to school, get a job and then travel from place to place without a driver’s license.  Most have had multiple offenses on their records as minors and may never be able to drive or own a car.  In most villages alcohol has not been allowed for natives and the pros and cons have been debated for decades.

I have been able to set up a table at Alaska Health Fair, which is a statewide event that will be running in different cities throughout Alaska the next few months.  I am conducting stress tests, and opening up opportunities for crisis and trauma care, as well as praying with those who are open. This month was exciting because I already have two people interested in coming to a Discovery Group to learn more about how God wants to work in our lives.

“In addition, Dr. David Patterson (Cherokee) has found that cultural disconnection plays a large part in alcoholism for Native Americans, as it did in his case. The shame and abuse from historical trauma suffered by Native peoples, and the forced disconnection from culture and heritage, is a perfect setup that can lead to alcohol abuse to ease the pain.”


Unlike other cultures that have ingested alcohol for thousands of years, the relationship between indigenous Americans and alcohol is relatively new. Native Americans have had fewer centuries to develop the tolerance to alcohol that is present in other ethnic groups. Mix in poverty and living with ongoing oppression, and alcohol contributes to a state of emergency on many reservations. Andrew Bentley Alcohol:  It’s Different for Native Americans.

Alcohol abuse is major killer across the world – and in Alaska ~Doug O’Harra

Alcohol abuse fuels our homegrown epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault and also contributes to the state’s high rate suicide, according to state health officials and police. More details can be found here and hereAlcohol induced deaths — where alcohol abuse leads to fatal health problems — is three times the national average in Alaska. Alaska News

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
I Corinthians 13:12

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Author: cinderellareleased

Bio Marlene was raised in Central Florida, the daughter of a 12th generation farmer and part Cherokee mother. She learned at an early age to work hard and to love God. She first met Jesus at the tender age of six sitting in an orange tree in her backyard in Sanford, Florida. This was when she first felt a call to the nations. She is mother to four sons, three grandchildren, and many spiritual sons and daughters. Isaiah 54 is her life chapter. It was from that scripture God gave her two specific promises about her physical children. “All your children will be taught of the Lord and have great peace.”(Isaiah 54:13) and, “Your decedents will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.” (Isaiah 54:3). Marlene has been called to go wherever and by whatever means God leads and guides; making disciples, assisting and caring for the children He sends her way. This could be across the street or across the world. It could be to the jailhouse, or to someone’s penthouse or simply a backyard BBQ. But wherever she is, her desire is to bring hope and healing to a lost generation. She has a heart for the lost, backslidden and broken. Her desire is to love and know the Lord fully and unconditionally, growing in His grace and wisdom; becoming His perfect bride, without spot or wrinkle. God created us to be beautiful. She wants to know and become God’s treasure on this earth and to help others become God’s treasured people also. God searches today for those who will make Him their single desire, who will say with the Psalmist and King David that, “the Lord is the portion of mine inheritance” (Psalm 16:5). They will be His special possession because, “the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure” (Psalm 135:4). 850-661-6104 CinderellaReleased.Me marlene@CinderellaReleased.com Webpage http://cinderellareleased.wixsite.com/cinderellareleased

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