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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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A little About Marlene Marlene was raised in Sanford, Florida, the daughter of a 12th generation farmer and part Cherokee mother. Marlene first met Jesus at the tender age of six sitting in an orange tree in her backyard. This was when she first felt the Holy Spirit speaking to her about going to different nations and sharing the love and resurrection power of Jesus to others. She is mother to four sons, three grandchildren, and has 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 decendents will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.” (Isaiah 54:3) Marlene follows the leading of the Lord and goes wherever and by whatever means God guides and provides. She ministers in meetings, retreats, slums, villages, churches and alongside others who are also called to share the good news, pray for the sick and hurting. She has a heart to equip and train the latter day church helping them to prepare for the harvest that is ripe. She is a mother and father to those who are broken, hurting and orphaned. This could be across the street or across the world. It could be in the jailhouse, at someone’s penthouse or simply a backyard BBQ. Wherever she is, her desire is to minister bringing hope and healing. She has a heart for the lost, backslidden and broken and Her desire is to love and know the Lord fully and unconditionally always growing in His grace, wisdom, and mercy; becoming the Lord's perfect bride, without spot or wrinkle. God created us to be beautiful. She wants you to know His love and become God’s treasure in and on the earth, maturing and growing to help others find their identity and place and to finish the race well. 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 24/7 Prayer CinderellaReleased.Me cinderellareleased@gmail.com Webpage http://cinderellareleased.wixsite.com/cinderellareleased

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